Worcester Mayor on a mission to combat social isolation

Worcester’s new Mayor, Cllr Allah Ditta, will be raising funds over the next twelve months to tackle the growing issue of social isolation in the city.

According to central Government’s most recent Community Survey (2016-17), one in 20 adults nationally reports feeling lonely “often or always.” And according to Age UK, 35,000 older people across Worcestershire are likely to suffer from loneliness.

The mayor’s nominated charities, Worcester Wheels, Headway, St. Richard’s Hospice and Worcester Cathedral, all work to reconnect vulnerable residents with their communities.

“We are all leading increasingly busier lives and the result is an increased number of older and vulnerable residents who say they are experiencing loneliness and isolation,” says the Mayor.

“I have decided to work this year with a range of charities which all act in different ways to enrich people’s lives by reconnecting them to friends, services and social groups. This is a particular priority as Worcester has a higher than average proportion of older people. Please support these great charities – one day you too may need their help.”

Worcester Wheels (http://worcesterwheels.org.uk/) provides door-to-door transport for older people and/or people with a disability who are unable to use or have no access to public transport. The service is a lifeline for many helping residents to get to shops, health appointments, leisure activities and visit friends and relatives.

All the drivers are volunteers, and the charity will use mayoral funding to provide specialist training for them.

Headway Worcestershire (www.headway.org.uk) provides support, services and information to brain injury survivors, their families and carers. It offers befriending and buddying services, a Day Centre and runs outings and holidays as well as counselling and support to return to work.

St Richard’s Hospice (www.strichards.org.uk) cares for adults with a serious progressive illness, improving their quality of life from diagnosis, during treatment and to their last days. They also support loved ones.

In addition the Mayor will be raising funds this year for Worcester Cathedral (www.worcestercathedral.co.uk). The Cathedral will be putting mayoral funds towards the transformation of the Cathedral’s medieval undercroft into a new Centre for Learning where schools, community groups and visitors can engage with the history of the building. The Cathedral recently received a £1m National Lottery Heritage Fund grant to support the work.

    Comments are closed

    Wellbeing Centres


    The Mill
    Gregory's Mill Street
    WR3 8BA


    The Pod
    13 Humphrey Avenue
    B60 3JB


    Wallace House
    Community Centre
    Oat Street
    WR11 4PJ

    Stourport on severn

    Suite 39, Anglo House
    Worcester Road
    Stourport On Severn
    DY13 9AW
    Registered Charity Number 702490
    Company Registration Number 02443464 (England and Wales)
    Affiliated to Headway – the brain injury association
    Registered Charity Number 1025852
    Headway Worcestershire
    The Mill, Gregory’s Mill Street
    Worcester WR3 8BA
    Telephone: 01905 729729
    Email: enquiries@hwtl.org.uk
    Subscribe to our Newsletter for all the latest news.
    © 2024 Headway Worcestershire. All rights reserved. | Cookie Policy | Privacy Policy | Designed by: Emmie's Web Design