People are being invited to celebrate the work of the county’s charities and the difference they make in their local communities.
Local Charities Day is on Friday 16 December and will put small, local charities and community groups into the spotlight, helping them demonstrate the great work they do in their areas
Staffordshire has thousands of charities, voluntary organisations and community groups all helping to make Staffordshire a great place to live. Organisations work with residents from all backgrounds every day, all year long.
These organisations help to run local libraries, provide community transport and befriending support for older people, put on positive activities for young people, maintain local parks and green spaces and work with families and individuals to help them back into work.
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 great that we have a day to recognise their massive contributions.
“Local organisations better understand the issues affecting their own communities and are often visible and well trusted. And, without volunteers, small charities wouldn’t be able to do all the good work they do too, so I’d also like to say a big thanks to them as well.
“We will continue to work closely with our partners in the voluntary sector to support and develop small charities and promote volunteering to help us build stronger communities here in Staffordshire.”
As part of it’s ‘People Helping People’ programme, Staffordshire County Council works with a consortium consisting of SCVYS (Staffordshire Council of Voluntary Youth Services), Support Staffordshire and SSCVA (South Staffordshire Community Voluntary Action).
The great work Staffordshire’s volunteers do has also been recognised nationally, with seven Staffordshire residents being awarded the prestigious British Empire Medal this year alone. Recipients include:
- Mr Robert Selby – For services to the community in Sandon and Burston, Staffordshire.
- Mr Graham Tritton – For services to the community in Pattingham, Staffordshire.
- Mrs Jennifer Morgan – For services to Wildlife Rescue, Rehabilitation and Conservation.
- Captain Baden Wilson – For voluntary service to Veterans.
- Mr Martin Ketterick – For services to charitable fundraising.
- Reverend Dr Stephen Hatcher – For services to Methodism, Heritage and Education.
- Mrs Barabara Cox – For services to Hollinsclough School, Derbyshire and the Chernobyl Children’s Project (UK)
And nine Staffordshire volunteer groups also received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services, including:
- Chasewater Railway, railway and industrial history preservation group
- Community Engagement Support Service, befriending older people in Rugeley and Cannock Chase
- Community Together CIC, adult services in Tamworth
- HMP Stafford Visitors Centre, maintaining family ties for prisoners
- Landsandads, health and fitness for young people in Stoke-on-Trent
- Loggerheads and District Befrienders, friendship for lonely adults
- Princess Street Training Education, educating migrant women in Burton-on-Trent to help them live in Britain
- The Kingfisher Group, canal cleaning and restoration in Horninglow, Burton-on-Trent
- The Manna House, care for vulnerable people in Hanley
Notes to Editor:
For further information on becoming a volunteer and for support for organisations, please contact the partners on the details below:
For VCSE organisations and volunteering opportunities relating to families and young people, please contact SCVYS on 01785 240378 via email on firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information please visit their website on http://www.staffscvys.org.uk/
For VCSE organisations and volunteering opportunities relating to adults, country parks, libraries or any other local issues please contract Support Staffordshire on 0300 777 1207 or via email at email@example.com. For more information please visit their website at https://www.supportstaffordshire.org.uk/