A LUNCH club has been set up in Paignton to help older people beat loneliness.
Residents at sheltered housing scheme Coverdale Court, in Bishop's Place, enjoy lots of activities during the week from bingo to exercise classes.
But they noticed that Sundays tended to be very quiet, with people staying in their flats and often not seeing anyone all day.
Resident Kevin Pearce, who has lived at Coverdale Court for one year, said: "We got together and decided it would be a good idea to have a Sunday lunch club.
"We have a group of people who are going to do the shopping and cooking and we're going to have a lunch in the lounge where people can get together, have a fresh meal and a chat and watch TV or listen to music.
"Sundays can be a bit of a dead day and it can seem very long when you don't talk to anyone all day. We want to make sure people feel they have somewhere to go where they can socialise if they want to."
The residents applied to Guinness Care and Support for funding to buy a suitable cooker, and were delighted to receive a grant of £500.
Scheme manager Jean Worth said: "There is a lovely community spirit at this scheme and it's great to see the residents getting together and doing something that will benefit everyone."
Guinness Care and Support managing director Paul Watson said: "We have a Charitable Award fund where we give grants of up to £500 to projects that will benefit the community.
"This is a lovely idea that we were delighted to support and I hope it is a huge success."