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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

Stay safe and avoid counterfeits this Easter bank holiday

People are being urged to be vigilant and avoid buying counterfeit goods if they’re heading to one of Staffordshire’s Easter bank holiday markets or car boot sales. The first bank holiday weekend of the year also marks the beginning of the car boot sale and markets season. While providing a family day out where people can pick up a bargain, ...

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British Empire Medal for Nello

Mr Neil Baldwin, or to many, Nello,  has been awarded the prestigious British Empire Medal for his Services to the Communities of Newcastle under Lyme. Nello was made famous in the film Marvellous, which is about his life including his time as Stoke City Football Club’s kit-man. Nello’s award was announced in The Queen’s New Year’s Honours, and at a ...

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Latest short film highlights the rewards and challenges of fostering

A new short film focusing on the urgent need for foster carers in Staffordshire and the difference they make to children’s lives has been released. ‘truth be told’, will promote foster care across the region and looks at the true stories of two sets of children and their foster carers and captures the highs and lows of daily life. The ...

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Staffordshire traders demonstrate responsible knife sales during trading standards operation

Gill Heath

Nearly all shops visited as part of a trading standards knife sales test purchase operation refused to sell to underage volunteers. During a week-long operation, underage volunteers working with the trading standards team were refused sales in all but one shop when they tried to buy knives. Twenty-four shops were visited in Newcastle, Stafford and Tamworth, with just one failure ...

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£200k community funding to improve road safety

Helen Fisher

A £200,000 cashpot aimed at improving road safety in communities across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent is set to open for a final round of applications. The Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership has so far benefited 60 schemes with a share of £150,000 since it was launched in 2017. Now groups can apply for individual grants of up to £5,000 when the scheme ...

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Highways investment to benefit motorists in Burton

Helen Fisher

Motorists in Burton can look forward to smoother journeys thanks to a major highways improvement project being scheduled for early this summer. Staffordshire County Council will be carrying out the highways improvements and resurfacing work on Shobnall Road in the town. The £650,000 investment will see the resurfacing of the entire road and include the replacement of damaged kerb stones ...

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Families with a spare room sought in new fostering campaign

Emma, Isobelle & Kelly

Put your spare room to good use and give a local child a forever home is the message from a former foster child. 23-year-old Isobelle from Stafford spent 4 of her teenage years living with her foster carers David and Kelly Hyden. Now the mum of two is urging Staffordshire families to put their spare room to good use to ...

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Awards to recognise county’s carers

Michelle, Nev, Alan, Brian, Kathryn and Tracey

People across Staffordshire are being invited to nominate carers, work colleagues, friends and family members for a prestigious award. The Staffordshire Dignity in Care Awards, now in their fifth year, recognise groups and individuals who care for the most vulnerable amongst us with dignity and compassion. The Awards, which launched on  ‘Dignity Action Day’ on 1 February, are open to ...

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Families urged to Staycation in Staffordshire for half term

Families visiting attractions in Staffordshire

Families in Staffordshire are being encouraged to get out and explore their local attractions during the February half term holiday. Whether it’s thrilling theme parks, pirate treasure hunts, visits to fun farms or captivating countryside walks there will be something for all the family this holiday. At Drayton Manor Park in Tamworth, Thomas Land reopens for half term week. There’s ...

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Staffordshire to celebrate Dignity Action Day

Dignity in Care awards

People are invited to join Staffordshire’s 200 Dignity in Care Champions as they prepare to celebrate Dignity Action Day. The day aims to promote dignity in care and to ensure people who use care services are treated as individuals and are given choice, control and a sense of purpose in their daily lives. The national celebrations start on Friday 1 ...

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