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Lichfield Re:Cycle - volunteer opportunities & request for recyclable bikes

Lichfield Re:Cycle is a local voluntary group that helps people to enjoy the benefits of cycling and encourages participation through a variety of services. They offer bikes on free long term loan, hold skill sharing demonstrations to show people how to maintain their own bike and work with people to build their confidence riding on the road, in groups or as an individuals. They recently helped a local family with five of their loan bikes to enable them to cycle together. Finding the right bike for the right person and for as long as they need it, is an important part of the process.

Stafford Work Clubs

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 jillnorman@smcvs.co.uk

Biddulph Work Club welcomes new Staffordshire County Council Chief Executive, John Henderson

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.

Volunteering in the Arts Toolkit Training workshop

A free Volunteering in the Arts Toolkit Training workshop will be run on 16th September 2015, from 1-3pm at the Tamworth Assembly Rooms.

Aimed at small to medium amateur arts and crafts groups it will give the necessary skills and experience to recruit, retain and support volunteers, whilst introducing them to the work of Voluntary Arts & Tamworth Volunteer Centre.

This event is held in conjunction with Tamworth Borough Council, Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund, Tamworth Arts and Events, and the Tamworth Assembly Rooms.

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.”