Support Staffordshire have recently joined the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Adult Safeguarding Partnership (SSASPB) Board in order to ensure that the wider sector is connected with safeguarding policy, strategy and good practice and that statutory organisations take the sector into account when planning and making decisions. Healthwatch and Domestic Abuse service providers also have representation at this Board. Garry attended his first Board meeting in January 2017 and aims to improve awareness and engagement between the Board and the sector over the coming months.
At the next round of VCSE Forums Support Staffordshire is planning to facilitate discussion around the current Carers Support provision across Staffordshire.
We are particulalry interested in hearing from our member organisations across Staffordshire who currently work with or support unpaid carers. Anything we learn will be shared with Staffordshire Councty Council Commissioners and help shape any future service provision.
Burton Soup Kitchen puts on festive feast for those struggling in the area
Christmas and the New Year is a time that can be taken for granted by those who are able to spend it with loved ones feasting on turkey with the trimmings and exchanging gifts.
South Staffordshire Network for Mental Health are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Keith Stanley as Business Manager with effect from 3rd January 2017. Keith replaces Keri Lawrence who left the charity at the end of October to pursue his career with Star Foundation, Burton-upon-Trent.
A South Staffordshire GP practice has been making great strides to look after the health of local people with a series of initiatives and fundraisers to help patients in the community.
Staff and supporters at Bilbrook Medical Centre, based in Brookfield Road, Wolverhampton, have been walking, baking and raising money to support diabetes and Alzheimer’s patients and provide their community with life-saving defibrillators - as well as spreading the word about good health and illness prevention.
The Staffordshire Mental Health Helpline, a free and confidential telephone service that offers support to people who have concerns about their mental health, will be open for longer over Christmas.
The Helpline provides a listening service 365 days a year, where you can talk through concerns safely and confidentially, exploring options available and offering emotional support where needed.
Christmas is a time for giving and thinking about other people. Most people will have a wonderful Christmas this year; full of presents, great food and joy as they spend time with loved ones and friends.
But for a worrying number of people the festive time is miserable. Homesless people and families living in crisis will not see much Christmas cheer. Those living on the streets and families facing having little or no money to buy food let alone presents will see others all around them having fun and full of the joys of the season, which can only serve to compound their misery.
High-profile actor and comedian Russell Brand has thrown his weight behind a campaign to save the Burton Addiction Centre O'Connor Centre in Newcastle-under-Lyme from closure.
The centre is facing closure because of an £800,000 funding cut, with fears that if it did close, there would be knock-on effects for its sister centre in Station Street, Burton.
More than 37,000 people have signed an online petition to try to keep the centre open ahead of a Staffordshire County Council meeting to discuss the proposed cuts on Thursday, December 8.
A new mental health support service is now available to people living in Tamworth, Lichfield and East Staffordshire. Mental health charity Together for Mental Wellbeing is offering a range of support and activities via the new service, which uses its Your Way model of flexible, person-centred community support.
The South Staffordsire Network for Mental Health hasbeen awarded a grant from the Big Lottery for a Toolbox Project to provide an emotional wellbeing and mental illness prevention service across the six district of South Staffordshire. To find out more, including how to access the service please see attached leaflet.