June 2017

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Stop Loan Sharks Community Funding

The England Illegal Money Lending Team has funding of up to £5,000 available for charities, community and voluntary groups, schools and statutory agencies that want to raise awareness of the issues of illegal money lending.

The funding can be used on projects that contribute to raising the awareness of the dangers of using loan sharks; prevents crime and disorder and publicises the Stop Loan Sharks message; promotes the work of the Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) in communities; and encourages reporting of loan sharks.

Applicants will need to complete Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund application form A 2017 and return it electronically to Catherine.wohlers@birmingham.gov.uk or post hard copy to Catherine Wohlers, IMLT, PO Box 12971, B33 0TD.

The closing date for applications is the 30 June 2017.

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Terrence Higgins Trust

The Terrence Higgins Trust is a free and confidential sexual health service with over 10 years’ experience as a national charity, helping escorts and sex workers across the UK. The charity offers free condoms and lube by either post or drop off. It can give support and advice around sexual health and assist with legal issues around working etc.

Terrence Higgins Trust reassures many agencies around reports of risky clients and nuisance callers. It advises workers who are being harassed or blackmailed. You can make a personal visit or have a chat over the phone. Please contact SWISH Project Workers Sharon or Jo on 0121 314 2510. Alternatively, email Sharon.Legae@tht.org.uk or Joanne.Morgan@tht.org.uk.  Check out THT facebook page.

Have you heard of National Ugly Mugs? THT highly recommends this confidential national service, which provides free text alerts to your phone, of risky or unsafe clients reported in your area.  Visit the Ugly Mugs website to register, then go to the ALERTS section to see how this can help you.

The Trust will have a drop-in HIV testing clinic on Saturday 24 June, 10 am – 1 pm at Great Bridge Library. The library is on Sheepwash Lane, Tipton, DY4 7JF. The test requires a small amount of blood, via finger prick, and results are available on site within 2 – 5 minutes. Free condoms and dental dams will also be available.

For enquires please contact 0121 314 2510 or via email info.sandwell@tht.org.uk.

Give your community a funding boost!

At midday on Wednesday 21 June 2017, OneFamily Foundation will open the Community Awards for local schemes, projects and initiatives to gain funding of up to £25,000.

If you know, volunteer or work with a local project that is trying to do something amazing for the people in your community, now is your chance to give it a financial boost.

Who can apply?
You will need to be an OneFamily customer to nominate a project for a Community Award, but don’t worry if you’re not – OneFamily has over 2 million customers, so you can get involved by finding a one who can nominate a project on your behalf.

Ask your friends, family and colleagues if they are customers and if they would be able to get behind your project.

Nominating a project (21 June – 19 July 2017)
Each project can apply for one of three funding levels:
• Up to £5,000
• Up to £10,000
• Up to £25,000.

The project will also have to choose from one of the following categories:
Health, Disability & Social Care – Projects that help people with mental health problems, learning or physical disabilities or those in respite care
Lifelong Learning – Projects that encourage people of all ages to learn something new and develop their skills
Active Living – Projects that help people of all ages to enjoy a fitter, happier lifestyle
Community Groups – Projects that help to make a positive difference for those in the community

All projects must be based in the UK.

Visit the OneFamily Foundation website.

Sports, Skills and Storytelling: how charity begins at school

From donning a plastic nose on Red Nose Day to carol singing for charity at Christmas time, UK pupils are usually pretty familiar with charitable giving. But sometimes charities take on a more crucial role within the education system, forging partnerships with schools that can have a huge impact on students’ educational and social development.

Some focus on skills: Volunteer It Yourself partners with businesses like Wickes to offer teenagers the chance to learn construction skills through renovating youth clubs and community centres. Others are about wellbeing: Southend-based charity Trust Links invites small groups of pupils from local schools to its garden which it says helps improve their self-esteem.

Others are focused on pupil learning. Daniel Woodrow, head teacher at St Gregory CEVC primary school in Suffolk, was invited by local charity Education Exchange to take part in a project called Learning from Kenya. The charity was set up by former head teacher Dave Shorten, who knows the town of Wundanyi, in southern Kenya, where the charity helps fund a children’s home, and projects in health, IT training and business skills.

From the The Guardian Voluntary Sector Network.  Read the full article.

Power to Change

Power to Change, which supports community businesses, has re-opened its £10 million Community Business Fund.

Grants between £50,000- £300,000 are available to support and develop local community businesses in England that work for the benefit of the local community. To be eligible for funding applicants need to be incorporated (rather than as a collection of individuals) and funding will be available for both capital and revenue costs.

The closing date for applications is midday on the 5 July 2017.

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Sandwell and West Birmingham Equality Awards launched

The 2017 Sandwell and West Birmingham Equality Awards, which champion the support given to vulnerable people in Sandwell and West Birmingham, was launched on 12 June 2017.

The awards have been held annually since 2015. They recognise and celebrate work undertaken by local, groups and organisations to address inequalities in health and well-being. Previous winners include a health visiting service for vulnerable families, a group of churches who provide food for asylum seekers and refugees, a one-stop shop for carers, and a social enterprise for people aged over 50.

The CCG will shortlist projects in September 2017. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony taking place at Villa Park on 2 November 2017.

Click here for find out more about the Equality Awards and how to apply.

Rosa Women to Women Fund

Rosa the UK Fund for women and girls has launched a new funding round of the “Women to Women” Fund.

Local women’s organisations across the UK can apply for grants of up to £25,000 to support a wide range of projects that benefits women. This can include building confidence and leadership skills; and tackling harassment and violence; etc.

Rosa plans to support at least 100 local grassroots women’s organisations across the UK and the grants are available for groups with an income of under £100,000 per year. Rosa especially wants to support groups that work with disadvantaged communities or in disadvantaged areas. Grants can pay for core work, as well as mobilising volunteers, leadership development, communications and advocacy.

There are two stages to applying to the Woman to Woman Fund. To apply for a grant applicants will first need to complete the stage 1 application. The deadline for stage 1 applications is 5 pm on the 6 July 2017.

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West Midlands Police – Offender Management Referral Pathways

Nosheen Khan is the Pathways Coordinator at West Bromwich Police Station Offender Management Team. The majority of crime is committed by a small proportion of the community. It is the job of the Offender Management Team to work with offenders to support them away from their criminal lifestyle by looking at the pathways to offending, which are:

1) Accommodation
Having nowhere to live, sofa surfing or living in the wrong location.

2) Education, employment and training
Occupying time with positive activity and accessing employment opportunities.

3) Health
Physical and mental health support.

4) Drugs and Alcohol support
Rehab and support away from this lifestyle.

5) Finance and debt
Support through benefit support, debt management.

6) Children and families
Family support with access to children, where appropriate.

7) Attitudes, thinking and behaviour
Changing the way the person is thinking and going through processes like Restorative Justice.

Women offenders need to be supported with:

8) Domestic abuse
Is she a victim? Does she need support through civil injunctions? Advice and support.

9) Sexual health
Has sexual abuse taken place and is medical and/or mental health support required.

Nosheen’s role is to build a database of local support organisations that can support offenders in their rehabilitation, by making local referrals to these organisations for the officers.

If you can support this work please contact Nosheen at West Bromwich Police Station on 101 Ext. 8811 3230, or email nosheen.khan@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk



Charities Urged to Apply For Privacy And Data Protection Grants

Charities are being urged to apply for one of the grants The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has made available to promote and support independent, innovative research and solutions focused on privacy and data protection issues.

There will be a number of grants awarded each year. Awards will be for a minimum £20,000 and a maximum £100,0000.

The objectives of the ICO Grants Programme are to:

  1. Support and encourage research and privacy enhancing solutions in significant areas of data protection risk, focused on projects that will make a real different to the UK public.
  2. Increase awareness of privacy enhancing solutions with data controllers across the UK.
  3. Improve understanding of how individuals view privacy issues, interactions with new technologies and promote better public awareness.
  4. Promote uptake and application of research results by relevant stakeholders, including policy makers.
  5. Develop existing privacy research capacity in academic and not-for-profit sectors.

Proposals do not need to be technology based but must have practical application and provide real world solutions that are of clear public benefit to the UK.

Further information about the Grants Programme, including eligibility, funding and outcome expectations is available on a dedicated page on the ICO website.

To view the full article click here.

Source: Charity Digital News

Nominate a Master

Do you know someone with strong links to the Black Country who has mastered a skill, trade or artform? Are they an expert in their field? You can nominate them below for inclusion in the 100 Masters project.

The term ‘mastery’ is characterised by a person having devoted their life to one particular pursuit, whether it be expert knowledge in an artform, trade or profession, and who are held in high esteem by their peers. We are looking to unearth the stories of commitment, refinement and diligence and are asking you to help us by nominating the Masters you know.

You can read the Nomination and Voting Guidelines here.

For more information on the 100 Masters click here.

Closing date for nominations is 30th June 2017.

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