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20.06.22 – Shared Lives, New Police Vehicles, Mitch Hulme runs Lands End to John O Groats, Safeguarding

Written by on 20 June 2022

Shared Lives Stoke-on-Trent is calling for more residents to come forward to provide short breaks in their own home to adults with learning disabilities.

The Stoke-on-Trent City Council scheme carefully matches people needing the service to an approved Shared Lives carer, after getting to know each other the person will go and stay with the carer which could vary from one night to a couple of weeks. This support can enable families to have a well-earned break from their caring role and it also allows the person to experience new things and build relationships with other people.

Over the last year, 16 adults with a learning disability from Stoke-on-Trent have been supported by a Shared Lives carer.

To find out more about becoming a shared lives carer contact the shared lives team on: 01782 235000 or email


Staffordshire Police has unveiled its latest vehicles which will be used to respond to emergencies.
The first three hybrid Volvo V60 Cross Country models are ready to be deployed following the launch of the new local policing model on Monday 27 June.
The vehicles have all-wheel drive so that officers can operate in a variety of road conditions, are more environmentally friendly as hybrid vehicles, and they have been built using the latest LED lighting technology to provide the best luminosity. They also have an enhanced reflective livery to provide great visibility for both officer and public safety.

A further 33 vehicles will be arriving in the coming months.


Local Man Mitch Hulme will be starting his attempt today, to break the World Record for the Lands End to John O’Groats run.   The current record is 16 days and the distance is 874miles, that’s the equivalent of 33 marathons back to back..

Mitch is doing this to raise vital funds for new playground facilities at Horton lodge, a primary school for children with physical disabilities and additional learning needs. Many pupils have sensory, communication and medical needs.  The current playground is in a state of disrepair, and when Mitch, whose daughter Dolly attends Horton Lodge, heard that the school were trying to raise funds he immediately tried to think of what he could do to help.

If you would like to support Mitch in this mammoth task go to his just-giving page


A new approach to safeguarding in Staffordshire has led to more than 600 people being trained to recognise the signs of low-level neglect, and a further 1,200 people who work in safeguarding have attended awareness raising training and conferences

More than 41% of children in the care of Staffordshire County Council are known because of neglect, with the majority of these within the 10-15 age range.

The training of agencies like schools, health, police and the voluntary service means the signs of neglect can be identified early on, providing help and support to children within their families and communities more effectively.