Project information

Lunch Club at Princess Marina House

We know loneliness and social isolation are big factors affecting our aged RAF veterans.
No person should ever feel alone and that's why we have launched our Lunch Club at our our respite break home on the South coast.

April 2016 - April 2018

Charity information: The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund

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  • Need


    Through our 2015 study undertaken with Compass Partnership, ‘Meeting the Needs of the RAF Family’, we identified social isolation, mobility and self-care as key issues affecting aged RAF veterans.

    Through the continuing provision of Lunch Club at Princess Marina House and by extending its service to those residents in the area around Rustington, we aim to address elderly RAF members’ needs, providing a varied range of social settings to tackle loneliness and isolation.


    Lunch Club will provide the opportunity for aged veterans to get out and into the community, have lunch on a regular basis as well as form new friendships and support structures in their local area.

    All guests will be provided with a three course meal and a hot drink, afternoon activities such as craftwork, will be provided, as well as entertainment and special events. All will be concluded with tea cake.

    We expect to provide over 5000 lunches in the two year period.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To alleviate social isolation and loneliness among aged veterans in Rustington and the surroundin


    » Through the provision of a daily lunch club including activates, entertainment and special events.

    What success will look like

    Continued and increased attendance of the Lunch Club over a two year period creating ongoing demand

    Aim 2

    To provide 5000 lunches over a two year period, ensuring the provision of a nutritious meal.


    » The Lunch Club will provide a balanced and healthy three course meal, hot drinks as well as tea & cake.

    What success will look like

    By providing the number of lunches served and up take in our events and activities.

    Aim 3

    Develop an understanding of the solutions required to tackle social isolation and loneliness.


    » The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund is currently chair of the Cobseo care home cluster and work in partnership with numerous welfare charities.

    What success will look like

    Through the sharing of developments and implementation in other welfare programs

  • Impact


    Increased feeling of well being amongst the lunch club attendees
    Formation of links and friendships with other guests
    Signposting to other welfare services within the RAFBF and other forces charities


    Poor service causing a decline in attendees .
    Poor quality of food
    Poor Food hygiene ratings
    Failure to comply with allergy and dietary guidelines
    Robust management of the service, backed up by policies and procedures
    Quality assurance programme and monitoring of the impact of the service


    We will provide annual reports on the project and are happy to welcome donors on a guided tour of Princess Marina House.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £172,920

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      Amount Heading Description
      £60,000 Support/waiting staff 3 hrs per day / 7 hrs per week
      £30,000 Transport 50p per mile
      £31,200 Catering £6 per cover
      £12,000 Activities Entertainers, craft equipment etc.
      £15,000 Admin £15 per hour per week
      £9,000 Utilities Utilities
      £15,720 Management Management costs

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Aged Veterans Fund £100,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Princess Marina house is the RAF Benevolent Funds Short break centre providing holidays for serving and veteran members of the RAF family. It is situated on the Foreshore of Rustington with spacious gardens and lounges and restaurants used by the lunch club guests and guests staying in the main house. Lunch club members will be able to use the facilities of the house including our craft workshop lounges and gardens. The garden room restaurant has panoramic views of the sea and gardens.


    We will be working with the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association, Royal Air Force Association and The Royal British Legion to identify the most vulnerable members within the RAF Family. As well as utilising local authorities and social services to identify beneficiaries for the new opportunity.

    Princess Marina House also already has a large following of elderly members of the RAF family.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    As the leading RAF welfare charity and proprietor of Princess Marina House, a best in class respite home expert in catering to aged RAF veterans and their adult family members we are uniquely qualified to meet the challenges of serving this community. Regardless of their social circumstances, health issues, physical or mental impairment, we look on our beneficiaries as being equal partners and endeavour to ensure that all our services and facilities are available and accessible for use by all.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    General Manager Shirley Steeples

    Shirley, is both our project lead and manager of Princess Marina House. Leading a staff of 85, she is an invaluable member of our team.