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Fundraising by Lichfield and Burntwood nursery business helps charity create book for bereaved children

A book designed to support bereaved children under five has been launched, thanks to a partnership between a bereavement charity and a nursery business based in Lichfield and Burntwood.

Never Too Young to Grieve is aimed at people who support youngsters during and after the loss of a parent or carer.


The launch of the new book

It has been produced by the Winston’s Wish charity following a £90,000 fundraising effort by Busy Bees nurseries.

Who Needs Local Infrastructure?

Lev Pedro from the NCVO has written and interesting post about an issue he feels very strongly about  - local infrastructure.  He worked for a local infrastructure organisation (LIO) for eight and a half years and understands the important functions that such organisations play in the public services economy and is concerned the sector is under threat.

Let's Work Together - Debt and Money Management, Energy Best Deals and Beat the Cold

CAB will be delivering on Energy Best Deals and Financial Resilience.  Martin from 'Beat the Cold' will also be helping identify the risks and advising on how to Beat the Cold this winter.

Let’s Work Together aims to bring all agencies together to help people live healthy, safe and independent lives by giving the tools, training and skills to become the “eyes and ears” for partner organisations, identifying risks or referring to services. It offers a wide range of support and signposting to local people to help them live healthy, safe and independent lives.


Tamworth Borough Council's homelessness service is changing

In April 2017 the Homeless Reduction Bill became an Act of Parliament, signalling the most significant change to homelessness law for a number of years.  The new legislation places a duty on councils to help prevent the homelessness of all families and single people regardless of priority need, but who are eligible and threatened with homelessness

Key measures in the Act include

An extension of the period in which the authority should treat someone as threatened with homelessness from 28 to 56 days

Website build grants available

Are you looking to build a new website for your Charity?

Digital agency White Fuse is to give away a £5,000 grant each month to help a small or medium sized charities/nonprofits (turnover of less than £1m) to transform its website or get online for the first time. The funding covers setup costs of the website including content strategy, design, development and launch to a value of £5,000.

For more information see the White Fuse website 

Drop-in support in Newcastle Library

Support Staffordshire will be offering the opportunity for potential volunteers and groups seeking advice and support to drop in to see our Social Action Officer, Julie Hughes at Newcastle Library on Thursday mornings. Julie will be there from 10am until 12pm every Thursday from 5 January. We are planning to set up other drop-in sessions in the Newcastle area so watch this space for further news. You can also reach Julie by phoning 07507 643145 and our Newcastle Locality Officer, Natalie Shields on 07507 643187.

News about our Leek office

Support Staffordshire is focusing its Moorlands locality services at Bank House in St Edward Street, Leek from the end of December. The Leek base will no longer be split between offices at 9 High Street and Bank House. Phone numbers will continue with the main number being 01538 381356 for all services and the community transport booking line operating on 01538 386888 from 9am to 1pm Monday to Friday. The phone number previously used for volunteering and employability services - 01538 398240 - will no longer be used. If you want to drop in to see us, please come to Bank House.

FREE websites for voluntary and community groups

The JCB Academy opened its doors in September 2010 as the first of a brand new kind of school in the UK, with a focus on delivering high-quality engineering and business education. It prides itself on a unique curriculum and learning, allowing students to combine theory with practical activities which encourages a structured and effective use of time, meaning that there should be no homework, or very little at least.