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Charity isn’t ‘gentle’ - it’s messy, hard, difficult and painful

Blog by Caron Bradshaw for Charity Finance Group

Four weeks ago we started lobbying the Government for the help that only it can provide at the scale the sector needs to ensure that the most vulnerable in society are not left to shoulder the greatest burden in this crisis. Yesterday Rishi Sunak announced an unprecedented, grant-based, injection of cash into the sector. I was asked immediately for my reaction; was I pleased or disappointed? For me, the answer is not binary and I have wrestled with it all night.

Risk crucial services will be lost in Stoke-on-Trent as charities under immense pressure due to coronavirus

Fears that people in need will be unable to find support in Stoke-on-Trent are mounting as more charity and voluntary organisations face substantial losses of vital funding, says VAST.

The coronavirus crisis has led to massive drops in fundraising income for charity and voluntary organisations, with many now having to make hard decisions about whether they can continue to operate.

Police Contact for Volunteers

Some general advice for the voluntary organisations on Police contact:

  • If the volunteer believes a person is in imminent danger they should call 999.
  • If they believe a person is a victim of domestic or elder abuse but not in imminent danger they should call 101.
  • If they have general concerns about non urgent vulnerabilities they should report direct to Adult Social care on -

                         •   If the adult lives in Stoke-on-Trent: 0800 561 0015

Council coronavirus operation underway

An operation to get supplies to people in need is underway after charities, community groups and volunteers in Stafford Borough joined forces with the council to help during the coronavirus pandemic.

Stafford Borough Council is working closely with Support Staffordshire – the county-wide organisation that brings members of the voluntary sector together – to recruit helpers and identify vulnerable households across the area. 

Volunteers Fair

On Friday 6th March Support Staffordshire are facilitating a Volunteers Fair at Friary School in Lichfield.  This one of a number of events to support young people to consider volunteering. Friary School are keen to encourage their students to get involved in volunteering

20 organisations have signed up to have a stand at the event and it is expected that there will be a footfall of over 400 young people.  Organisation taking part include