A new model for Moorlands district commissioning is currently under discussion. This is likely to involve the VCSE (and the private sector) in workshop style discussion around key themes to co-produce the new themed specifications for future commissioning. The workshops are likely to be held in the autumn so watch this space!
Staffordshire Moorlands Work Club members enhanced their work skills earlier this year by taking part in RTITB Fork Lift Truck Licence and Warehouse & Storage Level 2 training delivered by Buxton and Leek College at their Harper Hill Unit in Buxton.
New funding is now available from The England Illegal Money Lending Team, to be used to benefit local communities.
For the year 2015-2016, organisations will be able to apply for up to £5,000 to directly target an area affected by, or believed to be at risk of, illegal money lending. This is to promote the England Illegal Money Lending Team and the message that loan sharks should be avoided at all costs.
Submitted project ideas will need to target illegal money lending. The deadline for submission is 31st March 2016.
Healthwatch Staffordshire is pleased to announce that it has formally launched its Healthwatch Priorities Survey for 2015-2016. Following on from their Annual Conference earlier this month where attendees were able to vote on Healthwatch Priorities, this online survey will allow you to have the opportunity to help shape and focus their activities for the coming year.
Woodland owners in the Churnet Valley are putting government grant funding for woodland management to good use, with farms in the area among those signing up to the scheme. The new funding package, called the Countryside Stewardship scheme, will offer land managers grant funding to help carry out woodland management which improves the woodland for wildlife. Conservation project, the Churnet Valley Living Landscape Partnership (CVLLP) is giving free help and advice to woodland owners interested in the scheme.
The Leek Work Club has set up an allotment project to give anyone who attends the club the chance to grow their own food. Rob Arnold, Employment Officer at Support Staffordshire said “The project provides a valued green space in Leek for unemployed people who attend Leek Work Club. They can come together to grow healthy, wholesome food. In doing so, it raises awareness of healthy eating while providing the opportunity for improving physical and mental well-being through gentle exercise in the open air.”
Great ideas for community safety solutions come from local people – which is why Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis is inviting groups in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent to bid for money from his People Power Fund.
As part of his commitment to local communities, the Commissioner is providing £500,000 in 2015/16 through the fund in the form of grants of between £100 and £3,000.
Engaging Communities Staffordshire are running a series of public engagement events to promote the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy. Following the success of their earlier event in Tamworth on the 6th July, they are now coordinating a further two events in North Staffordshire and Stafford.
Staffordshire County Council's and Age UK's Healthy Ageing in Staffordshire - A Call to Action event will take place on Wednesday 30 September 2015 at Central Conference Centre in Stone.
Attendees will have the opportunity to attend a number of workshops and network with other organisations.
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