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Guidance for reopening community premises

Thu 2 Jul 2020

Re-opening of community premises can begin to take place after 6th July, and careful consideration by trustees should be given to ensure community buildings are COVID secure.

The latest ACRE’s information sheet looks at how village halls can prepare risk assessments, ensure social distancing once open and introduce effective cleaning regimes. There are some practical resources too including checklists, notices for display in halls and sample terms of hire.

The ACRE information is available by contacting your local Support Staffordshire Rural Officers:

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COVID-19 East Staffordshire Health Services Questionnaire

Thu 2 Jul 2020

East Staffordshire District Patient Engagement Group have formulated a questionnaire to gather patients' views on health services in East Staffordshire during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Responses are anonymous and the questionnaire can be accessed HERE

The closing date for completed questionnaires is 5pm on 31 July 2020.

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Kingswood Back to Nature Campaign

Wed 1 Jul 2020

The Kingswood Trust, as many other local charities, have been deprived of their lifeblood of income and donations for several months now (especially with schools being closed down also) and are looking for support from the wider community. 

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Healthwatch Staffordshire 2019/20 Annual Report

Wed 1 Jul 2020

Healthwatch Staffordshire is the independent champion for people who use local health and social care services. We are here to find out what matters to people and help make sure your views shape the support that is needed. Our vision is to be a strong, independent, and trusted voice of the public for health and social care services across Staffordshire.

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Foodbank Coordinator role to be piloted at YMCA Burton

Tue 30 Jun 2020

The recent Coronavirus pandemic saw a 51% increase in demand for the foodbank at YMCA Burton. Although the use the foodbank went up, unfortunately for a time, the donations reduced dramatically, due to a combination of issues, namely people bulk and panic buying in the super markets and possibly the regular donators shielding.

Despite this, the foodbank managed to sustain the service users and no one was turned away.

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Together We're Better Stakeholder Update: 22 June 2020

Tue 30 Jun 2020

This week has seen the announcement of plans for the biggest easing of lockdown restrictions since the UK entered lockdown on 23 March. Many plans have now been laid out for July, which will see life return to a much more familiar state for most of us.

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Sad News

Mon 29 Jun 2020

Letter From Roger Savage, Secretary, Adbaston Community Concert Society.


It is with great sadness that I write to you today on behalf of the Chairman and Committee to let you know that our President, Audrey Newsome, died earlier this week at the age of 91.

It was Audrey, with her friend Jenny Muddimer, who had the idea of running concerts in Adbaston church for the local community.

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Coronavirus Crisis Fund – Prepayment Meter Vouchers

Mon 29 Jun 2020

To support those who are suffering hardship as a result of the Coronavirus crisis, Marches Energy Agency secured funding for £49 prepayment vouchers. Applicants will be offered energy advice to help prevent future crisis.  

Email form to advice@mea.org.uk or complete online at https://forms.gle/VuwaNGSVf2ScZqRj9.  For questions/support call 0800 677 1307.

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Artistic school-girl raises money for local Charity

Wed 24 Jun 2020

A creative Year 7 pupil from John Taylor Free School in Branston called Lizzie has been raising money for YMCA Burton by making and selling bright and beautiful cards for her friends, family and neighbours.

Lizzie Hasdell first became interested in the work of YMCA Burton  after her mum donated food to their foodbank via the Burton Belles W.I group. After learning about the volume of people who use the foodbank, Lizzie decided to use her lockdown period to help.

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Staffordshire drug/alcohol services update: June 2020

Wed 24 Jun 2020

1    Humankind STARS – Staffordshire Treatment and Recovery Service

1.1    The charity Humankind (humankindcharity.org.uk) took over all Staffordshire adult and YP drug/alcohol service contracts on April 1st, the new service is called STARS (T3 STARS for YPs).

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