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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.

Terrence Higgins Trust

The Terrence Higgins Trust is a free and confidential sexual health service with over 10 years’ experience as a national charity, helping escorts and sex workers across the UK. The charity offers free condoms and lube by either post or drop off. It can give support and advice around sexual health and assist with legal issues around working etc.

Terrence Higgins Trust reassures many agencies around reports of risky clients and nuisance callers. It advises workers who are being harassed or blackmailed. You can make a personal visit or have a chat over the phone. Please contact SWISH Project Workers Sharon or Jo on 0121 314 2510. Alternatively, email or  Check out THT facebook page.

Have you heard of National Ugly Mugs? THT highly recommends this confidential national service, which provides free text alerts to your phone, of risky or unsafe clients reported in your area.  Visit the Ugly Mugs website to register, then go to the ALERTS section to see how this can help you.

The Trust will have a drop-in HIV testing clinic on Saturday 24 June, 10 am – 1 pm at Great Bridge Library. The library is on Sheepwash Lane, Tipton, DY4 7JF. The test requires a small amount of blood, via finger prick, and results are available on site within 2 – 5 minutes. Free condoms and dental dams will also be available.

For enquires please contact 0121 314 2510 or via email

Safer 6 is back! Want to get involved?

Sandwell’s annual ‘Safer 6’ campaign will return this autumn, running for six weeks across our six towns promoting crime prevention, safety and healthy living to people of all ages.

West Midlands Fire Service will again be leading the campaign, supported by Sandwell Council, Sandwell Police and many other partner agencies, including community and voluntary organisations.

The campaign will run from 23 September to 5 November, to coincide with the night’s drawing in and the bonfire and fireworks season.

The organisers are keen to give more community and voluntary sector organisations the chance to get involved in the campaign. This could be anything from hosting some activities in your local area to having an information stand at one of our town events to promote services you provide to the community.

To get involved, or just have a chat about any ideas you may have for the campaign, please email by 14 July 2017.

West Midlands Police – Offender Management Referral Pathways

Nosheen Khan is the Pathways Coordinator at West Bromwich Police Station Offender Management Team. The majority of crime is committed by a small proportion of the community. It is the job of the Offender Management Team to work with offenders to support them away from their criminal lifestyle by looking at the pathways to offending, which are:

1) Accommodation
Having nowhere to live, sofa surfing or living in the wrong location.

2) Education, employment and training
Occupying time with positive activity and accessing employment opportunities.

3) Health
Physical and mental health support.

4) Drugs and Alcohol support
Rehab and support away from this lifestyle.

5) Finance and debt
Support through benefit support, debt management.

6) Children and families
Family support with access to children, where appropriate.

7) Attitudes, thinking and behaviour
Changing the way the person is thinking and going through processes like Restorative Justice.

Women offenders need to be supported with:

8) Domestic abuse
Is she a victim? Does she need support through civil injunctions? Advice and support.

9) Sexual health
Has sexual abuse taken place and is medical and/or mental health support required.

Nosheen’s role is to build a database of local support organisations that can support offenders in their rehabilitation, by making local referrals to these organisations for the officers.

If you can support this work please contact Nosheen at West Bromwich Police Station on 101 Ext. 8811 3230, or email



Building Resilience in Arts & Cultural Organisations

Working with Arts Council England, the School for Social Entrepreneurs, will deliver a free 10-month learning programme based around the theme of Diversity & Entrepreneurism. The aim of the programme is to support 25 arts and cultural organisations to develop their expertise and capacity to think long term about creative resilience.

The programme will be delivered from October 2017 to July 2018 and include 4 days of consultancy, followed by six months of self-facilitated action learning. The sessions will take place in London and travel costs and accommodation will be covered.

Eligibility criteria – to apply you must…
• Be based in England
• Be the CEO, Director or senior manager
• Have a turnover of between £75,000 -£1M
• Been operational for a minimum of 3 years
• Have at least 2 full time employees

Find out more…
If you would like to find out more about the programme we are running group conference calls on the following dates:
• Wednesday 14th June at 10.00 am-11.00 am
• Thursday 22nd June at 1.00 pm-2.00 pm
If you would like to participate in one of these calls please email and he will send you the joining details.

The Building Resilience Programme Overview
There are 4 distinct strands to this programme
• ’Diversity & Entrepreneurism’ delivered by us at SSE in London
• ’Change Creation’ delivered by People Make It Work
• ‘Survival Skills for the New Normal’ delivered by City University London
• ‘Fundraising & Revenue Diversification’ delivered by Arts Manager International
You can only apply to one of these so choose the one best suited to your organisation’s needs.
The Programme Overview gives a brief summary of what each of these programmes will cover and links to their website to find out more.


The deadline to apply is 5.00 pm on Friday 14th July 2017

Please note, you can only apply to one of the 4 programme strands

Please submit completed applications to

There will be no interviews: the School for Entrepreneurs aim to let applicants know the outcome by the end of July.

Healthwatch Sandwell Health and Social Care Group

Healthwatch Sandwell is holding a public meeting on Friday, 16 June 2017, 10.30 am to 1.00pm, at the Salvation Army, Merton Close, Oldbury, B68 8NG to find out about developing new ways of working.

In line with the NHS Five Year Forward View, a publication that sets out a vision for a better NHS, Sandwell & West Birmingham CCG is exploring new ways of working that will improve the health and care for local people. As demand for services increases and with people living longer, quite often with lots of different conditions, Healthwatch are keen to explore other ways of doing things to provide quality care for everyone, which wraps services around people.

Speakers at the meeting will be Angela Poulton, Programme Director (New Care Models) Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG and Dr George Solomon, Independent Clinical Lead for New Care Models.

To book a place call 0121 569 7210 or email

Kingfisher Buddies

Kingfisher Buddies is a new service from local social enterprises Agewell and Dementia Pathfinders, which supports older people across Sandwell who are in the early stages of dementia.

Seeking and receiving a diagnosis of dementia can be a frightening time for an individual and their family. By contacting Kingfisher Buddies you will not be left on your own to worry and wonder what to do next. Kingfisher Buddies are there to provide you with support, information and guidance, both pre and post diagnosis.
The new service aims are to:

• Support you in seeking a diagnosis
• Be there to provide the advice and support you need to take it all in
• Guide you and your family through what can be done now to better prepare for the future.
• Encourage you, and your carers to take part in enjoyable activities in the community.
• Help you to make the most of your life post diagnosis.

So, don’t try to cope on your own, make an appointment with one of the Community Pathfinders who will visit you at home.  Contact Agewell on 0121 796 9333 or email

How to use more secure IT systems

To complete the third article in our series about protecting you and your organisation online (with information from NCVO’s KnowHowNonProfit website) we look at some important measures that even the smallest organisation can take.

Charities are as exposed as any organisation to threats to their computer systems, whether the threats are software-based – such as viruses, worms, malware and spyware in downloads or even on websites – or come from direct human intervention through hacking.

Smaller charities, however, may be more exposed than most because they don’t have the investment or skills necessary to bring their IT security up to a level that is among the best. Here are some important measures that organisations should undertake, along with guidance on how enterprise-level security can be made affordable.

1. Check your equipment’s physical security
The security of the property that a charity’s computer system is housed in is a basic check. Is the building or room secured with smoke and burglar alarms? Can people walk in and out without being checked? Are your computers secured to their desks or are all portable items locked away from sight when not in use?

A mobile device (such as a laptop) should never be the sole place where your important data is stored and should always be password protected. Better still is to encrypt the data held on the computer.

When travelling with your mobile device be extra vigilant and don’t take any risks when using it in public places such as cafes or on public transport.

If you need to connect to the internet from a public WiFi hot-spot always check it is a trusted network or via a reputable supplier and be cautious about making financial transactions over these networks.

2. Use strong passwords
After the physical security of your office, passwords are the next most important thing to consider. Use strong passwords with a combination of uppercase and lowercase characters, numbers, and symbols. This will help you defend against hackers who make random and systematic guesses that are based on commonly used words.

Use different passwords for different websites, use password management software (e.g.LastPass) to help you remember them. To thwart unauthorised password recovery that’s based on commonly-known information (your date of birth, the model of your first car, or your pet’s name), consider whether you can use related but nonsense answers, for example the colour of your friend’s car or name of your neighbour’s pet.

Don’t write down your passwords and put them in your drawer or attach to your monitor on a sticky-note!

Read the full article

FareShare FoodCloud

Are you a charity, non-profit organisation or community group that uses food to support people in need? You could benefit from FareShare FoodCloud, a new scheme which will match you with a local Tesco store that has unsold food available for you to collect, for FREE!

FareShare FoodCloud is easy to use and makes use of really simple technology combined with an experienced team of people on the ground who will work with you every step of the way. Once you have contacted FareShare, you will be fully supported through the process of signing up. When you are registered, you will be linked to a Tesco store who will contact you by text to tell you about the food available. All you have to do is organise for a member of staff or volunteer to go into the store to pick up the food on a weekly basis.

Alternatively, if its more and/or specific food you are looking for on a regular basis FareShare can connect you to its regional centres based throughout the UK.

If you are interested please do get in touch with or call/leave a message on 0757 222 8273 and she would be more than happy to expand on this further.

Mental Health Liaison Service at Sandwell General Hospital

The mental health liaison team is a nurse-led service and receives referrals from the Emergency Departments at Sandwell General Hospital.

The team consists of psychiatric nurses based at the hospital who see patients following a referral from the medical team. The team provides a person-centred, non-judgmental and supportive assessment of a patient’s mental health. There is a strong link between the impact of physical health problems on mental health and vice versa. Often, patients present with other social factors that are having an impact on their mental health.

Following assessment, the Mental Health Liaison Team will work with the patient to identify an appropriate discharge plan. This might incorporate referral or signposting into community services.

The team is keen to establish links with voluntary services in Sandwell, in order to broaden the options they can offer their patients. If you feel that your service would be able to provide support to some of their patients, then they would really like to hear from you.

The team leader, Abbie Gogarty, would like to invite organisations to contact her, either by email at, or phone 07970733821, to discuss the services your organisation provides and how patients can access them. If a representative from an organisation would like to visit the unit, you can also discuss this with Abbie.

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