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.
We are pleased to announce that Staffordshire's Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Strategy is now available for you to read and give feedback on.
You can now read the first draft of the SEND Strategy by clicking on the links below:
Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) has been awarded over £100k from the National Lottery Community Fund to promote good safeguarding practice to village and community halls throughout England.
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.
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.
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
Applications are accepted at any time and decisions are usually reached within three weeks.
Grants are available for small to medium sized not-for-profit organisations in the UK who are struggling to manage the financial impact of COVID-19 either because of increased demand for their services or from loss of income.
There are no deadlines. Applications can be made at any time.
Grants of between £30,000 and £400,000 for activity lasting between 12 months and 4 years with an option to extend for a further period. Most grants are in the £60,000 to £250,000 range.
Pre-application access support and a bursary of up to £500 is available to help groups apply.
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.
What is it?
Staffordshire County Council are providing “Entitled To”, an online benefits checker on their website that enables residents to easily input their details and find out what benefits they may be entitled to.
People are being encouraged to use it directly themselves and the e-video link shows how simple it is to use.
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: