Cllr Victoria Wilson
Cllr Victoria Wilson

Charities and groups in Lichfield and Burntwood are set to receive further support as part of efforts to empower local communities.

Staffordshire County Council has confirmed that Support Staffordshire has been awarded a contract to work with organisations to promote health and wellbeing.

The Staffordshire Council of Youth Voluntary Services (SCVYS) has also been awarded a contract to work specifically with young people and the community groups that support them.

Cllr Victoria Wilson, the county council’s cabinet member for communities and culture, said:

“The voluntary sector play a vital role in helping the county council to deliver its key priority of supporting more people to lead as healthy, rewarding and independent lives as possible.

“Our investment in supporting the voluntary sector will undoubtedly be returned many times over, especially in the real difference it will make in the heart of our communities and for the benefit of our residents.

“This shone through during the pandemic and I am delighted that we will be continuing to work with both Support Staffordshire and SCVYS to empower communities even more as we recover from the impacts of Covid-19.”

Cllr Victoria Wilson, Staffordshire County Council

The contracts, which are worth £250,000 per year, will run for three years from 1st August 1, with an option to extend for a further year.

Garry Jones, chief executive of Support Staffordshire, said:

“We are delighted to continue working with the council to support Staffordshire’s voluntary sector to enrich the lives of local people and communities, as well as helping people to be healthy, independent, and enjoy the best life they can.”

Garry Jones, Support Staffordshire

Phil Pusey, chief executive of SCVYS, said:

“We work with the local voluntary sector to help children and young people to thrive and be heard.

“I am delighted this new deal will help us to continue to work with the council to do this and support young people across Staffordshire.”

Phil Pusey, SCVYS

The council has also confirmed that four local organisations – Community Foundation for Staffordshire, Sporting Communities, Support Staffordshire and Together Active – will help the council to manage grant programmes going forward.

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