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The best way to find out about our social impact is through the stories of those who use our services and the stories of the people who work for us

 

South Seacroft Friends and Neighbours

Our transport to twice-weekly lunch clubs, run by South Seacroft Friends and Neighbours, is a chance to see friends and feel better.

Lunch clubs help to bring people together, tackling social isolation and loneliness
Lunch clubs help to bring people together, tackling social isolation and loneliness

South Seacroft Friends and Neighbours is a charitable organisation based in South Seacroft, Leeds. Founded over 30 years ago, they provide a range of services and activities for older people in the community, aiming to maintain independence though practical help, advice and support.

Leeds Alternative Travel provides transport for the twice-weekly lunch clubs run by South Seacroft Friends and Neighbours, bringing older people to their centre.

‘For many of our members, it’s their only chance to get out of the house,’ explains Kate Taverner, Scheme Coordinator of South Seacroft Friends and Neighbours. ‘Our members have made real friendships here and the lunch club allows people to get together.

‘We think that having a good laugh with friends is just as good as exercise for people’s health and wellbeing – a big part of what we do here is about reducing social isolation and tackling loneliness. We also find that, often, our members look out for one another, which helps with isolation. It’s not just our service users who benefit. Many of our volunteers are retired and they find that participating gives them a renewed sense of purpose and engagement.

‘Our lunch clubs are about much more than simply providing a nutritious meal. The club provides access to a whole host of services. They include external speakers, a hearing aid maintenance service, information sessions. The members can ask staff about household or heath issues – helping to maintain their independence – and take part in consultation exercises about services, supporting our users to have their say.‘

‘It’s good to meet new people,’ explains Margaret, who uses Leeds Alternative Travel to attend the lunch club. ‘I can now get out into the community and go on trips.’