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From 3 July through to 25 September 2017, Connexions Sandwell will continue to offer a One Stop Shop at Oldbury Council House, where every Monday and Wednesday, 11 am – 1 pm, different providers will be available to chat with young people aged 16 – 18 about their Bright Future.

For more information please contact Connexions Sandwell on 0121 569 2955. Facebook and twitter address, Sandwell_connexions.


Summer Bounce Community Sports Day

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Princes Trust Enterprise Programme

Young people aged 18 – 30 living in the UK, who are unemployed, or working fewer than 16 hours a week can apply for support mentoring and funding to test new business ideas through the Princes Trust’s Enterprise programme.

As a first stage, ‘Will it Work’ grants of up to £250 are available to test business viability. Subsequently, low-interest loans of up to £7,500 can help to turn ideas into reality.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

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Trust in charities down

Public trust in UK charitable bodies “to do what is right” has fallen by 18 percentage points since 2015, an international study has found. The PR firm Edelman’s Trust Barometer reveals that public trust in non-governmental organisations fell from 50 per cent in November 2015 to 46 a year later. A subsequent supplementary study carried out between 23 December and 7 January found it had fallen to 32 per cent, Edelman reports.

The studies asked 1,150 people in the UK to rate how much they trusted NGOs, government, business and the media “to do what is right” on a scale of one to nine, with one indicating no trust at all and nine indicating a lot of trust. Trust in other institutions “to do what is right” was also down, with the figure for the media falling from 36 per cent to 24 per cent and the figure for government dropping from 36 per cent to 26 per cent.

The falling numbers are part of a dramatic worldwide fall in public trust in institutions, the study says.

The UK study was part of a wider study of 33,000 people in 28 countries, which found that global trust in NGOs had fallen by two percentage points between November 2015 and November 2016 to 53 per cent.

Trust in NGOs fell in 21 countries and 11 countries rated them as less trustworthy than businesses.

The results run counter to those collated in October by the research company nfpSynergy. It found that public trust in charities had reached the highest level since 2013, with 60 per cent of respondents saying they trusted charities “quite a lot” or a “great deal” – up from a low of 47 per cent in October 2015.


Macmillan Cancer Support Grants Scheme

The next closing date for the Macmillan Cancer Support Grants scheme is the 4 August 2017. The grants scheme aims to fund individuals and groups that support people affected by cancer or campaign to improve cancer care.

The grants available include:

• Start-up funds of up to £500 to support new self-help and support project for people affected by cancer.

• Development funds of up to £3,000 to support the ongoing activities and development of self-help and support projects for people affected by cancer.

• User involvement grants of up to £3,000 to encourage the involvement of people affected by cancer in the design and improvement of cancer services.

• Individual development grants of up to £500 to enable people affected by cancer to develop their skills and use their cancer experience to help support others affected by cancer.

Applications will be accepted from individuals or groups of people affected by cancer and organisations and professionals working in partnership with people affected by cancer.

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Big Give Christmas Challenge

The Big Give Christmas Challenge is now open and will be accepting applications from UK registered charities until the 7 July 2017.

The Christmas Challenge is the UK’s biggest online match funding campaign, helping charities raise funds for their cause. It offers supporters of participating charities the opportunity to have their donation doubled when the campaign goes live on the 28 November 2017.

Since the Big Give launched the campaign in 2008, the Christmas Challenge has raised over £78 million for more than 2,800 charity projects. Charities must have an annual income of at least £25,000, select a project for their Christmas challenge campaign and set a realistic target for their campaign which does not exceed 10% of their previous year’s income. Charities will need to be prepared to secure pledges from key supporters, and to market the campaign to online donors.

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The Blakemore Foundation

The Blakemore Foundation, which was set up by A F Blakemore & Son Ltd to support local good causes across the company’s trading area, is marking its centenary with 10 community grants worth £1,917 each.

The aim of the programme is to support the local community and help grow a sustainable business for the next 100 years. Good causes that are located within A F Blakemore’s trading area (please refer to more information for map) can apply for funding for anything that will help them to be sustainable for the long term such as funding towards a new building, specialist equipment, refurbishments or learning programmes.

The closing date for applications is the 28 July 2017.

More information.

Social Investment Business Reach Fund

Charities and Social Enterprises who require support to become ‘investment ready’ can now apply to the £4 million Social Investment Business Reach Fund.

The programme provides grants of between £5,000 and £15,000 to charities and social enterprises operating in England to help them raise social investment. To apply for a grant through the Reach Fund applicants will first need to be working with an ‘Access Point’, these are the approved social investors who will be able to refer organisations to the fund.

For details of ‘Access Points’ please take a look at the Access Point Directory on the Reach Fund website.

There is a rolling deadline, applications can be submitted at any time.

Voluntary Sector Breakfast Meeting

Are you a Voluntary and Community Group based or working in Sandwell? Do you want an opportunity to meet with other people on a very informal basis and promote and share information about the services and activities you offer?

Please join us on Thursday 20 July 2017 from 7.30 am – 9.00 am, at the Brasshouse Community Centre, Brasshouse Lane, Smethwick B66 1BA.

Ample parking.  Refreshments provided.

If you are interested in attending, please confirm your attendance by emailing or telephone 0121 525 1127 by Tuesday, 18 July 2017.

The Sandwell Community Learning Offer 2017-2018

Sandwell Adult and Family Learning Service (SAFL) is a direct contract holder with the Skills Funding Agency for the provision of Community Learning. SAFL work in collaboration and partnership with other learning and training providers delivering learning opportunities and supporting adult learners annually in Sandwell.

In delivering a balanced offer for 2017-2018, SAFL seeks to sub-contract some of their provision to partners who can help them widen participation by delivering teaching and learning to those who engage for personal development and well-being, or to develop stronger communities and families.

New and/or current local learning providers, including voluntary non-profit and community sector groups and private organisations who are interested in becoming an Approved Sub-Contractor for 2017-2018 should visit SAFL’s website for the funding offer and how to apply. If you have any questions, please contact Kerry Davison at Tipton college on 0121 557 0837.  The closing date for applications is the 14 July 2017.

Sandwell Adult & Family Learning also wishes to create a learning network of local training providers to share relevant information on funding and delivery. The aim is to improve provision and access of adult learning opportunities across Sandwell and other areas within the combined authority. The plan is to meet on a termly basis.

Any organisation that is interested in joining this learning network to share information and to set out our shared aims in relation to lifelong learning, training and skills should contact Linda Matthews at Hateley Heath Further Education and Training Centre. Telephone 0121 556 7426.


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