Council and district news
Armed forces day
On Tuesday 20 June 2023, South Staffordshire Council’s Chairman for the new municipal year 2023-2024 Councillor Meg Barrow and her Consort Adrian Hill carried out their first official duty by raising the Armed Forces Flag in unison with all flags across the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man in a universal show of support, honouring Britain’s Armed Forces, past, present and future.
Armed Forces Day in the United Kingdom is an annual event celebrated in late June to commemorate the service of men and women in the British Armed Forces.
Councillor Barrow said:
“I feel very proud to be involved in this event which provides an opportunity to show our support for the Armed Forces, past and present, for their dedicated service to the people of this Country.”
Brighter Futures launch success
|The Creating Brighter Futures team celebrated a successful launch last week at the Codsall Community Club.
Over 50 people attended event, as well as several local business who showcased their vacancies and volunteering opportunities.
Welfare and Benefits Manager, Michelle Kettles, led the proceedings in partnership with Enterprise Team Manager, Wayne Dutton, and Corporate Policy Manager, Kevin Hubery.
The presentation showcased the possibilities of the #UKSPF funding including the support for local residents (jobseekers and those looking to change career), businesses and community groups.
To find out how you can get involved and benefit from this program please contact the team firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website UK Shared Prosperity Funding | South Staffordshire District Council (sstaffs.gov.uk)
- Director of Finance (Section 151), closing date open
- Relief Leisure Assistant (all SSC Leisure Centres), closing September 30th
- Relief Water Assistant (all SSC Leisure Centres), closing September 30th
- Relief Swimming Instructor (all SSC Leisure Centres), closing September 30th
All vacancies can be viewed in full and applied for on our recruitment site: https://www.sstaffs.gov.uk/vacancies
Wombourne High School refurbishment
|Wombourne High School will be undergoing substantial refurbishment work which is planned to start next month.
The works will consist of the current design and technology block building being knocked down and rebuilt.
Due to the refurbishment, the school will be erecting temporary classrooms on the tennis courts which are located at the back of the leisure centre. For full details click here.
Summer holiday activities
We are providing a range of sports-based holiday activities and schemes, with discounts on offer to increase opportunities for young people to enjoy sport and fitness.
The summer school holiday runs from Monday, July 24th to Friday, September 1st 2023.
ASPIRE ACTIVITY CAMPS (5-14 year olds)
To find out more and to book, click here.
HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES AND FOOD SCHEME (HAF)
- For more information and to register, click here.
- To book a free activity camp and hot food parcel, click here.
THE SPACE SCHEME (8-17 year olds)
Thanks to funding from Staffordshire Space Scheme, the leisure centres are providing discounts for young people aged 8-17 year olds.
How to sign up for The Space Scheme:
- Visit your nearest leisure centre and complete the short form on the reverse of a Space Scheme flyer;
- We’ll then issue you with a membership card which will be valid for the duration of the summer;
- You can then book your activities at the leisure centre reception and pay as you go.
For further details click here: School holiday activities South Staffordshire District Council.
Digital Weight Management Programme
|Take the first steps in managing your weight today.
A self-referral pathway is being introduced in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, as part of the NHS Digital Weight Management Programme. The programme is designed to help people develop healthier eating habits, be more active and lose weight. Anyone aged 18 and over, living in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, with a BMI indicating they are obese, can refer themselves to the programme.
The NHS Digital Weight Management Programme provides free, online access to a range of 12-week weight management plans to choose from. Each plan offers tailored advice and support to encourage healthy habits, along with recipes and nutrition advice, wellbeing support and tips to boost activity levels. The programme is working closely with several weight-management organisations to deliver expert advice and knowledge.
With all content available on a smartphone, tablet or computer, having access to online plans and support allows people to complete the programme in their own time. Please note, the programme can only be accessed with a smartphone or computer with internet access.
For more information, click here: NHS Digital Weight Management Programme
Summer reading challenge Staffordshire Libraries
|The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children to keep reading during the school summer holidays – and to enjoy anything they like to read!
Children aged 4-11 are invited to set a reading goal, and collect rewards for their reading.
It’s FREE to take part, and last year 75% of children taking part improved their reading skills over the holidays.
Why should my child sign up?
- They will be better prepared to return to school in the autumn.
- The Challenge supports the move into a new year group.
- Becoming more independent in their reading boosts children’s confidence and self-esteem.
- The library provides free access to books and fun family activities all through the summer.
- Library staff are on hand to offer support and book recommendations.
In addition, we will also be offering the Mini-Challenge for pre-school aged children from our libraries. The Mini Challenge is a bite sized version of the Summer Reading Challenge for our youngest readers. Children collect stickers on a special collector card for the books they borrow and read.
To find your nearest library, click here.
To find out more, click here: https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/