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Support Staffordshire wins Award for being the beating heart of the local community

Support Staffordshire, which supports a membership of more than 1000 voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations across Staffordshire won the 2020 NAVCA Heart of the Community Award for being the beating heart of the local VCS and wider economy.

NAVCA is the national membership body for local third sector support and development organisations in England and alongside their members, they are part of the movement for local social action.

Public Sector Procurement and Person Centered Services

In January I wrote a blog that exalted the complexity and variety of our sector, in which I challenged the powers that be, not to tinker with things they don’t fully understand. Last month I talked Rainforests and Zoos as metaphors for our sector and how we can be (mis)treated by commissioners of public services in particular. This month I must continue the theme, but will keep it short in the hope that you might take the action I propose at the close.

Team Staffordshire seek VCSE/Parliamentary forum from local MP's

As many members will know we have been in dialogue with local MPs about improving the relationship between our elected representatives and the local VCSE sector. Following local discussion through Team Staffordshire, we have recently submitted the attached letter calling on our MPs to help us to establish a long term dialogue with them to address the many and varied issues of the sector and communities more widely.