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Emergency FIRST AID at Work (EFAAW)

This one day course provides organisations and individuals first aid to an appointed person level and aimed at those personnel that are working in low level risk such as offices, voluntary organisations, shops and schools; or those that are volunteering or seeking employment. This is a Health and Safety Approved Centre workshop where the assessment is in the form of continuous assessment and oral questioning.

This course will cover:

The quiet NHS reorganisation

Back in 2010, there was much fanfare as the then new coalition government began to dismantle and reorganise the NHS, from the top down (it didn’t really follow any calls from the grassroots) – exactly the thing they had promised during the election, not to do. Fast forward 11 years and a major reorganisation of the NHS is well underway once again, not that you would know this from the absence of discussion in the public eye.

Mental Health Sustainability Fund

Association of Mental Health Providers is pleased to announce the launch of the second round of a small grants fund on Monday 26 July. This fund will be used to provide grants of up to £5,000 to support the sustainability of mental health voluntary, community and social enterprise provider organisations, with a turnover of £0-250k.

Chair announced for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent NHS Integrated Care Board

A key leader has today been announced for the new organisation that would lead to closer co-operation and integration of services across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

Prem Singh has become ‘Chair designate’ of the NHS Integrated Care Board (ICB) in anticipation of it becoming formally established in April 2022.

Prem was appointed as Independent Chair of Together We’re Better, Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent’s Integrated Care System (ICS) in November 2020. He has a background in nursing and has served at board level in the NHS for over 30 years.

Stoke-on-Trent State of the Sector Survey 2021

Assessing the ‘State of the Sector’ in


Our mission is to promote, support, and advance the development of the local VCSE sector, and for over 100 years, that is exactly what we have been doing.

The Coronavirus pandemic has created more and more barriers to the ability of charities, community groups, and social enterprises to deliver their services, support their communities, and fundraise for their cause. Although, the community spirit we have seen in the face of a crisis has been phenomenal!

Community Life Survey 2020/21 - Volunteering and Charitable Giving

Volunteering and Charitable Giving - Community Life Survey 2020/21


The Community Life Survey collects information about whether adults (16+) have volunteered and given to charitable causes.

This section provides headline data measuring engagement in formal and informal volunteering, reasons for and barriers to volunteering, as well as charitable giving behaviours and views. The data looks at engagement over time, and differences in engagement between demographic groups.

Summer Safety Advice and Guidance for Young People

Staffordshire Police and Staffordshire fire and rescue service have produced a digital flyer with advice and information for yound people on how they can stay safe during the school summer holidays. 

The digital flyer attached is downloadable and contains information on the following:

  • Knife crime
  • County Lines
  • Staying safe online
  • Being water safe aware
  • Activities for 8 to 17 year olds
  • You're not alone campaign
  • Useful Contacts.

THE RIGHT START: Befriending Skills

This training is funded by Staffordshire County Council. To access this session for FREE you must be a member of Support Staffordshire.  Support Staffordshire reserves the right to charge you for your booking if you are not a member.

Who should attend:

This course is aimed at staff and volunteers who are providing a befriending service to anyone in the community and wish to gain further knowledge and skills.   It is also suitable for managers and supporting staff.


Community Diagnostic Hubs (CDHs) – Please give us your views

Across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, we are working to improve diagnostic services (tests to work out what is causing a person’s illness or symptoms), by creating Community Diagnostic Hubs (CDHs). At the moment, most of these tests are done in larger acute hospitals, but it is now recommended, as part of national guidance, that NHS organisations across England move to providing these in Community Diagnostic Hubs. This aims to support patients to get the tests they need closer to home.