The Cannock Chase AONB Partnership has a small pot of money for community groups to develop projects that focus on Cannock Chase Area of Natural Beauty.
Environment, Rural, Sustainability & Animals
The Staffordshire Wildlife Trust are holding a series of free Lichfield Wildplay dates, which form part of the Lichfield District Council funded "Wild about Lichfield" project.
There are 8 sessions running on four different dates over the autumn and they will be using some new sites for the sessions such as Stowe Pool and Beacon Park.
Support Staffordshire works with a wide range of organisations and groups involved in the environment, in rural issues and animals as well as those engaged in promoting environmental sustainability. These include charities, social enterprises and community groups which manage nature reserves or care farms or animal rescue centres, friends groups formed from volunteers taking a positive interest in a particular area of land or a park, and community businesses running their local pub or shop.
Staffordshire County Council are able to offer a small number of funded energy audits for community buildings in Staffordshire during the current financial year.
The buildings should be used for a not for profit purpose; in the past they have provided audits for charity drop-in centres, girl guide/scout huts, and community centres. Eligible buildings will be selected on a first come, first served basis, to be audited around the end of September.
Staffordshire Rural Forum has been operational, in its current form, for a couple of years. The aim is to progress actions that meet rural needs and where a multi-agency partnership can make a difference. Organised with theme groups on the economy, the environment and the community, each reporting to a steering group, there is opportunity for the VCSE to be represented at each meeting.
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.”
Great ideas for community safety solutions come from local people – which is why Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis is inviting groups in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent to bid for money from his People Power Fund.
As part of his commitment to local communities, the Commissioner is providing £500,000 in 2015/16 through the fund in the form of grants of between £100 and £3,000.
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Roadshows have now been set up by Support Staffordshire to give local communities more information about the South West Peak Landscape Partnership and to offer a chance to get involved. The one in the Moorlands will be at Warslow Village Hall on Wednesday 24th June from 4pm to 8pm (drop in anytime). For more information go to www.southwestpeak.co.uk