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Stay Alert - BSL Version

Thu 21 May 2020

A British Sign Language (BSL) version of the new television advert regarding staying alert has been released. You can find the BSL version on the Public Health England Campaign Resource Centre here and also on the Together We’re Better YouTube channel, here.

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Severn Trent Community Fund Update - re-opening for applications on 1st June

Thu 21 May 2020

Back in March we annonced that we were creating a £1m Emergency Fund in response to the Covid-19 outbreak and to ask for any recommendations you’d like to make to help us identify charities most in need of support – all of the immediate response donations have now been given out and thank you again for all of your help with this.

In order to focus on this response we temporarily closed our Community Fund to new applications, and I just wanted to get in touch to share the good news with you that from 1st June 2020 we will be reopening our fund to new applications!

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Apply for the Food Charities Grant Fund

Thu 21 May 2020

If you run a front-line food aid charity in England, you can apply for a grant of up to £100,000 to help you continue to provide food to the vulnerable. You can apply for funding as a group of charities to meet the criteria for applications.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) will assess applications to the fund in the order they are submitted.

Eligibility to apply

You’re eligible to apply if you:

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The Chief's Blog - May 2020

Fri 15 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.

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Free Food Pantry Survival Boxes for Uttoxeter and Surrounding Villages

Fri 15 May 2020

As from 4th May the Globe Foundation will be accepting applications for Free Pantry Food Boxes for those that have EITHER found themselves disadvantaged while isolating during the lockdown OR are frontline NHS workers.

The boxes focus on long life products that can go a bit further to make a number of meals and to hopefully complement some of the work done by other groups such as JCB hot meals and short life/fresh produce.  They are working with the Uttoxeter COVID support network to help get these boxes out and delivered, (thanks to an amazing network of dedicated volunteers).

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

Fri 15 May 2020

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.

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FREE Suicide Prevention Training

Fri 15 May 2020

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:

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Home Office's Domestic Abuse Covid-19 Campaign

Fri 15 May 2020

The Home Office has worked with a number of key partners and charities to launch a campaign to raise awareness that the coronavirus (COVID-19) household isolation instructions do not apply to those escaping domestic abuse. The campaign aims to inform the public that police response and support services remain available too.

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Support Staffordshire Day at Uttoxeter Races Postponed to 2021

Fri 15 May 2020

Unfortunately, due to the current Covid19 government restrictions we have been forced to postpone our Support Staffordshire Day at Uttoxeter Races.

After discussion with the Race Course, a postponement of 12 months is the sensible decision. Although the exact date is not yet fixed, it will be roughly the same weekend in 2021.

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Government support: Getting the balance right

Thu 14 May 2020

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At a time of national crisis the role of government is critical: it needs to do whatever it takes to support the nation, as the chancellor put it. And in general, I’m pleased the government has recognised that demands on charities have increased significantly as the crisis has hit communities everywhere. 

The £750m that the government is making available for charities, when it all arrives, is an important step.

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