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Surviving & Thriving at YMCA Burton

YMCA Burton were delighted to virtually meet with some of their supporters, friends & partners at a recent webinar titled “Surviving & Thriving” held on the 22nd of April.

The webinar, which was hosted by CEO Paul Laffey & Fundraising officer Paula Senior was a great opportunity to share news, updates, and positive motivation for the future.

Emergency Covid Winter Support Grants

Emergency covid winter support is available to help keep residents warm at home.

Staffordshire residents who are struggling to heat their home could get up to £200 worth of emergency support to keep their home warm.

We have a limited budget of just over £400,000 to help residents. This budget is limited, and residents will be helped on a first come, first serve basis.

We want to make sure that the most vulnerable people are getting the support they need, and we need your help to tell residents about the scheme and encourage them to apply.

Look for a Light Project

Communities have pulled together during Covid-19 producing relationships that would not have been seen before. New Inter-generational relationships have gained importance in communities.  There is a sense of neighbourhood. The cohesive work that has been completed during Covid-19 is an asset which we wish to retain, and with the lack of being able to properly celebrate Halloween and Bonfire night the Look for a Light project came into being as something to get involved in, something fun, something that creates light in the dark days of autumn and winter.

Good Neighbour Scheme

Good Neighbour Schemes are set up in local communities and are groups with a bank of volunteers who want to help their neighbours and other local people on a regular or occasional basis.  The people who need support may include those who are elderly, infirm, disabled or anyone who is isolated for a whole variety of reasons.

COVID-19 residents survey

Coronavirus has had a significant impact on the people of Staffordshire and has affected everyone, from health and wellbeing, education, jobs and the wider economy.

You can now have your say in what you think the future priorities should be in Staffordshire for COVID-19 as life begins to go back to normal, in the Staffordshire COVID-19 residents survey.

It will only take ten minutes to complete and your valuable input will help to prioritise the next part of recovery.

Foodbank Coordinator role to be piloted at YMCA Burton

The recent Coronavirus pandemic saw a 51% increase in demand for the foodbank at YMCA Burton. Although the use the foodbank went up, unfortunately for a time, the donations reduced dramatically, due to a combination of issues, namely people bulk and panic buying in the super markets and possibly the regular donators shielding.

Despite this, the foodbank managed to sustain the service users and no one was turned away.

Act Now! Citizens Advice Mid Mercia are Here to Help

Citizens Advice Mid Mercia provides free, independent, impartial and confidential advice.  They help with any issues such as debts, benefits, housing, homelessness, consumer and relationships.

In accordance to Government guidelines, Tamworth Borough Council has ceased all recovery action on all debts such as Council Tax, benefit over payments and rent arrears. However, this will not be forever and we do predict a surge of local Tamworth residents needing help and support. 

New Local Telephone Service Citizens Advice Staffordshire South West

Citizens Advice Staffordshire South West are continuing to support the community through this coronavirus pandemic offering specialist local advice for debt and housing issues in addition to the general advice service they deliver.

A new telephone service has been launched where people who need specialist help with debt and/or housing issues can call or email a trained adviser who will call carry out a brief assessment and book an appointment with a specialist caseworker.

Paying Utility Bills

Paying Energy Bills

What help is available from energy providers?

The Government and energy suppliers have launched an emergency package, to make sure anyone vulnerable doesn’t suffer hardship with heating or lighting their homes during the COVID-19 crisis.

If you’re struggling to pay for your gas or electricity, you may have the following options to help:

Together We're Better Stakeholder Update 17th April 2020

The past week will have been a strange one for many people, with normal Easter activities and bank holiday plans being changed dramatically from the norm. We know that many people would usually be out delivering Easter eggs or, for those of different faiths, spending the long weekend with friends and family. We thank you all for staying home, keeping yourselves and loved ones safe, and protecting our NHS.