Lunch clubs

Lunch clubs are mostly run voluntarily by local community groups. They offer the chance to meet friends old and new, somewhere close to home.

Lunch Clubs provide a chance for people who may otherwise eat alone to socialise, meet old friends or make new friends whilst enjoying a freshly prepared hot meal. Lunch clubs are usually open for just a few hours each day but enable you to get out of the home and save you from cooking for yourself. All members of the community are welcome and the clubs try hard to cater for different dietary and cultural needs.

What are the benefits?

When we eat alone, we usually don’t eat as well we would if we were in company. It often seems too much effort to prepare a balanced, hot meal for just one person. As a result, you may prepare a quick, easy meal without giving much thought to getting the right nutrition.

Sharing mealtimes with others can keep you socially connected and improve your emotional wellbeing. Not eating on your own also you get to eat a broader variety of foods, which results in a more balanced, varied and healthy diet. 

Lunch clubs

There are a range of social clubs and community centres that organise regular hot lunches that you can share with others. For a small fee, you can enjoy a freshly home cooked lunch, or go along to a pub lunch. They often organise optional activities too, so that you can participate in games and get to know other people.


Day centres

Day Centres provide a range of activities, a chance to socialise and meet friends. Light snacks are provided in the morning and afternoon and a hot meal at lunchtime - providing the perfect opportunity to share your mealtime with others.

Day centres are usually open all day, and staff and volunteers organise different activities to suit and entertain the people who go there. These can include board games, bingo sessions and guest speakers on topics of interest, craft activities, entertainment, exercise classes, day trips and much more.


How much does it cost?

The charges vary but none of the lunch clubs aim to make a profit. In addition to the cost of any meals provided, many charge a small amount for coffee and tea as well as holding raffles to help out with the cost of entertainment, parties, or special occasions during the year.

Getting there

Perhaps you have local friends, family or neighbours who can visit you for lunch or dinner. If this is not the case, there are organisations that provide friendly volunteers who can visit you at home and offer companionship - this is called Befriending. They could join you for a meal and chat. 

If you would like to go to a day centre of lunch club but don't know how to get there, local community transport might be able to help. 


If you would like to go to a day centre of lunch club but don't know how to get there, local community transport might be able to help.

Useful contacts:

Richmond Council Adult Access Team
Address: Adult Social Services, Civic Centre, 44 York Street, Twickenham, TW1 3BZ
Phone: 020 8891 7971
Minicom: 18001 020 8891 7971

GoLocal for Sheen, Mortlake, Barnes, Twickenham or Whitton
Phone: 020 8973 1877

Community Partnership for Richmond, Kew, Ham, Petersham,Teddington or The Hamptons
Phone: 020 8831 6464