March 2019

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Tenders and Grants Manager opportunity at Age UK

Age UK Birmingham has an exciting year coming up, and we need a successful Tenders and Grants Manager to support our strategic growth and expansion.

The ideal person will be someone passionate about writing and enthusiastic with a can do attitude.

The post holder will work with the Chief Executive, Board and Senior Management Team to shape our service offer to meet the needs of older people in Birmingham and Sandwell.

21 hours per week
£35,560 – £40,879 FTE (depending on experience) plus pension and healthcare scheme benefits

Job Description
Person Specification

For more information, please see our website –

Application forms must be completed fully – CV’s will not be accepted.

If you would like to discuss this opportunity further, please contact Alison Beachim, Chief Executive by telephone on 0121 437 0033.  The deadline for applications is Friday 12th April 2019 and interviews will be held on Tuesday 16th April 2019.

Stories from the Hop Yards Film Premier

A special event hosted by the Living Memory Project and Tipton library is being premiered at Tipton Library – the Stories from the Hop Yards film, the first screening of this film in the Black Country.

Also showing our Blue Bricks to Blue Plaques, made about the Princes End Heritage Trail with Joseph Turner school and one other Living Memory film about Will King photos.

Start at 6.30pm and finish at 9pm with time for refreshments and Q&A with the filmmakers from Catcher Media.

Entrance £3.00 and tickets available from Tipton Library.

Places can be reserved on 0121 569 4944 or by email at

Herefordshire Life Through A Lens: Stories from the Hop Yards (2018)

Inspired by the rediscovered Derek Evans photographic collection this film from Catcher Media brims with archive photos and films alongside newly recorded interviews. In the glory days of hand-picking, thousands would go ‘hopping’ from the Black Country, South Wales and the Romany community arriving by train, cattle lorry or charabanc. Enjoy listening to stories of days past and present from pickers, farmers, hauliers and brewers. (90 mins)

“Beautifully captured and crafted” Audience member.

Followed by a Q+A with the film makers.

Hosted by the Living Memory Project who will also be screening two new short films:
– Blue Plaques to Blue Bricks made with pupils of the Joseph Turner School, Tipton 2019 (5mins)
– The Will King Photo Collection 2019 (6 mins)

Light refreshments included

BUDS have moved

From today, 1st April 2019, BUDS’ new address is Hope House, George Road Community Church, 142 George Road, Oldbury, West Midlands B68 9LN.

The telephone number: 0121 565 3721 and email address: remains the same.

Visit BUDS’ website to see what else is happening.

Drapers Charitable Fund

The Drapers’ Company supports registered charities with projects that aim to improve the quality of life and expectations of people and their communities within the UK, particularly those disadvantaged or socially excluded.

Most of the support is focused in Greater London and covers the following areas:
• Social Welfare – including homelessness, prisoners, ex-service personnel, support for the elderly, carers, community and family services, disabled adults;
• Education and Training – projects which raise the aspirations or help to realise the full potential of disadvantaged young people under 25 years old;
• Textiles and Heritage – including textile conservation, projects within the textile industry, museums, memorials and monuments relating to the armed forces, history of London or the textile trade.

There is no minimum or maximum grant; grants are normally awarded for sums up to £15,000.

Applications can be submitted at any time of the year. Applications are considered at meetings in November, February and June.

More information at:

Football Foundation

The Premier League & the FA Facilities Fund, which is available to football clubs, schools, councils and local sports associations, is focused on supporting the development of new or refurbished local football facilities, and replaces the previous Facilities Scheme, Build the Game and the Premier League Community Facility Fund.

The Premier League & the FA Facilities Fund gives grants of between £10,000 and £500,000 for projects that:
• Improve facilities for football and other sport in local communities
• Sustain or increase participation amongst children and adults, regardless of background age, or ability
• Help children and adults to develop their physical, mental, social and moral capacities through regular participation in sport.

The types of facilities the Football Foundation give money for include:
• Grass pitches drainage/improvements
• Pavilions, clubhouses and changing rooms
• 3G Football Turf Pitches (FTPs) and multi-use games areas
• Fixed floodlights for artificial pitches.

Priority for applications involving professional club community programmes will be given to projects that are located within areas of high deprivation (as defined by the Governments Indices of Deprivation). For projects outside of these areas, priority will be given to those that can demonstrate that it draws a significant proportion of its participants from neighbouring deprived areas.

Schemes that are a joint application between professional club community schemes and grassroots football will be prioritised, as will those supporting 3G FTPs. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that all available options for match funding have been exhausted and to be able to provide evidence for this. As a guide, projects would normally be expected to secure 50% match funding although each project will be assessed based on individual circumstances.

The Football Foundation strongly recommends that applicants use the pre-application advice offered on their behalf by The FA and the network of County FAs around England.

More information at:

D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

The Trust gives grants to registered charities in the United Kingdom in support of causes connected with the arts, medical welfare and the environment.

Grants generally range from £500 to £5,000 for one-year periods, however longer-term grants are sometimes awarded.

The Trustees will consider applications for core costs or projects, and they also consider applications for matched funding. Projects falling into the following themes will be considered:
• Bursaries for arts education establishments
• Promotion of access, education and excellence in the arts
• Hospice care
• Autism, the deafblind, respite care and care for carers
• Preservation of the countryside and heritage conservation.

The Trustees usually consider applications three times a year in March, July and November.
The next deadline to apply is the 18th June 2019.

More information at:

Future Parks Accelerator

A new £10million ‘Future Parks Accelerator’ initiative is a new national initiative to enable places across the UK to develop ambitious solutions to secure and enhance the future of public parks and greenspaces for long term public benefit.

Heritage Fund have joined forces with the National Trust to find and back ambitious and sustainable solutions to protect and enhance public parks and green spaces. The Future Parks Accelerator (FPA) is a UK-wide £10m strategic initiative that will enable up to eight local authorities and communities to develop and implement bold and innovative funding and management solutions for all their green spaces across, against a challenging backdrop of financial uncertainty.

The FPA will support places to grow the contribution parks make to civic life while becoming financially sustainable. It will involve discovering how parks and green spaces could be better used, managed and funded to serve community needs and aspirations now and over the next generation.

Grants of up to £5million will support projects to regenerate public parks, urban green spaces and cemeteries through HLFs open programmes.

More information at:

Hilden Charitable Fund

The Hilden Charitable Fund awards grants of an average of £5,000 to causes working at community level in the UK and developing countries which are less likely to be able to raise funds from public subscriptions.

Current UK funding priorities are: Homelessness, Penal Affairs, Asylum Seekers and Refugees, and Community Based initiatives for Disadvantaged Young People Aged 16 to 25 (to fund programmes that are helping these young people in the job market, with advice, training, volunteering and work placement schemes).

Overseas, Hilden concentrates on projects in developing countries working on community development, education, and health and particularly welcomes those that address the needs and potential of girls and women.

Only applications submitted on the form supplied on the website will be considered.

Hilden accepts applications at any time but the closing date for the Summer meeting is Wednesday May 15th 2019.

More information at:

Agewell have moved to Oldbury

Agewell have moved office to Rounds Green Library, Martley Road, Oldbury B69 1DZ.

The contact number remains unchanged: 0121 796 9333.

Visit the website for the latest news from Agewell.


Social Accounting and Audit Training Workshop

The Social Audit Network (SAN) is running a two-day training workshop to prepare people to complete their social accounts. Successful completion of the course qualifies participants as social accountants.  The workshop takes place on 9th & 10th April at the Dudson Centre, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 5DD.

How will the two-day Social Accounting Training benefit your organisation? It will give you the tools, skills and knowledge to:

PROVE what you do. This will be particularly useful to provide information for funders on the social benefits you provide in your communities and for preparing funding applications.
IMPROVE what you do, by strengthening your business practices and reporting on your social value & impact
ACCOUNT for what you to clients, investors, funders and commissioners.

The workshop will take you steadily through a 4-Step social accounting and audit process. You will be able to prepare a social report on the value and impact your organisation provides in your community and the foundations to operate more effectively and efficiently.

Booking and full details can be found here

Any questions? Speak to SAN Midlands and Staffordshire Regional Coordinator, on 07862 242 814.

This is what some people said about the Social Accounting and Audit Introductory Information events run in Stoke in November 2018 and Stafford in January 2019:

I liked the logical approach to strategic planning and the importance of consulting stakeholders.
• The simplicity of the information provided – easy to understand.
• Getting a structure to use to refresh our organisational strategy.
• The pace – lots of time to reflect and discuss. The content was well explained.

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