Team Staffordshire – a consortium of local organisations has confirmed it has bid for more than £11 million being allocated to Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent through the Building Better Opportunities Fund this November. If successful the group, which also includes the Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce, NHS and Local Authority support, will receive funds to support people into work or nearer to work through activities such as work placements and volunteering.
Nominations for the Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust annual staff Celebrating Excellence Awards 2016 are now open.
The Royal Voluntary Service have a vacancy for a part-time Coordinator.
Staffordshire County Council has released a 'Strategic Capacity Building Partner' statement.
They are currently working with partners, organisations and individuals from across the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (VCSE) to shape their future support for VCSE in Staffordshire.
Congratulations to 'Just Drop-In' of Macclesfield who have achieved their Investing in Volunteers accreditation!
Support Staffordshire were proud to support their application.
You can find out more about 'Just Drop-in' at http://www.justdropin.co.uk/
For more information on IiV please visit http://iiv.investinginvolunteers.org.uk/
Can you help Healthwatch Staffordshire in reaching it's new target to get over 500 reviews on their feedback platform, Experience Exchange?
Some of you may already be aware of Experience Exchange, but if you have not used it, Experience Exchange is the go-to website for sharing feedback on health and social care services you have used or accessed in your local area.
Through their simple rating system you can be as detailed as you like, and all reviews can be made anonymous, if so desired.
At Support Staffordshire we regularly have businesses across Staffordshire who contact us asking for ‘one off’ volunteering opportunities for their workforce. For example a request was recently received for an organisation with a workforce of 20 people who are looking to volunteer for a day in March.
Does your organisation have any projects that they would like a group volunteers to undertake for a day? Volunteers could be involved in projects such as gardening, cleaning, painting and decorating or anything else that you have identified could be of use to your organisation.
A new topic on the Healthwatch forum is now open! The fifth topic is 'mental health and A&E'.
They have posted a couple of web articles and questions just to get the ball rolling, so feel free to respond to those or post about anything else related to emotional wellbeing and physical health.
Do you know someone who puts dignity at the heart of the care or support that they give? Take the time to thank them for their support by nominating them for a Dignity Award.
These awards provide the opportunity to recognise and reward those people and organisations in the community whose actions make a difference and serve as an example to others. This can include young people, family carers, community groups, supportive friends or a neighbour.
Closing date for nominations is Wednesday 6th January 2016.