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Places of Welcome - Coming to Burton and Uttoxeter

Be a part of the Movement!

Would you or your organisation be interested in becoming a Place of Welcome?

The Places of Welcome movement is a growing network of Places run entirely by volunteers from local community groups, who want to make sure that everyone in their area has a place to go for a friendly face, a cup of tea and a conversation if and when they need it, promoting community spirit, bringing people together and making people feel part of the community.

Social Enterprise Start-Up programme & Grant.

Expressions of interest are being sought from Social Entrepreneurs who are starting or recently started a Social Enterprise in the Midlands. The programme, sponsored by Lloyds Bank is free to attend and comes with a grant of £1000.

The programme comprises 14 study sessions over a 12 month period from October 2019 to October 2020. The application window runs from February 2019 through to mid-April 2019 but interested parties can obtain an application pack and sign up for reminders by visiting

https://www.the-sse.org/lbsep/

Volunteer Centre Appointments coming to Uttoxeter

Volunteering is one of the most rewarding things you can do.  Join thousands of people who give a little and gain a lot.

Support Staffordshire will be starting to offer Volunteer Centre appointments in the community in Uttoxeter, from February 2019. We will offer a free, friendly and confidential face to face and telephone service - helping individuals to find opportunities that suit their lifestyle and interests.  

Staffordshire Village Halls Network Meeting: Energy Saving in Your Building

The first Staffordshire Village Halls Network meeting, organised by Support Staffordshire, will be held during Village Halls Week and Big Energy Saving Week. A chance to learn about saving energy costs in your village hall, meet the new Staffordshire Rural Officers and network with other village halls.

Stowe-by-Chartley Village Hall is being used as it received a significant grant to improve the insulation of the building (roof and walls) and upgrade the heating system; its also conveniently central to the county for our first meeting.

Save the Date - Next Local VCSE Forums

We know from feedback we receive that one of the most popular benefits of being a member of Support Staffordshire is the opportunity to network with other local charities and community groups in the locality at our qualrtley Local Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Forums.  Although open to anyone interested in the sector they are primarily attended by our members and an excellent way to find out what's happening in the area as well as make useful connections.

Support Staffordshire's Rural Service

Since September 2018, Support Staffordshire has taken on the role of Rural Community Council for Staffordshire (previously done by the Community Council of Staffordshire) and is the local member of ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England).

Our Rural Officers offer an additional rural-focused service on top of our general range of services to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations across Staffordshire.

Staffordshire Day 2019

Staffordshire Day is back on Wednesday 1st May 2019 and there are loads of ways to get involved!

Organisers Enjoy Staffordshire are looking for events on the theme of ‘Made in Staffordshire’ – could you organise something which celebrates Staffordshire products, food & drink, music, film, people or anything else which could be made in the county?

New for 2019 is the Great Big Staffordshire Quiz, a quiz based on our amazing county which could be hosted by a pub, school, charity or community group. A great way of raising funds for your organisation!

Community Development and End of Life Care Conference

This conference is FREE to attend and is open to everyone, funded by NHS England.


OVERVIEW

We all need to be comfortable around talking about dying. As community workers of all varieties – librarians, support workers, befrienders, housing officers, vicars – whatever role you undertake, you may have conversations with people around death, end of life care and future plans.   You may want to do this with more confidence and support people through this, knowing the right things to say.