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Local luncheons tackle loneliness

The Clarence City Council’s Eating with Friends program has been running for more than 20-years and helps address growing levels of loneliness by encouraging social connection with a hearty pub meal and a friendly chat.

The lunches are held at different venues in Clarence every four-weeks and new attendees are encouraged to register.

Clarence Mayor Brendan Blomeley said the 2023 State of the Nation Report on Social Connection in Australia found almost one in three Australians felt lonely and the council had a responsibility encourage support and social connections.

“The council understands the negative impacts on health and wellbeing due to loneliness and we want to help the community to establish and maintain connections with others,” he said.

“Sharing a meal is always a great way to break down barriers and foster relationships.

“The organising of safe, fun and accessible events like Eating with Friends goes a long way to combat the problem of loneliness in our city.”

The 2024 program kicked off at the Mornington Inn with 25 attendees including past participants reconnecting alongside newcomers enjoying the casual atmosphere and conversation.

For more information about the next Eating with Friends luncheon and how to register call 6217 9630.

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