Places of Welcome is a growing network of community groups, each keen to provide their neighbourhood with a place to go for a cuppa, a chat and some support if needed. A recent addition to this network is Renew Church in Uttoxeter, which hosts a vibrant and friendly craft group on Tuesday evenings between 7.30 and 9.00pm.
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.
Following our call out to members with an interest in Drug and Alcohol Services, we have been approached by member organisation BAC O’Connor (better known to many as Burton Addiction centre) who are working closely with Addaction to put forward a VCSE led tender application. We would therefore encourage our wider members to also consider this option as follows:
An exciting new service is being piloted in Lichfield which aims to maintain and improve the health and wellbeing of people over the age of 60 through fun, friendship and music.
A Community Service in Difficulty
Two years ago last December a vital Community Transport Service run by Lichfield District Council ceased due to national and local government austerity cuts. The council could not afford to run the service for the community or maintain its fleet of vehicles to the required standard for passenger transport. They are now at a stage where another local transport charity is in danger of closing down not due to any financial concerns at present but because of a lack of interest from the local community.
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.
Changes Tamworth are running weekly wellness meeting for adults in distress in Tamworth and Burton.
Changes can help by offering Guidance, Encouragement and Support.
Anyone is welcome to attend a changes meeting, no referral is necessary just come along. All that is asked is that you share in our goal of improved mental well-being.
Changes offer Peer Support sessions in Burton on Wednesdays and Fridays and in Tamworth they hold a variety of sessions on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Full details can be found on the attached leaflet
Funding of £70,000 is now available for voluntary groups across Tamworth.
Organisations from across Tamworth are able to apply for grants of between £500 and £5,000 to support individuals, families and children in Tamworth, thanks to a new cash £70,000 boost.
Two new grant schemes will support voluntary and community social enterprise organisations (VCSE) with a total funding allocation of £70,000.
Connecting Communities Grant is a new Tamworth Borough Council funded scheme with an allocation of £40,000 aimed at VCSE groups that are supporting:
There are early stage developments of a Mental Health Hub in Cannock Chase.
The idea is being driven by Lynn Evans from Friends of Hednesford Park. So far there have been three meetings to share ideas and develop a network of voluntary sector and statutory services to a) reduce stigma of mental health, and b) to encourage services to work together to understand what support is available locally for individuals.
There is a Cannock Chase Mental Health Hub Facebook Page where people can find out more information.