Worth Unlimited Kidderminster: Working to support the community

There has never been a more important time for people to be active within their community to ensure vulnerable people get the help they so desperately need. Worth Unlimited Kidderminster is one of the many groups in Worcestershire that are doing incredible work for those in need.

Initially Worth Unlimited Kidderminster was set up due to the clear need for youth services on the local Offmore and Comberton estates in the town. The area has seen high levels of antisocial behaviour as well as a rise in young people being affected by mental illness. This is a trend that has been replicated across the country with the following statistics being released by the Mental Health Foundation:

  • 20% of adolescents may experience a mental health problem in any given year.
  • 50% of mental health problems are established by age 14 and 75% by age 24.
  • 10% of children and young people (aged 5-16 years) have a clinically diagnosable mental problem, yet 70% of children and adolescents who experience mental health problems have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age.

Issues surrounding young people and mental health have been exacerbated by the reduced access to mental healthcare services due to increased cuts to the National Health Service. The Trade Union Congress’ Mental Health Funding Report highlighted that in Herefordshire and Worcestershire bed spaces for patients with mental health needs has gone down by 17%, whilst demand has risen 88%. Sadly this an issue that will only get worse as a result of the mental heath effects the pandemic has had on many.

Worth Unlimited Kidderminster’s work with young people was forced to change due to the pandemic and lockdown. As a result, they have diversified their work in the community and have provided mental health care packages to local residents. Additionally, in the most recent half-term, the group provided meals for families due to the Government’s decision not to fund free school meals during the break.

Worth Unlimited Volunteer Liam Carroll told Worcestershire Transformed:

“As a youth and community work charity we work to bring communities together so that people always have someone to turn to when life gets challenging. We also feel it is important that young people play an active role in their community because it means they get to have a say in what happens in our towns and ensure that decisions are made to benefit all age groups.”

The group have also committed to support their community leading up to Christmas. They will be making ‘Christmas Dinner Hampers’, consisting of meat, vegetables and anything else that has been donated which will donated to 100 disadvantaged families across Wyre Forest. In addition, thanks to a donation from a local church, the hampers are hopefully going to include a board game as well.

People can get involved with volunteering by messaging the group on Facebook, Twitter or by emailing marie.holmes@worthunlimited.co.uk. People can also donate money to their Virgin fundraising page.

If you know of any other community groups or charities doing incredible work in your area, drop us an email at worctransformed@gmail.com.

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