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Find your volunteer opportunity now with ‘Do It – Staffordshire’

A new Staffordshire volunteer platform launches this week to make finding local volunteering opportunities easier than ever. 

Staffordshire County Council and Support Staffordshire have joined forces to create a digital solution that makes it easy for local volunteers and voluntary groups to connect. 

Using the popular, Do-It.org volunteer website they have created a ‘Staffordshire Only’ area of the website called “Do It - Staffordshire”.

The ‘insider approach’ to government is not working

by Debra Allcock Tyler, DSC Chief Executive - 17 August 2020


When it becomes obvious that the normal rules of influencing are failing, speaking truth to power must take priority

When my brother was little and did something naughty, like most kids, he would fib to my mum to get out of trouble.

But he had a tell: he would cover his forehead with his hand when lying. He could never understand how she always knew!

The clever woman told him that every time he lied a big green spot appeared in the middle of his forehead.

Get your symptoms checked! Emergency Funding for Ovarian Cancer Charity

Emergency funding for the West Midlands office of a leading ovarian cancer charity is being used to encourage people who might not have had their symptoms checked during the pandemic to talk to their GP. 

The £86,485 grant is especially vital as during the COVID-19 lockdown, referrals to the two-week-wait urgent pathway for suspected cancer in England are reported to have fallen by up to 84%.

Denise Coates Foundation Grants

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis


Previously known as the bet365 Foundation, the Denise Coates Foundation provides grants to other registered charities in England.

The principal activity of the Foundation is to provide funding to charities that will use the resources to enrich the lives of those that they exist to support.

In particular, the Foundation provides funding for charitable projects that address the following areas:

Denise Coates Foundation Grants

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis


Previously known as the bet365 Foundation, the Denise Coates Foundation provides grants to other registered charities in England.

The principal activity of the Foundation is to provide funding to charities that will use the resources to enrich the lives of those that they exist to support.

In particular, the Foundation provides funding for charitable projects that address the following areas:

Neighbourhood Planning Grants and Support Programme

Expressions of Interest can be made at any time


Grants and technical support are available for town and parish councils, neighbourhood forums and prospective neighbourhood forums to draw up a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order in England.

The Government has allocated over £30 million between 2018 - 2022 to support the development of neighbourhood plans or neighbourhood development orders.

The following support is available:

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.

Overview: