VULNERABLE and elderly people living in Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull are set to benefit from hot meals, friendships and day trips.
The new move comes following the launch of a major campaign by the Heart of England Community Foundation to tackle isolation over the winter period.
The annual campaign, named Surviving Winter, supports those affected by fuel poverty by encouraging people in stronger financial positions to donate all or part of their Winter Fuel Allowance.
Christian group Coventry City Mission is one of the 18 groups which have benefited from the appeal so far.
The group receives funding to provide a lunch to approximately 20 elderly and vulnerable people every Monday – who benefit from a three-course meal and free transport to and from the centre in Wood End.
Day trips to nearby places of interest including Stratford-Upon-Avon and the Peak District are also high on the group’s agenda.
Carole Cuttler, eldercare coordinator at Coventry City Mission, said: “Isolation is one of the many things we tackle and many of those who attend our Monday lunch clubs have told us it is the highlight of their week.
“We are therefore extremely grateful for the support from the Heart of England Community Foundation, which allows us to continue the important work we do.”
Tina Costello, Heart of England community foundation director, said it was funds such as the Winter Fuel Allowance which make a vital difference to the elderly and most vulnerable.
She added: “For many, winter can present a struggle in which they face a choice between heating and eating.
“The Surviving Winter appeal goes a long way in supporting those who need it most – there are always more people across the West Midlands who need our support.
“We are therefore encouraging anyone who is in a strong enough financial position to consider donating to the appeal.”
Those interested in making a donation can contact the foundation by calling Sue on 024 7688 3267.