Stone Rotary pledges support for Community Hub

Sandie Potter, a member of Stone Rotary, prepares a healthy sandwich for the Monday Lunch

Stone Rotary has pledged to support the Stone Community Hub for the next 12 months – with cash and ‘hands on’ support.

Stone Rotary will be providing more than £700 during the year to fund the Monday Friendship Lunch in the drop-in centre and any excess cashwill be directed to the food bank that is also run by the Hub. In addition, Rotarians will be helping with the preparation and serving of the Monday lunch and will help out with other activities as appropriate.

John Sayer, who leads Rotary in Stone, said that Stone Community Hub’s objectives are so well aligned with Rotary’s that Stone’s Rotarians had no hesitation in making the commitment. Rotarians are ‘People of Action’ who support our communities – and the Hub’s objective of ‘Making Lives Better’ is just what Rotarians do.

Hub volunteer, Jo Yendale, serving custard to go with the apple and blackberry pie.

The Monday Friendship Lunch is particularly appropriate for Stone Rotary to support as it provides a place for those who may not have a great deal of opportunity to escape from the isolation of the four walls at home to meet others in a warm and supportive environment. John went on to say that working towards the reduction of social isolation is one of Rotary’s priorities in Great Britain and Ireland and he was pleased that local Rotarians were contributing to this aim.

Karen Wardell, Manager of the Hub, said that they are delighted to be working with Stone Rotary. This project started in October 2017 and over the last year 56 different people have enjoyed the lunches which is open to anyone who wants to attend. Rotary support will allow even more people to attend over the next 12 months.

Karen also remarked that the additional support for the food bank is particularly welcome as demand has increased over the last 12 months, from around 12 food parcels each month last year to around 40 each month this year.

Stone Community Hub manager, Karen Wardell (right) shows Sandie Potter and John Sayer, members of Stone Rotary, the Food Bank.

Stone resident, Sandra Clark, who regularly attends the Stone Community Hub, said that she discovered it last year, went in on her own and has never looked back. The volunteers and staff are so friendly and helpful, they even help her with placing online orders for her grocery shopping.

Sandie Potter, a Stone Rotarian said that she enjoys volunteering at the Hub on Mondays and has made numerous meals ranging from baked potatoes to risotto and from scones to chocolate brownies. It can be challenging as the numbers are variable and people don’t need to book, but the best part of the day is sitting down with everyone and enjoying lunch together.

Stone Rotary is dedicated to supporting our community and would like to hear from others who want to ‘put something back’ into the community, while having fun and friendship. If you would like to know more, make contact either by email to secretary@stone or call 01785 760120.