TV presenter Rachel Riley visited our Mill End Lunch Club to meet the volunteers and witness first-hand how Royal Voluntary Service provides older people with a chance to eat a nutritious, hot meal in the company of others. The charity has hundreds of volunteer led clubs like this across the country.
“Loneliness is one of the worst things in terms of mental health and general wellbeing, so getting people together and having somewhere you can look forward to going to each week is fantastic.” Rachel Riley
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The research, commissioned by Royal Voluntary Service and Yakult to highlight the importance of the charity’s lunch clubs, identified loneliness as often the root cause of these eating habits.
Over one in five over 70s (22%) stated they ate all their daily meals alone each week, rising to over a quarter (26%) of people over 80. Of those who eat most of their meals alone, 38% admit they miss having company at meal times.
Royal Voluntary Service is one of Britain’s largest volunteering charities with over 20,000 volunteers supporting thousands of people each month in hospitals and in the community. The charity is also one of the largest retailers in the NHS, with its network of cafés and shops providing a valued haven in hospitals.
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