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A commitment to work shoulder-to-shoulder with the voluntary sector in Newcastle-under-Lyme has been signed by the Borough Council.

Cllr. Simon Tagg, the Leader of the Council, put pen to paper on the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Pledge outside the Guildhall in Newcastle town centre.

He was joined at the signing by Garry Jones the Chief Executive of Support Staffordshire.

The Borough Council has become one of the first district authorities in the county to sign the pledge.

New look Hanley VI Hub – Drop in

Beacon has officially reopened the VI Hub in Hanley – previously known as RNIB Resource Centre – and is hosting a Drop-in session.

We want to invite you to come along and celebrate and see our new look Hub at Albion Street, Hanley on Wednesday 1st May from 1pm. We will be providing free tea and cheesy oatcakes in honour of Staffordshire Day.

Event details:

THE RIGHT START: Involving Volunteers

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

100% of previous participants said they would recommend this course.  This is what they said:

Content was thorough, enough topics covered.

Made me think differently in my approach.

All aspects valuable.  Started the course with no real insight, now have a sound knowledge.

New library club helping to change lives

A new weekly club at Stafford Library is supporting unemployed residents across Stafford to gain new skills, reduce isolation and boost confidence.

The new Work Club takes place every Thursday 2pm-4pm within the Innovation Suite at Stafford Library.  Experienced advisors from Support Staffordshire and Citizens Advice Bureau are on-hand to offer free advice and guidance with IT skills, job searches, CV writing, Interview skills, budgeting skills, housing and benefit support, debt management, plus lots more.