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The Phoenix Fund - Emergency grants to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities

Deadlines for applications are: 21 August, 2 September, 16 September, and 30 September 2020

The Phoenix Fund has been set up by the National Lottery Community Fund with £1.4 million in Lottery funding and the Global Fund for Children who is managing the Fund.

The Fund will provide £1 million in emergency grants to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities across England. The £400,000 is to be used to further develop the fund.

THE RIGHT START: Involving Volunteers

This training is funded by Staffordshire County Council. To access this session for FREE you must be a member of Support Staffordshire.  Support Staffordshire reserves the right to charge you for your booking if you are not a member.

Who should attend:

This session is aimed at both paid staff and volunteers who support other volunteers within an organisation.


The Chief's Blog - August 2020

Ok so its starting to wear a bit isn’t it now? We are all a little weary for sure. We need a break (PLEASE get one, as we need you all refreshed for what lies ahead) and we are all wanting to get back to seeing our friends and colleagues, I mean really see them. So, instead of dwelling too much on the new (not at all) normal, which is really very abnormal but becoming routine; I decided to just tell you about some stuff we are doing this month.

Annual leave and furlough guidance from NCVO

NCVO's Knowhow team has brought together a range of information on protecting and supporting the people working in your charity or voluntary organisation, and those who use your services, during the coronavirus outbreak.

They have a specific section on this page which outlines updated guidance on annual leave and furlough which is worth reviewing, especially as legislation changes around the carrying over of annual leave and what to do if furloughed employees take/took annual leave.

Don't forget the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ends in October 2020.

COVID-19 residents survey

Coronavirus has had a significant impact on the people of Staffordshire and has affected everyone, from health and wellbeing, education, jobs and the wider economy.

You can now have your say in what you think the future priorities should be in Staffordshire for COVID-19 as life begins to go back to normal, in the Staffordshire COVID-19 residents survey.

It will only take ten minutes to complete and your valuable input will help to prioritise the next part of recovery.

Units available to local charities at the Octagon Shopping Centre in Burton

For some time now, The Octagon Shopping Centre in Burton upon Trent, has been working with local charitable organisations to provide storage space and, if required, shop units for charities, utilising void units within their centre.

The units they provide are available to registered charities free of rent and service charge. In many cases they may also cover the cost of the utilities too.  All they ask is that charities utilising the space take on the rates liability which is current zero until March 2021. 

Re-opening Your Library Safey During Covid-19

It has been a brilliant start to our phased re-opening of Staffordshire’s libraries, so many of you have told us how happy you are to be able to use their library again, albeit in a different way to what we are used to.

We’re really pleased that during July we re-opened all of our County Council managed libraries and we have supported some of our Community Managed Libraries to open as well and expect others to be opening in coming weeks. We have also re-instated limited access to computers and photocopying and we continue to evolve our service as we recover from lockdown.