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Community Buddies - Castle Ward, Tamworth

NEW 12 month pilot  - Community Buddy scheme to support local residents that live in the Castle Ward in Tamworth. 

Support Staffordshire will be recruiting and training a team of volunteers to become community buddies to offer a friendly ear to local residents, signposting and supporting accessibility to voluntary, community and health services.

The purpose is to connect community members with community buddies to enable them to attend local groups and to encourage and assist people facing barriers to access support within their local community.

Group hoping to help tackle isolation in Lichfield and Burntwood through cycling project

A local group is hoping to help isolated members of the community to get out and experience – and remember -the joy of cycling.

Lichfield Re:cycle, which already reconditions used bikes, provides free long term loan bikes to those in need and organises community cycling events, has been touring Lichfield and Burntwood with a trishaw. Community groups have been invited to take a ride in the rickshaw style vehicle, to see whether there is any appetite for a ride service to be offered locally.

Healthwatch Staffordshire

A statement from Cllr Alan White, Deputy Leader, Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing,  Councillor for Lichfield – Lichfield Rural East

I am pleased to inform you that the contract for the provision of Healthwatch Staffordshire services has now been awarded to ensure residents can continue to share any views they may have around both health and social care provision.

Voluntary Transport Scheme

One of the many services, that Support Staffordshire offer, is the Voluntary Car Scheme. This service is co-ordinated from the Lichfield office by a dedicated team of volunteers and part time staff. The Volunteer drivers are a vital part of the scheme for the help they offer by transporting people who have few options for getting around. The type of journeys undertaken include hospital appointments, GP appointments, dentists, other medical appointments and visiting friends/family in hospital and care homes.

Disability Solutions - Open House

Disability Solutions West Midlands invites you to our 2nd Annual Open House Event. Why not come along and:

  • see what we do:
  • meet the team 
  • go behind the scenes
  • discover the potential of being a volunteer
  • exlplore our excellent free membership

With Information, displays and presentations and an informal light lunch.

We are a small charity with a big heart.  We look forward to welcoming you at our fully accessible offices.

Carers Hub - VCSE Feedback and Staffordshire County Council Response

Support Staffordshire work:

In early 2017, Support Staffordshire were asked by Staffordshire County Council (SCC the lead commissioner) and the Carers Partnership Board to engage with local VCSE organisations who supported Carers. In particular they asked us to gain some feedback upon how the relationship with the Carers Hub could be improved. 

In March 2017, we undertook discussion workshops at 7 locality forums. Across Staffordshire 75 people attended the workshops from 62 VCSE organisations.

We prompted the following questions as part of small group discussions:

Staffordshire’s local directory has had a makeover –Take a look at Staffordshire Connects.

Staffordshire Connects is the easy to use directory for Staffordshire which provides details about hundreds of different care and support services, organisations, local activities, clubs and community groups taking place across the county

Use Staffordshire Connects to browse, search, find and get in touch with a range of organisations offering support around areas such as: