A LOCAL community group providing a lifeline for the elderly and vulnerable is facing closure unless it can recruit volunteers.

The Easington Village Millennium Luncheon Club has provided a two-course meal for around 50 people every Wednesday for over 20 years from its base in Seaton Holme.

With volunteer numbers having dwindled lately the group, who are a registered charity with a sound financial base are looking for compassionate and community spirited volunteers who help out in a variety of ways.

Duties might include cooking, serving or general support by becoming part of the team.

The weekly events not only provide a nourishing meal but also give many of the elderly members an invaluable opportunity for social interaction.

Luncheon club chairman Alan Miller said, “The Luncheon Club has proven to be a lifeline for many lonely and isolated members over the years but it is critical to find new volunteers.

"It would be such a tragedy for the local community if we were forced to close down but that is now a realistic possibility.

"Among the duties are cooking, serving or providing general support."

For further information about what the volunteering would entail contact Alan Miller on 0191-527 8715.