Lunch Club Project

What is the Lunch Project Project?

The Lunch Club project is part of a programme to tackle social exclusion among our ageing population - especially in rural areas where there are few local services and poor public transport links. It's aimed at the over 60s and especially those who may have been missing out on regular social contact. Lunch clubs are predominantly hosted by pubs who are often the hub of a rural community.

The project is run by Community Impact Bucks as part of the Prevention Strategy of Bucks County Council social services.

There are over 30 communities running lunch clubs across the county, offering two courses for around £7.00 to £8.00 depending on the venue. The clubs are very much community based, each with a local organiser, through whom bookings must be made.

The Lunch Club Project started in the north of the county but we are now looking to expand across the south of Bucks - as social exclusion among the elderly knows no geographic boundaries. Some communities have been so keen to be involved that they’ve helped us come up with alternative venues where there is no village pub. Attendances range from fifteen to fifty depending on the venue.

What's the benefit?

Surveys of those attending the monthly lunches show that almost 100% say that their quality of life has been improved and more than 70% have met, and spoken to, someone in their own community that they’ve never spoken to before.

Many of those attending have also become involved in other local activities as a direct result of meeting someone at the pub lunch club. In the last year more than 900 people enjoyed 11,000 lunches and engaged in around 33,000 social interactions!

 

How can you get involved ?

We are always on the lookout for venues and ideas to set up lunch clubs and whilst we do all the set-up work, we do need volunteers to help organise things locally at each new venue. You have to agree, going to the pub is a pretty good volunteering opportunity!

To find out if there’s a Lunch Club near you, or, if you’d like to be involved in setting up a Lunch Club in your community, please contact our project coordinator Llew Monger on 07808 096513.