Worcestershire Libraries hosted a series of Cost of Living fairs over January and February this year, with six events taking place at Worcestershire’s largest libraries.
The events were created as part of a commitment to serving the community and providing access to information and advice to support residents.
The events were a huge success, with 835 additional people visiting the libraries during the fairs, equating to a 32% increase in visitors compared to the average number of visitors in January and February. The events were attended by regular library customers and those new to libraries, demonstrating the wide appeal and importance of the information and advice available.
Each event was joined by 20 to 30 partners who were on hand to offer advice to people on a wide range of areas including how they could save on heating bills, keep warm and well, and claim financial support they are entitled to.
Among those in attendance were Act on Energy, Age UK, Seetec, Department for Work and Pensions, Trussel Trust and Shaw Trust. Many local services, including Adult Learning Worcestershire, The Living Well for Longer Team, Worcestershire Libraries Digital Champions, and Here to Help Worcestershire, were also on hand to provide information and guidance to residents.
Marcus Hart, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Communities at Worcestershire County Council said: “We are thrilled with the success of these Cost of Living fairs. They provided an excellent platform for the community to access valuable information and advice on managing living costs. We are grateful to our partners who joined us at these events, and we are delighted to have been able to welcome so many new faces to our libraries.
“Our plans are to continue hosting similar events at other locations, building on the success of these events and supporting the community in managing the ongoing cost of living challenges.”
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