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Stafford Work Clubs Network

The third meeting of the Stafford Work Clubs Network took place on 7th March at the Frank Jordan Centre in Stone, hosted by the Stone Community Hub. It provides a useful forum to exchange information and receive relevant updates.

One update was from Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) which is now operating work clubs at Holmcroft Library (2-4pm Tuesdays) and Rising Brook Library (10am to 12pm Thursdays) as well as jointly with Support Staffordshire in the new Stafford Library on Mondays 10am to 12pm.

Informational Video: Older People & Dementia, Mental Health & Care

Announcement from Paul Wiggins:-

Older People and Dementia, Mental Health and Care - 'A wonderful piece of writing relevant to so many different situations'- a Derbyshire NHS video that resonates for many.

I am advertising a free resource about listening to people who struggle to communicate, which has been well received by health professionals. I am reading out the poem.

Befriending Networks Launches New Online Training Programme

Announcement from Befriending Network:-

'From April 2016, Befriending Networks will be offering an Online Training version of its Vital Skills in Befriending course for coordinators of befriending services.

This approach will enable befriending organisations across the UK, even in more remote areas, to access training and expert guidance on all aspects of good practice.

Training will involve a combination of self-study and contact sessions conducted via videoconference, with programmes running regularly throughout the year.

Healthwatch Consultation: Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire

Announcement from Healthwatch:-

'Staffordshire County Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council are recommissioning their Healthwatch services from 1 April 2017.

To do this we are exploring how Healthwatch could be delivered in the future to ensure it meets the needs of local people and influences the future of health and care services. As Healthwatch is a champion acting on behalf of local people, it’s really important that everyone has a say about the future of this service. 

PCC Offers People Power Funding to Local Groups

Announcement from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner Staffordshire:-

'Great ideas for community safety solutions come from local people – which is why Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis is inviting groups in Stafford and Stone to bid for money from his People Power Fund.

As part of his commitment to local communities, the Commissioner is providing £500,000 in 2016/17 through the fund in the form of grants of between £100 and £3,000.