Welcome to the autumn edition of ‘My Staffordshire Extra’, our e-magazine bringing you all the latest news from across the county.
This issue is packed full of stories, videos and details of what we are doing to help improve the lives of people working, or living, in Staffordshire.
Firstly, you may have heard the great news about the Wedgwood Collection having been saved for the nation after a fantastic public effort and fundraising appeal raising £2.74 million in just 31 days. This means that the collection will be staying here in the county and you can read more about this amazing collection and why it is so important that it remains in Staffordshire in this edition. You can also view our short video too.
If you’re interested in tracing your family history you may want to read about our new project with the website Findmypast. Over three million Staffordshire records are now available for you to search through online and we’ve created a short information video to show you how to get started.
Casserole Club is another project we’re supporting. It’s a very simple idea that matches people who want to cook an extra portion of dinner (a Cook) with someone less able to do it for themselves (a Dinner). If you’re interested in helping you can sign up on the Casserole Club website and join the other 50+ people who’ve kindly volunteered their services.
With winter on the way, we’ve included some useful information and tips on protecting you and your family from flu. You can watch the video on flu protection here. And, sticking with health, find out if you’re entitled to a free health check with your GP.
Thinking ahead to Christmas, you might want to have a go at our Christmas Card competition. We’re looking for children aged 4 to 11 years old, who go to a Staffordshire Primary school to design this year’s Christmas card for us.
If you’re a parent with a two-year-old you might be interested to know about our Think2 project which provides up to 15 hours free childcare. You’ll be able to check if you’re eligible on our new online checker and see the childminders and nurseries in your area. You can also hear from parents who are benefiting from the free places and what they are doing with the free time.
This is just a flavour of what’s in this edition, there’s lots more, just browse through the stories and articles below. Remember, it’s also easy to share the articles and videos with your friends and colleagues using the share buttons at the bottom of every article or the big share buttons at the right hand side of every page.
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Enjoy your autumn My Staffordshire Extra e-magazine!
Leader of Staffordshire County Counci
Main picture is of The National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas – where the nation remembers
Bottom Picture is Philip at Shugborough Estate Nr Stafford