On Monday 2nd October we welcomed several local organisations to the Warndon Community Hub as Parliamentary Under Secretary for Sport and Civil Society Tracey Crouch MP made a visit with Robin Walker MP. The purpose of the visit was to meet representatives from Re-Connections and Age UK and were joined by twenty people who are linked to the Connections programme.
We were able to tell her about the success of the Reconnections project in matching lonely older people with local volunteers, to reconnect them to social activities they enjoy. About 850 older people across Worcestershire have joined Reconnections and it is making a massive difference to their lives. Worcester Community Trust delivers this project in Worcester along with Age UK Hereford and Worcester. Our partners across Worcestershire including Onside Advocacy and Simply Limitless and around 20 clients and volunteers also met the Minister.
Worcester Community Trust works in partnership with a number of voluntary sector and not for profit organisations and representatives from YSS and St Pauls also attended the day.
Helen Scarrett CEO of Worcester Community Trust said, ‘It was great that the Minister spent time with voluntary organisations in Worcester to understand the valuable role we play in City life and to show support to all our volunteers and staff. She was very pleased to hear of our recent success in being awarded Lottery funding for our Community Connectors project for the next 3 years”.