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On behalf of Rock Pathfinders please find information on monthly walks for June.

Free guided walks along our footpaths and bridleways taking 2-3 hours, off the roads and into the countryside. Our walks are between 5 and 7miles many of the routes are undulating with stiles. We usually walk at a brisk pace. Everyone welcome but sorry no dogs allowed


JUNE  2024 


Thursday 06.06.24 starting at 10.30am

Forestry Commission

Mortimer Forest Blackpool Car Park

Nr Ludlow




Thursday 20.06.24 starting at 10.30am

Six Ashes Pub, Sixes Ashes Road


WV15 6EJ


For further details and any other announcements or changes please visit website



Or ring Alan on 01299 400304


On Saturday 4 May the inaugural service got underway. Every Saturday until 27 July from 10am – 3pm visitors and the local community can hop on and off from The Running Horse or The Bewdley School.

Are you interested in attending “Police Drop-In Surgery” Thu 16 May 10:00


Thursday 16 May 2024 10:00


Community Cafe, St George’s Hall, Load Street
DY12 2EQ

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Posting on behalf of Bewdley Almshouses



Police Drop-In Surgery Community Cafe St Georges Hall Thursday 16 May 10am

An opportunity to chat with the Safer Neighbourhood Team from 10am – 11am on Thursday 16 May.

Community First in Hereford and Worcestershire May Newsletter

May Courses/Workshops

Join us on the Herefordshire & Worcestershire Wellbeing and Recovery College to see all the fantastic new courses and workshops, where we have over 30 courses starting this month.
Click here for the full list

Community Ownership: Empowering Rural Communities In England

Plunkett UK, a charity supporting community ownership across the UK, has released its 2024 Impact Report, highlighting the transformative effect of community-owned businesses in rural areas. In this article, the Rural Services Network focuses on the impact of these businesses in rural communities in England.
Read more>>>>

Green infrastructure strategy set out by council

A new strategy around the future planning and managing of “green infrastructure” in Worcestershire has been revealed.

The county council said it wanted to set out a vision that maintains and improves access to parks, nature reserves, rivers and canal corridors.
Read more>>>>

If you have health and wellbeing content for our newsletter, please email it to Fran,; 01684 312730

Mental Health Awareness Week (13th-19th May)

Time for a Cuppa 2024

Dementia Action Week 2024

13-19 May 2024

Walk this May

Take the first steps into a physically active lifestyle this May for National Walking Month.

National Walking Month encourages the public to embrace the health and wellbeing benefits that walking or wheeling can bring.

Active Herefordshire and Worcestershire, Worcestershire County Council, Herefordshire Council and Age UK Herefordshire and Worcestershire have come together to promote the benefits of walking in a collaborative campaign.
Read more>>>>>

NFC wristband, cards and Tap and Go points

We are currently sending out packs including a NFC wristband, cards and Tap and Go points to people who want to be ambassadors for The Herefordshire and Worcestershire Wellbeing and Recovery College.

The wristbands and Tap and Go points will link you directly to our website and up to date information when waved over a mobile phone.

They are ideally suited to anyone in a signposting role, be that as a professional, a Mental Health First Aider, a club coach, or a volunteer.

If you would like a pack please email to find out more: Email the Wellbeing Recovery College putting “NFC Pack” into the subject heading.

REACH Worcestershire | Finding a voice in research for seldom heard groups

REACH (Research Engagement and Community Health) is a Worcestershire VCSE Alliance initiative that aims to improve health and wellbeing outcomes and address health inequalities through research-informed support for communities.

A key part of this project focusses on increasing participation in community health research by diverse and seldom heard groups.

We have been speaking with people from a range Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise organisations across Worcestershire to learn how health and care research is currently perceived. We’ve been listening to suggestions of which communities would most benefit from better involvement in research.

To read more about our initial findings and to get involved visit: REACH Worcestershire – widening community engagement in research – let’s keep the conversations going!

Free holidays to families in need during school holidays

  • Mon – Friday holidays available
  • Families need to be referred by anyone who works with them (teacher, doctor, health visitor, social worker etc)
  • All food and drink provided
  • Children need to be 9 years old and under
  • Some shared facilities but each family has their own room
  • Play areas (inside and outside)
  • Referral form is available on our website

For more information contact Dodford Farm via their website

National Stop Loan Shark Week 13th to 19th May 2024.


The campaign is about there being ‘No Blame, No Shame’ for anyone who has borrowed from a loan shark. From our research, we have found that many borrowers do not try to find help until 2 years after they first take out a loan from an illegal money lender.
Read more>>>>

Downloadable resources

Click here for a list of resources produced by Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust available to download for free.

If you require these documents in a different format please email 

Safe Haven (Herefordshire)

Herefordshire Mind is delighted to have recently expanded its Safe Haven service so that it is now open 7 nights a week from 5-10pm, at Heffernan House, 130-132 Widemarsh Street, Hereford, HR4 9HN. The service offers a safe space to anyone in Herefordshire over 18 who is experiencing emotional distress.

They work with people experiencing a wide range of issues and can be contacted by telephone and email as well as providing face to face support and a social space. If you are struggling emotionally, please get in touch. Tel: 01432 372407, or email:

Community First support people running – or hoping to run – every type of community building: village halls, parish halls, community centres and churches reaching out to a wider community. The community buildings advisory service is operated by Richard Timney who is available to provide information, advice and support on the phone, via email, through written material and limited visits.

Join Community First’s Village Hall Network!

If you would like to join our network to get discounts and free advice notes and model documents
and occasional extra briefings contact Richard Timney on
You can also bask in the glory of being in a club of halls – able to share information and experiences – to allow your village hall to prosper and to do so efficiently and practically.

Callow End Village Hall New Trustees/Volunteers needed

Email or call 0195 831019 for more information

Keep Herefordshire Warm – free advice for residents on energy tips, and reducing energy bills

Our team offer a free advice line where residents can get tailored advice on making their homes more energy efficient and ways to lower their energy bills.

We may be going into warmer months, but we’re encouraging households to get advice now to feel the benefit in Winter.
The cost of living remains high, and many households are struggling with their energy bills as standing charges rise and energy debt reaches a record figure of £3.1 billion.

Here’s a link to our website so you can learn a bit more about us, and the projects
Keep Herefordshire Warm
Home Energy Savers

           When: Weekly every Sunday from 19 May to 25 August 2024, 14:30-16:30

  • Where: The Bandstand, Caroline Symonds Gardens, Wye Street, Ross-on-Wye HR9 7BX
  • About: Ross-on-Wye Town Council’s annual series of free weekly outdoor summer concerts, every Sunday from 26 May until 1 September with the all-day Proms in the Park on Sunday 21 July. Bring a blanket, chair, food and drink and enjoy a relaxing afternoon of live music. Ice cream available onsite from Kelsmor Dairy.
  • Car parking: if arriving by car, the nearest carpark is Wilton Road (free on Sundays) which has easy pedestrian access to Caroline Symonds Gardens through the tunnels.

Read more>>>>> 

Park Yoga Kidderminster

Park Yoga provides free weekly outdoor yoga sessions from May to September, to get people moving and connecting with nature. The sessions are gentle and at a level that everyone can access and adapt easily. Everyone is welcome, regardless of age, background or ability.

Every Sunday 9.30 am-10.30 am Brinton Park, Kidderminster
Read more>>>>>

Bromsgrove Forum of Older People

Drop-in Information and Q&A event

In response to concerns raised about the impact of the digitalisation of the UK’s Phone network upon older and vulnerable people in particular, in partnership with the Bromsgrove Forum of Older People, Age UK BRWF is hosting a drop-in Information and Q&A event:

  • Wednesday 15th May 2024
  • 12-2pm

At Age UK BRWF’s Bromsgrove High Street Charity Shop (113 High Street, B61 8EZ)

New YourSpace Mental Health and Wellbeing Hubs for Children and Young People aged 11-25

YourSpace Mental Health and Wellbeing Hubs for Children and Young People aged 11-25 available in community locations across Worcestershire.

YourSpace recognises the need for early support to help children and young people cope better with their mental health and wellbeing and prevent escalation to more serious mental health difficulties.

YourSpace provides a single point of early access, without the need for an appointment or referral* to both one to one and group support for children and young people.
Read more>>>>>>

Be part of the first Worcestershire VCSE Alliance Forum meeting on 22nd May!

  • Are you part of a Voluntary organisation, Community group or Social Enterprise in Worcestershire?
  • Are you working towards helping residents in Worcestershire to be happier and healthier?
  • Would you welcome the opportunity to share anecdotal information about the people you work with and talk about how together we can improve services?

Join us and learn how together we can make this happen!

10 am to 12 noon 22nd May at Lyppard Hub, Worcester, WR4 0DZ

Click here to register and for more information

Registration is essential and closes on Monday 20th May at 12 noon. Each person attending should complete this form. To allow for widest participation we ask that each organisation is represented by a maximum of 2 people.

Elmley Small Grants for Arts Scheme 

This scheme is for community groups in Herefordshire and Worcestershire planning arts events or art equipment purchases. There are two funds – Events and Activities and Arts Equipment.  Both offer up to all the projected cost, to a maximum of £1,000. (There are separate Guidelines for each fund.)

The scheme is administered on behalf of the Elmley Foundation by Community First, Guidelines and application forms are available to download online.

If you have any questions about your eligibility or whether your ideas fit the scheme, please email your questions to our Grants Administrator at Community First using email


The next round of application dates:

  • 12th July 2024 for decision by 26th July 2024

11th October 2024 for decision by 25th October 2024

The Stay Connected Community Grant

Tackling loneliness, social isolation and health inequalities has been a priority in Worcestershire for several years.

To support this priority, the Tackling Loneliness Partnership Group was created to understand local needs and shape initiatives which aim to increase connections through a variety of opportunities. The group brings together representatives from the County and District Councils, the NHS and the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector to explore ways to tackle loneliness and isolation throughout Worcestershire across all ages.
Read more>>>>>

Would you like to make a real difference to the lives of young people across Worcestershire?

We are seeking 2-3 new trustees, with relevant expertise, enthusiasm and time to help guide our work.

The Basement Project is a local charity which employs 10 staff members and has a team of committed volunteers. The Basement Project is a safe, secure environment and offers support and advice with a wide range of issues to young people under the age of 25. Our work focuses on helping young people create a foundation for independence.

  • Where: Our main office is in Bromsgrove but we work across Worcestershire.
  • Time Commitment: We hold 6 meetings per year, usually on a Monday at 5PM. We welcome assistance as appropriate outside of these meetings.
  • Salary: None, but expenses available.
  • Term of appointment: Initial appointment of three years.
  • Deadline: Applications need to be received by Friday 17th May.

If you would like to know more, please look at our Trustee Recruitment Pack on our website

Youth and Communities Worker Vacancy


Job Title: Youth and Communities Worker
Responsible to: Youth and Communities Co-ordinator
Responsible for: Supervising Assistant Youth Workers, volunteers and young people during youth work sessions

Hours of work:

  • 1 x 6 hour contract
  • 1x 20 hour contract
  • both roles will include evening and weekend work.

Click here for more information

FREE PUBLICITY– Community First are keen to help you publicise your Herefordshire and Worcestershire voluntary, community and social enterprise sector jobs and volunteering opportunities in this space. Send them to: Fran

Community First Our Current Work

Specialist Advice

Collaborative initiatives: 

  • VCS Provider Group – working together to maximise our collaborative impact for our local communities
  • Bulk Oil Buying Scheme – anyone in Herefordshire and Worcestershire using oil to heat their home or community building, can benefit from reduced heating costs.

Become a Member of Community First – Join Community First to support our work with rural communities and supporting voluntary and community sector organisations. Membership

For contact details relating to the above areas of our work, please follow the web links, or phone Community First’s general number and ask to be put through to the appropriate advisor: 01684 312730; or you can email us

We would like to hear from you:
Please send us any local news/information/events that you would like included in our monthly newsletter
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Become a Community First member and support our work
in Herefordshire and Worcestershire and have a say at our AGM

Our vision is of strong, successful and healthy communities thriving
across Herefordshire and Worcestershire where everyone can achieve their full potential

By strong we mean that communities are resilient to challenge and adaptive to change.
By successful we mean that economic and social interactions are as good as they can be.
By healthy we mean that everyone’s physical and mental health is as good as it can be and that people live in a healthy environment.
By communities we mean not only communities of place but also communities of interest. It is particularly important to address communities of interest in a world where so many interactions are online.
By communities we include all in Herefordshire and Worcestershire with a special emphasis on smaller rural communities where their rurality poses particular challenges.

Our mission is to support the wellbeing of communities
across Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

To deliver our mission we must
Support – provide expert support to those communities, particularly through organisations in those communities.
Advocate – act as advocate, representing the diverse interests of those communities, particularly where they may find it difficult getting their voice heard.
Deliver – provide direct support to individuals where there are no other suitable organisations able to provide such support.
Manage – ensure that our own organisation is fit for purpose and able to deliver our mission in an efficient and effective way.

Wyredin – Your May edition from Wyre Forest District Council

2024 is our 50th anniversary year. Wyre Forest District Council was formally established in April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972. This abolished previous local government structures and created a whole new local government system. We share this milestone with many other councils.

For 50 years, we have proudly served our towns, villages and communities and we continue to deliver quality services.

We would like you to share share with us your favourite memories or moments or thing about Wyre Forest District Council. It could be an event you attended, a photo, memories of working with us working for us etc. If you’ve got video we would love to see them too.


You can email us at  We would be grateful if you could include a few lines about what the picture/video shows and when it was taken. Thank you!

Email your memories

Also celebrating is Councillor Fran Oborski. Fran is one of the few councillors across England who has continuous service on the same principal authority since the reorganisation of councils brought about by the Local Government Act 1972. Over the years she has taken on many roles including Chair of the Council and Deputy Leader. Congratulations Fran on your outstanding record of unbroken service!

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