WORCESTER’s first citizen Coun Louis Stephen visited Maggs Day Centre, a Worcestershire-based charity which supports the homeless and vulnerable.
The visit included stops at the Worcester Day Centre, based in Deansway and its Clothing Project in The Tything to explore the wide range of services Maggs offers.
Mayor of Worcester, Coun Stephen said: “Unfortunately, homelessness is again rising in Worcester. I was keen to learn more about how Maggs has expanded from the Day Centre to its current operations.
“Although I had heard about Maggs, as they have been around for almost 40 years, I did not know about the Maggs Clothing Project, so it was great to see how beneficial this project is to not only Worcester but our surrounding areas.
“Please remember them when donating clothes and household items to charity shops.”
The Clothing Project, which has been open since 2020, is run solely on donations from the general public and used on a referral basis from various organisations around the county.
Volunteers have seen a surge in visitors to the project, particularly over the last few months.
Melissa Blewitt, from Maggs, said: “As the number of rough sleepers rises, so does the demand for our services.
“Therefore, we need to make the public aware of how much they truly make a difference to people’s lives with their kindness and generosity.”