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Look for a Light Project

Communities have pulled together during Covid-19 producing relationships that would not have been seen before. New Inter-generational relationships have gained importance in communities.  There is a sense of neighbourhood. The cohesive work that has been completed during Covid-19 is an asset which we wish to retain, and with the lack of being able to properly celebrate Halloween and Bonfire night the Look for a Light project came into being as something to get involved in, something fun, something that creates light in the dark days of autumn and winter.


All organisations and groups, whether large or small, have a responsibility to safeguarding people. Safeguarding means keeping people safe from abuse or neglect and we can do that in various ways.

Recruitment Practices

All groups and organisations should be following good practice in recruiting volunteers and staff to positions where they will come into contact with children or vulnerable adults.  This includes good role descriptions, matching individuals to roles and doing appropriate checks like reference and criminal record checks.

Thriving Communities Fund

Closing date:  8 January 2021 | Midday

The Thriving Communities Fund will support local voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise (VCSFSE) projects that bring together place-based partnerships to improve and increase the range and reach of available social prescribing community activities – especially for those people most impacted by COVID-19 and health inequalities.

This funding is designed to increase social connectedness, and help communities cope with the impact of COVID-19.

Grant range: £25,000 - £50,000

Wheelchair users are being asked to have a say on the services in Staffordshire

An online survey has been launched by the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent CCGs to try and find out what NHS wheelchair users (and their family and carers) across Staffordshire find is good, bad and what could be done better.

Programme Clinical Lead, Dr Mona Arora, of Moss Green Surgery in Stoke-on-Trent said: “Wherever we provide a service we need to hear feedback from users so we can make improvements where necessary. The wheelchair service is currently provided by Opcare who are specialists in mobility services.

Disabled Peoples Organisations (DPO) Covid-19 Emergency Fund

No closing date specified

The National Emergency Trust has announced £1.5 million of funding to support grassroots Disabled Peoples Organisations (DPOs) across the UK to respond to the Covid-19 needs of disabled people. The funding will be administered and distributed through a partnership of DPOs across the UK.

What work will the DPO Covid-19 Emergency Fund?

The DPO Covid-19 Emergency Fund aims to support DPOs to meet the needs of disabled people. We are looking to fund Covid-19 related work in the following broad three areas: