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Help at hand for Worcester families experiencing hardship this winter

A far-ranging package of support is available to support local families who are at risk of becoming homeless or are facing hardship this winter. Financial and practical assistance is available to help low income families in Worcester pay for food, heating, clothing and other essential items.Help is also on offer for people who are struggling with d...

Worcester charities receive grants to help people facing winter hardship

Grants of up to £3,000 have been paid to nine city charities and community groups which will deliver services to Worcester residents suffering from hardship or poor health this winter. Over £23,000 has been paid from the City Council's Health and Hardship Grant Fund, designed to help residents cope with the impact of Covid-19 and to tackle key heal...

White Ribbon Day 2020: Shining a spotlight on domestic abuse

More than 40,000 calls were made to the National Domestic Abuse helpline (www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk) during the first three months of Covid-19 restrictions this year - and call numbers have risen sharply during the current lockdown. Every year thousands of people speak out about domestic abuse on White Ribbon Day (www.whiteribbon.org.uk/day) an...

COVID: Registration opens for new discretionary grants to support Worcester businesses

Applications are now open for grants for Worcester businesses that have been impacted by the November 2020 lockdown.The new Local Restrictions Discretionary Grant offers support to businesses which are not eligible for the existing Local Restrictions Support Grant , using funding from central government. Worcester City Council will, at its own disc...

COVID: Registration opens for further grants to support Worcester businesses

 Registration is now open for grants for Worcester businesses that have been forced to close between 5 November and 2 December 2020.These include non-essential retail, leisure, hospitality, entertainment and personal care businesses. Businesses are eligible for the following Local Restrictions Support Grants, covering the 28-day lockdown perio...

Litter collection service goes greener, thanks to more recycling stations and solar-powered bins

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Worcester City Council has introduced 20 eye-catching new recycling-on-the-go units and 22 solar-powered 'Smart' compaction bins to the city centre to increase the environmental sustainability and efficiency of its street litter collection service. The new facilities have replaced 54 smaller cast iron bins which have historically been used to colle...

New social housing allocation scheme launches in South Worcestershire

 Malvern Hills, Worcester and Wychavon District Councils have joined forces to launch a new scheme to allocate social housing across the three districts. 'Housing for You' (www.housingforyou.co.uk) replaces Home Choice Plus, the current allocation system. The move will affect over 9,000 people in South Worcestershire who are currently on the H...

The Shambles of the ‘50s to ‘70s remembered by Worcester residents

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Local people have been reminiscing during lockdown on their experiences of shopping trips to The Shambles (WR1 2RE) in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. Following an appeal on social media as part of the Worcester Life stories (www.worcesterlifestories.org.uk) initiative in September, a number of residents got in touch to share their memories. These inspired...

Grants of up to £2K available to help support Worcester communities

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 Worcester City Council is encouraging local community groups, charities and voluntary sector organisations to apply for grants of up to £2,000 to help strengthen and enhance local communities. Community grants will be considered for any proposal which will clearly benefit people living in Worcester. Grants have already been paid to a wide var...

£114,820 to help Worcester families pay for food and get access to accommodation

Worcester City Council has been awarded £114,820 by central government to help support people who are struggling to afford food and other essentials due to COVID-19. The Local Authority Emergency Assistance Grant for Food and Essential Supplies allows local authorities in England to use their discretion, to identify and support those most in need w...

Street market operation in Worcester to be reviewed

 Councillors are set to review the way street markets will operate in Worcester's city centre in the future. When Worcester City Council's Place and Economic Development Sub Committee meets on 29 October, councillors will examine the role street markets play in the city and how they can most effectively be managed when the current contract wit...

Over 6,000 new trees to be planted in Worcester

 6,100 new trees are to be planted in Worcester, as a result of successful applications by Worcester City Council to central Government's Urban Tree Challenge Fund. The Urban Tree Challenge Fund aims to support the planting of more than 130,000 trees across England's towns and cities. 4,000 mixed broad-leaved native species will be planted in ...

Artists selected for Worcester’s city centre Outdoor Gallery

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The artists whose work will dress the windows of shop units to create an outdoor gallery for Worcester's city centre have been revealed. Worcester City Council, Worcester BID and Severn Arts have commissioned eight artists to create engaging bespoke designs to dress the frontage of seven vacant retail units, as well as lower floor wi...

£1m to boost skills, create additional employment space and fund new electric charging points

Worcester City Council has successfully applied for £1m in central government funding to pay for ten more electric charging points, new employment space and facilities to help boost skills in local communities. The funding, which has been made available through the government's Town Fund Accelerated Fund, must be spent by 31 March 2021. Six new rap...

Archaeological dig under Worcester car park aims to unearth secrets of city’s past

Archaeologists will start investigating Copenhagen Street car park (WR1 2HB) next week – with the potential to unearth new discoveries on how Worcester has evolved over the past 2,500 years. The investigation, which will be conducted by Wessex Archaeology (www.wessexarch.co.uk) from 5 to 8 October, is part of a programme that seeks to identify what...

Cash boost to support rough sleepers

 More than £440,000 has been given to councils across Worcestershire to continue supporting rough sleepers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The money comes from the Government's Next Steps Accommodation Programme, which is part of the national strategy to end rough sleeping for good. Funding will be used to continue providing B&B and hotel ac...

Popular skate park re-opens, following improvements

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A Worcester skate park which was built in memory of a popular local teenager has re-opened, following improvements. The skate park (located in Oldbury Road, Dines Green, Lower Broadheath WR2 6JS) is dedicated to Nathan Spiers, who tragically died in 2002 at the age of fourteen, after falling into difficulties whilst out with friends on a fishing tr...

New exhibition The Printed Line opens at Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum on Saturday 19 September

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A national exhibition on tour from the Arts Council Features almost 60 artists including David Hockney, Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum has been awarded the 'Good to Go' industry standard – with measures in place to ensure the safety of visitors and staff This Saturday 19 September sees the opening of a brand...

Memorial bench honours popular Worcester councillor

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A memorial bench has been installed on the banks of the River Severn in Worcester, in honour of Councillor Stuart Denlegh-Maxwell. The popular local councillor sadly passed away on 10 June 2019, at the age of 60. The bench, located on Kleve Walk opposite the west door of Worcester Cathedral, was unveiled on Tuesday 15 September – which would have b...

Support to apply for EU Settlement Scheme, as deadline looms

Worcester City Council is offering face-to-face and phone appointments to support EU citizens who wish to secure permanent rights to stay in the UK. On 31 January 2020 the United Kingdom left the European Union and entered a 'transition period'. This means that all qualifying people who wish to remain in the UK beyond the transition, which finishes...

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