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Tea Party for East Staffordshire's Volunteers

Mon 8 Jun 2015

East Staffordshire celebrated Volunteers’ Week 2015 by hosting a Tea Party on Wednesday 3rd June at the Volunteer Centre for all volunteers across the area regardless of which organisation they are working with. The event was attended by the Mayor and Mayoress of East Staffordshire Cllr. David Leese and Liz Leese. Cream teas, cakes and all the trimmings were kindly donated by our local ASDA store. Prizes for our free raffle were kindly supplied by ASDA and other local businesses.

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Carers Week 2015

Fri 5 Jun 2015

It's Carers Week (8-14 June) - an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. This year the campaign is focusing on Building Carer Friendly Communities - communities which support carers to look after their loved ones well, while recognising that they are individuals with needs of their own. There are hundreds of events taking place this week, see the Carers Week website for events near you.

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Updates from Stafford

Fri 5 Jun 2015

Membership offer - your views
Nic Edmonds our new Locality Officer is busy making a start on contacting Stafford based groups and organisations in preparation for the launch of the new Support Staffordshire membership offer. If you haven’t spoken to her yet, she will be in touch soon – it’s a rather big list!

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Care Act briefings

Wed 3 Jun 2015

Following the introduction of the Care Act, Staffordshire County Council has a statutory duty to provide its citizens who have a need for care and support, with personalised and tailored information and advice, including access to financial advice independent of the council, and regulated financial advice.

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Building Better Opportunities Fund Update

Wed 3 Jun 2015

Following an extensive series of workshops and consultation briefings across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire, organisations interested in taking a lead role in developing a consortium to bid for grant funding from the Building Better Opportunities Fund were invited to participate in a capacity building programme in order that we could help develop the necessary understanding of the role of lead organisations, of partners and of the ways in which partners might work together to develop consortia.

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Dementia Friendly Communities

Tue 2 Jun 2015

We are now continuing our support to organisations and businesses to achieve acknowledgement of their Dementia Friendly Communities. Areas have included Hednesford, Norton Canes and parts of Cannock. During May, Hednesford successfully became registered as a Dementia Friendly Community. A dementia-Friendly community is a city, town or village where people with dementia are understood, respected, supported and confident they can contribute to community life.

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South West Peak

Mon 1 Jun 2015

Roadshows have now been set up by Support Staffordshire to give local communities more information about the South West Peak Landscape Partnership and to offer a chance to get involved. The one in the Moorlands will be at Warslow Village Hall on Wednesday 24th June from 4pm to 8pm (drop in anytime). For more information go to www.southwestpeak.co.uk

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Norton House celebrates purchase of Red Cross Centre

Mon 1 Jun 2015

Norton House Community Centre for Older People Trust has successfully negotiated the purchase of the Red Cross Centre in Leek from the Red Cross.

With advice from Support Staffordshire, the charity had the building added to the community asset list and, after mobilising its fund-raising to raise sufficient cash, managed to seal the deal at £50k with the Red Cross HQ in London. A big “well done” to the Norton House folk for ensuring that a vital community building has a new lease of life.

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European Funding Update: June

Mon 1 Jun 2015

Jill Norman has taken her place as the VCSE sector rep on the Stoke and Staffordshire LEP ESIF (European Structural and Investment Funds) Committee, attending its last meeting on 28th April. The next meeting is on 23rd June so if you have any issues you want raising or any questions about its activity please contact Jill at our Leek office on 01538 381356 or email her on jillnorman@smcvs.co.uk

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Staffordshire Health and Wellbeing Board

Thu 28 May 2015

Update by Garry Jones, Chief Executive, Support Staffordshire

As promised I attended the Staffordshire Health and Wellbeing Board in May as a member of the public and took the opportunity to ask how the sector can be best understood and involved in the Board’s decision making and work.

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