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The MSE Charity

The MSE Charity has announced that its grants programme will re-open for applications on the 1st September 2017.  The Charity provides grants to constituted community based groups for projects to help fight financial and consumer illiteracy and to educate and inform adults and children about consumer and debt issues. Under the programme, grants of up to £5,000 (in exceptional circumstances £10,000) are available.

Priority will be given to groups with an annual income of less than £500,000. Each funding round is based on a teaching financial life skills within the context of different themes.

The themes for the next funding round will be:
Relationship breakdown

The closing date for applications will be the 29th September 2017, however, each grant round is limited to the first 40 applications, so please apply early.

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Buds Counselling Service

Buds (Better Understanding of Dementia for Sandwell) is offering a free confidential counselling service to Carers of people with Dementia.

The service is available on Tuesdays, 1 pm to 3 pm, at Great Bridge Library, Sheepwash Lane, Tipton. A session will last up to an hour.

If you would like to book a session, please telephone Buds on 0121 565 3721.

SAFL Open Days

SAFL will be hosting Open Days on the 4, 5 & 7 September. Why not pop into one of the learning centres to find out about the Sandwell Adult and Family Learning Service.  The Open Days will be:

Monday 4 September: 12.00 noon – 8.00 pm
Hateley Heath FETC, 2 Huntingdon Road, West Bromwich B71 2RP

Tuesday 5 September: 12.00 noon – 8.00 pm
Tipton College, Alexandra Road, Tipton DY4 7NR

Thursday 7 September: 12.00 noon – 8.00 pm
Ron Davis Centre, Ballot Street, Smethwick B66 3HH

There will be displays of learners’ work and tutors to talk to about the wide variety of courses, whilst enjoying light refreshments.  SAFL has many talented and enthusiastic learners in classes which are run on a part-time termly basis.

You can find out about how to enrol, class times and venues by going to SAFL’s website or call 0121 556 7426.  If you have a group that would be interested in learning opportunities, SAFL could deliver in your venue, if you have a suitable learning space. Please call to discuss.

Community Learning Network

Sandwell Adult and Family Learning (SAFL) is calling all community adult learning providers across Sandwell and other areas within the combined authority, to a Community Learning Network. The aim is to improve provision and access of community adult learning opportunities. The plan is to meet on a termly basis.

Please join SAFL on Wednesday 20 September 2017, 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm at Hateley Heath Further Education & Training Centre, Huntingdon Road, West Bromwich B71 2RP. Telephone 0121 556 7426.

The Sandwell Community Learning Network will work together to underpin and promote community learning opportunities around Sandwell, whilst encouraging new development across all adult learning providers in the area. SAFL will also share information on funding.

Expressions of interest are sought from agencies that would like to be involved in the network and have within their remit adult learning, community learning, family learning and lifelong learning.

Please reply to Linda Matthews on 0121 556 7426 or email by Friday, 1 September 2017.



Hilden Charitable Fund

The next closing date for applications to the Hilden Charitable Fund is the 15th September 2017.  Within the UK, the Hilden Charitable Fund makes grants to projects that address disadvantage and by supporting causes which are less popular.

In particular, the Fund wants to support projects that address:

• Homelessness
• Supports asylum seekers and refugees
• Supports community based initiatives for disadvantaged young people
• Penal affairs.

The average grant awarded is £5,000 and preference is given to supporting small community organisations with an income of less than £500,000 per year. The Trust will consider funding project as well as core running costs of organisations.

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Interfaith Youth Trust

The Interfaith Youth Trust has announced that it is making grants of up to £500 available for events organised by and for young people focussed around Inter Faith Week 2017.

Grants are awarded for proposals for inter-faith activities by children and young people from Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and other faiths and those of no formal faith in understanding and co-operation. The age range for young people is 11-25 years.

Priority will be given to projects which:
• Actively involve young people in planning, running, and evaluation of the project and projects.
• Promotes positive action i.e. young people from different backgrounds coming together to address shared problems like improving green spaces.
• Are run by non-statutory organisations, such as youth clubs, scout/guide groups, local voluntary and community organisations.

The closing date for applications is the 15th September 2017.

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Landaid: The Property Industry Charity

From the 14 August 2017 organisations can apply for grants for building work for the refurbishment or the creation of bed spaces for young people who are homeless, or at severe risk of homelessness.

Funding of up to £75,000 will be available for full or part funding for the following types of building work:

• Refurbishment, conversion and extension of existing buildings – of empty properties and not-previously-empty properties
• New building – using traditional methods built on site or using precision construction built off site in factories.

Applicants must either own or be able to secure a minimum 8-year lease on the property or site and have a strong track record in supporting vulnerable young people.

For refurbishment projects grants of up to £15,000 per bed space will be considered.

The closing date for applications will be 5 pm on the 15th September 2017.

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Wessex Youth Trust

The next deadline for applications to the Wessex Youth Trust is the 1st November 2017. The Trust awards grants to registered charities (including schools and PTAs) that help, support and advance the wellbeing of disadvantaged children and young people up to the age of 21 years.

Applications from self-help organisations and charities requiring seed corn funding or pump priming for the development of more extensive fund-raising initiatives are preferred, as are specific project funding requests rather than contributions to broader appeals.

Click here to see examples of the types of projects funded by the Wessex Trust.

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HR Legal Update: Employment Law, The Taylor Review, Equal Pension Rights

Welcome to the July edition of the HR Newsletter. In this issue we will be looking at employment law and the discussion around The Taylor Review in respect of employment status. Also covered is equal pension rights for same sex spouses and civil partners, plus much more.

Invitation to briefings on new ‘Family Offer’ service for children and families

SCVO, working in partnership with Murray Hall Community Trust and Action for Children, are running two briefing events about the new ‘Family Offer’ service which will be of interest to agencies and organisations supporting children and families in Sandwell.

The Family Offer is a development of the support delivered over many years through Children’s Centres across the borough, and offers town-based ‘universal’ and ‘universal plus’ help and advice to children and young people aged 0-25 and their parents.

The wide range of services provided include an information point for local parents, health promotion, a universal/ universal plus family support service for children and young people 0-19 years (25 for SEND) and their families, a universal Antenatal Education Programme, and a limited Employment and Training role dovetailing with other elements of the service.

The two briefing events will provide local agencies with the opportunity to meet Family Offer staff, gain more information about how to access or link in with the services provided, network with other local providers and take a tour of one of the Family Offer centres and facilities.

The first event will be hosted by Action for Children at their Cape Hill and Bearwood Children’s Centre, Corbett St, Smethwick B66 3PX on Tuesday 19th September, 11.45 am to 1 pm, with tours of the building until 4 pm. Book your place via Eventbrite

The second event will be hosted by Murray Hall Community Trust at their Rowley (Springfield) Children’s Centre, Dudley Road, Rowley Regis B65 8JY on Monday 9th October, 12.45 pm to 2 pm, with tours of the building until 4 pm. Book your place via Eventbrite

Please note numbers for both events are limited and bookings are made on a first come first served basis. For further information on these events please contact Stuart Ashmore at SCVO on 0121 525 1127, email


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