Ageing Well Lunch ‘n’ Meet – 27/09

Wednesday 27th September 2017 | 11am to 1.30pm | The Church at Perton

Includes a FREE lunch

Ourselves, South Staffordshire Council, and partners would really like a conversation with people about what living here in South Staffordshire has to offer you. We hear a lot about the ageing population in South Staffordshire and talk a lot about “older people” but everybody is different.

Topics for discussion:

  • Supporting older people in the community
  • Communication; digital and social media
  • Transport and driving
  • Planning for the future

If you are age 60 and over and would like to attend or just require more information please book by contacting us on or 01902 851675South Staffordshire Council

Community Business Trade Up Programme & Grant

The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) in the Midlands is looking for people leading the organisations that put their local area at the very heart of what they do: the restaurants, community centres, bakeries, farms, sports clubs and pubs (to mention just a few) that are run by and for local people.

The programme supports the leaders of early-stage community businesses with:

  • a fully funded six-month learning programme (consisting of 12 learning days)
  • a grant of up to £10,000

The learning programme runs from January to July 2018. Its focus is to grow community businesses’ impact by increasing their sales and trading income. Participants will receive expert support and learn with other community business leaders in cohorts of 10.

It’s a great opportunity for community-focused organisations in the Midlands looking to grow, so please do refer any you know to

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 11th October 2017. Interested parties are encouraged to complete an Expression of Interest by the end of August, via the web-page above, for advice on whether they should submit a full application.

Who should apply to Community Business Trade Up?

They are looking for organisations that are run by and for a local community, for a social purpose. They should be trading or planning to trade and their profits should be reinvested for the benefit of that community.

Eligible organisations must be at an early stage and planning to grow. By this we mean that the organisation has already started and has plans to grow its sales and trading income by at least £10,000 in the next year.

Find out more and apply at

School for Social Entrepreneurs

Staffordshire’s Road Safety Grant Fund

As a pilot initiative, the Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership is providing, through a bidding process, £200,000 over the next 2 years in the form of the Road Safety Grant Fund.

The money has been made available to:

  • improve road safety
  • increase public confidence in the safety of Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire’s roads
  • support communities to take local responsibility

The Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership is keen to support locally driven community road safety activities.

Activities should aim to address an identified road safety issue which is of concern to the community.

The Partnership would welcome a wide range of bids and encourage inventive thinking in how the funding could be used to make a positive difference in your communities.

The initial funding round invites applications to be submitted between 1 August and 14 September 2017. Further funding rounds will be held every 6 months.

Please click here to find out more information from The Community Foundation for Staffordshire

Road Safety