October 2015

Monthly Archives

Neighbourhood Watch and Crime Prevention Awareness Day

Neighbourhood WatchBristnall neighbourhood watch and Sandwell Crime Prevention Panel are hosting a neighbourhood watch and crime prevention awareness day on Saturday 14th November 2015. The day’s activities start at 10.00 a.m. and will run until approximately 3.00 p.m. Refreshments will be served at lunch time.

There will be stalls from Crime Prevention, Neighbourhood watch and Age UK giving visitors time to have a chat with representatives from the various agencies.

There will also be a series of presentations from the Crime Prevention Panel, Age UK, Trading standards and West Midlands police.

A home safety pack will be available for visitors to take away.

If you are a current neighbourhood watch member or maybe you are thinking of starting a scheme, why not go along for much more advice and information.  The event is being held at Salvation Army Hall, Merton Close (off Pound Rd), Oldbury B68 8NG.

To book your place please email the event organiser, Carol Goult, at carolgoult50@outlook.com.


Community Shares

Pound NotesCommunity shares are a way to raise money to get projects off the ground by offering your community a chance to own shares in your organisation. Community shares can help raise significant funds for community projects.

But community shares are about more than financial investment. Each person who buys shares gets a vote in how your organisation is run. Community ownership means you gain dedicated investors and advocates who want the project to succeed.

Hundreds of community enterprises across the UK, from football clubs, community renewables, pubs and heritage buildings have already raised millions of pounds of investment from community shares.

Running a community share campaign is a bit like a crowdfunding project, so you’ll need access to a group of people who support your idea and put their own money in to make it a reality. That’s why Crowdfunder UK have teamed up with the Community Shares Company to combine their expertise and provide a new way for community groups to create and manage their community share offer.

Click here to find out more.


The Royal British Legion

The Royal British LegionThe Royal British Legion External Grants Programme is open to applications from organisations running, or planning, charitable activities in support of the Armed Forces community.

Grants of up to £50,000 are available and priority will be given to projects that support:
• Employment and training
• Family support; homelessness and outreach
• Supporting the elderly.

The first stage in the application process is to submit and Expression of Interest (EOI) and if successful at this stage applicants will be invited to submit a full application.

The next stage one deadline for submitting an Expression of Interest is 26th February 2016.
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DM Thomas Foundation

DM Thomas FoundationRegistered Charities that work with young people have the opportunity to apply for grants through the DM Thomas Foundation for Young People (formerly the Hilton Foundation) Central Grants Programme.

Registered Charities can apply for grants ranging from a few hundred pounds up to £30,000 per year for up to 2 years, that are working in the areas of education or health with one of the Foundation’ four chosen focus groups. These are:

• Children and young people with disabilities
• Children and young people who are sick in hospital
• Children and young people who are homeless
• Children and young people who are life limited (requiring palliative care).

There is approximately £150,000 available to distribute each quarter. Grant applications for up to £10,000 can be approved by the Committee, and applications for more than £10,000 are recommended to the Trustees for final approval.

The next closing date for applications is 5.30 pm on the 9th February 2016.

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Invitation to Sandwell Health and Wellbeing Board Stakeholder Engagement Event

Office Furniture - ChairsYou are invited to attend a joint partnership event with Sandwell Council, Sandwell & West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group, Healthwatch & NHS England.

The Health and Wellbeing Board will take this opportunity to update you on its new joint priorities and share a draft of our refreshed Joint Health and Wellbeing strategy.

The event is taking place on 1 December 2015 12-4pm, at West Bromwich Town Hall, High Street, B70 8DT.

The Board are keen to get views and feedback from members of the voluntary sector, so please take this opportunity to have your say on how you can support the new priorities and what you think of the refreshed strategy via some lively Local Government Association facilitated workshops and enjoy a complimentary lunch.

Places are free but are now limited. If you wish to book please click this link


Carnegie UK Trust – Tackling Digital Exclusion

Carnegie UK TrustOrganisations in the UK and Ireland that are working to address and test solutions to the digital exclusion of vulnerable young people aged 12-25 can apply for funding.

Funding has been made available by the Carnegie UK Trust as part of their #NotWithoutMe project following their research which revealed that without access to digital technology or basic digital skills, people and communities are suffering increasing levels of disadvantage, especially those who may be at points of transition in their lives, such as being unemployed, homeless or in-care. The Carnegie UK Trust will allocate £10,000 to each successful applicant and provide advice to help develop a framework for evaluating project activities and help groups to identify external support.

The deadline for applications is 6th November 2015.

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The Nominet Trust

Nominet TrustThe Nominet Trust which provides funding and support to technology with a social benefit, has announced that its Social Tech Seed Investment Programme re-opened for applications on the 1st October 2015.

Social Tech Seed is an investment programme that offers early-stage investment of between £15,000 and £50,000 to social entrepreneurs and charitable organisations who are looking to develop new ideas to use digital technology for social benefits.
This programme provides funding and support to help entrepreneurs nurture, develop and test their ideas. The Trust is looking for applications that demonstrate the potential of technology to tackle some of the big social issues in sectors including:

• Environment and sustainability
• Education
• Employment
• Wellbeing and healthcare.

The closing date for stage 1 applications will be noon on the 4th November 2015.

Applicants successful at this stage will have to submit a more detailed stage 2 application by the 10th December 2015.

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Sandwell’s Anti-Poverty Action Plan Refreshed

Action PlanSandwell’s second Anti-Poverty Action Plan has been produced as a result of discussions between local voluntary and community organisations and Sandwell Council.

A great deal of work already takes place amongst voluntary sector and statutory organisations to prevent or respond to poverty. By working together some new approaches have been identified which will give added pace to anti-poverty work in Sandwell. The refreshed Plan sets out a series of additional activities that agencies will carry out, over and above the range of on-going work to address poverty. This represents a very positive piece of partnership work, particularly at a time when budgets are under pressure and demand for services is increasing.

If you would like to get further involved in tackling poverty in Sandwell, for example by contributing to the activities in the Plan or by joining the Financial Capability Network, the Food Poverty Network or the Fuel Poverty Network, then please contact Leona Bird at SCVO Leona@scvo.info or Heather Chinner at Sandwell MBC heather_chinner@sandwell.gov.uk.


Big Local Safety Awareness For Everyone Event

Grace Mary to Lion FarmThe Grace Mary to Lion Farm (GM2LF) Big Local Partnership are hosting a Safety Awareness for Everyone event on Tuesday 3rd November 2015, 10 am – 1 pm at St James Church, Shelsley Avenue, Lion Farm Estate, Oldbury, B69 1BG.

The event is free and you can drop in at any time to speak to a range of organisations about community and home safety issues.

The event will also see the launch of a new Big Local campaign, set up to help local people improve their security and protect their homes by marking their property with SelectaDNA (a unique DNA identifier).

For more information please see the attached flyer.

To find out what has been happening with Big Local and view the latest copy of the GM2LF Big Local newsletter please click here.


Volunteer Centre Sandwell AGM

posts - Volunteer Centre Logo2Volunteer Centre Sandwell will be having its Annual General Meeting and Mini Conference on Friday 27 November, 2015. The theme of this year’s AGM is Volunteering: The Ever Fulfilling Circle. The keynote speaker will be Helga Edstrom from the West Midlands outpost of the Office of Civil Society at the Cabinet Office.

The venue is Sandwell Council House Chambers, Oldbury, B69 3DB. The AGM is from 10.30 am to 11.15 am. The Mini Conference 11.30 am to 12.45 pm.

A light buffet will be available after the Mini Conference.

To register for this event please email volunteer@volunteercentresandwell.co.uk or call 0121 544 8326. Visit the website.


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