August 2016

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Spotlight on Wednesbury Tennis Club

Tennis Club LogoTell us what you do
We provide tennis for anyone in Wednesbury who wants to play.  We cater to all ages from junior to senior and offer social and competitive tennis. There are 4 all weather courts and coaching is available. We are keen to encourage more people to start playing tennis, regardless of experience or ability, at both junior and adult levels.

What is your proudest achievement?
We were established in 1903 and are still going so that is quite an achievement. Over the years we have had several county champions train here too.

What is your experience of support received from SCVO (if relevant)?
We don’t receive that much support from SCVO. Previously we have had help with applying to grants.

What is the most valuable lesson you have learnt about working with people in Sandwell?
People in Sandwell tend to be very friendly.

What are your plans for the future and some of the challenges you face?
We are hoping to resurface all of the courts so that we have a nice smooth playing surface once again. Getting the money to do this is definitely a challenge. We have applied for a grant and are awaiting the results of the application so fingers crossed.

How can SCVO help to support your organisation in the future?
By offering advice on managing certain aspects of our organisation. For example, guidance on applying to grants would always be welcomed.

If you would like more information, please contact John Burke on 01922 401313


Spotlight on Bethel Christian Fellowship

cbkTell us What You Do
Bethel Christian Fellowship is a church based in West Bromwich in the West Midlands. It is a people friendly church that looks to serve its local community and offers a range of services and community projects to support the people living in the area.

Bethel Christian Fellowship is a Christian Church with a bible based message of joy, hope and purpose for the people of West Bromwich; where people can find friendships, support and a sense of involvement in the community as they worship God together.

Bethel Christian Fellowship is a Pentecostal church in fellowship with the Assemblies of God and the Evangelical Alliance.

What is your proudest achievement?
The church has a thriving children’s and youth work running on Friday nights with 30-50 attending each week. Many of the children and young people come from around the church and are able to interact with their friends and peers in a fun and interacting environment.

The church also runs a Luncheon club which helps older people engage, find friends and socialise with others each week with supportive staff around who take time to listen and care where need be, offering friendship and a listening ear to any concerns these people may be encountering in their personal lives.

What is your experience of support received from SCVO (if relevant)?
SCVO is a very supportive organisation that has helped to advertise our services to the wider public and can in the future help our organisation to network better locally with others service providers operating in the Sandwell area.

What is the most valuable lesson you have learnt about working with people in Sandwell?
There are some amazing people and groups within the Sandwell area, who are working very hard to bring about collaboration of thinking and working to support some of the most vulnerable people living in the Sandwell borough.

What are your plans for the future and some of the challenges you face?
Bethel Christian Fellowship is looking to expand its service provision to the local community to help families and the elderly, to find a place of welcome, friendship and care and to meet the prevailing needs and aspiration of the local community. It is important at this time to raise the profile of the organistion and to make more people awareness of the services that the church provides and how they can access these.

How can SCVO help to support your organisation in the future?
The church is looking to expand and develop its community outreach to the local community, and SCVO will be able to help support in the areas of networking and sign posting to small grants.

Bethel Christian Fellowship, Gads Lane, West Bromwich, West Midlands, B70 8QL
Telephone: 0121 525 8434  Email: mailto:bcfgadslane@gmail.com     Web: www.bcfwestbrom.org.uk