Our prime purpose is to offer advice and support to voluntary and community groups across the Moorlands so that they can deliver their activities and services more effectively. This includes offering minibuses for group bookings, giving information on grants, organising community consultations and helping to find volunteers. We also run services direct for local people such as a voluntary car scheme, a volunteer centre and help to find employment.
Staffordshire Moorlands is a rural community with three small towns and diverse needs. Some suffer rural isolation. Some face unemployment and other economic disadvantages. The population is ageing and some suffer long term health issues. Poor access to services affects many. SMCVS works with communities and organisations to develop activities and services to meet these needs.
Some of our results from last year include providing minibuses for 34 groups travelling a total of 17,233 miles; supporting local groups to access a total of £284,083 in grants; advising over 70 organisations on funding and governance etc; giving advice on volunteering to 331 local residents of whom 71 went on to volunteer; and providing 8,711 single passenger journeys by volunteer drivers.
Volunteer drivers either to drive one of our minibuses for local groups e.g. luncheon clubs, or to use their own car to transport people to medical appointments etc. Also volunteers to help on the admin side - reception duties or follow up phone calls in our volunteer centre etc. Also volunteer walk leaders and volunteers to raise awareness of cancer in targeted communities.