2nd Dec, 2020

An idea worth talking about

Rob George 21st Nov, 2020

A HOUSING association has pledged its support for a scheme to bring people together through conversation and promote neighbourliness in Worcester.

Platform Housing Group – which has its headquarters in the Midlands and an office in the city – has joined forces with a host of other organisations to help develop the Talk To Me Worcester campaign.

The campaign was initially launched in January 2019. In its first three months, 1,500 people took part in a range of events throughout the city. Given the success of the first scheme, the campaign was launched again in January 2020 with an aim to run until the end of May.

Tom Piotrowski, Inclusion and Diversity Advisor for Platform Housing Group said: “There has never been a more important time for people to reach out to others as there is today.

Jointly organised by Platform Housing Group, Worcester City Council, Worcester Community Trust, Yellow Scarf and European Connections Forum, the group is well supported throughout the city.

Basia Ligas, campaign co-ordinator at Talk To Me Worcester said : “We were off to a great start with 38 events registered with Talk To Me Worcester 2020 within the first few weeks of the campaign.

“Sadly, due to the pandemic many of these had to be called off, while team members were either furloughed or assigned to support the relief activities elsewhere.

“Our aim is to resurrect the good work and outcomes of this scheme. We are also delighted to be joined by a group of young people who have been successful in securing funding for the campaign from the European Solidarity Corps of the European Commission.”

Coun Jo Hodges, Mayor of Worcester said: “Talking with other people reduces isolation, builds stronger and more resilient communities and improves the well-being of individuals, families and the wider community.”

Call 07805 812708 or e-mail tom.piotrowski@platformhg.com for more.

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