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THE RIGHT START: Befriending Skills

This training is funded by Staffordshire County Council. To access this session for FREE you must be a member of Support Staffordshire.  Support Staffordshire reserves the right to charge you for your booking if you are not a member.

Who should attend:

This course is aimed at staff and volunteers who are providing a befriending service to anyone in the community and wish to gain further knowledge and skills.   It is also suitable for managers and supporting staff.


Compassionate Community Charter Status Award for Brereton Million

We are pleased to hear the announcement that Compassionate Communities UK have awarded Brereton Million the Compassionate Community Charter Status. 

Only two City Councils have been given the Compassionate Community Charter Status.  However Brereton Million are the FIRST community group in the universe to get this award. This is because of the amazing work the Covid Support Group have done during the pandemic, including the bereavement support and the continued support for residents around isolation and loneliness.

Covid-19 Loneliness Fund evaluation

The £5m Loneliness Covid-19 Fund was launched in May 2020 to support 9 national organisations working to tackle loneliness and build social connections to help them to continue and adapt their critical work during the pandemic.

The National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) was appointed as evaluator for this fund. This report presents the results of a process evaluation of the fund, to see how it supported the delivery and adaption of services aimed at addressing loneliness during COVID-19 restrictions.

Accessing NHS and GP Services

General practice remains open and continues to work differently to keep patients safe. Although lockdown restrictions are lifting across England, social distancing remains in place across all healthcare settings. This means that face to face appointments will take place for those who need them alongside telephone and video consultations.

Staffordshire music charity Make Some Noise set to launch Song for Wellbeing fundraising appeal on 14 May 2021

To celebrate their 20th birthday in July, local music charity Make Some Noise is set to launch a Crowdfunding campaign Song for Wellbeing on Friday 14 May to support young people following the impact of the coronavirus pandemic across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

Council pledges support to local voluntary organisation

Cannock Chase Council Leader Councillor George Adamson and Garry Jones the Chief Executive at Support Staffordshire have signed the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector Pledge for Local Authorities.

In November 2020, the Council’s Cabinet approved to give Support Staffordshire a grant for £8,350 for a 12 month period to deliver an additional 5 hours per week to support the voluntary sector within the District.

COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

Published: 6 January 2021

The greatest hope at the start of 2021 is the promise of the new vaccine. An effective vaccine is the best way to protect people from coronavirus. The NHS and local authorities are working hard to deliver the vaccine, as supplies continue to be distributed.