Worcester Community Trust run many different programmes supporting local people. One of those groups is Community Connectors which meet at The Ronkswood, Horizon, Dines Green, Tolladine and Warndon Hubs throughout the week running all year long.

This project works closely with members of the public and partners to deliver Coffee Connect drop in sessions to support the socially isolated and those with low level stress and anxiety. We also offer structured Lifestyle groups that meet the needs of the individuals and communities attending.

Some of the participants who attend the Warndon Community Connectors were so grateful for the help they had received that they wanted to do something to help others. Their idea was to make gift bags for lonely people at Christmas and a group comprising of Lesley Milton, Janet Clay, Margaret Harmon, Dot Hughes and Gwen Perry formed Bags of Love from Warndon.

They were given a small amount of help from Digital Connector Tim from Fortis Living and Rich Widdowson at Worcester Community Trust to get the message out to a wider audience. A Facebook Page was set up at: https://www.facebook.com/bagsoflovefromwarndon/ and Tim at Fortis made a Video to explain the reasons for the appeal which quickly received over 6500 views!

The Ladies not only prepared the bags by bringing in donations over the next few months but they also actually made the Bags! There were also scarves and hats made especially for the appeal. Each week from September the pile of donations grew and grew, so much so that a storage room had to be found at the Warndon Hub! The Children at Cranham Primary School made special Christmas Cards to go into the bags.

Finally, after nearly four months of work over 150 Bags of Love and over 50 Shoe Boxes for the Homeless at were prepared. The appeal was a tremendous success and the Bags of Love were distributed in mid to late December to District Nurses, St Wulstan’s Church, directly to local lonely people and to The Maggs Day Centre.

We made a final short video with Lesley Milton who was the inspiration for the group. This video also received over 5,000 views on the Bags of Love Facebook Page.

Community Connectors always welcomes new people so for further details please follow this link.