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Winners of 2018 Queens Awards
Winners of the 2018 Queen’s Awards for Voluntary Services at a celebration event at County Building in Stafford

Charities recognised in national celebration

People are being invited to join in and celebrate the work of the county’s many charities and the difference they make in their local communities.

Local Charities Day, taking place today (14 December) Recognises the great work that voluntary groups do in their communities.

Staffordshire has thousands of charities and community groups making a real difference every day.

Supporting these groups is Crowdfund Staffordshire, a new website helping groups raise vital funds. During the last 12 months, 56 projects with 890 supporters have raised £229,400 to support communities in Staffordshire.

Also for projects that help children and families directly, the county council’s £50k Children and Families fund will match fund some projects up to £5K if they get support from the community.  The fund has already supported three projects including, £1,125 for the Eagle’s Nest project in Burton, £750 for XLM Tamworth and £300 towards the Jumping for Joy project in Tamworth.

Gill Heath, Cabinet Member for Communities at Staffordshire County Council said:

“The voluntary, community and charity sector play a vital role in helping make Staffordshire a great place to live and it’s wonderful that we have a day to celebrate their contributions.

“We continue to work with our partners in the voluntary sector to support charities and promote volunteering to help us build stronger communities here in Staffordshire. And, only last week we brought together 16 local organisations who were awarded the Queen’s Awards for Voluntary Service which is a huge achievement for the county.

“It’s also great to see that our new Crowdfund Staffordshire website is helping groups find the funding they need for their projects. I would definitely encourage people looking to get their project off the ground to check it out.”

Eileen Jordan is a Community Organiser for Staffordshire and runs the Old Chapel Works project in Stafford. Eileen said:

“We love getting involved in local charity day here at old chapel works. Not only does it help us raise our profile locally but it’s also a chance to celebrate all those small community charities out there, whom are often forgotten or overlooked in the big scheme of things.

“Volunteer Community Organisers have been working tirelessly over the year, listening to residents and supporting local community leaders to help them instigate real positive difference in local communities. It’s only right that all those involved be noticed and Local Charity Day gives that platform to highlight the wonderful work they are all involved in.”

Two women standing together

Eileen Jordan and Cllr Gill Heath

Staffordshire County Council continues to work with a consortium consisting of SCVYS (Staffordshire Council of Voluntary Youth Services) and Support Staffordshire to help grow and support the voluntary sector and help communities to stay independent for longer.

Groups can start fundraising today on the Crowdfund Staffordshire platform at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/funds/crowdfund-staffordshire. Details of the new Children and Families fund is also available on the website.