A Lichfield woman will help groups across Staffordshire to open their doors to local people.
Helen Titterton has become a part-time enabler for the Places of Welcome initiative.
The former strategic director for community, housing and health at Lichfield District Council, will help more than 200 venues, including churches, to grow the “network of hospitality”.
The Places of Welcome project aims to ensure people across the region have a place to go for a cup of tea or a conversation with a friendly face.
Helen said: “Places of Welcome is about opening the door for people to meet others in their community and is great at including those who may feel isolated, including the elderly.
“I’m really looking forward to getting out and meeting and supporting current volunteers as well as helping churches and other community groups to set up Places of Welcome in their local area.”
The initiative is being supported by Transforming Communities Together, a joint venture between the Church Urban Fund and the Diocese of Lichfield.
The Rev Dr David Primrose, Transforming Communities Together chair, said: “We’re delighted to have Places of Welcome now at a growing number of places across Lichfield Diocese and want to continue this growth across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent through Helen’s appointment.
“It’s fantastic to have mosques, libraries and community centres, as well as churches involved, as we work towards our vision of every community having a Place of Welcome.”