A NEW raft of lunch and breakfast clubs are starting in County Durham.

The events are organised by Age UK County Durham and are aimed at getting older people to go out and socialise.

A breakfast and a lunch club are being launched in Meadowfield, near Durham, while a weekly healthy eating programme is starting in Esh Winning.

The breakfast club, which starts on Friday, takes place monthly in the newly renovated Harry Carr House, in Burnigill and is on from 10am to 11am.

The cost for the first session will be just £1.00 and the club will then meet on the first Friday of each month and cost £2.50.

The lunch club, also monthly, takes place at St John’s Hall. The first session is Thursday, September 26, from 12noon to 2pm.

The cost for the first session will be £3.00 and the club will then meet on the last Thursday of each month and cost £6.00.

Robyn Holmes, chief executive of Age UK County Durham, said: “As we approach the autumn and winter, many older people start to spend more time indoors and can worry if something goes wrong.

"We want to make sure that people in Meadowfield have something to look forward to, a social network and the information that they need to make the most of later life."

The free eight-week programme at Hamsteels Community Centre, Esh Winning, starts on Thursday from 10am to 12.30pm.

There will be eight sessions, covering a range of foody topics.

For more information or book a place please contact Age UK County Durham on 0191 374 6577.