Changes underway in the way small grants are allocated


Groups and charities hoping to apply for community grants for the next financial year will need to get their applications in this autumn. The way Worcester City Council awards small grants though the One Worcester Communities Grants scheme is changing. Although grants for the current financial year can still be sought up to 31 March 2024, after tha...

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1980s theme for this year’s Worcester Show

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Preparations are well underway for this year's Worcester Show which is to have a 1980s theme, with stallholders and visitors invited to join in the fun and don '80s fashion for the event. In collaboration with Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum, Worcester Show organisers are fostering its 'I Grew Up 80s' exhibition on loan from collector Matt Fo...

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Cost of living and child poverty support in Worcester

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Councillors are to be asked to support more cost-of-living support for Worcester residents and the investment of more than £46,000 in steps to tackle child poverty in the city. Worcestershire has been allocated £7.9 million from the Department of Work and Pensions's Household Support Fund to help people deal with the cost-of-living crisis, and Worc...

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Get your entries in for this year’s Worcester Show classes

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Competitors of all ages are invited to start submitting their entries for this summer's Worcester Show. Show classes are now open and include everything from floral displays and fruit and vegetables to cakes, jam, photography and handicrafts. Worcester Show began as a craft and flower show and although it has now grown into a huge family event, cre...

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60 at 60 – Mayor of Worcester to celebrate city’s historic pubs

The Mayor of Worcester, Councillor Adrian Gregson, launching his Mayor-ale trail with Catherine Verman, landlord of The Plough in Fish Street, a Grade II Listed building that is one of Worcester’s oldest traditional pubs The Mayor of Worcester, Councillor Adrian Gregson, launching his Mayor-ale trail with Catherine Verman, landlord of The Plough in Fish Street, a Grade II Listed building that is one of Worcester’s oldest traditional pubs

The Mayor of Worcester is marking his 60th birthday by visiting 60 of the city's historic pubs, to highlight the central role they play in their communities. Councillor Adrian Gregson will also use his three-month "Mayor-ale trail" to highlight his charity appeal in aid of two local community organisations, and encourage donations to them. Cllr Gre...

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Three chances to tell us face-to-face – what is the future of play in Worcester?

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Children, young people, and their parents and carers are being given the chance this week to have their say face-to-face on the playgrounds and outdoor spaces they want to see in Worcester. As part of a major consultation on the future of play in the city, Worcester City Council is hosting three drop-in sessions for people to come along and give th...

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Grants to make your local community greener up for grabs in 2023

Bird boxes being installed in Worcester, funded by an Environmental Community Grant Bird boxes being installed in Worcester, funded by an Environmental Community Grant

Worcester City Council is offering grants of up to £1,000 to community groups, charities and voluntary organisations that wish to take action to protect the environment. "The impact of climate change is very real, with record temperatures recorded in many countries at the start of this year and Worcester's highest ever temperature recorded last sum...

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City Council supports free kids’ meals at Christmas and funds cost of living schemes

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Worcester City Council is making free meal vouchers available over the Christmas period to nursery and sixth form children who qualify for free school meals.The City Council will use part of the £190,000 Household Support Fund cash it has received from the Government to pay for the vouchers. Separately, vouchers for school-age children are being pr...

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Cripplegate Christmas Cracker promises festive fun

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Mince pies, mulled apple juice and a visit from Santa himself are just part of a festive celebration that's free to attend at Cripplegate Park later this month. The Cripplegate Christmas Cracker event is to be held at the popular park on Sunday December 18 from midday until 3pm. The community event will include a Christmas singalong of carols and p...

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Worcester secures £2.96m Government investment

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Worcester City Council has secured £2.96 million to invest in the city from the Government's UK Shared Prosperity Fund. The money will be used for a wide range of initiatives in the city, including boosting Worcester's profile as a visitor destination; support for community schemes, the arts and business; and energy efficiency. The UK Shared Prospe...

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Worcester’s political leaders make joint statement on asylum seekers in the city

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 A joint statement about the presence of asylum seekers in Worcester has today been issued by the leaders of the four political groups represented on Worcester City Council. Councillors Mel Allcott (Liberal Democrat), Marjory Bisset (Green), Lynn Denham (Labour) and Chris Mitchell (Conservative) said: "People seeking asylum in the UK are often...

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Residents go green with new car share scheme

Residents in the Arboretum area are going green with a pay-as-you-go car share scheme. The Car Club vehicle, a low emission Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid, has been provided by Enterprise Car Club, and is parked at Worcester Baptist Church on Sansone Walk in the city centre. Residents wishing to use the car pay a small monthly fee and can then pre-book the c...

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Mayor of Worcester welcomes Ukrainian guests to the Guildhall

The Mayor and Mayoress of Worcester outside the Guildhall with Ukrainian guests and their hosts

The Mayor and Mayoress of Worcester have welcomed nearly 100 Ukrainian guests to the Guildhall, along with their host families. Councillor Adrian Gregson and his partner Rachel Hall organised the event as a formal welcome to the city for people who have fled the war in their home country. The free event at the historic city centre building included...

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New Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy launched by Worcester City Council

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Worcester City Council has published a new strategy aimed at tackling inequality, challenging discrimination, promoting inclusion and celebrating diversity in the city. The new Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy is designed to help reduce inequalities in the city and safeguard the rights of people protected by the Equality Act 2010. The new...

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Action to support free school meals announced at Worcester cost of living conference

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Worcester City Council is to pay for free lunches over the majority of the summer holidays for children who would normally receive free meals in term-time. The initiative, funded by £215,000 from the Council's hardship fund, was announced at a conference it organised to discuss how the cost of living emergency is being handled in the city. Announci...

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First payments of £150 energy rebate made to Worcester Council Tax payers

Energy rebate

Worcester City Council has issued the first payments of the £150 energy rebate to residents. The energy rebate is part of the Government's response to the recent rise in fuel bills, and is being paid out by local councils.Everyone in Worcester who pays their Council Tax by direct debit should now have received the payment directly into their bank a...

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Get your entries in for this year’s Worcester Show

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Competitors of all ages are invited to start submitting their entries for this summer's Worcester Show. Fun for all the family is promised at this year's event, which is set to return on Sunday August 14 in the spacious surroundings of Pitchcroft Racecourse. Last year's show attracted record numbers and organisers are hoping that this year's event ...

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Worcester to hold candle-lit vigil for the people of Ukraine

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A candle-lit vigil will be held in Worcester on Thursday to show support for and solidarity with the people of Ukraine. The event will take place in Cathedral Square for 30 minutes from 7pm and people from all the city's communities are welcome to attend. The Knife Angel, the National Monument Against Violence and Aggression, is currently being hos...

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£30,000 proposed to celebrate Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in Worcester

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Worcester city councillors have backed the investment of £30,000 in events across the city to mark Her Majesty The Queen's Platinum Jubilee - including funding street parties and other community activities. In June this year the nation will celebrate The Queen's 70th year on the throne, with the centrepiece of events being an extended bank holiday ...

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City Council takes action to support Worcester CAB

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Worcester City Council has awarded a grant of £20,000 to the city's Citizen's Advice Bureau (CAB) to help it increase its capacity to support local people during what is expected to be an exceptionally busy period. The start of the new year always brings a surge in inquiries to Worcester CAB, particularly in the areas of debt, benefits, housing and...

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