We’re good to go

Visit Lichfield is urging local tourism and hospitality businesses to achieve the ‘We’re Good To Go’ industry standard to reassure customers they are covid-secure.

Shopkeeper smiling in doorway of store

VisitEngland, in partnership with VisitBritain, has launched a UK-wide industry standard and consumer mark to provide confidence for tourism as the sector works towards reopening.

The We’re Good To Go industry standard and supporting mark means businesses can demonstrate they are adhering to government and public health guidance, have carried out a Covid-19 risk assessment, and checked they have the required processes in place.

The scheme is free to join and open to all businesses across the industry.

Councillor Iain Eadie, Cabinet Member for Visitor Economy & Local Plan, said: “We’re really pleased to get behind VisitEngland’s campaign, and are encouraging our tourism businesses, destinations and attractions to achieve the We’re Good To Go standard.

“We know everyone is different and there will be some people who will be happy to enjoy all that is on offer as soon as they can, while there will be others who still have concerns about staying safe.

“If our local tourism destinations, cafes, pubs and restaurants can show they are good to go, it will give visitors greater confidence that we are ready to welcome them back and that we are a district that cares about our visitors’ safety.”

VisitEngland Director, Patricia Yates, said: “We want visitors to be able to enjoy their holidays and to support businesses to be confident they have the correct procedures in place. Our priority is to make sure tourism rebounds to once again become one of the most successful sectors of the UK economy and creating confidence is a crucial step on the industry’s road to rebuilding.”

Businesses must complete a self-assessment through the online platform at https://goodtogo.visitbritain.com/ including a check-list confirming they have put the necessary processes in place, before receiving certification and the We’re Good To Go mark to display in their premises and online.

The self-assessment includes specific guidelines for sectors including accommodation, visitor attractions, restaurants and pubs, business conference and events venues and tour and coach operators with signposting to further industry and trade association guidance as required.

In England businesses align with the UK government’s official guidance for the sector including ‘Working Safely during Covid-19: Visitor Economy’. An ‘alert’ system ensures that businesses signed up to the standard are notified of any changes to the official guidance. A call-handling service provides support and assessors would also carry-out random spot-checks to ensure adherence.

The We’re Good To Go scheme is being operated by VisitEngland who has been running assessment schemes for many years.

Alongside the industry standard, VisitEngland is also launching a Know Before You Go public information campaign to support tourism in England as businesses start to re-open, reassuring visitors as restrictions are lifted by checking about what it is safe to do and when and sign-posting to information about destinations and available services before travelling.

Media enquiries

Esther Epstein, Press & Communications Officer, Lichfield District Council

T: 01543 308778 E: esther.epstein@lichfielddc.gov.uk

Notes

Tourism is one of the UK’s most successful economic sectors, an industry worth £127 billion annually to the economy, and domestic is £88 billion of that, employing 3.1 million people and supporting 200,000 small businesses and entrepreneurs right across the country – the main employer in many coastal towns and rural communities. Tourism has also been of the first and hardest hit economic sectors.

VisitBritain’s latest tourism impact forecasts for 2020 show that inbound tourism spending is forecast to drop 63% this year equalling a £19.7 billion loss to the economy, while domestic tourism in Britain is forecast to lose £22 billion in spending across holidays and day visits alone.

VisitEngland’s latest weekly domestic consumer sentiment research which looks at intent to take short breaks and holidays within the UK can be accessed here: https://www.visitbritain.org/covid-19-consumer-sentiment-tracker

VisitEngland Assessment Services has been assessing tourism businesses in England for many years and offers expert advice, support and assessments for tourism and hospitality businesses. There are more than 20,000 businesses currently taking part in the wider VisitEngland schemes.

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Council urges residents to #LoveLocal

#love local poster

Love your local shops and stay safe. Welcome back, we missed you! Let’s keep each other safe by: Keeping a safe distance from each other, Being patient when queuing outside, Making contactless payments if you can, washing your hands and using hand gel, staying home if you have any symptoms. www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/lovelocal

With coronavirus restrictions slowly being lifted, Lichfield District Council is working to make sure residents are confident visiting their local high streets.

As part of the Reopening High Streets Safely project, which is being funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the council is launching a #LoveLocal campaign.

The campaign aims to promote Lichfield city and Burntwood town centres and other high streets across the district, while reinforcing messages around social distancing.

With bars, restaurants and cafés, along with visitor attractions, museums and libraries set to reopen from 4 July, the council is keen to encourage residents to support their local high streets and attractions, while remembering the importance of keeping a safe distance from others, keeping hands clean, wearing a face covering on public transport and other safety advice.

Councillor Liz Little, Cabinet Member for Major Projects & Economic Development, said: “Our #LoveLocal campaign has two aims, to support businesses across the district and to promote visiting our commercial centres safely.

“We have missed our bustling high streets since lockdown began, and I know everyone is excited that more of the venues we know and love will be reopening soon. That is why we want to support our high streets while reiterating how important it is that visitors behave responsibly and follow social distancing.

“Many organisations are coming out and asking everyone to support their local areas – across Staffordshire we have Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire LEP’s Shop Safely in Staffs, and locally there is Lichfield Looks Forward. It shows we all want to back our traders and get our local economy going again.”

The #LoveLocal campaign will feature posters, banners, social media ads, information leaflets, as well as queue waiting stickers and window vinyls for local businesses to use.

This is one element of how the council is using the Reopening High Streets Safely funding. A part-time information officer has also been appointed who will work along with other council officers to help local businesses implement safe working practices and create a safe shopping environment for visitors.

This is just the first phase in making the district’s commercial areas covid-secure, and more measures will come forward in the coming months.

To find out more, go to www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/lovelocal.

Council Cabinet roles redefined

Lichfield district council has announced changes to the current Cabinet structure to provide more executive capacity and better align with the new strategic priorities and recovery plans.

Councillor Iain Eadie will remain as Deputy Leader and takes up a more focused portfolio as Cabinet Member for Visitor Economy & the Local Plan.

A new cabinet role has been introduced with Councillor Liz Little becoming the Cabinet Member for Major Projects & Economic Development. She will also retain lead role on Friary Grange Leisure Centre.

Councillor Ashley Yeates becomes Cabinet Member for Community Engagement and Cllr Cox joins Cabinet with responsibility for Leisure, Parks & Waste.

Councillor Rob Strachan takes on additional areas as Cabinet Member for Finance, Procurement, Customer Services, Revenues & Benefits while Councillor Angela Lax takes on housing as Cabinet Member for Regulatory, Housing & Health. Councillor Andy Smith becomes Cabinet Member for Innovation, Commercialisation and Corporate Services.

Cllr Doug Pullen, Leader of Lichfield District Council, said: “It has been a challenging first year for Cabinet with many high profile issues to deal with.

“We have an ambitious work programme in the next 12 months and need more ‘hands on deck’. The revised portfolios are designed to help members balance their responsibilities more effectively and provide support to each other where these overlap.

“By working together we can face the next few months with confidence and a greater capacity to serve the district as a whole, through better decision making and a clear focus on community engagement and key projects.”

Cabinet appointments are decided by the Leader of the Council. The amendments to the Cabinet structure will also lead to changes in the chairmanship of Scrutiny Committees which will be detailed in reports to be sent to full council on 14 July. Current committee membership can be found at www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/committees.

Media enquiries

Esther Epstein, Press & Communications Officer, Lichfield District Council

T: 01543 308778 E: esther.epstein@lichfielddc.gov.uk

Lichfield District Council’s cabinet:

  • Cllr Doug Pullen – Leader of Cabinet
  • Cllr Iain Eadie – Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Visitor Economy & Local Plan
  • Cllr Liz Little – Cabinet Member for Major Projects & Economic Development
  • Cllr Ashley Yeates – Cabinet Member for Community Engagement
  • Cllr Rob Strachan – Cabinet Member for Finance, Procurement, Customer Services, Revenues & Benefits
  • Cllr Angela Lax – Cabinet Member for Regulatory, Housing & Health
  • Cllr Andy Smith – Cabinet Member for Innovation, Commercialisation and Corporate Services
  • Cllr Richard Cox – Cabinet Member for Leisure, Parks & Waste

 

Making our high streets safe to visit

Section of  city centre street with pedestrians socially distanced

Section of city centre shopping pedestrian area whilst busy

Hindley's Bakery, Lichfield

Entrance to three spires shopping centre

Statue of man and horse at crossroads

As more Lichfield city centre and Burntwood town centre retailers prepare to reopen from next week, Lichfield District Council is progressing with plans for how it will help local businesses to establish safe trading and how it will begin to use the £92,501 it was awarded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), to reopen high streets safely.

The Reopening High Streets Safely Fund provides councils with additional funding to support their business communities through four main strands of activity. This includes:

  • Support to develop an action plan for how the local authority may begin to safely reopen their local economies.
  • Communications and public information activity to ensure that reopening of local economies can be managed successfully and safely.
  • Business-facing awareness raising activities to ensure that reopening of local economies can be managed successfully and safely.
  • Temporary public realm changes to ensure that reopening of local economies can be managed successfully and safely.

As part of a district-wide response, the council will employ a part-time information officer for six months. They will work along with other council officers to help local businesses implement safe working practices and create a safe shopping environment for visitors.

The information officer will be on hand to visit shopping areas across the district to welcome people and help them to follow social distancing.

The council will also use the funding on a messaging campaign that will include a suite of resources for shops and businesses and information for residents and visitors. This will include a shop local campaign.

This is just the first phase in making the district’s commercial areas covid-secure, and more measures will come forward in the coming months.

In the lead up to more shops reopening, the council is also working with Three Spires shopping centre, the Lichfield BID and Staffordshire County Council to monitor the use of streets, pavements and footpaths as lockdown regulations are relaxed, to determine if additional measures to support safe access and movement are needed. Hand sanitiser stations will be available and information on where people can safely leave their bicycles has already been made available.

Councillor Iain Eadie, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, Investment & Tourism, said: “It’s really important that we support our high streets and shop local as much as we can. However, we understand that residents and visitors need assurance that it is safe to do so.

“This is why we are already working with businesses across the district to make sure they follow government and HSE guidance, that they carry out the risk assessments they need to do, and implement social distancing measures.

“Given what the ERDF funding can be used for, we will be going out to businesses to help them, as well as creating marketing campaign materials and resources that support our high streets and give clear guidance for residents and visitors.

“It’s vital that we help our local economy to get going again and we look forward to working further with businesses across the district to help them get covid-secure.”

Council officers are on hand to help businesses. If you need any extra help or support, please email occupationals@lichfielddc.gov.uk.

To find out more about what you need to do to make your business covid-secure, visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/covidsecure.

Media enquiries

Esther Epstein, Press & Communications Officer, Lichfield District Council

T: 01543 308778 E: esther.epstein@lichfielddc.gov.uk

Show domestic abuse the red card

Fans will be looking forward to the football season getting underway again after professional sport was put on hold due to the coronavirus lockdown. However, matches can often mean an increase in domestic violence and abuse.

The number of domestic abuse reports forces receive often rise during national and international football competitions. And, with the re-start of the football season, including the Premier League and the Championship getting back underway this month, Lichfield District Council is backing a campaign, devised by Cannock Chase Council, to deter perpetrators of domestic abuse and encourage victims to seek help.

Councillor Ashley Yeates, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Engagement, said: “It’s important to recognise that football itself does not cause domestic abuse. The behaviour and actions of abusers who exert power and control over their victims cause domestic abuse.

“Watching football can be emotional, frustrating, joyous, and it can be accompanied by alcohol. And now, after the heightened stress of lockdown, there is a real concern that this could lead to more instances of domestic abuse. This is why we are working to highlight this issue and signpost to support services.”

Sergeant Neil Quinn, Lichfield Neighbourhood Policing Team, added: “For many the return of the football season is welcomed but for others it is a time of dread due to the heightened risk of domestic abuse.

“If you recognise you often take it out on your partner, when the game doesn’t go your way, we want you to know there is support available to help you change.

“Equally, if you are the victim of domestic abuse report this to the police, always dial 999 in an emergency or seek support from one of the many domestic abuse support services available locally.”

Perpetrators of domestic abuse are being encouraged to get help from New Era Domestic Abuse Service on 01785 601690, an organisation which offers specialist domestic violence prevention services.

Victims, individuals and families who have concerns, can report abuse and get support from New Era’s Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent 24-hour confidential helpline on 0300 303 3778 or access their 24/7 live chat facility at www.new-era.uk.

Local support is also available from Pathway Project, a 24-hour confidential helpline, by calling 01543 676800.

Media enquiries

Esther Epstein, Press & Communications Officer, Lichfield District Council

T: 01543 308778 E: esther.epstein@lichfielddc.gov.uk

Reporting domestic abuse

Domestic abuse victims can call the police on 101, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency, always call 999.

Staffordshire-wide support for victims and their families:

New Era’s Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent 24-hour confidential helpline (across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent): 0300 303 3778 and their 24/7 live chat facility at www.new-era.uk.

Local support for victims and their families:

Pathway Project – a 24-hour confidential helpline (supporting Lichfield District and Tamworth): 01543 676800.

Staffordshire-wide services for perpetrators wanting to change their behaviour:

New Era Domestic Abuse Service for perpetrators who want support to change (across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent): 01785 601690.

Discretionary business grant fund opens

Lichfield District Council has launched its discretionary business grant scheme, which is the latest government measure to support businesses that have been impacted by Covid-19.

Businesses across Lichfield District that have faced hardship due to Covid-19 can now apply to be considered for a £5,000 discretionary business grant. These grants are for businesses that have not benefitted before and occupy a shared commercial premises, as well as others such as bed & breakfasts.

Since the start of April, Lichfield District Council has been distributing small business grants and retail, hospitality and leisure grants to more than 1,400 businesses across the district. Now businesses that were ineligible for one of these grants, and who meet the criteria, have an opportunity to apply for a non-repayable cash grant to go towards their business costs.

Councillor Iain Eadie, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, Investment & Tourism, said: “We’re really pleased to be launching the discretionary business grants as they will help many businesses across the district who have not been able to access financial support so far.

“We will aim to distribute the grants fairly and have deliberately taken a decision to pay a fixed grant of £5,000 to help more businesses to cope in these challenging times.”

The government has provided local authorities with guidance on which businesses are eligible and the types of businesses that should be helped.

Councillor Andy Smith, Cabinet Member for Customer Services & Innovation, said: “This grant fund will help eligible businesses that have seen their turnover drop by more than 20%, but are still facing premises related costs, such as rent, utility bills, property insurance, that are more than 50% of their current monthly bills.”

Awards will be worked out using a combination of information on the application form and evidence provided. Checks will be carried to prevent fraudulent claims to ensure the money reaches as many businesses as possible.

To be eligible to apply for a grant, businesses must have been trading on 11 March 2020, must not be in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made, and must be ineligible for other support schemes.

This grant is aimed at small and micro businesses that have relatively high ongoing fixed property-related costs, that can demonstrate they have suffered a significant fall in income due to the Covid-19 crisis, and that occupy property, or part of a property, with a rateable value or annual rent or annual mortgage payments below £51,000.

Before applying for a discretionary business grant, businesses should first check their eligibility for a small business or retail, hospitality or leisure grant, which has a greater pot of money available.

To find out more and how to apply, go to www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/dbg.

More than £7,000 in grants awarded to local voluntary groups

Since inviting applications for a share of its coronavirus relief fund, Lichfield District Council has so far agreed to fund eight voluntary groups.

The outbreak of coronavirus has seen local voluntary groups across Lichfield District stepping up and adapting to give invaluable support to local people who need help – from doing shopping, collecting prescriptions, gardening, giving out activity packs and befriending services.

Some groups have adapted the support they offer and need funding for new activities and the different ways they are delivering support, and others need help to continue what they are doing.

Lichfield District Council set up the coronavirus relief fund to help the local voluntary and community sector to continue with the vital support it is offering.

Thanks to multiple donations, and a £11,500 boost from the council, the fund has reached almost £25,000, and in April it was opened up to voluntary groups, charities and organisations who were invited to apply for grants of up to £1,000.

Working in partnership with We Love Lichfield, eight applications have been agreed by the council:

  • Lichfield and District Live at Home supports older people to maintain their independence and live more fulfilled lives through a wide range of activities including befriending, lunch clubs, assisted shopping activity, outings and social activities. With face-to-face activities suspended, they have been awarded a grant of £1,000 to help offer remote support to their Lichfield members, including food deliveries, telephone befriending and activity packs.

 

  • Live at Home Burntwood has adapted their service to support their elderly members through the coronavirus crisis and they too are now offering a telephone befriending service, over the phone care checks, emergency provision of food and hygiene supplies, and activity packs. They have needed to take on additional volunteering staff to be able to do this, and have been given a grant of £1,000 to help with staff, volunteering set up, and telephone costs.

 

  • Kendall & Wall Charitable Trust support elderly and disabled people, organising wheelchair-accessible outings. Since lockdown the group has been supporting their clients through telephone calls, delivering shopping and sending regular newsletters. They will use their £1,000 grant to print and post their newsletters, on petrol for the deliveries, and telephone costs.

 

  • Burntwood Be A Friend is a new partnership group set up by a range of local charities, churches and organisations in Burntwood to help those who are most in need in the local community. They are helping with hot meals, shopping, telephone befriending and collecting and delivering prescriptions. Their £1,000 grant will go towards funding their seven day a week phone line, the befriending, food and supplies, volunteer DBS checks, training and expenses.

 

  • Liberty Staffordshire CIC support young people with physical and learning disabilities. They too have been adapting their service to deliver a virtual service including virtual youth clubs, fitness sessions, online Makaton chat and setting daily and weekly challenges for their members. Their £1,000 grant will be used to develop emotional wellbeing support tools for young people in the current crisis and help them to transition back in to society.

 

  • South Staffordshire Network for Mental Health is a local charity based in Lichfield that supports people experiencing mental illness and people at risk of mental health issues. Their £855 grant will help them to adapt their service to provide mental and emotional support through social media and Zoom.

 

  • Lichfield Re:Cycle recycles bikes, helping people ride, maintain and repair bikes. They also provide bikes on free long-term loan to people who can’t afford to buy them or need them for health reasons. They are also loaning out bikes to key workers who need them during the crisis. Their grant of £720 will be spent on volunteer expenses, storage costs for the bikes, and tools and parts for fixing them.

 

  • Lichfield Scrubbers, who make scrub sets for local hospitals and GP surgeries, has been awarded £500. This money will help the group to buy material to continue their work creating scrub bags, headbands, ear protectors and scrub caps.

 

Councillor Ashley Yeates, Cabinet Member for Communities & Housing, said: “Thank you to everyone who contributed towards the coronavirus relief fund. It’s really heart-warming to see our community coming together in this way.

“I am really pleased we’ve been able to give some vital funding to these charities and groups that are working hard to support a range of vulnerable people across the district.

“All eight groups are making sure their members have access to the support they need, from hot meals for the elderly and bikes for key workers, to scrub sets for NHS workers and over the phone support, helping to prevent loneliness and providing reassurance during this difficult time.

“I hope we will see more applications from groups who are working to support local communities across the district.”

The coronavirus relief fund is still open for applications from local not for profit voluntary organisations, charities, and groups.

To find out more visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/relieffund.

Media enquiries

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Visit Lichfield announces District Doodles winners

Children from across the district have been putting their artistic skills to the test as part of Visit Lichfield’s District Doodles competition, and now the results are in.

Last month Lichfield District Council’s visitor economy service, Visit Lichfield, set children and young people the task of creating a piece of art featuring a local attraction they are looking forward to visiting once lockdown restriction are eased.

The competition came to a close at the end of May and the judges have now met virtually to choose a winner in each of the three age categories.

District Doodles judges included Councillor Iain Eadie, Peter Walker, artist in residence at Lichfield Cathedral, and Mandy Billington, an artist whose Lichfield illustrations appear on mugs sold at Lichfield’s visitor information centre.

They chose one-year old Isaac Jackson’s finger painting of Beacon Park’s flowers and trees as the winning entry in the 0 to 5 age group.

Finger painting of green tree with brown trunk and green bush with red and blue flowers

Competition was fierce in the 6 to 10 age category, and the judges picked a winner and runner up. Nine-year-old George Lewis won with a rainbow coloured drawing of Lichfield Cathedral. Ten-year-old Ruby Neville scooped the position of runner up with her picture of the nursing memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum.

Drawing of a rainbow coloured Lichfield Cathedral with the night sky above Drawing of the memorial, a pair of hands holding a miniature globe

Finally, 11-year-old Henry Epstein came first in the 11 to 15 age group with his picture of Lichfield Cathedral reflected in Stowe Pool.

Drawing of the silhouette of lichfield cathedral and the skyline reflected into Stowe Pool with hues of orange and purple in the sky and pool

All four winning entries will be featured in The Hub at St Mary’s Letters from Lockdown exhibition, which is planned to take place following lockdown. The children will also each receive a family ticket to a choice of Visit Lichfield tours, to enjoy when they are up and running again.

Councillor Iain Eadie, Cabinet Member for Investment, Economic Growth & Tourism, said: “I really enjoyed judging District Doodles with Peter and Mandy. We had some lovely entries that showed how much our local attractions are valued and missed.

“It meant we had a tough job to choose the winners, and I’d like to thank everyone for taking part and to congratulate the winners on their artwork.

“I know we are all looking forward to the time when we can get out and start enjoying all that the district has to offer.”

To find out more about Visit Lichfield, go to www.visitlichfield.co.uk.

Find out more about Letters from Lockdown, visit www.thehubstmarys.co.uk/letters-from-lockdown.

Media enquiries

 Esther Epstein, Press & Communications Officer, Lichfield District Council

T: 01543 308778 E: esther.epstein@lichfielddc.gov.uk

 

New playground for Stowe Fields

Work will start later this month on a new play area at a popular Lichfield visitor attraction.

Lichfield District Council is unveiling its plans for a brand new play area in Stowe Fields. Lots of new play equipment will join the existing five ways swing and orbital roundabout on a grassy area to the side of Stowe Pool.

Play equipment

Example play equipment including trim trail, zip wire, play towers with bridge and slide and swings.

Work to install the play equipment is expected to start from mid-June 2020. When complete, the playground will feature a variety of swings, including a basket swing, a 30m zip line, two slides, climbing frames, wooden stilts, a spider’s net, a fireman’s pole, a seesaw and more, for a range of ages.

The equipment will sit on a 320m² green and black fleck safety surface, which should help protect children from bumps and scrapes, and is suitable for all weather. Once installed Stowe Field’s old junior play equipment, next to the outdoor gym, will be removed and the area re-landscaped to enhance the view from Stowe Pool towards Lichfield Cathedral.

Councillor Liz Little, Cabinet Member for Recycling & Leisure, said: “It’s wonderful that this project is set to get underway and it looks like it will be a fantastic play area when complete.

“We know families are really keen to see a better play offering at Stowe Fields and this playground should keep children entertained!

“When social distancing measures are relaxed in the future, I am sure children will be really excited to use the equipment and get rid of some of their pent up energy.”

The playground project is set to cost £56,820, which the council is covering with funds it had set aside to improve Stowe Pool and Fields.

Work to install the playground is expected to take around four weeks, depending on the weather. However, the council does not plan to open it while social distancing measures are in place.

Find out more about Stowe Pool and Fields at www.lichfieldhistoricparks.co.uk.

Media enquiries

Esther Epstein, Press & Communications Officer, Lichfield District Council
T: 01543 308778 E: esther.epstein@lichfielddc.gov.uk

Do It – Staffordshire

Volunteer Week – 1-7th June 2020
Staffordshire is getting a new digital volunteer platform: Do It – Staffordshire

During the coronavirus outbreak, we have seen a huge surge in residents stepping up and putting themselves forward to help their community.

We want to build on this amazing community spirit and make it as easy as possible for volunteers and local voluntary groups to connect.

To help us achieve this, Staffordshire County Council have commissioned the popular digital volunteering platform,

‘Do It’ to create a Staffordshire only ‘eco-system’ within their website.

The ‘Do It’ platform already has hundreds of local organisations and volunteers signed up as members.

The new ‘Do It – Staffordshire’ area of the website will enable residents to sign up to be a ‘Staffordshire Volunteer’ and find local opportunities. The system also enables local voluntary organisations, mutual aid groups and charities to digitally share their opportunities for free and manage all the applications they receive.

The “Do It – Staffordshire” page is still being built, but during volunteer week, we want to encourage as many local organisations and residents to sign up to ‘Do It’.

Help us share the message:

You can help us to get people signed up to Do It by sharing these posts on Facebook and Twitter.

If you know any organisations that may want to set up a free ‘Do It’ account, they can click here to sign up.