Staffordshire Newsletter: June edition

Book your vaccine and get tested 

young man getting vaccine

People aged 30 and over can now book their vaccine by visiting the NHS website. You do not need to wait to be contacted by the NHS.

More information on the vaccine can be found here

As restrictions have eased further and cases of the Indian variant have been identified in the county, residents are still being urged to get tested twice a week even if you have no symptoms. 

Find out more about testing here.        

Green home funding 

Green homes funding - apply now to make your home more energy efficient

Families struggling to heat their home can access a free ‘green homes’ measure to make their home more energy efficient.

We have funding to help 445 households.

Measures including cavity wall and loft insulation, solar thermal and PV panels, air source heat pumps, as well as double glazing windows and doors could be installed free of charge in eligible households.

The scheme is available to eligible families with low, or no income, those who claim benefits, or are elderly, disabled or have very young children living in the home.

Apply online here.

New funding for community and voluntary groups

Funding available now - apply

New or existing voluntary groups and organisations can apply to a brand-new fund to help support those who need it most in our communities who are self-isolating.

The grant can be used to help local people who are self-isolating with:

  • Accessing food
  • Accessing medicines
  • Accessing daily essentials
  • Tackling loneliness / emotional wellbeing support

Funding is on a first come, first served basis.

Find out more here.  

Planning for IRONMAN 70.3 STAFFORDSHIRE 2021 

IRONMAN - 18 July 2021

With less than 50 days to go, planning is underway to bring back a successful and safe IRONMAN event on the 18th July, and the course maps and road access information are now available to view.

IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire is one of our biggest headline calendar events and gives us an opportunity to showcase Staffordshire to the rest of the UK and internationally.

Planning is all being done in line with national and localised safety guidelines to make sure the event is safe and enjoyable for everyone.

Keep up with the latest developments and news about IRONMAN 70.3 STAFFORDSHIRE here

Free summer activities and food coming soon 

Holiday activities and food = for children and young people aged 5-16 who get free school meals

Staffordshire County Council is working with local organisations to launch a free holiday activities and food programme, funded by the Department for Education. 

The programme is for children and young people aged 5 – 16 years who receive benefit related free school meals or are at risk of financial exclusion.

Eligible children and young people will be able to attend free holiday activities, providing healthy food, fun and sports, during the summer holidays.

Registration opens on 5th July – look out for more information on how to apply. 

Could you be a foster carer?

Foster for Staffordshire poster

Every year, tens of thousands of children across the UK need someone to provide foster care and in Staffordshire alone, 60 more foster families need to be found this year. 

Foster carers have been sharing their experiences of fostering in Staffordshire – read them here. 

You can find out more about fostering with Staffordshire County Council by visiting their website, on Facebook or by calling 0800 169 2061.

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