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Newsletter - November 2020

In this issue

From the Chief Executive Training
National News Other Support
Countywide News Jobs
Children & Young People East Staffordshire
Health & Wellbeing Lichfield & District
Rural & Environment Newcastle-under-Lyme
Volunteering Staffordshire Moorlands

From the Chief Executive

The Chief's Blog: November 2020


I’ve been in a few meetings recently where people have used a phrase approximating to ‘X group have been the worst affected by Covid’ quickly followed by something like ‘…so they should get more resources’.

I wince every time, for two reasons:

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National News

Extra Bank Holiday to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022

Culture Secretary announces plans to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June 2022.

The May Bank Holiday Weekend will be moved to Thursday 2 June and an additional Bank Holiday on Friday 3 June will see a four-day weekend to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s  Platinum Jubilee - the first time any British monarch has reached this historic milestone.

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Regulator’s new “5-minute guides” will support charity trustees to meet duties


The Charity Commission, the charity regulator for England and Wales, has launched a new set of simple, easy to understand guides, designed to help trustees run their charities in line with the law.

The new guides cover five key aspects of charity management - a ‘core syllabus’ covering the basics that the regulator expects all trustees to be aware of.

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Countywide News

Do you have a quality standard in your organisation?


Have you been through an assessment process to demonstrate that you’ve achieved set standards?  Are you displaying a kitemark or quality mark that tells beneficiaries, funders and the general public that you run a safe, welcoming and quality service?

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All nominations submitted for the 2020 awards will be carried forward and the new closing date for nominations will be 30th March 2021.

Anyone can nominate an individual, group, organisation or business they feel deserve to be recognised for their contribution.  This is a great opportunity for the community to say thank you.  Nominations can be made via the website for the following 10 award categories:

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Wheelchair users are being asked to have a say on the services in Staffordshire


An online survey has been launched by the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent CCGs to try and find out what NHS wheelchair users (and their family and carers) across Staffordshire find is good, bad and what could be done better.

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Children & Young People

Staffordshire Autism Group


In September and October 2019 Staffordshire County Council spoke with lots of people living with autism as well as their families and carers about what was important to them and what they want to achieve – we refer to this as ‘outcomes’. Following this engagement, Staffordshire County Council has worked alongside Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Groups to jointly produce a plan of actions to deliver these outcomes.

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Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Safeguarding Children Board - Transition Update

Over the next few months, arrangements for safeguarding children in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire will change, and a separate Safeguarding Children Board for Staffordshire and Safeguarding Children Partnership for Stoke-on-Trent will be established. 

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Make Your Mark 2020


Make Your Mark is an opportunity for 11-18 year olds across Staffordshire and the UK to have their say and begin their democratic journey by voting on the policies they want to introduce or change.

Voting closes on 30th November 2020

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Health & Wellbeing

New Welfare Check Service in Stafford, Newcastle and Staffs Moorlands


Revival has received funding from the National Lottery Community Fund to deliver a brand new service

We are now taking referrals for our home welfare check service to vulnerable people, over 18 years old, throughout the winter period until 31st March 2021. We are particularly looking to help those unable or reluctant  to go out or whose usual support is not available due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Together We're Better Workforce Recruitment Campaign


Together We’re Better has launched the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Health and Care People Hub campaign. We’re looking for people already clinically trained but who could offer more hours; people who’ve left the sector but are interested in returning to help fight COVID-19; and also members of the public looking for paid work.

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Safeguarding should be at the heart of what we all do as organisations


Safeguarding should be at the heart of what we all do as organisations, we need to be confident our services are delivered in the safest way.  During the week of 16th-22nd November there is a national focus on this important topic so do watch out for information, hints and tips to enable you to be the best you can be.  Some questions you could ask yourself within your organisation include:-

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Enhanced NHS 111 Service Stakeholder Update - November 2020


From early December, NHS 111 will be able to directly book patients into time slots for Emergency Departments (EDs) and Same Day Urgent Care, when clinically appropriate. We’re working at pace to deliver this in line with the national ambition of December 2020 for all trusts.


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Toolbox for your Mental Health


South Staffordshire Network for Mental Health (SSNMH) are still offering one to one telephone appointments to individuals to complete a Toolbox, especially during this difficult time.

This service is a free one off appointment with one of our Toolbox Workers.

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Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Adult Safeguarding Partnership Board Annual Report 2019-2020


This report provides a look back at the work by the partners of the Board and its sub-groups over the year 2019/20. The range of work includes broad and targeted community engagement to raise awareness of the importance of safeguarding as well as requirements to record, report on and respond to individual safeguarding experiences and importantly to identify the learning and required action when things go wrong.

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Rural & Environment



In mid-October ACRE released its much-anticipated Village Hall Survey Report. This provided key information on the state of village halls in England over the last 10 years, as well as highlighting the extensive social and economic benefits community buildings continue to provide. 

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SAFEGUARDING WEEK 16 – 22 November 2020


Community hall committees have a duty of care to all users of their charitable premises. 

Many village and community venues across Staffordshire provide a facility for a wide range of day care, other child-based activities and youth clubs.  In addition there’s often an array of activities for adults such as lunch clubs, social groups and many other sporting or leisure activities. There is a duty of care to ensure that good safeguarding practice is considered for all users of the community premises.  

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Volunteering in Staffordshire has never been so easy!


Do It – Staffordshire’ enables you to sign up to be a ‘Staffordshire Volunteer’ and find local volunteering roles that match your interests.

Here are some volunteer roles you could register your interest in today:

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Apply for 'In This Together - Community Matters' festive fund


CLOSING SOON Closing date: Sunday 15 November 2020

Local authorities, parish councils, charities and community groups are being encouraged to apply for extra financial support to help their communities over the festive period, as WPD extends its ‘In This Together - Community Matters Fund’.

This £250k fund intends to support vulnerable people who have been most affected by the coronavirus pandemic and its restrictions, and for whom the upcoming holiday season is going to provide increasing hardship, by helping local organisations to deliver vital support and services.

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Covid-19 Frontline Women’s Fund


CLOSING SOON Closing date: Monday 16 November 2020 | 5pm

The COVID-19 Frontline Women’s Fund is being delivered by Smallwood Trust, supported by The National Lottery Community Fund.

The National Lottery Community Fund has committed almost £500,000 to the fund, which will be used to provide support to organisations that are working with women most at risk of poverty and financial hardship due to the pandemic.

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Peter Sowerby Foundation - Increasing Access Fund


CLOSING SOON​ Closing date: 16 November 2020 | 5pm

The Foundation has launched the new £1.4 million Increasing Access Fund which is designed to support charities to develop new or adapt existing services that respond to the COVID-19 situation to meet local and national needs.

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Staffordshire EnviroGrant


CLOSING SOON​ Closing date: Friday 27 November 2020

Veolia work in partnership with Staffordshire County Council and each year for the past 3 years we have offered local community groups across Staffordshire the chance to apply for a small amount of funding that will make a difference to their local area.

Groups can apply for grants of up to a maximum of £750 and applications can be made online.

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The Staffordshire Community Learning Trust Responsiveness Fund (CLTRF) for 2020-21


CLOSING SOON Application deadline: Friday 27 November 2020

There is a total allocation of £100,000 available for the 2020/21 Academic Year.  You may apply for funding between £3,000 and £10,000.  The application consists of two documents – an application form and information about each course.  These are attached alongside the specification.

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Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs’ (HMRC) £5 million funding grant


Closing date: 27 November 2020

The Government has today (4 November) published guidance for voluntary and community sector organisations on how to apply for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs’ (HMRC) £5 million funding grant to provide tailored support to members of the public who need extra help in getting their tax and claims right.

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Thriving Communities Fund


Closing date:  8 January 2021 | Midday

Grant range: £25,000 - £50,000

The Thriving Communities Fund will support local voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise (VCSFSE) projects that bring together place-based partnerships to improve and increase the range and reach of available social prescribing community activities – especially for those people most impacted by COVID-19 and health inequalities.

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Climate Change Action Fund


Closing date: 29 January 2021

Tackling climate change is a priority for Staffordshire County Council.  We are committed reducing our carbon emissions to zero by 2050.  To help our communities do their bit towards a greener future for Staffordshire we’ve launched a new Climate Change Action Fund.

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Mercia Park Community Fund - Open Now!


Closing date:  8 February 2021

You can apply for up to £2,000 to £5,000 for a 12-month project. 

Groups already successfully working to improve local communities or the natural environment in the area welcome to apply for £3,000 towards operating costs for up to three years IF they can clearly demonstrate how the organisation will thrive in future years, once the grant has finished.                 

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Armed Forces Day Grant


Application deadline for Armed Forces Day 2021 is 1 March 2021

The Ministry of Defence offers a grant for Armed Forces Day events up to the value of £10,000, depending on the size and format of the event. This grant is match-funded and can cover up to half the total cost of the event. For example, If the total cost of the event is £10,000 and you raise £5,000, the grant could cover up to £5,000.

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Apply now - Lichfield District Safer Community Partnership - Small Projects Fund


No closing date specified

The Small Projects Fund is a small grants scheme offered by the Lichfield District Safer Community Partnership with funding from the Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner. We are looking to fund small scale projects which help support the delivery of our community safety priorities. Projects should promote community involvement, develop stronger communities and demonstrate a problem solving approach to reducing crime and disorder and the fear of crime. 

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Trusthouse Charitable Foundation


Applications accepted at any time

Small grants of £2,000 to £10,000 for one year. (Successful applicants can reapply for a further two years. No further applications can be made after the completion of a third grant.)

Major grants of £10,000 to £100,000 for one year or for a maximum of 3 years, not to exceed £100,000 in total over this period. (No further applications can be made for two years after the completion of the grant.)

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Sylvia Waddilove Foundation UK - COVID-19 Emergency Fund

Applications are accepted at any time and decisions are usually reached within three weeks.

Grants are available for small to medium sized not-for-profit organisations in the UK who are struggling to manage the financial impact of COVID-19 either because of increased demand for their services or from loss of income.

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Paul Hamlyn Foundation - Arts Access and Participation Fund


There are no deadlines. Applications can be made at any time.

Grants of between £30,000 and £400,000 for activity lasting between 12 months and 4 years with an option to extend for a further period. Most grants are in the £60,000 to £250,000 range.

Pre-application access support and a bursary of up to £500 is available to help groups apply.

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Sport England Return to Play Fund - Small Grants Programme


No closing date specified

Grants are available to not-for-profit community organisations for projects addressing the challenges coronavirus/COVID-19 has posed to people taking part in sport and physical activity in England.

Grants of between £300 and £10,000 are available.

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Armed Forces Covenant Trust Fund – One is too Many


Closing date: 14 December 2020 | Midday

Part of the Veterans’ Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund, the One is Too Many programme will award grants of up to £300,000 to two-year projects that aim to reduce suicide risks within vulnerable veterans in a coordinated and targeted way.

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Fully Funded Suicide Prevention Training


#TalkSuicide is a new campaign, developed by Staffordshire County Council working in partnership with Stoke-on-Trent City Council, local hospitals and NHS community services.

The campaign aims to bring individuals, organisations and businesses together to help prevent suicide in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

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FREE 'Supportive Communities' Training


Dates throughout November and December 2020

‘Supportive Communities’ is a programme of work that supports older people to stay healthy and independent for longer.  There are three FREE virtual bite-sized training sessions that can help you to gain new knowledge and skills in supporting older people.  

Session 1: Signposting and Resources

Session 2: Communication & Safeguarding

Session 3: Assistive Technology & Digital Skills​

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Bespoke Training


Support Staffordshire offers a suite of training courses and workshops including bespoke training.  We can cater for any organisations needs and come in to you, whether that be for in-house ‘Safeguarding’, ‘Trustee’ training or some of our more bespoke courses like ‘Professional Conduct and Boundaries’ or ‘Event Management’. 

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Get started with Computers for Beginner and Improvers


Need help getting digital? 

Get started with the Computers for Beginner and Improvers.

Learn using your Computer/Tablet/Laptop or Mobile Smart Phone! Topics include: 

  • Using IT for Work— Introduction to Office Programs
  • Social Media/Banking and Video Calling
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Compassionate Communities: Understanding Bereavement Workshop


Grief is a personal experience, but it’s not one that we have to go through alone.

This thought provoking workshop will explore the following:

  • How grief affects people
  • Behaviours related to grieving
  • How to support people who are grieving
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THE RIGHT START: Committee and Trustee Roles and Responsibilities



13 January 2021 | 13:30 - 15:00 | ONLINE

This session is aimed at new or existing committee members and trustees who would like to know more about their role and responsibilities.

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THE RIGHT START: Writing Good Policies and Procedures



21 January 2021 | 11:00 - 12:30 | ONLINE

This session is aimed at anyone new to writing policies and procedures or those who would like the latest information on some of the key policy areas.

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THE RIGHT START: Adult Safeguarding Awareness



28 January 2021 | 11:00 - 12:30 | ONLINE

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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Other Support

WEBINAR: Lock down loneliness and the voluntary and charity sector’s response


17 November 2020 | 09:30 - 11:00 | ONLINE

Join the National Lottery Community Fund and a panel of speakers to discuss the impact lockdown has had on loneliness and how the voluntary and community sector responded to it. We will be sharing learning and ways of working learnt from communities in the first lockdown, to help communities as we continue and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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WEBINAR: COVID-19 and the impact on the disabled community


18 November 2020 | 10:00 - 11:30 | ONLINE

Join The National Lottery Community Fund and a panel of speakers as we discuss the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on disabled communities. We will also be sharing research from our recently commissioned report ‘Towards Equity’ on how funders can support and include disabled communities.

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WEBINAR: COVID-19 and the impact on the homeless community


26 November 2020 | 09:30 - 11:00 | ONLINE

Covid-19 led all governments across the UK to introduce a multitude of measures to protect rough sleepers and find them temporary accommodation where they could self-isolate. By working together, working differently, and working to a tight deadline, authorities and charities provided shelter and safety for thousands.

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Peer Support Coordinator - Carers


Closing Date: Wednesday 25 November 2020

Salary: £20,849, pro-rata – actual salary £12,509 

Hours of Work: Part-time 22.5 hours per week – exact working days are flexible, Monday to Friday 9:00 – 17:00 

​Department: Carers

Location: Citizens Advice Mid Mercia – Derby City Centre and other Derby venues  

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Trainee Debt Caseworker (Part Time)


Closing date: 18 November 2020 | midday

Citizens Advice Staffordshire South West is looking to recruit a trainee debt caseworker to assist in the provision of debt advice services to clients under a Money and Pensions Service contract.

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Telephone and Digital Adviser


Closing date: Friday 27 November 2020 | 12 Noon

We are looking for a Telephone and Digital Adviser to provide comprehensive advice and support to clients by telephone, email and web chat. If you have advice experience, are passionate about supporting individuals and families in need and interested in joining a dedicated, professional team we would love to hear from you.

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Finance Manager

Closing date: Friday 4 December 2020 | 5.00pm

Salary: £22,824 to £24,426 for 30 hours (depending on experience)  

3-year contract

This position is based in Stoke-on-Trent and cannot be carried out remotely.

We are looking for an experienced Finance Manager to join our team. In this position, you will be responsible for the financial health of our charitable company by managing our financial procedures. Your duties will include planning budgets, participating in audits, monitoring transactions, preparing invoices and supporting the HR Team.

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Freelance Community and Corporate Fundraiser


Closing date: Monday 16 November 2020

This is a superb opportunity to join a young and energetic charity with a clear future direction and a CEO, growing staff team and trustee board who will provide the required support and backing to the successful candidate.

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East Staffordshire

YMCA Burton Sleepout 2020 The virtual sleepout – together apart


Last Friday Burton YMCA held their annual Sleepout. In a year where we have seen many changes and many cancellations of events, they were pleased to be able to offer their Sleepout in a virtual capacity and asked people to participate remotely – be it sleeping on the sofa’s, gardens, sheds, workplaces or a hillside in one instance.

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Lichfield & District

Lichfield Cares Good Neighbour Scheme Launches


A new “good neighbour scheme” is being launched in Lichfield offering support, advice, and guidance to members of the community. Curborough Community Association are working with partners to deliver a volunteer led service which will guide people to support available from the local voluntary sector and volunteers.

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Virtual Jobs Fair on Thursday 19th November

Lichfield Jobcentre in partnership with Lichfield District Council will be hosting a Virtual Jobs Fair to promote great local vacancies and content from employers/providers across the Lichfield District

If you would like to get involved by advertising your current vacancies then please follow the guidance.

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Newcastle foodbank offers hope and support

WHILE this year’s Harvest celebrations have been very different to previous years, the generosity of our supporters has remained as strong as ever.

Publicity around the half-term free school meals campaign has also resonated throughout our community, resulting in a surge of donations as we head into the winter.  

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Staffordshire Moorlands

Furniture and equipment available at Bank House


Support Staffordshire in Leek is downsizing and has lots of spare office equipment and furniture – everything from staplers to desks and chairs, and including display boards and tables – to offer to local charities or other non-profit making organisations in the area. 

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