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Festive warning: Don’t get involved with a loan shark – yule regret it!

The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) are warning people not to turn to loan sharks to cover the cost of Christmas.

These unlicensed lenders charge extortionate amounts of interest and have been known to use threatening language, intimidation and even violence when demanding payments from their desperate victims.

Using the hashtag #StopLoanSharksXMAS this year’s online campaign is providing the public with useful information and advice to ensure they stay safe and don’t fall victim to unscrupulous lenders.

Have you got time to spare?

Raise funds and put the spotlight on research

Bring your shining smile and join our weekendlong fundraising blockbuster in Tesco stores across the country.

We need cash collecting, bucket brandishing stars like you to make this very special weekend a smash-hit!

Sign up to give 2 hours of time as a volunteer collector HERE

Talent Match Staffordshire will cease operations on 20th December 2019

A message from Talent Match Staffordshire December 2019

It is with great sadness that we inform you that Talent Match Staffordshire will cease operations on 20th December 2019.  Despite our best efforts, we have not been able to secure additional funding to sustain the project.

We would like to thank all our truly extraordinary and exceptional staff, volunteers, partner agencies, charities, Trustees and friends who supported Talent Match Staffordshire’s vision over the last 6 years.

The Chief's Blog

What a week, and whoever you voted for, I expect we are all glad that politics is somewhat off the table for Christmas.

Congratulations to all our local Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent MPS, especially those new to role, and I would give a special well done to Kate Griffiths MP for Burton, who has been a great local supporter of the voluntary sector over the last five years, regularly supporting our Volunteer Star Awards – we hope you’ll continue to be an advocate for the sector.

Allied Westminster’s ‘Wonderful Villages’ photo competition

Allied Westminster’s ‘Wonderful Villages’ photo competition to provide funds for winning village/community halls is starting on 15th December.

If your hall would like to take part, an A4 poster for noticeboard display can be downloaded from https://villagehallsurvey.com/survey/photo-competition.

Rules and details are available from https://www.facebook.com/AlliedWestminster.

Greggs Foundation Accepting Applications for Local Community Funding in Spring 2020

Using the money raised from the 5p levy on carrier bag sales in Greggs shops across Great Britain, the Foundation provides grants to small not-for-profit organisations with a turnover of less than £300,000 for projects that make a difference to local areas.

Grants of up to £2,000 are available for projects and providing equipment for people in need at the heart of local communities.

All projects must support a community of interest, for example people who are:

Veolia Environmental Trust

Grants are available to constituted, not-for-profit groups with environmental and community projects that are located near a qualifying Veolia site in England.

The Veolia Environmental Trust, originally known as the Onyx Environmental Trust, was set up in 1997 under the Landfill Communities Fund (formerly the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme) and awards monies derived from landfill tax to support a wide range of environmentally focused projects throughout England.