Happy guests are ambassadors for lunch club

March 2013

The PACE logoGuests whose lives have been transformed by the warmth and friendship they have found at Claremont Lunch Club are now inviting other lonely and isolated people from their community to come along and share in the benefits.

'Ann', a regular guest at the lunch club, recently brought along her elderly neighbour, 'Margaret' who only left her house once a week to attend church.

Even on her first visit, Margaret immediately felt welcome and was delighted to be able to socialise, share in some fun activities and enjoy a delicious, home-cooked lunch.

"I can't thank everyone enough for the brilliant time I've had," she said. "After sitting on my own for so long, you have no idea how much it means to be able to have some company and conversation. I really understand why people keep coming back time after time; I'll certainly be back!"

Claremont Lunch Club is one of 14 Parish and Community Enablement (PACE) projects around the region set up by St Cuthberts Care and local parishes to help vulnerable, elderly and isolated people around the region. Each project is run by volunteers and supported by the local parish and St Cuthberts Care.

Claremont Lunch Club is held every Friday between 10am and 2pm in the Claremont Centre on Claremont Terrace in Blyth. Morning and afternoon refreshments, lunch and entertaining activities cost just £3 per person and carers accompanying guests can come along free of charge.

If you or anyone you know would benefit from joining Claremont Lunch Club, contact the volunteers on 01670 366035 or ring St Cuthberts Care's Community Services team on 0191 228 0111.