Lunch club is­sues ap­peal for vol­un­teers to avoid clo­sure

If new vol­un­teers aren’t found, club could face Christ­mas axe

Loughborough Echo - - SHEPSHED SCENE - PETE WAR­RING­TON peter.war­ring­ton@reach­plc.com

AN UR­GENT ap­peal has been made for vol­un­teers to come for­ward and save a Shep­shed club from clo­sure.

The Glen­more Cen­tre Lunch Club has been run­ning for over 25 years and pro­vides mem­bers a home cooked meal, game of domi­noes, bingo and a raf­fle ev­ery Mon­day through­out the year.

The Shep­shed Spe­cial Com­mu­nity Bus works with the lunch club, and col­lects ev­ery­one and takes them home af­ter­wards.

It is de­signed for el­derly peo­ple who live on their own, who wouldn’t see many peo­ple if it wasn’t for the lunch club, but its fu­ture is in jeop­ardy be­cause of a vol­un­teer short­age.

Glen­more Cen­tre man­ager Vic­to­ria Jac­ques said: “We cur­rently have 12 mem­bers and five vol­un­teers. We like to have eight vol­un­teers so that we can have two teams on a rota ba­sis but with just five, most are do­ing ev­ery week which is too much for them.

“If we could sort out the vol­un­teer sit­u­a­tion we have space for two or three new mem­bers to join the club but if we don’t get more help we may have to close.”

Vic­to­ria said the vol­un­teer po­si­tions would suit any­one who likes to meet peo­ple.

“They do not need any spe­cial ex­pe­ri­ence of cater­ing, although that would be great. Maybe a Mum who drops off the chil­dren and then has a few hours spare be­fore pick­ing them up or any­one who is al­ready re­tired and would like some­thing to do on a Mon­day that would re­ally help out the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“We have a rota agreed to Christ­mas but if we don’t get more help we may have to close the doors then, which would be a huge shame.”

• If you might be able to help, please con­tact Vic­to­ria Jac­ques on 01509 650662.

Some of the mem­bers of the Glen­more Cen­tre Lunch Club which is in need of ex­tra vol­un­teers.

Vol­un­teers are needed to save the Glen­more Cen­tre Lunch Club from clousre - can you help?

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