When we arrive, Caroline Henderson is serving up the last few main courses at the Hove Luncheon Club and then sits down for five minutes to tell us about the Club. “I had some experience of running community lunch clubs when, a couple of years ago now, Age UK withdrew its funding from the Hove Luncheon Club because of the recession in 2011. I was asked to take it on at that point and the Club became a user-led independent organisation,” says Caroline. The Club provides a healthy and hot three-course meal for isolated older people, once a week. “We offer weekly social contact and the opportunity to play games and listen to guest speakers.” The Club also provides placements for volunteers, some with learning disabilities, who learn catering skills in the kitchen, setting up, serving and clearing up. “We work with Sussex Central YMCA to offer young people excluded from education an opportunity to volunteer with us. Two of those volunteers, Frances Rhodes (above left) and Freya Wilson (above right), taking a well-earned rest before setting about clearing up the Club after guests leave for home.
Also pictured below are Daphne Kondritz, blowing out candles on her birthday cake, and friend Sue Olive.