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STAFFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL CONSULTATIVE EVENTS - The 'Children's System'

by Sandra Payne

Staffordshire County Council have initiated a series of consultative events about the ‘Children’s System’ in its widest sense. They are seeking to engage everyone who engages with children and their families and see it as following on from previous events about elements of the system, such as the Building Resilient Families and Communities (BRFC) event held in November 2014.

The purpose of the ongoing consultation is to explore how all agencies work together now and in future to deliver outcomes for children and families including through:

INVESTING IN HEALTHY COMMUNITIES - A SUPPORT STAFFORDSHIRE AND VAST INITIATIVE

Following a successful consultation event last month, Support Staffordshire and VAST will shortly be jointly consulting on a draft Voluntary Sector Strategy entitled: Investing in Healthy Communities - A Strategy for Effective, Sustainable and Successful Commissioning by the Local NHS of the VCSE Sector in North Staffordshire.

Lichfield District Right Advice First Time (RAFT) – Showcase Event

On 2 July 2015 RAFT extended an open invite to their showcase event, to celebrate the achievements of the Lichfield District Right Advice First Time (RAFT) advice partnership project and similar projects across Staffordshire. The event was held at the Garrick Theatre, Lichfield.

During the event they shared their project successes, and examined the processes developed and the effect on various client groups. They were delighted that representatives from similar projects in Staffordshire were in attendance to share their experiences.

NORTH STAFFORDSHIRE PATIENTS CONGRESS NHS - Let's Talk About Health

The South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are hosting a series of public health events over the summer.

The events started on 7 July at the Holiday Inn in Tamworth, and will conclude on 10 September at Burntwood Rugby Club.

They will include a presentation on their current programmes and feedback is welcome.

SAFER NEIGHBOURHOOD PANELS - LICHFIELD, NEWCASTLE-UNDER-LYME AND STAFFORD

The Police Crime Commissioner (PCC) is aiming for Staffordshire to be the most open and transparent police force in the country. Local ownership and accountability is central to this vision, whereby the public have a greater sense of confidence in policing. To enable this to happen, the PCC has implemented an initiative called ‘Safer Neighbourhood Panels’. The panels are designed to ensure that people are better informed and involved, that intelligence and information is shared appropriately and to build links and share areas of concern in local communities.

Staffordshire County Council is re-commissioning VCSE Support Services

Staffordshire County Council has announced that it will re-commission support services to the VCSE sector in the autumn.

These services are currently provided by VAST Services and Staffordshire Council for Voluntary Youth Services to the tune of over £500k. The new contracts are expected to be awarded from April 2016 but the value of the service has not yet been announced.

Consultation: Staffordshire's Food Landscape

Staffordshire County Council has f3 Local Food Consultants with the aim of gaining an overview of the breadth of Staffordshire’s food landscape and its current value to the local economy whilst also identifying sustainable growth opportunities in order to maximise the social, environmental and economic benefits.

To inform the early research phase of this project f3 have launched a selection of surveys tailored to include producers, processors/manufacturers, distributors, trade buyers, public sector, community initiatives, food waste and consumers.