15 September 2015

A local celebrity from The Great British Bake Off joined city officials to say thank you to the hundreds of lunch club volunteers at a celebratory event last Saturday 12 September.

Howard Middleton, who was on the TV show in 2013, joined Sheffield City Council and Voluntary Action Sheffield to thank all those who run more than 80 lunch clubs in Sheffield. He said: “You are all stars for the amazing things you do as volunteers running lunch clubs”

More than 600 people help run the clubs which provide elderly people with a place to go to socialise and take part in activities, as well as getting a hot meal. Altogether they give 63,000 hours of time each year and serve 1,800 people, many volunteers are over 80.

60 lunch clubs receive funding by Sheffield City Council. Councillor Mazher Iqbal, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Equality, said: “I want to thank each and every volunteer for helping to run lunch clubs across the city. I know how much they’re appreciated by the people that use them, and how important they are as a place where older people can go to, to make friends and take part in activities, as well as getting a hot meal.”

Howard Middleton helped entertain the volunteers by sharing tales of his time on The Great British Bake Off and telling people about his cooking methods.

The event also included a recipe swap, giving lunch club cooks a chance to show off and share their favourite recipes, and a showcase from Activity Sheffield of activities available for older people and lunch club members.

To find out about a lunch club or lunch club volunteering opportunities please contact Maria Flude at Voluntary Action Sheffield on 0114 253 6650 or email m.flude@vas.org.uk