January 2019

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iSandwell Camp 2019 – “Making sure our digital agenda puts people first”.

We all understand that even though digital is not the be all and end all, we have to accept that it has a lot of power to create social change … but are we using it in the correct way in Sandwell and can we do more to ensure the people who need support the most are getting that help?

Digital is not just about helping people to get online or having access to tech, it’s about being able to use it to alleviate issues such as social isolation and improving collaboration, for example.

As a community, we also need to address if we actually trust using digital and what we can do as a network to ensure the people we support get the best out of it when considering these barriers.

For the next iSandwell Camp we will be discussing these issues and forming a network, which you can be a part of.

You will take part in a series of activities that discuss a range of issues together with the opportunity to form a working network that will work closely with Sandwell Council to ensure we can use digital for good in the region.

Free spaces are available for voluntary and community staff and people who are passionate about Sandwell.

When: Wednesday 13 February, 10am – 1pm (lunch included)

Where: Jubilee Community Centre, Powis Avenue, Tipton, DY4 0RD.

Please book your place via the Eventbrite link below.


Henry Smith Charity

Schools, youth groups, not for profit organisations and charities have until the 28th February 2019 to apply for grants of £500 to £2,500 to support recreational trips or holidays within the UK between the 1st February and 30th April 2019 for groups of children experiencing disadvantage or who have disabilities. Children need to be aged 13 or under to qualify.

Priority will be given to applications coming from the 20% most deprived areas in the UK. Funded by the Henry Smith Charity, grants can cover up to two-thirds of the cost of a holiday or trip lasting one to seven days. In this round, trips must be taken before the end of April 2019. For more details and to apply, complete the eligibility quiz on the website and submit the application form online at least 6 weeks before the trip is due to take place. Although the deadline is the 30th April 2018, decisions are made on a first come-first served basis until all the funds have been allocated.

Applications must be made at least six weeks before the trip or holiday is due to take place.
More information at: https://www.henrysmithcharity.org.uk/explore-our-grants-and-apply/holiday-grants-for-children/holiday-grants-for-children-funding-guidelines/

The Art Yard Open Exhibition – Invitation

The Arts Yard are pleased to invite you to exhibit at their February Open exhibition. The Art Yard provides opportunities for all artists and crafts workers to show off their work.  They offer spacious multi-use galleries and studios for exhibitions. 

Please see more information through this Introduction. We would recommend that you forward your Submission Form at your earliest convenience to ensure space as this will be limited to the main gallery area.

Submissions forms are to be returned by Saturday 9th February 2019 and can you please ensure that your work is ready to hang with labels and has cord fixing plates fitted to the rear of the work.

If you have any questions regarding exhibiting at The Art Yard, hiring the Gallery facilities or future events, we would be pleased to discuss your requirements – 01384 910968 or e-mail: infoartyard@gmail.com


BBC Children in Need – Main Grants

Grants of over £10,000 per project are available through the BBC Children in Need Main Grants programme to not for profit organisations and schools that work with young people who are experiencing disadvantage through illness, distress, abuse or neglect; any kind of disability; behavioural or psychological difficulties; and / or living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

Applications should demonstrate how your project will change the lives of children for the better.
Grants of over £10,000 are available with no upper limit stated, however BBC Children in Need make very few grants over £120,000.

Organisations eligible to apply will be not for profit i.e. schools; registered charities; voluntary organisations; churches; and community groups, etc. In the case of schools this must not be for work that they have a duty to fund.
The Fund is open to applications all year round, but there are a number of deadline and award dates throughout the year.

The next deadline is 11:59pm on the 19th May 2019.
More information at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/60DXlxYvbbtcTDm79Mjryj/main-grants-should-i-apply

DRIVE Launch Event Invitation – A Bespoke Intervention for Perpetrators of Domestic Abuse

Booking are now open for the DRIVE launch event on Fri 15th Feb 10am – 12 noon at the Tally Ho Conference & Banqueting, Pershore Road, Birmingham, B5 7RN.  I’d be grateful if you could circulate this email to your respective Board members and contacts for their info and onward circulation.

The Drive approach aims to challenge and change the behaviour of high-harm serial perpetrators of domestic abuse by combining intensive case management and multi-agency coordinated action. It is a partnership between Respect, SafeLives, Social Finance, MOPAC and the local Police and Crime Commissioners office.

The Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson will be speaking, along with the Director of the Drive Programme Kyla Kirkpatrick. Also representatives of the commissioned services, Richmond Fellowship Amra Dautrovic,  Sara Ward CEO Black Country Women’s Aid and  Maureen Connolly  CEO Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid, will also be in attendance. There will be an opportunity for Q & A to the panel.

Please see the link below for Sandwell agencies to book their places for the event via eventbrite.


Training Space Available from Crossroads Care

Just to let you know about some of the upcoming Training sessions running at Crossroads Care. There are still places available…but they are filling up fast!!

If you have staff you need Trained in the areas below, please get in touch (first come first served)…

• Tuesday 5th Feb 2019, 13.00-16.00 – Medication Administration Awareness @ £30pp
• Wednesday 6th Feb 2019, 13.00-16.00 – Food Safety (refresher course) @ £30pp
• Monday 11th Feb 2019, 13.00-16.00 – Health & Safety (refresher course) @ £30pp
• Monday 18th Feb 2019, 13.30-15.30 – Safeguarding Adults (refresher course) @ £30pp
• Wednesday 20th Feb 2019, 09.30-12.30 – Manual Handling & Hoist Awareness @ £30pp
• Thursday 21st Feb 2019, 10.30-12.30 – Infection Control Awareness @ £30pp
• Thursday 21st Feb 2019, 13.30-15.30 – Safeguarding Children @ £30pp
• Tuesday 26th Feb 2019, 12.30-15.30 – Risk Assessment (refresher course) @ £30pp

The above courses are all scheduled to run at 494 Wolverhampton Road, Oldbury, B68 8DG but some courses can be run at your premises, if desired.  Please ask for details.  Trainers request that attendees arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the session. Drinks are available but please bring your own lunch.

For further details please contact Clare Baker  on 0121 553 6483 ext 2320/2310 or e-mail clare.baker@sandwellcrossroads.org.uk

Crossroads Care look forward to working with your staff and hope they find our courses interesting and beneficial.

Have Your Say Powers and Responsibilities to the Police and Crime Commissioner

The West Midlands Combined Authority is seeking your views on Stage two of the proposed transfer of the powers and responsibilities of the Police and Crime Commissioner to the Mayor of the West Midlands in May 2020.

Currently, separate elections for a Police and Crime Commissioner and a Mayor of the West Midlands take place every four years. Next election date is May 2020.

The second stage of the consultation is asking you to have your say on how the strategic leadership and direction of policing will operate within the WMCA and who would be responsible for making decisions.

There is a short questionnaire and further information on the West Midlands Combined Authority website and we would welcome your feedback and any additional comments that you would like to make.

Please do take the time to #HaveYourSay by visiting the WMCA website here

This consultation ends on 11 March 2019.

Learn about digital at CAST Design Workshop

Following the success of similar events run last year, The Centre for Acceleration of Social Technology (CAST) is running a free, half-day Design Hop workshop in the afternoon of Wednesday 6th February at Impact Hub in Birmingham. Design Hops offer an energetic and practical introduction to the key concepts of ‘tech for good’ and digital development for charities.

It’s the first step for organisations looking to explore the role of digital in their services, giving them the confidence, motivation and focus to take the next step that’s right for them. Attendees will gain:

• An accessible introduction to tech and digital design processes
• A chance to unpack a key organisational challenge and identify how digital might help
• Connections to peers, experts and funders
• Tangible next steps you can take to make progress, including follow-up support from CAST and our partners.
If you’re interested, sign up directly at bit.ly/CASTDesignHops or find more info at https://wearecast.org.uk/for-nonprofits/design-hops. Registration will be open for just two more weeks, but we are accepting interest for future events as well.

For further information please contact Ellie Hale, Design Hops and Communities

Ellie Hale, Design Hops and Communities Lead – T: 07817 416077

The Weavers’ Company

The Weavers’ Company, a textile-related, charitable and sociable organisation, has announced that the next closing date for its grants programme is the 31st March 2019.

Small registered charities can apply for grants of up to £15,000 for projects working with:
• Young offenders and ex-offenders
• Young disadvantaged people aged 5 – 30.

To be eligible for funding, local organisations such as those working in a village, estate or small town should normally have an income of less than £100,000. Those working across the UK or in larger areas should normally have an income of not more than £250,000. Grants are usually given for one year.

Applicants must show that they have investigated other sources of funding and made plans for the future, which should include replacement funding if appropriate.

For further advice and information about the Company’s Charitable Grants or if you would like an application form to be sent to you by e-mail, please contact Anne Howe, Charities Officer Tel: 020 7606 1155 / e-mail: charity@weavers.org.uk
More information at: http://www.weavers.org.uk/content/grant-application-guidelines

Deadline: 31st March 2019

The Lady Neville Charity

Small charities and not for profit organisations working in the areas of local heritage and the performing and visual arts can currently apply for funding through the Lady Neville Charity grants programme.

Eligible organisations can apply for capital grants of up to £1,000 (e.g. equipment, capital building works, etc). Trustees may also consider funding towards one-off anniversary events that are not part of core activities. In addition, the Skinners’ Company supports any charitable activity which takes place in communities where the Skinners’ Company has a presence. These areas are:
• The City of London;
• Camden (particularly Kings Cross);
• Enfield; Hackney;
• Hounslow;
• West Kent (particularly Tonbridge & Malling and Tunbridge Wells).

To be eligible to apply for funding the applicant must be a registered charity or not-for-profit organisation in the UK whose total annual income is less than £100,000, and the total project cost is less than £10,000.

The next closing date for applications is the 22nd March 2019.

More information at: http://www.theskinnerscompany.org.uk/grants-and-trusts/the-lady-neville-charity/


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