February 2017

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International Women’s Day Career Aspiration Networking Event

In partnership with the West Bromwich Job Centre, the Barnardo’s Midlands On-Track Programme is organising a lunch-time event in conjunction with International Women Day, on Wednesday 8 March 2017 from 12 pm to 1.30 pm.

Barnardo’s Midlands On-Track Programme, which is funded by Santander Bank UK, is a West Midlands based employability support and mentoring scheme for NEETs young people aged 16 to 24 years old.

Since September 2016, the initiative has been involved in a series of successful collaboration activities with local job centres, in delivering a range of quality employability support and career guidance to unemployed young people.

The Mayor of Sandwell- Councillor Julie Webb, and the West Midlands Police’s Deputy Chief Constable Louisa Rolfe, will be attending the event.

The aim of the lunchtime networking event is for a small group of local female professionals and employability training providers to engage with young unemployed women and lone parents, to raise their career aspirations and offer them career guidance.

Lunch time’s refreshment will be provided, as well as information regarding employment opportunities and access to adult education and employability training courses.

The venue for the event is the YMCA West Bromwich & District Office, 38 Carter’s Green, West Bromwich B70 9LG.

For further information regarding the International Women Day’s Event, please contact Paul Powell, Progression Coach for Barnardo’s Midlands On-Track Programme. Email paul.powell@barnardos.org.uk. Telephone 07795 013 191

Rapid Testing Clinic Drop-ins

Terrence Higgins Trust is having Rapid HIV testing clinics across Sandwell, from 28 February.  No appointment required.  Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss sexual health and undertake HIV and Chlamydia testing.  Testing kits will provide results within a few minutes.

Date and time of the sessions are:

28 February: 5 pm – 7 pm
Portway Leisure Centre Oldbury

6 March: 10 am -1 pm
Brandhall Library, Tame Road, Oldbury

7 March: 5pm – 7 pm
Portway Leisure Centre Oldbury

14 March: 9 am – 5 pm
Oldbury Pharmacy, Causeway Green Road, Oldbury

18 March: 10 am – 1 pm
Great Bridge Library, Sheepwash Lane, Great Bridge

Further clinic dates will be shared on the Terrence Higgins Trust Sandwell Facebook page.

The contact numbers for the Terrence Higgins Trust Sandwell Office are 07468 726029 / 0121 314 2510.

Six Ways Charity Boards Can Make Their Workload Manageable

Is your board super busy? Top tips on sharing the burden: bring in specialist expertise, include more junior staff and work with service users.

People on voluntary sector boards have heavy workloads – so what’s the best way to share the burden? Sub-committees may not seem exciting, but, used properly, delegating tasks will help your board to be brilliant.

1. Let them delve into detail
Charity trustees often want to get involved in the nitty gritty. But in a busy board meeting, with a tight agenda, that can sometimes be a pain in the neck.

However, executives and trustees will still want to work together from time to time, to delve into detail. Sub-committees are the way to do this without taking precious time away from the primary board meeting. It’s a great way for charity staff to engage with trustees and vice versa, enabling trustees to gain a better understanding of the day-to-day issues affecting the charity while offering their own expertise.

2. Bring in specialists
If your board is proposing something new, controversial or risky, setting up a sub-committee is a clever way to use people who can bring in particular expertise but who, for whatever reason, do not want to or cannot be a full trustee.

Discussions of fundraising regulation have led to a mini governance crisis. It’s time to get trustees more involved with the day-to-day work of charities

It is also a good way to test whether people come up to scratch in terms of their style and expertise, giving you a bigger pool to choose from when recruiting for your main board.

You should also consider the “internal” outsider: someone already on your main board who is interested in a particular issue but is not an expert. They can be used as a sounding board (pun intended) and this is often a great way to test a proposal before presenting it to the rest of the board.

3. Don’t let sub-committees linger on pointlessly
It’s important to close any committee when it has run its course. For instance, you may set one up for a digital needs review and then close it when the review has been done. But committees can also evolve. Something that starts as a review of digital needs could turn into a committee that monitors the implementation of an organisational IT strategy, for instance.

To read the full Guardian article click here.

From: The Guardian – Voluntary Sector Network

‘This Has To Work’: Last Chance For Charities To Clean Up Fundraising

If self-regulation by charities of fundraising is in the last-chance saloon, as we are often told, they are cautiously ordering another round.

From April, the Institute of Fundraising (IoF) plans to introduce an accreditation scheme to vouch for the training and behaviour of fundraisers employed by the biggest charities and agencies.

“Absolutely this has to work,” acknowledges Peter Hills-Jones, the IoF’s director of compliance. “Because if it doesn’t, the public and the government aren’t going to have any more patience.”

His remarks signals the awareness that charities have jeopardised, if not necessarily lost, a great deal of goodwill as a result of recent revelations about questionable fundraising practices. Some regulatory changes have been made, but the sector is very much on probation and risks more draconian intervention if it fails to show that it has put its house in order.

Hills-Jones believes people feel strongly protective of long-established charities and are passionate about any damage to the causes they promote.

“If we can turn that passion into convincing people we have changed, then the British people are nothing if not fair-minded and will give [us] a second chance,” he says.

The new accreditation scheme is expected to apply to 15 big charities with their own in-house fundraising teams and 25 fundraising agencies that work on behalf of other charities. It will cover telephone and street fundraising, including on private sites such as shopping malls and railway stations.

Accreditation will comprise an initial desktop exercise, observation of training and public engagement and, following a decision, any remedial work judged necessary to win approval.

The IoF does not intend to name and shame any charity or agency that fails the assessment, but to publish a list of those accredited successfully so that the public, or, more pertinently, says Hills-Jones, journalists and others with knowledge of the sector, will be able to identify any charities trading without the institute’s stamp of approval. Hills-Jones considers it “almost inconceivable” that any board of trustees of a larger charity would sign off a contract with a fundraising agency that was not accredited.

To read the full Guardian article click here.

From: The Guardian – Voluntary Sector Network

Biffa Awards

Biffa Awards are part of the Landfills Communities Fund and currently provide funding for projects of between £10,000 and £75,000 under four different themes: Rebuilding Biodiversity, Community Buildings, Cultural Facilities, Recreation.

The Biffa Award Board meets three times a year, at each meeting the Board considers applications from two different themes. The next meeting will be held in June and will consider applications under its Recreation and Community Buildings funding themes. Funding under these themes is available to not-for-profit organisations with projects within 5 miles of a significant Biffa operation or within 10 miles of an active Biffa landfill site.

The Recreation theme provides funding to projects that transform open spaces for the benefit of the community, providing them with more opportunities to become involved in recreational activity.

The Community Buildings theme can provide funding for the improvement or replacement of community buildings, examples of projects that fall under this category include replacement heating systems, extensions, repairs and the upgrading /installation of kitchen facilities.

The closing date for applications under these themes is the 20th April 2017.

Click here for further information.


BBC Children in Need Main Grants programme

The next closing date for applications for the BBC Children in Need Main Grants programme is 1 June 2017.

Grants over £10,000 per project are available to not for profit organisations and schools that work with young people who are experiencing disadvantage through:

• Illness, distress, abuse or neglect
• Any kind of disability
• Behavioural or psychological difficulties
• And/or living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

Schools can also apply for funding but the project must be additional to their statutory duties.

More information here.

CEO of Murray Hall to Retire

After nearly 25 years, Malcolm Bailey, CEO of Murray Hall Community Trust, will be retiring on the 7 April 2017.

Malcolm is a well known leader and a social entrepreneur who has made many contributions to creative strategic development and he has been responsible for many new and innovative projects and services. The Trustees and everyone at Murray Hall would like to wish him well in his retirement.

Manjula Patel has been appointed as the new CEO. She will be taking up the position in April to take the charity forward.

Voluntary Sector Breakfast Meeting

Are you a Voluntary and Community Group based or working in 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, 23 March 2017, 7.30 am9.00 am, at Sant Nirankari Mandal (UK) Centre for Oneness, Great Western Street, Potters Lane, Wednesbury WS10 0AS

Refreshments provided.

If you are interested in attending, please confirm your attendance by e-mail to mazeline@scvo.info or telephone 0121 525 1127 by Tuesday, 21 March 2017.

SCVO Member Feature: Create a Future

Create a Future exists to help people to realise their potential by providing 1:1 and small group tuition for all ages, for all subjects and for all levels of learners.

They support learners to achieve qualifications in maths (numeracy) and English (literacy) or to help individuals brush up on their basic skills. Sessions take place at home, in community settings, church halls, schools and we have been known to deliver sessions in McDonalds and the local pub!

Create a Future can find tutors for specific subjects. Law, Latin, French, Spanish, Geography, History, Accounting, Music (Piano) and Knitting are some of the most recent subject areas requested.

For community groups and programmes, Create a Future can offer Cooking without Numbers (Look and Cook), Financial Literacy (Know Your Numbers), Handwriting for Adults, Improve Your Reading (Reading Programme for Teens and Adults) and Brush Up Your Skills in Numeracy and Literacy.

They support Looked-After Children, Young Carers and provide Alternative Programmes for young people who are not at school – again in core areas of English and Maths.

Create a Future are the Regional Office for CREST Awards – the national programme that recognises project work. If you are working on a project there may be ways they we can help you recognise progress.

Create a Future are happy to talk about how they can work in partnership with other providers and to find ways to support joint programmes.

Visit the website.

Charities Reminded to Have Their Say on Changes to the Code of Fundraising Practice Consultation

Charities of all sizes are being encouraged to have their say on the The Fundraising Regulator’s first consultation on the Code of Fundraising Practice.

The consultation will enable charities, fundraisers and the general public to feedback on suggested changes to the Code.

The consultation will run until the end of April and marks the first major development of the Code since it was transferred to the Fundraising Regulator from the Institute of Fundraising in July 2016.

The proposed changes are not a “root and branch” overhaul. Instead they focus on issues like people in vulnerable circumstances, fundraising communications, the delivery of charity collection bags and how charities oversee their third-party contracts.
The consultation will not however include the Fundraising Preference Service, with guidance for this to be announced closer to its launch.

It will also not cover data and consent. The Fundraising Regulator will consult on this issue separately once the ICO’s guidance on GDPR is released to ensure the full implications for the sector are taken into account.

The consultation is being led by Suzanne McCarthy, chair of the Fundraising Regulator’s Standards Committee, who said: “The Code is crucial to ensuring that fundraising is carried out to the high standards expected by the public. Given its importance, it is essential that the Code develops to meet new challenges and does so in a fair and consultative manner. This process will enable us to understand and, where appropriate, address the sector’s concerns.”

The Regulator will be holding events and webinars with key stakeholders throughout the consultation period.

Source: Charity Digital News

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