Big congratulations to Alcester Town Council to be selected as finalist in NALC’s Star Council Awards! Unlike the other five categories, the Council of the Year will be decided by a public vote.
This year's finalists are:
- Alcester Town Council, Warwickshire and West Midlands
- Bridport Town Council, Dorset
- Flitwick Town Council, Bedfordshire
- Hatton Parish Council, Derbyshire
- Totnes Town Council, Devon
Read more about the finalists and cast your vote to help decide who will be crowned the Star Council Awards 2022 Council of the Year winner. Voting ends on 22 August 2022, with the winner announced at a virtual ceremony in October.
Alcester Town Council (ATC) has focused on the health and well-being of its residents since 2016.
By creating a Health and Wellbeing Board, including members of the local statutory and voluntary sector and other interested parties, the council’s vision and objective have been to develop a resilient community by building capacity and social networks.
The board recognises the importance of helping the community feel more connected so that people can share information, feel less isolated and increase their sense of belonging and wellbeing.
Alcester Town Council is unusual in that it employs a health and wellbeing coordinator whose job is to partner with local organisations to create new services, activities, events, and projects that meet the needs of the community; represent and support existing groups and societies that promote health and wellbeing in the community, help to initiate, develop, and lead on any new projects and services and put forward the wishes and needs of the local community through consultation and two-way communication.
Many activities and projects outlined below are a direct consequence of the ideas and responses received from the community in Alcester, most are currently delivered by the community, and all promote inclusion and build community cohesion. Funding has been sought, and relationships forged with both the private and public sectors to bring about the vision many community members have felt most passionate about.
The main projects this year have included Cook and Eat Your Tea which helps different groups of people to cook together and then sit down and eat the meal they have prepared, the Well Connected computer group, which Alcester Town Council supports alongside eight volunteers, the Repair Café Alcester which is also supported by Alcester Town Council, a weekly group for adults with learning and /or physical disabilities called The Crafty Lunch Club that is delivered with financial support from Alcester Town Council, the Gone Fishin fishing programme for a small number of residents that may find themselves suffering from health inequalities, Get A Move On fitness classes for the over 60s and a holiday lunch club funded by Alcester Town Council which provides hot lunches for local children. The lunch club was an initiative by a resident during the lockdown and now continues during school holidays.