Community benefits help secure extra funding at St Mary's, Newton Aycliffe

August 2012

Volunteers at our PACE project in Newton Aycliffe have again been recognised for their community work by Durham Area Action Partnership. The volunteers from St Mary's Lunch Club have been awarded funding by the partnership to improve access and the heating system in St Mary's parish hall; smart new radiators with thermostatic controls have replaced a temperamental heater and permanent bespoke ramps replace temporary mobile ones.

These improvements together with redecorating, have upgraded access for those who have mobility issues and made the hall a more comfortable, temperature controlled, place to meet. The weekly guests from the local community, many of whom are elderly, isolated or lonely, enjoy a tasty home-made lunch, stimulating activities and entertainment which encourages conversation and friendship.

Like all of our PACE projects, St Mary's is supported entirely by volunteers, with our experienced community workers offering regular practical assistance to continue the successful running of the project.

St Mary's Lunch Club is open every Thursday in St Mary's Church in Burn Lane, Newton Aycliffe from 11am until 2pm and costs £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 01325 313611.

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