Council and district news
Five star rated food outlets
Our Environmental Health team has had the pleasure of awarding a number of food outlets the top rating of five stars for food safety over the last month.
The food hygiene rating reflects the standards of food hygiene found on the date of the inspection. The food hygiene rating is not a guide to food quality.
Top five-star ratings went to:
- Woodford House nursing home in Trysull
- @ Allan’s, Cherry Tree Court, Essington
- Create Community Café, Stafford Rd, Huntington
- The Truckers Rest Café, Watling St, Hatherton
- Bee Wild, Hollybush Garden Centre, Saredon
- Cyril’s Tearoom, Watling Street, Gailey
- Housing and Welfare Assistant (2 year fixed term), closing on April 14th.
- Waste Management and Customer Support Assistant Team Manager, closing April 23rd.
All vacancies can be viewed in full and applied for on our new recruitment site: https://www.sstaffs.gov.uk/vacancies
Elections voter ID: Are you ready?
The UK Government has introduced a requirement for voters to show photo ID when voting at a polling station at some elections.
This new requirement will apply for the first time in England at the local elections on Thursday, May 4th, 2023.
Find out which forms of ID you can use and more information via this link
Wombourne Swimming Pool reopening soon!
|Wombourne Leisure Centres refurbishment work is now near completion with the swimming pool and poolside changing rooms planned to re-open very soon.
There are some minor and outstanding works to be completed before the facilities can officially re-open however we are pushing for the final works to be completed as soon as possible.
The leisure centre plan to confirm the re-opening date next week.
For further updates and more information, follow the leisure centres on Facebook or sign up to free e-bulletins at www.sstaffs.gov.uk/alerts
New Leisure Hub coming soon
|The new ‘Leisure Hub’ platform is due to go live on Monday, April 3rd, 2023. The platform will initially be accessible to leisure centre members, however we anticipate that the platform will be rolled out to non-members in May.
Using the Leisure Hub will be a simple, efficient and interactive experience and will provide users with access to information, all in one place!
Customers will be able:
- Book activities
- View timetables
- Make payments
- Join and pay online
- Switch memberships
- Manage your account
All users (members and non-members) will need to register on the new platform and to do this customers will need to enter their email address.
The online booking platform is currently unavailable whilst we transition over to the new platform. This means that all bookings need to be made via the leisure centres reception or by telephone.
For contact details and further information, click here.
New Netball League at Cheslyn Hay Leisure Centre
|A new netball league is now running at Cheslyn Hay Leisure Centre which welcomes individuals of all abilities.
This will be an indoor weekly event.
Mondays, 8:00pm – 9:30pm.
£5 per player, per game or £35 per team.
Join now ay www.netball-leagues.co.uk
Consultation with young people
|Staffordshire Council of Voluntary Youth Services (SCVYS) has been asked by the Violence Reduction Alliance (VRA) to engage with children and young people aged 11-25 years old. The consultation aims to understand the views and concerns of young people, and how as a partnership we can work together to improve community safety across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.
The findings of the engagement exercise will inform the development of the VRA strategy, identify support required locally for young people and help shape future awareness campaigns.
There are 2 elements to the work;
- a survey that can be independently completed by all and any young people aged between 11 and 25 via which we aim to hear the universal voice and experience of young people in relation to violence. This can be done by groups as part of a school-based session or individually in their own time.
- the opportunity for 1-2-1 or small group conversations with young people who have been directly impacted by violence and can therefore provide more qualitative information around their lived experience. If you and your organisation are interested in hosting or facilitating a discussion with young people you know and work with, then do get in touch as to how we can help your young people feed into this work.
The link to the survey is here: https://forms.office.com/e/b0Kz0BUXY8
The survey link will be open until midnight on Sunday April 16th, 2023.
If you have any questions about this work or technical issues accessing the online survey, please contact either Nic Edmonds, firstname.lastname@example.org or Phil Pusey, email@example.com at SCVYS via their email address.
For more information on the Violence Reduction Alliance please visit their website
Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer and second biggest cancer killer in the UK.
However, it is treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early, and there have been major advances in treatments and bowel cancer screening programmes in recent years.
Some key facts from Bowel Cancer UK are:
- Nearly 43,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer every year in the UK.
- Around 268,000 people living in the UK today have been diagnosed with bowel cancer.
- More than nine out of ten new cases (94%) are diagnosed in people over the age of 50, and nearly six out of ten cases (59%) are diagnosed in people aged 70 or over. But bowel cancer can affect anyone of any age. More than 2,600 new cases are diagnosed each year in people under the age of 50.
- One in 15 men and one in 18 women will be diagnosed with bowel cancer during their lifetime.
The charity’s website gives a comprehensive description of the symptoms of the disease and information and you can also:
- do an online quiz to test your knowledge.
- book an online meeting with a nurse to ask questions about bowel cancer.
Click here to visit the website: https://www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk
Staffordshire County Council: Here to help campaign
|Across Staffordshire many people are feeling the pressure from increasing cost of living.
If you’re struggling financially or concerned about the future, getting help early can make a big difference.
Lots of support is available from many different organisations, and it is often closer than people think.
You can find information, advice, and support to help you manage cost of living pressures at this dedicated webpage: www.staffordshire.gov.uk/heretohelp
There is always a warm welcome at Staffordshire Libraries
Staffordshire Libraries provide safe, warm, and welcoming spaces with access to lots of great services, such as FREE books and electronic resources. With a Staffordshire library card, you can download eBooks, eAudio books, eMagazines, eComics, and eNewspapers on the go!
At Staffordshire Libraries you have access to Wi-Fi and desktop computers and can use a range of subscriptions such as Ancestry, Driving Theory Test Pro and Go Citizen and much more, FREE across our 43 libraries.
Staffordshire library staff and volunteers can signpost you to information and services in your local area – getting you the help and support you may need. Many of our libraries can help with online applications for Bus Passes and Blue Badges, and our Business Start-Up Hubs can provide anyone looking to start a business with information to get them on the right path.
There is a huge range of activities and events from Baby Bounce and Rhyme time for little ones, Coffee and Chat sessions, Local History activities, Craft sessions plus lots more.
Find out what is going on near you here
Find out more about Your Staffordshire Library Service here: How to join your library – Staffordshire County Council
What’s happening at our local libraries
|Perton Library Astronomy Club
Pop along to our next meeting for informal chat, presentations and observing if the skies are clear. Bring your own telescope or binoculars if you have them and get help in making the most of them.
Thursday April 20th, 7:00pm-9:00pm (and every third Thursday of the Month)
Contact us for more information on 01902506060 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Join staff at Perton Library for a cuppa and a chat
Pop along to Perton Library every Wednesday and Sunday and to enjoy a hot drink and have natter with other library users and staff.
Check out opening times by clicking here Perton Library – Staffordshire County Council
|IT Buddy Schemes
These are available at the Libraries below.
You can book a slot to get help with IT issues. It is a free service, but you will need to book your session.
Every Wednesday, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Please contact Wombourne Library for more information or to book on 01902 506055
Every Tuesday, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Please contact Codsall Library for more information or to book on 01902 506060
We are taking a break for two weeks
The next newsletter will be out Friday, April 21st.