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Rotary Community Library Brereton Joins Places of Welcome.

Brereton Community Library near Rugeley is very pleased to announce that we have joined the national Places of Welcome network. Every Thursday morning between 9.00 and 12.00 anyone at all is welcome to come along for a chat; a free cuppa and biscuits; support and information if needed. Our friendly team of volunteers who manage the library for Rugeley Rotary Club in partnership with Staffordshire County Council are looking forward to meeting you.


Following the recent unveiling of their refurbished kitchen, Stone Community Hub is the first community organisation in Stone to join the Places of Welcome network. The kitchen is used primarily on a Monday where a free two course lunch is provided to anyone in need, who is lonely or eats alone for the main part. The kitchen is also used daily when the Hub is open as a Place of Welcome for the provision of hot and cold drinks, biscuits and cakes free of charge every weekday (except Thursdays) from 10am – 1pm. 

Road Safety Trust grant funding

Grants are available to public and professional UK-based organisations for activities that will reduce the risk of death and injury for all road users.

There are two levels of grants available:

  • Major themed grants of up to £200,000 are available over a period of up to three years
  • Small grants programme offers funding of between £10,000 to £30,000 over a two-year period.

The application deadline for the small grants programme is 20 December 2019.

Applications for the major themed grants open between February and May 2020.

Safer Recruitment

Whether you are employing staff or recruiting volunteers, you need to be confident that those who are working with adults at risk or children are suitable.  Safeguarding is a big topic and involves more than just doing a DBS so in this article we examine some of the steps you can take to protect those most vulnerable.

Plan ahead

Writing a good job or role description is crucial to enable you to match applicants well against set criteria.  All tasks should be clearly written so that it comes as no surprise to an individual when they take up a position.

Let’s Work Together South Staffordshire - Reassuring our Communities

Let’s work together is a key part of delivering The Good Life in South Staffordshire, as it builds networks, up-skills the community, and the more people that are aware, the greater the impact and benefits for everyone.

This FREE training is for anyone living or working in South Staffordshire including:

Home visiting staff and front line staff (e.g. public and voluntary sector staff); Community including residents, parishes, volunteers and Members; Commercial including businesses shops and traders.

YMCA Burton launches Sleepout 2019!

Local charity, YMCA Burton have set the date for their 11th annual Sleepout this week – Friday 8th November 2019.

Last year’s Sleepout saw 240 people take part in their Sleepout which was held over two venues, Pirelli Stadium – where people chose to sleep in the concourses or outside the ground and St Modwens church in the graveyard.

The youngest person to ever take part in Sleepout was 3 years old and the oldest was 83 so age is no barrier to signing up for this event!