A SPACE has been set up in Upton-upon-Severn to help people stay warm during these cold winter months and save cash on their rising heating bills.
The Warm Welcome Space, created at Upton Baptist Church, enables residents to get free soup and a roll, tea, coffee and friendship, from 10am to 1pm, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday.
After becoming aware of the urgent need to support the most vulnerable, Worcestershire County Councillor Martin Allen teamed up with Upton Baptist Church’s Minister Rev Amy Wearing and church secretary Rachel Stockwell.
Coun Allen said: “When Amy approached me I could see that it was very important that action was taken quickly.
“Although the church had set up the Warm Space, they need help with providing the food – I was especially keen to provide fresh fruit, which at this time of the year can be expensive.
“This Warm Space will help stop the silent killer which is social isolation and loneliness.”
He added it was very important to get the message out about the place of safety and warmth where everyone was welcome and it would not cost them anything while they were there.
Coun Allen used his Divisional Funding – cash allocated to each councillor to spend as they see fit in their community – to ensure the project could be supported as a matter of urgency.