Children and Families Staffordshire – Volunteer Befrienders

Volunteer Befrienders are needed to provide help, friendship, advice or support to parents going through difficult times such as coping with children’s behaviour, disability, financial worries, loneliness, mental or physical ill health etc. There is no rulebook for raising a family and sometimes it can seem overwhelming, but if a family can get the support they need, when they need …

Views of new and expectant mums needed to help improve local maternity services

The Together We’re Better health and care partnership is holding five maternity focus groups across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent throughout January and February. The partnership aims to use these focus groups to speak to new mums, expectant mums, people thinking about having a baby and relevant maternity staff, to listen to their views and experiences of local maternity services. The partnership, …

Two new fraud warnings

One is a variant on the changes to supplier details fraud and is a ‘changes to payroll information’ fraud. Fraudsters are using social media to identify your employer. They email the employer, from a spoofed or similar email address, pretending to be the employee and asking the employer to update their bank account details. And the second is a warning …

New Charity Commission guidance on SIRs

If a serious incident occurs within a charity’s partner organisation, an affiliate, a sub-contractor or a linked charity, is it reportable to the Charity Commission? In new guidance the Commission has clarified this question and said yes its reportable if it materially affects the charity, its staff, operations, finance and/or reputation. As with previous guidance on serious incident reporting, what …

Invite to Together We’re Better workshop

The Together We’re Better partnership is continuing to work towards improving health services across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, including:   ·         Urgent and emergency care  ·         Planned care (booked operations and treatments)  ·         Community care (in the South and East of the county)  ·         Mental health  ·         Maternity.   In Summer 2019 they listened to the experiences of people using health and care …

How to identify your target audience

Every single person who works in marketing will tell you that you can’t sell anything if you don’t know who you’re selling to. You can’t promote your cause or brand if you don’t know who you’re promoting to. So, how do you find out who your audience is? The first thing you need to do is ask yourself: “What do …

Staffordshire & Stoke I Care…Ambassadors Event – 24th February 2020

This integrated health and care scheme has been formed by a strong partnership between Together We’re Better and Staffordshire’s Care Market Development Team . I Care…Ambassadors motivate, inspire and share information about what it’s like to work in the health and care sector. You may already be doing this engagement and widening participation work in your current role via careers …

Up to £500 grants for local groups – The Bursary is back for 2020!

Back at the beginning of 2015, VAST Services (1920) launched the VAST Bursary Fund, created for the voluntary sector across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. And now it’s back for 2020! The fund awards local charities and non-profits grants of up to £500 towards VAST’s eligible business services which include accountancy, bookkeeping and payroll services, graphic and website design, various training subjects, …