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Wouldn’t it be great if the community spirit we saw in the first Lock-down could be recaptured for the long term?

It’s happening! Discover how and please help the As One vision take root where you live!

Worcestershire organizations including the county and district councils, faith groups, schools, businesses and others are joining forces to help streets across the county to renew their sense of belonging, support and friendliness, as widely experienced in the first Lock-down. 

As part of Worcestershire’s ‘As One’ campaign, the message, ‘Fill your street with friendliness’ has started to be displayed on hundreds of large banners across the county.  From the spring, dozens of local As One events will be put on to help the message take root in each locality.

The idea is that more of a sense of connection, kindness, friendliness and belonging between people who live on the same street will be a huge boost for elderly people, young families, single people, everyone! 

Dozens of churches and other faith groups, community centres and other Worcestershire partners are preparing to host As One Tea Party events, each for their own neighbourhood. There, residents from each local street will be introduced to the idea of starting a Street Association for their own street, with the aim of keeping the friendliness going long after the emergency has lifted.  In many local areas, an As One memorial service will also be held, ahead of the tea party, to remember the anxiety, isolation, loss and bereavement experienced by so many over the last two years and to help bring a measure of peace and ‘closure’, with the tea party then seeking to take the key ‘positive’ of the pandemic –the burst of community spirit – and help it to flourish for the long term.

The two-metre banner, introducing a design which is being picked up in other parts of the UK, focuses its encouragement on ‘your street’, because a Street Association led by local residents has been shown over 10 years to be a popular way of getting people together, organizing things like a children’s party, a barbecue, quiz night or trip away, just for one’s own street.  With an agenda of ‘friendship, fun, belonging, a helping hand’, the prize is that everyone gradually gets to know everyone, friendliness is released, isolation is addressed, fun is had and practical help flows to residents who may need it.  Community events are anticipated to take place from the spring, with the Platinum Jubilee as a key incentive to get neighbourly communication going in time.

There is also a village version of the banner, which looks like this:

Residents are encouraged to find out more about starting a Street Association where they live  – see Street Associations for more details of how to get it going.  There is also an invitation to help spread the As One vision on social media (see links at the bottom of this page).

I am delighted to welcome this community-led campaign that will continue the remarkable burst of community spirit we have seen since March 2020.   “I am excited to see Worcestershire continue to spread community spirit through this campaign and would encourage residents to get involved where they can. This is a fantastic opportunity to for us to bring the community together and celebrate the people we live with.

Councillor Matt Dormer, cabinet member with responsibility for communities, Worcestershire County Council

As One provides a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the joys of living in community with others.  Covid significantly restricted social gatherings in person, but the inability to meet ‘for real’ both led to new ways of connecting with others and also brought home just how precious and vital our human connections are.  Now is the ideal time to bring people together again As One.

Rt Rev John Inge, Bishop of Worcester

Worcestershire As One coordinator is Rachel Adkins, who can be emailed at worcestershire@as-one.uk.

Sincere thanks to all the Worcestershire organisations that have so far actively supported As One across the County:

  • Abberley Parochial VC Primary School
  • Abbey Park Middle School
  • Abbeywood First School
  • Arrow Valley First School
  • Ashton Primary School
  • Astley C of E Primary School
  • Barnt Green Baptist Church
  • Batchley First School
  • Baxter College
  • Bayton CE Primary School
  • Belbroughton CE Primary School
  • Bengeworth Academy
  • Bengeworth Academy
  • Birchensale Middle School
  • Blackminster Middle School
  • Blackwell First School
  • Bournheath Parish Council
  • Bredon Hancock’s CE First School
  • Broadheath CE Primary School and Pre-School
  • Broadwas CE Primary School
  • Broadway First School
  • Bromsgrove Baptist Church
  • Callow End CE Primary
  • Callow End Village Hall
  • Carnforth School
  • Catshill Middle, Catshill First School & Nursery
  • Charford First School
  • Chawson First School
  • Cherry Orchard Primary School
  • Christchurch, Matchborough
  • Church Hill Middle School
  • Cleeve Prior Primary
  • Clent Primary School
  • Clifton-upon-Teme Primary School
  • Clows Top Victory Hall
  • Comberton Primary School
  • Crowle First School
  • Cutnall Green C of E Primary School
  • Defford-cum-Besford CE First School
  • Dines Green Community Academy
  • Diocese of Worcester
  • Dodderhill Parish Council
  • Dodford First School
  • Dyson Perrins Church of England Academy
  • Eagle & Spur Pub, Cookley
  • Eckington C of E First School
  • Elmley Castle First School
  • Evesham Library
  • Fairfield First School
  • Fairfield Village Community Association & Neighbourhood Watch Group
  • Far Forest Lea Memorial CE Primary School
  • Finstall First School
  • Fladbury CE First  & Pre-School
  • Flyford Flavell Primary School
  • Franche Community Church
  • Franche Community Primary School
  • Great Witley CE Primary
  • Great Witley Parish Church
  • Grimly & Holt CE Primary
  • Grove Primary School
  • Guarlford Village Hall
  • Hagley Catholic High School
  • Hagley Parish Council
  • Hagley Primary School
  • Hallow C E Primary School
  • Hanley Castle High School
  • Hartlebury CE Primary School
  • Harvington CofE First School, Evesham
  • Haybridge High School
  • Heightington Village Hall
  • Heronswood Primary School
  • Himbleton Primary School
  • Hindlip First School
  • Hollymount School
  • Holy Redeemer Primary School
  • Holy Trinity School
  • Honeybourne Primary Academy
  • Kemerton Village Hall
  • Kempsey Primary
  • Lickey Hills Primary and Nursery School
  • Lindridge St Lawrence CE (VA) Primary School
  • Little Witley St Michael’s
  • Madresfield C.E. Primary School
  • Malvern Library
  • Malvern Parish Primary School 
  • Malvern Wells CE Primary School
  • Mamble Parish Council
  • Martley CE Primary School and Pre-School
  • Matchborough First School Academy
  • Meadow Green Primary School
  • Meadows First School
  • Norton Juxta Kempsey Primary
  • Oak Hill First School
  • Oasis Academy Hub, Worcester
  • Offenham CE First School
  • Offmore Primary School
  • Oldbury Park School
  • Ombersley Endowed First School
  • Orchard Primary School, Pershore
  • Orchard School, Bromsgrove
  • Our Lady of the Magnificat MAT
  • Pebworth First School
  • Pendock CE Primary School
  • Perry Wood Primary & Nursery School
  • Pershore High School
  • Powick Primary School
  • Red Hill C of E Primary School, 
  • Riversides School
  • Riversides School
  • Rubery Library
  • Sedgeberrow CE First School,
  • South Bromsgrove High Academy
  • St Ambrose Catholic Primary School, Kidderminster
  • St Andrew’s Church, Stockton-on-Teme
  • St Andrews C of E First School, Barnt Green
  • St Andrews CE Primary, Hampton
  • St Barnabas CE First & Middle School
  • St Bartholomew’s CE Primary School
  • St Bede’s Catholic Middle School
  • St Clement’s CofE Primary School
  • St Clement’s Church, Worcester
  • St Denys’ Church, Severn Stoke
  • St George’s C.E. School, Kidderminster
  • St George’s C of E First School and Nursery, Redditch
  • St George’s C of E Primary School, Worcester
  • St George’s Catholic Primary School
  • St James The Great Church, Kempsey
  • St James the Great Church, Pensax
  • St Johns Library, Worcester
  • St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Droitwich
  • St Joseph’s Church, Malvern
  • St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Malvern
  • St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Warndon
  • St Kenelm’s CE Primary School
  • St Lawrence Church, Lindridge
  • St Martin in the Cornmarket, Worcester
  • St Mary’s Church, Abberley
  • St Marys C of E (VA) Primary School
  • St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Broadway
  • St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Evesham
  • St Mary’s Church, Kempsey
  • St Mary’s Church, Shrawley
  • St Matthias C of E Primary School
  • St Michael & All Angels Church,Knighton-on-Teme
  • St Michael’s Church, Abberley
  • St Oswald’s CE Primary School, Kidderminster
  • St Peter’s C of E Academy, Droitwich
  • St Richard’s CofE First School, Evesham
  • St Thomas More Catholic First School
  • Stock & Bradley Green Village Hall
  • Stoke Prior First School, Bromsgrove
  • Stourport Primary Academy
  • Suckley School
  • Tall Trees Stoves and Fireplaces, Tenbury Wells
  • Tenbury CE Primary School
  • Tenbury High School
  • Tenbury Town Council
  • The Chantry School, Martley
  • The Coppice Primary School, Hollywood
  • The Demontford School, Evesham
  • The Hive, Worcester
  • The Parish of Kidderminster East
  • The Stourport High School & VIth Form College
  • The Sutton Park Community Primary School
  • The Vaynor First School
  • Trinity High School and Sixth Form College
  • Tudor Grange Primary Academy Perdiswell
  • Upper Arley C of E Primary School
  • Upton Snodsbury C of E First School
  • Upton upon Severn Baptist Church
  • Upton-upon-Severn CofE Primary School
  • Wadborough Village
  • Walkwood Middle School
  • Webheath Academy Primary School
  • Welland Primary School
  • Westacre Middle School
  • Westlands First School
  • Whittington Church of England Primary School
  • Wilden All Saints Ce Primary School
  • Witton Middle School
  • Wolverley Sebright Primary Academy
  • Worcestershire County Council
  • Wych Avon Parks Department
  • Wyre Forest School

Thanks for your support