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Community & Living

Staffordshire communities are the heart of our county and we want to make sure they are safe prosperous places to live and work.

We work with our partners across the county, including the police, fire authority, district and borough councils to get to the heart of what matters to local people

Community food project helping people lead healthier and happier lives in Leek

VIDEO: How ‘Leek Food Co-op’ is Helping people lead healthier and happier lives  A community project to encourage healthy eating and living in Leek is thriving and now needs more volunteers. ‘Leek Food Co-op’ supplies bags of fresh fruit and veg to families through the food co-operative which works with local retailers and wholesalers. Families pay £3 per bag which ...

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Staffordshire to celebrate Volunteers’ Week

Volunteers Week

People from across the county are being invited to find out more about the hundreds of volunteering opportunities available to make a difference. Staffordshire has thousands of volunteers from all backgrounds and walks of life, all giving up their time and energy helping to make Staffordshire a great place to live. National Volunteers’ Week, starting Wednesday 1 June, will now put ...

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Swim safely this summer

Staffordshire’s communities leader is urging people to think safety when swimming this summer and avoid potentially dangerous lakes and quarries. As people enjoy the warm weather, some may be tempted to sites not suitable for swimming. Staffordshire County Council’s communities leader Gill Heath said that people should be reminded that open water swimming can be dangerous and it’s advised this ...

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Community food project helping people lead healthier and happier lives

A community project to encourage healthy eating and living in Leek is thriving and now needs more volunteers. VIDEO: How ‘Leek Food Co-op’ is Helping people lead healthier and happier lives   ‘Leek Food Co-op’ supplies bags of fresh fruit and veg to families through the food co-operative which works with local retailers and wholesalers. Families pay £3 per bag which ...

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Market organisers on board to ensure goods are the Real Deal in Staffordshire

Cannock Market

More market and car boot sale organisers in Staffordshire are joining a national campaign to ensure goods sold at their event are legitimate and that visitors aren’t ripped off. The county council has signed its fourth Real Deal agreement with the management team of the district council-run market in Cannock town centre. The campaign aims to promote a fair and ...

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Stay safe and avoid counterfeits this bank holiday

Counterfeit goods

Buying counterfeit goods can seriously damage people’s health and wellbeing, the county county’s communities leader has warned ahead of this weekend’s bank holiday market events. Gill Heath said that at this time of year, there is particular concern around the sale of counterfeit sunglasses and even counterfeit branded sunscreen. Counterfeit sunglasses often have little or no protection against UV rays ...

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Staffordshire joins national crackdown on rogue traders

Gill Heath

Rogue traders and forceful doorstep sellers in Staffordshire and across the UK were targeted during a national day of action this week. Staffordshire County Council’s trading standards team was joined by police officers to target known unscrupulous traders known to be operating in the area. It was the twelfth annual Rogue Trader Operation. A day of action on Wednesday was ...

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New Deputy Lieutenants appointed for Staffordshire

A former MP, Chairman of a football club and college principal  are amongst Ten new Deputy Lieutenants appointed this week by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire, Mr Ian James Dudson CBE KStJ PHOTOS: Individual photos of the new Deputy Lord-Lieutenants can be found here Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant is the Queen’s representative in the County and made the presentations at the ...

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Foster carers gather for premier of new fostering film

Foster carers from across Staffordshire gathered for the screening of a new short film highlighting the urgent need for more foster families. VIDEO of the film ‘Giants’ ‘Giants’ is a three-minute film telling the story of Jack and Ellie, a brother and sister who want to stay together when they find themselves in foster care. Staffordshire’s foster carers along with ...

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Businesses reminded of tobacco plain packaging law implementation this month

Staffordshire traders are being reminded that all tobacco products must be sold in plain packaging from May 20. The reminder has been issued by Staffordshire County Council’s trading standards team, which has been working with businesses advising them on the new legislation since it was introduced in May last year. From May 2016, new tobacco products had to be plain ...

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