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In Kind Direct – spend more on support, not supplies

In Kind Direct is a charity founded by HRH The Prince of Wales in 1997. It connects businesses and manufacturers with new products to donate, to charitable organisations that need them. These are goods that would otherwise end up in landfill. They have worked with 9,700 charitable organisations (not just registered charities) and members could each save thousands of pounds every year.

Hold hands with Burton Breast Care Support Group

Burton Breast Care Support Group aim to provide friendship and support to all ladies living with breast cancer.

They meet on the 2nd Thursday of the month at Burton Library at 7pm.

Their mission is to provide a haven and to support fellow breast cancer survivors, whether going through check-ups, chemotherapy, radiotherapy or the after effects of treatment.

Their monthly meetings provide fun evenings with activities, speakers and the obligatory tea and cake! 

New members are always welcome along with supportive friends!

Introduction to BLAST - Burntwood and Lichfield Autism Support Together

BLAST (Burntwood and Lichfield Autism Support Together) aims to give parents the chance to connect, share information and help each other navigate the challenges of raising a child with autism. In the future they hope to deliver opportunities for children with autism such as days out, activities and workshops.

BLAST have a jam packed program coming up in the next couple of months. As a relatively new group, their members have told them that they like BLAST’s ’all under one roof’ approach.  

Macmillan Health and Wellbeing Days

Macmillan Cancer Support are holding Health and Wellbeing Days at Pride Park stadium in Derby and Pirelli Stadium in Burton on Trent. The days in June, September and December are for anyone affected by cancer and will include sessions on Mindfulness, financial/benefits and healthy lifestyles. 

Contact the team on 01332 785486 more more details and to attend.

Active Signposting in Cannock libraries

The libraries service across Cannock are trialling out an ‘active signposting’ project.

Active signposting is a process through which people are directed towards support available in their community to help with needs such as befriending, being more active, socialising in general etc.

Libraries already do a lot of excellent signposting, and there is opportunity to do more of this to better support local people.

Library staff will be able to call residents and have a chat about what they would like to do and where they can access support in their local area.

Tamworth Borough Council response re closure of Citizens Advice Mid-Staffordshire

Citizens Advice Mid Staffordshire currently provides a range of advisory services to Tamworth residents on behalf of Tamworth Borough Council, in what has been a very effective partnership.

We are saddened by the news that CAMS is to close and appreciate it must have been a very difficult decision for the trustees to make. The council had no previous warning of the closure.

A new Place of Welcome in Lichfield City

Life Church in Netherstowe has joined the national Places of Welcome network, making this the twelfth Place of Welcome in Lichfield District.  Life Church has been welcoming people to its  lunch club for several years and therefore it was a natural step for this to become an official Place of Welcome. The lunch club meets at Life Church on Mondays between 12 noon and 2pm. Everybody is welcome to come along to share a meal and make new friendships.