South Staffordshire – South Staffordshire Community Fund
The South Staffordshire Community Fund is for the benefit of the South Staffordshire district within Staffordshire. Located in the south west of the county, it is the district that contains the distinctive ‘pan-handle’ of Staffordshire. Bordering Stafford borough to the north, Cannock Chase to the north east, the West Midlands to the east and Shropshire to the west, the district is mainly a rural area, made up of many beautiful villages, but also containing population centres in Penkridge, Featherstone, Codsall and Cheslyn Hay. Part of the district comes from the former Cannock Chase rural district.
The fund was officially launched at Rodbaston Hall, Penkridge on Thursday 28th August 2014, and already has some significant and high profile backers, including South Staffordshire District Council, South Staffordshire Housing Association, South Staffordshire Community and Voluntary Action and Rodbaston Hall. Representatives from each organisation make up the board of ‘Donor Advisors’ who will help to steer the fund through its early years.
This fund, like other community funds is designed to help small community and voluntary groups across the district, to ensure they can get the help and financial support that they need. Often unable to compete with large regional or national charities, it is vitally important that we continue to support these organisations, to ensure that South Staffordshire has a network of organisations who can provide the locally led and delivered support that is so vital to the health and wellbeing of many across the area.
The fund is set up so that it will exist forever, growing each year, whilst also awarding more in each subsequent year than the previous one. It will contain contributions from the Staffordshire Community Foundation, local donors and local business, who care so much about the district and its people that they want to give something back in a simple, cost effective, but high impact way.
If you would like more information about the fund, or if you’d like to get involved with helping to support the fund or the area, please give us a call or send us an e-mail, or search for #SouthStaffsCommunityFund on Twitter.