Calling Community Project Creators – £85,000 funding available

Crowdfund Worcestershire has been launched by Worcestershire County Council to help local organisations gain funding through the Spacehive crowdfunding platform – https://www.spacehive.com/movement/worcs

Worcestershire County Council has a funding pot of £85,000 available through Crowdfund Worcestershire to support organisations in their bid to help in the county’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic – https://www.spacehive.com/movement/worcs/supporters

This is an opportunity for organisations that have project ideas, which need financial backing, to create a project on Spacehive and pitch for a pledge via the Crowdfund Worcestershire platform by 30th September, clearly outlining how they may be able to help maintain progress in these five key areas:

o             Food Poverty – predominately focused on families.

o             Social isolation/befriending – looking at virtual community connections / or adapted schemes that comply with social distancing.

o             Return to work – helping people prepare for a return to work or helping them into work.

o             Maintaining our volunteering offer – helping to create a legacy of community and volunteer action post Covid-19.

o             Healthy Communities – activities to improve the health and wellbeing of your local community.

Projects may also qualify for pledges from the County Councillor’s Divisional Fund.

In addition, organisations in Malvern Hills and Wychavon will also have the chance to tap into pledges for community based transport projects. This funding, via the same Spacehive platform, will be led by Malvern Hills and Wychavon District Councils and there’s pledges of up to £50,000 up for grabs for this first round.

If you would like to find out how you can create a project and access funding please register for the FREE on-line events taking place on the 13th August and 4th September  by visiting https://www.spacehive.com/movement/worcs/news Project Creator Workshop and click on BOOK A PLACE.

Help to pay your Council Tax bill

Worcester City Council wants to remind residents of the help available if their finances have been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic and they are struggling to pay their council tax bill.

The council recognises the financial difficulty which some of our residents have faced over the last three months – they are therefore trying to be understanding and supportive in relation to unpaid council tax instalments. Support is available and we would encourage anyone having difficulty making payment to contact us immediately, so we can help them at this difficult time.

For details of how to claim council tax support or to extend your payments through to March 2021, visit http://www.worcester.gov.uk/council-tax/discounts or call 03004 560 560 – a member of the Revenues & Benefits team will assist with the query.

Warndon Parish Residents Food Drive

Dear friends and neighbours,

Let’s keep the community spirit of “clap for carers” alive in Warndon Parish!

The COVID-19 pandemic is making life much harder for people across our city on low income and in need of help. It is really important that we work together as a community during these uncertain times to support people in hardship.

A new community initiative is underway, led and managed by local volunteer residents, to help support Worcester Foodbank.

This campaign will continue for the foreseeable future; we hope it will spread across Worcester, so the Foodbank can continue its vital work as the economic impact of the pandemic hits.

Three easy ways you can help:

1. Give money online to the Foodbank. This will help them replenish stock when running low on specific items

https://worcester.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-money/ (for one-off or regular giving)

Alternative websites to give money:

https://allsaintsworcester.churchsuite.co.uk/donate/fund/rxzfzk52

https://www.bankuet.co.uk/worcester

2. Send a supermarket gift card, which Foodbank staff can use to buy priority supplies from any of the main supermarket chains.

3. Donate any of the items on the Foodbank’s shopping list – see below – also: https://worcester.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-food/

Giving items? Please put them on your doorstep 8pm every Thursday. Your donated items will be collected promptly and taken the next morning to Worcester Foodbank by your local collector.

Please only give what you can spare and from what you buy during your normal shopping trips.

Street Collection Champions Wanted! Please see Warndon Parish Residents Food Drive on Facebook and the Warndon Parish Council Facebook pages, to see how you can help.

Worcester Foodbank urgently needs:

> Supermarket gift cards
> Washing up liquid
> Deodorant (male & female)
> Shampoo (male & female)
> Small washing powder
> Crackers
> Herbs & spices
> Tomato puree
> Cooking oil
> Sponge puddings
> Peanut butter
> Salt
> Black Pepper
> Red & Brown Sauces
> Large decaf coffee
(needed by St Paul’s Hostel for their residents)

Please note our primary focus is on helping Worcester Foodbank: Please check regularly how best to help, as their priority items may change over time.

Collected items that are not needed or accepted by Worcester Foodbank may be donated to another relevant charity.

If you know other local welfare organisations that deserve support, please let us know? You can always leave a note for your street collection champion.

Keep in touch and stay updated:
Warndon Parish Residents Food Drive (on Facebook)
Worcester Foodbank website https://worcester.foodbank.org.uk

Disclaimer: This is a community initiative, led and managed by volunteer local residents. The cost of printing the leaflets were paid by Warndon Parish Council, who accept no liability for any accident or misconduct associated with this initiative. Volunteers take part at their own risk and responsibility.