The lunch club at Trinity Church provides a two course meal for £5 every weekday

Manager Linda  Brownhill (seated centre rear) and her team of volunteer helpers with some of the customers and their family members at the weekday Lunch Club at Trinity Church

A call is going out to all elderly people in Penarth to remind them of all the  activities  and meal-services being provided for them at Penarth’s Trinity Methodist Church at Woodland Place Penarth.

One of the longest established provisions is the daily “Lunch Club” – which has been running for 17 years. This helps get  elderly people living independently out of their homes  and provides a two-course lunch and lots of like-minded company with which to enjoy every meal

Trinity Methodist Church. The entrance to the cafe is in Woodland Place on the left

Trinity Methodist Church. The entrance to the cafe is in Woodland Place on the left

LUNCH CLUB : The Lunch Club runs from Mondays to Friday inclusive and costs only £5.50 a head. Often customers bring their helpers and family members in to join them. It’s  just one part of the MHA (Methodist Homes Association) “Live at Home” scheme – run by manager Linda Brownhill along with a team of volunteer helpers.

There’s recently been what Linda describes as a “drastic reduction” in the number of diners using the long-established service and she’s now embarking on a publicity campaign to make more elderly people in Penarth aware of the Lunch Club and the range of other activities provided at Trinity Church  for everyone.

MEMORY CAFE:  Now, in a new initiative,  the MHA Live at Home scheme has added a new regular offering to its range of services – a “Memory Cafe” –  specially established for those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and their helpers .  The “Memory Cafe” is being held on the first Tuesday of every month and 10 customers – and their helpers attended yesterday’s launch event ( not pictured)  .

The MHA also runs a wide range of other activities from its base at Woodland Place. There’s a special outing to see the musical “Guys and Dolls” at the New Theatre in Cardiff today .

EXERCISE CLUB  Every Wednesday there’s an Exercise Club – which uses what’s called  “LIFT” system (that stands for the Low Impact Falls and Trips system) . This is a special gentle exercise regime which restores the strength in pensioners muscles and helps them avoid accidents – such as when pouring from kettles

ART THERAPY CLUB:  On Thursdays there is a an Art Therapy Club which is for everyone including dementia sufferers,

Transport is provided from customer’s homes to Trinity Church on a Wednesday and Friday  – and Linda is always keen to hear from new volunteer drivers . Lunch Club meals need to be booked a day in advance.

Linda Brownhill can be contacted on 02920 712516





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