Thanks to generous support from the Big Lottery Fund, we are delighted to continue our lunch club, Turn Up Join In into 2022.
Turn Up Join In is based at the Home Café in Earlsfield. We meet on Tuesdays 11.30am-1pm. We offer a freshly cooked lunch, collage art, storytelling, and chat for residents age 18+ across Wandsworth. Initially a social prescribing pilot for Wandsworth Arts Service & Enable Leisure and Culture, the project flourished during the Autumn of 2021. Bounce is delighted to have sourced additional funding for it to continue.
The lunch club is open to anyone in the community, who for whatever reasons feels like they would benefit from company. We recognise that loneliness is a feeling that can affect anyone, no matter your background or circumstances. The lunch club is a positive opportunity for people to take care of themselves and hang out with others. Some of our members have said that the project helps them with their mental health, and others feel the value of an accessible space and company after living alone during lockdown.
“My son says I have changed. I am less depressed. I tell him that it is because of my Tuesday club. I am having counselling for depression. I told my counsellor about this, and they said to keep coming. I have benefited very much. My health is improving. My anxiety is slowly improving. Very amazing. I can now speak and be positive. It has helped me to focus. Coming on a Tuesday has helped with depression and loneliness, socialising, chatting with people and improving my concentration by being creative. This meeting group is more than medication. It is healing.”
We are proud to be hosting an intergenerational group of residents who connect through art and cultural activities, and feel happier and better connected to the community because of it. We look forward to sharing their work in events and exhibitions during 2022.
If you would like to join in or would like to refer someone to our lunch club please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.