South Staffordshire Community Lottery

South Staffordshire Community Lottery was created in 2017 by South Staffordshire Council.

Set up to support community projects in the local area, the South Staffordshire Community Lottery operates on the principle of raising money within the community for the community. They empower local good causes to raise money in a fun and effective way.

In a time of shrinking budgets and increased community need, this enables people to support the causes they care most about, helping good causes to connect with their supporters.

A ticket for the lottery costs £1 per week and 60p will go directly to good causes!

Find out more information and register to play on their website by clicking here

South Staffordshire Community Lottery

Aviva Community Fund – Vote Now!

With projects across the country entering the Aviva Community Fund hoping for funding, there’s bound to be one near you.

And you can help a local project get to the Finals by voting for them!

You have to register to vote, but you get 10 votes to use how you want. You can give all your votes to one project or spread them around amongst up to 10 projects. The choice is yours!

Aviva Community Fund

About the awards

The Aviva Community Fund believe good projects come in all shapes and sizes. So the best way to support a variety of good causes is to let both large and small projects share the funding.

The Aviva Community Fund will finance over 500 projects across four different fund levels and four categories, giving their awards to communities throughout the UK.

If your project gets enough votes and wows their judges, it will be in with a chance of receiving those much-needed funds.


Once voting opens on 24 October 2017, start sharing your project with as many friends, family and community supporters as possible to get their votes. The projects with the most votes will become finalists.

Anyone who lives in the UK and registers on the Aviva Community Fund website can vote for projects between 24 October and 21 November. You don’t have to have submitted a project to vote.

You’ll get 10 votes which you can use at any time during the voting phase of the competition. You can support as many projects as you like with your votes. Spread them around or use them all to support one project – it’s your choice.

Find out more information and vote at the Aviva Community Foundation website by clicking here

Action on Hearing Loss Drop-in – 24/11

Are you worried about your hearing or that of a family member?

Do you need to turn the television up?

Does music stop you hearing what people say?

Then come along to the Action on Hearing Loss drop-in session for:

  • free and confidential information and advice from a national charity (established since 1911)
  • a simple hearing test
  • or just join us for a cup of tea and a chat

St. Michael’s Church Hall, Market Street, Penkridge, ST19 5DH
Between 10.30am and 1pm on Friday 24th November 2017

For more information please get in touch on 07960 407595 / 07939 169157 or

Hearing Loss

New £15 million grant scheme to improve mental health care

The Beyond Places of Safety fund will focus on improving urgent mental health care in local areas.

The Department of Health has launched a £15 million fund to better support people at risk of experiencing a mental health crisis.

The Beyond Places of Safety scheme will improve support services for those needing urgent and emergency mental healthcare. This includes conditions such as psychosis, bipolar disorder, and personality disorders that could cause people to be a risk to themselves or others.

The Beyond Places of Safety scheme will focus on:

  • preventing people from reaching crisis point in the first place
  • helping to develop new approaches to support people who experience a mental health crisis

Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health, said:

As part of the government’s commitment to improving mental health throughout society, we are determined to go further to help people who are experiencing a crisis or feel they are approaching one.

We want make sure that therapeutic and empathetic support is in place to stop people falling ill, support them through crisis and help them recover.

Jackie Doyle-Price, Minister for Mental Health said:

There can be few experiences more frightening and disorientating than mental health crisis, and I commend the teams already providing brilliant support with help from our previous grant scheme.

This additional funding will give local areas scope to do even more, and I look forward to seeing lots of innovative ideas for improving urgent and emergency mental healthcare across the country.

The launch of the Beyond Places of Safety fund follows a £15 million investment in the Improving Places of Safety scheme, which aims to reduce the number of people who end up in a police cell following detention under the Mental Health Act.

Mental Health Care

Letter to Members Re: Proxies for Extraordinary General Meeting

Dear Member,


Just to remind you of the SSCVA EGM called for next Wednesday 27th September.

Extraordinary General Meeting

We hope you will be able to attend to hear more from SSCVA Trustees, and Garry Jones, the Chief Executive of Support Staffordshire, will also be in attendance to outline Support Staffordshire’s work and answer any questions you may have.

If you cannot attend the meeting but wish for somebody else to vote on your behalf, please click here to download the proxy form.

A proxy does not need to be a member of SSCVA but must attend the Meeting to represent you. You may appoint the Chairman of the Meeting or another person as your proxy.

If you do not give your proxy an indication of how to vote on any resolution, your proxy will vote or abstain from voting at his or her discretion. Your proxy will vote (or abstain from voting) as he or she thinks fit in relation to any other matter which is put before the Meeting.

The form must be completed and signed and returned to David Leese ( at SSCVA, c/o South Staffordshire Council, Wolverhampton Road, Codsall WV8 1PX no later than 24 hours prior to the start of the Meeting.

Appointment of a proxy does not preclude you from attending the Meeting and voting in person. If you have appointed a proxy and attend the Meeting in person, your proxy appointment will automatically be terminated.

If you have any general queries about the Meeting please contact myself at SSCVA.

Yours sincerely,

David Leese
Chief Officer