• 4 January, 2018

    Prize Draw survey – win a laptop

    Anyone who has visited us or visits us regularly is invited to take part in our survey. We really appreciate getting some feedback about our services and this is one … Continue reading

  • 18 December, 2017

    New manager post at Signposts

    SIGNPOSTS   (STAFFORD)   LIMITED  CENTRE MANAGER  Directors are seeking applications for the post of Centre Manager, starting in February 2018. The post will be permanent, part-time, 4 days a week paid … Continue reading

  • 11 October, 2017

    Quarterly Newsletter October 2017

    Our latest quarterly newsletter is now available here.   

  • 8 September, 2017

    Keep warm this winter

    Did you know that you might be eligible for a warm homes discount on your energy supply? Visit: http://www.staffordarea.saveyourenergy.org.uk/where/grants/Warm%20Home%20Discount

  • 1 September, 2017

    Direct Donations

    We are now officially recognised by HMRC as a charity for tax purposes, which means we can directly re-claim gift aid on donations. Hooray! We’ll let you know exactly how … Continue reading

  • 15 August, 2017

    Our latest Newsletter

    Our latest newsletter will tell you more about what we have been doing over the previous three months and what’s coming up in the near future. Just click on the … Continue reading

  • 26 June, 2017

    Help us get a Defibrillator!

    100,000 people a year die from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), 620 of these are people under the age of 35 and 270 of these deaths happen to children within schools. … Continue reading

  • 18 May, 2017

    Nerdy Offerings

    We owe another mark of respect to Nerd’s HQ in Cannock.  They have just provided us with a very generous donation of IT equipment such as laptops and desktop PC’s. … Continue reading

  • 3 March, 2017

    Pet Welfare donation

    We donated one of our refurbished PC systems to Pet-Welfare.  Neil and Amelie, representing Signposts, met with Llana Deakin from Pet-Welfare, and handed over the machine which will be used … Continue reading

  • 3 March, 2017

    Nerds united

    Neil recently visited Nerd’s HQ in Cannock, where we struck up a deal to become beneficiaries for any obsolete or unsaleable computer systems from their shop.  From now on, they … Continue reading

  • 3 March, 2017

    Fran gets puffed out

    Kitchen volunteer Fran Lang recently spent two days on a cycle machine in order to raise funds for storage racking at our centre.  She collected sponsorship and roped in several … Continue reading

  • 27 January, 2017

    Kitchen and reception remodelling

    We’ve just had some building work carried out which has seen an extension to our current kitchen facilities and removal of structures left behind in our reception by the building’s … Continue reading

  • 16 January, 2017

    Local Marathon Runner runs for Signposts

    Local miracle marathon runner Andrew Carter is running to raise money for Signposts this year. In 2012 Andrew thought he would never run again when he collapsed with stabbing pains … Continue reading

  • 15 December, 2016

    Our volunteers are our life blood

    We appreciate everything our volunteers do for us here at Signposts.  It’s great to see them having some publicity of their own, heres an article in this week’s Staffordshire Newsletter … Continue reading

  • 8 December, 2016

    Busy bugs article in Staffordshire Newsletter

    We had a good article published in the Staffordshire Newsletter to promote our regular Busy Bugs group here at Signposts.  You can find out more by contacting us on 01785 … Continue reading

  • 8 December, 2016

    A message of thanks

    Last week one of our regular clients suffered a collapse here at Signposts. Our staff and volunteers were quick to respond and an ambulance was arranged in good time. As … Continue reading

  • 24 November, 2016

    Christmas Party

    We’ll be holding our Christmas party and “Most tasteless Christmas hat” competition here at Signposts, open to everybody, on the 13th December (Tuesday) from 12 noon.  Our cafe will be … Continue reading

  • 28 October, 2016

    New foodbank collection points

    We’re pleased to announce that we’ve teamed up with West Midlands Co-op stores, and we’ve now had two foodbank collection points installed at Stone Road and Baswich Lane.  These are … Continue reading

  • 21 October, 2016

    Winter Walk in aid of Signposts

    Our winter walk event will take place on Sunday 4th December at Cannock Chase.  Everybody is welcome to come along and help raise money for our worthy cause.  You can … Continue reading

  • 5 October, 2016

    Recycled computer makes news

    Our recycled computer scheme got some well deserved press coverage this week in our local newspaper.  We teamed up with Make-Some-Noise to provide them a computer system and they’ve offered … Continue reading

  • 23 September, 2016

    Arts – Connected

    We got a mention in the latest edition of “Arts Connected”.  If you’d like to know more you can follow the link in this post or contact us and ask … Continue reading

  • 8 September, 2016

    Minecraft Mornings return

    Here’s the first confirmed dates for our Saturday opening, to host our very own Minecraft Mornings here at Signposts.  We have 6 PC machines available for your crafters of all … Continue reading

  • 8 September, 2016

    Raspberry Jam comes to Signposts

    Everyone is welcome to join us for our upcoming Raspberry Jam evenings here at Signposts.  From Tuesday 13th September we’ll be meeting on the second Tuesday of every month from … Continue reading

  • 21 July, 2016

    Soul Survivor youth event

    On Friday 29th July we ran our Soul Survivor youth event.  We organised activities and games for 11-18 year olds to join in with and we were helped out on the day and the day … Continue reading

  • 14 July, 2016

    Recycled Art project

    We had a great turn out for our latest recycled art project. Participants made letter Discs out of wood and leather scraps. They made  mobiles out of plastic overlays. Together they … Continue reading

  • 14 July, 2016

    We’re signed up to Instagram, search for SignpostCentre http://ift.tt/2acadUV

    from The Signpost Centre http://ift.tt/29Fj71a via IFTTT

  • 7 July, 2016

    UKonline learning

    Pleased to announce that we’ve registered as an UKonline learning centre. You can find out more about the free courses we can offer you to further your prospects by dropping … Continue reading

  • 15 June, 2016

    Signposts 9th Birthday Fun Day

    This years fun day will be held on Saturday July 9th at 11am to 2pm. Come and bring the family to join in the celebrations of our 9th year of … Continue reading

  • 3 May, 2016

    Signposts Confidential Survey

    Signposts would love to hear from anyone in Stafford who is interested in our work or may have need to use us in the future. Our survey enables us to … Continue reading

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Youth group outing

(4-5-2016)
We took a group of our regular youth club members to a local trampoline club. A great time was had by all
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Youth group award

(16-3-2016)
We won an award for our achievements with the Wednesday youth group. Thanks to all those involved

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Wednesday Youth Group

(28-1-2016)
Our youth group has proved to be a resounding success, with over 20 youngsters regularly attending. We’re encouraging the group to work together and maybe soon we’ll even have a demo song ready?

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Christmas Party and Volunteer Appreciation

(22-12-2015)
We were delighted to host the “Most Tasteless Christmas Jumper” competition, the Krazy Kristmas Kwiz and show our volunteers some appreciation with cards and gifts. We also awarded Les Overton and Mark Berrisford with Volunteer of the Month awards for November and December.

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Les Overton receiving his Volunteer of the Month Award

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Busy Bugs

(15-10-2015)
Our new parent and toddler group got off to a great start, we’ll be running regular sessions every Thursday 10am to noon

Volunteer of the month

(06-10-2015)
Congratulations to Danni King, who scooped the volunteer of the month award for her exceptional contribution to our centre and community.
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Volunteer of the month

(16-07-2015) Congratulations to Vikki Cordall, who scooped the volunteer of the month award for her exceptional contribution to our centre and community. 2015-07-16 12.50.25 HDR

Linda leaves us

(16-07-2015)
We said fond goodbyes to our long-serving centre manager Linda Stone, who will be sadly missed.
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Lottery funding

(14-07-2015) We’re pleased to announce that we won our lottery funding bid, and we’re all set to continue to provide services and our centre for the next five years!! Linda took to the airwaves at BBC radio Stoke to announce the good news, and we had an article published in the Staffordshire Newsletter… staffsnews

Fun day success

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Many happy returns

(03-06-2015)
We congratulated our regular clients Mia and Kyle, on their 18th and 21st birthdays
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Volunteer of the month award

(10-05-2015)
Congratulations to Marc Harrison, who earned our “Volunteer Of The Month” award for April, for his outstanding voluntary contribution to our centre and community.
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Saying fond goodbyes

(05-05-2015)
We’ve unfortunately had to see our outreach worker Donna Hollinshead, and our fitness guru Marie Halls, leaving us today. We wish both ladies all the best in their futures. Also, Ken Down has left the area manager role, but will remain 2 days a week to help us with our long term fund raising concerns.
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Bag packing at ASDA

(25-04-2015)
Some of the regular staff and volunteers helped out at the bag packing day, and we raised over £300 for our cause.

Making the best of the weather

(23-04-2015)
Staff and volunteers of all ages are making the best of the weather at the moment with a little impromptu gardening and tidying up
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Anonymous donor

(20-04-2015)
We are very grateful to have received some financial support from an anonymous private donor. Our message to you, from so many of us, is simply, thank you!
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Volunteer award

(18-04-2015)
Congratulations to Jo Knight, who earned our “Volunteer Of The Month” award for March, for her outstanding voluntary contribution to our centre and community.
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Sponsored silence

(14-04-2015)
Huge respect to everyone who completed our sponsored silence today.
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Just a nice photo

(25-03-2015)
Taking some practice shots for our PR archive, and this one turned out really nicely so we thought we’d share it with you
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Mind In Action

(24-03-2015)
Our Mind In Action sessions culminated with this impromptu car park boxing session
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Volunteer award

(18-02-2015)
Congratulations to Liz Pelling, who earned our “Volunteer Of The Month” award for February, for her outstanding voluntary contribution to our centre and community.
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Volunteer award

(03-03-2015)
Congratulations to Les Overton, who earned our “Volunteer Of The Month” award for January, for his outstanding voluntary contribution to our centre and community.
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Recycling computers

(05-03-2015)
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Another good article published in the Staffordshire Newsletter this week. You can click on the picture above for the full story

Starting Well Art Course

(06-01-2015)
A number of young parents enjoyed a wonderful time with their children, involving them in a number of mini art projects using a variety of media.
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Newspaper article

(22-12-2014)
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We had a good article published in the Staffordshire Newsletter this week. You can click on the picture above for the full story

Volunteer award

(17-12-2014)
Congratulations to Jane Nuttall, who earned our “Volunteer Of The Month” award for December, for her outstanding voluntary contribution to our centre and community.
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Volunteer appreciation

(17-12-2014)
Thanks to all of our volunteers, your efforts are truly appreciated. We held a party in recognition of our volunteers’ exceptional contribution to our centre and community
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Volunteer award

(28-11-2014)
Congratulations to Sarah Alldritt, who earned our “Volunteer Of The Month” award in November for her outstanding voluntary contribution to our centre and community.
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Cooking up a treat

(02-10-2014)
Our regular “Cook and eat” sessions are proving popular, in the first session we made mini pizzas, and this week it was sweet potato soup on the menu
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Birthday celebration

(03-09-2014)
Our Young At Heart group for the over 55’s celebrated with our client Mary on her birthday
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Sign language success

(04-08-2014)
Congratulations to our sign language students, for achieving their level 1 & 2 sign language certificates
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Entertaining the younger clients

(30-07-2014)
Our circus skills event was a great success
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Paintball

(26-07-2014)
Some of our staff, volunteers and clients joined in our paint ball event
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New funding for job clubs

(08-07-2014)
We secured some help from the European social fund towards our job clubs
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Community Fun Day

(05-07-2014)
Our community fun day was a great success, we’re pleased to announce we raised £225 towards our vital services!
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Afro-Cuban drumming performance

(10-06-2014)
Our drumming workshops culminated in this brilliant demonstration and presentation, attended by several friends and supporters of the centre and the performers. We thank John Todd and Adrian Waters for their involvement in this project. Heres the result…


Afro-Cuban drumming and crafting workshop success

(21-05-2014)
Following the success of our pilot session, we held regular workshops, crafted our own drums, and shared our Caribbean snacks.

New hand made cards at Highfields

(24-03-2014)
Our resident card makers have been busy preparing several greetings cards for you to buy from us in aid of the Signpost Centres.

Congratulations Ken!

(16-03-2014)
Well done to our area manager Ken Down, who ran the Stafford half-marathon in aid of our cause!
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Pancakes at Highfields

(03-03-2014)
We celebrated Shrove Tuesday a little early and had pancakes the evening before! Thanks to all who joined us.
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Taking to the airwaves

(24-02-2014)
Area manager Ken Down, and Highfields centre manager Linda Stone, met up with Stu Haycock of Stafford FM to publicise our funding needs
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You can hear the full interview by clicking HERE

Drumming up support for dads

(19-02-2014)
Thanks to ‘DrumShack’ for organising our first ‘Dads & Kids’ session with their Carribbean Drumming workshop at Highfields. A great success and the first of many similar events to come!
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Fancy dress day at Highfields

(19-02-2014)
A huge thank you to everyone who came in (and those who were forced to wear) suitable attire to our fancy dress day at Highfields, which was a resounding success. Big thanks to Liz as well, for braving the Mr Blobby outfit (not without protest!).
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Quiz Night at Highfields

(17-02-2014)
Congratulations to “Tizzy Pups” who won the first prize in last night’s Quiz Night
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First aid at work

(14-02-2014)
Congratulations to all of our staff and volunteers who successfully completed the “Level 2 QCF First aid at work” exam at the Highfields centre today, provided by Lisa of S.C.V.Y.S. as part of the “Instruct UK FAA Certificate”. Heres a few shots from the event:
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Thank You!

(14-02-2014)
Massive thanks to the anonymous donor this morning who left a large pile of coins outside our shutter door. Your donation is very much appreciated and is a testament to the spirit of this community.

Loan PC scheme

(15-01-2014)
We have now helped 12 of our Highfields clients get online at home through our loan PC scheme, primarily to enable them to access the new ‘Government Gateway’ system for job seekers.  If you’d like to apply for help, or if you have usable PC’s, laptops, or parts that can be refurbished to issue into the community, please contact us

Christmas celebration

(08-12-2013)
We had a great time at our Christmas celebration at Highfields, with songs, carols, prayer and crazy Jane Richards hosting “I’m a celebrity get me out of here”, some have still not recovered from eating chocolate covered sausages and strawberry sticks dipped in mustard! Good family fun!

Christmas fayre

(04-12-2013)
We held a Christmas fayre at our Highfields Centre and raised over £100 for Signposts. Thanks to all those who took part. A great Christmas atmosphere!

Pyjama party in aid of Children in Need

(04-11-2013)
The young parents group held a pyjama party at the Highfields centre and sold cakes in aid of Children in Need.
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Together they raised over £250 for Children in Need and got a mention on the TV show. Well done our young mums – you are amazing!

Skateboard ramps at Highfields

(30-10-2013)
We had a visit from John Phillips who brought his skateboard ramps and set them up in our car park.
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A great day for BMX bikers, skateboarders and scooterists alike!

Sign language success!

(09-08-2013)
The Signpost Centre is delighted that members of our community have successfully gained the Open College of Sign Language Certificate of Communication Skills. The Signpost Centre at Highfields has been offering the sign language course since September 2012.
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After the success of our basic language course members went on to gain the certificate which was presented to them yesterday.

Signposts Highfields’ 6th birthday

(18-07-2013)
We celebrated our 6th Birthday with lots of cake and balloons.
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We welcomed visitors to join and were pleased that so many came to celebrate with us.

We launch our new centre in Barlaston

(11-07-2013)
In Barlaston we are experimenting with the Kerygma community bus visiting the Barlaston estate twice monthly. It will park near the Best Convenience Store, 45a Ivyhouse Drive, Barlaston, Staffordshire, ST12 9BQ.
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The first visit of the bus was on July 11th and now the bus will visit on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month, 10am to 12.30pm.

We had cavity wall insulation installed

(11-07-2013)
We had cavity wall insulation fitted at Highfields in an energy saving drive
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Community fun day at Highfields

(15-06-2013)
From time to time Signposts holds community events to bring the local community together and to enable fun, laughter and relationship building in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. In partnership with Rising Brook Church, we held an amazing community fun day at our Highfields centre, made even more enjoyable by the presence of 64 American volunteers from Birmingham, Alabama who had flown over for a week to take part in various acts of kindness across Stafford and Cannock. We enjoyed a really entertaining live band, bouncy castles, a football cage, a community play bus, face painting and most of all free “Boston Butt” pork baps cooked on the specially built “Smoker”.
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