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Pocket parks funding opportunities

Pocket parks: helping communities transform unloved, neglected or derelict areas into new green spaces

One-off grants are available for community-led organisations working in partnership with their local authority to create new pocket parks or bringing existing green spaces up to a safe, usable and inviting standard.

£15,000 for new pocket parks.

£25,000 for refurbishment of existing parks split between capital and revenue.

The funding should be spent by 31 March 2020.

National Garden Scheme Community Gardening Funding

Grants of up to £5000 are available to amateur gardeners from community groups to create a garden or similar project with horticultural focus for the benefit of their local community.

The funding is for the creation of a garden or a similar project (such as an allotment) with horticultural focus for the benefit of the local community.

The project should aim to bring a community together by creating a space people can share, by the acquisition and sharing of gardening knowledge and skills and by inspiring a love of gardening.

Funding could cover expenses such as:

Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent set to introduce One Health and Care electronic integrated care records

Patients’ health and care records in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent will soon be available electronically to authorised health and social care practitioners.

It will mean a doctor in a hospital, or a paramedic who attends a 999 call will be able to access the same crucial information as a GP, such as details of allergies and current medications, bringing potentially life-saving benefits.

Garry Jones's Blog

Trust in Charities and why the Charity Commission is so off the mark

In recent weeks there has been another raft of critical opinion from the Charity Commission, largely via its Chair, Baroness Tina Stowell. It hopefully passed you by and doesn’t affect your opinion of charities or indeed your own organisational self-esteem too much. To expand on my Twitter comments @suschief I want to say a few words here about why this is a poor strategy by the Commission, poor execution and totally misses the mark.

Spark Christmas Spectacular

Join us for a Christmassy fun filled afternoon!

There will be games, crafts, entertainment, tombola, Christmas shopping, refreshments and a special visitor.

The money raised for the event will go to the Spark Charity which supports local families providing groups, support and activities       www.facebook.com/events/519647472142194/

Donations for the event will be kindly accepted. Items needed include: cake, clean and working toys, children's clothes, books and unwanted gifts.

Sunflower Family support group

Come and join us in a safe, non judgemental environment that provides peer support where families can chat, have a brew and share experiences and support with others who are affected by perinatal mental health problems.

Visit us at:

The Spark Centre, Burntwood on Thursdays from 10am -11:30am

Families First, Stafford on Fridays from 10am-12pm.



No need to book just drop in, refreshments provided and all children, babies and families welcome.

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