The third meeting of the Stafford Work Clubs Network took place on 7th March at the Frank Jordan Centre in Stone, hosted by the Stone Community Hub. It provides a useful forum to exchange information and receive relevant updates.
One update was from Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) which is now operating work clubs at Holmcroft Library (2-4pm Tuesdays) and Rising Brook Library (10am to 12pm Thursdays) as well as jointly with Support Staffordshire in the new Stafford Library on Mondays 10am to 12pm.
The Open University has launched the first free online course for voluntary sector leaders.
The course is targeted at learners who work, or are aiming to work, as paid members of staff or as volunteers in voluntary or community organisations.
Please visit their website for further details.
Cuts to Voluntary organisations will be devastating for local communities in East Staffordshire
In response to the decision announced by East Staffordshire Borough Council to make no voluntary sector grant awards in the coming financial year, the local voluntary sector would like to make the following collective public statement:
Cannock Chase district has topped the chart when it comes to the number of apprenticeships secured in 2015.
New figures reveal that 370 new apprenticeships began in the district between August and October 2015. You can read the full story on the Cannock Mercury website.
Announcement from Stafford and Rural Homes:-
'Jobseekers in Stafford and surrounding areas are being offered even more help in their efforts to find work thanks to a new partnership between Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) and Support Staffordshire.
The Mayor of Stafford Borough, Cllr Peter Jones, was amongst the first to offer his support for the new initiative when he helped to launch the ‘Work Club’ at Stafford Library.
Arthur Rank Centre started Computers for Rural People to provide rural communities, individuals and groups with high quality, fully-refurbished second hand computers at very low cost to encourage people to take the first step. If you live or work in a rural area they can supply a fully functioning computer for as little as £130.