June 2019

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Neighbourly running food programme via ALDI

The Community Team at Neighbourly, connect with companies, local charities and community projects who can benefit from their support, from volunteering to fundraising to in-kind donations.

Neighbourly have opportunities for organisations in Sandwell to collect free food donations from ALDI, Bearwood Road, Bearwood B66 4BH.  The scheme will launch on Monday, 15 July 2019.

The food types available on the scheme are fruit and vegetables, bakery goods and non-perishable food items (ambient, tins, packages) and occasionally flowers.

The collection must be agreed beforehand, at a mutually convenient time with the Store Manager and your organisation. Wherever possible, the store teams are keen for collections take place before noon.

If you would like regular collections from ALDI, or have any questions, please contact Oliver at ALDI Food Team on 0117 422 0840 or email aldi@neighbourly.com as soon as possible.


Anti-knife crime Community Fund – Year 3

The Fund, which is one the commitments outlined in the government’s Serious Violence Strategy published in April 2018, was set up to support community projects delivered by voluntary sector organisations which tackle knife crime.

The Fund is intended to help communities to respond to the challenges around knife crime, and in particular support activities to preventing young people from engaging in knife related offending.

Eligibility criteria

The deadline for completed applications, including all supporting documents is midnight on 24 July 2019.

The Fund is open to voluntary sector organisations. We are inviting bids for funding for single projects of up to a maximum of £30,000. We would expect the organisation to begin delivering its project without delay.

Bids will need to demonstrate a previous proven history of delivering anti-knife crime work, especially to young people, and will be assessed on the basis of the extent to which they demonstrate a proven track record of an organisation’s ability to deliver knife crime interventions in work with children and young people.

Bids must provide references, including the name, phone number and email address of the reference that can vouch for the quality and impact of previous interventions.

Such impact should include provision of support through prevention and early intervention, and provision of immediate, emergency support and conflict mediation and after care. All applications must demonstrate that they respond to the challenges of tackling knife crime within local communities.

For more information and how to apply, visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/knife-crime-community-fund

Employment Law, HR and Health and Safety – Are You Up to Date?

Sandwell Consortium would like to invite you to an unmissable event for local business owners.  Join their expert HR and health and safety speaker at this brief but invaluable event which will enhance the way you run your business by giving you the knowledge and advice to resolve any employee challenge.

The event is taking place on Monday 15th July 2019, 9.30 am – 12.45 pm at Yemeni Community Association, Greets Green Access Centre, Tildasley Street, West Bromwich B70 9SJ.

Find out how to manage work related health problems like stress, depression, and anxiety in your business.  Discover why leading UK businesses have appointed mental health first aiders’ at work. Get practical advice on protecting your workers’s mental health and learn how to reduce sick leave, boost moral and made productivity soar.

You will also learn how to:-

  • Review contracts, handbooks and other essential employment documents.
  • Deal with staff behaviour performance, attendance, and attitude.
  • Handle health and safety, risk assessment, fire safety policy and procedures.
  • Understand the six fair reasons for dismissal to help avoid tribunal procedures
  • Manager gender balance, employment status, and pay

This event is FREE and is exclusively for business owners and directors, so places are in high demand.  Please move fast to reserve yours today.

To book your place please view alternatively e-mail events@peninsular-uk.com and quote 44390C

Major Risks All Charity Board Members Need To Think About – Part 2

Charities need to take risks as well as avoid them, so trustees and managers should draw up a policy to put these in context. This is the second part to last week’s article by the Directory of Social Change.


While not a high-level strategic issue, boards do need assurance that this is being dealt with properly. Compliance is not simply a box-ticking exercise. For ABC Charity, the inspection of a children’s nursery school by Ofsted will be crucial to its reputation and will help the board understand whether quality standards are being maintained, providing assurance that the operational team is delivering planned services.

Financial sustainability

This relies heavily on other strategic risk areas. A charity that is failing to demonstrate impact may find it difficult to source funding, for example. And non-compliance may damage reputation and jeopardises funding. But financial sustainability also has other aspects: does the charity have a viable business model, or can funders see the value to them in what the charity does and are they prepared to continue paying for it?

If a charity delivers fantastic services, but the costs are so high that no one is prepared to pay the price, then it is not viable. And with scaling down, some charities are finding that their management and overhead costs are now too high in proportion to their size. So financial sustainability risks are not simply about future funding, but also about the structure of the charity’s finances.

Specific risk

Finally, the board needs to consider whether there is a risk area that is specific to the charity. This may well link back to the risk policy and amplify a particular area of concern that needs to be managed well. The charity may be part of a federation, for example, with risks arising from the actions of others who share your name. Or the charity may be a membership organisation, with risks that the members and management team fall out of step and conflict ensues.

These are the big picture issues often missed off a conventional risk register, because the process tends to focus on the detailed listing of risks in various categories. To manage risk well, your charity’s board needs to engage in regular discussions with senior managers about the big five.

Source: Directory of Social Change

The Heritage Horizon Awards

The Heritage Horizon Awards will invest £100million over the next three years in ambitious, innovative and transformational projects that will revolutionise UK heritage.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund is looking for inspiring applications from heritage organisations across the UK for our new Heritage Horizon Awards, worth £5million and over.

Over the past 25 years, almost 200 National Lottery-funded projects worth over £5m have ushered in a golden age for heritage in the UK. They have given an unprecedented boost to jobs, tourism and local economies.

Large-scale National Lottery investment
The Heritage Horizon Awards were first trailed at the launch of our new Strategic Funding Framework in January. They take this type of large-scale National Lottery investment in heritage to the next level.

“The National Lottery has generated huge sums of money to invest in heritage projects and every part of the UK has benefited from some of our biggest funding awards,” said The National Lottery Heritage Fund CEO Ros Kerslake.

“We are tremendously excited about the next 25 years and this £100m is a hugely important step on that journey.”

What we are looking for
Requirements for potential applicants include:

  • Projects will need to have substantial proposals for recognising the contribution of The National Lottery. For the first time, The National Lottery Heritage Fund may choose to negotiate naming rights.
  • Applications from a full range of heritage are welcome. When making the awards, there will be a particular focus on The National
  • Lottery Heritage Fund’s current strategic priorities: landscape and nature and heritage at risk.
  • An Expressions of Interest stage will give applicants an early steer on whether or not they are likely to be successful.
  • The most promising applicants to the Expression of Interests stage will be invited to present project proposals to a panel of trustees.
  • A shortlist of 10-12 successful bidders who are invited to make an application will then be publicly announced, with development funding available.
  • All successful applicants will need to have demonstrated exceptional proposals including a wide range of people in heritage.

To read the full article click here.

Source: National Lottery Heritage Fund

Armed Forces Day at Dartmouth Park This Saturday

A military parade and a host of family fun and entertainment are being lined up to celebrate Armed Forces Day in Sandwell this Saturday (29 June).

The event at Dartmouth Park, West Bromwich, starts with a parade at 11am, followed by a fun day with entertainment, singing and military-themed stalls running until 2pm.

Entry is free and entertainment includes wartime songs from Funtime Theatre and Maggie O’Hara and Creative Academies putting on sports and children’s activities. Young people can also check out the youth bus and a climbing wall.

Sandwell Council Leader Councillor Yvonne Davies said: “The celebration gives people of all ages an opportunity to show their support for all the men and women who have served our country in our armed forces. I would encourage everyone to come along, bring their friends and families and have a wonderful day out.

“This event will have added significance this year with this month marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day and, coming up later in the year, the 80th anniversary of the start of the Second World War.”

Suicide Bereavement Support Service Sandwell

The Kaleidoscope Plus Group facilitates a Suicide Bereavement Support Service. The service is funded by money that has been raised for the organisation for this purpose.

The Support Service provides a safe space for people who have been bereaved by suicide to come together and talk openly about their experiences.

The sessions, which take place the second Thursday of the month, 2 pm to 4 pm, are led by trained professionals who bring with them skills and knowledge around coping with grief, loss and bereavement.

If you have been bereaved by suicide and would like to attend the groups, please contact Gillian Reeves at Kaleidoscope on 0121 565 5605 or email Gillian.Reeves@Kaleidoscopeplus.org.uk

Please note the Kaleidoscope’s recent change of address to

321 High Street
West Bromwich
B70 8LU

Career Events – Grow your skills and boost your earnings

Thousands of new jobs are coming to the West Midlands, offering opportunities, at all levels, in the region’s fastest growing industries. The West Midlands Combined Authority is launching a new adult education and training offer, in partnership with local colleges and providers, to help you get the right skills for these opportunities.

You could learn new skills in some of the fastest growing industries including:

• Digital
• Construction
• Advanced manufacturing and engineering
• Business and professional services including administration and finance

Go along to one of the events to find out more. Staff from local colleges and training providers will be able to advise you on:

• Training to help you get a job if you’re unemployed
• Improving your skills to give you better career opportunities if you’re working
• Specialist training to give you the skills for a particular job or trade

Unsure what to do? Advisors will be on hand to discuss your options or to arrange additional support if needed.

Click here to get details of the skills event in your area.

FREE Sight Loss Awareness Training

If you know anyone who is living with sight loss and you’d like to know the best ways to communicate with and guide a blind or partially sighted person, or you’d like to know more about eye conditions and their impact, then Beacon can help!

Beacon’s Sight Loss Awareness Training (SAT) offers a friendly and fun three-hour training session that will enable you to:

• Learn how to safely guide a person with sight loss appropriately, negotiating stairs, doors and chairs
• Experience what it is like to be visually impaired using our sight loss specs
• Gain information about aids and equipment that can help visually impaired people
• Gain an understanding of the most common eye conditions
• Learn the importance of eye health
• Understand the emotional impact of sight loss
• Know more about the services Beacon Centre offer to people living with sight loss

You will gain confidence to better assist and support people living with sight loss, as well as a certificate upon completion of the session.

The training is open to both individuals and groups.

These sessions are completely free and take place at the Beacon Centre, Wolverhampton Road East, WV4 6AZ.

Sessions are from Tuesday, 2 July to Thursday, 25 July 2019.  For available dates/times and to book online, click here, or call 01902 880 111.


Volunteers Wanted For Exploring The Heritage of Humour In The Black Country

Creative Black Country is looking for people to get involved with its project Finding Our Funny Roots, which explores how humour in the Black Country is rooted in the heritage of comedians from the past.

Volunteers will support the project by helping to identify research and record the heritage of humour in the Black Country from 1950 -2000 and will work with Creative Black Country, the artists Poets, Prattlers and Pandemonialists and archives & museums in the Black Country to research and develop four heritage humour tributes celebrating the lives of the Black Country’s forgotten stars.

If you have any questions about this volunteering opportunity, please call me on 0121 525 1127 or email on info@creativeblackcountry.co.uk

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