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Closure of Home-Start Lichfield & District

It is with great sadness that the board of trustees, Home-Start Lichfield and District, decided to close the scheme at their meeting on the 10th November 2015.

Over the last year the board of trustees have worked diligently to access core funding without success.

They are now at a stage where their reserves have to be used to plan a safe and legal closure on 31st January 2016. This enables them to meet their legal responsibilities to their staff, volunteers and families.

Talent Match Welcomes New Employment Coaches

To better support young people who are furthest away from the job market, Talent Match has employed 3 brand new employment coaches.

Their coaches will be working on a more intense one to one basis with young people; offering an array of support opportunities to progress them on their journey to sustainable employment.

Through their “test & learn” approach they discovered that some young people need extra support in addition to their fabulous volunteer mentors.

Social Enterprise

The term Social Enterprise or even Social Business is a fashionable one, but a little confusing, as it refers to a wide range of legal forms that organisations can take. Organisations describing themselves as Social Enterprises can be community groups, charities, companies of various forms, co-operatives, mutuals, or straight for-profit businesses and sole traders. When it comes to social enterprise, it pays to be clear what you do and don’t mean!

For Support Staffordshire, the main factors that show you are a genuine social enterprise are:

North Staffs Advice Partnership - Consultation Report

A report has been published following the North Staffs Advice Partnership Network consultation, which was conducted during June and July 2015.

North Staffs Advice Network includes staff and volunteers from over 150 organisations in North Staffs. Three core partners coordinate the Network: these are Staffordshire North & Stoke-on-Trent CAB, Age UK North Staffs, and Disability Solution West Midlands.