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Stakeholder Briefing: Autism services in southern Staffordshire

In light of recent posts on social media regarding autism services in south Staffordshire, we would like to reassure patients, carers and their families about the provision.

The current contract for delivering autism services in south Staffordshire is held by Midlands Psychology. The contract is in place until 30 September 2019 and as such the provider is responsible for delivering the service until this time.

Engagement starts on services formerly at the George Bryan Centre

On 12th February 2019, a fire destroyed the west wing of the George Bryan Centre. It provided an assessment, care and treatment service for working age adults who are in an acute state of mental illness and a mental health assessment service for people aged over 65.

Temporary arrangements have been in place since the fire and MPFT would like to design permanent solutions. An engagement exercise is underway for people living in Tamworth, Lichfield and Burton to discuss how best to create outstanding services. 

Village Hall Improvements Grant

In the first round, ACRE received 22 applications from eligible UK organisations to apply for funding from the Village Hall improvement Grant.

Background

This grant follows the Autumn 2018 budget which announced: to mark the centenary of the Armistice, government would support several initiatives, including making available grant funding to support improvement projects for village halls.

This is in recognition of the important role that village halls play in underpinning local community life.

People Power Fund - Deadline 14 September 2019

Main Beneficiaries

Early Interventions, Supporting Victims and witnesses, Creating Public Confidence 

As part of his commitment to local communities, Matthew Ellis, Staffordshire Commissioner, is providing (through a bidding process) £300,000 for the current financial year in the form of the People Power Fund. In line with the priorities of the Commissioner’s Safer, Fairer, United Communities Strategy and the local Community Safety priorities, this money is available to improve community safety, reduce crime and disorder and increase public confidence.

European Social Fund (ESF)

European Social Fund (ESF) Community Grants are financed through the European Union and are designed to develop the capacity of the community and to meet local needs. Part of this strategy is to help people increase their chances of finding work. Applications are open to organisations based or working within the county of Staffordshire. 

Grants of up to £20,000 are available here

We Love Tamworth Fund

We Love Tamworth provides funding to small community and voluntary groups across the borough of Tamworth.  It is funded from an endowment fund, and by the Coventry Building Society through their community fund.

These grants will be awarded to organisations who provide facilities or services for local people.  The aim is to enhance the provision of service, provide new services or to help make organisations more efficient or to improve the scope of their provision.  This might include extending provision to other people.