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The Chief's Blog - April 2020

It has been the most testing, bizarre, emotional, challenging, tiring month, but I have also never been more proud to be part of our local voluntary and community sector.

In a matter of weeks, we have seen our members dramatically reorganise themselves to respond to the pandemic, undertaking new and challenging tasks, recruiting more volunteers, spending their own reserves, forging new relationships, supporting the vulnerable and marginalised, to stay at home, to protect the NHS, and Social Care, and ultimately to save lives.

Communities Against Crimes of Hate (CACH) Awarded Charity Status

Communities Against Crimes of Hate (CACH) has been awarded charity status as a CIO.  They are a long standing organisation who support victims of hate crime in a variety of ways including acting as an advocate as well as being a listening ear.  CACH also educate and raise awareness of hate crime as well as promoting tolerance in schools, colleges, workplaces and the community.  

Staffordshire tech-firm launches solution to support communities and businesses

Staffordshire LEP News


A new web service has been launched by a Staffordshire tech-firm to support communities and businesses through the coronavirus restriction period and beyond.

Local Food Drops – developed by Stafford-based iWeb – is a web-based solution that enables people to find businesses which deliver food in their area and includes grocers, butchers, bakers, pet shops and more.

Charity isn’t ‘gentle’ - it’s messy, hard, difficult and painful

Blog by Caron Bradshaw for Charity Finance Group

Four weeks ago we started lobbying the Government for the help that only it can provide at the scale the sector needs to ensure that the most vulnerable in society are not left to shoulder the greatest burden in this crisis. Yesterday Rishi Sunak announced an unprecedented, grant-based, injection of cash into the sector. I was asked immediately for my reaction; was I pleased or disappointed? For me, the answer is not binary and I have wrestled with it all night.

Covid-19 Update from New Era Perpetrator Services

New Era is the holistic Domestic Abuse (DA) service operating across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.  Offering help to all those affected by domestic abuse in Staffordshire or Stoke-on-Trent, it provides free and confidential support for victims, perpetrators and their families.

Information provided is subject to ongoing change as circumstances alter and the providers will endeavour to update through Bulletins where possible.

Persimmon’s Charitable Foundation Funds: Building Futures and Community Champions

Building Futures

Persimmon’s Charitable Foundation has this week committed to relaunching its Building Futures scheme for 2020. As part of its sponsorship of Team GB, Persimmon will donate more than £1 million to support children in sport, health and education.  

Building Futures will offer three major prizes up to £100k to fund projects which support children.  Alongside the top prizes there are smaller individual prizes of £1,000 each to give away during April and May 2020.