Support Staffordshire are delighted to announce that we, in partnership with Keele University Students' Union, have achieved VCQA accreditation Wave 4. This Quality Accreditation will be in effect for three years.
Tamworth & District
The Open University has launched the first free online course for voluntary sector leaders.
The course is targeted at learners who work, or are aiming to work, as paid members of staff or as volunteers in voluntary or community organisations.
Please visit their website for further details.
As regular readers will be aware, I have been pressing for some time now for greater engagement and representation for the VCSE sector at some of the countywide health structures, especially the Health and Wellbeing Board. Although we have made little progress I wanted to update you that I have pushed for a letter from the Staffordshire Voice Chief Officers Group. Again proposing representation and a mechanism for achieving it. The Voice Group is coordinated by VAST and Chaired by Nick Maslen of Age UK South Staffordshire. I will keep you posted on the outcome.
Why Community Capacity and Google’s Tax Bill are about the same thing!
Yep, Google’s tax affairs and building community capacity are really the same thing and here is why…
When it comes to buzz words and fashionable phrases, Building Community Capacity is trending high these days. Cynics amongst you will feel this is about saving public money and cutting local government funding. And on the latter you’ll get my sympathies; local services (and councils) have seen an unfair proportion of the deficit reduction and its now really beginning to show.
This event is jointly hosted by Cannock Chase, South East Staffordshire & Seisdon Peninsula, and Stafford & Surrounds Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and aims to bring local people together, and involve them in making decisions about their local health services.
Please see the attached agenda for further details.
BBC Children in Need is currently recruiting volunteer committee members, for its Regional Advisory Committee in the Central region, which covers West Midlands, East Midlands and parts of the East of England.
The advert and job description is available on their website.
Healthwatch Staffordshire have achieved the Investing in Volunteers accreditation: the UK quality standard for good practice in volunteer management.
This day course provides organisations and individuals first aid to an appointed person level. It is important that your organisation has completed a risk assessment to decide whether a 3 day ‘First Aid at Work’ workshop is required at a qualified first aider level or a one day appointed person HSE approved workshop.
This is a Health and Safety Approved Centre workshop where the assessment is in the form of continuous assessment and oral questioning.