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FREE E-learning Offer!

Are you a community group based in Stoke on Trent and North Staffordshire?

Is your income less than £15K?

If the answer is yes, then The National Training Academy has a fantastic new offer for you and all of your volunteers.

Community Group Training is part of The National Training Academy, who have generously agreed to give away all of their e-learning courses to groups in Stoke and North Staffs for the next six months (August – December 2016). All of the courses are CPD certified and cover a range of topics including:

Community Asset Transfer Workshop – 29 September 2016

The workshop planned for June has been postponed until September so there is another chance to book a place. Support Staffordshire, in partnership with Urban Vision North Staffordshire and Staffordshire Rural Forum, is holding this half day workshop for those considering, or involved in, taking on a community asset (any building of importance to the local community such as a youth centre or local pub).

Refugee Awareness Training Sessions 2016

Staffordshire North and Stoke Citizens Advice Bureau (SNSCAB) and Refugee Action are working in partnership to roll out a number of free training sessions to raise awareness of refugee issues and the Syrian Resettlement Programme. Sessions will be running from June until the end of September.

This invitation is open to all voluntary sector, community organisations and statutory agencies who come into contact with refugees during the course of their work or for anyone who wishes to broaden their knowledge on the rights and entitlements of refugees in the UK.

Support Staffordshire's Chief Executive Introduces New Model of Working

As many of our members will already be aware, Support Staffordshire has been consulting you on how we deliver services in the future. Following a series of focus groups and our online survey – prize draw winners announced below – we can now let you know the outcome.

Firstly, thank you for taking part and we are pleased to hear that overall our members understand the need for our services to change and modernise.

Applications Welcome for the Staffordshire Community Learning Trust Responsiveness Fund

Staffordshire County Council has now launched the CLT responsiveness fund for 2016/17. Details are available on their website.

The fund value is £160K across Staffordshire and they are looking for applications of between £5k and £10k for each project.

The Staffordshire Community Learning Trust Responsiveness Fund offers local grants for the delivery of needs led adult learning programmes. Courses should:

'Preparing to Volunteer' Course (Tamworth)

Support Staffordshire are pleased to offer a 'Preparing to Volunteer' course. This free 4 week course starts on Tuesday 5 July in Tamworth. 

  • Are you thinking about volunteering but not sure where to start ?
  • Would you like to find out what volunteering involves before you make a choice ?
  • Would you like help to find the right place to volunteer ?

If you answered 'yes' to any of the above, come along and meet our friendly team who will be able to guide you into the world of volunteering and all the benefits it brings. 

A Practical Guide to Community Asset Transfer

This is a joint initiative with Staffordshire Rural Forum and Urban Vision North Staffordshire.

This is an open community development event designed to provide a practical guide to community asset transfer, learn about the process and take home a practical toolkit. The event also includes an opportunity to hear from other community groups who are in the process or who have undertaken a transfer.

June & July 2016 SSCB Training

Spaces are available for the following June & July 2016 SSCB Training:-

Multi Agency Level 2, Working Together to Safeguard Children Training, 09:30 – 16:30

This event is for NEW members of the workforce (not to update) who work predominantly with children, young people and/or their parents/carers and who could potentially contribute to assessing, planning, intervening and evaluating the needs of a child and parenting capacity where there are safeguarding concerns.