July 2018

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ICO fines charity £100,000 for data protection breach

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined the British and Foreign Bible Society £100,000 after cyber hackers gained access to more than 400,000 supporters’ personal data.

The Commissioner found that, although the Society was the victim of a criminal act, it failed to take appropriate technical and organisational steps to protect its supporters’ personal data.

Between November and December 2016, the intruders exploited a weakness in the Swindon-based charity’s network to access the personal data of 417,000 of its supporters. The ICO said some payment card and bank account details were placed at risk for some of these supporters.

The attackers deployed ransomware, and whilst the society’s data was not permanently damaged or rendered inaccessible by the encryption, the attackers were able to transfer some files out of the network.

From the Civil Society.

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Free Falls Prevention Guide

Having a fall is not an inevitable part of ageing. With the right knowledge and support, you can help yourself to stay steady on your feet and protect your health and independence.

A free falls prevention guide, Staying Steady Staying Safe, is available for anyone over 65 who lives in Sandwell, or registered with a GP in Sandwell.

Contact Agewell on 0121 796 9333 or email info@agewelluk.org.uk

Free counselling for carers of people with dementia

BUDS is offering a free confidential counselling service to carers of people with dementia.

The hourly sessions are available on Tuesdays between 1 pm and 3 pm, at Great Bridge Library, Sheepwash Lane, Tipton DY4 7JF.

If you would like to book a session, please contact BUDS on 0121 565 3721.

Would you like to be a Volunteer Driver for Murray Hall?

People often struggle to find appropriate transport to attend hospital appointments. Volunteer Drivers make a positive difference by enabling people to access vital hospital appointments.

Have you got time to give and are interested in making an invaluable contribution in supporting people through some of the most difficult times of their lives? You will:

• choose a time to suit yourself
• be supported by a volunteer co-ordinator and team
• have out of pocket expenses reimbursed
• find it an enriching experience
• meet new people

For more details, please contact the Volunteer Co-ordinator, Murray Hall Community Trust, on Tel: 0121 612 2939 or Fax: 0121 612 2934.

Improving the health and wellbeing of the people in Sandwell and Western Birmingham

Could you play a part in further developing integrated care in Sandwell and Western Birmingham? Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group is looking for people from local communities to be part of a group of patients and carers, who can advise the new Board how best to develop an integrated care system for the area.

The CCG is working closely with Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust to drive forward closer integration across health and care services, so that people living and working in the area can get better access to high quality care with improved outcomes. The senior leaders of these organisations have appointed an independent chair and are bringing on board more partners.

If you would like to find out more about the developing integrated care system and the service user advisory group that is being set up, please go along to an information event which is taking place on:

Date: Friday 10 August 2018
Venue: The National Metalforming Centre 49 Birmingham Road, West Bromwich B70 6PY
Time: 10.30 am – 12:00 pm

At this event you will hear from Andy Williams, Accountable Officer at Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG, about the developing plans and how you can play a part. Andy will talk about their distinct approach and ambition, including:

• A focus on the first 1’000 days of life to reduce adverse childhood experience and improve equity and life chances.
• A focus on later life including integrated care for frail elderly and end of life.

To book your place please contact Linda Martin on 0121 612 1447 or via email to Linda.Martin15@nhs.net

Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust

The next deadline for applications to the Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust is 1st September 2018. Charities registered in the UK and working to offer sanctuary, rehoming and rehabilitation to animals in the UK and/or internationally, can apply.

The maximum funding available is £35,000 and to be eligible to apply the applicant organisations should be a UK registered charity (unless the applicant’s income is below £5,000 per year); have independently examined up to date annual accounts; and have an active re-homing and rehabilitation policy for animals taken into care.

Organisations involved with conservation of wildlife, the rescue, rehabilitation and (where possible) release of animals are also eligible to apply. The funding can be used for general running costs or capital purchases.

If you have any questions about applications please email Madeleine Orchard, the Trust’s Administrator, at orchardjswelfare@gmail.com

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Greggs Foundation Local Community Projects Fund

The next application deadline for the Greggs Foundation Local Community Projects Fund is the 28 September 2018.

The Foundation is a grant making trust that distributes around £1.8 million per year to organisations throughout England, Scotland and Wales. The Local Community Projects Fund makes grants of up to £2,000 to not for profit organisations with a turnover of less than £300,000 a year who work to reduce the disadvantage of the most deprived people in the community.

This should include one or more of the following communities of interest i.e. people who are:

Disabled or suffering chronic illness
Living in poverty
Voluntary carers
Homeless people
Isolated older people
Other demonstrable significant need

The Foundation is more likely to make grants to local organisations based near Greggs shops. Please use the shop locator on the Greggs website to find their nearest shop.

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Biffa Awards

Biffa Awards which are part of the Landfills Communities Fund has announced that grants of between £10,000 and £75,000 are available to not for profit organisations for community buildings and re-building biodiversity projects.

Under the Re-building Biodiversity funding stream grants are available to support site-based projects that protect and enhance biodiversity across the UK, particularly those concentrating on species and habitats that have been identified as a priority in Biodiversity Action Plans as well as green spaces; woodland walks; play areas; sports facilities; and community gardens; etc.   To be eligible the project site must be within 15 miles of a significant Biffa operation.

Through the Community Buildings Funding Stream grants are available to provide and improve community buildings such as village halls, community centres and church halls to act as mechanisms for community involvement.  Priority is given to those projects that enhance, maintain or introduce real community led social, economic or environmental improvements.  To be eligible projects must be within 5 miles of a significant Biffa Operation and 10 miles of an active Biffa landfill site.

There is a two-stage application process.  The closing date for submitting an Expression of Interest is the 13 August 2018.

Projects successful at this stage will have until the 14th September 2018 to submit a full application.  Biffa Awards will fund up to 90% of eligible project costs.

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Local Trust

A new fund has been launched that will provide funding of between £50,000 and £300,000 to disadvantaged areas in England to use arts and creativity to make positive changes in their community.

To qualify areas must demonstrate need, such as having higher levels of unemployment, a higher proportion of children in poverty or lower levels of health compared to the general population.

This new programme is a collaboration between the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the Big Lottery Fund and Local Trust and the closing date for submitting expressions of interest is the 28th September 2018.

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Music for All

The charity of the UK musical instrument industry, Music for All, was founded on the belief that everyone should have the opportunity to learn to play music.

Community groups, schools and individuals can apply for grant and other support for community music making projects that offer experiences for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Projects and initiatives supported will be:
Taking place in the UK
Aiming to bring music to their community
Needing a “helping hand” to fulfil their potential in becoming truly sustainable music programmes.

Recent awards include the Inspiring Community project in West Yorkshire, a non-profit group that gives young people the chance to learn new skills, received help to purchase keyboards that could be used to teach the children; and Alderman Richard Hallam Primary School in Leicester received support to purchase thirty brass instruments manufactured in plastic to encourage the children to take up music.

The application deadline is 1st November 2018 for funding requirement in the following January.

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