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The Chief's Blog - May 2020

Good day all and I hope it now goes without saying – thank you. I don’t need to say any more than this really, but it does need saying and it needs to be heard. As a Staffordshire Resident with most of my family in this county, I am so grateful for everything that is being done by every volunteer, community group, charity and social enterprise. And I am proud that Support Staffordshire and partners have played our part so a tiny self-indulgent thank you to the team here too, you’ve been ace.

Lifting Covid-19 restrictions in rural areas – some cursory thoughts

Over the bank holiday weekend, the government outlined a phased plan for lifting Covid-19 restrictions, conditional on the rate of the virus being reproduced (‘R’ value) falling to acceptable levels. Phillip Vincent, ACRE’s Public Relations and Communications Manager, outlines some cursory thoughts on what this means for rural communities across England.

FREE Suicide Prevention Training

The Zero Suicide Alliance is a collaborative of National Health Service trusts, businesses and individuals who are all committed to suicide prevention in the UK and beyond. The alliance is ultimately concerned with improving support for people contemplating suicide by raising awareness of and promoting FREE suicide prevention training which is accessible to all.

The aims of this training are:

ONLINE TRAINING: Writing Funding Bids

This 90 minute online session via Zoom is aimed at community groups, mutual aid groups and voluntary organisations across Staffordshire.

Are you an established or a new group that is starting to look at the future and considering writing funding bids? Are you wondering where to start?

This online session will look at the basics of writing funding bids covering what funders are looking for, jargon and common terminology, evidencing need and project planning. There will be an opportunity to ask questions throughout.

 

ONLINE TRAINING: Recruiting and Supporting Volunteers responding to Covid-19

This 90 minute online session via Zoom is aimed at community groups, mutual aid groups and voluntary organisations across Staffordshire.

Have you gained lots of volunteers to help you respond to the current situation? Have you thought about how best to support them? Are you ensuring the volunteers are suitable for the tasks?

This online session will look at safe recruitment, basic training and resources available to them. There will be an opportunity to ask questions throughout.

 

ONLINE TRAINING: Policies and Procedures for Covid-19

This 90 minute online session via Zoom is aimed at community groups, mutual aid groups and voluntary organisations across Staffordshire.

Are you a group that has recently set up in response to the coronavirus? Do you want to put good procedures in place to make sure you are acting safely and responsibly?

This online session will take you through the basics of safety, safeguarding and data protection and help you develop simple practices to keep everyone safe. There will be an opportunity to ask questions throughout.

 

ONLINE TRAINING: Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults during Covid-19

This 90 minute online session via Zoom is aimed at community groups, mutual aid groups and voluntary organisations across Staffordshire.

Are you supporting adults who are self-isolating or shielding due to the current crisis? Would you know how to spot the signs that someone is being abused or taken advantage of? Do you know what to do if you suspect something is going wrong?

This online session will take you through the basics of safeguarding adults and what you can do to best help someone. There will be an opportunity to ask questions throughout.