Solihull Hebrew Congregation Thursday Club – Thursday 26th June 2024

My visit to the Solihull Hebrew Congregation Thursday Club was great. I was struck by the dedication and warmth of the volunteers who selflessly run the club. Their commitment to serving the community, as evidenced by their prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service and Solihull Together for Better Lives Award recognising Rabbi Pink and his teams impactful work, was inspiring.

The Thursday Club is an opportunity for people to meet and mix with others of a similar age group each week. The club is held at Solihull Jewish Community Centre, and predominantly caters for the cultural needs of Jewish senior citizens, although it welcomes people of all faiths and none, providing freshly prepared kosher meals as well as activities such as art classes, baking and cookery sessions, gentle exercises and quizzes. It was very obvious how appreciated this community group are as they tackle loneliness and social cohesion.  It was a privilege to address all the attendees and to talk about my own story and, most importantly, to thank all their volunteers who do so a great job.