What are Lunch Clubs?

Lunch Clubs are run by volunteers who give their time so that people can come together to enjoy tasty food and good company.

If you enjoy cooking for a crowd, you can support your local community by volunteering your time and culinary skills by becoming a lunch club volunteer. And if cooking isn’t your thing, you can always help to prepare and serve the food.

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How Lunch Clubs can make a difference 

Food and socialising have always gone hand in hand. But for people who live alone, without relatives or a support network nearby, mealtimes can be a lonely time of day.

It’s a sad fact that older people living alone are particularly at risk of loneliness, isolation and malnutrition. Lunch Clubs offer people a chance to socialise with others and meet new friends. For many, these clubs are the only opportunity they have all week to eat a meal in company.

You can volunteer to help at a lunch club by preparing food, serving meals and giving a friendly welcome to diners. Or you can volunteer at one of our social dining activities.

Each year in communities across Britain, Royal Voluntary Service volunteers run Lunch Clubs, serving up over 50,000 delicious meals with a healthy side order of companionship

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Helping your talent shine

Whether you’re helping out at an existing Lunch Club, or volunteering for the first time, we’ll give you all the help and support you need so that your skills can make a difference.

As a new volunteer you’ll receive a full induction which will ensure that you know exactly what to expect. We’ll also share some of the things that we’ve learnt along the way and provide you with a toolkit to guide you through the process.

Our volunteers choose to join us for many different reasons, whatever yours is we want you gain as much from your voluntary role as the people you come into contact with.

But ultimately we hope you’re able to share your talents and skills in a way that works for you.


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Find an opportunity near you


"I ended up running the lunch club because I could see how amazing it was."
Tricia, Lunch Club volunteer, Rickmansworth
Tricia first became involved in the lunch club when helping out a friend who was a volunteer at the service. She now runs the club providing daily fresh cooked meals to older locals.
"Without Nora, we wouldn’t be able to welcome 35 people to the club each fortnight."
Lawrence, Royal Voluntary Service
Goole Social Dining Club was set up by Nora with the help of a team of volunteers, and brings local people together to enjoy a hot meal and a fun activities