Popular lunch club offers second helping

July 2013

The recently opened Wednesday lunch club at Holy Cross has proved to be so popular that more volunteers have been recruited for a second lunch club on Fridays.

Dozens of people from across the Sunderland region are now able to take advantage of the benefits of the lunch clubs, which provide a safe, warm and comfortable place for lonely and elderly people to meet, make friends, take part in quizzes and activities and enjoy a delicious two course lunch.

The Holy Cross lunch clubs have been set up through our Parish and Community Enablement (PACE) initiative which works in partnership with Catholic parishes across the region to recruit and support volunteers to open and run lunch clubs for people who are elderly, isolated or lonely. The initiative also supports volunteers in Newcastle and Sunderland to run drop in cafes for homeless and vulnerable people.

Fr Robert from Sacred Heart and St John Bosco in Sunderland attends both clubs each week and has seen how much it means to people who come along.

“I’m delighted a second lunch club has been able to open at Holy Cross. There is no doubt they have a positive effect on people’s lives and outlook – I’ve already seen quite a few people transformed simply because they have found a source of friendship, have some company and are able to feel part of the wider community again. I can’t thank St Cuthberts Care and the volunteers enough for making this happen here.”

Held in the former convent rooms at Holy Cross on Ettrick Grove, Sunderland, the lunch clubs each cost £3 per person. A limited number of places are still available for the Friday lunch club, so if you, or anyone you know, would like to come along, please call Kathleen Urwin on 0191 228 0111 or email kathleen.urwin@stcuthbertscare.org.uk