Volunteers needed to help the popular Luncheon Club – Saddleworth Independent

NORMAL service has resumed for the Saddleworth Voluntary Services Luncheon Club for the elderly and is looking for volunteers to strengthen its ranks.

The club had a happy reunion at Uppermill Civic Hall for members and volunteers on November 17 for the first time since the start of the Covid pandemic.

The Luncheon Club will restart on January 5, 2022, then meet every Wednesday at Civic Hall.

Volunteers at a previous Luncheon Club

Volunteers are essential to the smooth running of the Luncheon Club and they work on a four week rotation with plenty of opportunities to swap tasks as needed.

But the pandemic has created some gaps in the club’s membership.

Topping the list of “most wanted” volunteers is a chef, someone who has the drive and enthusiasm to plan, find and cook a two-course lunch for about 30 diners. The chef and his assistants prepare lunch in the Civic Hall’s well-equipped kitchen.

The stores are well stocked with basic products, so it is enough to buy the necessary fresh ingredients. The cook is always aware of recent menus and can therefore ring the bell for changes to give members a little more variety.

Traditional dishes all go well, like shepherd’s pie, chicken casserole, pork steaks, cheese and onion pie, etc. with fruit crumbles, rice pudding, pineapple inverted pud, etc.

If cooking is not for you, there may be other opportunities to volunteer at the Luncheon Club.

The pandemic has had a huge effect on the socialization of everyone, especially the elderly.

The Luncheon Club offers the possibility of enjoying a good lunch in pleasant and friendly company. If you live in Saddleworth, you may be interested in becoming a member.

For details on any aspect of the Luncheon Club, call 01457 874027.

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