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Units available to local charities at the Octagon Shopping Centre in Burton

For some time now, The Octagon Shopping Centre in Burton upon Trent, has been working with local charitable organisations to provide storage space and, if required, shop units for charities, utilising void units within their centre.

The units they provide are available to registered charities free of rent and service charge. In many cases they may also cover the cost of the utilities too.  All they ask is that charities utilising the space take on the rates liability which is current zero until March 2021. 

Mansell House moving on

To all our members and partners in Lichfield we wanted to let you know that we have taken the decision to sell Mansell House. Its been a wonderful home to Support Staffordshire for the last 5 years and to Lichfield CVS for the two decades before that. Many will have very fond memories of it and we will miss it. However, its time to focus on the future and unfortunately Mansell just isn’t the right place for us to be any longer.

Charity Catering-VAT Update from the Kubernesis Partnership

For those charities that run their own catering facilities - for example community cafes, bars in community centres, or bars/cafes/restaurants linked to museums, historic properties or arts venues - the Chancellor announced some very important new measures, including a change in the rate of VAT effective from this week (15 July) and an important discount scheme in August.

Guidance for reopening community premises

Re-opening of community premises can begin to take place after 6th July, and careful consideration by trustees should be given to ensure community buildings are COVID secure.

The latest ACRE’s information sheet looks at how village halls can prepare risk assessments, ensure social distancing once open and introduce effective cleaning regimes. There are some practical resources too including checklists, notices for display in halls and sample terms of hire.

The ACRE information is available by contacting your local Support Staffordshire Rural Officers:

COVID-19 digital checklist for charities

The Charity Digital Code of Practice has launched a COVID-19 digital checklist to support charity leaders during this difficult time.

The checklist aims to help charity trustees and leaders make the right digital decisions, evaluate key decisions, assess progress so far and create a consistent understanding of their charity’s digital goals.

The checklist is split into 7 categories which include remote working, fundraising and governance.


Staffordshire Libraries - Help us to Shape out Future

Staffordshire Archives & Heritage and the William Salt Library are working in partnership to create and deliver the new Staffordshire History Centre.

The project will transform the way the public engage with our services, our collections and create an exciting new visitor experience. We are interested in learning more about your personal experiences of Staffordshire Archives & Heritage (both in person and/or online), as well as some more information about how you spend your leisure time in general.

Lichfield Civic Society wants to welcome new members

Founded in 1961, Lichfield Civic Society is a voluntary organisation dedicated to preserving and enhancing the features and character of the historic Cathedral City of Lichfield. A City to be cherished now and for future generations.

The Society reviews and monitors developments in the City and District, liaises with local authorities, and promotes environmental improvements.

News of the Society's activities is published in a monthly Newsletter which is free to members.


An historic landmark in Newcastle town centre which dates back to 1713 is busy, full of life and providing a useful range of services to the local community.

That is the conclusion of a 12-month arrangement with Support Staffordshire who have agreed to continue managing the Guildhall while its long-term future is decided.

The county-wide voluntary sector support organisation took over the running of the iconic building, opening a community and voluntary sector hub, in January 2019 following the relocation of Council staff to Castle House.