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Burton Addiction Centre - Volunteering & Employment Opportunities Through Their Social Enterprise Lagan's Tearooms

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.

Countryside Stewardship rolls into Churnet Valley

Woodland owners in the Churnet Valley are putting government grant funding for woodland management to good use, with farms in the area among those signing up to the scheme. The new funding package, called the Countryside Stewardship scheme, will offer land managers grant funding to help carry out woodland management which improves the woodland for wildlife. Conservation project, the Churnet Valley Living Landscape Partnership (CVLLP) is giving free help and advice to woodland owners interested in the scheme.

the leek work club allotment project

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.”

Building Better Opportunities Fund Update

Following an extensive series of workshops and consultation briefings across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire, organisations interested in taking a lead role in developing a consortium to bid for grant funding from the Building Better Opportunities Fund were invited to participate in a capacity building programme in order that we could help develop the necessary understanding of the role of lead organisations, of partners and of the ways in which partners might work together to develop consortia.

Social Enterprise West Midlands acquired by Social Enterprise UK

The infrastructure body for Social Enterprises in the West Midlands is being bought by London based Social Enterprise UK. Despite a promise to keep the Birmingham office open with its four staff, SEUK have also said they will seek to integrate the two businesses after speaking to members later this year. The deal should complete in June, with SEUK buying SEWM from Stoke based Aspire Group for an undisclosed fee.