The creation of new community based stations across the county has further enabled the sharing of estate functions. We have driven numerous initiatives which offer savings for multiple stakeholders and this has allowed us to be at the heart of our communities. Importantly this helps to ensure closer working between partners and further embeds each Community Fire Station at the heart of the local community providing improved outcomes. Notably in the creation of community based stations the Government has invested a substantial amount of money, displaying belief and confidence in the vision and service which is provided by the organisation.
We won a grant to develop a LifeSkills resource which will support broader health, wellbeing and safety outcomes across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. The life skills resource is being designed to meet an agreed common purpose and outcomes. The Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Safer Communities Community Interest Company are developing and implementing an operational delivery model that puts the community at the heart of the resource enabling innovation and flexibility to support safer communities. The resource will provide experiential learning to residents of the county across a range of innovative and creative methods. In addition a mobile approach to utilising the resource is being developed.
We also secured a transformational funding grant to house a Community Fire Station and response base for the Ambulance Service in Biddulph. The vision is for partners to use the resource to facilitate their own services to benefit the local community. The Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent NHS Partnership Trust are investigating the feasibility of co-locating clinical support at the Station.
There are many other examples of the Service sharing premises with partners to achieve efficiency and cost savings. The local policing team share facilities and respond from our Community Fire Stations at Barton-Under-Needwood and Abbots Bromley. The NHS Ambulatory Clinic operates 3 days per week from Tamworth Community Station, providing clinics and initiatives which involve District Nurses and Health Care Professionals facilitating educational sessions for patients. This brings vulnerable members of the community and carers into the Fire Station enabling direct engagement and closer relations with the public.
The Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Safer Communities Community Interest Company, commissions the Service in partnership with Stafford College to operate as a delivery partner for The Prince’s Trust. The Service has a dedicated team delivering the Team, Fairbrige, XL and Get Into programmes. The courses give young people the financial support they need to stabilise their lives. By running these programmes we are helping to deliver key skills and motivation, enabling young people to move into work, education or training.
The programmes offer great social value and generate a positive return for both the young people themselves and the communities in which they operate. Three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust move into work, education or training.