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Procurement e-sourcing In-tend Training

Sandwell Council utilises the In-Tend e-sourcing platform for advertising and issuing its quotation and tender documents.

It is appreciated that voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations may not have much knowledge with regard to this system. Therefore, we would like to invite you to a procurement e-sourcing In-tend training session on Friday 5 May at SCVO, 1st floor, Lanchard House, Victoria Street, West Bromwich, B70 8EX.

Time: 10 am-12 noon

The training session will cover how you can:

• Learn more of Sandwell Council’s Procurement registration on the Intend Portal
• Register your company, express an interest in the opportunity and gain immediate access to the ITQ/ITT and related documents.
• Be alerted to new tender opportunities
• The Benefits of using In-tend -Transparency and Auditable trails
• Correspondence – Questions and Answers – answered through the portal
• Save time by not wading through paperwork; juggling spreadsheets and relying on the post
• Question and Answers
• Have direct support from Sandwell Council’s e-sourcing team

There will be time allocated for suppliers to register their company at the training session, if they are not already registered by the e-sourcing support team.

This training session is open to all Voluntary Sector Organisations that may be interested in learning more about how to use Intend.

To find out more about the training session or to register for the training please contact Marcia Sandel-Massey, 0121 569 3556 or email


Providers Event for Victims Fund

The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner will be running a Providers Event for a Victims Fund workshop on Wednesday 26 April 2017. The workshop will run from 3 pm to 5 pm. The venue is SCVO, First Floor Landchard House, Victoria Street, West Bromwich B70 8ER.

The purpose of the workshop is give guidance to those voluntary sector groups that wish to apply for up to £15,000 funding from the Victims Fund which will open in April 2017. Potential applicants will learn more about:

  • Differences between outputs and outcomes
  • Financial information and monitoring
  • Evidencing need
  • Collaborative working
  • Quarterly monitoring returns
  • Explaining your project

The PCC welcomes applications from voluntary and community sector organisations which support victims and help them to cope and recover from their experiences of crime. Individual applications can be made or organisations can apply together as a partnership.

To book your FREE ticket visit the Eventbrite page.

Black Country Impact

Black Country Impact is aimed at 16—29 year olds not in education, employment or training (NEET).

The scheme will support you through training and activities that will not only help build self-confidence but have a positive impact in your future.

So if you need help with:

Employment: Training ∙ Support ∙ Life Skills ∙ Interviews ∙ Apprenticeships ∙ Employability Skills
Access to work experience
Careers Advice & Guidance: Improve your skills and education
Help with expenses: clothing ∙ equipment
Specialist interview advice

Please contact Connexions Sandwell on 0121 569 2955.

Small, Local Charities Set to Feel the Benefit of Skills Training

The Foundation for Social Improvement has been awarded a grant totalling £199,580 to run a two year training programme, helping small, local charities and community groups develop their fundraising skills – including digital skills.

The programme run by the FSI in partnership with LocalGiving, the Small Charities Coalition and Charity Finance Group, will provide over 5,000 fundraising training opportunities. It will include face-to-face events across the country, webinars and online learning resources, one-to-one advice and consultancy appointments, fundraising campaign planning support, and intensive mentoring matches. Training will be subsidised, helping organisations to take part who may not normally have the resources to attend.

The training will be for small, local charities and community groups with an annual income of up to £1m, which have a local focus within England.

Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson said: “Small, local charities and community groups provide essential support for local people and are the backbone of our communities helping to build a fairer society that benefits everyone, not just the privileged few.

“I want to help them be more resilient and sustainable, and this training programme will give them valuable skills so they can continue their vital work helping to support people up and down the country.”

Details of the training events will be added to the FSI’s website as they become available, with online resources for those who might not be able to attend the training.

Source: Charity Digital News

New-look Charity Digital Toolkit Launched

Following the launch of the much talked about Charity Digital Skills Report, which revealed that many UK charities are still struggling to get to grips with digital, Skills Platform and Zoe Amar Communications have launched the Charity Digital Toolkit.

This latest release is a sequel to the successful Charity Social Media Toolkit and showcases best practice, expert insight and practical tips to directly help charities navigate through digital transformation.

The Charity Digital Toolkit is relevant for anyone working in the charity sector – from frontline staff through to experienced digital managers, senior leaders and trustees. Everyone has a role to play in successful digital transformation and can benefit from this free resource.

It covers the basics of digital such as mapping your audience and developing your digital strategy; understanding the benefits of different marketing channels and measuring success. Leadership; fundraising; governance and risk are also particular areas of focus.

Key influencers
Charities and key influencers have been involved in developing the toolkit and have shared their own experiences and insights. This includes Martha Lane Fox CBE, who has written the foreword; the Charity Commission and Diabetes UK. Marie Curie has also shared its own digital transformation journey and revealed how tapping into digital can reap rewards for fundraising and income generation.

The toolkit also looks ahead to the future; at digital trends which will disrupt the sector and reshape the way supporters behave and engage with charities. If the future is digital, the right skills are crucial. Here, Breast Cancer Care shares advice on the skills your organisation needs to get digital right and how to upskill staff if there is a digital skills gap.

For more information about Skills Platform or the Charity Digital Toolkit 2017, visit

To read the full Charity Digital News Article click here.

Small Charities Lack Funds to Train Staff

New research launched today into skills gaps in the small charity sector shows small organisations lack the funding to train their workforce in key areas such as IT, working with the private sector and fund development.

The report ‘UK Small Charity Sector Skills Survey’ launched today by the Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI) surveyed 530 people and found skills areas with the poorest performance ratings include: engaging and working with businesses or companies (55%), strategic use of IT (49%), impact reporting (48%) and fundraising, specifically raising funds from major donors (67%), online (66%) and businesses (64%).

Lack of funding for training and development (61%) and lack of time available for employees to attend training (58%) were cited as the primary causes for all skills gaps within their small charity.

The main impacts of skills gaps identified were an increased workload for colleagues (59%), increased time to deliver work (46%) and decreased ability to take on new work (43%).

The report also showed within fundraising, major donor fundraising (67%), online fundraising (66%) and corporate fundraising (64%) were the top three categories in need of most upskilling by small charities.

Fundraisers were cited as the most challenging vacancy to recruit for, according to 28% of small charities surveyed. Salary (36%) was the most commonly cited barrier to why vacancies are hard to fill.

Pauline Broomhead, CEO at the FSI commented: “Our research launched today shows that small charities lack the vital funds they need to develop skills.

“We have four key recommendations from the research. First, that Government and other public funders take the lead by demonstrating long-term commitment to affordable skills development and capacity building. Secondly, that umbrella support bodies invest in delivering high quality and easily accessible learning opportunities that are tailored to a diverse audience of learners. Thirdly, that trustees understand the benefit and make a commitment to funding the development of skills within their organisations for trustees and finally staff and volunteers and that trustees and senior staff actively seek out opportunities to collaborate with one another and by so doing contribute to ensuring their long-term sustainability.

“We hope this survey demonstrates to the Government and other funders the need to support the development of skills across the sector.  It is only with an informed and skilled workforce, both staff and volunteers, that charities will become self-sustaining.”

To read the full report, click here.

Source: Charity Digital News

HR Legal Update: Salary Sacrifice, Unfair Dismissal and Disability Harassment

Our latest HR update explores discrimination in a case regarding religious attire, discussing a case of unfair dismissal for an act of physical violence; looking at disability harassment and highlighting issues surrounding long-term absence dismissal. We will also look at the salary sacrifice scheme’s recent limitations and we give an update on issues relating to the budget.

This HR update is provided by Higgs and Sons solicitors, working in partnership with SCVO to provide accessible legal advice and expertise to Sandwell’s voluntary and community sector.

The HR newsletter can be accessed at:

Two-Day Paediatric First Aid Course

Community Foundation is a grassroots voluntary organisation supporting people in inner city areas to change their lives by improving their conditions and creating opportunities for people to reach their full potential.

Community Foundation will be running a Paediatric First Aid course on Tuesday and Wednesday, 2 & 3 May 2017, 9.00 am – 3.30 pmThe course fee is £35.

Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid is mandatory for those who work with children, and fulfills the requirements of the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

To register for the course, please email or telephone 0121 238 3282. Places are limited.

The course will be held at Community Foundation’s offices, 20 St Silas Square, Lozells, Birmingham B19 2QW.

FREE Fully Funded Workplace Training with Rethink

Rethink Resources Ltd is a Birmingham based national training organisation, with assessors all over the country. Rethink offers accredited workplace training. The training is fully funded by the SFA, a Government funded body. There is NO cost to the trainee and no hidden catches. There is also no certification cost, which some organisations charge for.  The government funding ends in April 2017.

To be eligible for any course you must:

Be aged 16 plus and have lived in the UK for the last three years, or an EU National
Not be on any other government funded training
Hold a contract of employment
Not hold a L4 qualification or degree (unless taking a level 5)

Rethink is currently offering fully funded training for the following qualifications:

Health and social care
Children and young people’s workforce
Early Year’s education
Supported teaching and learning
Team leading
Customer service
Business administration

Rethink also has full funding for the CMI L5 Management and Leadership and offer a range of short and mandatory courses.

If you would like further information or would like to sign up, please contact Connor Legg, Development Business Adviser by email on or call 0121 550 5800.

Fact Sheet
Enrolment Form


‘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.

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