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Burton Mencap Coffee Shop

Burton upon Trent MENCAP are delighted to announce the re-opening of their Coffee Shop on Friday 20th September 2019 from 9.30 till 12.30 at the Brewhouse, Union Street, Burton.

We are a local charity run by volunteers who fund raise to support people in Burton with a learning disability.  We have been a registered charity since 1967 and ran a coffee shop at Crossley House until November last year. Thanks to the newly elected councillors we have now been given the opportunity to re-open the Coffee Shop which is our main fund raising activity.

Interim Host Provider for Autism Services in South Staffordshire Announced

Further to the briefing that was issued on Friday, we are pleased to announce that Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT) has been confirmed as the interim host provider for autism services in south Staffordshire.

The Trust will take responsibility for the interim service from Tuesday 1st October and will be working with Midlands Psychology to ensure as smooth a transition as possible for patients, carers and their families.

Stakeholder Briefing: Update on autism services in southern Staffordshire

We understand this has been a very difficult situation for everyone involved and would particularly like to apologise for the concern and distress it has caused for patients, carers and their families.

Any period of change is naturally unsettling for those affected but we would like to reassure you that the provision of safe and effective autism services for children and young people in south Staffordshire remains our priority.

Safer Recruitment

Whether you are employing staff or recruiting volunteers, you need to be confident that those who are working with adults at risk or children are suitable.  Safeguarding is a big topic and involves more than just doing a DBS so in this article we examine some of the steps you can take to protect those most vulnerable.

Plan ahead

Writing a good job or role description is crucial to enable you to match applicants well against set criteria.  All tasks should be clearly written so that it comes as no surprise to an individual when they take up a position.

Stakeholder Briefing: Autism services in southern Staffordshire

In light of recent posts on social media regarding autism services in south Staffordshire, we would like to reassure patients, carers and their families about the provision.

The current contract for delivering autism services in south Staffordshire is held by Midlands Psychology. The contract is in place until 30 September 2019 and as such the provider is responsible for delivering the service until this time.

A Voice for Adults with Learning Disabilities and Autism

Currently those in Staffordshire with learning disabilities or autism have no method of formally expressing their joint views to the County Council on all the many issues that affect them.  Their most powerful advocates – parents or carers – also have to act as individuals rather than having any forum in which they can discuss issues of concern with the local authority.  Yet the County Council continues to be the most significant single organisation influencing whether this group can make the most of their lives in our local communities.  We want to tackle this deficit.  We are looking for