Gwersyllt Luncheon Club – 10 years of serving the local community
It was 10 years ago this month when a number of Gwersyllt residents recognised the need for a local luncheon club and came together to form the Gwersyllt Luncheon Club.
Since its formation in 2009, the club has served 4,132 two course meals over 178 separate sessions. The meals were provided once fortnightly, initially from Ysgol Heulfan and latterly from Ysgol Bryn Alyn and consist of high quality nutritious meals which cater for diabetics and gluten free choices.
Two of the founding members of the club were nurses Gwenfair Jones and her friend and neighbour Bethan Roberts. They are both still involved in providing the meals. Gwenfair Jones, who is now a Plaid Cymru county councillor for Gwersyllt West, said:
“We are very proud to have sustained this luncheon club over the last 10 years, which has provided a valuable service to scores of local people and we’ve played our part in reducing loneliness and promoting social inclusion and wellbeing to those who may otherwise be excluded and isolated.
She went on to say:
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank our volunteers, both past and present as well as the two schools, Adult Social Care for the initial core funding and Gwersyllt Community Council for the ongoing financial subsidy which helps to keep the costs down and the club sustainable.”