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Update from Your Library Service April 2020

Thu 9 Apr 2020

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak all Libraries in Staffordshire are now closed, and our service is suspended until further notice. This includes all:

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Updates From SASSOT: Supporting people to stay active

Thu 9 Apr 2020

In response to the Covid-19 crisis there has been a wealth of online materials that have been developed or adapted to support people to keep active. SASSOT has pulled together available content, some of which is highlighted below. Keep checking our website and social media channels for regularly updated content.

What are the guidelines? 

Here is the current advice:

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Risk crucial services will be lost in Stoke-on-Trent as charities under immense pressure due to coronavirus

Thu 9 Apr 2020

Vast Logo

Fears that people in need will be unable to find support in Stoke-on-Trent are mounting as more charity and voluntary organisations face substantial losses of vital funding, says VAST.

The coronavirus crisis has led to massive drops in fundraising income for charity and voluntary organisations, with many now having to make hard decisions about whether they can continue to operate.

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South Staffs Water Stakeholder Update

Wed 8 Apr 2020

We understand that this is a difficult time for you and your customers as we adapt to new ways of living and working. During Covid-19, we don’t want our customers worrying about their water supply, bills and payments. We’ve pulled together the help and support we can offer our customers during this difficult time and are hoping that you help us to promote this in any way you can. More information can be found on our website.

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Eligibility for support from Government for village and similar rural community buildings

Tue 7 Apr 2020

This guidance is based on information that is available now; the situation is changing rapidly whilst Government and support organisations work together to understand what is needed by each sector.


ACRE will update it as information becomes available to them.

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ASDA Volunteer Shopping Card

Mon 6 Apr 2020

Let’s make tough times that little bit easier …

Not being able to get to the shops for your essentials is hard. Especially in the current situation. That’s why we’ve created the Volunteer Shopping Card, the cashless - and less stressful - way for people to help get the shopping in. Ideal for those who might be self-isolating, older or medically vulnerable, the Volunteer Shopping Card provides a contactless, safe and secure way to allow others to shop for them.

If you have to stay at home

The Volunteer Shopping Card is great because it’s easy to:

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Citizens Advice Staffordshire South West - Update

Mon 6 Apr 2020

Staffordshire South West Citizens Advice is still here to help. If you need advice, information or support, our staff and volunteers are still here, working to help you.

Our offices in Stafford, Stone, Cannock, Rugeley and South Staffordshire (Wombourne) are closed but we are available on the telephone, email or web chat.

We can still offer you the information, advice and support to anyone who needs us.

These are difficult times for us all, but please contact us and we will do our best to help.

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Praise for volunteer army mobilised to help Tamworth’s vulnerable residents

Mon 6 Apr 2020

Tamworth Borough Council

An army of volunteers who have come together to support the most vulnerable members of Tamworth’s community during the coronavirus pandemic have been praised for their tireless efforts.

A huge taskforce has mobilised to ensure that help is available to those who need it most - and particularly those who have been asked to completely self-isolate for at least 12 weeks.

Around 100 volunteers are providing food and medicine deliveries, signposting to services, as well as help with befriending and loneliness.

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Changes to eye referral unit, New Cross Hospital

Mon 6 Apr 2020

Please be aware Monday 6 April 2020 the Wolverhampton and Midlands Counties Eye Infirmary referral unit at New Cross Hospital will be temporarily changing its opening hours to:

Monday to Friday – 9am-3.30pm

Saturday, Sunday, Bank Holidays – 9am-2pm

For emergency or urgent eye concerns outside of these hours, that cannot wait until the unit re-opens the following day, patients will be seen in the Emergency Department (ED).


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Temporary Service Changes - Blood tests at Samuel Johnson Community Hospital, Lichfield

Mon 6 Apr 2020

From Monday 6 April 2020, phlebotomy (blood test) clinics will be running from Samuel Johnson Community Hospital and not at Sir Robert Peel Community Hospital, as before.

The walk-in bloods clinics will now be held in the Samuel Johnson outpatients department, with outpatients at Sir Robert Peel instead being used as additional capacity for GPs to treat patients in the community. 

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