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Adult Safeguarding Board Update and Transition

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.

Burton YMCA and Sainsbury's link-up to provide warmth to the homeless this winter

When the winter weather is at its worst it is easy for most of us to put on an extra layer or crank up the heating – but this is not the case if you are homeless. Life on the streets is a tough at any time of year but during the depths of winter the conditions can really take their toll.

Now Burton's YMCA is linking up with Sainsbury's and appealing for the support of the public to help those in desperate need in East Staffordshire. The supermarket in Union Street will be collecting warm clothing, blankets, sleeping bags, and anything else that can help keep the homeless warm.

Tender opportunity - targeted empowerment for young women, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, as lead agency for the Newcastle Partnership, is inviting suitably experienced specialist service providers to quote for the delivery of targeted empowerment groups for young women (aged between 14 – 16 years) who have been identified as having poor academic performance, disruptive and high risk behaviour including the use of drugs and alcohol and engaging in unhealthy relationships. The contract is for 12 months from 1st April 2017

Let’s Work Together: Be Safe, Feel Secure

Delivered by Staffordshire Police, this short workshop will enable anyone who works in communities support those who are at risk of crime.  This session will look at basic knowledge of anti-social behaviour, crime reduction, bogus callers and will enable you to provide reassurance to those you work with.

Let’s Work Together aims to bring all agencies together to help people live healthy, safe and independent lives by giving the tolls, training and skills to become the “eyes and ears” for partner organisations, identifying risks or referring to services.

Minibus Safety

Organisations which have their own minibuses may benefit from The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) comprehensive guide called ‘Minibus Safety, A Code of Practice’.

This deals with all the issues relating to minibus usage including

Stafford Safer Communities Partnership

The recent meeting of the partnership (13th October) had two main agenda items. The first was to consider 8 applications for the Police and Crime Commissioner People Power fund. These were discussed and comments made to Staffordshire Community Foundation who adminster the scheme in Stafford Borough. The second part of the meeting took the form of a workshop during which the partners considered the basis for the required Strategic Assessment.

Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership - Your rep

Congratulations to Nick Lloyd of RoSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) who has been elected as the Stoke and Staffordshire voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector representative for the Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership Strategic Board after an online poll. Nick will now be attending the meetings and reporting back to you through this newsletter.