January 2019

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Dorothy Parkes Community Centre Jumble Sale

Come and join Dorothy Parkes Community Centre for a good old fashioned rumble in the jumble sale at the Centre on Saturday 26th January 2019. Stall holders will be selling clothes, toys & bric-a-brac at bargain prices.

The Centre will have some tables selling donated goods with all proceeds going to the Centre to support their community activities. We are accepting donations of clothes, toys & bric-a-brac.

Please note that doors will open at 2pm and close at 4pm.

There are a limited number of tables for sale and they are selling fast (priced at £7.50). Please complete their online booking form and make payment via their website – https://www.dorothyparkes.org/Event/jumble-sale

If you’d like to find out more contact the Dorothy Parkes Centre on 0121 558 2998 for more details.


Leaders with Lived Experience Pilot Programme

Leaders with Lived Experience is a pilot programme providing National Lottery grants of between £20,000 and £50,000 to support lived experience leadership. A lived experience leader is someone who uses their first-hand experience of a social issue to create positive change for, and with, communities and people they share those experiences with.

Examples of Lived with Experience is someone who has been homeless who is working to improve homelessness services; a person with HIV who has set up and is running a peer-to-peer support service for other people with HIV or a person who has lost a loved one to suicide sets up and runs a support group for others who have lost someone to suicide.

The application deadline is 5 pm on 25 February 2019.

Further information


Paediatric and Adult First Aid Course

Did you know that Sandwell Adult and Family Learning (SAFL), offers a Paediatric and Adult First Aid course which focuses on emergency scenarios when looking after young children or adults?

It is ideal for carers, parents, grandparents, child minders, and people looking to work in early years or the care sector and is valid for three years.

The skills learnt will enable you to provide safe and effective first aid treatment to any adult or child in an emergency, before professional medical help arrives.

Course Content
Understand how to administer first aid to any one:

• who is experiencing the effects of extreme heat and cold
• who has sustained an electric shock
• with burns or scalds
• who has been poisoned
• who has been bitten or stung
• with minor injuries, including cuts, grazes, bumps and bruises, small splinters and nose bleeds
• with conditions affecting the eyes, ears and nose
• with head and spinal injuries
• with anaphylaxis
• who is suffering from shock.

SAFL can deliver this training in any of its learning centres or out in community venues and schools. Parents and Carers of children who live in Sandwell, or attend a Sandwell school, can enrol on this course for a special rate of £5.00 rather of the normal course fee of £29.00.

Individuals or organisations interested in their staff/clients completing this course should email emma2_turner@sandwell.gov.uk or call 0121 557 0837 for more details.


Women Make Music

Women songwriters and composers of all genres and backgrounds have until the 4th February 2019 to apply for the next round of the Women Make Music programme.

The programme supports the development of outstanding women songwriters and composers at different stages of their career. It aims to:

• Break down assumptions and stereotypes
• Raise awareness of the gender gap
• Increase the profile of women who are creating new music in the UK
• Encourage women who may otherwise not have applied for PRS for Music Foundation funding.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to support touring, recording, promotion and marketing, community projects involving high-quality music creators, music creator residencies and live performances featuring new UK music.
More information at: http://www.prsformusicfoundation.com/funding/women-make-music-2/


Veterans’ Foundation

Armed Forces charities and other organisations can apply for grants of up to a maximum of £30,000 for projects and activities supporting serving or veteran members of the Armed Forces and their families. The funding can last for up to three years.

In the last year the Foundation awarded almost £500,000 by way of grants and donations to over 50 small charities. Many of the charities supported are smaller bodies that cannot afford marketing teams and urgently need funds to continue their good work.

The type of activities supported include projects that reduce homelessness, increase employment, provide welfare and medical support, increase confidence and social integration, as well as reduce dependence on alcohol and drugs.
The funding is being provided through the Veterans Foundation and the next application deadline is the 31st March 2019.

There are further application deadlines at the end of May and September each year.
More information at: https://www.veteransfoundation.org.uk/


Hateley Cross Good News Story

Hateley Cross Big Local Partnership group in December 2018 supported the 3 primary schools Hall Green, Hateley Heath and St John Bosco Catholic in our areas of Hateley Heath and Stone Cross, West Bromwich with funding for Inspired People and Environmental Grant.

Hateley Cross Big Local Partnership group wanted to ensure that young people aspirations raised, involved with their communities, feel valued and there are reasons [and places] for people to come together. A three year funding application was created for local primary schools to apply for.

In the matter of weeks, St John Bosco Primary School has turned the funding into reality with the fantastic work of Deputy Headteacher Mandy Grubham.

Hateley Cross Big Local joined Governors and competition winners, who created book marks, from St John Bosco in January 2019 to officially open the new library in the school. Hateley Cross Big Local funding allowed for books to be purchased and fill the shelves of the library allowing for the Inspiration Grant to be fulfilled in the school.

For further information please contact Marc Pearson, Community Development Outreach Worker – 0121 544 1230 or e-mail marc@scips.org.uk


Royal College of Pathologists Public Engagement Innovation Grant Scheme

The Royal College of Pathologists has announced that applications are now being accepted for the Public Engagement Innovation Grant Scheme.

Under this scheme grants of up to £1,000 are available for individuals or organisations who wish to run a project that engages audiences such as secondary school students, undergraduates, health professionals or local communities with pathology.

The closing date for applications is the 3rd June 2019.

More details


Check the Financial Information in Your Annual Return

The Charity Commission recently checked the accuracy of the annual return figures for 3 different sizes of charity, each sample having just over 100 organisations in them.

They found that:

  • 89% of charities with incomes over £25,000 reported accurate income and expenditure figures in their annual returns, compared with just over 60% for charities below the accounts filing threshold for most charities of £25,000
  • just over 80% of charities with incomes over £500,000 reported accurate income and/or expenditure analyses, compared with more than 95% for their balance sheet and charitable funds analyses

Input error (picking the wrong figures out of the accounts) appeared to be the most common reason for inaccurate annual return figures.

To avoid this happening make sure that a person who is familiar with the charity accounts checks the financial information you’ll submit in your annual return.

All the recent charity accounts monitoring reviews are available on their website.

Source: Charity Commission Newsletter


Safeguarding Duties for Trustees

Safeguarding is a key governance priority for all trustees, not just those working with groups traditionally considered at risk.

You should read the guidance about safeguarding duties for charity trustees.

We advise you to carry out a thorough review of your charity’s safeguarding governance and management arrangements and performance, if you haven’t done in the last 12 months.

It is also important that you contact us about any safeguarding issues, or serious safeguarding incidents, complaints or allegations which have not previously been reported to us.

Find more about what and how to report to the Charity Commission.

Source: Charity Commission Newsletter


The 5 Digital Skills To Look For In Your Next Trustee

A key maxim of the Charity Digital Code of Practice is that making the most of digital is not about tools and technical understanding anymore – it’s a governance mindset. Charity leaders need to be confident in how digital can help their charities achieve their goals if they want their organisations to be relevant and sustainable.

Charity Digital News grabbed Zoe Amar, non-profit digital guru and Chair of the Code, who explained the five digital skills that every charity’s trustees and boards should to be able to demonstrate.

1- An understanding of the changes that emerging technology brings

You’ve probably seen the headlines that one in five jobs could be disrupted by automation by 2030. It’s a startling figure and one that all kinds of organisations need to be prepared for, and understand what it will mean for traditional ways of operating.

“Trustees need a good understanding of how emerging technology could disrupt their charity’s business model,” says Amar. “We don’t quite know what this brave new world’s going to look like, but I think an optimistic scenario is that people are released from the burden of doing too much routine work and are actually able to focus on the aspects of the job they’re really passionate about.”

“So what does that mean about the sort of skills that you look for and train people for? Because what we also know about automation is that skills like lateral thinking and emotional intelligence are going to become absolutely paramount as that’s something that is going to be very hard for robots to do.”

2- Data-driven decision making

Handling and analysing data is a significant skills gap in a lot of organisations, according to the latest Charity Digital Skills Report, with 62% of charities rating themselves as fair to low in that area. Could charity trustees take the lead?

“I was talking to someone from a charity at a conference who had just developed a new website and their trustees had got absolutely fixated on one particular idea, assuming that beneficiaries will use the website in this way, but they didn’t have the data to back it up,” says Amar. “So the first thing a charity trustee must ask is the very simple question of ‘am I actually using data to make meaningful decisions?’”

“For example, when I say these things about how our stakeholders behave or what they want or need, can I point to the data which backs that up? Am I using data to stress test my assumptions about people? What’s it telling us and what’s it not telling us? That’s a sign that you’re really starting to think about the value of data to make decisions.”

To read the full Charity Digital News article click here.


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