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Tech Grants from Transform Foundation

Tue 15 Mar 2016

Transform Foundation have grants available to charities who want to upgrade their technical equipment. 

The first opportunity is an £18,000 grant to build an amazing web presence.

Please visit their website for further details. 

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Burton Hospital Foundation Trust (BHFT) Survey

Mon 14 Mar 2016

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Burton Hospital Foundation Trust (BHFT) has commissioned Engaging Communities / Healthwatch Staffordshire to capture and explore the experience of service users, carers and the general public to ensure that BHFT is delivering an excellent service in relation to its Equality and Diversity Strategy.

To explore this, they are currently conducting a short online survey.

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Energy Action Fund – E.ON

Mon 14 Mar 2016

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Local community centres that need to improve their energy efficiency, and schools or charities looking to add a spark to the area through energy education, can apply for funding from E.ON.

Grants from £50 up to £2,000 are available.

Please visit their website for further information. 

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Support Staffordshire & Keele University Students' Union Achieve VCQA Accreditation Wave 4

Tue 8 Mar 2016

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Support Staffordshire are delighted to announce that we, in partnership with Keele University Students' Union, have achieved VCQA accreditation Wave 4. This Quality Accreditation will be in effect for three years.

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Healthwatch Newsletter - February 2016

Tue 8 Mar 2016

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The February 2016 edition of Healthwatch Staffordshire's newsletter is now available to read.

The newsletter contains:-

  • Advocacy News
  • Volunteering News
  • Project Updates
  • Experience Exchange

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The Open University Launch First Free Online Course for Voluntary Sector Leaders

Tue 8 Mar 2016

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The Open University has launched the first free online course for voluntary sector leaders.

The course is targeted at learners who work, or are aiming to work, as paid members of staff or as volunteers in voluntary or community organisations.

Please visit their website for further details.              

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B&Q Launch 'Community Re-use' Initiative

Sun 6 Mar 2016

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B&Q have launched a Wastage Scheme called Community Re-use.

The scheme is in place to donate unsellable products and materials for re-use, for the benefit of the local community and the environment.

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Staffordshire Mental Health & Criminal Justice Project Survey

Mon 29 Feb 2016

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Announcement from the South Staffordshire Network for Mental Health about the Staffordshire Mental Health and Criminal Justice Project:-

The South Staffordshire Network for Mental Health (SSNMH) are a charitable organisation providing, on behalf of Staffordshire County Council, a service to support people with experience of mental illness to influence how mental health services are commissioned and provided. We call this service Your Voice.

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Chief Executive's Comment on Health - February 2016

Mon 29 Feb 2016

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As regular readers will be aware, I have been pressing for some time now for greater engagement and representation for the VCSE sector at some of the countywide health structures, especially the Health and Wellbeing Board. Although we have made little progress I wanted to update you that I have pushed for a letter from the Staffordshire Voice Chief Officers Group. Again proposing representation and a mechanism for achieving it. The Voice Group is coordinated by VAST and Chaired by Nick Maslen of Age UK South Staffordshire. I will keep you posted on the outcome.

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Chief Executive's Comment - February 2016

Sun 28 Feb 2016

Photo of Garry Jones, Chief Executive of Support Staffordshire

Why Community Capacity and Google’s Tax Bill are about the same thing!

Yep, Google’s tax affairs and building community capacity are really the same thing and here is why…

When it comes to buzz words and fashionable phrases, Building Community Capacity is trending high these days. Cynics amongst you will feel this is about saving public money and cutting local government funding. And on the latter you’ll get my sympathies; local services (and councils) have seen an unfair proportion of the deficit reduction and its now really beginning to show.

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