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01.03.23 – Rough Sleepers Vaccinated, Staffordshire Start Up Hubs

Written by on 28 February 2023

Rough sleepers in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are receiving lifesaving COVID-19 vaccinations thanks to the outreach work of the NHS vaccination team.

Since December, more than forty people from the homeless community have been vaccinated at shelters and support venues such as the Macari Centre and the Salvation Army. The NHS Targeted Vaccination Team focused efforts on reaching this vulnerable community during the cold winter months when many homeless people struggle even more than usual.

This Team has vaccinated 6,654 people out in the community since September.

The autumn booster programme closed on 12 February, but people can still get their first and second doses if they haven’t already done so.


People interested in becoming self-employed or starting their own business can now get information and advice from their local library.

Each library has its own Staffordshire Start-up Hub where visitors can access self-employment resources including books, fact sheets, business plan templates and information.

During March, additional drop-in advice sessions will also be held at selected Libraries.  Self-employment coaches from Business Enterprise Support (BES) will be on hand to provide one-to-one advice and talk through people’s ideas.  No appointment is necessary.

Victoria Wilson, Cabinet Member for Culture and Communities at Staffordshire County Council said: “Our new Start-Up Hubs are a great way for people interested in becoming self-employed to find out more and how to take that first step.

“Our libraries offer a dedicated space, allocated for start-up promotional materials, leaflets, business related reading books and information fact sheets.  And, for our start-up sessions running in March, we’ve teamed up with Business Enterprise Support who will be able to provide information and signpost people to other sources of information and agencies.

“We have a strong record for start-up survival in the county, which is higher than the national average and it’s great to see libraries playing their part in this.  It’s really encouraging that Staffordshire is providing the right environment for start-up businesses to grow and thrive and vitally, to operate successfully through the difficult first few years.”

Start-up Hub sessions are being held at the below libraries from 10:30am – 12:30.

  • Cannock Library – Tuesday 7th March
  • Burton Library – Wednesday 8th March
  • Stafford Library – Monday 13th March
  • Leek Library – Wednesday 15th March
  • Lichfield Library – Tuesday 21st March
  • Perton Library – Thursday 30th March
  • Newcastle Library – Tuesday 28th March

According to recently published data from the Office for National Statistics, Staffordshire’s three-year business survival rate in 2021 stood at 61.9 per cent, which was higher than the UK survival rate of 57.6 per cent.


Further information about the hubs and sessions are available at or ask at your local library.