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Volunteering opportunities for Keele University students

Keele University Student Union are trying to source volunteering opportunities for their students so that they can get involved in the local community and give something back through their ‘Keele Makes a Difference’ days. These are days they organise once a month for a group of students, for them to do a day of volunteering to make a big difference in a short space of time.

WITNESS SERVICE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

The Citizens Advice Witness Service in Staffordshire is urgently looking for new people to join its team of specially trained volunteers supporting victims and witnesses in Staffordshire's courts.

There are currently about ten volunteering opportunities on offer at five courts - Stafford Crown and Hanley Crown as well as Cannock and Burton Magistrates, and the North Staffordshire Justice Centre.

Demand is often high for these roles and people interested in volunteering should contact the Witness Service as soon as possible.

Proposed change to the provision of inpatient haematology services at the County Hospital

Members of the public are invited to attend a public meeting to discuss a proposed change to the provision of inpatient haematology services at the County Hospital.

The proposal is to transfer the eight inpatient beds, which are currently provided at the County Hospital in Stafford to the specialist haematology departments at the Royal Stoke University Hospital and the New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton.

Have Your Say on Staffordshire’s Short Break’s (Activities) – Aiming High

The All Age Disability Commissioning Team at Staffordshire County Council recently conducted Staffordshire’s ‘Shaping the Future of SEND Assessment and Specialist Support Programme’. Parents and carers of children and young people with SEND told them of the importance of offering Community Based Short Breaks, which are currently delivered via Staffordshire’s Aiming High Programme.

Healthwatch Staffordshire, Staffordshire County Council & CCGs - engagement programme for Mental Health Strategy

Healthwatch Staffordshire is working with Staffordshire County Council and Clinical Commissioning Groups on a public and professional engagement programme evaluating the Mental Health Strategy "Mental Health is Everybody's Business" which sets out a new approach for mental health across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. The strategy aims to help people stay in control, access high quality services when needed, and receive care that is focused on recovery and independence.

Staffordshire County Council - events to support carers

Staffordshire County Council have announced a series of events in Staffordshire, which are designed to support carers.

Negotiating the Benefits Mine Field
Various dates and locations

This session will allow those with caring responsibilities the opportunity to hear about the upcoming changes to the benefit system. This opportunity is to offer help and support regarding benefit entitlement for carers.

Staffordshire County Council offer funded energy audits for community buildings

Staffordshire County Council are able to offer a small number of funded energy audits for community buildings in Staffordshire during the current financial year.

The buildings should be used for a not for profit purpose; in the past they have provided audits for charity drop-in centres, girl guide/scout huts, and community centres.  Eligible buildings will be selected on a first come, first served basis, to be audited around the end of September.