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A heart warming VE day performance by Shine and Sign Youngsters

A Makaton choir has marked VE Day by putting together a heartwarming video of the Vera Lynn classic We’ll Meet Again.

The Shine & Sign choir, which was set up by the charity Liberty for vulnerable young people with SEND to communicate their love of music, has been rehearsing via the video conferencing site Zoom.

The choir has proved to be invaluable for some of its members who have difficulties speaking and communicating. Makaton is a special language programme which uses symbols, signs and speech to enable people to communicate.

Funding & Support from your Community Foundation

Up to £80,000 of funding is being made available to Stoke-on-Trent based organisations who are supporting people affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.  Funding is available as small grants from The Community Foundation for Staffordshire.

There will be three tiers of grants available;

Tier One - Applications for up to £1000 for small locally based groups who are supporting a specific village or estate. Decisions on these grants will usually be made within 2 working days.

Online Introduction to Autism workshop developed by MPFT to support families

The NHS service supporting autistic children and young people in South Staffordshire and their families has developed a new online workshop in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s interim Children and Young People’s Autism Service has worked with a number of families to adapt its face-to-face Introduction to Autism session into an easy-to-use podcast-style audio and video workshop.

Friends Against Scams

National Trading Standards (NTS) Scams Team launched a new initiative last week called Businesses Against Scams (BAS).

It is a simple toolkit that businesses can use to help train their employees on how to spot certain types of scams that are more prevalent within businesses due to the current pandemic sweeping the UK. 

The initiative provides free online training modules that will help staff identify and prevent potential scams.