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The Young Ones, Burton-On-trent

By creating Gift Boxes for local children between 0 and 17 years who may otherwise receive nothing or very little to celebrate an important event, we endeavour to bring some happiness where otherwise there would be only emptiness.

Welfare agencies in contact with children in need within a radius of approximately 15 miles of Burton request the boxes which we prepare for them to deliver. We can also create Emergency Boxes at times of crisis, containing basic toiletries, clothes and toys.

Growing Together and Thinking Differently project launch

July 5th saw Harvey girls and Dads4Dads launch the "Growing Together" and "Thinking Differently" projects at The Family Hub, Abbot Beyne School. 

The launch event was to open the "Thinking Differently" Lottery funded programme and the "Growing Together" gardening project, which forms part of the programme but is a community resource for local families and students from local schools.

Thinking Differently is underpinned by the 5 Ways to Wellbeing (New Economic Foundation) that consists of the following;

Help us understand the impact and value of the social economy in Staffordshire

A coalition group of several organisations including VAST, CounterCoin, UnLtd, PM Training and The Chamber of Commerce are working together through the Social Enterprise Matters partnership to help strengthen both the voice and influence of the sector, as well as support available to grow a strong and prosperous economy and community which puts social purpose, ethics and value at the core.

Air Aware Staffordshire campaign

What is it?

The Air Aware Staffordshire communications campaign is part of the efforts to reduce air pollution in 16 Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs) across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

While Newcastle- under-Lyme Borough Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council is working to meet the requirements of a recent Ministerial Directive regarding the area surrounding the A53, the county council will work with the relevant borough or district council to lead on reducing air pollution in the other AQMAs.

The year-long Air Aware campaign will:


Counter Terrorism Policing wants music lovers to #BeSafeBeSound this summer, as it collaborates with the UK music industry to deliver vital safety advice to the public ahead of the festival season.

Launching the new ‘Be Safe, Be Sound’ digital campaign as part of the ‘Summer Security’ initiative, Counter Terrorism Policing has asked UK Music – an industry-funded body representing the collective interests of the British music industry – to use its considerable influence to help reach the hundreds of thousands of music lovers who will be attending live events this summer.

Huge funding boost for the Red Lion House Charity

Red Lion House; old pub to new community centre.

Work should restart at the beginning of July to convert the former Red Lion pub into a new community centre. The pub, on the corner of Rolleston Road and Horninglow Road North is believed to be Marston’s first pub, and their first brewery was across the road. The pub closed some years ago and was bought at auction to be converted into a local community centre by a new charity set up for the purpose.

FREE CIEH Level 2 Award in Food Safety (ONLINE)

To access this training course you must be a member of Support Staffordshire or Staffordshire Council of Voluntary Youth Services.

Everyone who works with food has a special responsibility for safeguarding the health of consumers and ensure that the food they serve or sell is perfectly safe to eat.

CIEH qualifications have been developed to address the growing need to make learning more relevant to specific business environments and meet the National Occupational Standards. 

Sight Loss Awareness Training

FREE Sight Loss Awareness training

If you know anyone who is living with sight loss and you’d like to know the best ways to communicate with and guide a blind or partially sighted person, or you’d like to know more about eye conditions and their impact, then Beacon can help!

Beacon’s Sight Loss Awareness Training (SAT) offers a friendly and fun three-hour training session that will enable you to: