A consultation on ward boundaries for Stoke-on-Trent

The start of a 10-week public consultation on proposals for new council wards and ward boundaries for Stoke-on-Trent City Council has begun.  The consultation will close on 15 March 2021. After they have considered all representations made to us during this consultation, they intend to publish draft recommendations in June 2021. They will then hold a further period of consultation on …

Local Connections Fund

The Local Connections Fund is a new £4 million fund to help charities and community groups in England that are working to reduce loneliness by helping them build connections across their communities. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and The National Lottery Community Fund are investing £2 million each. This will be used to fund hundreds of …

The Fore Funding – Registration now open

From Spring 2021, The Fore is returning to its standard offer of grants of up to £30,000, which can be spread over up to 3 years. Any registered charity, CIC, CIO or Community Benefit Society with turnover of under £500,000 in the last financial year is eligible to apply. To apply for funding, organisations must first register some basic contact …

St George’s Hospital opens as Covid-19 vaccination hub

Issued by Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust A Stafford Hospital site has joined the network of Hospital Hub sites across England delivering the world-leading Covid-19 vaccine programme. Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s (MPFT) St George’s Hospital, in Corporation Street, Stafford has today (9 January) launched as a hub. The site will vaccinate in line with the recommendations of the Joint …

VCSE Covid-19 Impact Report

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic the Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector worked hard to support local communities and offered a range services above and beyond their normal operations while themselves suffering a massive impact on their own operations and the work they do. VAST has explored the impact of the pandemic, both positive and negative, for the VCSE sector …

Online workshop supporting people with mental health difficulties in Staffordshire to cope with winter

An innovative online workshop is offering support to people in Staffordshire to manage mental health difficulties over the winter period. The Coping with Winter course focuses on supporting with anxiety, depression, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and coping with Christmas, as well as January blues. The workshop has been developed by the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Wellbeing Service (IAPT), which has brought …

Thriving Communities Fund

The Thriving Communities Fund will support local voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise projects that bring together place-based partnerships to improve and increase the range and reach of available social prescribing community activities – especially for those people most impacted by COVID19 and health inequalities. Partnerships supported by the fund will come together to plan and deliver community activities involving …

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Strategy 2020 – 2025

Public Consultations – Have Your Say Staffordshire County Council are pleased to announce that Staffordshire’s Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Strategy is now available for you to read and give feedback on. You can click here to read the first draft of the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Strategy 2020-2025 Once you have read the SEND Strategy, you should share your …

Beth Johnson Foundation Newsletter

Beth Johnson Foundation’s newsletters are seasonal and we hope to bring you news and highlights about our projects, volunteers and the people we help on a daily basis. During 2020 and the ongoing pandemic to say it has been challenging is an understatement as most of our work is around engaging with individuals on a face to face basis. However, …

Exploring how data and intelligence is utilised at a local level

NAVCA is supporting NCVO and other members of the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance to explore how data and intelligence held by the voluntary sector is utilised at a local level. The aim of the study is to enable better service planning and address inequalities in public service delivery. The sponsors of the work NHS England and Improvement, Public Health …