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Safer Communities CIC

02/06/17

We are recruiting for Stafford Team 9!! We start on Monday 5th June, but you have until the 9th June to sign up with us!! The programme is delivered at Stafford Fire Station, Beaconside, ST18 0DD. To register interest, please text/ call James on 07971893253

About the programme:
The Prince’s Trust Team programme helps develop unemployed young people aged 16-25 back into education, employment or training.

The programme runs over 12 weeks (60 days) where each person will:
Take on a group community project, making a positive difference to the place where they live
Take part in an action packed residential trip
Get two weeks work experience in something they are interested in
Develop English and Maths skills
As part of the course, we also spend some time developing interview and CV skills to ensure confidence is sky-high for when taking the next step. Some of the others skills that they will aim to develop in are teamwork, meeting new people/ making new friends and confidence/ self-esteem building.

All of this is achieved through an accredited qualification: The Prince’s Trust Award or Certificate in Employability, Teamwork and Community Skills at either Entry 3, Level 1 or Level 2.

Safer Communities CIC/ Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has been in a delivery partnership with The Prince’s Trust for over three years and has helped develop and transform over 300 lives.

Young people quotes for the Team programme include:
“This course has opened lots of doors for me and I know where I want to go in life. I’ve made lots of great new friends too!”

“it has been an amazing experience!!”

“Helped me pull through my depression”

“I came to this course with no qualifications and this course has turned my life around!!”
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25/05/17
A project funded by Safer Communities CIC, in partnership with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) and Sporting Communities CIC, has helped hundreds of school children learn important safety lessons.

In September 2016 and January 2017 a series of Safe+Sound sessions were held at Hanley Community Fire Station and were attended by 1,989 children from 64 schools.

The scheme also saw five Safe+Sound outreach sessions delivered using a mobile classroom in Biddulph, Cheadle, Leek, Middleport and Kidsgrove.

Safe+Sound is an interactive educational programme designed to give children access to important safety information. The educational sessions were organised by Sporting Communities CIC and featured inputs from SFRS, Changes, Staffordshire Police, Public Health England, RNLI, the Canal and River Trust, Sporting Communities and National Health Service.

Thanks to funding from Safer Communities CIC, Sporting Communities were commissioned to co-ordinate and evaluate the sessions to develop a project manual which can be used in future delivery of Safe+Sound.

The mobile sessions involved partners including Staffordshire Police, Staffordshire County Council, community organisers and Staffordshire University, who delivered key messages on fire safety, anti-social behaviour, wellbeing, playing safely, drugs and alcohol and stranger danger.

The initiative also ran alongside the well-known SPACE scheme in the Staffordshire Moorlands (funded by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner).

Kate Staples, Safer Communities CIC Manager, said: “We’re delighted that Sporting Communities CIC were able to organise and deliver Safe+Sound to children in Stoke-on-Trent and the Staffordshire Moorlands.

“Evaluation has shown that the kids and teachers felt the sessions were a really valuable learning tool and we hope that other areas will be able to benefit from this project in future.

“The Grant Funding from the Home Office, allocated to SFRS in 2014, together with partnership work with the Office of Police and Crime Commissioner and other organisations, will develop Safe+Sound using the latest technology to provide a totally immersive environment to reinforce the wide range of safety messages it delivers.”
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18/05/17

Safer Communities Community Interest Company (CIC), in partnership with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and The Prince’s Trust, are extending their successful Team programme after securing funding via the Building Better Opportunities (BBO) programme through the lead organisation Step to Work (Walsall) Limited’s Evolve project.

"Competition to gain employment is very tough which is why we are keen to support young people in having the best possible chance to secure a job and a brighter future for themselves. The aim of the course is to give people the opportunity to gain qualifications, experience a working routine and boost their confidence and social skills."
James Hettihewa-Young, Safer Communities Prince’s Trust Delivery Partner Manager

The £144,000 of funding, which is provided by the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund, is matched by the BBO to projects which help unemployed adults gain the confidence and skills they need to get into work or training.

Earlier this year the CIC made an application to BBO for the funding so that they could extend the provision of the Prince’s Trust Team programme in additional areas.

The programme enables 16-25-year-olds to develop their communication, leadership and teamwork skills through outdoor activities and community-based projects over a 12 week period. To date, it has only been run in Stafford but this funding will allow it to be delivered in Cannock and Tamworth.

Over the course of the next two and a half years five courses will be delivered, allowing up to 75 young people to take part in a residential week away, complete a two-week work placement and get involved in a project to help their local community. The Team Programme is ideal for those who want to improve their confidence and get back into education or employment.

At the end of the programme they will receive the nationally recognised Prince’s Trust Certificate in Employment, Teamwork and Community Skills.

James Hettihewa-Young, Safer Communities Prince’s Trust Delivery Partner Manager, said: "We are delighted to have secured this funding, which will allow us to provide the programme to young people in Cannock and Tamworth.

“Our previous courses in Stafford have been very well received by 120 young people through eight programmes and we’ve had some very positive feedback.
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23/01/17
Good Afternoon is a community group, established to provide a safe and stimulating environment for adults with learning disabilities, together with their carers. No-one in the group is paid to provide this service, and it is run by volunteers giving their time freely for the sessions.
Sessions at the Community Rooms, Newcastle Fire Station are based around Art and Craft activities with the emphasis on using recycled materials.

Lynne Arnold who leads the group said, “Mandy Chapman, Pete Hall and the Station Manager, Mark Walchester, have all supported us and integrated with us. Our group comprises adults with learning difficulties so this integration is really important to us, as is the continuity of the Tuesday and Thursday sessions, at the set time of 12.30 to 3.30. For autistic people this stability is vital. We have found the Fire Station is ideal for our purposes, with members and their carers using arts and crafts to create a fun social interaction. If we didn’t have access to the community room, then the group wouldn’t happen; we couldn’t afford to run the group as well as paying for a room.”

We are pleased to support them by donating £500 worth of art materials to help them continue the wonderful work they are doing.

If you and your group would like to submit a funding request then please follow the link below;

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03/12/15
StreetStadia™ is a mobile 18m x 12m games stadium, which can be easily erected in a wide variety of locations to enable delivery of a varied range of formal and informal physical/creative activities. The aim of StreetStadia™ is to engage with communities to encourage younger people to participate in physical activity and learn about fire safety whilst having fun!

The activities are delivered by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service staff, partners, volunteers and community groups.

There are a wide range of games and activities on offer to the community, which keeps children engaged and out of mischief.

Afford rent-a-car have generously provided a dedicated vehicle for storing and transporting the StreetStadia™ equipment across the county. Corporate Sales Manager at Afford Rent-a-Car Dave Powell said: “Afford Rent-a-Car was delighted when Safer Communities CIC contacted us to be involved with the StreetStadia™ scheme

“any community scheme that involves young people having fun and enjoying a variety of sports is a worthwhile project to be associated with”

For more information on the StreetStadia™, please follow the link below.
http://www.safercommunitiescic.org.uk/streetstadia
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26/10/15
We are in the process of creating a brand new coffee station that will run from Hanley Fire Station every Wednesday. The aim of this is to bring members of the community into the fire station for a hot drink and a chat!

Coffee Station will be supported by friendly staff and volunteers from Safer Communities and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service who give a warm welcome to all members of the community who wish to join us!

Coffee Station launches on 11th November 2015 10:00hrs – 16:00hrs so please feel free to drop in at any time, make sure to print out the leaflet above to get your first coffee for free!
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15/10/15
This week the Team4 group spend the week away – trying new things and learning how to work with others. It is a great chance for them all to break away from their current situation, form a close bond within the group and expand on some of their skills.

This time they went completed their residential at Beaudesert Park in Cannock. The Team enjoyed getting involved in challenges such as air rifle shooting, archery and Pedal Go Karts. Activities such as Raft Building and Jacobs’s ladder allowed them to learn how to communicate with each other and work as a team.

We are always recruiting for our Free 12 week Prince’s Trust Team Programme:
http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/princes-trust.asp

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13/10/15
On 6th October 2015, Busy Minds celebrated their 5th anniversary at Bilbrook House, Codsall. This was a spectacular event, which included refreshments, dancing and lunch! It was great to see such a successful group celebrating five years of friendship, happiness and support.

The Busy Minds group has been running since the summer of 2010 when Kate Staples joined forces with Sonja Oatley and Madeline Cheadle to run as 12 week Health and Wellbeing Course. At the end of the course the ten older people decided they wanted to carry on meeting so they could socialise, learn about fire safety, play games and have a cup of tea.

Now the group meet every Tuesday from 11am to 1pm at Bilbrook House, behind Codsall Community Fire Station on Carter Lane, Bilbrook. Over 55 older people attend and as well as having something local to go to every week they look after each other through out the week as well. A great example of how communities can support each other.
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12/10/15

On 25th September 2015 the Safer Communities CIC’s first Conference was held at Headquarters. Designed to get people thinking more ‘community’, the conference concentrated on the Life Skills Centre to be built at Stafford Fire Station.

Amongst those attending were the CIC Delivery and Management Board, Prevent and Business Support Managers, the Chief Fire Officer and Principal Officers, Chair and Vice-Chair of the Fire Authority and the Life Skills Centre Project Team. Representatives from the MOD, VAST, County Council, Entrust, the Prince’s Trust and Groundwork also came to hear from the speakers and take the opportunity to network with community-minded colleagues.

Entrepreneur and Life Peer Lord Andrew Mawson was the first speaker. He wrote the best-selling book ‘The Social Entrepreneur – Making Communities Work’. He spoke from his own experiences of looking for opportunities in the community rather than challenges.

Chris Shaw, Mental Health Advocate and Consultant Adviser to Local Authority believes that we should not do to others what they can do for themselves, lest we potentially isolate, disempower and infantilize people and that communities peopled by self-advocating and interdependent folks sharing their assets is a realistic aspiration. He spoke to the conference about asking communities what their strengths are rather than focusing on the weaknesses.

These similar messages were the mainstay for the conference. For those working on the Life Skills Centre, it is about vision and designing the concept of the new facility – looking at the positives rather than the negatives which is a message for us all.

The event was rounded off with a networking lunch that sparked some interesting discussions with partners on how they can work together, to make the Life Skills Centre stand out and gain a valued position within our community.
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