May 2017

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Save money on the goods you need to support communities.


Founded in 1997 by HRH The Prince of Wales, In Kind Direct (IKD) distributes new, usable consumer goods donated by companies to UK charities working in the UK and overseas. It works with not-for-profit organisations and companies to help ensure that everyone has access to life’s essentials and that no usable product goes to waste.

By doing so IKD is a lifeline to thousands of charities helping vulnerable people across the UK, allowing them (the charities) to spend more of their money on support, not supplies.

By joining IKD you can get access to a huge range of high quality goods…from toilet rolls to tableware; you can get more of what you need…for less; and you’re giving a new lease of life to donated goods.

You pay a small handling charge for the services of IKD, which is around 20% of the price you’d usually pay, and includes delivery.

To find out more, including how to register for FREE, visit:

George Road Community Church Surgery Sessions

Do you have an idea for a project, but you just need that extra little bit of support to get your application at its best or to get your project idea off the ground?

Do you need advice or support with your project planning or business plans?

SCVO in partnership with George Road Community Church have commenced fortnightly surgery sessions at Hope House, George Road Community Church, George Road, Oldbury, B68 9LN.

Libby Mahoney, SCVO’s Small Groups Development Officer, will be available fortnightly on Wednesday’s from 9.30am till 12.30pm at Hope House for booked appointments.

This is your opportunity to discuss your project ideas, business plans or funding application(s) and receive practical support, advice and tips on how to improve the success of your project/application and much more.

The last George Road Surgery Session will take place on Wednesday 6th September, 9.30am till 12.30pm

If you are interested in taking advantage of this unique opportunity and want to book your time slot with Libby please email at or call on 0121 5251127 to avoid disappointment.

To see what other services SCVO provides please visit our website at

Join North Smethwick Development Trust in The Great Big Walk at The Brasshouse

North Smethwick Development Trust at The Brasshouse invite you to share a wonderful opportunity to join them in The Great Big Walk. The Eden Project will be stopping off at the Brasshouse, on Sunday 4 June, at around 12 midday, as one of their stops along their walk.

The Great Big Walk is a national movement connecting people and communities. It is an idea by the Eden Project made possible by the National Lottery and other supporters, which consists of five walks that span the UK, stopping at over 100 community projects as they go. Each stop will shine a light on the extraordinary people going the extra mile to bring their communities together.

Join in the celebrations by supporting the walkers as they pass through at The Brasshouse and you will be taking part in the biggest community celebration in the UK.

Members of the Eden Project would like to meet as many people as possible from the local area and find out about the things that are taking place in and around Smethwick and Sandwell. This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase events and support our fantastic communities

If you can spare an hour on the day, do go along and bring family, friends and neighbours.

Please let NSDT know in advance if you wish attend so they can ensure refreshment availability. Telephone 0121 555 5672. Email

Maker-Centric Project – Participants Needed!

The University of Wolverhampton is looking for participants to get involved with their Maker-Centric Project, which examines the power of making and crafts in helping people to understand and play a part in their communities. Participants don’t need to have any prior experience of crafts as this opportunity is open to everyone regardless of their crafting ability or experience.

The University is working in collaboration with Craftspace (a charity that initiates artistic programmes which stimulate creative excellence and understanding of contemporary crafts in the widest social and cultural contexts) on the project and there will be an opportunity to network with other groups and discover what else is happening in the area.

Participants are being sought by The University who will be running a series of workshops in June 2017, in which people from the Black Country will be invited to create an object that responds to the unique industrial and social heritage of their area.

All workshops are entirely free for participants and include:

  • materials and travel,
  • free access to state of the art fabrication technology at FabLab, Sandwell,
  • guided tour of the Wolverhampton Art School exhibition,
  • specialist artist talks,
  • artist led walks,
  • photography sessions and much more.

You will also have the chance to showcase your creation at an event to be held in London.

Not sure if this is for you? Then why not come along to a taster session to find out more and see what will be involved. You’ll need to get in touch with Kauser Husain via email at or for more details on the taster sessions or alternatively the University can come out to your organisation to explore and explain the project in more detail.

You can also visit their website at for more details on this exciting new opportunity.

Free Training Opportunity Available from CORC

The Child Outcomes Research Consortium (CORC) is the UK’s leading membership organisation that collects and uses evidence to improve children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

CORC holds data relating to mental health and wellbeing outcomes of more than 400,000 children and young people in the UK, representing the largest data set of this kind worldwide. It has over ten years’ experience bringing together theoretical knowledge on outcome measurement and developing this with the insights developed by practitioners working on the ground.

CORC would like to know if your organisation is interested in some free training to build up your knowledge and expertise in using outcome measures and data to improve the services provided for children and young people.

If you feel this would benefit your organisation and would like to register your interest, please email

Grace Mary 2 Lion Farm Big Local Volunteers’ Party

As part of the UK’s National Volunteers’ Week which runs from 1 – 7 June 2017, GM2LF Big Local are holding a party to celebrate their volunteers on Tuesday 6th June 2017, 1 pm – 3 pm at Rounds Green Library, Martley Road, Oldbury B69 1DZ.

The party is being held to say, ‘Thank You’ and to recognise the outstanding contribution which is made by volunteers in the area. Volunteers are a shining example of how we can all make a big difference to other people lives and the communities we live in.

Nominate a Volunteer
If you know of someone who volunteers in the GM2LF Big Local area you can nominate them for an award and help to celebrate the difference they make. See nomination form.

The State of Shared Lives in England 2017

There are an estimated 11880 people supported in Shared Lives in England and around 13,450 across the UK. They are primarily adults with learning disabilities, mental ill health, autism and dementia, but also come from every type of adult social care client group.

In Shared Lives, a Shared Lives carer shares their home and family life with an adult who needs care or support to help them live well. Local Shared Lives schemes, which are regulated by the Care Quality
Commission, individually match trained and approved Shared Lives carers with people who need their support. In Shared Lives, the goal is an ordinary family life, where everyone gets to contribute, have
meaningful relationships and are able to be active, valued citizens.

People using Shared Lives are supported by their Shared Lives carer to develop or maintain independent living skills, friendships and live as part of their local community; giving them a sense of wellbeing in a safe and supportive environment. They also enjoy other activities and support during the day to help them live their own independent and fulfilling life. Many people moving into Shared Lives arrangements from more institutional services are able to do things for the first time in their lives – to learn to cook, volunteer, work, make new friends and go on their first holiday.

See the latest annual report on The State of Shared Lives in England 2017

FREE Introduction to Bid-writing Workshop

Get Grants has over a decade’s experience of providing grant fundraising for organisations such as sports clubs, charities, community groups, schools and churches, as well as grant giving services and application assessments.  The consultancy holds a wealth of experience that is passed to clients through services and workshops.

As part of its range of service provision Get Grants offers FREE workshops aimed at Community Groups and Charities who are interested in increasing their income through grant funds.

The next FREE short workshop session is on the topic of ‘Introduction to Bid-writing’ with details as follows:

Location: Newlands Bishop Farm, Berry Hall Lane, Catherine De Barnes, Solihull, B91 2RY

Date: 7 June 2017

Time: 1.00 pm to 3.30 pm

If you are interested and would like to book a place (subject to availability) then please contact Get Grants with details of your name, organisation and email address.

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop is NOT being delivered by SCVO – for any queries please use the ‘contact Get Grants’ link above.

How to stay safe from email scammers

For the second instalment in our ‘staying safe online’ (with content from the NCVO’s KnowHowNonProfit website) we’re looking at how you can (hopefully) prevent your organisation falling victim to email scammers. As more of our life moves online, we are becoming increasingly vulnerable to hackers and scammers, who seek financial gain through stealing your personal information or taking control of your computer.

1. Be vigilant, everyone is a target
The most important thing to remember is that we are all vulnerable to hackers or scammers, no matter how small your organisation. It only takes one scam email to succeed for the financial or operation information of you and your organisation to be at risk.

2. Beware all suspicious emails
Phishing scams are emails that are falsified to appear as if they are from a trusted source to dupe you into divulging personal information or installing malicious software that can take control of your computer.
Commonly these emails are disguised to look like they come from large service providers (HRMC, O2, UPS, Apple, Facebook, Gmail etc.), but can also appear to come from people you know.

Be suspicious of any message from an organisation you don’t have a service with, or that asks for your password or personal or financial information.
Always check the full address that the email has come from – if it isn’t from @ the company they say, then it is a scam. This email is purporting to be from O2, but the email address gives it away as a scam:

3. Be sceptical to avoid becoming a victim
Foreign offers are often fake, it’s unlikely a long-lost relative has left you money or is stuck in a compromising position in a foreign jail and you probably aren’t due a rebate from HMRC!

Scammers use emotion to try to make you click first and think later, so slow down in your response to surprising emails.
Does the email look right? Check spelling and grammar, capitalisation of words, resolution of logos and whether anything specific to you has been included. Phishing emails are designed quickly and sent in bulk, so use of language and design of the email can often be a giveaway. Go with your gut; if it seems suspicious, it’s probably a scam.

Read the full article

Andy Fanshawe Memorial Trust

The Andy Fanshawe Memorial Trust (AFMT ) supports projects that allow disadvantaged young people the chance to develop an existing interest in the great outdoors.

The Trust usually supports programmes that are run by schools or youth groups, but welcomes applications from individuals, but these must have a referee. The AFMT support a wide range of projects, but are unlikely to support foreign trips.

There is a rolling deadline.

More information

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