Grandma's volunteering role

22 October 2013

A volunteer at one of the PACE community projects

A seven-year old pupil has become the unlikely link between her grandma and a brand new lunch club opening soon in Gateshead.

When grandmother, Maria Morris, picked up her granddaughter from Corpus Christi Primary School recently, the leaflet the little girl handed over to her led to the planned local lunch club gaining a valuable volunteer.

After reading the leaflet appealing for volunteers to come forward, Maria immediately jumped at the chance of helping others and will now be attending each planning meeting in preparation for the opening in early December.

Community Services Manager, Kathleen Urwin, said, "Maria travels to the area from her home in Rowlands Gill to pick up her granddaughter, so she doesn't have any local community connections and has felt quite isolated. However, this volunteering role will help her to make new friends and find companionship while she's helping others. How great is that!"

The lunch club is due to open on December 12 and will be held every Thursday in St Chad's Church Hall on the corner of Rawling Road and Westminster Street in Gateshead.

If you would like more information on the lunch club or would like to volunteer, contact Kathleen Urwin on 0191 228 0111 or email