Hotel lunch to help cut social isolation

Dear Sir, — Cranage Parish Council has decided to tackle the issue of social isolation and loneliness within the local area. It has engaged with Cranage Hall Hotel, which has helped by subsidising a two course meal plus tea or coffee for £15. 
The parish council pays £10 and if you attend the cost is £5 to yourself.
The parish council has met Connecting Communities via Muktadir Khan, Cheshire East Council community development officer, as there is no Connected Communities centre involved in Cranage.
We identified a gap in service in Cranage around social isolation and loneliness and it was a priority within their Connected Communities action plan; it had been discussed within their Neighbourhood Partnership members.
The partnership is set up to identify the area priorities, identify solutions and discuss joint partnership working to develop community projects.
The parish council’s aim was to facilitate, empower and mobilise the local community to address their own priorities in terms of health and wellbeing.
It’s about how we can work in synergy to identify what project developments we can do in the area and how we can work in partnership and collaboratively to offer the best services to our vulnerable community members.
Holmes Chapel Community Centre (Connected Communities centre) already has around 40 people attending for its lunch club from people residing in all areas in Dane Valley. The key element and outcome of the project is to build good integration and engagement.
The lunch club is about making new friends and meeting new faces.
Sunday was our first event and 16 people turned up and had a lovely time meeting others and chatting while eating a beautiful home cooked meal. All want to attend again. We intend to host a lunch on the last Sunday of every month. The next one is on the 23rd February at 1pm. 
Please contact jmasonparishclerk@gmail.com — Yours faithfully,

JULIE MASON
Clerk,
Cranage Parish Council.