St Bartholomew’s Parish, Stranmillis, has been hosting a weekly Soup and Sandwich Club, supported by COI MindMatters and the Benefact Trust.
The club focuses on combating social isolation by creating safe space for people to interact and enjoy each other’s company.
Each week, participants receive a choice of soup and sandwiches followed by tea and biscuits.
A recent meeting was attended by members of the local neighbourhood policing team, a member of the Police and Community Safety Partnership for South Belfast and a Crime Prevention Officer, who gave a talk on personal safety and scam awareness from. All those present left with bags of safety gadget and stickers.
The rector, the Rev Canon Kevin Graham, said: “‘It’s been a great help to us to get the seed funding for our project from Benefact Trust and COI MindMatters. Whilst Stranmillis is usually very busy with students, it also has a significant number of older people who live alone, so it’s lovely to afford them opportunities to meet together, with the club being very popular.”
Kevin added: “Thank you for the foresight of those who secured the funding for this and other projects.’
Following a week’s break for Easter, the Soup and Sandwich Club will be on again each Thursday from 12.30pm.