Home >> Children, Young People & Families

Children, Young People & Families

Foodbank Coordinator role to be piloted at YMCA Burton

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.

Artistic school-girl raises money for local Charity

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.

Beware of the latest Track and Trace Phone Scam

If you're contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service, you will NOT be asked to provide any passwords, bank account details or pin numbers.  If in doubt hang up the phone! 

‘Good morning, I'm calling from the NHS track and trace service. According to our system, you are likely to have been in close proximity to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. This means that you now need to self-isolate for 7 days and take a COVID-19 test.'

'OK. Can you tell me who that person was?'

Co-op Funeralcare Hardship Fund

What should I do if I’m worried about funeral costs?

We understand that the COVID-19 crisis is putting many families under financial pressure, but if you don’t feel comfortable with your funeral costs at any time during the arrangement – just let us know. We’ll do

everything we can to help.

If your loved one has died of coronavirus, you could qualify for support from the Co-op Funeralcare Hardship Fund.

Fans are encouraged to show domestic abuse the red card with the return of football this week

Cannock Chase Council is urging football fans to ‘show domestic abuse the red card’ during the football season which will be watched by many at home. 

Research shows that incidents of domestic abuse rise sharply during major football tournaments by up to 25 per cent.

With the first football game kicking off this week, people will be watching the games from their homes due to the pandemic. This again could increase tensions within households, resulting in incidences of domestic abuse.

Universal Credit and COVID-19

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has launched a new campaign around Universal Credit and COVID-19.

A new website has been launched to provide clear, factual information on employment and benefits support with advice on housing, furlough, sick pay and self-employment, alongside advice and FAQs for employers, those already claiming and those making a new claim.

Act Now! Citizens Advice Mid Mercia are Here to Help

Citizens Advice Mid Mercia provides free, independent, impartial and confidential advice.  They help with any issues such as debts, benefits, housing, homelessness, consumer and relationships.

In accordance to Government guidelines, Tamworth Borough Council has ceased all recovery action on all debts such as Council Tax, benefit over payments and rent arrears. However, this will not be forever and we do predict a surge of local Tamworth residents needing help and support.