September 2018

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Could YOU Inspire Young People…as a ‘Pitch Adviser’ for NCS?

The National Citizen Service (NCS) is a 3 week programme open to all 15-17 year olds that helps young people to build skills, take on challenges, make friends and work with charities and organisations in their local community.

We are looking for Pitch Advisers to help our young people to create inspirational and lasting social action projects. As a Pitch Adviser, you will sit on a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style panel and will see between 5-7 teams who will pitch their plans for a social action project they will be carrying out the following week. Your role will be to give advice and expertise to improve their project and make it even more impactful.

The Autumn 2018 programme is currently being planned, with available dates at a number of locations across the Black Country.

If you would like to know more, please contact:

Nicole Meek – Assistant Programme Manager –

SAPA’s sale of play/office equipment and resources

Sandwell Adventure Play Association (SAPA) will be holding two sales at their headquarters at Riddins Mound Play Centre, Training & Enterprise Centre, Applewood Grove (off Southbank Road), Cradley Heath/Rowley Regis B64 6EW.

Please click on the Facebook links for details:

Friday 5 October – 10:30 am – 2:30 pm

Monday 8 October – 11:30 am – 4:30 pm

The items includes:

– Assortment of children’s indoor and outdoor play equipment, art and craft materials, furniture, bikes, toys, educational resources, books, tables, chairs, indoor and outdoor sports equipment.

– Office equipment/furniture (filing cabinets, desks, computers, cupboards, etc) and Kitchen items (cooker, fridge, kettle, blender, plates, dishes, cups, and cutlery).

All items are available at a fraction of the cost of new – open to everyone and ideal for both home use and organisations that offer areas for children’s play.

Tel – 01384 567162
Mobile – 07759 698026

Office Hours Mon – Thurs 10:00 am to 4 .00 pm

Crossroads Care Upcoming Training Courses

Crossroads Care will be delivering the following training courses up to the end of October 2018.

• Wednesday 26th September 2018, 09.30-11.30 – Infection Prevention & Control (Standard 15 – Care Certificate) @ £30pp
• Thursday 27th September 2018, 09.00-16.00 – Highfield Level 2 Award in Health and Safety within the Workplace (RQF) @ £40pp
• Thursday 4th October 2018, 09.30-12.30 – Manual Handling & Hoisting Awareness @ £30pp
• Wednesday 10th October 2018, 10.00-13.00 – Medication Administration Awareness @ £30pp
• Monday 15th October 2018, 10.00-12.00 – Infection Prevention & Control (Standard 15 – Care Certificate) @ £30pp
• Monday 15th October 2018, 12.30-14.30 – Safeguarding Children (Standard 11 – Care Certificate) @ £30pp
• Tuesday 16th October 2018, 09.00-12.00 – Medication Administration Awareness @ £30pp
• Wednesday 17th October 2018, 09.30-11.30 – Fluids & Nutrition (Standard 8 – Care Certificate) @ £30pp
• Friday 19th October 2018, 09.00-12.00 – Safeguarding Adults (Standard 10 – Care Certificate) @ £30pp
• Monday 22nd October 2018, 09.30-11.30 – Safeguarding Children (Standard 11 – Care Certificate) @ £30pp
• Thursday 25th October 2018, 09.00-11.00 – Fluids & Nutrition (Standard 8 – Care Certificate) @ £30pp
• Monday 29th October 2018, 09.00-11.00 – Fluids & Nutrition (Standard 8 – Care Certificate) @ £30pp
• Monday 30th October 2018, 14.00-16.00 – Personal Care Training @ £30pp

Courses are scheduled to run from Crossroads’ premises at 494 Wolverhampton Road, Oldbury B68 8DG.

Courses can be also tailored to meet requirements, including being delivered at your work place (additional charges may apply). Please contact Clare Baker or Graham Evans on 0121 553 6483 ext. 2320/2310 for details.

Visit the website at

New Ways to Volunteer

Some things never change. Volunteering, as always, is simply giving time for no monetary reward. Not everyone can do everything, as they say, but everyone can do something.

Over time, there has been a shift in the way people choose to volunteer. Many people used to volunteer to fill their time in a general way, and many still do. But, there’s a definite trend towards volunteers who are passionate about a particular cause they want to serve.

Many people are also volunteering for specific experiences or rewards rather than taking a general approach to volunteering. Volunteers are also tending to use their time differently; some people are more likely to give their time to volunteering in bite sized chunks rather than a longer-term commitment.

As a result, many organisations are now considering promoting activities that reflect these new ways of volunteering. Volunteering does not mean, for example, joining an organisation or society. Volunteering can be as simple as helping out a friend or neighbour with prescriptions, mowing a lawn, doing the shopping or simply dropping in for a chat.

However you choose to volunteer, the effects are almost always positive. If just one person does a good thing, others are inspired to follow. It makes a positive difference to the community in which you live.

To find out more about what you can do – and you might surprise yourself – contact the Volunteer Centre Sandwell. After 40 years they are still making a difference.

Volunteering in the Digital Age
Technology has transformed all our lives. Digital technology and communications such as the internet, have had have a massive effect. So, it should be no surprise that it has had an impact on volunteering too.

Volunteer Centre Sandwell see more and more traffic on its social media sites – such as Twitter, but the technology can also help volunteers to work differently. Many people work from home, volunteering their time to be available on the phone, to befriend people or to provide advice and guidance. If you have new volunteering opportunities, contact the Centre o 0121 544 8326 or visit the website

Let’s Live Cancer Support Group

Did you know the cancer support group, Let’s Live Cancer, meets at 10.00 am to 1.00 pm, every other week at Christ Church in Oldbury? It is led by trained cancer advocate, David Harper, who has a real insight to the problems of the people living with cancer.

The support group also has a Macmillan Benefit Adviser, to help with financial matters.

If you need to attend hospital and have no one to accompany you, Let’s Live Cancer can make arrangements for someone to go with you. They also do home visits and telephone check-ups but most of all, they listen.

If you, or someone you know, would like to go along to the support group, the next meeting is on Thursday, 27 September 2018.  The support group will host a Macmillan Coffee Morning on Thursday, 11 October 2018.

You can speak to David Harper on 07905 140 610.

Cafe Neuro now in Sandwell

Cafe Neuro is now in Sandwell with the support of Black Country Neurological Alliance, Headway Black Country and SAFS Caring Family Support.

Café Neuro is for anyone who knows what it’s like to live with a neurological condition whether as a service user, friend, carer or worker. It’s informal and informative, sometimes with a speaker, always with friends. Enjoy a cuppa and a chat in friendly company.

Starting on Monday 8th October 2018 Sandwell Café Neuro will be held on the second Monday of each month, from 2.30pm at Windmill Community Centre, Messenger Road, Smethwick B66 3DX.

Birmingham and Black Country Communities Fund

Small local community groups, charities and social enterprises in Birmingham and the Black Country can apply for grants of up to £2,000 to help people facing disadvantage and social exclusion.

To be eligible for funding the applicant organisation needs to be constituted, have an income of less than £250,000 per year and meet one or more of the following:

Promote health and wellbeing
Tackle disadvantage
Support local solutions to meet local needs
Promote community cohesion
Develop sustainable and supportive communities.

The funding can be used:
For start-up costs for a new project or organisation
To extend or develop an existing project
For a pilot project (to gather research or evidence)
To purchase equipment or resources.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

More information

Peter Cruddas Foundation

Registered charities in England and Wales can apply for funding for projects that benefit disadvantaged and disengaged young people in England and Wales.

Priority is given to programmes designed to help disadvantaged and disengaged young people in the age range of 14 to 30, to pursue pathways to Education, Training and Employment with the ultimate aim of helping them to become financially independent.

There is no minimum or maximum amount and projects can be funded for more than one year. However, the Peter Cruddas Foundation will be looking to the applicant to demonstrate that they can manage the amount they have applied for and how they intend to continue (if appropriate) after the funding has been spent.

Please note that the Foundation is not accepting applications for Capital Projects.

The next closing date for application is the 1st March 2019.

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Alice McCosh Trust

The Alice McCosh Trust, which aims to advance education by providing or assisting with grants for work or study related to natural history and/or the environment, will re-open for applications on the 1st October 2018.

It is anticipated that the Trustees will award one grant in the region of £600 to £1000. The grant could, for example, cover the cost of a school field trip or project, an expedition as part of a research project or the development of new teaching materials for schools or institutes of higher education.

The closing date for applications will be the 30th November 2018.

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Strategic Legal Fund

Not for profit organisations and private law firms that work with young migrants can apply for grants through the Strategic Legal Fund (SLF) for Vulnerable Young Migrants. The maximum grant available is £30,000 but, in view of the limited funding available, lower applications are encouraged.

The average grant size is around £12,000. Grants are available to undertake strategic legal work to benefit children and young people (under the age of 25) who are significantly disadvantaged by migration status. The fund will accept applications in any area of law that affects:

Vulnerable young migrants including immigration
Asylum and asylum support
Human rights
Education etc.

The SLF only funds two kinds of strategic legal action. These are pre-litigation research and “third party intervention” in an existing case. The maximum grant length is 12 months, and most grants are for around six months

The next closing date for applications is the 9th November 2018.

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