A new lunch club to bring people suffering with loneliness together has been set up in Boston.
Called Crossroads, the group will officially launch on Tuesday, January 8, but those interested are invited to an open day for the group on Tuesday, December 18. This takes place from 11am-2pm at the Restore Church at 95, Liquorpond Street, Boston (the former Red Cross Centre).
Ian Evans, one of the founders of the group, called loneliness the ‘plague of the 21st century’, and said he is part of ‘a keen group of volunteers’ who were looking to do something to benefit the community.
He explained: “The only premise is that you are lonely and would like a bit of company for a few hours every week.
“This is going to be geared towards a particular area of our community, which in some ways has been overlooked, and not for those who are homeless and sleeping rough - who are already well covered by our other agencies in the town.”
The group will offer a light lunch of soup, rolls, cake and hot drinks.
There is a maximum donation of £2 per person for each session.
Mr Evans added: “There has been a lot of media coverage in the last few months looking at the scourge of loneliness that exists in our communities in this country. You could almost say it is the plague of the 21st century.
A spokesman for Boston Borough Council previously said about the issue: “Loneliness, especially in rural areas such as ours, has been shown to have major health and well being impacts. More than nine million people in the UK say they are always or often lonely - from young mums to the elderly to the recently retired.”