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A new addition to our website

Regular users of our website may have noticed a subtle change over the last couple of weeks with the introduction of a new ‘information facility’ in the shape of our ‘Events Calendar’.

This is designed to make it easier to promote events that are taking place across the borough, either directly hosted by SCVO or by a variety of voluntary/community groups and statutory bodies.

You can find the ‘Events Calendar’ from any page of the SCVO website ( by clicking the ‘Events’ tab at the top of the page (see screenshot below).

Please do have a look and if you have an event that you would like promoted via the calendar then please contact us at:






We’d like to hear your views on…

We’d like to hear your views, via our next poll, regarding some forthcoming legislative changes that have far-reaching implications for all organisations that handle ‘personal data’ (think UK Data Protection Act…and then some!).

Hardly a month seems to go by (well, that’s what it feels like!) without a headline that tells of the latest data breach – I’m sure we can recall a number of the more high profile ones…Tesco Bank had details of 40,000 of their account holders compromised, with 20,000 of those having money stolen from those accounts.

Then there was TalkTalk (back in 2015) when 157,000 personal records were compromised (and this was the second such breach in a year!).

And, of course, how could we not mention Yahoo and its two data breaches – the first in 2013 when 1 billion (yes, 1 billion!) user accounts were breached and then again in 2015 when a further 500 million accounts had their details stolen.

It is against that backdrop that European-wide legislative changes are afoot, which will be implemented in 2018.

So, our poll question is as follows (click the link if the graphic isn’t visible):

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.

SCVO’s Funding Network Event – 18th July 2017

SCVO’s latest ‘Funding Network’ event will be held at the Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell, Greets Green Access Centre, Tildasley Street, West Bromwich, West Midlands, B70 9SJ on Tuesday, 18th July 2017 between 10 am and 12 noon.

We know that access to funding support is at the forefront of many VCS organisations’ needs so we’re keen to explore ways in which groups can access such support and information through peer-to-peer learning and networking, together with targeted support information from SCVO and key funders.

‘Funding Network’ events are a great place for organisations to meet and share ideas and good practice, focus on resources (such as SCVO’s ‘Funding Portal’), how to find funders, how to evidence need, how to develop trading / social enterprise ideas and other relevant information. There’s also the opportunity to hear from external guests, who make a short presentation about their organisation’s role in the broader spectrum of funding opportunities.

Click here to find out more about the proposed agenda and to book your FREE place.

Save money on the goods you need to support communities.


Founded in 1997 by HRH The Prince of Wales, In Kind Direct (IKD) distributes new, usable consumer goods donated by companies to UK charities working in the UK and overseas. It works with not-for-profit organisations and companies to help ensure that everyone has access to life’s essentials and that no usable product goes to waste.

By doing so IKD is a lifeline to thousands of charities helping vulnerable people across the UK, allowing them (the charities) to spend more of their money on support, not supplies.

By joining IKD you can get access to a huge range of high quality goods…from toilet rolls to tableware; you can get more of what you need…for less; and you’re giving a new lease of life to donated goods.

You pay a small handling charge for the services of IKD, which is around 20% of the price you’d usually pay, and includes delivery.

To find out more, including how to register for FREE, visit:

George Road Community Church Surgery Sessions

Do you have an idea for a project, but you just need that extra little bit of support to get your application at its best or to get your project idea off the ground?

Do you need advice or support with your project planning or business plans?

SCVO in partnership with George Road Community Church have commenced fortnightly surgery sessions at Hope House, George Road Community Church, George Road, Oldbury, B68 9LN.

Libby Mahoney, SCVO’s Small Groups Development Officer, will be available fortnightly on Wednesday’s from 9.30am till 12.30pm at Hope House for booked appointments.

This is your opportunity to discuss your project ideas, business plans or funding application(s) and receive practical support, advice and tips on how to improve the success of your project/application and much more.

Surgery Session dates:
• Wednesday 26th July, 9.30am till 12.30pm
• Wednesday 9th August, 9.30am till 12.30pm
• Wednesday 6th September, 9.30am till 12.30pm

If you are interested in taking advantage of this unique opportunity and want to book your time slot with Libby please email at or call on 0121 5251127 to avoid disappointment.

To see what other services SCVO provides please visit our website at

Voluntary Sector Breakfast Meeting and Meet the Funder Session

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, 25 May 2017, 7.30 am – 9.00 am, at the Salvation Army, Meredith Street, Cradley Heath B64 5EP

Refreshments provided.

If you are interested in attending, please confirm your attendance by e-mail to or telephone 0121 525 1127 by Tuesday, 23 May 2017.


Meet the Funder Session

Have you got a project idea your organisation is considering and want to run your idea by the funder first? Do you want to find out what funding is available from Children in Need, Awards For All or The Lloyds Foundation? Do you want to save time now by finding out if your project or organisation is eligible to apply?

Book yourself onto the meet the funder session which will follow on from the Breakfast Meeting.  We will be joined by representatives from each of the funders on Thursday 25th May 2017, 9.30am till 11.30am at the Salvation Army.

This is your opportunity to hear first-hand what funding opportunities they have available and to speak to the funders informally about your project idea or concept.

If you are interested in attending, please book your place via Eventbrite by clicking here. Places are limited so you need to be quick if you want to attend the session.

Business in the Community Event

Business needs resilient and prosperous communities in order to succeed and grow. One cannot succeed without the other. Communities are at the heart of everything we do in responsible business.
A key way for businesses to connect with their communities is through employee volunteering; sharing time, skills and expertise to address key social challenges, and in return developing knowledge and insights of the perceptions and values of communities amongst employees.

Give & Gain 2017
Give & Gain is Business in the Community’s day for celebrating the incredible power of employee
volunteering. In 2017, Give & Gain will celebrate the on-going support provided by businesses through
employee volunteers across the year, not just one day. Businesses will be able to Give & Gain at the
most suitable time to effectively address the needs of their community in a way that is relevant to their
Community Conversations
Community Conversations bring together local businesses, community organisations and government
representatives to explore the issues affecting their communities and how they can build a connected
society together. A Community Conversation is a cross-sector networking event, encouraging fruitful
conversations and tri-party collaboration. Our event on 27th April will form part of Business in the
Community’s Responsible Business Week

Community Challenge
We want to invite local community organisations to present a current challenge they are facing and to
network as a participant offering knowledge and expertise to some of the challenges our local
communities are facing. Participants will be divided into break-out sessions to unpack one community
challenge and to workshop collaborative solutions as a group. This will provide an opportunity for
participants to work as part of a cross-sector team, sharing their knowledge to provide real support to
local communities.

Thursday, 27th April 2017 – 9am to 12;30pm – One Snowhill, Snowhill Queensway, Birmingham B6 4GA

It is useful for community organisations attending to think about their business engagement, what are your priorities? How could a business support your organisation and what do you have to offer business? This will help you get the most out of the event, rather than thinking about it on the spot.
BITC will ask you to complete a Pre-Thinking document prior to the event, this will help us group participants for the breakout sessions and also help us to understand your organisation and priorities which may help nus to sign post you to certain businesses.
For further information or to RSVP, please contact Kelly Stackhouse 07921 493274 or Frances Kenwrick 07786 336246

‘Understanding Outcomes’ Workshop

‘Outcomes’ – What are they? What are they NOT? How can my organisation evidence them? What information do I need to collect in order to evidence and report the outcomes for our activities?

These are just some of the questions (amongst others) that will be addressed in our ‘Understanding Outcomes’ workshop on Thursday, 11th May 2017 at SCVO’s offices in West Bromwich.

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.

For more information and to book your tickets visit our EVENTBRITE page.

Commissions Callout for 100 Masters and Funny Things

Creative Black Country are seeking to commission artists (open to all art forms) to collaborate with them and the communities they are working with to deliver their two Landmark projects; 100 Masters and Funny Things.

100 Masters
This project aims to discover and profile Black Country experts of today through public nomination. This means one hundred talented, skilled, and pioneering people who are living, working or connected to the area will be profiled through a creative media campaign.

You can invite someone you consider a master to put on some expert talks, you might want to organise an event to celebrate a local master or you might want to go and see or meet one of your masters!

For Commission information click here.

Please contact 100 Masters Producer Liam Smyth at if you would like more information or discuss an idea.

Funny Things
A celebration of Black Country humour and comedy. Creative Black Country are currently developing a comedy festival in Wolverhampton which will take place from 26th October to 5th November 2017. You can programme events, create events or develop some activity related to comedy as part of the festival.

For Commission information click here.

Please contact Funny Things Producer Jenny Smith at if you would like more information or discuss an idea.

Deadline for proposals for both projects is Thursday 20th April 2017 and we will respond to shortlisted proposals by 28th April 2017.

Event reminder: FUNNY THINGS Open Meeting Invitation on Thursday 6th April, 6pm -7:30pm at Wolverhampton Art Gallery.

Come along to find out more the FUNNY THINGS and discuss how you could get involved, to help us make the first comedy festival in Wolverhampton a success.

RSVP by 31st March 2017 to

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