Claremont Lunch Club is now even more accessible

October 2012

Claremont Lunch Club in Blyth continues to grow and develop both its facilities and entertainment for the 35 elderly guests who come for lunch, companionship and conversation every Friday.

A new ramp and handrail, just installed at the entrance to the hall, makes visiting the club so much easier and gives more people the opportunity to join in and enjoy the Lunch Club, which is a firm favourite for both the volunteers and their guests.

Fr Quinn and the volunteers identified the need for a ramp and worked together to obtain it. Now they have plans for further improvements to the hall.

"Claremont Lunch Club is a place of joy that supports so many people who live locally." Says Fr Quinn. "Before the Lunch Club opened there was little for those who regularly attend to look forward to. Now they know that every Friday they are welcome and belong to a safe and friendly community that cares about them. The new ramped entrance will help those who have difficulty with the concrete stairs, but we're not stopping there, we have plans to alter the toilets to make them accessible too. This will enable people who are less mobile to come and enjoy everything the club offers, which always includes a delicious, home-cooked lunch.'

Local MP Ronnie Campbell was delighted to be invited to come along and give a talk to club regulars recently. He entertained and informed guests and discovered how much this volunteer-led project is valued by those attending, their families and the community.

Claremont Lunch Club is held every Friday between 10am and 2pm at the Claremont Centre, Claremont Terrace in Blyth and costs just £3 per person. If you, or someone you know, would like to come along or, if you would like to know more about volunteering at the lunch club, please ring 01670 366035.