Volunteers and residents have celebrated the opening of ‘Lite Bites’, a new luncheon club for the over 50s in Ellesmere Port.

The open day at Stanney Grange Community Centre was attended by a special guest, Ellesmere Port and Neston MP, Justin Madders.

Organiser, Kay Slater, who runs the centre with her friend Emily Albino, said ‘Lite Bites’ was her way of getting older residents to socialise.

She said: “We wanted to run the centre for people in the community to get some company, so they are not sitting in the house all day.

“I thought, ‘how can I get them out?’, so we decided to do meals.

“We trialled ‘Lite bites’ at Flatt Lane Community centre and it went well.

“We received a £10,000 grant from Brightlife which meant we were able to furnish the Stanney Grange centre.

“Now they can come here and meet people, play dominos, cards and scrabble and have a meal.

Volunteers Kay and Emily offer residents a hot dish, a hot drink and a sweet for £4.

Kay added: “Everything is homemade on the day. A lot of people want to take a meal home, which they can do.

“A group of visually impaired people came and they are going to keep coming back.

“They were all very pleased.”

‘Lite Bites’ operate at Stanney Grange Community Centre every Thursday from 12pm-2pm and Flatt Lane Community Centre every Monday from 12pm-2pm.