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School Crossing Patrol Consultation

Wed 12 Dec 2018

Due to unprecedented financial challenges, the county council is facing some very difficult decisions about the non-statutory services it can continue to fund.  With a £35 million gap in our budget a number of proposals are reluctantly being considered, including the funding of the School Crossing Patrol service after September 2019.

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Family Financial Inclusion Tender Opportunity in Newcastle

Tue 11 Dec 2018

The Borough Council of Newcastle-under-Lyme is looking to commission a Family Financial Inclusion Support Service on behalf of  the Newcastle Partnership and requires a service to work with families, in specific communities in Newcastle who have issues relating to financial inclusion and debt management.

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Places of Welcome Opening Times between Christmas and New Year

Tue 11 Dec 2018


Be Friends, Beacon Church, Burntwood (Tuesdays)– closed Christmas and New Years Days

Curborough Community Centre (Tuesdays) – open New Years Day 1st Jan 2019

Handsacre Methodist Church (Fridays) – open Friday 21st December, closed 28th December, reopens 4th January 2019

Martin Heath Hall, Lichfield (Mondays) – closed Christmas Eve, open New Years Eve

St Annes, Chasetown (Thursdays)  – will be open Thursday 27th December and Thursday 3rd January 2019

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North Staffordshire Health Consultation

Mon 10 Dec 2018

Organisations in North Staffordshire are invited to a specific voluntary sector consultation session on the proposals for the future of health services in North Staffordshire.

The governing bodies for North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent CCGs recently approved the consultation plans and opened the consultation period on Monday 10th December to run for 14 weeks. 

For more information on the background and proposals please visit:  https://www.healthservicesnorthstaffs.nhs.uk/ 

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REMINDER: Education Consultations Are Live

Thu 6 Dec 2018

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REMINDER: The consultations for the ‘Education and Skills Strategy’ and ‘Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Strategy’ are still live - Don’t miss out on the opportunity to have your say!

Public consultations for the “Education and Skills Strategy: A Partnership Framework for Staffordshire” and Staffordshire’s “Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Strategy” started in November the consultations will stay open until the 21st December 2018.

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Staffordshire to celebrate International Volunteer Day

Wed 5 Dec 2018

People from across the county are being invited to find out more about the hundreds of volunteering opportunities helping to make a difference in local communities.

Staffordshire has thousands of volunteers from all backgrounds and walks of life, giving up their time and energy helping to make Staffordshire a great place to live.

International Volunteer Day today (5 December) is the chance to recognise the contributions volunteers make and highlight the great work they do.  This year’s celebrations are focusing on how volunteers can help build resilient communities

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Reminder: Deadline Approaching For £18,000 Website Grant Applications

Wed 5 Dec 2018

This is a reminder that the deadline is approaching for applications to the Transform Foundation’s Charity Website Grant Programme, with the application window set to close on 14th December.

The programme, which is run by the Transform Foundation, offers £18,000 grants to charities to fund the redevelopment of their website, to ramp up their online income and increase their charitable impact.  It has so far helped charities raise more than £10m in donations.

Nonprofits interested in a Charity Website Grant can apply via the Transform Foundation’s website at:

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Applications for the Weston Charity Awards open

Tue 4 Dec 2018

Pilotlight and the Garfield Weston Foundation would like to announce that the Weston Charity Awards are now open for applications.

Established to celebrate and support ambitious charities working in the fields of Youth, Welfare and Community, we are looking for charities who would like mentoring and coaching support to get their organisation to the next stage in its development. This year the Awards are will support 20 charities across the North, the Midlands and Wales.

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Supporting Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) – Voluntary Sector Grant

Mon 3 Dec 2018

The National Transfer Scheme (NTS) is a voluntary arrangement that is designed to ensure a more even distribution of unaccompanied children across the UK.

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NAVCA Summary - UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty & Human Rights

Mon 26 Nov 2018

In the last few days the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty & Human Rights published the findings of a fortnight-long  investigation across the UK.  

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