Businesses could win £1,000 by taking part in skills survey

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Businesses could win £1,000 by taking part in skills survey

Businesses are being encouraged to take part in a survey to find out what their skills and training needs are.

The survey is being run by Malvern Hills and Wychavon District Councils with telemarketing agency, Team Telemarketing, and will end on 31 January 2022.

Businesses will be contacted via phone call to take part in the survey but it can also be done online. All entrants will be entered into a prize draw to win a £1,000 cash prize.

The results will help guide the councils in providing targeted support to businesses including future subsidised courses to meet their needs, help with recruitment and to fill the skills gap.

The survey is being run as part of the Malvern Hills and Wychavon Upskilling Project which has received funding of £283,050 from the UK Government Renewal Fund.

The project is being run by Malvern Hills District and Wychavon District Councils, with Worcestershire County Council acting as the lead authority for the programme.

Cllr Daniel Walton, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development and Tourism on Malvern Hills District Council, said: “This survey is an important part of our continued commitment to addressing the skills gap within the Malvern Hills District and helping businesses to thrive. It is a great opportunity for businesses to tell us what they need in terms of recruitment, providing training for staff and more.”

Cllr Richard Morris, Executive Board Member for Economic Growth and Tourism on Wychavon District Council, said: “We need to support the changing needs of businesses to help people stay and get into work, as well as growing a successful economy. We will be able to use the findings of the survey to provide much-needed, targeted support.”

The survey will take between three to 15 minutes to complete depending on the business.

Visit www.malvernhills.gov.uk/skills to take part in the survey if you are a Malvern Hills District based business.

Visit www.wychavon.gov.uk/business to take part in the survey if you are a Wychavon based business.

Here2Help Community Services Directory

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The Here2Help Community Services Directory

In September 2021, Here2Help launched its Community Services Directory as part of its wider service to help residents search for a range of services and support offered by charities, community groups, businesses, public sector groups and other organisations in their local area and across the whole of Worcestershire.

These services include mental health and wellbeing, financial advice, assistance and supplies, volunteering opportunities, recreation activities and much more.

Since its launch in September, over 275 organisations have signed up to offer support and services to Worcestershire residents.

The Here2Help team have also been out visiting various libraries in the County to talk to residents about the Here2Help Service and the Community Services Directory.

Do you know any local organisations that may be interested in registering their service on the Here2Help Community Services Directory ?

More information can be found by visiting  www.worcestershire.gov.uk/here2help

PINVIN SAYS NO! TO THE MUSHROOM FACTORY   MEETING THURSDAY 26TH AUGUST 7.30 PM Pinvin Memorial Hall

PINVIN SAYS NO! TO THE MUSHROOM FACTORY

 

MEETING THURSDAY 26TH AUGUST 7.30 PM

Pinvin Memorial Hall

There will be a meeting to discuss our response to the latest plans from Walsh Mushrooms.   We hope that everyone will come along.

The plans show that they have retreated just 40m from the village by slightly reducing the number of tunnels.  It will continue to have the same massive effect on the village, will still be too close to the schools (160m) and houses.  There is no change to the size and height of the tunnels, the lighting, the pollution and to the drainage of the site.  The traffic impact would remain as bad as we originally forecast.

 

More than £4.3million will be spent by Wychavon improving the energy efficiency of fuel poor homes across the district after several successful funding bids.

£4.3million for improving home energy efficiency

 

More than £4.3million will be spent by Wychavon improving the energy efficiency of fuel poor homes across the district after several successful funding bids.

 

Wychavon has received a share of £5.8million from the Government’s Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund as part of a joint bid with Rooftop Housing Group, Trent and Dove Housing Group, Citizen Housing Group and Trident Group.

 

Some £3million of the money will be spent in Wychavon on installing energy efficient solar and solar thermal panels, external wall insulation and loft insulation. Work is being targeted at low income households in fuel poverty and homes with a poor energy efficiency rating. The rest of the money will be spent on homes in Staffordshire and Birmingham.

 

More than 260 properties will be improved in total saving households up to £450 a year on their fuel bills and helping to cut carbon emissions as part of Wychavon’s Intelligently Green Plan.

 

Wychavon has also received £700,000 from the first phase of the Government’s Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery Scheme. This money is being used to improve the energy efficiency of 155 homes across the district through the installation of solar panels, solar thermals and draught proofing.

 

Another £650,000 has already been pledged to Wychavon as part of the second phase of the scheme. The money will again be targeted at fuel poor households and details are being worked up about how the funding will be distributed to make the maximum impact.

 

Cllr Chris Day, Executive Board Member for Housing, Health and Wellbeing on Wychavon District Council, said: “I’m delighted we have been able to secure this money which, together with our partners, allows us to make a very significant investment in improving the energy efficiency of homes across Wychavon. This will help us to cut carbon emissions to support the fight against climate change, as well as save people money.”

 

Pinvin says NO! to the Mushroom Factory -REMINDER Zoom Meeting -Tuesday 25th May 7.30pm

Pinvin says NO! to the Mushroom Factory

REMINDER

Zoom Meeting

Tuesday 25th May 7.30pm

Despite denying it at the photoshoot this afternoon, there IS a Zoom meeting this evening at 7.30. 

Please come along at 7.30!

 

Details are:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7181970587

Meeting ID: 718 197 0587

Pinvin says NO! to the Mushroom Factory – REMINDER Publicity/Press Release Photo Shoot – Tuesday 25th May 4pm – Pinvin Schools

Pinvin says NO! to the Mushroom Factory

REMINDER

Publicity/Press Release Photo Shoot

Tuesday 25th May 4pm

Pinvin Schools

Just a reminder to everyone about the revised day for the Publicity/Press Release Photo Shoot which is at 4pm this Tuesday 25th May at Pinvin Schools.  We would like as many children as possible to come along to take part in the picture for the paper.

We would welcome as many residents with or without out children as can make it to come along to emphasise the volume of feeling in the village against the Mushroom Factory.

For safeguarding reasons we have to ask that all children are accompanied by their parents or a by responsible adult.

New Date for Photo Shoot – Pinvin says NO! to the Mushroom Factory- Tuesday 25th May 4.00pm

Pinvin says NO! to the Mushroom Factory

 

After reviewing many weather forecasts and radar prediction we have decided to POSTPONE the photo shoot this afternoon.  The probability of wet and windy weather is too high to make the photo shoot practicable or desirable. 

NEW DATE

Publicity/Press Release Photo Shoot

Tuesday 25th May 4.00pm

 

We have a new date for the photo shoot, Tuesday 25th May at 4.00pm.  Arrangements as before, weather much better!

 

Pinvin says NO! to the Mushroom Factory-Giving to the Pinvin Fight again the Mushroom Factory Fund

Pinvin says NO! to the Mushroom Factory

Giving to the Pinvin Fight again the Mushroom Factory Fund

This Fund is to raise money for the village of Pinvin to assist with the costs of any further consultancy or legal fees that Pinvin Parish Council may incur in opposing the Mushroom Growing Facility proposed on the edge of the village in January 2021.

Any money left over and not spent will be returned proportionately to givers.

If you wish to donate to the Fund you can do so by two methods:

 

Internet banking

Payee:                       Pinvin Parish Council

Sort code:                 30-93-11

Account number:   00889177

Reference:                Mushroom Factory

 

Cheque

Payee:                       Pinvin Parish Council

Post to:                      Clerk to Pinvin Parish Council

1a Church Walk, Stourport on Severn, DY13 0AL

 

By hand to:               Steve Mitchell

4 Willow Close, Pinvin, WR10 2RZ

Please include a note to say that your cheque is a donation to the Mushroom Factory Fund

Pinvin says NO! to the Mushroom Factory- Notes from the Zoom Meeting on 11th May 2021

Pinvin says NO! to the Mushroom Factory

Notes from the Zoom Meeting on 11th May 2021

Publicity photo shoot

The Head at the schools has agreed that this will be on Friday 21st May on the school fields.  We will meet outside the front of the school at 4pm.

We would like as many children as possible to come along to take part in the picture for the paper. We have ask that they are accompanied by their parents or a responsible adult.

We would also welcome as many residents without children as can make it to come along as well to emphasise that all the residents are making a stand against the Mushroom Factory.

Thanks to Alan for the idea of props such as mushroom that can squash as part of the publicity.

Consultant

Simon Rees has been engaged to prepare the representation of us and he will be working on that next week.

Crowdfunding

We have investigated crowdfunding web sites and have found that we will lose between 3% and 5% in charges, which for us is a lot money for no gain.  We would also only get the sums donated typically once a month!

It was agreed that residents would be happy donating directly to the Parish Council website, where the money will be ring-fenced for spending only on any further consultancy or legal fees that are agreed.  Any money left over and not spent will be returned proportionately to givers.

A note on how to pay will be distributed separately.

Next Zoom meeting

The next Zoom meeting will be on 25 May at 19:30. Joining details (you will be reminded nearer the time!):

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7181970587

Meeting ID: 718 197 0587

 

Wychavon News Update- Pupils become ‘litter warriors’ in anti-litter fight

Pupils become ‘litter warriors’ in anti-litter fight

School pupils across the district are taking on the litter louts thanks to free education sessions funded by Wychavon.

More than 500 children have already taken part in Covid-19 Secure outdoor anti-litter sessions since the scheme launched in mid-March. They learn about why littering is anti-social, the damage it does to the environment and the risk it poses to wildlife.

Pupils also take part in a litter pick with an added challenge to hunt out the oldest bit of litter they can find. The prize so far goes to a pupil at Abbey Park Middle School in Pershore who found a crisp packet dating back to 1981.

Teachers are also given a lesson plan to run follow-up sessions and are encouraged to sign up for the Wychavon Adopt a Street volunteer litter picking scheme, so pupils can continue to keep their community clean and tidy.

The sessions are run by local company Little Litter Warriors and funded as part of Wychavon’s anti-litter campaign. Every school across the district will be offered the chance to host at least one session per class every year.

Sharon Casswell, Client Services Manager for Wychavon District Council, said: “It is fantastic to see so many children getting involved in learning about the damage littering causes and doing something about it by signing up to become part of our Adopt a Street volunteer litter picking team. They are setting a fantastic example to others who I hope will be inspired to follow their lead and start putting their rubbish in the bin.”

Karen Blanchfield, Director of Little Litter Warriors, said: “This is an exciting opportunity educating pupils through schools on the impact of litter pollution. As a litter heroes ambassador for Keep Britain Tidy, I am passionate about educating children on why they should take individual responsibility with their litter decisions and why it is important to dispose of this litter responsibly.

“The litter pick practical sessions are a great way to engage the children in a fun outdoor litter hunt that brings to light just how long a piece of litter has remained in the environment. The teacher classroom sessions allow the children to share their ideas on how they can implement Wychavon’s Adopt a Street initiative to help manage the litter around their school community. I am delighted to be working with Wychavon who are investing in the environment for future generations.”

Schools in the district can book their free session by visiting www.wychavon.gov.uk/littering and following the link.

 

Caption 1: Pupils from Cleeve Prior Primary School cleaned up after taking part in one of our litter prevention sessions.

cleeve prior primary school

Caption 2: Pupils from Upton Snodsbury C of E First School took part in one of the sessions and are now part of Wychavon’s Adopt a Street scheme with a commitment to look after the footpaths around the school.

upton snodsbury first school

Caption 3: Pupils from Abbey Park Middle School in Pershore where a crisp packet dating back to 1981 was found.

abbey park middle school