Healthwatch Staffordshire is pleased to announce that it has formally launched its Healthwatch Priorities Survey for 2015-2016. Following on from their Annual Conference earlier this month where attendees were able to vote on Healthwatch Priorities, this online survey will allow you to have the opportunity to help shape and focus their activities for the coming year.
Stafford and District
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 his People Power Fund.
As part of his commitment to local communities, the Commissioner is providing £500,000 in 2015/16 through the fund in the form of grants of between £100 and £3,000.
Engaging Communities Staffordshire are running a series of public engagement events to promote the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy. Following the success of their earlier event in Tamworth on the 6th July, they are now coordinating a further two events in North Staffordshire and Stafford.
Staffordshire County Council's and Age UK's Healthy Ageing in Staffordshire - A Call to Action event will take place on Wednesday 30 September 2015 at Central Conference Centre in Stone.
Attendees will have the opportunity to attend a number of workshops and network with other organisations.
The Shaw Trust is seeking volunteers to help out at their new horticulture social enterprise based at Walton Hall Special Needs Academy School in Eccleshall. The project is due to launch in September and they are looking for volunteers who have an interest in:
The Signpost Centre has recently received news that it has secured a £370,000 grant from the National Lottery's Reaching Communities Fund to provide support to Stafford residents dealing with employment, debt, mental health, family and older person issues, over the next five years. Staff can continue to be employed, volunteers managed and clients served in the community cafe on Highfields. The new project will start in September 2015 and will concentrate on achieving the following outcomes in four main areas:
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The next meeting of the Stoke and Staffordshire LEP ESIF (European Structural and Investment Funds) Committee is 28th July 2015 so if you have any issues you want raising, or any questions about its activity, please contact your VCSE sector rep, Jill Norman at our Leek office on 01538 381356 or email her on firstname.lastname@example.org
by Sandra Payne
Staffordshire County Council have initiated a series of consultative events about the ‘Children’s System’ in its widest sense. They are seeking to engage everyone who engages with children and their families and see it as following on from previous events about elements of the system, such as the Building Resilient Families and Communities (BRFC) event held in November 2014.
The purpose of the ongoing consultation is to explore how all agencies work together now and in future to deliver outcomes for children and families including through:
Following a successful consultation event last month, Support Staffordshire and VAST will shortly be jointly consulting on a draft Voluntary Sector Strategy entitled: Investing in Healthy Communities - A Strategy for Effective, Sustainable and Successful Commissioning by the Local NHS of the VCSE Sector in North Staffordshire.