New Lunch Club opens at Holy Cross, Sunderland

April 2013

A brand new, weekly lunch club is bringing the former convent rooms at our Holy Cross Nursing and Residential Home in Sunderland back into use for the benefit of older people living in the local community.

Opening for the first time on 8 May the lunch club will welcome people from across the Sunderland area every Wednesday, providing them with a safe place to enjoy the company of others, share a tasty lunch and take part in activities.

Run entirely by volunteers, Holy Cross Lunch Club has been set up in partnership with Catholic parishes and parishioners, who are working together with Fr. McCoy as part of St Cuthberts Care’s Parish and Community Enablement (PACE) project. 

We have already helped establish more than a dozen PACE projects across the North East, helping those living just under the radar of support services to reengage and enjoy the company of others in a comfortable safe place.

Dean for the Sunderland area, Fr McCoy said, “Holy Cross is a well-known and much-loved part of Sunderland and I’m delighted to see the former convent rooms being used for such a caring, sharing project. Many people, particularly those who are elderly, suffer greatly from spending too much time alone and being isolated from others in this busy world we live in. The lunch club will provide a much-needed link with others and the wider community.”

Holy Cross Lunch Club will be held every Wednesday between 11am and 2.30pm and costs £3 per person. There are still a limited number of places available.
If you or anyone you know would like to attend, or if you are interested in becoming a volunteer at the lunch club, please call Kathleen Urwin on
0191 228 0111 or by email at