May 2018

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Charities Hit By a Lack of Trust

Charities are being hit by recent events in the news, with 25% of people citing a lack of trust as their reason not to donate. This is according to a new poll of 2,000 respondents carried out by ethical mobile network The People’s Operator (TPO).

The TPO study found that more than nine in 10 people donated to charity at some stage in their lives, either by giving money, offering raffle prizes or giving to a food bank. Each year the average UK adult will donate £72.95 to charities, with people from Southampton donating the most (£108.50 a year), and those from Sheffield the least (£35.07 a year).

Belfast, Leeds and Manchester were also found to be among the most generous people in the UK.

Some have gone the extra mile with over a quarter (27%) of the public raising an average of £446.80 in the past year through charity runs or fundraising events.

Sam Tilloston, CEO of TPO said: “We’re an extremely generous nation, donating more than £9.7 billon to charities annually. However, the recent series of events has seen charities hit hard, at a time when they need support the most.”

Possibly thanks to the support from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, millennials are the age group most likely to support mental health charities than any other age group (28% of millennials, compared to 16% of 55+ year olds).

Animal charities, along with those raising money for children’s illnesses, hospitals and hospices and combatting child abuse are also popular choices for donations. Women and people aged 45-54 year’s old are more likely to support animal charities than other groups. (41% of women compared to 29% of men).

However, missing persons charities are the least likely to be supported – with almost two thirds of us (62%) opting to choose a cause that has affected us personally.

It also emerged that less than one in ten would be more likely to donate to a charity fronted by a famous face.

To view the Infographic click here.

Source: Charity Digital News

ICO Campaign Helps Organisations Educate the Public on Data

The ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) launched its new ‘Your Data Matters’ public awareness campaign. Announced at its 11th annual conference yesterday, the campaign is aimed at increasing the public’s trust and confidence in how their data is used and made available.

The ‘Your Data Matters’ campaign provides organisations with ‘off the shelf’ material to share across their communications channels in the run up to GDPR becoming law on the 25th May.

The package of communications will include emails, adverts, leaflets social media messaging and videos, and will be available to download over the coming weeks.

They will aim to deliver consistent educational messages that will help individuals understand the changing data protection environment in a practical and straightforward way – messages that organisations, regardless of their sector or size, can refer to, link to or repeat to complement their own customer and staff communications.

Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said in her keynote speech at the ICO’s 11 annual conference:

“We’ve taken a collaborative approach inviting a range of businesses and organisations – public and private sector – to work with us to develop baseline educational messages about data protection reform for UK citizens. These are messages that will help raise awareness but also, I hope, increase trust in our data driven world.”

With GDPR looming, organisations are under pressure to conform to the new regulations and prove to a cynical public that they are responsible data handlers. Research from the ICO carried out last August showed that only one fifth of the UK public (20%) have trust and confidence in companies and organisations storing their personal information, while less than one in ten (8%) of UK adults say they have a good understanding of how their personal data is made available to third parties and the public.

Just recently, public trust in data handling faces a crisis in the wake of Facebook’s high profile data leak. Denham went on to say how recent events have demonstrated that data protection and privacy are now more important to the UK public than ever before.

“It has been hard to miss the exposé of Cambridge Analytica’s alleged use of personal data in election campaigns, including information gathered from Facebook,” she said. “The dramatic revelations of the last few weeks can be seen as a game changer in data protection. Suddenly, everyone is paying attention.”

Denham added: “The proper use of personal data can achieve remarkable things. It can improve, ease and enrich our lives. Now, more than ever, the role of data protection practitioner is not just as a guardian of privacy but as an ambassador for the appropriate use of personal data in line with the law.”

Source: Charity Digital News

Strong line-up of individuals for Sandwell Volunteer Awards

Organisers have hailed one of the strongest line-ups of individuals, nominated in the history of the Sandwell Volunteer Bi annual Awards.

The event has attracted record-breaking numbers of nominees, from large and small groups across the borough, all eager to demonstrate the passion and value of their loyal volunteers.

More than 100 entries have been received, all those nominated for an award will receive a certificate, regardless of whether they are shortlisted for an award. Further independent judging to select the ultimate winner of each category is taking place.

As the centre celebrates 40 years operating within Sandwell, this significant milestone will take place during National Volunteer’s Week 1 – 7 June.

Volunteer Centre Sandwell CEO Jean Taylor said “Each year the standard of nominations to Sandwell Volunteer Awards gets stronger and stronger. It is a huge tribute to the quality of volunteers we have in Sandwell, giving their skills, talents and precious time. We at VCS are proud that individuals, groups and organisations choose these awards to appreciate their outstanding volunteers.”

The centre has been contacted by the West Midlands Honors Coordinator, West Midlands Lieutenancy, to enhance the number of quality submissions made from Sandwell to receive an honor from the Prime Minister’s Office and Her Majesty the Queen.

The Sandwell Volunteers Awards and 40th Celebration Reception will be held on Saturday, 2 June 2018.

The Baily Thomas Charitable Fund

The Baily Thomas Charitable Fund is a registered charity that was established to provide both research and project funding in the area of severe learning difficulties, including autism for both children and adults.

Grants are made to cover capital projects and core costs to include staff costs, general running and office costs at charitable organisations, schools and centres.

Applications will only be considered from voluntary organisations that are registered charities or are associated with a registered charity. Schools and Parent Teacher Associations and Industrial & Provident Societies can also apply. Funding in the past has ranged in value from £250 to £150,000.

The next deadline for applications seeking funding in excess of £10,000 is the 1st December 2018.

Applications for £10,000 and below are considered under the Small Grants procedure and can be submitted at any time.

More information

Rosa UK

Not for profit organisations run by, for, and with women in the UK, have until 5 pm on the 29th May 2018 to apply for grants of between £500 and £3,000 to support projects that will increase the skills, capacity and credibility of women who wish to challenge gender inequality and promote awareness and change.

The type of activities supported include:

• Travel costs for a service user to speak at an event or national conference
• Presentation, media or lobbying training to support organisational advocacy strategies.
• Costs of creating campaign materials, such as posters, infographics or videos
• Articulating the story of a woman to champion an organisation’s work
• Making a case to local commissioners for the value of a service
• Meeting costs with local/national government representatives or for planning a campaign.

The funding is being made available through the Voices from the Frontline Programme, which is run by Rosa, a charitable fund set up to support initiatives that benefit women and girls in the UK.

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Hilden Charitable Funds Summer Play Scheme

The Hilden Charitable Funds Summer Play Scheme is now open for applications.

The Fund supports community groups and voluntary agencies with an income of less than £150,000 that run summer play schemes for children between the ages of 5 and 18 in disadvantaged communities.

Supported schemes should be:
• Locally based
• Last between two and six weeks
• Have strong volunteer support.
• Some priority will be given to projects that show that they are inclusive of children from refugee families and have BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) involvement
The closing date for applications is the Friday, 1st June 2018.

More information

Join The Green Man At Oak House Museum

Families get the chance to celebrate the ancient traditions of Green Man Folklore in a fun-filled event in West Bromwich, organised by Sandwell Museums.

The event on Sunday 13th May at the 17th Century Oak House Museum and grounds, Oak Road, West Bromwich, begins at noon running until 4pm.

Visitors can listen to 17th century folk tales and make springtime head garlands and see blacksmith demonstrations, which was an industry the Turton family who lived at Oak House, were involved with in the 1600s.

They can also enjoy Tudor dancing inside the house with Oak House favourite historical interpretation group Gloriana.  Morris dancers will be performing throughout the day on the terrace at the back of the visitor’s centre.

There will be some stalls to browse including a children’s Usborne Book stall.  The RSPB and the Wildlife Trust will have stalls with some interactive activities.

Museum services manager manager Jane Hanney said: “Visitors can also enjoy our new information about the grounds at Oak House that tells the story of what was going on outside the buildings 400 years ago.  The Oak House was the centre of a busy farm and would had a kitchen garden growing herbs and vegetables and an orchard growing fruits as well as a new formal garden for the Turton family to walk in.

For more information, visit –, follow @sandwellmuseums on Twitter and like ‘Sandwell Museums & Arts Service’ on Facebook.

Couch to 5K Running Programme

Sandwell Leisure Trust, in Partnership with The Kaleidoscopeplus Group, is running a 9 week beginner running programme for anyone who wants to take up running.

The course starts on Wednesday 23rd May – 18th July, each Wednesday from 7pm – 8pm at Tipton Sports Academy, Wednesbury Oak Road, Tipton, DY4 0BS.

Participants must register and pay online prior to attending the first session.  For more information call 0300 012 0121 or e-mail

Small Charities Asked to Help Digital Accelerator Programme

Tech for good organisation CAST (Centre for the Acceleration of Social Technology) is looking for smaller charities’ input for its new digital accelerator programme launching in July.

Aimed at smaller charities wanting to make a big impact with digital, the fully-funded Fuse accelerator programme is a 12 week workshop where charities are paired up with a team of digital experts from CAST, to plan and build a new digital service or product for them to take to pilot.

Chairites that have worked with CAST so far include Breast Cancer Care and Action for Children – but now the organisation is seeking out smaller charities to boost their digital innovation and knowledge.

CAST is asking charities with annual income of £1m or less to share their ambitions and challenges around digital, and what would help them achieve their vision. They will use this feedback to help shape the Fuse accelerator programme, along with new programmes, resources and events aimed at smaller charities.

Charities can book a 30 minute call with CAST and in return will recieve support, expertise and connections.

Supported by organisations including Comic Relief and the Nominet Trust, CAST was launched in 2016 and has since worked with over 300 nonprofits of all sizes, with the aim of supporting them to become more resilient and responsive to the changing needs of their communities.

This includes its Digital Fellowship, where CAST works with senior charity leaders to embed digital into their organisational strategy and governance, and a bespoke consultancy service to help charities meet their unique challenges around digital.

Charities can go to the web page here to book their free 30 minute call with CAST, or click here to find out more about the Fuse accelerator programme.

Churchill Fellowship

The Churchill Fellowship is now open for applications. A Churchill Fellowship funds people to travel for 4-8 weeks abroad, researching a topic of their own choice that can make a difference to their profession or community when they come home.

Fellows can visit several countries and continents, meeting key people in their topic and gaining hands-on expertise. On return they make change happen in their workplace or region, among practitioners or policy-makers, at local or national level. Impact

Fellowships are awarded in the fields of: Artists & makers, Education, Emergency services, Enterprise and social impact, Environment, Healthcare, Migration, Nursing, Rural living, Science, Suicide prevention – and there is an Open category for everything else. Young people aged 18-25 are actively encouraged to apply.

Everyone can apply, regardless of qualifications, age or background. You just need to be a UK citizen aged 18 or more. What the Fellowship is looking for is bright ideas from people who are keen to make change happen.

Applications can be made on the website.

The deadline for applications is 18 September 2018.

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