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Local response to Coronavirus Emergency: Support for Vulnerable Residents Living in Cannock Chase District

There is a wide range of support available to local people – much of this within the voluntary and community sector, with national and local public sector support being implemented alongside this. 

The established Cannock and Rugeley foodbanks have been very busy. There has been extensive small, locally based and individual neighbourhood support to family, friends and neighbours. Cannock Chase is also benefitting from the establishment of a comprehensive (and growing) range of services offered from volunteers working through the Chase Coronavirus Support Network (CCSN).

Stoke-on-Trent City Council Fund

Closing date: 1st May 2020

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has pledged £100,000 of financial support to community groups and voluntary organisations who are providing critical support to those impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) living in the city. 

The money will be available for community groups and charities to bid into to help them continue to support those who need it most during the pandemic. It will also help to ensure that those organisations that have seen usual funding or fundraising reduce are still able to access additional financial support. 

Illegal Money Lending

The Stop Loan Sharks team are here to help. They are the only government agency in the UK who have the power to investigate and prosecute loan sharks and illegal money lenders.

The Stop Loan Sharks helpline service remains open and fully operational during the COVID-19 pandemic. To safely report a loan shark, call the 24-hour confidential helpline on 0300 555 2222. Or text a report to 07860 022116. Or complete an online report form.

Paying Utility Bills

Paying Energy Bills

What help is available from energy providers?

The Government and energy suppliers have launched an emergency package, to make sure anyone vulnerable doesn’t suffer hardship with heating or lighting their homes during the COVID-19 crisis.

If you’re struggling to pay for your gas or electricity, you may have the following options to help:

National Stalking Awareness Week 2020; See Stalking Clearly

This week marks National Stalking Awareness week and given the unparalleled times we are in amidst the Covid19 pandemic, Suzy Lamplugh Trust will be hosting the week online across our social media and digital channels. We will be sharing podcasts and videos featuring experts and influencers to educate and promote discussion on the theme of “See Stalking Clearly” and stalking support for victims during the Covid19 pandemic. 

NHS Stakeholder Briefing 20 April 2020: Difficult Decisions engagement will continue once Coronavirus is beaten

With the entire country facing an unprecedented challenge in its war against Coronavirus all efforts of local health and care partners are focussed on supporting the frontline.

This means, for a time, other programmes aimed at the long-term transformation of services are being placed on hold.

The difficult decisions engagement around prioritising and aligning clinical policies in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, is therefore paused.

Together We're Better Stakeholder Update 17th April 2020

The past week will have been a strange one for many people, with normal Easter activities and bank holiday plans being changed dramatically from the norm. We know that many people would usually be out delivering Easter eggs or, for those of different faiths, spending the long weekend with friends and family. We thank you all for staying home, keeping yourselves and loved ones safe, and protecting our NHS.

Citizens Advice Staffordshire South West Update

Staffordshire South West Citizens Advice is still here to help. If you need advice, information or support, our staff and volunteers are still here, working to help you.

Our offices in Stafford, Stone, Cannock, Rugeley and South Staffordshire (Wombourne) are closed but we are available on the telephone, email or web chat.

We can still offer you the information, advice and support to anyone who needs us.

These are difficult times for us all, but please contact us and we will do our best to help.

TMT First Launches 'Lifelines4LovedOnes', Connecting people in hospital with their loved ones.

Authorised Samsung repair and service partner TMT First Ltd has launched a new initiative to help people isolated in hospital and suffering from the Covid-19 virus connect with their family.

Lifelines4LoveOnes refurbishes old, unwanted and faulty tablets and smart phones and donates them to NHS Hospitals to give to patients who are desperate to connect with loved ones.