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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

Swim safely this summer

Gill Heath

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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Get wise to scams during national awareness month

Gill Heath

People across Staffordshire are being urged to spot the signs of scams and to report them as part of a national awareness month. Scams Awareness Month 2016 aims to inform people of the types and extent of con tricks which pose a threat to people’s finances and wellbeing. The county council wants people to spot tell-tale signs online, on the ...

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Stay safe this summer and avoid counterfeit alcohol

Counterfeit vodka

People are being reminded of the dangers of counterfeit alcohol during a national safety awareness week. Staffordshire County Council’s trading standards team has been carrying out an ongoing operation to stamp out counterfeit alcohol sales and has seen a number of prosecutions. It is reminding people how to spot potentially lethal illicit products during national Food Safety Week. Counterfeit alcohol ...

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Final date approaching for community library bids

Groups interested in taking over the running of Staffordshire’s remaining community libraries have to act before the end of this month. With 11 libraries having almost completed the process of transferring to the community, applications for the remaining dozen can be made until July 29th. Successful applicants will be supported by the county council to take over the day-to-day running ...

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Private foster carers to get extra help and support

group of children and pre-teens

Carers from across Staffordshire who privately foster children are being reminded that help is at hand as part of a national campaign. Private Fostering Week runs from 4 to 11 July and will highlight the wide range of advice and support available to private foster carers. Private fostering describes an arrangement when someone, who is not a close relative, cares ...

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Campaign launches to keep young bikers safe

learner biker

A high-profile road safety campaign aimed at reducing the number of young bikers injured on Staffordshire’s roads has launched this month. The campaign, being run by the Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership is reminding young bikers and their parents about the importance of safe riding, bike maintenance and wearing appropriate clothing. A new website and app named ‘Biker Jack’, available free for ...

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Staffordshire flies the flag to support Armed Forces Day

Janet Eagland flag

Staffordshire County Council will once again be flying the flag in honour of troops past and present on Armed Forces Day. The Armed Forces Day flag will be flying above the Shire Hall in Stafford this weekend to celebrate Armed Forces Day on June 25, and reaffirm Staffordshire’s strong links to the armed forces. Last year marked a new chapter ...

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Funding boost for county’s arts organisations

dancers on stage

Two Staffordshire arts organisations are celebrating after securing grants for their community projects. “Live & Local” and “Hednesford in Partnership” have been granted a share of Staffordshire County Council’s Community Arts funding. The funding is available to Arts groups that bring high-quality activities and events to local communities while encouraging strong community spirit.  Both organisations will use the funding to ...

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County teens to celebrate top reads at museum

SChoolchildren holding book

Young readers from across Staffordshire will gather in force at a top Midlands venue for the grand finale of their annual book award. The Royal Air Force Museum, Cosford will once again play host to Staffordshire’s Young Teen Fiction Award Celebration Day. The Young Teen Fiction Award, now in its twelfth year, is designed to encourage the county’s young people ...

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Tolkien in Staffordshire exhibition on the move

Tolkien mannequin in uniform

An exhibition celebrating the author of The Lord of the Rings’ links with Staffordshire begins a year-long tour across the region. This fascinating insight into the early years of one of the world’s best-loved writers, and his time spent in Staffordshire, has already been seen by almost 4,000 visitors during its stay at the Museum of Cannock Chase. “J.R.R. Tolkien ...

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