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Change in support for Voluntary & Community Groups

Thursday, 28 March, 2013 - Modified on Thursday, 28 March, 2013 at 3:55 pm



SCIO (Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Consortium of Infrastructure Organisations), a long established partnership of eight district based support and development organisations or CVSs with youth, BME (black and minority ethnic) and faith group agencies, is gearing up to improve the range of services available to voluntary and community groups in the area.


The South Staffordshire branch of Community & Voluntary Action is based in Brewood. 


Following the end of a six-year contract with Staffordshire County Council, SCIO partners are determined to push ahead with plans to expand the range of services available for groups across all districts and ensure that the right support is in place now and into the future.


With a collective member base of over 1,000 organisations, the CVSs and specialist agencies are working closely to reassure local groups and stakeholders of their unwavering commitment to Staffordshire’s voluntary sector, local communities and local people with the continued delivery of high quality services across the county.


Jill Norman, Chair of SCIO, said: “Our partners have extensive knowledge and experience of providing help to all types of groups – from large voluntary groups and income generating social enterprises to the smallest community group with just a few volunteers. Some partners have developed their services over more than 50 years and know their communities inside out. We want to ensure that all aspects of support are accessible and available to all. Some exciting ideas are under development so watch this space for further news.”


From support with funding applications, to helping organisations to find the right volunteers, from providing low cost meeting rooms to community accountancy and business planning support, SCIO members help local groups with a wide range of services so they can provide vital services which support some of the most vulnerable people across Staffordshire.  


David Leese, Chief Officer of South Staffordshire Community & Voluntary Action, said:


“It is disappointing to lose the contract after many successful years of working with Staffordshire County Council, particularly when we are only half way through a Big Lottery Funded transformation programme that will lead to even better services for our members in the future. Over the years we have helped hundreds of organisations attract millions of pounds of funding to support their valuable work and we sincerely hope the new contract holder, Stoke based, VAST, will work with us and add value to the fantastic range of local services we currently deliver.


“Recent success in the Staffordshire Volunteer Awards and also being selected as one of only 12 national pilot areas for Building Health Partnerships working with our health colleagues in south east Staffordshire, are cause for celebration and will directly benefit local people.”


For more information about SCIO and support for VCS groups, contact your local service:


South Staffordshire Community & Voluntary Action on 01902 851675 or email info@sscva.org.uk