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Invitation to Feedback on Obstetric-led Maternity-led Maternity Services in Stafford

NHS England is holding this listening event as part of its review into consultant-led obstetric maternity services in Stafford. Healthwatch Staffordshire will be providing an independent chair for the event.

Sponsored by NHS England, an Independent Review Panel comprising a lay member and independent experts from across the Midlands and East region, will review the evidence as to whether consultant-led obstetric maternity services could be sustained at Stafford’s County Hospital in a safe way in the future.

Commissioner’s People Power Fund – Now Open for Applications

Great ideas for community safety solutions come from local people – which is why Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis is inviting groups in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent to bid for money from the Commissioner’s People Power Fund.

The fund empowers local groups to find solutions to community safety problems through offering smaller grants of between £100 and £3,000.

Arts Council England - NEW Celebrating Age Funding Programme

The 'Celebrating Age' programme is all about supporting cultural spaces and other organisations to be open, positive and welcoming places for older people; and taking high quality arts and culture into places where older people will find it easier to engage.

The programme will support cultural spaces and other organisations working collaboratively, in a partnership or as a consortium, to do one or more of the following:

1.  Support arts and cultural spaces to be open, positive and welcoming places for older people

Dehydration & Sunburn: The Big Dangers as Temperatures Forecast to Top 30 Degrees

People across South Staffordshire are being urged to look after each other in the hot weather, with temperatures forecast to possibly top 30 degrees centigrade this week.

The main health risks include dehydration and sunburn. Older people and infants are particularly vulnerable to becoming dehydrated, while children are particularly at risk of sunburn.

Each year people are admitted to hospitals with symptoms of sickness and diarrhoea, severe headaches, and confusion, often due to not drinking enough fluid during warmer weather.

New Morrisons Foundation Grants

Grants are available to registered charities for new projects which directly improve the lives of local people or communities, especially those that are vulnerable or disadvantaged, in England, Scotland or Wales.

The Foundation is offering grants (£20,000 max) to help get new projects off the ground that will benefit the local community.

The funding is for specific projects which make a difference to people’s lives, with special consideration for vulnerable and disadvantaged groups.

Diabetes Patient Engagement Update

During June and early July 2016, Cannock Chase, Stafford and Surrounds, and South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula Clinical Commissioning Groups undertook some engagement group sessions along with hosting an on-line survey for Diabetes patients. 

The Diabetes Online Survey was open for a month up until 11 July 2016 and was promoted via GP Practices, the voluntary sector in Staffordshire, social media, the national charity Diabetes UK and local newspapers. The survey was based around the fifteen health checks and services a patient should receive.

Community Asset Transfer Workshop – 29 September 2016

The workshop planned for June has been postponed until September so there is another chance to book a place. Support Staffordshire, in partnership with Urban Vision North Staffordshire and Staffordshire Rural Forum, is holding this half day workshop for those considering, or involved in, taking on a community asset (any building of importance to the local community such as a youth centre or local pub).

Funding Available to Support Disadvantaged Young People

The Weaver's Company Benevolent Fund supports projects working with disadvantaged young people (aged 5 to 30 years) to ensure that they are given every possible chance to meet their full potential and to participate fully in society. The Fund also aims to help young people at risk of criminal involvement to stay out of trouble and assist in the rehabilitation of offenders, particularly young offenders both in prison and after release.