The lunch club she supported fights loneliness and isolation amongst older people by providing a place to meet, have a laugh and share a meal with friends. Mel’s photo with Trinity House regular Maureen (above) won the charity £100, which will help fund the activities they run for guests over lunch.
Trinity House and Benefacto have been working together since our Manchester office opened in the summer. Imogen McRoberts, who runs the lunch club sessions, has been making full use of the extra hands on deck:
“Since Benefacto began sending volunteers regularly to our Friday Lunch Club there has been a distinct change in atmosphere. Before, we were always stretched for volunteers meaning that they were often stuck in the same roles from week to week, too busy to socialise with the attendees.”
Employee volunteers are especially helpful for lunch clubs such as Trinity House because of the skills they bring from the office to the table. As Imogen says:
“Now, we have had a huge influx of competent, compassionate and enthusiastic volunteers through Benefacto who are willing to get stuck in. This means that our clients get lots of quality one-on-one time, not only feeling like they have made new friends but that they have also been well attended to and, at the end of it all, the washing up still gets done!”
When Mel returned this month, she caught up with Maureen and celebrated their competition win in the only way anyone should celebrate winning a competition: with a selfie.
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