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THE RIGHT START: Trustee Roles and Responsibilities

Funded by Staffordshire County Council

An introductory session for new trustees or those who wish to refresh their skills.  This workshop will cover the basics to enable you to govern more effectively and understand the responsibilities you have.  Topics include:

  • Trustee duties
  • Role descriptions
  • Organisation structures
  • Governing documents
  • Leading effective meetings
  • Dealing with problems


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THE RIGHT START: Involving Volunteers

Funded by Staffordshire County Council

Involving volunteers takes time and planning but doing this effectively will ensure that you meet the needs of your organisation as well as providing the volunteer with a good experience.  This workshop is designed to help you improve your programme, attracting volunteers as well as retaining them.  It will cover:

  • Volunteer policies
  • Writing effective role descriptions
  • Recruitment
  • Support and supervision
  • Retention of volunteers


Charity secures funding to expand Countywide

Age UK South Staffordshire has been awarded £389,152 by the Big Lottery Fund to continue to run an innovative project across Staffordshire designed to bridge the generation gap by recruiting older volunteers to help out in primary schools.  The sustainability funding from the Reaching Community Fund will see the current Children Matter project expand over the next three years to cover the whole of Staffordshire, working in partnership with Age UK North Staffordshire and education training and resource providers, Entrust.

Perseverance of Rugeley optometrists may have saved mum’s sight

A Rugeley woman received treatment which may have stopped her going blind in one eye thanks to a pioneering eye care service running through Stafford and Cannock optometrists.

Mother-of-two Claire Meehan, aged 37, of Attlee Crescent in Rugeley, was diagnosed with acanthamoebic keratitis after optometrists at Colin Lee Opticians, in Market Street, Rugeley, raised the alarm.

BBC Open Doors

All around us are incredible people with amazing untold stories. The BBC in the West Midlands wants to work with you to share them. Could your organisation help to tell others what life’s like in your community?

Time to Vote - Election for VCSE Representation on the Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership Strategic Board

Following on from the recent call for VCSE representatives, nominations were received from Andrew Thomas from Vast and Nick Lloyd from RoSPA.  

Details of candidates are provided in the attached downloads. 

Having read through each candidate statement please place your vote here.

Be clear on the signs of blood cancer

Local doctors are calling on residents to familiarise themselves with the symptoms of blood cancer to help improve rates of early diagnosis.

September is Blood Cancer Awareness Monthand Cannock Chase Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula CCG and Stafford and Surrounds CCGare joining with several national charities and other NHS organisations in raising awareness of the symptoms of blood cancer, in an attempt to improve early diagnosis rates and save lives.

The Charity Social Media Toolkit

A Comprehensive Guide To Social Media

Snapchat or Instagram? Should you use Periscope? Social Media is evolving rapidly and it can be confusing for charities to know where to focus their limited resources. The good news is that despite technological innovation, the fundamentals of strategy development remain the same. This guide gives you an excellent insight as to your best options.

Community Business Bright Ideas Fund

Register for the
Bright Ideas Fund

We are very excited to tell you about the Community Business Bright Ideas Fund, a new grant programme to help communities develop their budding community business ideas, launching this September.

The £1.85 million Community Business Bright Ideas Fund will offer community groups tailored support and grants of up to £20,000 to develop their ideas for a community business.