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Smallwood Trust Community Grant Partnerships – Fund now open Closing date 19th June 2020

Closing date: 19 June 2020

We are looking to fund a range of specialist women’s organisations and services to become Smallwood Trust Community Grant Partners. Organisations will be able to use the funds to provide small cash grants (up to £1,000) for individual women to help them overcome personal and financial barriers, helping them to make changes in their lives. We will also fund up to 20% management costs to run the programme.

In this funding round we are accepting applications from:

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.

The Chief's Blog - May 2020

Good day all and I hope it now goes without saying – thank you. I don’t need to say any more than this really, but it does need saying and it needs to be heard. As a Staffordshire Resident with most of my family in this county, I am so grateful for everything that is being done by every volunteer, community group, charity and social enterprise. And I am proud that Support Staffordshire and partners have played our part so a tiny self-indulgent thank you to the team here too, you’ve been ace.

Review of voluntary sector grants and contracts from Stoke and North Staffs CCGs

The North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have announced an 8 week consultation around it's review of grants and contracts to voluntary groups in North Staffordshire. 6 of the services are recommended for significant change in funding or losing all funding. These are:

ASIST BME advocacy service for Stoke-on-Trent patients from the BME community who have a learning disability, physical disability or mental health issue.    

New Stafford Borough Local Plan 2020-2040: Issues & Options stage consultation

Stafford Borough Council is now consulting on the Issues and Options document which considers, in detail, the range of issues facing Stafford Borough and how, through a new strategic policy framework, they might be addressed. Included are the levels of housing and employment land development required over the next 20 years, and how this provision might be distributed across the Borough. Some options include the potential for one or more new garden communities / major urban extensions.

CCGs are seeking views on five clinical policies - Difficult Decisions, share your experiences

The six Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent want the views of the patients across the area as they plan services for the future.

Altogether the six CCGs commission over 800 different services and treatments, but availability of these varies across the area.

Together they have been spending around £2 million more per week than they receive, and that means some difficult decisions now need to be made.