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Time for lunch by Frances James A significant number of volunteers give a considerable amount of their time to provide a range of exciting and engaging activities for older members of our community.
The judges of the national Corkill Award (established by the National Association for Patient Participation) noted that one of the reasons why they awarded the prize to Crich Area Dementia Friends was the evident commitment of the broader community to its inclusive aims and the drive to reduce social isolation for some people living in our villages.
One of the most successful regular activities available for older people, run by a stalwart bunch of volunteers, is the weekly Luncheon Club held at the Glebe Field Centre in Crich on Wednesdays. The Luncheon Club not only provides its members with a delicious hot meal but also entertainment. A welcome recent development has been the involvement of young volunteers from Crich Junior School and Fritchley Primary School, who have joined the Luncheon Club members for activities such as Lego Challenges. These challenges have involved mixed teams of the young and older people working together. There are many benefits from these joint activities – possibly the most important is that they’re great fun for both young and old. And who can argue with that?
If you are interested in volunteering for (or attending) the Luncheon Club, please call Cathy Bowness on 01773 852635.
Our full title is the Crich and Neighbourhood Community Care Scheme. The first planning meeting was on May 17th 1983, under the leadership of the late Mr Jim Briggs at his home, and nine people were present.
The first lunch was served on August 3rd 1983. The Christmas Party that year was free and served in the Baptist schoolroom. Our 10th Anniversary Celebration was at the Swallow Hotel, South Normanton in 1993. Now we are making plans to celebrate our 25th anniversary.
The Luncheon Club started in the Baptist School room and then moved into Crich Primary School when the meals were transported from Stevensons Dyers Canteen. These good people supplied the meals free of charge and also supplied the equipment for the transportation.
In September 1997 the new Community Hall in the Glebe Field Centre was opened and we currently rent the coffee lounge and day centre each Wednesday morning. There is a cook on the premises and also an automatic dish washer.
The Luncheon Club became a registered charity in March 1998.
Without these people we would cease to exist.
We have close links with Crich Junior School. Their former headmistress, Mrs Julian is Chairperson of our Committee. The school sends two pupils on a weekly basis to help wash up the tea and coffee cups and help with the raffle. Afterwards they chat with the club members. This helps to form friendship and understanding between the generations and at the same time develops their social skills.. The entire school comes on the morning of the Christmas Party to sing carols or perform a Christmas play. The school has also held a coffee morning to help raise funds for us.
We are always pleased to welcome new members and to have more volunteer helpers and drivers. If anyone out there is interested please ring 01773 856212.