The 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
Brushstrokes is a community project working in partnership with Father Hudson’s Society, The Infant Jesus Sisters and the parish of St Philip Neri. The project supports the most vulnerable people living in the Sandwell area with a specialism in supporting newcomers who include asylum seekers, refugees and migrants.
Brushstrokes is seeking to recruit a migrant private rental sector support worker to be based at their office in Smethwick. The post holder will support migrants in private sector accommodation and build positive relations and understanding between landlords and migrants. The salary will be SCP – £8,233 per annum (£15,231 per annum pro rata) for a 20 hour week.
To request a recruitment pack telephone 01675 434018 (voicemail), visit Father Hudson’s Society or email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting post reference P970.
The closing date for applications is Tuesday 17 March, 2015
Efforts to get more people in Sandwell to leave their cars behind and enjoy walking are being drawn up in a five-year master plan.
People are being asked for their views on the plan which aims to increase the number of people walking for pleasure, to school and to work.
The proposed plan includes developing quality walking routes, information on existing walks and encouraging more people to walk to school, work and for leisure.
Councillor Paul Moore, cabinet member for health, said: “We are consulting on the strategy because it will determine future investment that the council makes on new attractive routes that make people feel safe and want to get out and walk.”
You can find out more about the strategy and take part in the consultation by visiting All responses need to be in by March 27
The Black Country Brain Injury Convention is being organised by Black Country Headway and held at the new built Dudley Archives and Local History Centre, Tipton Road, Dudley, DY1 4SQ.
By attending you will find out more about the vital work Headway Black Country and their partners do with those affected by brain injury, both survivors and carers.
With eminent guest speakers, live performances by their Survivors Chorus, displays of art, woodwork, photography and other material from their rehab groups, displays by partners and a buffet lunch, this is an unmissable event for all with a personal or professional interest in brain injury.
Tickets are available from this link
The Big Spring Clean, one of Sandwell’s most popular community campaigns, is back for 2015. Sandwell Council will be running the scheme for the ninth successive year with its waste partner Serco and local charity Litter Watch.
The multi-award winning campaign takes place across the borough’s six towns and is inspired and led by the borough’s residents.
Hundreds of locations have benefited from The Big Spring Clean thanks to the commitment of thousands of volunteers in recent years.
Events can be focused around any of the following:
• Litter picking
• Graffiti removal
• Supporting local wildlife
As part of the campaign, a Community Clear Up Day is being held on Friday 20th March 2015 from 10.00am – 2.00pm at West Bromwich, Trinity Way Open Space.
To get involved call or email project officer Shane Allen on 0121 544 3916 or e-mail: email@example.com
The People’s Orchestra celebrates its third birthday in style with a concert at West Bromwich Town Hall. The concert on Sunday 19 April will feature music voted for by the public. Tickets cost £10 for adults, £7 with concessions and £5 for under-16s.
The group, which uses the town hall as its base, gives musicians across the region the chance to be a part of an orchestra.
Backed by an Arts Council grant, it’s made up of experienced musicians who don’t have the time or desire to commit to joining a professional orchestra. For more information please view