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24.11.21 – Bonus’s for Homecare Workers, RBL cheque from Fire Service, Bus Service 25, Winter Food Programme, Rising Stars Christmas Fayre

Written by on 24 November 2021

On Monday this week, Chief Fire Officer Rob Barber presented the Royal British Legion with a cheque for  £2,500 today (Monday 22 November).
Fire safety officers raised money from the beginning of October up to Remembrance Sunday by selling special edition poppies at Newcastle-under-Lyme Community Fire Station.
The Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service brigade badge, alongside a red poppy, was sold to crews and visitors at the station – where donations of £3.50 were taken for each.
Kelvin Chell, Fire Safety Officer at Newcastle Fire Station, said: “We just couldn’t get enough poppies to meet the demands of those wanting to donate, it was incredible.


If you are a bus user, and make use of the First Potteries Service 25 bus which is  Keele to Hanley, please be aware that as from the 19th December, this bus will operate on a revised timetable  For more information go to the Staffordshire county council website and search changes to bus services.

Also Christmas and New Year service levels will be added to the website in mid December.


And finally …. Why not start to get into the festive mood as Rising Stars youth club will be holding their Christmas fayre Tomorrow night, which is Thursday,  (Thursday 25th Nov) between  6 and 9pm, at St. John’s church & welcome centre, in Greasley road, Abbey Hulton. Everyone is welcome




Thousands of Staffordshire school children will receive free hot meals and access to a range of activities over the Christmas holidays, all funded by the Department for Education.

More than 20,000 children and young people, aged between five and sixteen, who are in receipt of free school meals, will be eligible for the winter holiday activities and food programme being organised by Staffordshire County Council.

The programme can be accessed through a registration system from 7pm on 29 November.  Activities will start on 20th December and run until 31st.

All those eligible for the holiday activities and food programme will receive a letter from their school.



Home care workers across Stoke-on-Trent are to be offered extra support and loyalty bonuses, as part of the plans to help retain and recruit staff this winter.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council and the NHS are working together to address winter pressures and the rising demand for home care and staffing shortages across the care sector.

The NHS has announced funding of £1.05 million to support the recruitment and retention of home care staff in Stoke-on-Trent during the coming months.

As part of the new winter support package home care providers will be able to apply for additional funding for staff retention activities, including bonuses where appropriate.