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New pub lunch club set up to tackle social isolation in Bucks
2 February 2017
Community Impact Bucks launched a new pub lunch club in Little Chalfont this week with thirty-one local residents attending. New clubs are also planned for Burnham and Aylesbury Old Town in the next few weeks bringing the total number of clubs to thirty-four across Buckinghamshire.
Community Impact Bucks have been setting up lunch clubs in Bucks since 2009 to tackle social isolation amongst older members of the community. Initially focussed on developing a lunch club in the local pub in rural communities, the scheme has now expanded to include larger and more urban communities and exploration of other types of venue as social exclusion amongst this age group is felt across the county.
Typically attracting around 20-30 people at each club, the lunches cost around £7 for a two-course meal and are organised by a local volunteer. However, the impact of these simple and inexpensive events is far-reaching. Llew Monger, lunch co-ordinator at Community Impact Bucks says, “We know that 70% of people who come to a club say they’ve met someone in their own community who they’ve never spoken to before, leading to lasting friendships and people getting involved in other community activities. The lunch clubs are a really great way of creating an informal support network for people who may be at risk of feeling isolated from their communities.”
The lunch clubs are open to all older residents living locally to the venue and bookings must be made through the local coordinator. For more information, contact Llew Monger on 07808 096513.