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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



‘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

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.

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.

Democracy Week Invitation

Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, set up the West Midlands Leadership Commission to improve opportunities for people from our communities who are under-represented in the governance and direction of the region.

Such groups include minority ethnic (BME); white working-class boys; women; LGBT and disabled people and as part of this initiative, we are committed to ensuring that they have their say in local politics and have the opportunity to become actively involved.

To celebrate European Local Democracy Week (9-15 October) a special event will be held at Sandwell Council, Freeth Street, Oldbury B69 3DE on Thursday, 12 October, between 5.30 – 8 pm.

In conjunction with the main political parties in the area, the event is designed to encourage greater engagement in the democratic process of the West Midlands and inspire people from under-represented communities to stand as councillors in next year’s local elections and beyond.

The Combined Authority would really like events to take place in all seven local authorities, so please get in touch if you are interested in arranging something similar in your area.

If you would like to find out more, or want to attend, please contact Meera Sonecha, Policy Adviser, West Midlands Combined Authority at


Birmingham’s Project Aspie hosts session of ‘Alphabet 12’ – preview of ‘Alphabet 12’ Community Impact Video

On the 23 September 2017 Project Aspie (in conjunction with BMAG museum) presents last session of the Second Series of ‘Alphabet 12’. Project Aspie – an interactive and versatile Autism Opportunity Group for people with Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism; empowering them to live healthy and independent lives within the community and society. It is free and is suitable for people who meet the following criteria:

– Aged 16+
– Have Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism or interact (on a professional or personal level) with service users
– Reside in Birmingham and West Midlands region
– Want to meet other people with Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism

The session will feature a preview of ‘Alphabet 12’ Community Impact Video which took place Wednesday 23 August 2017. Some of the contributors of the video will be presenting talks on their experience to the video.

The session will also feature a Special Webinar from Dr. Zoee Bartholomew, from CA, USA. There will be Introduction Special Webinars from various Lead Guest Speakers and Special Webinar Guest Speakers who will be contributing to Third Series of ‘Alphabet 12’.

Lewis at Project Aspie will be discussing up-and-coming Project Aspie New Developments which take place from October 2017 onwards through end of this year. Justin Donne and Mudassar at Project Aspie will be Event Hosts for the session.

The session will take place at The Education Space, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery between 1.00 pm – 4.30 pm. Refreshments and the opportunity to network will occur between 12.00 pm-12.45 pm.

Click here to reserve your free ticket

Sandwell Safer 6 Campaign to launch with Fire Station Open Day

Sandwell’s autumn Safer 6 campaign is back – and launches with an action-packed open day for all the family at Haden Cross Community Fire Station on Saturday 23 September. The Safer Sandwell Partnership campaign, now in its eighth year, runs for six weeks and includes a focus week for each of the six towns.

Safer 6 is all about partner organisations targeting their efforts and providing extra reassurance during the darker nights, fireworks and bonfire season – a time when crime and anti-social behaviour can rise.

Sandwell Mayor Councillor Ahmadul Haque MBE will officially launch the campaign at a special open day at 10.30 am on Saturday 23 September. The event at Haden Cross Community Fire Station, Halesowen Road, Cradley Heath, runs from 10 am to 4 pm and everyone is welcome.

Get crime prevention advice from West Midlands Police and Sandwell Crime Prevention Panel, watch a chip pan fire demonstration by West Midlands Fire Service and check out Sandwell Council’s Youth Bus promoting young people’s services.

Enjoy music with Black Country Radio and learn about getting fit and active with Sandwell Leisure Trust.
Attractions include face painting, glitter tattoos, a bouncy castle, dance, make-up sessions, a raffle, refreshments and much more.

Each town will have a focus week during the campaign, as follows.
• 25 September to 1 October: Rowley Regis
• 2 – 8 October: Oldbury
• 9 – 15 October: Tipton
• 16 – 22 October: West Bromwich
• 23 – 29 October: Wednesbury
• 30 October – 5 November: Smethwick

Look out for details of activities in your town over the coming weeks at

Follow the campaign on Twitter using the #Safer6 hashtag.

Fourth Annual Sandwell Recovery Event

For Recovery Month 2017 IRiS Sandwell will be hosting an event on Thursday, 28 September, to bring people together to celebrate Recovery. There will be a 6 a side football tournament, skills challenges, guest speakers, Recovery shares and a free BBQ!

The event, from 10 am – 4 pm, will be free to attend and is open to anyone interested in attending although places will be prioritised for people in Recovery and people who live or work in Sandwell.

If you want to submit a team into the tournament there is a £20 fee which will give you one team entry into the tournament, entry into the skills challenges and a free stall to promote your service.

To request a place, submit a team, enquire about a stall or for more info email or call 01215531333 option 2 and ask for Chris Cole, Jon Hone or Tom Hayden.


New to the world of writing funding applications?

Are you just starting on your fundraising journey/career and would like some guidance on how to go about raising money for your organisation?

If so, why not come along to SCVO’s ‘Introduction to Fundraising’ workshop on Thursday, 5th October 2017.

This two-hour workshop is aimed at those community, voluntary and social enterprise organisations new to the art of fundraising and will present a basic understanding and knowledge of what you need to know to get started with raising money for your project, activities or organisation.

The workshop aims to provide:

• basic principles of fundraising.
• a better understanding of basic funding do’s and don’ts within the application process.
• practical experience of answering a typical funding application question, together with hints and tips on how to respond to this question.
• information on the funding resources available

This workshop is FREE to groups that deliver all, or part, of their services to Sandwell residents.
For all other groups/attendees there is a £10.00 fee.

Tickets are limited, so to reserve your place, please visit our Eventbrite page

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