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Not long now until the Staffordshire Police Open Day

IT is just one week to go until the gates of Staffordshire Police Headquarters swing open for the 2017 Open Day. With four weeks to go Staffordshire Police can reveal that there will be four different demonstration arenas this year. The event takes place on Sunday 4 June from 11 until 4. There will be more grandstand seating to improve the view of the two different police dog displays, and they will be doubling the number of opportunities to see how police deal with public order incidents and road traffic collisions. There will also be a separate demonstration arena showing how a door is no barrier to tackling crime and keeping people safe. Last year around 15,000 visitors enjoyed a fantastic day free day out, so police have added more buses to the park and ride service which will ferry visitors direct to the open day from the car parks at the Staffordshire County Showground. If you are making your own way to Police Headquarters, please use the FREE park and ride service which will include easy access buses and dedicated parking area for wheelchair users. There are no parking spaces for open day visitors on the headquarters site itself –  all the space is being used for the event but the park and ride will be sign posted and is less than 5 minutes away. Ample free parking is available at the Staffordshire County Showground – look out for the yellow signs. There are a fleet of easy access buses operating to take you directly to gates of Police Headquarters running every few minutes. This year there is more buses than every before and they are bigger also with more space for push chairs and wheel chairs. Unfortunately Staffordshire Police are unable to provide any transport from local police stations this year – They will have details of the best ways of getting the event soon. Address and Sat Nav postcode: Weston Road, Stafford, ST18 0BD The post Not long now until the Staffordshire Police Open Day appeared first on Tamworth Informed. [ More... ]

Small Business Grant Scheme to give start-ups a helping hand

NEW grants of between £500 and £1500 are now available to help promote new small business start-ups, self-employment and entrepreneurship in Tamworth. This financial support will address the current funding gap faced by start-up businesses and will be available for completely new ventures and those which have been trading for less than three years. Any funding currently available to businesses tends to come with a requirement to ‘match’ the amount being granted and has strict requirements on the type of business applying and the activity they deliver. These requirements leave a large number of small new businesses unable to access start up finance. Over the years, Tamworth Borough Council’s Economic Development and Regeneration (EDR) team has had a number of enquiries from individuals requiring small amounts of money to buy equipment, help with marketing or buy relevant insurances in order to allow them to trade. To receive these grants, individuals will be required to meet some basic criteria. This includes attending the Enterprise for Success programme, which provides 12 hours of one-to-one advice and support. This will be delivered from the soon-to-be opened Tamworth Enterprise Centre at Phillip Dix House – formerly known as the Phil Dix Centre – in Corporation Street. The Enterprise for Success programme ensures individuals and businesses have the right skills they need to run their business and results in the creation of a business plan. Cllr Steve Claymore, Cabinet member for Regeneration, said; “This is great news for individuals wishing to start up in new businesses or who have been trading for less than three years. There has been limited funding previously, so this financial and practical support will be invaluable for the small businesses of Tamworth. “Small businesses are the foundation of any thriving economy and using the new Tamworth Enterprise Centre as a ‘hub’ of support and advice can only help grow the local economy.” Grant applications will be recommended to the Cabinet Grants Committee on a quarterly basis for approval. An annual budget of £20,000 has been allocated to the scheme, which is subject to annual budget reviews and agreements up to March 31st 2020. To register your interest and check if you are eligible for a grant please contact: Lorraine Farley (Business Liaison Officer) 01827 709525 or email: lorraine-farley@tamworth.gov.uk The post Small Business Grant Scheme to give start-ups a helping hand appeared first on Tamworth Informed. [ More... ]

Summerwatch campaign to be launched in Castle Grounds

Stay SAFE for the summer is the message from the Tamworth Community Safety Partnership, as it launches a campaign to promote safety and crime prevention over the summer months. The Partnership includes Tamworth Borough Council, Staffordshire Police, Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service, Staffordshire County Council, domestic abuse groups and other voluntary services. As part of the Summerwatch campaign, the SAFE message aims to give crime prevention and safety advice, as well as reducing incidents of crime and anti-social behaviour during the summer. The campaign will be launched in the Castle Grounds on Saturday, June 3, to coincide with the Urban Arts Festival. Members of the team will be out and about raising awareness of issues such as online safety, mental health, wellbeing and relationships and personal safety. They will be wearing T-shirts marked with the SAFE logo and will walk around the grounds between 1pm and 3pm, to talk to young people and spread the ‘stay safe’ message. All operations and events carried out by SAFE partners from May through to September will come under the Summerwatch umbrella. They will tackle priority issues including anti-social behaviour, grass fires, safety around water, shoplifting, drink driving, personal safety, burglary and purse snatching. A number of events are being planned across Tamworth throughout the campaign, where police, community wardens, the Fire & Rescue Service and other partners will be on hand to offer help and advice on staying safe. For the first time, the Community Safety Partnership has funded taster activities for young people aged 11yrs-17yrs between May and July, ahead of the summer holiday SPACE programme. FREE session at Jump Xtreme trampoline park in Wilnecote between 6pm and 7pm on Friday, June 2. Spaces must be pre-booked on 01827 290007. There are 30 spaces available and only two places can be booked per caller. Please quote SPACEJUNE when booking The Kicks programme of multi-sport with Burton Albion Community Trust starts week commencing June 5 until week commencing July 17. Sessions take place between 6pm and 8pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in a variety of local parks – locations can be found at safertamworth.org. Other Summerwatch events include: Police open day at Tamworth Police station in August on a date to be confirmed Police community engagement days throughout Tamworth during the summer months Community wardens and Police Community Support Officers working together to undertake joint patrols around the borough late into the evenings Alcohol awareness, road and canal safety, ‘Flames Aren’t Games’ and play safety presentations in schools A range of summer activities for 11-17 year olds supported by all partners and funded as part of the SPACE activity programme by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner The Burton Albion Club Mascot will also be joining in the fun at the launch on Saturday, June 3, so keep your eye out for him in the Castle Grounds. Cllr Stephen Doyle, Cabinet member for Communities & Wellbeing, said: “We want to make sure that everyone in Tamworth has a safe and fun summer. “Our Summerwatch campaign will offer simple crime prevention and personal safety advice, as well as sending out the clear message that Tamworth is a SAFE place to live, work and visit.” The post Summerwatch campaign to be launched in Castle Grounds appeared first on Tamworth Informed. [ More... ]

‘Ace’ centre staff represent award winning customer service

STAFF of a Tamworth shopping centre have been recognised for their brilliant customer service with a top industry award. Ankerside Shopping Centre Manager, Jeff Wigley along with Centre Administrator, Lucy Harvey and Gill Jones of the security team have been named ACE Stars in the prestigious Revo ACE Awards. “Here at Ankerside, we really take pride in giving the best service and experience as possible to our shoppers, so to be acknowledged for our hard work by such a respected industry award is fantastic,” said Centre Manager Jeff Wigley. The Revo ACE Awards celebrates retail’s best in class by showcasing people and places that achieve impeccable customer experience with widespread industry recognition. The awards programme involves Revo’s mystery shoppers coming along to the centre to evaluate the customer service of each candidate. “Ankerside is an extremely friendly, community shopping centre and to ensure we continue to be a vital part of Tamworth, we offer training to all centre staff as well as refreshers to make sure that we make the shoppers experience as enjoyable as possible,” Jeff added. “I am so pleased to say that all three of us have been named ACE Stars in the Revo ACE Awards and we look forward to entering into the awards again next year.” The post ‘Ace’ centre staff represent award winning customer service appeared first on Tamworth Informed. [ More... ]

Young performers launch Tamworth’s new busking framework

TALENTED young musicians and singers took to the streets of Tamworth town centre with live performances as part of a special event to mark the launch of a new busking code of practice. The framework for buskers has been drawn up by Tamworth Borough Council’s Arts & Events team in a bid to encourage more high quality live performances to entertain shoppers and visitors and improve the vitality of the town centre. Nine young performers who are currently taking part in a six-month mentoring programme called ‘Tamworth Jam’ were invited to launch the busking framework so they could put their new-found performing skills to the test. The group included singers, guitarists, a drummer and a ukulele player, performing in duets, trios and individually during a two-hour slot on Saturday, May 20. Performances were split between Tamworth Town Hall and under the canopy in St Editha’s Square, which are two of the preferred busking locations listed in the busking framework. The other two preferred locations are outside Barclays Bank in St Editha’s Square and outside Home Bargains in George Street. Tamworth Borough Council wants to encourage buskers to enhance the visitor experience and, although permission is not needed to provide street entertainment (apart from events), the code of practice aims to ensure those performances are of a high quality, considerate of others and not causing offence or nuisance. It can also be used by police and council officers to take appropriate action if complaints are received. Performances from the young people were well received and will hopefully mark the beginning of a new era of busking entertainment throughout the town centre.   The Tamworth Jam group will be in action again in the Castle Grounds bandstand on Saturday, July 1, when they will kick off the summer season of Bandstand Concerts. Tamworth Jam and the new busking document are part of the Music Outside element of the ongoing Arts in Unusual Spaces initiative which has been funded by Arts Council England and Tamworth Borough Council. The project aims to bring art in all its forms to unusual spaces across the town and includes creating and nurturing new talent. As part of Tamworth Jam, budding young performers aged between 12 and 19 have been attending weekly workshops with a team of highly-experienced and professional mentors through Staffordshire’s number one music charity Make Some Noise. The sessions are designed to develop their song-writing, musicianship, performance and promoting skills. Cllr Joy Goodall, Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Environment and Culture, said: “The Music Outside project is all about creating and nurturing a thriving new music scene full of talented performers. We want to encourage them and other entertainers, whether in music, dance, theatre or art, to perform in Tamworth. “Not only will this help develop the area’s artistic offering, but it will also help create a more vibrant town centre atmosphere. The new busking framework sets out the guidelines for performance to ensure that any entertainment is beneficial to the town.” The busking policy is available to view at www.tamworthartsandevents.co.uk/music-outside. The post Young performers launch Tamworth’s new busking framework appeared first on Tamworth Informed. [ More... ]

Familiar Tamworth faces to be removed for annual spruce up

SOME familiar faces around Tamworth will disappear this week, but they’ll soon be back pride of place after their annual spruce-up. The town’s popular 3D floral figures are being taken away for refurbishment and replanting to ensure they look their best for this year’s Tamworth in Bloom competition. The First World War soldier on the Moor Street traffic island and the Saxon warrior and running man in the Castle Grounds have become firm favourites with residents and visitors alike and have appeared in hundreds of photographs. The larger-than-lifesize figures form a key part of the Tamworth in Bloom campaign and have helped the borough to win gold for the past seven years. Although they will disappear from the street scene for several weeks, they will be back in plenty of time to welcome the Heart of England in Bloom judges when they visit the town on Tuesday, July 18. Constructed using a metal frame, the figures are then stuffed full of hundreds of succulent sempervivum, sedum, and alternanthera plants. Replanting will again be carried out by the R C Smith nursery in Mancetter. Tamworth in Bloom Champion, Cllr Joy Goodall, said: “Our floral figures have become a popular Tamworth feature and we always get asked what’s happened to them when they are taken for their annual spruce up. They will be disappearing next week, but don’t worry, we’ll soon have them back and looking better than ever, ready to wow the judges again.” This year’s Tamworth in Bloom campaign will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Mercian Regiment with the theme ‘Mercian 10 – the Heart of England’s Infantry’. The post Familiar Tamworth faces to be removed for annual spruce up appeared first on Tamworth Informed. [ More... ]

Leyfields fire sparks reminder to take care in the kitchen

STAFFORDSHIRE Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) is reminding residents to take care in the kitchen after a fire. The plea comes after a fire at a flat in Chesterton Way, Tamworth. Crews were called to the home at around 5.30pm on Thursday May 25 after a neighbour raised the alarm. The occupants were out at the time. Crews from Tamworth, Chase Terrace and Lichfield attended and entered the home. They found a plug-in grill had been left on top of an electric hob, which was switched on and caused the grill to smoke. Chris Craddock, Crew Manager at Tamworth, said: “Thankfully, the property was fitted with working smoke alarms which sounded and alerted the neighbour who called 999 so we could respond before the incident was able to develop. “Fortunately, the damage was minimal but if no one had raised the alarm things could have been much worse.” Crews responded with two breathing apparatus and a hose reel jet, thankfully this wasn’t needed and once the grill was removed from the home they spent time ventilating the property. They contacted the occupier and completed a Safe and Well visit with them on their return, advising them on kitchen and general home fire safety. Chris added: “This incident highlights the benefit of having working smoke alarms and shows the importance of making sure all appliances and hobs, cookers etc are switched off before you go out.” The post Leyfields fire sparks reminder to take care in the kitchen appeared first on Tamworth Informed. [ More... ]

UK terror threat level reduced

THE UK’s terror threat level is going to be reduced from “critical” to “severe“, the Prime Minister has confirmed. At an emergency COBRA meeting, the independent Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre advised that the UK should return to the second-highest levels, which indicates an attack is highly likely rather than imminent. The change indicates an attack is highly likely, rather than imminently expected.  Operation Temperer, which has seen armed soldiers support police on the streets, will be gradually stood down once the bank holiday weekend ends. It is likely that police officers will also return to normal shift patterns and as a result, you will once again see less police officers on the streets. Police are continuing their investigation into the Manchester Arena bombing, which killed 22 people. The post UK terror threat level reduced appeared first on Tamworth Informed. [ More... ]

When not to call 999!

WEST MIDLANDS Police is asking people to use the 999 service responsibly during the current heightened security state and only dial it for real emergencies. Last night the national security state was raised to critical, this means that not only does an attack remain highly likely but a further attack may be imminent. As a result emergency resources will be stretched and members of the public are reminded to only dial 999 if there is a threat to life or a genuine crime in progress and police attendance is immediately required. Examples of genuine emergencies include where there is a threat to life, where there is on-going violence or if offenders are still at or near to the scene or if there has been an injury road traffic collision. Any suspicious activity should still immediately be reported to 999 or the via the National Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321. Non-emergency calls and enquiries should be directed to the 101 non-emergency number. This should be used to report a crime or anti-social behaviour which does not need an emergency response. For example, it could be used to report a crime that has already happened, seek crime prevention advice or make police aware of local policing issues. Every year West Midlands Police receives more than two million telephone calls, including nearly 700,000 emergency calls, many of which are not genuine emergencies. Chief Superintendent Sally Bourner, Head of Force contact said: “We are asking the public to just think before calling the police at this critical time. At the moment our officers and staff are juggling a huge number of demands and we ask people to be patient and bear with us. Of course any suspicious behaviour or emergency should still be reported on 999 but we have limited resources and still get time wasting calls. “Recent examples of misusing the 999 system include calls about a shop not offering a refund, a picnic taking place in a park and spilled paint. “We are averaging between 4-5,000 calls a day in total and we need to assess each and every one so please think before dialling.” The post When not to call 999! appeared first on Tamworth Informed. [ More... ]

Young people handed say on future of health services

YOUNG people are being given the chance to improve health and social care services in Tamworth. Young People’s Healthwatch is a new initiative that will gather the views and experiences of under-25s and ensure they have a voice on issues that affect them. It has been developed by watchdog Healthwatch Staffordshire in partnership with fellow community interest company Sporting Communities. And they’re keen to ensure work of the programme, launched ahead of National Volunteers Week (June 1-7), is led by young people themselves. Jan Sensier, chief executive of Engaging Communities Staffordshire, which delivers Healthwatch, said: “Children and young people face a range of disadvantages and inequalities just like the rest of society and their problems are often significant and complex. “Health and social care needs to work effectively for them and, if there’s anything that needs to be improved, we need to know about it. “Young People’s Healthwatch will provide a platform to find out what young people think about services in their area and, by listening to their views, we can better understand the issues and barriers they face. “The feedback will be used to make services more suitable and accessible for young people as well as reducing the resources spent on those that are not meeting their needs. “It will also reveal patterns and trends which can identify areas that need to be addressed.” The initiative will deliver a raft of practical benefits too, according to Ms Sensier. She added: “It will act as a central hub delivering vital information, support and advice to help young people in their day-to-day lives. “We know from past experience that under-25s experience issues specific to their age group and that it’s sometimes difficult for them to find out what to do or where to go. “Now they’ll have direct access to that information and could also learn new skills through our training programme.” Input from young people themselves is regarded as crucial to ensure the work of Young People’s Healthwatch is relevant. Volunteers could become young ambassadors – to help spread the word about Healthwatch and represent the organisation at local events – or mystery shoppers, who go undercover to gather feedback about health and social care services. They could also be ‘media gurus’ – charged with developing social media and other advertising resources aimed at young people – or researchers. Ms Sensier said: “We want Young People’s Healthwatch to focus on issues that are most important to this particular age group so we’re looking for under-25s to make a genuine contribution towards improving life for themselves and their peers. “Volunteers can come from any walk of life – the only criteria they need is to have an interest in the delivery of health and social care in their area. “It’s a chance to make a difference to the community, meet new people, enhance skills and knowledge and access training and support. It can also add valuable experience to a CV and volunteers only give as much time as they can. “Only by working together can we hope to ensure the services and support available is the best it can be.” For more information, go to www.healthwatchstaffordshire.co.uk/young-peoples-healthwatch The post Young people handed say on future of health services appeared first on Tamworth Informed. [ More... ]


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