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03.11.22 – Walk Talk Action, Older Peoples Housing Strategy, Volunteers Recognised by Staffordshire Commissioner, Museum Store at Spode

Written by on 2 November 2022

A walking group which helps people suffering from depression, anxiety and PTSD has received a funding boost from Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

Teri Elder started Walk Talk Action to help improve her own mental health following the birth of her first daughter.

Today the group – which has helped more than 500 people since its inception – meets regularly to explore Stoke-on-Trent’s parks and surrounding countryside. It also hosts community and veteran coffee mornings and other social events which bring people together, get people moving and help to improve people’s state of mind.

Now Walk Talk Action is in the process of creating a number of interactive maps after securing £5,864 from Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s Community Investment Fund (CIF).

The cash has helped the group buy seven laptops so staff and volunteers can develop the maps to showcase a variety of routes and highlight the type of walks available in the city.


A new strategy to help older people in Stoke-on-Trent live well for longer is set to be approved by cabinet next week.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has drawn up proposals for the Older People’s Housing Strategy 2023-2028 which aims to support the city’s residents as they grow older.

The strategy has been developed to ensure the city council can meet the current and future needs of older people living in the city for the next five years and help residents to be as independent as possible for as long as possible.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has worked with key partners including Arc4, Saltbox, Staffordshire Housing, Deaflinks and the Alzheimer’s Society to draw up the draft proposals.

The strategy is expected to be approved at Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s cabinet meeting next Tuesday. It will then go out to consultation on Monday, November 28 for nine weeks.


Six volunteers have been recognised by the Staffordshire Commissioner’s Office for their tireless work and commitment in providing independent support for people detained in Police custody.

Three Independent Custody Visitors were thanked for their 10 Years’ Service, visiting detained people to check on their welfare, wellbeing and legal rights in the custody environment:

Three Appropriate Adults received awards in recognition of their support in complex investigations, providing independent support to vulnerable adult detainees and ensuring they are treated in a fair and just manner and are able to participate effectively:

Deputy Commissioner for Police, Fire & Rescue and Crime Helen Fisher, who presented the awards, said: “The work that these volunteers do is absolutely invaluable. I want to say a big thank-you, on behalf of myself and the Commissioner, to everyone for their commitment and dedication in looking out for the welfare of people in Police custody. As an Office, we couldn’t do what we need to do without their support.”


A huge building project has started at the Spode Museum in Stoke restoring a large disused nightclub space into a new museum store. The Spode Museum collection is one of the largest and most important ceramics collections in the country and has been locked away in storage since the Spode factory went into administration in 2008.

Over 20,000 items will return to their historic factory site allowing the museum to assess and catalogue the collection and eventually make it available for the public to once again enjoy.

The cost of renovation has been secured from Historic England and Stoke-on-Trent City Council and is being used to transform the old INSET nightclub into a space worthy of housing an important ceramics collection.