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Staffordshire County Council offer funded energy audits for community buildings

Staffordshire County Council are able to offer a small number of funded energy audits for community buildings in Staffordshire during the current financial year.

The buildings should be used for a not for profit purpose; in the past they have provided audits for charity drop-in centres, girl guide/scout huts, and community centres.  Eligible buildings will be selected on a first come, first served basis, to be audited around the end of September.

The Dove service announce training sessions

The Dove Service has announced the following training sessions available for carers:-

Coping with Change - 26 August, 1-3pm at Unit 22 at The Dudson Centre, Hope St, Hanley

This course helps carers look at potential changes they may face when caring for someone. It will explore change; reflecting on how we cope with change, considering what potential changes we face and how they may impact on our caring role.

Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme Consultation

Tamworth Borough Council is seeking people’s views on a proposed change to its Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme, to take effect from the 1st April 2016. This amendment would see child maintenance payments being disregarded as income when calculating a working age claimant’s Council Tax Reduction entitlement.

The council has launched a consultation asking for people’s views on this proposed change and is also taking this opportunity to gauge opinion on the rest of the scheme which has been in operation since 1st April 2013.

Volunteering in the Arts Toolkit Training workshop

A free Volunteering in the Arts Toolkit Training workshop will be run on 16th September 2015, from 1-3pm at the Tamworth Assembly Rooms.

Aimed at small to medium amateur arts and crafts groups it will give the necessary skills and experience to recruit, retain and support volunteers, whilst introducing them to the work of Voluntary Arts & Tamworth Volunteer Centre.

This event is held in conjunction with Tamworth Borough Council, Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund, Tamworth Arts and Events, and the Tamworth Assembly Rooms.

THE ENGLAND ILLEGAL MONEY LENDING TEAM - NEW FUNDING AVAILABLE

New funding is now available from The England Illegal Money Lending Team, to be used to benefit local communities.

For the year 2015-2016, organisations will be able to apply for up to £5,000 to directly target an area affected by, or believed to be at risk of, illegal money lending. This is to promote the England Illegal Money Lending Team and the message that loan sharks should be avoided at all costs.

Submitted project ideas will need to target illegal money lending. The deadline for submission is 31st March 2016.

Healthwatch Staffordshire launch Healthwatch Priorities Survey 2015-2016

Healthwatch Staffordshire is pleased to announce that it has formally launched its Healthwatch Priorities Survey for 2015-2016. Following on from their Annual Conference earlier this month where attendees were able to vote on Healthwatch Priorities, this online survey will allow you to have the opportunity to help shape and focus their activities for the coming year.