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Relate announce free courses

Tue 25 Aug 2015

Relate are offering free courses for Staffordshire residents.

Starting in September, they will offer 8 courses over the year from locations in Burton.

“Taking Charge of Your Life” is a course that runs over a half day per week for four consecutive weeks and enables participants to:

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second Live Age Festival - 1st to 3rd October 2015

Tue 25 Aug 2015

From 1 - 3 October, the second Live Age Festival will be celebrating the artistic and creative works of talented, older people from across North Staffordshire.

Coinciding with the International Day of Older People (Oct 1st), activities will take place around Staffordshire’s local community centres, residential homes, theatres and galleries – increasing the number of opportunities for local people to get creative and to train those working in the community to integrate creativity into their work.

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Comic Relief funding announcement

Tue 25 Aug 2015

Announcement from Gilly Green - Head of UK Grants, Comic Relief

'NCVO’s recent Financial Sustainability Review highlights how the voluntary sector is responding to significant shifts in policy and resourcing. In parallel there is growing scrutiny of the charity sector and higher expectations around transparency and accountability. And at a global level, the UN Sustainable Development Goals will be ratified in September 2015, with commitments for every member government, not just to the world’s poorest people but to tackling rising inequality, including here in the UK.

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Keele University Student Union Volunteering Event

Tue 25 Aug 2015

Each year Keele University Student Union have an event for local charities and organisations where they can find out more about Keele student volunteers.

Information is given on the academic year, and the types of roles they can carry out that are maybe not the traditional roles they have.

The University also include a free lunch and a networking opportunity at the end.

The event will be held on 10 September 2015 from 10:30am to 4.00pm.

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Apply for a grant from NHS England to showcase your work

Thu 13 Aug 2015

Has your community or voluntary group been working to involve patients and the public in improving health care services?

NHS England will be awarding a number of small grant awards to organisations who can tell the story of their patient and citizen involvement and engagement work in a creative and interesting way.  Grants are available of up to £1,000 each.

The closing date to apply for funding is 12 noon on 28th September 2015.

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biddulph film club launch inaugural film show following final donation of equipment

Tue 11 Aug 2015

The Biddulph Film Club has received a cinema screen from the BFI neighbourhood funding scheme. It was the final jigsaw piece that enabled them to complete their equipment quota of film projector, dvd player, sound system speakers and accessories, worth over £4,000 in total.

They would like to thank Support Staffordshire Moorlands and Dave Banks for supporting them on the tricky path which enabled them to reach their now independent state.

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Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme Consultation

Tue 11 Aug 2015

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.

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Staffordshire North & Stoke-on-Trent Citizens Advice Bureaux report

Wed 5 Aug 2015

The Staffordshire North & Stoke-on-Trent Citizens Advice Bureau have issued the following:-

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Community Fire Safety Days

Wed 5 Aug 2015

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are holding Community safety events across the borough on Thursday 1st October. Free stands are available to any voluntary or community group.

The events will take place at Gnosall Grosvenor Centre; Stafford Northfield Centre; Rising Brook Methodist Church; Eccleshall Co-op; and Stone Somerfield Court.

More information will be available shortly.

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Safer Schools Initiative

Wed 5 Aug 2015

The Stafford Borough Safer Communities Partnership is developing an initiative to enhance safety among school children in the district.

If you are involved in, or planning, any activity that contribute to this please contact Tracy Redpath at Stafford Borough Council on tredpath@staffordbc.gov.uk

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