Lunch Clubs – delivered by Age UK Lindsey

Your phone calls have been a lifeline for me.

what you do is so important, you have helped me no end with your phone support, thank you so much” – Lunch Club Participant

In a year where there has been limited things

to cheer about, it has been a privilege to be able to provide and deliver these” – Project Manager

I really enjoy volunteering at the lunch club

in Skegness, my wife died two years age. I lost my confidence and used to sit at home on my own most days. Helping at the lunch club has given me a sense of purpose again” – Lunch Club Volunteer

About the Lunch Club Project

TED have learnt that the lunch clubs offer a valuable source of social connectivity for people aged 50 and over. The groups are an ideal setting to introduce information on other services and groups in the local area. Age UK Lindsey plan to maintain the current lunch clubs and further expand information on other services. We will also look to introduce a combined coffee morning/ lunch club approach.

The TED lunch clubs were split between community based locations and commercial businesses. Lunch clubs were delivered in the following locations:        

  • Woodhall spa. This club ran weekly with 35+ regular diners, and a total of around 46 registered attendees.
  • Horncastle. Lunch club met weekly with around 30-35 regular diners and a total of about 48 registered attendees.
  • Skegness. This group met fortnightly, with about 30+ regular diners and 32 registered attendees in total.


Commercial based lunch clubs were held at:       

  • The Royal Oak in Mareham Le Fen. With a weekly 65+ registered attendees.
  • The White Horse in Louth. With a fortnightly 23+ registered attendees.


Since the Covid-19 pandemic, Age UK Lindsey have kept in touch with their lunch club attendees in the following ways:    

  • Regular well being calls /chats
  • Bi-monthly newsletters
  • An afternoon tea delivery
  • Christmas treat pack & gift
  • Easter treat pack & plant

The Lunch Club team have worked closely with TED to create a Toolkit that gives an insight into creating, maintaining and evaluating a project such as this.

The Role of Food in Building Connections and Relationships

This National Lottery Community Fund learning snapshot details key findings and recommendations relevant to best practice in the Role of Food in Building Connections and Relationships.

Lunch Club Case Study – Mary

Mary* is an 81 year old lady who lives on her own near Louth. Some of her family live locally and others in wider Lincolnshire, and she has a gentleman friend who she sees regularly.

Lunch Club Case Study – Skegness

When Age UK Lindsey were developing the Skegness lunch club, a questionnaire was sent out asking residents to outline what they would like to see in a lunch club.

I like everything about the club”

The cook is excellent and also the volunteers are very supportive”

Food is excellent and good value”

TED is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and managed by YMCA Lincolnshire

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