Bishop of Warrington awards Alsop Ambassador Awards for Social Action

This week the Bishop of Warrington, the Rt. Rev Bev Mason visited an initiative to combat loneliness at the Alsop Older Residents Lunch Club, which meets every Tuesday in the Community Room at the Alsop High School, Walton.

During the visit the Bishop told students that.

“You are all the sunshine on that grey, miserable day. Loneliness is a horrible thing and this community group and the work you all do combats this by bringing people together.”

Bishop Bev writes:

“Fantastic to meet wonderful young people serving lunch to the elderly, befriending them and making them feel so valued. A great privilege to award Alsop School Ambassador medals and certificates. A fab day. Thank you”

The initiative, established in 2007, enables the school to reach out to residents in the wider community and break down barriers between Alsop students and older residents. On a weekly basis guests are treated to, a choice of two delicious home-made soups, cakes and a hot drink. The lunch provides a meeting place where people can enjoy a friendly chat and play a game of bingo. 

Students from Alsop Year Seven SEND Nurture Group have been serving lunches, making hot drinks and washing the dishes. It is a simple way that students can complete a social action project to benefit community members.

Ms Walsh, Assistant SENCO comments:

“We had such a wonderful afternoon welcoming Rev Bev into our school. She took the time to thank the students and highlight how important their role is in our community. She presented students with certificates and ambassador badges. The Nurture Family have grown in confidence this year thanks to this amazing project.”

The Lunch Club was the idea of Alsop Chair of Governors, Mrs Marilyn Fielding.

Mrs Fielding comments:

“We are delighted that Alsop can serve the needs of members of our community. The initiative has encouraged many young people to take responsibility, build community and work together with older residents. "

The initiative is a partnership of between Alsop, churches of different traditions, local community organisations, the Archbishop of York Youth Award and Together for the Common Good.

If you would like to join us, for our Lunch Club, just turn up any Tuesday at noon. Please use the entrance in Walton Village, opposite Church Flags.

For more information about our lunch club visit please telephone 0151 235 1200
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