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.
Environment, Rural, Sustainability & Animals
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
Severn Trent Water is offering an exciting opportunity for local community groups and projects to apply for funding.
A community grant has been made available as part of their wind turbine development at Curborough Sewage Treatment Works, Lichfield. The turbine will have a 500kW capacity and be 50m tall to its hub or 74m tall to the tip of its blades. It will play an important role in Severn Trent’s target to provide 50% of their energy requirements from renewable sources by 2020.
Support Staffordshire is a member of the partnership which was successful in reaching the development stage of a Landscape Partnership bid with the Heritage Lottery Fund for the South West Peak.