May 2018

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Promoting Sandwell Young People’s Emotional Health and Wellbeing Event

Supporting our young people to manage the ups and downs of life and grow into happy, healthy and resilient individuals is important to us all.

At present there are a number of different support services available across the borough helping young people manage their emotional and mental wellbeing through support and advice. Now all those who work with young people are invited to attend an event which will increase understanding of what’s on offer locally.

To make it easier, the event is being run twice on the same day, no charge is made for attending but booking is essential. The content of each session will be the same and therefore you only need to book on one session.

  • The first session – Monday 2nd July 1.00pm – 3.00pm – PLEASE NOTE THIS SESSION IS FULLY BOOKED 
  • Monday 2nd July 5.00pm – 7.00pm – Plenty of places left, please do book onto this informative session.  To book a place please click here

Both sessions are taking place at Hawthorns House, 4th Floor, Halfords Lane, West Bromwich, B66 1BB

The event will focus on how to help young people access support that best fits their needs, and will include information from different service providers including Kaleidoscope Plus Group, Murray Hall Community Trust, Sandwell Beam Project, Kooth, Point of Access and the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). Presentations will highlight how services are able to connect with each other to make support more effective and there will be opportunities for delegates to ask questions as well as to network informally.

 The event is aimed at anyone working with young people and adults in Sandwell up to the age of 25 including:-

  • Youth, children and family practitioners
  • Voluntary youth clubs
  • Schools
  • GPs and Practice Managers
  • Safeguarding leads
  • Health Visitors
  • Community and Faith leaders
  • Strategic leaders and service managers
  • Social workers


Meet Frances Craven Newly Appointed Chief Executive Sandwell Children’s Trust

SCVO are inviting voluntary and community sector organisations to attend a lunch and networking session which is being held on Wednesday 27th June 2018 from 1.00pm – 2.00pm at Krunch, Sandwell Christian Centre, Langley Crescent, Oldbury, B68 8RE

If you would like to attend this lunch and networking event please book your place here

Following lunch the Voluntary and Community Sector Children and Young People Forum will meet where we will be joined by Frances Craven, the newly appointed Chief Executive Sandwell Children’s Trust who will explain more about her role, the Trust and opportunities for working with the voluntary sector in the future.  Attendance at the Forum is open for any representative from the Sector to attend.

How to Make the Most of Facebook Charitable Giving Tools

Running England’s national air ambulance transfer service for children without any government funding is a costly feat – each life-saving transfer costs around £2,800, with two new helicopters planned for 2018. This year, Children’s Air Ambulance has pulled out all the stops to meet its goal of raising an extra £32m over 7 years.

The charity was one of the first in the UK to make use of Facebook Charitable Giving Tools after they were launched in the UK in September 2017.

Now free for charities, Facebook Charitable Giving tools offer them the chance to:

  • Add a donate button directly on their pages, and also on any posts they create, so people can donate directly to charities without leaving the site. These donate forms hold donors’ credit card details so it’s easier and quicker to give.
  • Alongside this, Facebook users can now launch their own fundraisers and are prompted to start one on their birthday for a charity of their choice.
  • Charities can also add a donation button to live video events through Facebook Live.

Facebook’s scale means charities can reach as wide an audience as possible, without having to justify a hefty investment of time or money. As a result of using the tools around its campaign, Children’s Air Ambulance raised almost ten times as much in 2017 than in the same period the previous year.

Michi MacLennan, Head of Digital and Innovation at The Air Ambulance Service – the organisation which runs Children’s Air Ambulance – shares his top tips for making the most out of the platform.

Don’t be Afraid to Experiment

Facebook’s new toolset for charities had just been launched in the UK when Children’s Air Ambulance was set to also launch its first TV advertising campain – ‘Their Life Above All’ in November, so the team had only a couple of months to prepare.

While other fundraising sites such as JustGiving famously charge a 5-6% transaction fee on donations, Facebook made the move of eliminating fees for non-profits soon after the launch of its Charitable Giving Tools, making it easy for charities to jump onboard and get stuck in.

“We wanted to make sure we didn’t use it in a way that harmed the campaign, so we did think about best use,” says MacLennan. “We wanted to make sure we were able to get people to the landing page to find out more about us, instead of just having people donate on the main video post and not explore further.”

“Something such as the main video ad and behind the scenes videos might be the first time people are aware of Children’s Air Ambulance, so instead of grabbing donations I thought it made more sense to take them to the landing page find out more about us, then take the next steps, whether to sign up for donations or other forms of getting involved. So we put the donate button on main facebook page, before starting to experiment with it on individual posts.”

To read the full Charity Digital News click here.

Payment Gateways for Charities – Which One is Right for You?

For a charity, there are few decisions that weigh as heavily as selecting the right payment gateway. For many non-profits, monetary donations are integral to funding charitable activities. Getting the donation process wrong is simply not an option.

What is a payment gateway?

A payment gateway is an e-commerce service provider that enables charities to process credit and debit card transactions.

Many charities choose to use payment gateways to process transactions over a fundraising platform like JustGiving for a number of reasons – for instance, having the ability to directly integrate so the payment process remains entirely on their own website or lower fees when handling a large number of transactions.

Making Your Choice

Choosing a payment gateway that is right for you comes down to what you require as a charity. Before you proceed with a provider, stop to ask the following:

  • What do you need from your payment gateway? Do you only need the functionality to take single donation payments? Do you require the ability to take recurring payments or set up a direct debit? Consider the level of flexibility you are going to require moving forwards as well as how your chosen provider will work with your other business tools – such as your CRM.
  • Is it straightforward and simple to use? If your payment gateway isn’t easy to use, then this could have serious implications for management staff-side.
  • Do you have control over the user experience? Will your payment gateway enable transactions onsite? How much creative control do you have over the design of the payment process? You’d be surprised at just how much a bad user experience can impact donations.
  • What are the fees? Is it crystal clear exactly how much your payment gateway is going to cost? Expect to pay a number of fees for your payment gateway, including set up, monthly and transactional. Make sure you’re aware of all costs involved – your payment partner may appear to be cheap up front, but a little digging will reveal if it’s really such a “good deal”.
  • Is your payment gateway legally compliant and secure? Most payment gateways are compliant with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). However, it’s your responsibility to check if your provider is up to the task – if you don’t, you could end up with a very unpleasant bill. Further to this, you should also consider how your provider could affect your GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) processes. It pays to do your due diligence.

Choosing the right payment gateway for your charity comes down to what best suits their organisation’s needs. It’s not a decision to take lightly, so be sure to thoroughly investigate your potential partners before “signing on the dotted line.”

So, what payment gateway is the best fit for your charity? Let’s take a look at a few of the industry leading providers.

To read the full Charity Digital News click here.

Henry Smith Charity – Holiday Grants

Schools, youth groups, not for profit organisations and charities have until the 2nd July 2018 to apply for grants of £500 to £2,500 to support recreational trips or holidays within the UK between the 1st July and 31st August 2018 for groups of children experiencing disadvantage or who have disabilities.

Priority will be given to applications coming from the 20% most deprived areas in the UK. The grants can cover up to two-thirds of the cost of a holiday or trip lasting one to seven days.

Although the deadline is the 2nd July 2018, decisions are made on a first come-first served basis until all the funds have been allocated.

More information

Hilden Charitable Funds

The Hilden Charitable Fund is open for applications. Within the UK, the Hilden Charitable Fund makes grants to projects that address disadvantage, notably by supporting causes which are less popular.

In particular, the Fund wants to support projects that:

• Address homelessness
• Supports asylum seekers and refugees
• Support community-based initiatives for disadvantaged young people 16 – 25
• Penal affairs.

The average grant awarded is £5,000 and preference is given to supporting small community organisations with an income of less than £500,000 per year. The Trust will consider funding project as well as core running costs of organisations.

The fund also makes grants for projects in developing countries; working on community development, education, and health. Trustees will particularly welcome projects that address the needs and potential of girls and women.

Trustees will be pleased to hear from UK Non-Governmental Organisations/charities and hope that UK NGOs/charities will encourage their local partners to apply directly to Hilden for grant aid.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday June 6th 2018.

More information

Skipton Building Society Grassroots Giving 2018

Community groups in the UK can apply to Skipton Building Society’s Grassroots Giving programme from the 1st May until the 31st July 2018. A total of £82,500 is available to help small groups and organisations make a difference in their neighbourhood.

To be in with a chance of receiving an award, groups must show a real commitment to their local community and demonstrate how they will make a difference and enhance lives in the neighbourhood.

Preference will be given to volunteer orientated groups, who are used to relying on minimal funds and the good will and generosity of members. The judges are looking for projects with ‘the greatest chance to progress ideas and activities with a lasting impact’.

The application process includes a public vote.  Please note that this scheme is not open to registered charities.

The closing date for applications will be the 31st July 2018.

Click here for more information including a list of previous award winners.

May At Manor House Museum

Spring is here and staff at the Manor House Museum in West Bromwich are getting ready for a host of events and activities for all ages.

Once again this year, the grounds of the Manor House will play host to the popular annual Shakespeare in Sandwell evening as the Festival Players roll into town performing The Winter’s Tale.

This outdoor theatre performance takes place on Monday 28 May from 5pm-8pm (doors open at 4.30pm). For prices, tickets and more information about the Shakespeare performance, call 0121 588 2985 or go to

Don’t miss the Dinosaur Takeover adventure on Sunday 3 June from 11am-3pm where visitors can step back in time more than 70 million years!

Get ready to meet ‘walking dinosaurs’! We will be joined by Pete the Dinosaur and his dino friends for a fun-filled day of digging for fossils, hunting for bones and crazy crafts. Entrance is free but there will be a small charge for some activities.

Sandwell’s museum services manager Jane Hanney said people interested in the history of the Manor House itself can come along on the second Sunday of the month, from 11am-3pm until September, to take a self-guided Manor House Through Time tour exploring the old beams and fascinating stories at their own pace.

“Visitors can walk around our 13th century Great Hall, visit our 16th century kitchen and learn what life would have been like during the years of the 19th century tenements,” said Jane.

Refreshments and cream teas will be available inside the newly-decorated Buttery Tearoom. Entrance on these tour days is free.

“It is wonderful to see this building come alive and be able to tell its stories to be enjoyed by the community for all sorts of reasons,” added Jane. “After all it’s been at the head of the local area for around 800 years, so it is pretty special!”

To find out more or learn how to book tickets for bookable events, call 0121 588 2985 or visit

The Noel Buxton Trust

The Noel Buxton Trust supports voluntary and community-based organisations in Great Britain and in some of the most vulnerable parts of Africa. The Trust operates three funding programmes:

Families and domestic abuse: The Trustees particularly acknowledge that there is a pervasive impact on children, and one that can affect them into adulthood and thus consider projects that work with survivors and/or perpetrators of domestic abuse. Grants of up to £5,000 over three years are offered to smaller, grass-roots organisations in England, Scotland and Wales with an emphasis on areas outside London, South-east England.

Penal Grants: Recognising the variety of Voluntary and Community Sector organisations working with offenders, grants are made to local campaigning organisations; self-help groups and service providers as follows:

  • One off grants of up to £3,000 to pay for specific projects that help maintain relationships between prisoners and their families or for work that supports the contributions that volunteers make within the prison community.
  • Grants of up to £4,000 per year over two to three years, particularly where a guaranteed on-going contribution is going to make a difference to the sustainability of a programme or activity.

Africa Grants: Supports projects based in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Uganda, Sudan and South Sudan put forward by small charities. Within these areas, priority will be given to work with communities living in urban slums and semi-arid regions where economic hardship is most extreme. Grants of up to £5,000 over three years are made to projects that focus on economic development i.e. small business support and training, and micro-finance in both urban and rural settings; building sustainable futures in the semi-arid areas of Africa; and support for and protection of street children that helps them find safe and sustainable livelihoods.

There is a rolling deadline. Apply at any time by sending a short letter with a case for funding to the address on the website.

More information

Invitation to Engagement Panel Meeting

If you are a voluntary and community sector organisation delivering services in Sandwell, then this event is for you. The Albion Foundation is running an Engagement Panel Meeting.

The meeting is to discuss what is working and what isn’t working in Sandwell for young people and how support services can be best helped.  The Albion Foundation are currently running projects in the Smethwick and Sandwell areas for children and young people aged 6 – 17 and they would like to let you know more about what they have on offer and discuss links that can be made by working together, including holiday provision within Sandwell and school activities.

The meeting is taking place on Wednesday 27th June from 11.30am – 12.30pm at Krunch, Langley Crescent, Oldbury, B69 8RE.

If you would like to attend the meeting please contact Lyndsey Wyse –

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