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Staffordshire celebrates International Volunteer Day

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People from across the county are being invited to find out more about the hundreds of volunteering opportunities helping to make a difference in local communities. Staffordshire has thousands of volunteers from all backgrounds and walks of life, giving up their time and energy helping to make Staffordshire a great place to live. International Volunteer Day today (5 December) is the ...

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Christmas campaign busts the myths about fostering

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For most children their Christmas lists will consist of the latest gadgets, games and toys. But for many children in care, all they’ll be asking for is a loving family. Now, as part of its Christmas campaign to highlight the urgent need for foster families, Staffordshire County Council’s fostering service has set out to bust some of the commonly held ...

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New park and stride scheme gets pupils active

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Almost 100 pupils at Heath Hayes Primary Academy in Cannock are putting their best foot forward in a new ‘park and stride’ scheme to get to school. A park and stride scheme is where parents park up in an agreed safe place not far from the school and with the pupils all walk in together.  The scheme helps keep children ...

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Foster carers for teenagers sought in new campaign

Mark Sutton

With record numbers of children being placed in care, Staffordshire County Council has launched a new campaign to target a particular shortage of foster carers for teenagers. The campaign is looking for so-called “resilience foster carers’. These are people with experience in dealing with teenagers with emotional and behavioural difficulties and could include residential care workers, ex-police, prison officers or ...

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Prestigious event announces Staffordshire’s best tourism businesses

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Drayton Manor Park, The Dorothy Clive Garden, and Swinfen Hall Hotel were among the winners at the 2018 Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism Awards. Drayton Manor Park won the Large Visitor Attraction of the Year Award, The Dorothy Clive Garden, Newcastle-under-Lyme was Small Visitor Attraction of the Year, and Lichfield’s Swinfen Hall Hotel was Hotel of the Year at the ceremony, which ...

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Awards set to crown Staffordshire’s best tourism businesses

Staffordshire Tourism Awards 2017 winners

Some of the best tourism businesses in Staffordshire are set to discover whether they have won prestigious awards at a glittering ceremony. More than 40 attractions, activities, and accommodation businesses have applied for the 2018 Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism Awards, and will find out if they have been successful at the National Memorial Arboretum on Thursday 22nd November (12noon-4.30pm). In the ...

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Drivers reminded to be ‘Bike Smart’ in latest road safety campaign

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Drivers in Staffordshire are being reminded to be more aware of and watch out for those on two wheels in a new road safety campaign. The ‘Bike Smart’ campaign is part of Road Safety Week starting today (19 November).  The initiative is being organised by national road safety charity Brake and supported by the Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership. This year’s ...

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New project to help people in Cannock Chase live healthier and happier lives

Chase Up! Project

People living in areas across the Cannock Chase District are set to benefit from a new project to help improve their health and wellbeing, fitness and general quality of life, thanks to a £416,000 National Lottery grant from the Big Lottery Fund. The ‘Chase Up’ project will be led by local communities and will work with local residents, schools and ...

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History of Cannock Chase revealed in new exhibition

Display at Cannock Chase

People interested in learning more about Cannock Chase’s history including its role during the Great War can now do so in an exhibition touring the county’s libraries. Using the latest LIDAR and Aerial photography technology, the Chase through Time project has helped unravel over 2000 years of human activity across Cannock Chase. Amongst the discoveries are over 430 new archaeological ...

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