The Big Lottery visited the Support Staffordshire (East Staffs) office to review the ‘Let’s Get Going’ project. The project (funded through Big Lottery Fund Reaching Communities Stream) will run for the next 4 years and offer support services to people who want to get back into work or into Volunteering. Support Staffordshire East Staffs offer;
Support Staffordshire is planning to bring together the organisers of the various work clubs around Stafford borough to exchange information and best practice, also to identify any gaps in provision and look at extending its volunteering offer to the more rural towns. If you are involved in any work clubs in the borough, and would like to be involved, please contact Jill Norman on firstname.lastname@example.org
Biddulph Work Club run by Support Staffordshire with Your Housing, was pleased to welcome the new Staffordshire County Council Chief Executive, John Henderson to one of their sessions. As well as hearing personal stories from some of the participants, he also learned that between April and June this year the three Moorlands work clubs supported 43 individuals and 24 people gained employment.
Staffordshire Moorlands Work Club members enhanced their work skills earlier this year by taking part in RTITB Fork Lift Truck Licence and Warehouse & Storage Level 2 training delivered by Buxton and Leek College at their Harper Hill Unit in Buxton.
Through the O’Connor Gateway Trust, the Burton Addiction Centre is able to offer volunteering and employment opportunities through their social enterprise Lagan’s tearooms. All clients who complete the 18 week residential rehabilitation programme at the BAC are offered 6 months voluntary experience in a range of roles at the tearooms, followed by 6 months employment.
The Leek Work Club has set up an allotment project to give anyone who attends the club the chance to grow their own food. Rob Arnold, Employment Officer at Support Staffordshire said “The project provides a valued green space in Leek for unemployed people who attend Leek Work Club. They can come together to grow healthy, wholesome food. In doing so, it raises awareness of healthy eating while providing the opportunity for improving physical and mental well-being through gentle exercise in the open air.”
The Signpost Centre has recently received news that it has secured a £370,000 grant from the National Lottery's Reaching Communities Fund to provide support to Stafford residents dealing with employment, debt, mental health, family and older person issues, over the next five years. Staff can continue to be employed, volunteers managed and clients served in the community cafe on Highfields. The new project will start in September 2015 and will concentrate on achieving the following outcomes in four main areas:
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The Burntwood Work Club has now finished. Support Staffordshire are however supporting some employability training which leads to an OCR Award. This training started on Tuesday 7th July however will continue for three more sessions (21 July, and 4 and 18 August). Please see the attached for more information: Employability Skills Flyer Jun 2015