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Thu 13 Sep 2018

Next week, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet will agree its Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) which outlines its expected financial position for the coming years. It’s essentially a budget, though in recent years it has become synonymous with a list of savings that need to be made. The years ahead are no different and immediately the county council is planning on the basis of needing to make around £35 million of savings in each of the next few years.

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Unite against dementia and become an Alzheimer’s Society volunteer

Thu 13 Sep 2018

Let's take on dementia together.

Dementia adviser volunteers play a key role in supporting dementia advisers to provide an effective information, support, and signposting service. As a volunteer you would be making telephone calls to people with dementia and carers who have been referred into the dementia adviser service, and there may also be opportunity to meet people to support them in accessing services.

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Together We're Better Feedback Ambassador workshop session

Wed 12 Sep 2018

Together We’re Better is the partnership transforming health and social care for the people of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. It is made up of NHS and local government organisations, alongside the two local Healthwatch and voluntary and community organisations, including Support Staffordshire.

As part of this work, Together We’re Better (TWB) runs a Feedback Ambassador programme, which seeks to utilise the skills and experience of local volunteers.

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Making a difference in your local community

Wed 12 Sep 2018

Come and join our inspiring Community Aiders Team helping with patients in their homes. A listening ear, a lending hand to their worries or concerns, or maybe a hand with some shopping or gardening, or perhaps a hand massage to help with relaxation. Full training will be given and a volunteer will be matched with a specific patient. Please call to hear more about these roles.

please get in touch: volunteernow@dmhospice.org.uk  01782 344332 



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Walk Leaders wanted in Tamworth

Wed 12 Sep 2018

Do you like walking? Would you like to lead a weekly walk? Community Together CIC is looking for volunteers to lead their weekly walks.

Walks go from Sir Robert Peel Community Hospital on a Tuesday 10am until 11am and 1pm until 2pm.  They also run from the Community Hub in the Castle Grounds on a Thursday at 11.30am until 12.30pm.

They are offering FREE Walk Leader training.  In return they ask for you to commit to leading 12 walks over 12 months, only one a month!

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Wed 12 Sep 2018

Support Staffordshire are seeking an enthusiastic volunteer to support community activities in Cannock Chase

Do you know your local area well?

Can you see how things could be better joined up?

Could you help put individuals and groups in touch with one another?

Could you help local groups access the right advice?

If so, could you become a volunteer 'Support Staffordshire Connector'?

Our connectors help provide key support and advice to local voluntary and community groups in your area.

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Community grants of up to £2500 to highlight patient and public involvement in the voluntary sector – apply now!

Wed 12 Sep 2018

NHS England’s ‘celebrating involvement in healthcare’ community grants scheme is open for applications for the fourth year.

Grants of up to £2500 are available to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations to showcase how they have been involving patients, service-users and the public in improving health services.

Please share this opportunity with your networks. Full details of the eligibility and how to apply can be found on the NHS England’s Involvement Hub.

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Last few days of People Power Fund and Proceeds of Crime Act Fund

Wed 12 Sep 2018

Commissioner’s People Power Fund – for grants between £100 and £3,000

Great ideas for community safety solutions come from local people – which is why Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis is inviting groups in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent to bid for money from the Commissioner’s People Power Fund.

The fund empowers local groups to find solutions to community safety problems through smaller grants of between £100 and £3,000.

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Staffordshire County Council – Community Offer Programme Provider Events Invite

Wed 12 Sep 2018

Following 1:1 meetings with Strategic Commissioners, Staffordshire County Council (SCC) would like to invite providers of Community Based Support and Day Opportunities to a group session to discuss:

1. The findings of our 1:1 meetings with Providers in more detail

2. How we can best work together moving forwards

The sessions will take place on

• 13:30 – 15:30: Wednesday 26th September 2018

• 09:30 – 11:30: Friday 28th September 2018

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New Mental Health Hub in Cannock Chase

Mon 10 Sep 2018

There are early stage developments of a Mental Health Hub in Cannock Chase.

The idea is being driven by Lynn Evans from Friends of Hednesford Park.  So far there have been three meetings to share ideas and develop a network of voluntary sector and statutory services to a) reduce stigma of mental health, and b) to encourage services to work together to understand what support is available locally for individuals.

There is a Cannock Chase Mental Health Hub Facebook Page where people can find out more information.

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