August 2018

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Launch of new Jobs and Training publication

A new publication is being launched to give people living across the Black Country a helping hand if they are looking to improve their skills, find work or need tips and advice on changing a career.

The Jobs and Training magazine will offer dedicated area features and industry spotlights, case studies, funding news and information, course directories plus information, advice and guidance. It will also offer a loyalty scheme, giving regular readers the opportunity to earn rewards and vouchers when the first issue comes out towards the end of September.

A website and a mobile app providing a complete online solution for learners to find career opportunities will complement the bi-monthly magazine.

Around 20,000 issues will be distributed twice a month through supermarkets, Job Centre Plus sites, community centres, adult learning centres and retail and hospitality hotspots in Walsall, Wolverhampton, Sandwell and Dudley. Copies would will also be available from the Council House in Oldbury.

Neil Harding, business development manager for Jobs and Training, said: “The main focus is to provide people with easy access to courses, local providers and career opportunities.

“But we can also help reduce the spend of businesses who can waste thousands of pounds per year on hit and miss marketing in search of the right person for the right opportunity. Our dedicated product will provide the link between learners, training providers and employers.

“There are also hundreds or even thousands of opportunities that are being missed, including millions of pounds of funding that may be handed back because people don’t know what’s available and what they are entitled to.

“Jobs and Training hopes to fill the gap in this market and keep learners and businesses updated.”

For more information about Jobs and Training, telephone Rachel Gardiner on 0121 501 2243 or email

Workshop for Muslim Couples

The Yemeni Community Association is delighted to be hosting this workshop on Sunday, 9 September 2018, from 9.30 am to 5.00 pm.

The speaker, Dr Suzy Ismail, renowned author and international speaker, is visiting the UK and the West Midlands for the first time. Dr Ismail works therapeutically and compassionately with Muslim couples.

The workshop is for counsellors, psychotherapists, family support workers or any professional interested in the subject.

The cost of the workshop is £95 per person (CPD certificate of attendance and light lunch included).

The venue is Greets Green Access Centre, Tildasley Street, West Bromwich B70 9SJ. For further details please contact the YCA on 0121 525 3909 or email

Register via Eventbrite

Wolfson Foundation

The Wolfson Foundation has announced that the next closing date for stage 1 applications to its Health and Disability Grants Programme is the 5th January 2019.

Through the programme, the Wolfson Foundation, makes grants of between £15,000 – £100,000 for new buildings, refurbishments and equipment for a range of organisations delivering excellent care and support. The funding is focused on:

Palliative Care and Hospices
Older People
Transitions and Independence.
Match funding is required for projects over £50,000.

The Foundation does not provide funding for clinical care which might be considered the proper responsibility of the National Health Service (e.g. refurbishment of hospital wards or other facilities, or provision of surgical equipment).

The Foundation also encourage applications from all parts of the UK, especially regions that have few alternative sources of funding.

More information

Lloyds Bank Foundation

Registered charities with incomes between £25,000 and £1 million, working with people over the age of 17 facing complex social issues, will be able to apply for grants of up to £100,000 through the Lloyds Bank Foundation Invest programme.

The programme opens for applications on the 28th August 2018 and close on the 5th October 2018.

More information

Digital to Drive Government Civil Society Strategy

Government calls for better apps and ‘digital technology-for-good’ to boost democratic innovation and bolster charities’ work across age ranges, among other proposals.

The UK Government’s first Civil Society Strategy proposal for 15 years has been unveiled. The strategy claims to place communities at the centre of decision-making, and focuses on five key foundations of social value: people, places and the public, private and social sectors.

The charity sector strategy compliments plans to grow the UK’s economy and boost productivity by ‘building a more connected society’, where ‘everyone can play their part in a fairer, healthier and more prosperous country’.

It aims to create more opportunities for people to actively take part in community decisions, as well as highlighting ways to harness the power of digital and technology ‘for public good’, according to a Government statement.

Civil Society Strategy actions include:

The launch of an ‘Innovation in Democracy’ pilot scheme in six regions across the country. This will trial ways for people to take a more direct role in decisions that affect their local area. This could include ‘citizens juries’ or mass participation in decision-making on community issues via an online poll or app.

Use of digital technology-for-good to improve the work charities can provide to support healthy ageing, bolster online safety, and better connect people in an effort to tackle loneliness.

Unlocking £20m from ‘inactive’ charitable trusts (those which spend less than 30% of annual income) to support community organisations over the next two years. The work will be carried out in conjunction with the Charity Commission and UK Community Foundations.

The establishment of an independent organisation that will distribute £90m from dormant bank accounts to get disadvantaged young people into employment.

To read the full Charity Digital News article click here.



Royal Society of Chemistry – Outreach Fund Small Grants Scheme

Individuals and organisations such as researchers, museums, schools, community groups, not-for-profit organisations, arts groups and libraries can apply for grants of up to £10,000 to run chemistry-based events and activities for public audiences and in schools.

Priority will be given to projects that raise awareness of the place of chemistry in people’s everyday lives, especially those not already interested in chemistry, and/or develop the science communication skills of people who are already highly trained in chemistry.

The Outreach Fund is split into two categories: Small grants – up to £2,000; and Large grants – between £2,000 and £10,000.

The closing date for small grants is 12 noon on the 10th September 2018. Applications for the large grants programme are currently closed and will re-open for applications in January 2019.

More information

Funding Digest: 27th August to 9th September 2018

It’s w/c 27th August 2018 and, for regular followers of our ‘Funding Digest‘ publication, you might be wondering about the next edition.

Well, there will be a short delay in its production as the regular editor is currently enjoying a short period of Annual Leave.

But don’t despair, because you can still access funding information on a ‘live’ basis by using our FREE (yes, FREE) ‘Funding Portal‘…and this is available whenever* you need it, not just every fortnight!

Simply follow the instructions on the Portal introduction page: to get access to information that would be provided in the Digest and much, much more!

Plus…you don’t have to be a member of SCVO, or based in Sandwell, to use it – it’s FREE to anyone signing up.

Normal Digest service will be resumed from Monday, 10th September 2018.


*As this service is provided by a third party, availability is subject to their operating requirements.


Sainsbury’s Local Food Partner Programme

Sainsbury’s continues to expand its Local Food Partner Programme and is accepting applications from local charities to join the network.

Local food partner charities can collect dry and tinned food donated by customers and/or fresh food donated by Sainsbury’s to distribute in the community.

Applicants must be a registered charity, have appropriate Food Hygiene certification and be able to collect donated food regularly from your partner store. Applications can be submitted at any time.

More information

Grants to Support the Cataloguing and Scoping of Archives

A new funding programme launched in February 2018 to support the cataloguing and scoping of archives is due to re-open for a second round in October 2018.

‘Archives Revealed’ is the only source of funding available in the UK dedicated to cataloguing and unlocking archives and comprises two funding strands: Cataloguing Grants of up to £40,000 and Scoping Grants of up to £3,000 are available.

Public sector bodies, registered charities, other not-for-profit organisations can apply. The funding is being made available through a partnership between the National Archives and the Pilgrims Trust.

More information

The Birmingham Honey Show

The Birmingham and District Beekeepers’ Association is proud to announce this year’s Birmingham Honey Show will be on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd September 2018, 10 am – 4 pm.

For an fun day out, go along to Martineau Gardens at 27 Priory Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B5 7UG where you can:

View the Honey Show competition entries
Make your own Beeswax candle
Buy local honey and other hive products
Indulge yourself at the Cake stall
See live bee demonstration (weather permitting)
Visit the Observation Hive

Admission is free and there is plenty of parking!  For more information visit the website

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