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Funding Opportunity for Youth Organisations to deliver, expand and create high quality youth provision

The Youth Investment Fund (YIF) supports voluntary, community and social enterprise youth organisations to deliver, expand and create high quality local youth provision in targeted communities across England. Successful applicants are funded up until 2020, which allows them to invest and plan for the future.

The YIF was launched in September 2016, and following the initial round of applications, eighty-six funding awards were made in March 2017. The disadvantaged areas targeted through the YIF include: Bristol and Somerset, East London, Eastern regions, Liverpool City Region, Tees Valley and Sunderland, and West Midlands.

Due to not being able to fund as many applications as we anticipated in the initial round, we are inviting an additional round of applications in the specified areas below. Applications for this round are only available by contacting the YIF team. Further information is available in the guidance.

Eligibility criteria

We will only fund applications from VCSE youth organisations and VCSE led partnerships that provide frontline, open access youth services that can demonstrate:

• You/your partners have the commitment, capacity and resources to manage an investment of this scale, (Total grant £150,000 – £750,000).
• That a significant proportion of you/your partner’s beneficiaries are young people. We consider young people to be those who are 10 – 18 years old (10 – 25 years with a disability or special educational needs). All of your youth beneficiaries should be located in the targeted areas.
• You/your partners have an evidenced track record in delivering frontline services with and for young people.
• You/your partners are based in or be able to demonstrate strong links to the community you intend to support.
• You have at least three unrelated people on the organisation’s governing body.

Pre-application stage

• To manage demand and expectations, the application form is not available on our website.
• To access an application form you will need to speak with a member of our local or central team by attending one of the local Youth Investment Fund drop in sessions – there is a session in West Bromwich as follows:

Date: Friday, 15th September 2017
Time: 10.30 am – 1.00pm
Location: SCVO, 1st Floor, Landchard House, Victoria Street, West Bromwich, B70 8ER (please note…there is no on-site parking available, but the location is well-served by public transport and pay-and-display car parking).

To ensure that you are fully briefed to gain maximum benefit from your attendance at the drop in session, please read the Programme Guidance Document.

Social Audit Network Prove, Improve and Account Workshop

The Social Audit Network (SAN) is a not-for-profit organisation which facilitates the exchange of information and experience between practitioners of social accounting and audit in the social economy and voluntary sectors.

SAN is running a two-day Workshop, at The Workspace in Wolverhampton, is aimed at anyone who is interested in improving their business practices and finding out more about social accounting and audit as a way of measuring social value and being accountable to clients, investors, funders and commissioners.

The SAN methodology is particularly relevant for organisations that operate in the social economy – voluntary, community, social enterprises, SMEs wishing to develop a purposeful business and public sector organisations wanting to be more accountable for social value.

The Workshop is also useful for people who are working to advise and support others around social value and impact.

The Workshop will go through the social accounting and audit process in detail to show participants how to produce a social report based on Social Audit Network (SAN) principles.

Participants will become familiar with the Four Step SAN Social Accounting and Audit process and the resource materials in the manual and on the CD.

Learning outcomes:

• to improve business/organisational performance
• to be able to produce a set of social accounts in one’s own organisation, ready for audit
• to be able to assist others in the process

The fee for the workshop is £375 (£350 for those who have copies of the SAN PIA Guide) which includes refreshments, lunch and training materials for both days, as well as a copy of the SAN Guide to Social Accounting and Audit and a USB Stick.

Sign up for the workshop via Eventbrite

As an extra to the training, SAN will provide Post Training Support to help you get started on preparing your first set of social accounts if you book by Friday, 15 September.

For more information contact Sean Smith



Black Country Together seeks a Family Matters Finance Officer

Black Country Together CIC was founded in 2013 by the four Councils for Voluntary Service in the Black Country with the aim of increasing levels of funding coming into the sub-region. Black Country Together believe that locally-designed, locally-delivered solutions to social challenges offer the best outcomes for communities and the best value for funders.

About the Role
Black Country Together is looking for an experienced finance officer to join their small Programme Management Team. The ideal candidate will have experience of ESF/ERDF/DWP and will be comfortable co-ordinating all aspects of preparing and submitting financial claims, ensuring compliance with the funder’s requirements. You will work closely with the Partnership Manager to effectively manage spend, ensure the project is delivered within budget and that procurement rules are adhered to. You will liaise with delivery partners, to ensure full compliance and work with them to reprofile project budgets when required. You should be able to manage a wide and varied workload and provide a high level of customer service to both internal and external stakeholders.

Salary: £27, 668
Location: Dudley, with travel across all areas of the Black Country.
Job Type: Fixed term until 31 December 2019
Category: Finance/project management

Applying for the role
For further information on how to apply and to complete the Black Country Together application form please click here.
For further information about the role please contact Tracey Quirk on 01384 573381.

Black Country Together is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

Applications should be submitted by 11.59 pm on Wednesday, 4 October 2017. Late applications will not be accepted. Interviews will be held week beginning 9 October 2017.


‘Positive Change for a Positive Future’ – Invitation to SCVO Annual General Meeting

SCVO is pleased to invite you to its 2017 Annual General Meeting which is taking place on Thursday 19th October 2017 from 9.30 am – 12.30 pm at Hawthorns House, Halfords Lane, Smethwick B66 1BB.

Focusing on how we can all play our part in a positive future for Sandwell, our keynote speaker will be Gary Topp, an experienced leader with a background in regeneration and in the cultural and not-for-profit sectors, and current CEO of Culture Central.

The event will also provide you with a chance to hear about SCVO’s current activities and priorities, to learn about new developments and support opportunities to grow capacity in the Voluntary and Community Sector, and to network with local strategic partners and others from Sandwell’s VCS.

We do hope you can join us for this event. Please reserve your place by visiting the Eventbrite page for this event.

Please view for Nomination Statements for SCVO’s Board of Trustees

Please view for Agenda for the AGM

Ernest Cook Trust

Schools, charities and not for profit organisations wishing to encourage young people’s interest in the countryside; and literacy, numeracy and science can apply for funding to the Ernest Cook Trust (ECT).

The Trust operates two grant making programmes. The small grants programme (under £4,000) and a large grants programme (grants in excess of £4,000). There is a rolling programme for small grants. Applications can be made at any time.

Previous projects supported include Fleet Infant School in Hampshire which received a grant of £1,495 to buy Numicon teaching resources to raise numeracy levels for the school’s 300 pupils; Rook Lane Arts Trust in Frome, Somerset which received a grant of £8, 500 to develop a project with 17 local schools and family centres to inspire literacy skills in children aged 8 to 11 – particularly boys; and Swiss Cottage School which received a grant of £7,272 towards an art tutor and resources for an out-of-hours learning project, ensuring learning throughout the year for its 237 special needs pupils.

The next closing date for applications for the large grants programme is the 31st January 2018.

More information

Friends Provident Foundation

The next deadline for applications to the Friends Provident Foundation – Building Resilient Economies programme is the 6th November 2017.

The programme aims to build a more resilient, fairer and sustainable economic system. Organisations working within the UK who want to help transform financial systems into ‘engines for social benefit’ can apply for up to £200,000 for work lasting up to five years. These can be in the form of grants, loans, part loans or underwriting to cover capital or revenue funding, core costs or project costs.

Activities funded will fit closely with the aims of the Foundation and deliver one of two key outcomes: “System Change” and “Local Economic Resilience”.

Under ‘Systems change’ the Foundation will be looking for strong analysis of the issues and problems to be addressed together with effective methods of delivering policy and corporate behavioural change.

Activities supported under ‘Local economic resilience’ will build on current technologies and approaches with funded projects focussing on building local partnerships, sharing knowledge and complimenting other local initiatives.

More information

BUDS’ Fundraising Evening of Music, Comedy and Magic

Buds (Better Understanding of Dementia in Buds) is pleased to announce a fundraising evening of Music, Comedy and Magic at the Village Hotel, Dudley on Thursday 5th October 2017, 7 pm to 10 pm.

The charity will be raising funds whilst giving people an opportunity to get together and have a good evening.

The ticket price of £35.00 includes a complimentary glass of wine, a hot/cold buffet and a raffle with quality prizes.

Do not miss what promises to be a great social event.  Dress to impress.  Wear something blue for Buds.

To book your ticket please call 0121 565 3721 or email



Government Seeks to Find Out More About UK’s Digital Skills Needs

The government wants to better understand the UK’s specialist digital skills needs – including those of charities – and has launched a survey to gather information.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is leading a review of the UK’s advanced and specialist digital skills to ensure a strong advanced and specialist digital workforce in the future. DCMS has commissioned Pye Tait Consulting to conduct research in support of this review.

This survey is for any business with a UK office that employs at least one person in a digital specialist role. You don’t have to be a “digital specialist” business. This is your chance to tell the UK Government what needs to be done so the UK can grow and develop a highly skilled advanced and specialist digital workforce.

“Advanced and specialist digital skills” are higher-level skills used for creating, exploiting, operating and maintaining digital technology systems, as well as skills and knowledge needed to build new, or maintain/enhance existing digital technology.
Antony Walker, deputy CEO of industry body TechUK, said the next few years will see businesses using digital tech to boost productivity and “having a world-leading digital workforce will be critical for this”.

“We are encouraged to see the DCMS undertaking this important research to develop the UK’s advanced and specialist digital skills pipeline,” he said. “This is key in meeting not only the tech industry’s growing demand for skills, but also for sectors across the economy, which are increasingly digitising.”

The survey can be accessed by clicking here.

Source: Charity Digital News Article.

Tesco ‘Bags of Help’

Following a 10-week trial in Aberdeen, Dundee and Norwich, Tesco stopped selling single use carrier bags from 28 August 2017.   The carrier bags are to be replaced with a new 10p ‘Bag for Life’.

Community groups will still benefit from the funding generated by sales of the new bag through the Bags of Help grant funding stream, managed by Groundwork UK and Greenspace Scotland.

Grants of up to £4,000 are available to Charities and community groups applying for support for local projects that improve the environment. Voluntary or community organisations (including registered charities/companies), schools, health bodies (e.g. Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), NHS Hospital Trust, Foundation Trust), Parish/Town Councils, local authorities and social housing providers.

There is a rolling deadline, providers can apply at any time.

More information

What Is GDPR and How Will It Affect My Charity?

In the first of a series looking at GDPR and what it means for charities, Andrew Cross, Data and Insights Lead at Lightful, one of the only GDPR Certified Practitioners in the beyond profit sector, explores the basics of the new regulations.

If you’ve not heard of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into force on 25 May 2018, then where have you been hiding? OK, so maybe you’ve heard of it but not actually done anything about it yet. Don’t worry, it isn’t too late to read up and start on the road to compliance.

GDPR is a replacement to the Data Protection Act (DPA, 1998). It aims to standardise the way Personally Identifiable Information (PII) is dealt with in terms of Data Controllers (i.e. organisations that collect personal data) and Data Processors (i.e. a third party you share data with) and that exist within the EU or countries operating outside of the EU that process data on EU nationals. If you are processing personal data within the UK, we advise that you register with the ICO as soon as possible.

Ultimately it gives back control and ownership of data to the individual. In terms of compliance, this should be what you adhere to now; however, it does not come into enforcement until the 25 May 2018.

Data controllers vs processors
Let’s take Charity A as an example. This charity will generally be considered a Data Controller, collecting the data of supporters in order to engage and communicate with them in a variety of ways. One of these ways may be to send out direct mail via a fulfilment house (which would take on the role of a Data Processor). The vast majority of charities will fit into the Data Controller category and will be ‘processing’ some data even if it that means just ‘storing’ the information.  And it isn’t just supporter data; it also applies to staff data, service user data, trustee data etc.

I hate to break it to you but…
GDPR doesn’t just affect the charity sector. It’s sector-wide. It affects every organisation- no matter your size or whether or not you have a ‘data person’, so decide now who is going to lead on GDPR compliance in your organisation. And… if you fall foul of the law, you will face consequences, which could include a fine from the ICO, enforcement notices, audits and even possible prosecution. Read more about the action the ICO could take.

To read the full Charity Digital News Article click here.

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