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An update to Library Services from 17th May

From the 17th May, as we slowly move out of lockdown the 16 Staffordshire County Managed Libraries:

Biddulph, Burntwood, Burton, Cannock, Codsall, Kidsgrove, Leek, Lichfield, Newcastle, Perton, Rugeley, Stafford, Stone, Tamworth, Uttoxeter, and Wombourne will be adding to their current service.

You will be able to choose items via managed browsing. We are currently limiting the number of people who can access our libraries at any one time in order to keep you safe.

Moving on Up Steps into Employment, Education or Volunteering

MHA Communities North Staffs are offering a FREE online 6 week course.

As part of the course you will be able to brush up your IT skills including online security, creating work profiles, CV’s and writing letters of application.  Learn interview techniques and confidence building so that you are ready to ‘Move On’ to the next phase of your life.

You will also gain Works Experience as a volunteer telephone befriender, to write on your CV, and will receive a reference.

Availableto unemployed over 18's only.

Staffordshire music charity Make Some Noise set to launch Song for Wellbeing fundraising appeal on 14 May 2021

To celebrate their 20th birthday in July, local music charity Make Some Noise is set to launch a Crowdfunding campaign Song for Wellbeing on Friday 14 May to support young people following the impact of the coronavirus pandemic across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

Directory of Social Change highlight important news for charities in Queen's Speech

The Queen gave her speech on the Government’s next legislative programme on Tuesday 11 May. The Government is advancing with an ambitious list of around 30 Bills and other policy initiatives – a handful may ultimately affect all or many charities, whilst others will affect many charities working in certain policy areas or types of beneficiaries.

A new framework for children and young people who are vulnerable and with complex needs consultation

The NHS in the West Midlands is reviewing the way in which we work with children and young people who are vulnerable and have complex needs.

We want to be able to improve the quality of their health as well as their care by understanding more about their experiences and how they want to be treated.

For instance, we have developed a framework, which is a way of working together, that is based on improving health outcomes for children and young people with complex needs, and we want to select one part of the West Midlands to pilot it.

Stafford - New Volunteering Opportunities

Whether you've been searching for a way to meet new people, give back to the community or build new skills, I have in this post provided some of the latest opportunities available in the local area.

Firstly, we have recently launched our new volunteering system which streamlines the volunteering process.

You can now sign up for an account at: 

https://www.vcconnectsystem.org.uk/SupportStaffordshireVMS2/VmsAccount/Login

Digital Inclusion in North Staffordshire Survey

The Economic and Social Research Council Inclusive Ageing call looks at the challenges that relate to pervasive inequalities that continue to shape the experience of ageing and older age.



As part of a North Staffordshire response to this call, VAST is supporting Keele University to map out the existence of digital support or tech buddy schemes in the area which are providing support to those who are digitally excluded.



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The Childhood Cancer Parents Alliance (CCPA) is united in helping families fight childhood and adolescent cancer across the UK.

CCPA works directly with Staffordshire-based families whose children, teenagers or young adults have a cancer diagnosis and supports similar families UK-wide if they do not have access to a local support group.

We also work with local, regional, national and international agencies. We promote awareness, support, research and advocacy that focuses fully on the best interests of young cancer patients and their families.