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FREE DBS for Eligible Member Organisations

For a limited period Support Staffordshire are able to offer a FREE DBS service for eligible member organisations.

This offer is for small organisations with an annual turnover of up to £100k.  

Organisations will qualify for up to 2, completely free of charge, volunteer DBS checks.  We will also waive the admin fee for one paid member of staff (please note the DBS fee will still apply for paid staff)

You can access this service at our offices in Lichfield, Burton and Leek.  To make an appointment please contact your local office or call 0300 7771207.

The Herbert Protocol

The Herbert Protocol is an early intervention scheme designed to help locate “vulnerable people” and pays specific attention to people deemed at risk of going missing who have dementia.

The latest figures for Staffordshire show that in 2015 – 16, 1058 adults were reported missing with 32 (3%) having dementia at the time of the missing report.

The Alzheimer’s Society (2015) estimates that 60% of people living with dementia will “go walking” outdoors at some point in the course of their condition.

Living with sight loss

Living With Sight Loss – Free Course

This is an informal and friendly two day course run by RNIB and supported by other local organisations and specialists in the field of sight loss.

Dates: Thursday 19th and 26th July

Times: 10.30am – 3.30pm

Venue: Mercia Fire Station, 81 Lichfield Street, Tamworth, B79 7QL

Sessions Include:  

Tamworth Earliest Help Event

This event will bring together representatives from the local voluntary and community sector and public sector to share knowledge and promote the earliest help work that happens within the Tamworth Community.

"Earliest help is working with children, young people and families to offer the right support at an early stage before a small needs becomes a bigger one."

It will update on earliest help so far, share the 4 priorities, explore how to address the priorities and network and build relationships.

Dementia Awareness in Talke

As part of Dementia Awareness Week, the local GP practice in Talke Pits organised a dementia cafe in Talke Library on Wednesday 23rd May, supported by the Beth Johnson Foundation and Approach and others. Information and advice was available in a relaxed setting with tea on offer and sunshine streaming through the windows! The library - currently supported by Support Staffordshire which has its Newcastle base there - also played its part by putting on a display of books about dementia during the week.

Let's Work Together - Falls, Smoking, Weight Management, Dementia Friends and Carers

Everyone Health will be enabling people to spot the signs of people at risk of falling, obesity, smoking, loneliness and how to access a service that can help people live healthy, safe and independent lives.

The session will also include a Dementia Friends session where you can learn more about dementia and how you can help to create dementia friendly communities.

Finally, Andy will be giving a presentation on the services the Carers Hub offers and how to access

Community Buddies - Castle Ward, Tamworth

NEW 12 month pilot  - Community Buddy scheme to support local residents that live in the Castle Ward in Tamworth. 

Support Staffordshire will be recruiting and training a team of volunteers to become community buddies to offer a friendly ear to local residents, signposting and supporting accessibility to voluntary, community and health services.

The purpose is to connect community members with community buddies to enable them to attend local groups and to encourage and assist people facing barriers to access support within their local community.