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Signpost Centre, Highfields – Five Years of Funding, Five Years of Hope!

 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:

STAFFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL CONSULTATIVE EVENTS - The 'Children's System'

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:

INVESTING IN HEALTHY COMMUNITIES - A SUPPORT STAFFORDSHIRE AND VAST INITIATIVE

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.

Lichfield District Right Advice First Time (RAFT) – Showcase Event

On 2 July 2015 RAFT extended an open invite to their showcase event, to celebrate the achievements of the Lichfield District Right Advice First Time (RAFT) advice partnership project and similar projects across Staffordshire. The event was held at the Garrick Theatre, Lichfield.

During the event they shared their project successes, and examined the processes developed and the effect on various client groups. They were delighted that representatives from similar projects in Staffordshire were in attendance to share their experiences.

NORTH STAFFORDSHIRE PATIENTS CONGRESS NHS – Let’s Talk About Health

The South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are hosting a series of public health events over the summer.

The events started on 7 July at the Holiday Inn in Tamworth, and will conclude on 10 September at Burntwood Rugby Club.

They will include a presentation on their current programmes and feedback is welcome.