Community News round up
Community News round up
Welcome to the Community Services bulletin. This week:
- Happy New Year!
- We are recruiting a community support worker.
- Funding available to bring people together.
- Spotlight on… Find out more about one of our local community groups.
- And finally-a massive thank you to all involved with Christmas Smile.
We are always happy to feature articles from across the community. If you would like to send us information about your event or other community related news then please get in touch at [email protected].
Happy New Year!
Wishing you a happy and healthy 2021…
Healthy Lifestyles Team release their first Newsletter of 2021.
The Healthy Lifestyles Team are always there to give you a helping hand to make any changes you are struggling with.
They are booking telephone and video-call appointments to support you with stopping smoking, losing weight, improving your wellbeing and much more.
Read the Newsletter here
An exciting opportunity to join our team!
We are recruiting…
An exciting opportunity has arisen within Telford & Wrekin Council’s community services team for a full-time post of community support worker with a lead role to support the development of children and young people’s services and activities across the borough of Telford and Wrekin.
The community services team plays a key role in delivering the council’s strategy to develop strong and resilient communities within Telford and Wrekin and to reduce the demand on council services.
Closing date: Wednesday 13 January 2021
Local Connections Fund
The Local Connections Fund is a new £4 million fund to help charities and community groups in England that are working to reduce loneliness by helping them build connections across their communities.
Spotlight on ………
Polski Glos Telford and Wrekin (Polish Voice)
Who we are – Polski Glos Telford & Wrekin means Polish Voice and was formed as a support group for European communities in Telford 2018. We are based in Strickland House, Wellington.
The Telford Aftercare Team (TACT) provided us with an office space, so we could continue to feed, clothe and support the rough sleeping community in Wellington. We have formed great links with key organizations within Telford: West Mercia Police, Telford & Wrekin Council, Citizens Advice, and the Telford & Wrekin Clinical Commissioning NHS to name a few.
Recently we have – Celebrated a few European traditions. Easter egg decorations, Easter baskets, and Mikolajki (Father Christmas) comes earlier to Polish children.
Since lockdown and the pandemic things have been very different for us and we have had to support people online. We are still working hard in our community sending out food parcels and offering help online via Facebook page by posting messages and information. We have supported with a wide spectrum of enquiries and issues.
What’s coming next – Our plans for the future are to have more of an online presence, we are collaborating with the Census 2021 to encourage European communities to engage with this and influencing improvements with Cancer support for European patients. We also continue to support other groups within the European community.
The challenges we have – We need and welcome additional volunteers who have the same shared passion of removing barriers to information and support for our European community members and individuals who have exciting and creative fundraising ideas.
A huge thank you for those who supported Christmas Smile
Thank you to Christmas Smile for all their hard work in coordinating the project, thank you to all of the volunteers who assisted, to Brookside Central who hosted Christmas Smile so that the wrapping could take place and to everyone who donated gifts to families and older people – your efforts really did create some lovely Christmas Smiles for those families.