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Great Bridge Alcohol Outreach Campaign

On 3, 4 & 5 May, 12 noon to 3 pm, James Wareham, Community Alcohol Awareness Officer for Tipton and Wednesbury, will be teaming up with colleagues from across Sandwell Council for the “Let’s Talk Alcohol in Sandwell” campaign on the High Street, Great Bridge.

Contributors include Glyn Parton: Neighbourhood Co-ordinator (West Bromwich), Nik J Wooldridge: Town Lead ASB Officer (Prevention), Katy Anderson: ASB Officer and Mark Bowhay: Senior Street Warden. Lydia Dunne: Project Manager, Community Alcohol Project, Children & Young Peoples Services will be also there, together with Sergeant David Rogers, Police Constable Claire Hankinson and Constable Angela Francis all from Tipton Police. Swanswell, the commissioned alcohol recovery service, will be delivering outreach from Great Bridge Library.

As part of the Public Health campaign, the contributors have created the “You Booze You Lose” three day drive which is aimed at engaging with street drinkers who have been the cause of some issues within Great Bridge. These issues have resulted in a number of incidents and complaints from local residents and shop owners. Swanswell will be working with street drinkers who have declared that they need help and will be attempting to set up each of them on a recovery plan.

An organised litter pick will also be taking place to help tackle the issue of alcohol related waste, as well as engaging with local members of the community.

Nash Dom CIC, the Eastern European and Russian speaking community support group, will participate on all three days. They offer independent, confidential and impartial advice on rights and responsibilities in a number of different European languages to reach out to the street drinkers whose first language is not English.

Dying Matters Awareness Week

This year’s Dying Matters Awareness Week runs from the 8 – 14 May 2017. Dying Matters is ultimately about having the conversation regarding death and dying, and Murray Hall Community Trust would like you to get involved.

Murray Hall has created a Memory Tree where you can get involved at any time between now and Dying Matters Week, to donate a leaf to put on their Memory Tree. The money raised will go towards supporting the bereavement group.

Bridges Support Services will be holding a Memory Café on Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 10 am to 12 noon, at The Bridge, St Marks Road, Tipton DY4 0SL.

Bridges Support Services hope you can join them for tea, cake and to discuss death, dying and funeral plans. The aim is to increase awareness of death to help people make the most of their lives.

For further information please contact Pat Turner or Jaz Seehra on 0121 612 2939.

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


Charity seeks Paid Carers for new Shared Lives Scheme

The charity Camphill Village Trust (CVT) is currently looking to recruit Paid Carers to its new Shared Lives Scheme, that is being launched in the Black Country this Summer.

Shared Lives is sometimes described like ‘foster care for adults who may be vulnerable or have a disability’, but it’s so much more than that. With 92% of all Schemes being rated as Good or Outstanding by CQC, Shared Lives is an innovative model of care, that enables people to stay in their own communities and provides a viable alternative to residential, nursing or hospital care.

As a Shared Lives Carer you are ‘carefully matched’ to support a person from within your own home, where they develop the skills to be as independent as possible and lead an ‘ordinary life’ at the heart of the neighbourhood. The person then becomes more confident and develops a sense of belonging, using their social and wider family networks for extra support.

You must be over 18 years of age but don’t need any qualifications or experience, just the right values, commitment and of course…..a spare bedroom. If you don’t own your own home, you will need to ask your landlord’s permission to use your property as a Shared Lives Arrangement.

CVT will provide relevant training and once approved, will give on-going supervision and support to ensure that the highest quality of care is maintained throughout each Shared Lives Arrangement. An enhanced DBS Check and references are required. Training will take place in your own home, via e-Learning and also as a group at CVT’s community hub in Stourbridge. The Assessment process takes about three months.

As a Shared Lives Carer you can be paid up to £600 per week depending on the level of support you provide to the Person who comes to stay with you on a long-term or respite basis, as well as receive significant tax breaks.

To find out more about becoming a Shared Lives Carer for CVT, please go to or call Dean Barnshaw, Shared Lives Development Manager on 07984 896010. Email

Pilot Study – Participants Wanted!

Managing cases and measuring impact

• Are you part of a not-for-profit organisation?
• Do you have a turnover of less than £500,000 pa?
• Do you provide services for individuals or other organisations?
• Would you like to improve the way you record and manage information about your service users and the work that you do?
• Do you struggle to effectively demonstrate outcomes and impact to funders and commissioners?

If the answers to these questions are yes, then you could be eligible to join an exciting new initiative being delivered in partnership between and commercial tech company Iizuka and social enterprise capacity4change.

It has never been more difficult and competitive to generate funding for delivering essential services or establishing new initiatives in communities. Increasingly, funding is only attracted by proposals that contain evidence-based data that unequivocally demonstrates how services or initiatives provide social value or impacts positively the community they serve. The onus is on organisations to prove that they have the capacity and track record to deliver tangible returns on investment. It would seem therefore that outcomes-based commissioning is here to stay, so naturally, managing data and relationships is a challenge that is essential for not-for-profits to overcome. But how?

Capacity4change and Iizuka have teamed up and intend to support a small cohort of up to 10 organisations to trial and test a free version of relationship and outcomes management system, Case Manager. Amongst other things, they want to learn is exactly what third sector organisations need in order to self-configure their system and manage their data efficiently and strategically.

Case Manager is an online system which manages information, processes activities and generates management information quickly, simply and efficiently. It’s scalable, flexible, easy to implement, intuitive and simple to use. The system is currently used by a variety of public, private and voluntary organisations and several case studies can be viewed here.

What’s in it for me?
• Each participating organisation will receive Case Manager completely free of charge
• This study is an opportunity to improve your organisation’s data management systems
• It is also an opportunity to improve your organisation’s ICT skills and competence

What is my commitment?
• We ask that you participate fully in the scheme
• We also ask that you provide a key contact from your organisation with responsibility for data management
• You would need to commit to attend up to 6 meetings and provide feedback via focus groups, interviews and questionnaires (the total time commitment is estimated at 20 contact hours)

It is  anticipated the process will last around 6 months. The evidence gathered will be collated and considered and used to design and launch an innovative free product for the third sector that enables charities to cheaply and efficiently manage and track their service provision. This will enable users to provide outcomes and impact information to all their key stakeholders including funders.

However, please note numbers are very limited on this study so please act now!

The deadline for applications is Wednesday, 3 May 2017

The first meeting will be hosted by Iizuka on Tuesday 23rd May 2017, 10 am-12 pm at their new headquarters in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham. If you would like to find out more or apply for a place in this study, please call Georgina Watts on 07870 620909 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.

SCVO Member Feature: Sandwell African Women Association

Sandwell African Women Association was established as a charity in 2014. It aims to support, restore, empower and bring hope to African refugee women and children affected by wars, sexual violence and exploitation.  It helps  survivors of torture and abuse and those deprived of human rights in their home lands.

The group provides advice, support and training to disadvantaged African women refugees and children from Sandwell, Birmingham, Walsall, Dudley and Wolverhampton. It delivers a range of services to improving safety, access to justice and well-being of women and children. It helps homeless people through education and accommodation, and supports young people who face barriers to work.

For more information please contact Mamy Zozo on 0121 649 0724. Email Website

SCVO Member Feature: Icap West Midlands

Icap (Immigrant Counselling and Psychotherapy) has been providing counselling in a secure, confidential environment for over 20 years.

They specialise in working with people experiencing issues relating to migration, particularly amongst the Irish community in Britain. They also have particular experience and expertise in working with survivors of childhood abuse.

Talking with a trained and experienced professional in a safe, confidential, non-judgemental space can help people understand the causes of their distress and pain. Being able to link feelings to patterns of behaviour which affect people’s relationships can enable them to make the changes they need to make and to move on with our lives. Counselling can help with depression, low self-esteem, bereavement, stress and unhappiness.

Icap provides counselling and psychotherapy across the West Midlands.

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SCVO Member Feature: Creative Support

Creative Support is a not for profit agency and high quality provider of  social care services for people with learning disabilities, mental health and other needs, in the West Midlands.

To support their clients Creative Support provides a range of services to meet their differing needs, including supported living, supported housing, residential care, community and home support, floating support, extra-care and day services. The agency work with people who have a wide spectrum of needs, ranging from those who require short term support to regain their independence to people with complex needs who require intensive support to enjoy a good quality of life.

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SCVO Member Feature: KeyRing Living Support

KeyRing Living Support offers low level tenancy support for vulnerable adults who live in the Sandwell area. They offer a range of assistance to people, with all types of medical conditions, who want to maintain their independence and build upon new life skills.

KeyRing can assist service users to access the correct benefits, attend college and to get into work. KeyRing encourages and promotes the individual to get as much as they want to achieve from their support.

Along with tenancy support, KeyRing offer a community side, where they offer a weekly meet up for individuals to make new friends and to get out of the house.

There are also monthly meet ups for service users and their families within the service. Initially facilitated by KeyRing, clients are encouraged to run this member led activity, with help, when Keyring have finished in an area.

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