20 May 2020
The Solihull & District Hebrew Congregation have long understood the power of kindness in the community. Over the last few years, they have run the Thursday Club – a senior citizens group that meets each week at the community centre in Solihull for social interaction, a hot meal and to hear a speaker or take part in a quiz. The service is non-denominational and welcomes people from across the community. In 2012 The Thursday Club was awarded the Queens Award for their work with the vulnerable elderly.
The community centre is currently closed due to the pandemic, but the Thursday Club has found a new life on social media. The team have also launched a delivery service, so that the traditional Thursday Club hot meal is now delivered to the door. The word has spread, and the attendance has expanded to many local vulnerable families locked down in their homes and even to an assisted living home.
In the last month a phone round rota has been implemented with volunteers making regular calls to a growing list of recipients ensuring that nobody who would welcome a chat is missed out. The Thursday Club has always been about forging connections, and in these challenging times, it has grown to become more valuable than ever.
The many messages of gratitude from the recipients are telling of the appreciation for this service with the mix of a hot meal delivered to the door and social interaction.
For more information about the Thursday Club and the Solihull & District Hebrew Congregation’s other fantastic work in the community, visit Solihull Synagogue on Facebook.