23 December 2016

Five thousand sprouts, three thousand roast potatoes and two thousand cuts of meat and Yorkshire puddings have been served up by lunch clubs in the run up to Christmas.

All 74 lunch clubs in Sheffield celebrated with a Christmas lunch this month, attended by more than 1,870 elderly people, most over 80 years old.

The clubs are run by volunteers and are always looking for new members and voluntary helpers. They are supported with funding from Sheffield City Council.

Councillor Jack Scott, Cabinet Member for Community Services and Libraries, said: “Lunch clubs provide a great service for elderly people throughout the year, and of course around Christmas. They don’t just provide hot meals, but are somewhere for people to go, to meet others and help combat loneliness. That’s why the council is agreeing two-year funding agreements with clubs.

“There are lots of ways people can help out and, as well as more obvious tasks like cooking and helping with activities, there are also jobs which need doing at other times, so can suit people who work full time and need to work more flexibly.

“I hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas lunches and that the clubs kick off with a bang in the New Year, with more new helpers.”

Voluntary Action Sheffield provides information about volunteer opportunities in Sheffield, including at lunch clubs. Call their volunteer centre on 0114 253 6649 or visit www.vas.org.uk for more information.