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“If you don’t ask, you don’t get,” Jerome, the editor.

Help for people living 'without a roof'
Healthwatch Stoke
The ‘Z’ Card is a pocket sized, foldable leaflet packed with useful information and numbers for anyone who is without a roof in Stoke-on-Trent.

The card includes a variety of services in the city including where to go for immediate help.

Download. ⏬

https://t.co/QzXQdNohh4 https://t.co/5Idopv3e7O
Can you imagine just how frightening and dangerous it is to be homeless and sleeping rough in our region just now? Even worse as the milder weather gives way to freezing night-time temperatures.
Healthwatch Stoke have drawn this handy information tool to our attention - the Z card. The card signposts anyone who needs urgent help to a whole host of local services and projects that offer support to people in homelessness.
There’s a link to download a digital copy of the card in the tweet above. It’s very useful information to keep in your pocket, handbag, rucksack, glove compartment, or pinned to your noticeboard.
You might also like to know about the national StreetLink service. StreetLink provides apps for both Apple and Android smartphones, and a website too. You can use the app to send an alert when you see someone sleeping rough, connecting that person to local support services that can help to end their homelessness. It works across England and Wales.
We think both the local Z card and the national StreetLink app are well worth knowing about. They may change or even save someone’s life.
New year, new venture?
We saw that Newcastle Markets have a new offer for potential new market stall traders.
Jerome (@photomoments), North Staffs News editor, has always hankered after the idea of selling his own range of greetings cards and postcards, photos of stunning local landscapes, and pictures of rude vegetables, that sort of thing. So, we asked Newcastle Markets for more information.
Nick Moore, Town Centre Officer for Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, told North Staffs News: “Newcastle-under-Lyme general market is a friendly, established market of young and established traders with high footfall. We are situated right in the heart of the historic centre of town on 45 stalls with lighting and power.
"If you’d like a change of direction, a new challenge or want to launch a fledgling business then we have a fantastic new trader introductory offer. Come along and trade on Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday for a no obligation 16-week offer. Your only outlay is £5 per stall and public liability insurance.
"It couldn’t be easier, our Market Supervisor will help you get up and going with little fuss and the friendly traders will guide you in your new venture.
"To get involved, just call Andy and John for a chat on 01782 620519 or email us on markets@newcastle-staffs.gov.uk.”
More information can be found on this webpage: www.newcastle-staffs.gov.uk/business/markets-street-trading
Looks like a fab opportunity if the pandemic has forced you to consider a career change. Just don’t go pinching the editor’s trading idea.
Exhibition: Light Over Winter
Light Over Winter exhibition. Featured image by Stephen Malkin.
Light Over Winter exhibition. Featured image by Stephen Malkin.
Those arty people at Appetite, Arts Council England’s creative people and places project for North Staffordshire, have opened this exhibition at their events space in Newcastle-under-Lyme town centre.
Called ‘Light Over Winter’, the photographic exhibition “showcases work created during workshops and explores one of the key fundamentals of photography – Light, through various photographic techniques such as Lumen Printing and Long Exposures, the photographs also reflect on the Winter Season.”
The exhibition opens for public viewing today, Friday 7th January, and runs through to Saturday 29th. Whip in to take a look.
Participating photographers, and their families and friends, attended a preview of Light Over Winter exhibition on the evening of Thursday 6th January. The exhibition is now open to the public. You'll find Newcastle Common opposite Chatwins bakery in the town centre. Photo: Jerome Whittingham @photomoments for Appetite.
Participating photographers, and their families and friends, attended a preview of Light Over Winter exhibition on the evening of Thursday 6th January. The exhibition is now open to the public. You'll find Newcastle Common opposite Chatwins bakery in the town centre. Photo: Jerome Whittingham @photomoments for Appetite.
Poem: Welcome 2022
Poet Jenn Spice invites us to welcome in the new year, mindful of nature and each other.
Welcome to 2022;
off old year;
embrace the new;
carry forward
all that’s good;
re-purpose more,
as we should;
take a moment,
seek out stars;
dream a little,
reachout far;
please your soul,
once each day;
kindness; gratitude;
pave the way
to people power; strength in unity;
“open-door”
our community.
Jenn Spice 06.01.2022
Sweet Tweet
We think this is an inspired piece of gingerbread baking! Top work, Joseph!
We’re imagining Joseph making engine noises as the crunchy wings of his creation fly towards his mouth.
Joseph Perry
It's complete! Didn't have the confidence to pipe on serial numbers though, so you'll have to take my word this is Mk XVI Spitfire RW388, as housed @PotteriesMuseum @PMAGCollections

#spitfire #baking #stokeontrent #History https://t.co/t0R1sls4Sf
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