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Rural Economy Inquiry Report Supports the Call for a Rural Strategy

The Rural Economy inquiry report was published on 27 April 2019, in it the Committee have called for a comprehensive national-level rural economic strategy, to be delivered locally via communities, councils and businesses.

The House of Lords Select Committee on the Rural Economy was appointed on 17 May 2018 to consider the rural economy, and while there have been studies of particular aspects of the rural economy, such as agriculture, and digital connectivity, the ad hoc inquiry sought to bring these issues together, considering the rural economy as a whole.

New look Hanley VI Hub – Drop in

Beacon has officially reopened the VI Hub in Hanley – previously known as RNIB Resource Centre – and is hosting a Drop-in session.

We want to invite you to come along and celebrate and see our new look Hub at Albion Street, Hanley on Wednesday 1st May from 1pm. We will be providing free tea and cheesy oatcakes in honour of Staffordshire Day.

Event details:

Staffordshire Village Halls Network Meeting – Succession Planning and widening Engagement within your communities

The 2nd Staffordshire Village Halls Network meeting, organised by Support Staffordshire, will centre on the theme of Succession Planning, wider engagement and recruiting volunteers. The format will be 2 -3 hours of talks, presentations and networking time with refreshments.


The agenda will be circulated before the event.  Places are limited, so to guarantee your place book now.


Please note: Derrington village hall has a small car park, and car parking on the road will be necessary.

Effective Bid Writing

This training is funded by Staffordshire County Council. To access this session for FREE you must be a member of Support Staffordshire or Staffordshire Council of Voluntary Youth Services. Support Staffordshire reserves the right to charge you for your booking if you are not a member.

100% of previous participants said they would recommend this course.  This is what they said:

Hints and tips extremely valuable.

Generally a good course, very informative.

Very interesting - Tutor very pleasant and knowledgeable.

Writing Successful Funding Bids

Do you struggle with writing bids? Feel like you are running round in ever decreasing circles to secure funding? Then this course is for you!

Nationally renowned Trainer, Leah Selinger, will be returning to Shropshire for the third time to deliver her course “Writing Successful Bids” in Shropshire, on Friday 10 May 2019. This course would normally cost £195 to attend in London but we are able to offer Shropshire RCC members this excellent course for just £75 (£100 to non-RCC members and out-of-county organisations) including a light lunch and refreshments