Healthwatch Staffordshire, Staffordshire County Council & CCGs – engagement programme for Mental Health Strategy

Healthwatch Staffordshire is working with Staffordshire County Council and Clinical Commissioning Groups on a public and professional engagement programme evaluating the Mental Health Strategy “Mental Health is Everybody’s Business” which sets out a new approach for mental health across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. The strategy aims to help people stay in control, access high quality services when needed, and receive care that is focused on recovery and independence.

They have organised two events and would welcome your attendance at either event. The events will include a marketplace of information stands. There will be presentations from a panel of speakers including county commissioners, providers of services as well as voluntary and community sector organisations. This will then be followed by a Question and Answer session and round table discussions. Refreshments will be provided at the event.

This is an important milestone for Staffordshire – looking after the mental health and well-being of the local population.

North Staffordshire Event – Wednesday 9th September, 2.00pm to 5.00pm

Venue: Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, Moorlands House, Stockwell Street Leek, ST13 6HQ.

For more information see the attached flyer or call 0800 051 8371.

To book a place for this event online:

Stafford Event – Thursday 17th September, 3.00pm to 6.00pm

Venue: Gatehouse Theatre Eastgate Street Stafford, ST16 2LT

For more information see the attached flyer or call 0800 051 8371.

To book a place for this event online:

(Please note that once you click the link associated with the event you would like to attend, please click the “register now” button. You are not required to log in to our system.)

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact or ring 01785 221704.

Staffordshire County Council – Community Short Breaks PIN and provider Event Notification

The All Age Disability Commissioning Team at Staffordshire County Council are currently shaping their Service Specification in preparation for their upcoming procurement exercise in relation to the provision of Community Short Break opportunities (currently known as Aiming High).

In preparation for the proposed publication of the full Service Specification in October 2015, they published a P.I.N. on Wednesday 12th August 2015 inviting providers to register their expressions of interest for the future provision.  In addition to the PIN, they will be hosting a Provider Event on Friday 25th September 2015. (Further details attached.)

AgeUk Recruiting Walk Leaders

AgeUk are recruiting Walk Leaders for Tamworth and the surrounding area (please see the attached poster for volunteers).

Volunteers will receive free training, expenses and ongoing support. This is a wonderful opportunity for individuals to help promote fitness and wellbeing within the Tamworth area.

Walks are held every Monday. Anyone is welcome to come along, keep active and make friends. The group meets at 11am at the Bandstand in Tamworth (poster attached).

For further details please contact Susan Blower on 01785 788472, or email

Apply for a grant from NHS England to showcase your work

Has your community or voluntary group been working to involve patients and the public in improving health care NHS Englandservices?

NHS England will be awarding a number of small grant awards to organisations who can tell the story of their patient and citizen involvement and engagement work in a creative and interesting way.

Grants are available of up to £1,000 each.

The closing date to apply for funding is 12 noon on 28th September 2015.

To find out more or make an application please see the ‘Community grants’ page of the NHS England website.