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Changes to Subsidised Bus Journeys in Staffordshire Approved

An eight week public consultation on how best to spend Staffordshire County Council’s £1.3m annual bus subsidy has resulted in the option which safeguards most journeys.

The County Council’s Cabinet has today also agreed to work with bus operators, district and borough councils, parish councils and local community groups to explore options for supporting some of the journeys which will no longer be funded by the authority from April 2018.

Lost EU funding could be redirected to business, foundation policy director warns

Duncan Shrubsole of the Lloyds Bank Foundation says the money guaranteed to charities by the government up to 2020 could instead be used to keep businesses and jobs in deprived areas

Charities that receive regional funding from the European Union could face losing future funding to local businesses after Brexit, charity trustees have been told.

Carers Hub - VCSE Feedback and Staffordshire County Council Response

Support Staffordshire work:

In early 2017, Support Staffordshire were asked by Staffordshire County Council (SCC the lead commissioner) and the Carers Partnership Board to engage with local VCSE organisations who supported Carers. In particular they asked us to gain some feedback upon how the relationship with the Carers Hub could be improved. 

In March 2017, we undertook discussion workshops at 7 locality forums. Across Staffordshire 75 people attended the workshops from 62 VCSE organisations.

We prompted the following questions as part of small group discussions:

Apply for a Bags of Help grant for your project

Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community grant scheme where the money raised by the carrier bag charge in Tesco stores is being used to fund thousands of community projects across the UK*. The projects must meet the criteria of bringing benefits to the community.

Bags of Help is administered by Groundwork who is working with greenspace scotland to support successful projects in Scotland.

Introducing New Tennant at Bank House - Juniper Training

Support Staffordshire are pleased to welcome Juniper Training as a new tennant on the ground floor of Bank House in Leek.

For over 30 years, Juniper Training has been supporting young people to move forwards with their lives and progress into an apprenticeship,employment or further learning. Juniper’s free training courses are delivered from 13 sites across the country, including our newly opened centre in Leek.

National Careers Service offer of support FREE OF CHARGE to Voluntary and Community Organisations in Staffordshire

Having recently done some very successful partnership-working to support volunteers at Disability Solutions in Stoke On Trent, National Careers Service is now inviting other Voluntary and Community Organisations throughout Staffordshire to benefit from our free services.