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A New Year

Happy 2022! We hope that you managed to have a wonderful, relaxing time over Christmas and New Year, despite the challenging circumstances. This year, as always, our resolution is to do whatever we can to help residents lead active and creative lives, regardless of what else might be going on. To that end we’ve gathered a selection of ideas below, which we hope will be of interest to you.


Each year increasing numbers of us resolve to take part in Veganuary. Since 2014 more than a million people have done so – and, whether or not you participate in the whole month or have already adopted a plant-based diet, there are lots of delicious (and affordable) vegan recipes to try. As well as those on the Veganuary website the BBC have loads of fantastic plant-based recipes at the following link.


Continuing the food theme, each year 25 January sees people all around the world celebrate the life and works of Robert Burns. A truly universal writer, Burns’ poems and songs touch upon just about every aspect of life – from the light-hearted to the heart-breaking. Why not mark the occasion by making your very own plant-based haggis? Or having your own socially-distanced Burns supper according to the traditional model?

This Wednesday 27 January marks Holocaust Memorial Day, when we remember those who died in the Holocaust and the other genocides that followed. This year the Redditch remembrance event will be virtual and will feature creative writing and visual artwork from local school pupils. Stay tuned to Council social media on the 27 to take part in the virtual event – and to find out more about Holocaust Memorial Day follow the link here.

Lastly, we know that many people may be feeling isolated or lonely at this time, especially those of us who may have additional needs. As such we wanted to take the opportunity to spotlight schemes such as Gig Buddies and ONSIDE’s People Like Us (PLUS). The former ordinarily aims to support people with learning disabilities and/or autism to attend live musical events – but are now offering COVID-19 safe ways of engaging. PLUS aims to help people experiencing loneliness and isolation engage in the community. The service is open to anyone over 18 who is registered with a GP in Worcestershire.