August 2017

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FREE DIY Pallet Courses

Did you want a job or wish to develop your skills, or want to enhance your confidence to become a better you? Do you have an idea or want to run your own business?

Trident Reach is running free DAY Pallet Courses at three locations in the borough, starting Friday 1 September.

If you wish to know or reserve a place, please call Gemma on 07795 496 686 or email


Reaching The Community – Reach Up Day

Trident Reach extends an invite to their Reaching the Community, Reach Up Day on Tuesday 5 September 2017, 11 am – 3 pm, at 70 Brasshouse Lane, Smethwick B66 1BA

At the event you will be able to find out more about Trident Reach’s services in Sandwell, as such

Support Services
Building Better Opportunities (BBO)
Children Services (BBO only)

Activities and refreshments will be provided.

For further information please contact the time on 0121 505 3617 or email or

Council Tax Reduction Scheme for 2018/19

Sandwell Council has just gone live with a consultation on its Council Tax Reduction scheme for 2018/19.

There is no change between the current scheme and the intended scheme for 2018/19.

The Council is seeking the views of stakeholders, residents or any interested party. These are requested by 19th September 2017

Further information available on the Council’s website.


Parent Power Hub – Discover a greater destiny through learning

Is your child… struggling at school? Unchallenged? Suffering from a learning difficulty? Disengaged? Exhibiting challenging behaviour? Displaying low self-esteem? Or something else?…

Many parents want the best for their children but do not know the pathway to success. Do not allow these barriers to stifle the destiny your child deserves.  With careful thought, planning and determination it is possible to achieve the impossible.

Home School Social Enterprise is hosting a unique event on Tuesday, 5 September 2017, 5 pm – 7 pm at Pulse Soccer & Fitness, Friar Park Road, Wednesbury WS10 0JS.

Attendees will have the opportunity to speak to like-minded parents and professionals to discuss barriers to learning and to leave with practical strategies to support your child to succeed.

Contact Colin Rankine on 07500 416 635, email  or visit the website for details.

KeyRing Support seeks Community Living Volunteers

KeyRing Support seeks to recruit Community Living Volunteers.  The role of Community Living Volunteer includes 14 hours of support to vulnerable adults within the Sandwell area. Volunteers assist with a wide range of tasks such as housing, bills, benefits and community activities.

The role requires no experience as training will be given.  KeyRing Support can offer free accommodation.  Successful candidates are subject to a DBS check.

For further information please contact Lucy on 07534 350 167, email or Michelle on 07974 673 154, email


Free Safeguarding training from Sandwell Safeguarding Adults Board

Sandwell Safeguarding Adults Board (SSAB) is offering free safeguarding training.  Click here to read about learning opportunities.

For support accessing or creating an account, please contact Learning Pool help desk on 0845 0744 114.


Genetic Disorders UK

The 2018 Jeans for Genes grant programme will re-open for applications on the 1st September 2017. Funds raised on Jeans for Genes Days provide grants to disorder-specific charities and patient groups to fund projects and services for children affected by genetic disorders.

Members of Genetic Disorders UK’s partnership network can apply for grants of between £500 and £25,000 to cover day-to-day support, equipment, nursing, patient support services and events which bring together affected children and their families.

In 2017, grants were awarded to 22 organisations including:
The Scottish Huntington’s Association for a five-day Summer camp for young people affected by Huntington’s disease.
Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia Support Group to provide families with a DVD with the very latest information about PCD.
Dravet Syndrome UK to fund a family weekend away in an environment that is prepared for the serious medical issues that may arise for affected children, and offering a life-line to parents.

Apply online when the 2018 programme opens.

More information

Emconet seeks Volunteers

Emconet is a Smethwick based registered charity, led by migrants and aimed on improving Eastern European migrants’ economic and social aspects of integration in the UK.

The goal of Emconet is to help East-Europeans regain their confidence, learn about their rights and responsibilities within the UK job market and be able to live, work and become fully integrated in the community without the fear of being excluded due to their cultural background.

The group is looking for volunteers to work in a variety of roles. Please click on link
to find out more about the role and how to register your interest.

Administrative Assistant
Information and Advice
Befriender – Coach
Community Support Worker

Less Than A Third Of Charities Aware Of New Cheque Clearing System

Just under a third of charities (30%) know about the introduction of cheque imaging, which will go live with some banks and building societies from 30 October 2017.

This is an increase from 23% last year. Awareness of the new system amongst consumers (15%) is at a similar level to last year, as is business awareness at 20%.

The roll-out of cheque imaging will be complete in the second half of 2018, when all of the UK’s banks and building societies will clear all cheques via the image-based system to the faster timescale. The precise date as to when this will happen will be announced by the industry in due course. Until then, two clearing systems will operate in parallel, which means that some cheques that customers write or pay-in will be cleared more quickly via the image system, and some will clear to the existing, six weekday timescale through the current, paper-based system. Banks and building societies will be advising their customers of their individual roll-out plans as appropriate.

James Radford, Chief Executive Officer of the Cheque and Credit Clearing Company, said: “Although the findings from our research indicate that awareness levels of cheque imaging are highest amongst businesses and charities, it is important that all organisations such as these – that write or receive cheques – speak to their bank or building society if they want to find out more. They can then adapt their processing systems accordingly, prior to the phased roll-out of the new system, which begins on 30 October 2017.”

The new system will mean that if a customer pays in a cheque on a weekday they will be able to withdraw the funds by 23.59 on the next weekday (excluding bank holidays) at the latest, with many banks and building societies likely to allow access to the funds earlier than this.

Introduction of the new process will also mean that when a cheque is paid in, not only will the recipient receive the money in their account more quickly; the money will leave the account of the person or business that wrote the cheque to the faster timescale too.
Customers will still write cheques as they do today and give or post them to recipients in exactly the same way as they always have. Cheque recipients will still be able to pay in cheques in the normal variety of ways, such as at a bank or building society, by post or at an ATM. This continuation of regular customer practice is particularly important for charities, 29% of whom say they receive half or more of their donation income by cheque.

To read the full Charity Digital News Article click here.

Bored and Distracted Employees Are Biggest Security Risk, Poll Reveals

Employees who become distracted at work are more likely to be the cause of human error and a potential security risk, according to a poll conducted by Centrify – prompting charities to consider how automating processes or varying job roles could avoid potentially damaging data breaches.

While more than a third (35%) of survey respondents cite distraction and boredom as the main cause of human error, other causes include heavy workloads (19%), excessive policies and compliance regulations (5%), social media (5%) and password sharing (4%). Poor management is also highlighted by 11% of security professionals, while 8% believe human error is caused by not recognising data security responsibilities at work.

According to the survey, which examines how human error might lead to data security risks, over half (57%) believe organisations will eventually trust technology enough to replace employees as a way of avoiding human error in the workplace.

Despite the potential risks of human error at work, however, nearly three-quarters (74%) of respondents feel that it is the responsibility of the employee, rather than technology, to ensure that their organisation avoids a potential data breach.

“It’s interesting that the majority of security professionals we surveyed are confident that organisations will trust technology enough to replace people so that fewer mistakes are made at work, yet on the other hand firmly put the responsibility for data security in the hands of employees rather than technology,” commented Andy Heather, VP and Managing Director, Centrify EMEA.

“It seems that we as employees are both responsible and responsible – so responsible for making mistakes and responsible for avoiding a potential data breach. It shows just how aware we need to be at work about what we do and how we behave when it comes to our work practices in general and our security practices in particular.”

Source: Charity Digital News

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