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SDVS have now settled into new offices at the Civic Centre in Stafford. We apologise for our old number not redirecting due to a technical problem with the supplier. The new numbers are General Office 01785 413160 (this will not be monitored continuously between 16-23 December). Skillbase 01785 413161/62, and Volunteer Centre Stafford 01785 413164.
Our office will be closed from Tuesday 23 December 2014 – Monday 5 January 2015.
We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
In the Business Impact Challenge, one winning submission will receive between £5m and £15m in investment from the social lender, to be matched by the entrant. Read more below>>>>
The redeveloped site of the online volunteering platform went live last week and can now be viewed more easily from mobile and tablet devices. For more information click on the link below>>>>>>>
NCVO has put together a useful quick round-up of the main announcements of sector interest in last Wednesday’s (3rd December) autumn statement from the Chancellor, at http://blogs.ncvo.org.uk/2014/12/03/quick-round-up-of-autumn-statement-2014/
Child Poverty Action Group has launched an online information service on issues affecting families dependent on benefits and tax credits. It is primarily aimed at advisors but is also accessible to claimants.
Currently focused on benefit sanctions, other topics will be added later. At http://www.cpag.org.uk/content/welcome-ask-cpag-online.
A unique opportunity for young leaders and community activists to take part in a free all-expense paid 4 day educational trip to Bosnia. For more details please see attached documents below
Staffordshire County Council proudly presents the Staffordshire Dignity Awards. The Staffordshire Dignity Awards provides a platform in the county to celebrate and recognise the individuals, organisations and groups within our community that provide support or services with dignity at the heart of all their actions!Read more here >>>Staffordshire County Council proudly presents the Staffordshire Dignity Awards
Christian Food Help CFH are in the third year of their operation and have had another busy year. At the start of 2014 we were able to enlist the help of two more volunteers who throughout the year have diligently provided the additional support that has enabled CFH to meet the demand on its services. Most of the increased demand has come from those organisation that deal directly with families in crisis. One sign of encouragement has been the levelling of demand for food parcels during the final quarter of 2014. Please click for more information>>>Christian Food Help say Thankyou and wish you a Happy Christmas
We aim to ensure that all front line home visitors involved with caring for the elderly, disabled and vulnerable on a regular basis, are trained to identify hazards and vulnerabilities within the home and to understand and know how to deal with and reduce the risks. Read more here>>>Free Training Details
Please see the below link to an ITV news story relating to children’s toys with counterfeit branding of Disney’s ‘Frozen’ on them, which are potentially dangerous for children.. http://www.itv.com/news/central/story/2014-12-01/fake-frozen-goods-seized-over-strangulation-fears/
Hundreds of fake Disney ‘Frozen’ items have been seized from a shop in Newark following a tip-off from a member of the public. If you have any concerns please report them to us on our Fight the Fakes Hotline 01785 330 356. This number is a confidential answerphone service and if you prefer you can remain anonymous.
Please find attached the Winter edition of ‘Voluntary Views’, where you will find local and countywide news, funding information, training and volunteering opportunities.>>>>++ Newsletter Winter Edition 2014
Also attached is the ‘Stay Safe Advent Calendar’ with 24 top tips to help keep you safe and healthy over Christmas>>>Stay Safe Advent Calendar
Most of you are now using the new Disclosure Application Form (with the F01 number at the top). As you know we have been moving away from using the older forms after changing the wording to the e55 question earlier this year.
In the last couple of months we have been sending a supply of new application forms to all Registered Bodies using paper forms. You should all now have the new stock so from 1 December we will no longer accept applications using the old form.
The new form can easily be identified as the form reference number at the top right-hand side begins with F01. The form reference number on the old forms begins with F00.
To find out more about the new application form and why it is important to use this please see the web story.
The Clerk to the Staffordshire University Academies Trust and to the Local Governing bodies of the Academy Schools are currently looking to appoint members of the LGB for John Wheeldon Primary Academy in Staffford. If anyone is interested in taking on the role, please ask contact firstname.lastname@example.org
CASS in partnership with South Staffordshire & Shropshire Foundation Trust will be hosting 3 roadshows around Southern Staffordshire. Read more by clicking here>>Media Release for Mental Health Carers Roadshow 2014
Children and Young Peoples’ Online Emotional Wellbeing and Counselling Service CYPF00112
A tender opportunity notice for the above contract has been published on the County Council website. Therefore, if anyone is interested in tendering for the above service, please advise them to follow the link below to request tender documents under ‘Current Tender Opportunities': http://contracts.staffordshire.gov.uk/
If you are planning on submitting a proposal for the Stafford and Surrounds Commissioning Prospectus we have produced a Q&A sheet to help you(see attached). I have also attached the partnership links information to help you identify other organisations to work with. For full details about the Prospectus visit our web page http://www.staffordbc.gov.uk/stafford-and-surrounds-commissioning-prospectus-