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Next week, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet will agree its Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) which outlines its expected financial position for the coming years. It’s essentially a budget, though in recent years it has become synonymous with a list of savings that need to be made. The years ahead are no different and immediately the county council is planning on the basis of needing to make around £35 million of savings in each of the next few years.

Together We're Better Feedback Ambassador workshop session

Together We’re Better is the partnership transforming health and social care for the people of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. It is made up of NHS and local government organisations, alongside the two local Healthwatch and voluntary and community organisations, including Support Staffordshire.

As part of this work, Together We’re Better (TWB) runs a Feedback Ambassador programme, which seeks to utilise the skills and experience of local volunteers.

Making a difference in your local community

Come and join our inspiring Community Aiders Team helping with patients in their homes. A listening ear, a lending hand to their worries or concerns, or maybe a hand with some shopping or gardening, or perhaps a hand massage to help with relaxation. Full training will be given and a volunteer will be matched with a specific patient. Please call to hear more about these roles.

please get in touch: volunteernow@dmhospice.org.uk  01782 344332 



Community grants of up to £2500 to highlight patient and public involvement in the voluntary sector – apply now!

NHS England’s ‘celebrating involvement in healthcare’ community grants scheme is open for applications for the fourth year.

Grants of up to £2500 are available to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations to showcase how they have been involving patients, service-users and the public in improving health services.

Please share this opportunity with your networks. Full details of the eligibility and how to apply can be found on the NHS England’s Involvement Hub.

Last few days of People Power Fund and Proceeds of Crime Act Fund

Commissioner’s People Power Fund – for grants between £100 and £3,000

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 the Commissioner’s People Power Fund.

The fund empowers local groups to find solutions to community safety problems through smaller grants of between £100 and £3,000.

Community Led Housing Event

Shropshire Rural Community Council (RCC) is pleased to announce that it has secured an excellent line up of national and local speakers for their upcoming Community-led Housing (CLH) Conference. The event, aimed at the rural West Midland region, will take place on 19 September in Albrighton near Wolverhampton. It is part of a national programme of training events funded by the Nationwide Foundation and organised by Shropshire RCC on behalf of its regional ACRE Network partners.

Welfare Benefits Adviser

The Disability Solutions West Midlands and Macmillan Cancer Support partnership are seeking to recruit a Welfare Benefits Adviser for the Macmillan Welfare Benefits Service at Disability Solutions West Midlands to support individuals affected by cancer in securing appropriate welfare benefits/grants/services across Staffordshire.  

The UN Is Investigating Extreme Poverty in the UK for the First Time

And the British public have been asked to share their stories of poverty.

Does Britain have a problem with extreme poverty? The United Nations is about to find out.

Globally, extreme poverty is defined as living on less than $1.90 (about £1.50) a day. Between 1990 and 2013, the number of people living in extreme poverty around the world has fallen by 1 billion — over half — to 769 million.

Asist - Advocacy Services in Staffordshire - vacancies

Asist is an independent charity currently commissioned to provide Statutory Advocacy in Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent. We are extending our community advocacy and establishing a community interest company.

Coordinator Community Advocacy

22.5 hours per week (initially 12 months fixed term contract)

Salary £27,000 (actual £16,200 pa)

Stoke on Trent based