THE GRAND opening of a new electrical training centre was the highlight of Worcester Community Trust’s inaugural annual celebration event.
More than 80 members of the local community came together to celebrate the impact the city charity has had during 2022 and 2023.
The charity runs six community hubs throughout Worcester, as well as a wide range of wellbeing and community projects such as DAWN, which supports people who are experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse, and its wellbeing job clubs which help people manage any barriers to employment that they may be facing.
Between April 2022 and March 2023, the charity supported more than 2,000 local people through their projects and welcomed more than 10,000 visitors into their community hubs.
Volunteers gave just over 6,900 hours of their time during this period to support the Trust’s activities.
As part of the celebration event, attendees also gathered to witness the official grand opening of the charity’s new electrical training centre at its Building Block in Warndon.
Building Block volunteer Jules cut the ribbon and made a poignant speech about her journey with Worcester Community Trust.
Having left Worcester to join the army, Jules returned to Worcester in 2022 following injury, bullying, sexual assault and experiencing domestic abuse within her relationship. She found the DAWN project, and her journey with Worcester Community Trust developed from there.
“When I started volunteering at The Building Block, I could hardly speak to anyone, I was very withdrawn and lacked in confidence,” she said.
“All of the staff were so understanding and patient with my needs. 12 months on, I am able to open up and be honest about what I have been through, and challenge myself outside of my comfort zone, like giving this speech today. Coming here has literally saved my life.”
Guests at the event were treated to delicious food provided by SB Kitchens, whose owner Shaista was a former client of the Trust’s job coaching service.