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Rural Economy Inquiry Report Supports the Call for a Rural Strategy

The Rural Economy inquiry report was published on 27 April 2019, in it the Committee have called for a comprehensive national-level rural economic strategy, to be delivered locally via communities, councils and businesses.

The House of Lords Select Committee on the Rural Economy was appointed on 17 May 2018 to consider the rural economy, and while there have been studies of particular aspects of the rural economy, such as agriculture, and digital connectivity, the ad hoc inquiry sought to bring these issues together, considering the rural economy as a whole.

New look Hanley VI Hub – Drop in

Beacon has officially reopened the VI Hub in Hanley – previously known as RNIB Resource Centre – and is hosting a Drop-in session.

We want to invite you to come along and celebrate and see our new look Hub at Albion Street, Hanley on Wednesday 1st May from 1pm. We will be providing free tea and cheesy oatcakes in honour of Staffordshire Day.

Event details:

Programme Assistant (2 Posts

Make Some Noise is excited to offer two new roles working alongside our experienced Programme Development Officers to provide project support on a range of inclusive music making programmes, to enable children and young people to develop their personal resilience and thrive as a result of engaging in empowering music opportunities.  Predominantly working with organisations across Staffordshire & Stoke on Trent, we are interested in challenging perceptions and offering new ways to move lives beyond disadvantage through music.

Staffordshire Village Halls Network Meeting – Succession Planning and widening Engagement within your communities

The 2nd Staffordshire Village Halls Network meeting, organised by Support Staffordshire, will centre on the theme of Succession Planning, wider engagement and recruiting volunteers. The format will be 2 -3 hours of talks, presentations and networking time with refreshments.


The agenda will be circulated before the event.  Places are limited, so to guarantee your place book now.


Please note: Derrington village hall has a small car park, and car parking on the road will be necessary.

Writing Successful Funding Bids

Do you struggle with writing bids? Feel like you are running round in ever decreasing circles to secure funding? Then this course is for you!

Nationally renowned Trainer, Leah Selinger, will be returning to Shropshire for the third time to deliver her course “Writing Successful Bids” in Shropshire, on Friday 10 May 2019. This course would normally cost £195 to attend in London but we are able to offer Shropshire RCC members this excellent course for just £75 (£100 to non-RCC members and out-of-county organisations) including a light lunch and refreshments

Support Staffordshire Celebrates its Volunteers at 5th Birthday Event

Just as Support Staffordshire, promotes and supports volunteering; we also benefit from the help of our own bunch of volunteers; and they received a big thank you at our 5th Birthday Event a few weeks back.

The volunteers, were thanked by Humphrey Scott-Moncrieff, Deputy Lieutenant & an ambassador for the Queens Award for Voluntary Service, and Mike Smith, Chief Executive of Stafford Railway Building Society, who kindly sponsored the awards.