The Signposts Centres in Stone, Barlaston and Stafford will stay open after all.
“A verbal promise of Council-generated funding has been given to us by Stafford & District Voluntary Services, this will allow us to keep the Signposts Centres running in Stone, Barlaston and Stafford for the foreseeable future,”
Signposts Manager Manager Ken Down told the Gazette on March 20th.
The centres have in the past been funded by Lottery cash and jointly by Staffordshire County Council, the Clinical Commissioning Group and Stafford Borough Council. Though the Borough Council had confirmed its ongoing support, fearing a lack of adequate ongoing funding, Signposts launched an online petition last month.
“While we were campaigning to keep the Centres open and not make staff redundant, SDVS and the Councils were looking at ways they could make funds available,” Ken Down continued.
“This they have now done and we are very glad to say that our centres can stay open for the foreseeable future. We have also had a number of generous donations from a local church which, when added to the Council’s money, will allow us to maintain our service at current levels. We now have time to secure other funding and ensure that our valuable services can continue in future.”
There are Signposts centres at the Frank Jordan Centre in Stone, in Stafford, and an outreach service operating on a community bus that parks outside the Best Convenience Store in Ivyhouse Drive, Barlaston.
The Signposts Centre is a drop-in centre for all. Its main purpose is to offer hospitality – tea and coffee, toast and internet access are provided free. It is open for anyone to call in, have a chat, socialise, seek support or to browse the internet. Signposts staff are always on hand to help, listen and help those needing outside help who might not otherwise seek it, or have difficulty in doing so.
Since the recession, the number of people Signposts helps has rocketed, staff report.
For more information, visit Signposts website at www.signposts-services.org.uk or phone 01785 223860.