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Horninglow Learning Centre to Reopen 14th September

Horninglow Learning Centre will be re-opening on Monday 14th September 2020. They will open as per normal operating hours which are Monday 1000hrs to 1600 hrs and Tuesday 1000 hrs until 1230 hrs.

To ensure your safety, desks will be positioned 2 metres apart. which given your seating position in the middle of a table, means you are actually 2.5 metres apart from any other individual.

Adult Contemporary Dance Burton-on-Trent (suitable for beginners and improvers)

Contemporary dance provides an invitation to connect to your breath and body ,what moves you and how you move.  Its an opportunity to improve your health and well-being and spend time with others while being creative.  This contemporary dance class draws from different styles and techniques.  Exercises include building strength and conditioning, learning and improving technique,and expolring choreography,improvisation and performance skills(in class).

Facilitated by Community Dance Artist Samantha Bosworth through Creative Pathways.

Positive Pathways Programme - Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund

Application Deadline: 30 November 2020

Maximum Value: £35,000

The Veterans' Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund is provided by the UK Government and is delivered by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust on its behalf. The Fund aims to give veterans more choice and control over their own personal recovery journeys, enabling veterans to take part in activities that are personally meaningful, while receiving good support with their mental health and wellbeing needs.

Masonic Charitable Foundation - Later Life Inclusion Grants Programme

Application deadline: 31 October 2020

Maximum Value £60,000

The Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) offers grants to local and national charities in England and Wales as part of its work to help thousands of disadvantaged and vulnerable people to live happy, fulfilling lives and participate actively in society. Over the last 40 years, the MCF has provided more than £130 million to charities. The MCF’s work is funded solely through the donations of Freemasons under the United Grand Lodge of England, their families and friends.

YMCA releases new annual report


YMCA Burton have just released their 2019 annual report and we take a look back at the last twelve months of the Charity’s operation and the impact of their services.

Since it was established in Burton-upon-Trent in 1887 YMCA Burton has been a beacon for hope for its local community. It offers 71 units of supported housing across three sites for single adults aged between 18 and 64, a provision for rough sleepers, a winter night shelter, four furniture shops, chaplaincy service, educational lessons, mediation and counselling services.

BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme

BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme supports children and young people who are facing exceptionally difficult circumstances, and is delivered by Family Fund Business Services. The programme provides items that meet a child’s most basic needs such as a bed to sleep in, a cooker to provide a hot meal and other items or services critical to a child’s wellbeing.

The Staffordshire History Festival is going online!

September sees the start of Staffordshire Library and Arts’ and Archive and Heritage’s annual Staffordshire History Festival – a two-month celebration of our local history and cultural heritage in Staffordshire and beyond. This year because of Covid-19 the festival will be taking place online!

A virtual programme of informative posts, quizzes, interesting videos, live online events, crafts and activities for children and families will be posted across the two months of the festival, many produced by our staff, volunteers and local organisations.

How have things changed? Covid-19 Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent VCSE Impact Survey

In April 2020 we conducted a survey asking VCSE organisations in Staffordshire to tell us about the state of their organisation due to the COVID crisis.  Thank you to all of those who completed the survey.  A summary of the results was published in May – you can view the summary using the link below