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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.

Telephone Befriending - A Story.

Volunteering as a Befriender.

As an Employability Officer and a Volunteer Co-Ordinator, I have seen the benefits people achieve through volunteering.The hours may vary from a couple of hours a week, to a greater commitment of two to three full days, the roles too, vary greatly, from working outdoors on land projects, to supporting a mental health telephone support line.

But it wasn’t until I myself volunteered that I truly appreciated the benefits of volunteering.

Countywide Domestic Abuse Supporter – Helpline and Telephone Support

This role will involve support with the helpline, incoming calls and proactively contacting victims by telephone to offer emotional support to help empower them to overcome the emotional, psychological and practical effects of domestic abuse. You will aim to identify individual support needs and complete needs and risk assessments. You will be helping people explore how their experience of domestic abuse has affected their lives and identifying ways to enable them to recover from the experience and promoting the rights of people you support and respecting diversity.

COUNTYWIDE: NIHR Patient and Public Committee Volunteer

Closing date for applications: 15th March

At the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) we involve patients and the public in our decision making processes on research funding and management.

We currently have voluntary opportunities for public members on our national research funding committees. This opportunity may appeal to a wide range of people so we are asking our contacts and network who support health and social care research to please circulate on our behalf.

Befriending Skills

This training is funded by Staffordshire County Council. To access this session for FREE you must be a member of Support Staffordshire.  Support Staffordshire reserves the right to charge you for your booking if you are not a member.


Who should attend:

This course is aimed at staff and volunteers who are providing a befriending service to anyone in the community and wish to gain further knowledge and skills.   It is also suitable for managers and supporting staff.

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THE RIGHT START: Involving Volunteers

This training is funded by Staffordshire County Council. To access this session for FREE you must be a member of Support Staffordshire.  Support Staffordshire reserves the right to charge you for your booking if you are not a member.


Who should attend:

This session is aimed at both paid staff and volunteers who support other volunteers within an organisation.

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East Staffordshire February Volunteering News

This time of year is usually one where the interest in volunteering is at a low point. The rush of New Year’s resolutions to help others dwindles as the long winter nights and cold days limit what can be done in the community.

But, this year it is different; yes, the nights are long and the days are very cold, but, there is an underlying swell of people who want to continue to help others during the ongoing Covid crisis.

The biggest need is quite simple; look after your family, friends and neighbours – are they in need? How can you help?