May 2018

Monthly Archives

Black Country Lungs / Exhibition and Book Launch

Black Country Lungs is a new photo-book and exhibition of photographs and moving images made in collaboration with Multistory and Dutch photographer, Corrine Noordenbos.

It tells the stories of people living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in the Black Country through photographs and first hand testimonies.

The outdoor exhibition will be located in the wonderful surroundings of The Shakespeare Garden (adjacent to Lightwoods House) Adkins Lane, Bearwood, Smethwick B67 5DP. Books will be presented to participants, the Singing for Lung Health Choir (Wolverhampton) will perform and afternoon tea and scones will be served.

It’s free to attend and you’re welcome to bring friends and family. Please RSVP to Becky at or call 0121 569 2881 to let her know how many people will be attending.

The exhibition will be open daily from 17 – 31 May 2018, 10 am to 4 pm. An additional guided tour with Corrine will take place on Saturday, 19 May, 11 am to 12 noon. Free tickets can be booked on Multistory’s Facebook page

For more information about the project visit

Free Travel and Tourism qualification

Funded by the Black Country Impact Programme, Well Training is delivering a Level 1 qualification for 16 – 29 year olds, not in education, employment or training, in travel and tourism.

This is a fantastic opportunity to get training by industry professionals from the leisure, hospitality and tourism sector. The intensive training is delivered in five days at venues across the Black Country, and includes:

• FREE ongoing one-to-one coaching and support.
• FREE lunch and refreshments on the training days
• Travel costs of up to £5 per day reimbursed
• FREE £10 Amazon voucher on completion of the training.

For further information about this programme, email  Call 0121 667 9496, Mobile 07863 326027 or visit

Creative Communities – Connecting people and places

What’s it all about? Creative Black Country is looking to work with communities in Walsall, Wolverhampton and Sandwell to explore, participate and develop creative projects in the places where they live.

Creative Communities is a 3-year development programme that will help you to connect with artists, arts organisations and spaces (museums, theatres, fab labs). Creative Black Country will work with you to experiment and trial different activities, then build your ability to fundraise, programme and promote exciting cultural experiences in your community.

You will receive up to 14 days of pre-paid support from a highly experienced Arts Advisor. Arts Advisors work with you to explore creative opportunities, see great work and trial new ideas. A £2,400 kitty will be made available for each new Creative Communities group to support activity over 6 – 12 months.

Click here for more information about the programme. Contact CBC on 0121 525 1127 |

Applications will be open until the 1st June, 2018.

SCVO Awards for All Workshop

Are you thinking of applying for Awards for All grant?
Have you applied for an Awards for All grant and been unsuccessful?
New to applying to Awards for All?

If so, why not come along to SCVO’s ‘Awards for All’ workshop on Thursday 7th June 2018, 9.30am till 12.30pm at our Offices located at Landchard House, 1st Floor, Victoria Street, West Bromwich, B70 8ER.

This two and a half hour workshop is aimed at those community, voluntary and social enterprise organisations considering applying to The Big Lottery Fund for an Awards for All grant.

The workshop aims to provide:

• An introduction to Awards for All Grant Programme.
• Better understanding of how to apply for an Awards for All Grant.
• Better understanding of what makes a good application, what’s involved and the common mistakes.
• Practical experience of answering an Awards for All question.
• Practical hints and tips.

This workshop is FREE to groups that deliver all, or part, of their services to Sandwell residents.

For all other groups/attendees there is a £10.00 fee.

Tickets are limited. To reserve your place, please visit our Eventbrite page.

Big Lottery Fund Comes to Sandwell

Are you seeking funding from the Big Lottery Fund?
Do you want to talk over a project idea before applying?
Thinking of applying to the Big Lottery Fund but do not know where to start?

SCVO in partnership with the Big Lottery Fund will be running a series of monthly surgery sessions, on the second Monday of the month, starting from 14th May 2018, 9.30am until 3pm at SCVO’s Offices, 1st Floor Landchard House, Victoria Street, West Bromwich, B70 8ER.

The Lottery’s Grants Officer will be available for booked appointments to discuss potential project ideas, their grant programmes and how to apply.

Future dates for the surgery sessions include:

  • Monday 12th November 2018 – fully booked
  • Monday 10th December 2018 –  fully booked

Watch this space for more dates of when our surgery sessions will be taking place.

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

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