Visitors looking to Discover Worthing can get a bright friendly welcome from those that know the town best thanks to a new Greeters scheme.
The programme, which has been introduced just in time for the summer holidays by Worthing Borough Council’s tourism arm Discover Worthing, brings together a team of volunteers who want to share the passion they have for the place they call home.
Greeters will provide a free warm welcome to individuals and groups before sharing local knowledge of Worthing’s highlights, hidden gems and heritage – meaning visitors can get much more out of their visit than by simply looking at a guide book.
Councillor Kevin Jenkins, Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “Worthing really is a town on the up and we’re always looking for new and distinct ways to encourage people to find out more about we have to offer.”
“I can think of no better way for visitors to get the inside track than by speaking to the people who know the town best.”
“It’s informal, fun, family-friendly and, best of all, it’s free – and I’m certain that it will be a popular addition to our tourism offer for the tens of thousands of visitors we get every year.”
A Greet can range from a town centre or seafront stroll, a bike trip or ramble on the South Downs.
Visitors to the town wanting to pick up some top tips can log a request in advance on the Discover Worthing website.
A greeter will then contact the visitors direct to arrange a place and a time to meet.
All of those on the Discover Worthing Greeter database will be fully vetted and equipped with bright badges and branded brollies.
Linda Smith, who combines the role with her job at Adur & Worthing Councils, said: “I’m quite a new resident to Worthing and I have enjoyed finding out about the town. It has surprised me as there’s so much going on and I cannot wait to share it with everyone.”
Paul Cox, who is one of the Greeters, said: “My favourite things to do here are walking whether that’s along the beach or the downs; the variety in terms of places to eat and drink – there are so many places available and range of food is amazing; and just the vast number of things to do in Worthing – it’s a fantastic place to live.”
For more details, visit www.DiscoverWorthing.uk.