Inside This Issue: All the latest news from Support Staffordshire

Newsletter - April 2019

In this issue

From the Chief Executive Other Support
National News Jobs
Countywide News Cannock & District
Health & Wellbeing East Staffordshire
Safer Communities Lichfield & District
Rural & Environment Newcastle-under-Lyme
Volunteering South Staffordshire
Funding Staffordshire Moorlands
Training Tamworth

From the Chief Executive



April sees Support Staffordshire enter its 6th year in operation. So, in late March we celebrated with our 5th birthday party; more of which below!

The last five years have seen us merge together (7 organisations!), moulded our new services, collaborate, share, pool resources, convene new and different conversations, reach out to our members and beyond, and look in at ourselves to see where we can improve and develop. Importantly we have done this together as one organisation with the shared ethos and aim of empowering our communities to grasp hold of the opportunities and decisions around them, to improve the lives of, well, us – because as most of us are local people, it truly is our community that we help to shape through Support Staffordshire’s advice, guidance and practical support.

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National News

Comprehensive voluntary sector safeguarding resources to be developed by new expert partnership

Unprecedented level of expertise as 13 national umbrella bodies and organisations join forces to help facilitate safeguarding improvement

A comprehensive suite of free safeguarding tools and advice will soon be available to the voluntary sector following the award of £570,000 by the National Lottery Community Fund to the Safer Social Sector Partnership.

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Countywide News

Time is running out - NOMINATE NOW!


Do you know an individual or organisation who make a real difference to our community?  Do they get the appreciation and the recognition they deserve?  Why not nominate them for a Star Award!  The categories are:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award 
  • Volunteer of the Year 
  • Volunteering Through Adversity 
  • Volunteer Achievement in Self Development 
  • Business Contribution to Volunteering 
  • Volunteering Support for young people by a team or individual 
  • Volunteering Support by a team or individual working primarily with the over 65’s 
  • Volunteer Team of the Year (less than 2 years old) 
  • Volunteer Team of the Year 
  • Volunteer of the Year (under 25) 

For more information or to SUBMIT YOUR NOMINATION CLICK HERE


Support Staffordshire delivers a £10m inward investment present for its 5th birthday


A leading Staffordshire membership and umbrella body for the voluntary sector is celebrating its 5th birthday in style after announcing it has secured more than £10m of inward investment over the same period – all going towards boosting local communities.

Support Staffordshire, which has assisted more than 1000 charities and organisations since it was formed, marked ‘helping its members to be the best they can be’ at a special anniversary party at Stafford Gatehouse.

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Staffordshire Day 2019


Staffordshire Day is fast approaching, but have no fear – it’s not too late to join the celebrations!

The big day, Wednesday 1st May, is now less than three weeks away, but Enjoy Staffordshire are still looking for voluntary organisations to host fundraisers and shout about the county on social media.

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Health & Wellbeing

AEDdonate - Staffordshire1000 campaign


AEDdonate  are in the process of launching a new ambitious local campaign called Staffordshire1000 on 1/5/19 in Staffordshire, which coincides with Staffordshire Day.

The campaign is to boost the number of community access defibrillators in Staffordshire and increase community awareness of the locations and knowledge of what to do in a cardiac arrest emergency. 

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The NHS in Staffordshire is changing, and it needs your help


The NHS in Staffordshire is changing, and it needs your help.

The Government is investing an extra £20bn a year in the NHS as part of the NHS Long Term Plan. Now you can help our local NHS invest in the right support in Staffordshire by sharing your ideas with us.

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Safer Communities

Community Safety and Knife Crime Survey

As part of a new contract, SCVYS has been asked to undertake research around Community Safety and Knife Crime (Youth Violence). Specifically, we are interested in knife crime and whether this is a growing issue around the county. 

Taking part in the survey is completely confidential and anonymous. We only ask for age and postcode to enable comparisons between different areas in the county and different age groups.

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Rural & Environment

Staffordshire's Best Kept Village 2019 Competition


It is with great excitement that we can announce.....

Entry for this year's Best Kept Village competition for Staffordshire is NOW OPEN!!!!!

Are you proud of your area?

Whether a village, a local area or simply proud of your community, YOU ARE ELIGIBLE!

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Shropshire RCC – Community Fuel Buying Scheme

Want to save money on your heating oil? SO DO WE!

Shropshire Rural Communities Charity has been bulk buying heating oil for over 8 years, reducing the heating costs of those living off gas in rural Shropshire.  We are delighted to announce that we have recently expanded our area and can now offer these discounts to Staffordshire residents.

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Staffordshire Village Halls Network Meeting – Succession Planning and widening Engagement within your communities


The 2nd Staffordshire Village Halls Network meeting, organised by Support Staffordshire, will centre on the theme of Succession Planning, wider engagement and recruiting volunteers. The format will be 2 -3 hours of talks, presentations and networking time with refreshments.

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Support Staffordshire Celebrates its Volunteers at 5th Birthday Event


Just as Support Staffordshire, promotes and supports volunteering; we also benefit from the help of our own bunch of volunteers; and they received a big thank you at our 5th Birthday Event a few weeks back.

The volunteers, were thanked by Humphrey Scott-Moncrieff, Deputy Lieutenant & an ambassador for the Queens Award for Voluntary Service, and Mike Smith, Chief Executive of Stafford Railway Building Society, who kindly sponsored the awards.

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“It’s a Hub of Activity” Supporter Hub Volunteers


Fundraising Support - all things Fundraising, Dougie Mac are now looking for new Supporter Hub Volunteers to join our team offering first class donor advice, if you have good customer service skills or a great communicator  this could be for you.

please get in touch:

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Deadline for Central England Coop Community Dividend Fund approaching


Grants of up to £5000 are available from the Central England Coop Community Dividend Fund.

Central England Coop invest a percentage of their trading profit back in to projects that they feel will really make a difference.

If you’re part of a local community group, voluntary organisation or local charity, they could support your project with a grant of up to £5,000.

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Magic Little Grants 2019


Localgiving are delighted to announce that Magic Little Grants 2019 is now live -thanks to an award of £550,000 from Postcode Community Trust, funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

This fund gives local charities and community groups the chance to apply online for a £500 grant to deliver projects across Great Britain that encourage people to be physically active. Successful projects will support and inspire people to participate in sports or exercise with the primary aim of improving the physical health of participants.

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Village Hall Improvement Grant Fund Launched by ACRE


Village Hall Improvement Grant Fund is now live

The Autumn 2018 budget announced that, to mark the centenary of the Armistice, government would support several initiatives, including making available grant funding to support improvement projects for village halls.

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Stafford Borough Council Small Grants


European Social Fund (ESF) Community Grants are financed through the European Union and are designed to develop the capacity of the community and to meet local needs. Part of this strategy is to help people increase their chances of finding work. Applications are open to organisations based or working within the county of Staffordshire. A full criteria can be found below along with a breakdown of the grants application process, which must be read and fully understood before making your application.

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We Love Lichfield submission deadline approaching


We Love Lichfield is an endowment fund, and provides funding to community and voluntary organisations across the whole Lichfield district, including in Burntwood and the surrounding villages.  There are 2 rounds of funding every year, one in May and one in November, and the deadline for application submissions is Friday 3rd May 2019.

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Considered having your training programme Quality Endorsed?


If you are an organisation delivering bespoke training which falls outside of the regulated qualifications market you may be interested in having your training quality endorsed by an awarding body with a ‘mark of trust’.  

The Quality Endorsement scheme provides a highly valued ‘quality mark’ and external endorsement of an organisations own internal training and development programmes. It is designed to meet the needs of Employers and Providers offering internal and bespoke training courses that fall outside of the regulated qualification market. It provides a highly flexible approach allowing freedom for you to develop courses that meet the needs of your customers or employees.

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FREE Overview - Safeguarding Adults at Risk (ONLINE)


This FREE course is suitable for workers in the health and social care sectors and has been mapped to the CQC Common Induction Standards.

This training course is for anyone who encounters adults at risk of abuse in the community, in a person’s own home, in a hospital, in a day care or residential setting. This includes formal and informal carers, volunteers, health and social care professionals.

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FREE CIEH Level 2 Award in Food Safety (ONLINE)


CIEH qualifications have been developed to address the growing need to make learning more relevant to specific business environments and meet the National Occupational Standards. 

This FREE qualification is required by anyone working in a catering, manufacturing or retail setting where food is prepared, cooked and handled.

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Effective Bid Writing


Tuesday 30 April 2019 | 09:30 - 16:30 | STAFFORD

Who should attend:

Those who are new to bid writing and want in depth knowledge and skills. Those who have some bid writing experience but wish to refresh their knowledge or further refine their skills.

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Writing Successful Funding Bids


Organised by Shropshire Rural Communities Charity

Friday 10 May 2019 | 09:30 - 16:30 | SHREWSBURY

Do you struggle with writing bids? Feel like you are running round in ever decreasing circles to secure funding? Then this course is for you!

Nationally renowned Trainer, Leah Selinger, will be returning to Shropshire for the third time to deliver her course “Writing Successful Bids” in Shropshire, on Friday 10 May 2019.

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Level 3 Emergency First Aid at Work

Saturday 11th May | 09:00 - 15:30 |  CANNOCK

Content includes:

  • Responsibilities and reporting
  • Assessment of the situation
  • Dealing with an unresponsive casualty...
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THE RIGHT START: Income Generation and Funding

FREE for VCSE Organisations in Staffordshire

Wednesday 15 May 2019 | 13:30 - 16:30 | CANNOCK


As the voluntary sector continues to face the hardship of funding cuts it is becoming increasingly necessary for community groups and organisations to generate and manage income from multiple sources. This introductory session will provide guidance to identify ways to maximise opportunities to generate additional income for organisations.

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THE RIGHT START - Basic Marketing Principles


FREE for VCSE Organisations in Staffordshire

Thursday 23 May 2019 | 13:30 - 16:30 | LEEK

Whether you are a new organisation looking at marketing products or services or just wanting to broaden current techniques for the purposes of fundraising, getting more service users or simply raising awareness, this introductory session will provide the basic marketing principles organisations can use.

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THE RIGHT START: Adult Safeguarding Awareness


FREE for VCSE Organisations in Staffordshire

Wednesday 5 June 2019 | 13:30 - 16:30 | STAFFORD


This introductory session will provide participants with an understanding of what to look for to safeguard adults from harm, how to recognise abuse, respond effectively and refer appropriately.

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THE RIGHT START: Writing Basic Business Plans


FREE for VCSE Organisations in Staffordshire

Monday 10 June 2019 | 13:30 - 16:30 | NEWCASTLE


In order for organisations to be sustainable and to attract funding a business plan is an essential tool as it enables an organisation to be accountable to its members and funders and provide a framework for future planning. This introductory session will help to build an understanding of the business planning framework and the underlying techniques used to meet an organisations aims and objectives.

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THE RIGHT START: Monitoring and Evaluation


FREE for VCSE Organisations in Staffordshire

Thursday 27 June 2019 | 13:30 - 16:30 | CODSALL


How do you know that the work you are doing is making an impact in the way that you hope? You may have a project or some work that is going well but you may not know if it could be improved or be even more successful. Funders may want to know how you currently monitor and evaluate your work. This introductory session will cover the basics to enable your organisation or project to be as successful as possible in reaching your goals.

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Health Education England invites you to attend a Health Literacy Awareness Training one-day workshop

Up to 61% of working age adults do not have adequate literacy skills to routinely understand health information (Rowlands et al 2015).  They will find it more difficult to manage their health and wellbeing on a day to day basis; they will have the poorest health outcomes; they will be more likely to be ill more often and be more likely to die younger.

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Other Support

FREE promotion and hosting of event details is a promotional hub which helps people make the most of Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme and Staffordshire. 

It is a platform for communities to share, it is also a tool for businesses to not only reach out to their target audience, but also to connect with those hard to reach audiences.

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Building Better Opportunities Project Coordinator

Salary: £9.50 per hour

Hours – 37 hours per week on a temporary contract, ending 30th June 2022 (3 month probationary period initially)

Location – East Staffordshire (Burton and Uttoxeter)

Do you have experience of working within a mental health organisation?

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Staffordshire Wildlife Trust has exciting new opportunities for our ‘Transforming the Trent Valley’ Landscape Partnership Project


Transforming the Trent Valley is a Landscape Partnership Scheme lead by Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, partnered by a diverse range of statutory and voluntary organisations and quarry operators and supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

We are therefore looking to fill the following roles, however candidates applying for both roles as a single post are strongly encouraged:

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Football Development Team Leader


Salary:     £20,962.50 (Grade 5)

Location: Burton Albion Community Football Centre, Pirelli Stadium, Princess Way, DE13 0AR

Closing Date: Friday 12 April 2019

Burton Albion Community Trust are looking for a Football Development Team Leader who is passionate about developing thriving football programmes across East Staffordshire.

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Cannock & District

Community Easter event at Cannock Stadium in Chadsmoor

A free community event takes place on Saturday 20th April at Cannock Stadium Park between 10am and 12pm. Join a variety of community and faith groups at this celebration event. Please see poster for details.

Support Staffordshire are helping to create an information stand for the event so if you have any information regarding your organisation or project that is relevant for Chadsmoor residents, please email them to to be included.

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Active Signposting in Cannock libraries

The libraries service across Cannock are trialling out an ‘active signposting’ project.

Active signposting is a process through which people are directed towards support available in their community to help with needs such as befriending, being more active, socialising in general etc.

Libraries already do a lot of excellent signposting, and there is opportunity to do more of this to better support local people.

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East Staffordshire

Gin and Cheese Tasting Night


Friday 12 July 2019 | 19:30

Join us for our Gin and Cheese tasting night. 

There will be a raffle, licensed bar and other fund raisers during the evening

£5.00 from each ticket goes to charity.  The event is fund raising in aid of Burton and Uttoxeter Live at Home and Support Staffordshire (East Staffs)

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Club Matters Workshop - Club Structures


It is important that sports clubs take the time to explire different club structures.  This workshop focuses on:

  • The Importance of having the right club structure
  • Overview of different legal structures
  • Unincorporated and Incorporation
  • Selecting the best status for your club-CASC or charity
  • Getting to grips with gift aid
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YMCA Burton Winter night shelter thanksgiving service


On 10th April YMCA Burton and Burton Churches invited Dignitaries, local supporters,  staff, volunteers  of the Night Shelter to St Paul’s Church for a Celebration and Thanksgiving Service.  This was for the Burton Night shelter which ran successfully from 1st December 2018 till 31st March 2019.

During the service Paul Laffey, CEO of YMCA Burton who said “Thanks to all the amazing staff and volunteers who have worked at this Shelter every night over the last four months

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Uttoxeter Together Day preparations are underway

Uttoxeter Community Networking Group are planning a fun day to promote local charities and groups and their volunteering opportunities.

The event will take place at Uttoxeter Town Hall on Saturday 6th July 10am-1pm.

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MHA LIve at home safe space session

Burton Live at Home Scheme is proud to announce its Monthly Safe Space Session .

Our Safe Place is designed to support carers to have a few hours of " Me" time away from their caring responsibilities.  Bring the person you are caring for to the Safe Place and we will support them while you go and do some shopping,attend an appointment or go and have lunch with a friend.


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New Places of Welcome in Burton


Burton is becoming an even more Welcoming Place!

Places of Welcome is a growing network of local community groups providing their neighbourhoods with places where all people feel safe to belong, connect and contribute.

Since the article in the February ebulletin, we have been pleased to introduce 4 new Places of Welcome in Burton, these are as follows:

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Lichfield & District



Erasmus Darwin House will be celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the opening of the museum on Saturday 18 May 2019 at Guildhall, Lichfield, arrive at 7pm for 7.30pm start.

3 course meal and drink on arrival.

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Retirement Party Celebrates the Work of Burntwood-based Domestic Abuse Charity’s Founder


The founder of a Burntwood-based domestic abuse charity has retired.  Kathy Coe MBE enjoyed a surprise party to celebrate her work on 29th March.

Patrons, friends, colleagues and civic leaders gathered at St John’s Church in the town to pay tribute to the founder and chief executive of Pathway.

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King Edward VI School Volunteer Fair


Support Staffordshire sponsored a Volunteers fair at King Edward VI School in Lichfield recently. Over 300 students were encouraged to get involved in volunteering by 25 charities. There was a real buzz in the air as students chatted to a wide array of local and national charities.

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Community space in Newcastle

The Guildhall in the High Street, Newcastle is now open for bookings for events, meetings, and daily use. Since taking on The Guildhall from Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council in December, Support Staffordshire has been busy setting it up for use by a variety of voluntary and community groups and it is now a vibrant and busy community hub in the heart of Newcastle with free wi-fi available. 

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South Staffordshire

Dying Matters Week - information event in Wombourne

A public information event is being organised on 15th May at Wombourne Civic Centre.  The purpose of the event is to share information with the public about funeral planning and bereavement and to encourage people to talk about the future and for dealing with what to do after a bereavement. 

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Carers Connect Cafe - Launch

The Carers Connects Cafe is a safe place to meet where you can find support and friendship whilst having fun doing a variety of activities to stimulate the mind.

The Cafe sessions will be suitable fopr everyone - parents and carers who are caring for children with additional needs and adults who are caring for loved ones.

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South Staffordshire Community Lottery


Play South Staffs Community Lottery and Support our Cause

South Staffordshire Community Lottery is a weekly online lottery created to support local causes in South  Staffordshire. Tickets are only £1 per week, with 60% going to local good causes and prizes up to £25,000!

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Staffordshire Moorlands

The Beasley Back Dane Trust

The Beasley Back Dane Trust is a small charity run by volunteers which has existed for over 50 years.

The Trust’s objective is to provide and improve educational and recreational facilities for the disadvantaged and to offer volunteering opportunities. To facilitate this the Trust owns a cottage in the Peak District that is available for use by charities that are aligned with these objectives. 

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Free walking football sessions for the over 50's in Tamworth

Walking football has the same rules as normal football but you are required to walk instead of run. This makes it ideal for people 50 and over to get back into football or just take part in a fun activity. The sessions will start on Saturday 4th May on the AstroTurf pitch at Landau Forte Academy Amington. T

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