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Big Lottery Fund renews support for School for Social Entrepreneurs

A further 1,300 social entrepreneurs can look forward to receiving funding after the Big Lottery Fund committed £2.55m to renew its support for the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE).

The renewal extends Big Lottery Fund’s commitment to the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme and SSE, which launched in 2012. The award-winning programme, jointly funded by Big Lottery Fund, will support 2,600 social entrepreneurs in total by 2022.

The first five years of the programme has supported 1,300 social entrepreneurs, who are forecasted to reach as many as 1.1 million beneficiaries over five years, according to a social impact review of the programme conducted by CAN Invest and Investing for Good.

Big Lottery Fund’s £2.55m grant to School for Social Entrepreneurs will support a further 1,300 social entrepreneurs over the next five years with grants of up to £10,000. Students also attend a year-long SSE learning programme to help them start up, grow or scale their organisation, and receive mentoring from a Lloyds Banking Group employee.

This funding announcement follows SSE’s 20th anniversary in July, when it celebrated supporting more than 1,000 leaders of social change each year through its learning programmes and courses across its global network of 11 schools.

Alastair Wilson, CEO of School for Social Entrepreneurs, said: “The renewal of our partnership with Big Lottery Fund means School for Social Entrepreneurs can deliver on our mission to support the learning and growth of social entrepreneurs – people who solve problems first-hand within their communities. This grant-funding will directly benefit 1,300 people who are creating tangible social and environmental impact across the UK. We are thrilled to announce this news as we celebrate 20 years of supporting the leaders of social change with learning and connections.”

James Harcourt, Grant Making Director for England, Big Lottery Fund said: “Thanks to National Lottery players we have been able to continue our support for the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme, in partnership with School for Social Entrepreneurs and jointly funded by Big Lottery Fund. Collaborations like this allow us to maximise the impact of our funding, and the entrepreneurial aspect of the programme aligns with our commitment to putting people in the lead and having a positive impact in communities across England.”

The sixth cohort of the programme will begin in October 2017. People interested in applying for the 2018 cohort can register their interest at

Source: Charity Digital News

Tipton Town FC – All Inclusive Disability Football

Tipton Town Football Club invites you to join their all inclusive disability football which will be commencing on:

Thursday 28 September 2017,  5.30pm till 6.30pm at the RSA Academy, Tipton, DY4 0BZ.

This new opportunity is aimed at ages 7 to 16 years of age. Providing them with the opportunity to make new friends, increase confidence, learn new skills and much more.

The sessions are being delivered by experienced coaches. Please note that these sessions are not turn up and play sessions you will need to register your interest with either Matt on 07896661257 or Jon on 07874976416.

Dorothy Parkes Community Centre 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 The Dorothy Parkes Community Centre will be commencing fortnightly surgery sessions at the centre, located on Church Road, Smethwick, B67 6EH.

Libby Mahoney, SCVO’s Small Groups Development Officer, will be available fortnightly on Tuesday’s from 1.30pm till 4.00pm at the Dorothy Parkes Centre 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.

The first session will take place on Tuesday 7 November 2017 from 1.30pm for booked appointments and will be fortnightly there after.

Future dates for the surgery sessions include:

  • Tuesday 21 November 2017
  • Tuesday 5 December 2017
  • Tuesday 9 January 2018
  • Tuesday 23 January 2018

Watch this space for more dates of when our surgery sessions will be taking place.

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

SAFS’ Car Boot Sale

SAFS – Sandwell Asian Family Support Service – provide a range of quality care support services and opportunities to enable South Asian children, young people and adults with disabilities to enhance their quality of life.

SAFS will be holding a car boot sale from 10 am to 1 pm, on Saturday 9 September 2017, at the Windmill Community Centre, Messenger Road, Smethwick B66 3DX

If you would like to purchase a stall, please contact Lewis at SAFS to book your pitch as soon as possible, on 0121 558 2198 or email


Laughter Yoga Open Day Birmingham 2017

The Laughter Yoga Open Day will take place in Birmingham on Saturday, 28 October 2017 at Carrs Lane Conference Centre, Birmingham, B4 7SX.

This will be open to Laughter Professionals, Voluntary Organisations, Community Groups, Education and Health Professionals with the intention to raise awareness of the health benefits of Laughter Yoga in order that Laughter Professionals can find ways of working with these agencies.

There will be keynote speakers from the Laughter community along with Professor Anna Whittaker from Birmingham University whose specialist areas are older people, the immune system and stress.

As well as speakers there will be ‘World Cafe’ style discussions to help find ways to bring more joy and laughter to our communities. There will also be plenty of opportunities for networking and a small Market Place.

This is a not for profit event but there is a charge of £30 pp (£31.84 to take account of fees through Brown Paper Tickets) to cover room hire and speakers.

Refreshments will be provided but attendees will need to make their own arrangements for lunch.

Please click here for more information. You can also contact Maggie Thompson on 07565 218567 or email

KeyRing Support seeks Community Living Volunteers

KeyRing Support seeks to recruit Community Living Volunteers.  The role of Community Living Volunteer includes 14 hours of support to vulnerable adults within the Sandwell area. Volunteers assist with a wide range of tasks such as housing, bills, benefits and community activities.

The role requires no experience as training will be given.  KeyRing Support can offer free accommodation.  Successful candidates are subject to a DBS check.

For further information please contact Lucy on 07534 350 167, email or Michelle on 07974 673 154, email


Less Than A Third Of Charities Aware Of New Cheque Clearing System

Just under a third of charities (30%) know about the introduction of cheque imaging, which will go live with some banks and building societies from 30 October 2017.

This is an increase from 23% last year. Awareness of the new system amongst consumers (15%) is at a similar level to last year, as is business awareness at 20%.

The roll-out of cheque imaging will be complete in the second half of 2018, when all of the UK’s banks and building societies will clear all cheques via the image-based system to the faster timescale. The precise date as to when this will happen will be announced by the industry in due course. Until then, two clearing systems will operate in parallel, which means that some cheques that customers write or pay-in will be cleared more quickly via the image system, and some will clear to the existing, six weekday timescale through the current, paper-based system. Banks and building societies will be advising their customers of their individual roll-out plans as appropriate.

James Radford, Chief Executive Officer of the Cheque and Credit Clearing Company, said: “Although the findings from our research indicate that awareness levels of cheque imaging are highest amongst businesses and charities, it is important that all organisations such as these – that write or receive cheques – speak to their bank or building society if they want to find out more. They can then adapt their processing systems accordingly, prior to the phased roll-out of the new system, which begins on 30 October 2017.”

The new system will mean that if a customer pays in a cheque on a weekday they will be able to withdraw the funds by 23.59 on the next weekday (excluding bank holidays) at the latest, with many banks and building societies likely to allow access to the funds earlier than this.

Introduction of the new process will also mean that when a cheque is paid in, not only will the recipient receive the money in their account more quickly; the money will leave the account of the person or business that wrote the cheque to the faster timescale too.
Customers will still write cheques as they do today and give or post them to recipients in exactly the same way as they always have. Cheque recipients will still be able to pay in cheques in the normal variety of ways, such as at a bank or building society, by post or at an ATM. This continuation of regular customer practice is particularly important for charities, 29% of whom say they receive half or more of their donation income by cheque.

To read the full Charity Digital News Article click here.

Buds Counselling Service

Buds (Better Understanding of Dementia for Sandwell) is offering a free confidential counselling service to Carers of people with Dementia.

The service is available on Tuesdays, 1 pm to 3 pm, at Great Bridge Library, Sheepwash Lane, Tipton. A session will last up to an hour.

If you would like to book a session, please telephone Buds on 0121 565 3721.

SAFL Open Days

SAFL will be hosting Open Days on the 4, 5 & 7 September. Why not pop into one of the learning centres to find out about the Sandwell Adult and Family Learning Service.  The Open Days will be:

Monday 4 September: 12.00 noon – 8.00 pm
Hateley Heath FETC, 2 Huntingdon Road, West Bromwich B71 2RP

Tuesday 5 September: 12.00 noon – 8.00 pm
Tipton College, Alexandra Road, Tipton DY4 7NR

Thursday 7 September: 12.00 noon – 8.00 pm
Ron Davis Centre, Ballot Street, Smethwick B66 3HH

There will be displays of learners’ work and tutors to talk to about the wide variety of courses, whilst enjoying light refreshments.  SAFL has many talented and enthusiastic learners in classes which are run on a part-time termly basis.

You can find out about how to enrol, class times and venues by going to SAFL’s website or call 0121 556 7426.  If you have a group that would be interested in learning opportunities, SAFL could deliver in your venue, if you have a suitable learning space. Please call to discuss.

Invitation to the Launch of The Legacy of Industrial Textiles Enterprise (LITE)

Community Education Academy of Leadership (CEAL) is pleased launch The Legacy of Industrial Textiles Enterprise (LITE) project.  The LITE project is funded by Heritage Lottery Funds, its purpose is to document, collate and publicise the heritage of the textile sector from 1960s to the end of the last century. Our demographic areas are Birmingham, Sandwell and Wolverhampton. We are looking at almost 50 years of invaluable history in the social, economic and cultural contexts.

This ground breaking project involves, inter-generational Interviews from South Asian, African and Caribbean ethnic communities, former Textile employers and employees Interviews, publication production, digitisation of artefacts, Heritage textile skills training and development and touring exhibition in Birmingham, Sandwell and Wolverhampton.

The launch is open to all interested members of the public and is taking place on:
Date: 6 September 2017
Time: 11-1pm
Venue: Hawthorns House, Halfords Lane, West Bromwich, West Midlands B66 1BB.

The Launch Programme:
11.00- Registration/Refreshments
11.20- Welcome/Introductions- Dr. Christopher A Johnson (Chair of CEAL)
11.30- Why the LITE Project? (Harminder Kaur Bhogal)
11.40- Former Employees Live Interviews
12.00- Former Employers perspectives
12.10- Live Musical Performance
12.20 Special Guest Speaker- Professor Monder Ram OBE (Birmingham University)
12.30: Sue Beardsmore Chair of HLF (West Midlands)
12.35 Closing remarks
Lunch and Networking

We look forward to hearing from you.

For further information contact:
Harminder Kaur Bhogal (Project Manager)
Tel: 07891479255

Rupinderjit Kaur (Field Officer)
Tel: 07378766776

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