A host of free events this March will offer residents the chance to get support with living, learning and working in Wolverhampton.

The fourth City of Wolverhampton Residents Programme will run throughout March helping residents into work, to be healthy and with their everyday living.

There are lots of drop-in events to enable residents find out how to get an apprenticeship, save money on energy bills, cook more healthily and cheaply and start a new hobby.

Residents can find out about all the events by visiting the dedicated Live, Learn, Work website.

Ian Darch, Chief Executive at Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council, said: "Wolverhampton has so much to offer; it's a great place to live, learn and work and there is a fantastic range of organisations here to support residents to reach their potential.

"Together, partners across the city have arranged a wide-ranging programme of events to help residents into work, including starting their own business, to maintain their health and wellbeing, and to develop their skills and knowledge."

Councillor Roger Lawrence, Leader of the City of Wolverhampton Council, said: "Supporting residents into jobs and apprenticeships, providing opportunities for people to learn and develop their skills and improving the health and wellbeing of local people are top priorities for the city.

"Dozens of organisations have come together for the 2019 Residents Programme which runs throughout March, bringing free events to residents that showcase the services and support which are available all year round.”

The packed programme kicks off with two days of Love Learning activities in the Mander Centre on Friday and Saturday, 1 and 2 March, between 10am and 3pm. Residents can have a go at speaking Spanish, try out British Sign Language or have fun creating music or learning basic first aid. Children can have their photograph taken with Wolverhampton Wanderers’ mascot Wolfie, join in craft activities or take an acting masterclass. For further details, please visit www.wlv.ac.uk/lovelearning.

Residents of all ages looking for a job with training can find out about apprenticeships and chat with employers with vacancies by dropping into the Civic Centre, on Tuesday 5, Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 March, between 9am and 5pm. Alternatively, they can head to Wolverhampton Racecourse, Gorsebrook Road, on Thursday April 4 between 4pm and 7pm.

Access to Business will be marking International Women’s Day by hosting an information and advice session for women who are, or are wanting to become, self-employed. It will take place at Ramada Park Hall Hotel on Wednesday March 6 between 9.30am and 2pm. To attend, please book in advance by calling 01902 572397.

Residents who want to get cooking and eat well and cheaply can watch live cooking demonstrations, get free samples, recipes and advice at Wolverhampton Market on Saturdays 23, 30 March and 6 April and at Bilston Market on Saturday 13 April, between 11am and 1pm. People will also be able to pick up a free seven-day pass to Wolverhampton’s three WV Active leisure centres and have the chance of winning a year’s free WV Active membership.

Meanwhile, WV Active is also offering residents the chance to enjoy yoga, meditation and mindfulness sessions at WV Active Central, WV Active Aldersley and WV Active Bilston-Bert Williams in March. All abilities and levels of fitness are welcome but advanced booking is essential – visit www.wvactive.com or pop into one of the WV Active leisure centres.

People interested in finding out about fostering, what the selection process involves and what practical and financial support they will get are invited to meet the Fostering for Wolverhampton team at drop-in sessions taking place at Costa Coffee in Debenhams on Friday 1 March between 10am and 3pm and near to Boots in the Mander Centre on Thursday 7 March from 10am-2pm, or by attending or an Information Evening at Molineux Stadium on Tuesday 19 March between 6.30pm and 8pm. To book a place at the Molineux event, please visit www.fosteringforwolverhampton.com/molineux-event.

There are also plenty of opportunities for residents worried about health issues or concerned about dementia, and for carers looking for support, to drop into venues across the city for advice and information.

Visit the LIVELEARNWORK Wolves website to view all the events – there is something for everyone.