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Council coronavirus operation underway

An operation to get supplies to people in need is underway after charities, community groups and volunteers in Stafford Borough joined forces with the council to help during the coronavirus pandemic.

Stafford Borough Council is working closely with Support Staffordshire – the county-wide organisation that brings members of the voluntary sector together – to recruit helpers and identify vulnerable households across the area. 

Together We're Better Stakeholder Update 30th March 2020

As you will all be aware, we are now facing unprecedented times in the NHS, social care and as a country with the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. We want to make sure that everyone is kept as up to date as possible with what is going on locally in health and care, including any temporary service changes. As a result, Together We’re Better will be releasing weekly updates, like this one, with the latest information from across the health and care system across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

Severn Trent creates £1m emergency fund to help communities and charity groups affected by coronavirus outbreak

With the coronavirus crisis leaving many communities and customers struggling badly, Severn Trent has moved quickly to release £1m of emergency funds to offer support where it’s needed the most.

Liv Garfield, Severn Trent CEO, said: “Even though we’re out there on the frontline keeping water flowing and taking waste water away, we knew we could do more for our communities by going above and beyond the support we already offer. 

Supermarket vouchers to be offered to families of children eligible for free school meals

Low-income families whose children are eligible for free school meals will be offered vouchers, food or meals to make sure they continue receiving this support, even if they are no longer attending school due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The Government published guidance for schools giving them the flexibility to provide meals or shop vouchers to the 1.3 million disadvantaged children entitled to free school meals if they are no longer attending school, either due to closures or as a result of self-isolating at home.

FREE technology to help people with Learning Disabilities during coronavirus outbreak

In response to the recent escalation of UK Governments Coronavirus strategy and the challenging months ahead we’re likely to face, we’re proud to offer a slimmed-down version of AutonoMe for FREE to vulnerable people such as people with Learning Disabilities, Mental Health needs and Care Leavers and others in the UK.

An update from SASSOT - 31 March 2020

Provided by Jude Taylor, Director

We understand we have an important role over the coming months in supporting, not only the sector, but everyone around us. Over the past week or so we’ve been thinking really hard about the services we can offer; actions which make sense in a time when nothing else really does. We know we will need to adapt and change this as we go and we’re really keen to hear your feedback.

Initially we have identified the following priority actions:

1.   Supporting people to stay active 

Join millions of people to support scientists at King’s College London track the spread of COVID-19

Help slow the spread of COVID-19 by self-reporting your symptoms daily, even if you feel well

The COVID symptom tracker was created by doctors and scientists at King’s College London, Guys and St Thomas’ Hospitals working in partnership with ZOE Global Ltd – a health science company.

Are you able to participate and help deliver a programme of online culture & creativity to support this year's Staffordshire Day?

Creativity is the focus of Staffordshire Day celebrations and organisers Enjoy Staffordshire are looking to hear from artists, creatives, makers, performers, poets, writers, film makers, musicians and anyone who would like to share or showcase their skills and entertain and inform the public through a schedule of live performances, virtual gallery visits/ exhibits, readings, talks and demonstrations, or interactive workshops that people could get involved in from their living room.