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Universal Credit and COVID-19

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has launched a new campaign around Universal Credit and COVID-19.

A new website has been launched to provide clear, factual information on employment and benefits support with advice on housing, furlough, sick pay and self-employment, alongside advice and FAQs for employers, those already claiming and those making a new claim.

Support Staffordshire Volunteer Star Awards Postponed

As the lockdown starts to ease there is still so much uncertainty around public gatherings.  We are continually monitoring the situation and we hope to be in a position to make a decision in July.  

In the meantime, NOMINATIONS WILL REMAIN OPEN until further notice so please continue to nominate individuals, groups, organisations or businesses.  You can find out more by visiting the awards information on our website.

We will provide updates as soon as we are able to.

Five-year business recovery plan sees immediate investment in enterprise centres

A five-year business recovery strategy to support the county economy in getting back on its feet following the Covid-19 crisis includes an £870,000 investment in two enterprise centres.

This is on top of the £860,000 already committed by the county council to support the local economy to recover.

Like the whole of the UK, Staffordshire’s economy will suffer a negative impact as a result of Covid-19 – however the strategy looks to build on the county’s established strengths and seek new opportunities arising from the crisis.

Plans set out for life after Covid-19 in Staffordshire

The impact of Covid-19 on Staffordshire and how the county will recover and shape a brighter future have been set out by the county council.

The council’s plans aim to help reboot the economy, support people back to work and education and help families rebuild their lives, while recognising too the legacy the coronavirus will leave on many areas for months to come.

As part of rebuilding the county, the council plans to detail its new priorities including the key areas of: 

•    Health and care

•    Families and communities

An introduction to LinkedIn for the charity sector

The charity sector is currently experiencing some of its greatest challenges in modern memory. However, adversity can also be the catalyst for change and a chance to do things differently.

Most of us know how to use Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as we generally use it in our personal life, but the one platform that contains the greatest number of high net individuals is on LinkedIn. 

The Chief's Blog - June 2020

Over the past 3 months we have faced unprecedented challenges as a voluntary sector. We might sum this up coldly as having seen, and indeed met, a massive surge in demand for our support, at the same time as having lost existing income from fundraising, trading and occasionally contracts or grants. At the same time we have of course faced the perhaps even greater challenge that the nation has largely shared, being cut off from family and friends, experiencing additional stress and anxiety and worrying about what the future holds.

Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund

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The Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund has been expanded and improved to make more loans to charities and social enterprises affected by the coronavirus pandemic. It offers:

  • Maximum loan amount now £1.5m (minimum still £100k) 
  • Interest-free & fee-free for the first 12 months
  • Faster than applying for a standard loan

The first loans have been approved and we have received some very positive feedback:

COVID-19 digital checklist for charities

The Charity Digital Code of Practice has launched a COVID-19 digital checklist to support charity leaders during this difficult time.

The checklist aims to help charity trustees and leaders make the right digital decisions, evaluate key decisions, assess progress so far and create a consistent understanding of their charity’s digital goals.

The checklist is split into 7 categories which include remote working, fundraising and governance.

 

Staffordshire Libraries - Help us to Shape out Future

Staffordshire Archives & Heritage and the William Salt Library are working in partnership to create and deliver the new Staffordshire History Centre.

The project will transform the way the public engage with our services, our collections and create an exciting new visitor experience. We are interested in learning more about your personal experiences of Staffordshire Archives & Heritage (both in person and/or online), as well as some more information about how you spend your leisure time in general.