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Thursday, 16 January 2014 (3047462)
Lunch club will help socially isolated 'have a friendly chat'
by Tom Martin

A SEAFORTH community centre that offers help and support for people with mental health problems has launched a new lunch service.

The Bowersdale Resource Centre, on Crescent Road, has opened its doors to sufferers of learning disabilities from across Sefton.

Anyone interested in the free food service is invited to attend the centre or if they are unable to do so, a volunteer will pick them up.

It aims to allow vulnerable residents who may feel isolated in the community to meet and enjoy social interaction with other people.

The first lunch was first held on Christmas Day when 25 people turned up.

Centre manager Frank Meadows said the lunch club were particularly important as the meals on wheels service is no longer running.

He added: “It will help those with mental health problems who are socially isolated and give them a chance for interaction.

”The meal is also followed by activities like bingo or a film.

“It is very difficult to reach out to people who are off the radar so we are looking to raise awareness of the service we provide.

”We can offer a friendly chat and also if someone rings up and can't get here independently, we can pick them up.

“It is run by volunteers and we are looking at getting in 25-30 people each time for the luncheon.”

The centre, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary later this year, received a small grant from Sefton CVS in order to fund the new lunch club.

The organisation is owned by supported living charity Expect Ltd.

Staff offer activities which focus on skill building, training, education and support to lead onto future employment.

People can be referred to the centre via a GP, psychiatrist or other health professionals.

The service will run every Wednesday at 11.30pm and anyone interested can call 0151 284 0025.


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