VOLUNTEERS are needed to keep a lunchtime service for the elderly alive.
Stanney Lane Community Centre hosts about 20 elderly people every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, providing a cooked meal and a chance to socialise for attendees.
It is run by volunteers from the Women’s Royal Voluntary Service.
But two of the three regular volunteers are retiring from their posts due to ill health, and if they are not replaced the Wednesday session will have to end.
Yvette Williams, the remaining volunteer who has given more than 20 years of service to the scheme, said: “We’ve got about 30 on our books.
“We’re all volunteers except one lady employed by the council who is there to do washing up.
“It’s a social occasion – that’s what it’s all about.
“The majority of our diners are getting quite old. We did have one lady who was 106.
“We need two volunteers. They don’t need to be cooks because there are always instructions and we’re open to having a male or female.”
The WRVS, which runs similar schemes in Little Sutton, Wolverham and Westminster, charges the pensioners just £2.50 for food and refreshments, to cover costs.
Mrs Williams added: “I’ve done it for over 20 years.
“It’s very satisfying – the staff are good and the customers are good.
“It would be sad for it to go on a Wednesday but if we’ve got no volunteers we can’t run it – it’s as simple as that.”
If you are interested in volunteering and giving four hours of your time, from 9.30am-1.30pm on Wednesdays, telephone Mrs Williams on 0151 3397404.