OUT-OF-TOWN people staying at the recently-opened Our House, while they or a family member have treatment at Lismore Base Hospital, can feel a little isolated if they don't know the town or have family here.
The Lord's Taverners of NSW charity has come up with an idea to reduce the sense of social isolation, by occasionally bringing Our House guests together in the building's community space and offering them a cooked meal and a chance to spend a convivial evening together.
"Some people have to stay here for quite a while, and they don't get to socialise much," said Warren Noble, chairman of the Lord's Taverners' Our House sub-committee.
"There's a well-equipped communal kitchen, and we're hoping to encourage other community groups or individuals to come to Our House once a month or so, and simply provide a meal or a barbecue for anyone staying there who would like it," he said.
Lord's Taverners is a fundraising charity brought together by the love of sport, especially cricket.
"Our members come from all walks of life, including the business community, the media and arts and entertainment communities," chairman Stan Gilchrist said.
"To prepare a meal will hopefully provide a small financial buffer, but more importantly, some social interaction that will be a brief diversion from their concerns."
The Lord's Taverners are hosting an information evening next Monday, February 18 at 6.30 pm at 145 Laurel Avenue, Lismore.
They are inviting other community groups, local businesses or individuals who would like to be part of offering monthly - or more frequent - dinners to Our House guests, to come along and find out how they could contribute.
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