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Environment, Rural, Sustainability & Animals

Support Staffordshire works with a wide range of organisations and groups involved in the environment, in rural issues and animals as well as those engaged in promoting environmental sustainability. These include charities, social enterprises and community groups which manage nature reserves or care farms or animal rescue centres, friends groups formed from volunteers taking a positive interest in a particular area of land or a park, and community businesses running their local pub or shop.  

Here are some of our members to give you an idea of the sorts of groups we supportPhoto of a hiker in the fells

How we work with groups

Support Staffordshire offers a range of services that organisations can access according to their needs. Organisations working in this field will need a wide range of support including how to involve large numbers of volunteers, how to raise funds for their work and increasingly how to collaborate and work together. Our locality offices can assist you with all of these. 

There are currently no specific forums organised by Support Staffordshire dedicated to this topic area but there are general Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector forums in each locality of Staffordshire.

Each agenda at these forums covers a wide range of current issues and provides information relevant to the sector. They also provide networking opportunities and the chance to develop an understanding of other groups working in similar areas, which is useful in building collaborative approaches to delivery.

You can find out more about what Support Staffordshire does and get the latest sector relevant news by subscribing (for free) to our monthly e-bulletin.

Main partners and organisations

Our main partners tend to be statutory bodies and other land owners such as: 

Partnership Boards

Staffordshire Local Nature Partnership

Local Nature Partnerships (LNPs) are partnerships of a broad range of local organisations, businesses and people who aim to help bring about improvements in their local natural environment. Currently the contact for the Staffordshire LNP is Sarah Bentley who can be contacted on sarah.bentley@staffordshire.gov.uk 


Staffordshire Rural Forum

Support Staffordshire is an active member of the Photo of rural landscapeStaffordshire Rural Forum which is supported by Staffordshire County Council to provide a voice on rural issues, and also to bring relevant partners together to take joint action on rural issues where this is needed and can make a difference.

In particular Support Staffordshire officer, Jill Norman, chairs the Community Themed Action Group of the Rural Forum. She can be contacted at Jill.Norman@supportstaffordshire.org.uk 


Churnet Valley Living Landscape Partnership BoardChurnet Valley Living Landscape logo

Churnet Valley Living Landscape Partnership Board is a Heritage Lottery Funded programme covering the Churnet valley in Staffordshire Moorlands. It is managed by a multi-agency partnership board including national bodies like the Canal and River Trust and Natural England, as well as local charities like the Cauldon and Uttoxeter Canal Trust, and Support Staffordshire. The lead body is Staffordshire Wildlife Trust.

Support Staffordshire also hosts the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust Churnet Valley team from its Staffordshire Moorlands office in Leek. You can find more information on the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust website.

More information can be found on the Churnet Valley website or via Partnership Manager, Keith Tomkins at k.tomkins@staffs-wildlife.org.uk


South West Peak Landscape Partnership Board

The South West Peak Landscape Partnership Board is a multi-agency board Peak District logofocusing on the part of the Peak District within the Staffordshire Moorlands, the Goyt Valley area in Derbyshire, and the Macclesfield Forest and Lyme Park areas of Cheshire. It is in the process of putting together the full application for Heritage Lottery Funding.

This comprises a number of national partners like the RSPB and Historic England as well as local charities such as the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust and Support Staffordshire. The lead body is the Peak District National Park Authority.  

More information can be found on the South West Peak website or via the South West Peak Landscape Partnership Development Officer, Karen Shelley-Jones at Karen.Shelley-Jones@peakdistrict.gov.uk


Staffordshire LEADER – Communities Mean BusinessStaffordshire LEADER logo

Staffordshire LEADER (Communities Mean Business) is a rural economic programme aimed at supporting community driven small-scale activity funded by the European Commission.  Support Staffordshire has a representative on the Local Action Group (LAG) which is the decision making body.

This is primarily a business focused programme although it will support community based economic, rural services, heritage and tourism projects where these create jobs and growth.

More information can be found on the Staffordshire LEADER website or via the Programme Manager Ian Jackson at ian.jackson@staffordshire.gov.uk


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For further information, or an informal chat, about how we can help you on this subject or any other, please contact your locality office during their opening hours, or on 0300 777 1207 anytime Monday to Friday, 9am - 4pm. You can also email us at info@supportstaffordshire.org.uk 


Additional Information: Please also visit our Parish & Village Organisations page.