March 2015

Monthly Archives

Creative Producer Vacancy – Lead on Digital/Visual Arts

CBC Black on WhiteThe Creative Black Country (CBC) Consortium is seeking a Full Time Creative Producer who has a wide range experience of the creative sector. We are particularly interested in a candidate who has a specialism (not exclusively) in the visual arts or digital technology.  This role will be part of a core team working with the Programme Director and Artistic Director to manage and deliver the CBC Programme, funded by Arts Council England.

CBC is a 3-year programme to enable more people to experience and be inspired by the arts. CBC will invest in the talent, appetite and potential of the people of the Black Country to engage in the arts through innovative and highly creative arts and community engagement that will combine public events, commissioning, local arts seed funding and community development. The programme will take place across the three local authority areas of Walsall, Sandwell and Wolverhampton.}

This is a high profile and cutting-edge initiative with the potential to affect real long lasting change in the area.  We are looking for a Producer with creative vision, knowledge of digital arts, the professional arts and community sector and a wide breadth of experience and expertise in developing and managing large programmes of work.

Contract: Fixed Term (Until September 2017) – based on a 6 month probation
Salary:  £24,894 – £28,922 per annum
Deadline for applications: Tuesday 7th April 2015, 12pm.
Interviews: Tuesday 21 April 2015
Possible 2nd Interviews: Tuesday 28 April 2015

Application packs downloadable at:

To discuss any part of the application process, please call Parminder Dosanjh or Sajida Carr on  0121 525 1127

Voluntary Sector Breakfast Meeting Invite

post - Partnership Support - discussion2Are you a Voluntary and Community Group based or working Sandwell?  Do you want an opportunity to meet with other people on a very informal basis and promote and share information about the services and activities you offer?

Please join us on Thursday 23rd April 2015 at West Bromwich Police Station, Moor Street, West Bromwich, B70 7AQ from 7.30am – 9.00am.  Tea, coffee and croissant provided!

If you are interested in attending, please confirm your attendance by e-mailing or telephone 0121 525 1127 by Monday 20 April 2015.

Domestic Abuse in the Context of Adult Safeguarding

Sandwell Safeguarding Adults BoardA workshop is being held to increase awareness and knowledge about the social, cultural and inter-personal context of domestic abuse, and the consequent impact on adults at risk.  The workshop will look particularly at domestic violence in a ‘caring’ situation, using professional judgement to assess all considerations and ensuring the person and their needs remain at the centre.

The workshop is being held on Monday 23 March from 9.30am – 12.30pm at The Coneygre Centre, Sedgeley Road East, DY4 8UH

Please view for further details and for information about how to book a place.


Charity Commission Workshop – Managing Your Faith Charity Lawfully and Effectively

The Charity CommissionThe Charity Commission, the regulator for charities in England and Wales, is running a workshop for faith charities based in Sandwell.

The purpose of the event is:



  • To give guidance to faith charities on their responsibilities under charity law; and
  • To equip faith charity trustees, staff and volunteers and the skills and confidence to ensure their charities are well run, protected from abuse and transparent.

The event is free to attend including lunch and refreshments.  A prayer room will also be available.

The event topics include:-

  • The Charity Commission and registering as a charity.
  • Trustees’ responsibilities
  • Governance
  • Events, speakers and literature
  • Fundraising
  • Finances and accounting

The event is specifically intended for trustees, managers and others involved in faith charity governance.  It will also be beneficial for members of the charity and others who have a concern in how their charity is being run.

Please sign up for the event through this link

Joining instructions including directions and the full agenda will be sent to all attendees in advance.  Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, so book early to avoid disappointment.

If you have any further questions, or have difficulties using the booking system, please contact Monica Davidson, events coordinator at or on 0300 065 2125

Governance Workshops

Office Furniture - ChairsSCVO are pleased to be running two governance workshops based on the identified needs of the Sector locally.  These workshops are aimed at Chief Officers and the Boards of Voluntary and Community Sector Organisation in Sandwell.

Each workshop will cost £10 and can be booked through Eventbrite using the following event links:

Wednesday 22nd April – Organisational Roles & Governance 

Wednesday 13th May –  Legal and Regulatory context around Charitable Trading

These workshops will run from 09.30 – 16.00 – These are stand alone workshops.

This first session on Wednesday 22nd April will look at the broader context of Organisational Roles and Governance, the schedule for the Organisational Roles and Governance Training Day:

• Incorporation – company law
• Charitable status – charity law – trust law

• Associations and trusts
• Limited companies
• Company limited by guarantee
• Charitable company
• Community interest company
• Charitable incorporated organisations
• Community benefit societies
• Subsidiaries

• Members
• Directors – Eligibility – General duties (fiduciary duty, duty of care, compliance)
• Liabilities and indemnity Delegation Specific responsibilities
• Charity trustees
• Officers – Company secretary – Chair, treasurer etc

• Definitions
• Fundamental elements
• The Code of Good Governance
• Key principles
• Checklist for good governance


The second session on Wednesday 13th May will look at the legal and regulatory context around charitable trading, the schedule for the Trading by Charities – Training Day

• Charity law and trust law
• Charitable purposes and the objects clause
• Types of trading permitted to charities – primary purpose trading / ancillary trading / small-scale trading
• Charging for services and the public benefit test
• Trust law and breach of trust
• When a trading subsidiary is needed

• Grants versus contracts
• Business planning
• Investment needs
• Financial risks
• Governance
• Mission drift

• Subsidiary trading companies – wholly-owned and partially-owned
• Owning, financing and managing a trading subsidiary – considerations
• Legal structures for subsidiaries

• Consortium/partnership models
• Implications for charities – the trust law issue

If you have any queries or questions please contact Steve Baylis – or telephone 0121 525 1127.

Find out more about Neighbourhood Planning

MADEMADE, in partnership with Planning for Real, will be offering three free seminars at the end of March to inform community leaders out about Neighbourhood Planning.

Over 1200 communities around England are doing neighbourhood planning. They have discussed how they want their communities to develop in the future and set out those aims in the neighbourhood plan. These enable communities to develop their own planning policies which have as much weight as policies in the council’s local plan. They are used to decide planning applications.

New opportunities to apply for grants and direct support for neighbourhood planning from the 1st April have just been announced by Government.

MADE’s seminar will explain the benefits and pitfalls of neighbourhood planning, how to go about the process, how best to engage with your community. Speakers include Joe Holyoak, who has led the neighbourhood planning process in Balsall Heath, Birmingham. Margaret Wilkinson from Planning for Real will explain how the best community engagement techniques can be used to ensure that everyone contributes to the neighbourhood plan.   MADE also hopes to have a speaker from the Department for Communities and Local Government.

The events will take place on Wednesday 25th March, 9.00 am in West Bromwich; 1:00 pm in Birmingham.
Friday 27th March, 1.00 pm in Coventry.

Call Antonia on 0121 348 7980 or email to book your place or follow the links on the MADE website.

Carers Moving Forward

Summit House SupportThe Summit House Carers2Work programme is funded by Sandwell MBC. The programme aims to support carers to manage their caring duties whilst accessing volunteering, training and employment opportunities.

They are currently running a series of workshops in West Bromwich including:

• CV’s and Self Awareness
• Interview Skills
• Job Search Activities
• Online Applications and Covering Letters
• Self-Employment, Funding for Start-ups and Social Enterprise (delivered by Citizen Coaching)
• Benefits Advice (delivered by the Citizens Advice Bureau)

As part of this programme Summit House are hosting a networking event at West Bromwich Town Hall on Friday 20 March 2015 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

This event is FREE and open to:

• Carers – who may wish to find out more about the support that is available
• Organisations that provide support to carers
• Organisations that could provide opportunities for carers – training, volunteering, employment, etc.

The programme for the afternoon starts at 1:00 pm with registration, lunch and networking.

There is space for six organisations to have a free promotional stand.  If you are interested in attending and/or a promotional stand please get in touch with Nigel, Kathryn or Wendy on 01384 243220.

Spirit of 2012 Launches Challenge Fund

Funding4The Spirit of 2012 has launched the Spirit of Achievement Arts and Culture Challenge Fund to increase the participation of disabled people in the arts and cultural activities across the UK.

Spirit of 2012 is an independent Trust, established with a £47 million endowment from the Big Lottery Fund to ensure the spirit that radiated from the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics Games is felt across the UK.

Grants of between £100,000 and £250,000 are available to charities, voluntary and community organisations, Social Enterprises, and Community Interest Companies in the UK to create opportunities to enable disabled people to participate in arts and cultural activities, individually and with their families. Arts and cultural activities is meant in the broadest sense and can include visual art, craft, writing and literature, music, dance and performance arts.

Spirit uses the social model definition of disability which includes those with learning disabilities, mental health problems and long term life-limiting conditions.

Projects should:

  • Increase opportunities for disabled people to participate regularly in arts and cultural activities.
  • Provide opportunities for disabled and non-disabled people (particularly families) to participate in activities together.
  • Provide regular and sustained opportunities for participation (not one off activities).
  • Provide opportunities for disabled and non-disabled people to volunteer together to deliver those activities.
  • Provide disabled and non-disabled volunteers with training and skills that both ensure a high quality volunteering experience and boost employability.
  • Address a clearly identified and evidenced need, reflecting current public health priorities and including the views of potential beneficiaries.
  • Articulate a clear vision of how the project will impact beyond the life of Spirit’s funding.

International artist Rachel Gadsden (who sits on the Spirit of Achievement Panel) said:

“Without the kind of opportunities which the Challenge Fund is offering I wouldn’t have been able to be the artist I am today. I think it is really important that people like myself, who live with disabilities all of their lives, have the opportunity to live the most fulfilling lives. The Challenge Fund helps make that happen so is absolutely critical to everything I care about. I look forward to receiving the applications.”

The deadline for applications is 20 April 2015 (9am). Full details can be found on the Spirit of 2012 website

Charity Commission Annual Return Details 2015 Released

DataThe updated online return which collects information from charities is now live on GOV.UK and ready for charities to use. The annual return is an essential service for collecting data to update the register of charities, and helps us to hold charities to account on behalf of the public.

All registered charities with an income of more than £10,000 and all Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs) who are reporting on their financial years ending in 2015 must complete the online form. Sections of the data then populate the commission’s register of charities. The online public register was viewed more than 6 million times last year and is a key source of data about charities in England and Wales.
The form includes new questions which charities must answer that will strengthen the regulator’s ability to identify risk, and will ensure people have access to the information they need to make confident decisions about charities.
Charities must now answer three new questions when they go online to complete the annual return:-
–  in the reporting period, how much income did you receive from:-
–  contracts from central or local government to deliver services?
–  grants from central or local government?
–  does your charity have a policy on paying its staff?
– has your charity reviewed its financial controls during the reporting period?

Charities, their trustees and advisers are encouraged to read the online guidance provided before logging on to complete the annual return so that they know what information they need to submit. Charities have ten months from their financial year end to complete the annual return.

Fund to Empower Women to Tackle Abuse

Funding2The Department for Communities and Local Government launched a £250,000 fund to support projects that empower women today. This is an exciting and new opportunity for charities and voluntary groups to bid for between £2,000 – £20,000 to support work that will empower women and give them the skills and confidence to take a full role in their communities and in particular to challenge the circumstances where abuse including child sexual exploitation can occur.

The Department for Communities and Local Government expects to allocate funds to between 10-20 different voluntary and community groups across the country. Funding is available for one year only.

Further details including how to apply, the prospectus, application form and criteria can be found here 


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