The Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Locality Forums are open to all VCSE organisations who are active in that locality and are completely free of charge. If you would like to add a topic or issue to the next agenda of one of the meetings, please contact the person named against the relevant forum below. You can just turn up at the meetings although it is useful for us to know in advance for setting the room, etc. To book a place at the next meeting please either email the named contact or book online as indicated.
Talking Values...Don't Yawn, We Really Mean It!
Every now and then we can all feel like it’s a cynical world, and I have to admit that I am with you in being somewhat sceptical when I hear other organisations talk ‘Values’. So this month I want to try and persuade you that you should give them a second chance, BUT only because I want to hear more of us talk values that actually mean something.
The latest and final topic on the Healthwatch forum is now open! The sixth topic is 'child to adult support transitions'.
They have posted a link to a web article just to get the ball rolling, so feel free to respond to that or post about anything else related to mental health and child to adult support transitions.
The next round of the Weston Charity Award has been launched.
This is the third year the Weston Awards have been run, and for the third year they are expanding to help more charities. The Awards provide unrestricted core funding alongside free capacity building support, and are designed to benefit smaller charities. The Awards are run in partnership between the Garfield Weston Foundation and Pilotlight.
BBC Radio 1 have launched a new year-long volunteering campaign to motivate young listeners to pledge 1 million hours of time to good causes over the next 12 months.
Visit www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2015/one-million-hours for more information.
A new scheme, aimed at boosting the rural economy across Staffordshire has officially been launched.
The Staffordshire LEADER Local Action Group have secured £2.249 million of European funding through the LEADER Programme (2015-2020).
Support Staffordshire and Partners are exploring new ways of supporting voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations, including peer-peer support.
We are therefore inviting Expressions of Interest from any organisation who feel they have knowledge, expertise or skills to share, of value to the wider VCSE sector.