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‘Learners’ Art Exhibition’ at Central Sixth

SAFL (Sandwell Adult and Family Learning Service) will be holding an exhibition of paintings and images from their adult learners’ art classes, at the Art Café, Central Sixth, New Square, West Bromwich until 5 June 2017. SAFL have lots of talented and enthusiastic learners in its art classes which are run on a termly basis, so please go along and support them.

You can find out class times and venues by visiting SAFL’s website where you can download a copy of the prospectus, or give SAFL a call to register your interest for classes starting September 2017.

If you have people in your organisation who would be interested in attending learning opportunities, SAFL could deliver in your venue, if you have a suitable learning space. Please call to discuss.

SAFL could work with your group to produce crafts that would be suitable to sell and raise funds for your group, or deliver First Aid awareness, basic nutrition awareness or knitting and crochet classes.

For more information please visit the website and click on the course guide or alternatively call on 0121 557 0837.
Follow SAFL on Twitter – @learnsafl

 


Calling ALL Volunteers & Volunteer involving Organisations

The 1 – 7 June is National Volunteers Week and North Smethwick Development Trust will be celebrating the impact and contribution of volunteers by organising a photography exhibition, from 2 – 30 June at Brasshouse.  The exhibition is in partnership with Brushstrokes, St Albans, Friends & Neighbours, Tipton Litter Watch and Smethwick Foodbank.

NSDT want as many volunteers as possible to get involved in the exhibition.

If you’re a volunteer and want to get involved, then please send us a video following the requirements. We would love to hear from as many of you as possible to be demonstrate the different reasons people have for volunteering, and how it has impacted on your life, or those you have helped.

Please see below video and instructions on how to take part. The deadline for submissions is on 22 May 2017. Yes, it is soon, but it is simple to take part and NSDT are able to help with support.

Click here for video link and instructions on how to take part on #iVolunteer exhibition.

In the recording, we ask the volunteer to simply answer the question: Why do you volunteer?

The requirements are:
1. You must start the video with the phrase “I volunteer because…”
2. Video should be no longer than 30 seconds (max.)
3. Behind a clear wall
4. Send it to the email BrasshouseEvents@nsdt.org.uk with the subject #IVolunteer
5. Deadline for submission will be 22 May 2017

There is no limit to the number of volunteers participating.

Disclosure – Videos will be used on social media, website and at the volunteer exhibition which will be running at Brasshouse from 2 – 30 June 2017. By sending NSDT a video recording you agree to the above terms.

To find out more information email BrasshouseEvents@nsdt.org.uk or call 0121 555 5672 to speak to Hanna or Esther.

For Social Media please use #BrasshouseEvents #iVolunteer #VolunteersWeek.


PRS Foundation – Writer Producer Fund

The Writer Producer Fund offers an opportunity for songwriters and writer-producers working in popular music genres to further develop their careers and writing/production credits with grants of up to £10,000.

The Writer Producer Fund is delivered by PRS Foundation in association with the BASCA Trust.

Who can apply?

Applicants must be:

  1. Songwriters (behind the scenes creators of new music who don’t also perform or produce), or
  2. Writer-producers (those working on production who contribute to the songwriting process and are acknowledged as writers), and
  3. UK based PRS for Music members with a CAE number

Applications can be made by songwriters / producers directly or by their representatives. Those who can apply on their behalf include;

  • Co- writers  (published and unpublished)
  • Managers
  • Music Publisher
  • Lawyer
  • Trusted advisor

In addition, the fund is available to songwriters/producer-writers who may also perform as a way of making money, or to those known as artists who want to forge careers as songwriters. Support will only cover development of careers as songwriters. Any music creators considering themselves as performing artists first and foremost will be signposted to other schemes (see below).

NOTES ON ELIGIBILITY: This application is not for writers and producers just starting out, demoing and developing. We are looking for writers and producers with successes in their writing careers and applicants must have a previous track record.

Applicants must have at least 3 commercially exploited works – this means a work that has been performed live, has received media coverage or radio play, and/or has been released via commercial channels. For those without evidence of commercially exploited works, we will ask you to name at least 5 credited works registered with PRS for Music.

Applicants must submit at least 3 works for consideration and advisors will listen to at least 2 submitted works.

For more information and to apply visit: http://www.prsformusicfoundation.com/funding/writer-producer-fund/

 


New Plan for GM2LF Big Local

The GM2LF (Grace Mary to Lion Farm) Big Local Partnership is excited to announce that its new ‘Big Local Plan’ has been endorsed and the funding for the next 3 years has been approved by the funder, Local Trust.

 The plan runs from April 2017 -March 2020 with summaries and full copies of the plan being available on the GM2LF Big Local website.  For more information please click here

 

Big Local in Bloom is Back

Following the success of the GM2LF Big Local in Bloom competitions last year, the competitions for 2017 have now been launched.

The garden and the poster design competitions are open to everyone living in the Grace Mary to Lion Farm Big Local area.  Please see the website here for more information

 

Big Local Grant Programmes Launched

To address the priorities under the theme ‘Our Community’ within the Big Local plan, grants are currently available to not-for profit, voluntary and community groups and social enterprises active and delivering services in the Grace Mary to Lion Farm area.  Please click on the links below for more information.

  1.  ‘Community Activities’ Grant Programme
  2.  ‘Advancing Churches as Community Hubs’ Fund

Comic Relief Community Cash deadline extended.

The deadline for Heart of England’s ‘Comic Relief Community Cash’ programme has been EXTENDED to 12 noon on Monday, 22nd May 2017.

Comic Relief Community Cash grants of £500 – £1,000 are available to small organisations (annual income of less than £100,000) in Birmingham, the Black Country and Solihull that are doing great work to help local people living tough lives.

For more information about the programme please read the Fund Factsheet or to make an application visit: http://www.heartofenglandcf.co.uk/comic-relief-community-cash/

 


Celebrating Volunteers’ Week 2017

Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. Volunteers Week runs from 1 – 7 June every year.

Locally, Volunteer Centre Sandwell has held Volunteer Recruitment Fairs, Sandwell Volunteer Awards and last year invited over 140 volunteers to West Bromwich Albion Football Club for a Thank You Lunch.

This year, in partnership with NHS Recovery College, Volunteer Centre Sandwell will be hosting a community play entitled The Ward on Tuesday 6 June at West Bromwich Town Hall. There will be two performances and entry is free for both. The first performance begins at 10.30 am; the second at 1 pm.

The play which features a community cast, is aimed especially at clients, carers, and professionals in the mental health service.

To reserve your place contact Volunteer Centre Sandwell 0121 544 8326 or email Reuben@volunteercentresandwell.co.uk.

 

 


Spotlight on Beanstalk

1. Tell us what you do.
Beanstalk is a literacy charity working with Schools to offer a service of trained ‘Reading Helpers’, who on average work with three children, to provide constant support on a weekly basis, for a whole school year.

We recruit, train and support volunteers to provide consistent, one-to-one literacy support to primary school children who may have fallen behind with their reading, lack confidence, or struggle with their fluency, comprehension or vocabulary.

Our aim is to develop their love of reading and improve their confidence levels.

Why not visit our website at www.beanstalkcharity.org.uk to find out more about us.

2. What is the most valuable lesson you have learnt about working with people in Sandwell?
The most valuable lesson we have learnt is that connecting our volunteers with the children is a great way to inspire confidence.

Jack Ogalbe, a Reading Helper said, “The joy on their faces when they discover a new word is hugely rewarding”.

Being a part of Beanstalk is a great way to make a difference to a child’s life and is a satisfying volunteering experience.

3. What are your plans for the future and some of the challenges you face?
Our future plans are to break into Nursery Schools with a view of supporting children aged 3 upwards. Our challenge to turn this dream into reality is for us to recruit new Reading Helpers to support our growth into Nursery Schools.

4. How can SCVO help to support your organisation in the future?
In the future, we’d like SCVO’s support to help us to promote our activities and attract new volunteers’. This would enable us to continue to provide the simple yet highly effective service.

For more information or to become a volunteer with Beanstalk please contact us on 0121 7712922 or by email at westmidlandsapplications@beanstalkcharity.org.uk


Youth Social Action Fund

Worcestershire Community Foundation Youth Social Action Fund is open for applications from 15 May, 2017. An independent charity, the Community Foundation works to link donor funds from individuals, families, companies and government, to a diverse network of local groups. This enables the organisation to target the money where it will make the most impact and to meet local needs.

Community groups, charities and community interest companies (CIC) can apply for up to £5,000 for projects that engage young people in ongoing regular volunteering or demonstrate how another youth-led method will be as effective at engaging young people in social action.

Applications are invited from 15 May until 5pm on Monday 31 July.

The application form and supporting documents can be viewed and download from the Worcestershire Community Foundation website.  Queries should be directed to grants@comfirst.org.uk


Near Neighbours – The Great Get Together

Will you join the Great Get Together?

Near Neighbours is a charity that has been bringing people together in diverse areas across the country since 2011. That we have more in common than divides us is at the core of what we do. By hosting a Great Get Together with Near Neighbours you can join a movement of people across the country that have been celebrating our diversity for years.

We have joined with the Jo Cox Foundation to invite you to hold a Great Get Together in your community. Inspired by Jo Cox MP, the Great Get Together is encouraging people to host street parties across the country to celebrate all that we have in common with our neighbours.

In that spirit, her family and friends are inviting people across the country to mark the anniversary of her murder by organising or attending a celebration in their community on 16-18 June 2017.

Archbishop Justin has commended the Great Get Together and is encouraging groups to get involved through Near Neighbours, a programme that has been bringing people together in this vein since 2011. This is Archbishop Justin’s message to you:

“I encourage you whole heartedly to host a Great Get Together in your community and to do so in partnership with Near Neighbours, whose inspiring work has enabled local communities across the country to work and live together effectively.”

Could you bring your neighbourhood together to celebrate a Great Get Together? Find out more here or to register click here.


Carnegie UK Trust – Engaging Libraries Fund

Engaging Libraries is looking for public libraries across the UK and Ireland that want to pilot creative and imaginative public engagement projects on health and wellbeing. Public libraries have a key role in delivering on health and wellbeing as outlined in national library strategies across the UK and Ireland and the Society of Chief Librarians’ Universal Health Offer. The programme is a partnership between the Wellcome Trust and Carnegie UK Trust and is the outcome of joint work between the Wellcome Trust and the Society of Chief Librarians.

The programme – Engaging Libraries offers:

  • £5,000 – £15,000 to deliver a public engagement project on a health or wellbeing theme. While most applications are expected to fall within this bracket, there is an opportunity to request up to £25,000 for more ambitious projects.
  • A package of support from library and public engagement experts.
  • Kick-starter day with the opportunity to share project ideas, get advice about public engagement and support to think about your evaluation. There will also be the chance to meet other projects.
  • An external evaluation to ensure learning and experience can be shared more widely.

We are aiming to support between 8 – 10 libraries and activities must be completed between October 2017 and October 2018.

How to apply

Potential applicants are invited to attend one of the applicant workshops running during May 2017. Workshops will be experiential and aimed at building understanding of the Engaging Libraries programme. They will also support ideas generation and development through group and one-to-one sessions with experts and representatives from the two Trusts. Workshops will be led by public engagement expert Ellen Dowell. The workshops are now full. Those who cannot attend a workshop are still very welcome to apply to the programme. Please refer to the resources below and feel free to contact us should you have any queries.

Applications are now open!

Please use the resources below to apply to the programme. Applications can be submitted up until 5pm on Wednesday 23 August 2017.

For more information or the application pack click here.


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