August 2019

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ChurchCare – Grants for Fabric Repairs

The Church of England has announced that the next deadline for applications to its ChurchCare – Grants for Fabric Repairs, is the 27th January 2020.

ChurchCare supports all those in parishes, dioceses and cathedrals caring for their buildings. The Fabric Repairs programme helps PCCs with the eligible costs of essential fabric repairs in architecturally or historically significant Anglican churches in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Applications are considered on the grounds of the historic and architectural significance of the building and also on a parish’s engagement with the history and interpretation of the site/building.

Works eligible for funding tend to be Category A or B recommendations in a quinquennial inspection report and include things such as roof repairs; masonry repairs; rainwater disposal and drainage.

More information


Development Worker for Just Finance Black Country

Looking for a challenge with the potential to make a real difference?  When a distressing life event (such as bereavement) coincides with a financial cost (such as funeral expenses), people who are financially precarious can quickly end up in unmanageable debt. Just Finance Black Country has secured a grant to develop new ways of intervention that can become the basis for a long-term programme. To this end, Just Finance Black Country would like to recruit a Development Worker.

The post is for 35 hrs per week, for nine months (possible extension depending on funding)

Established in 2014, Transforming Communities Together is a joint venture between the Diocese of Lichfield and Church Urban Fund, working on social and financial inclusion, health and wellbeing, and community cohesion and integration.

You will have an entrepreneurial spirit, experience in financial inclusion, and be a team player who can develop new ways of working. In return TCT offer a supportive structure and high levels of autonomy with the opportunity to impact people’s lives.

The closing date for applications is 9 am on Monday, 23rd September 2019.
Interviews will be held on 4th October in Walsall.

Please see for more information and to apply.

Engagement opportunity regarding NHS Pain Management Services

Based on information preferences shared with Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commission Group about engagement opportunities you would like to hear about, the CCG would like to make you aware of a listening exercise they have launched in relation to the pain management services commissioned for the Sandwell and West Birmingham population.

Pain management is a specialist service for people who are living with chronic long-term pain due to a musculoskeletal condition that has had an impact on them carrying out their usual day to day activities. There are over 200 musculoskeletal conditions which affect muscles, joints and bones such as arthritis, fibromyalgia and most commonly, back pain.

The service is accessible by GP referral for those who need help with managing their pain, with support and treatment options available to reduce pain, improve mobility and improve quality of life.

This listening exercise is part of a wider review of musculoskeletal services in Sandwell and West Birmingham and enables the CCG to listen and engage with people who have lived with chronic pain, to identify things that could be improved and help shape the way the service is delivered in the future.

The Clinical Commissioning Group would welcome the opportunity to hear from people affected by long-term pain and their relatives/ carers/ representatives and invite you to complete the online questionnaire below.

The closing date for this survey is 6 September 2019.

If you have any further queries relating to this listening exercise or would prefer to share your views by phone, please get in touch Kathryn Meredith, Commissioning Engagement Manager, on 0121 612 2789 or email

Sessional Youth Worker required at Dorothy Parkes Centre

An exciting and unique opportunity has arisen for a Sessional Youth Worker at a local charity supporting children and young people. The Dorothy Parkes Centre is based in Smethwick and offers a place of welcome and opportunity for the local community.

Salary: £8.76 per hours
Location: Smethwick
Hours: Tuesday evenings
Responsible to: Senior Youth Worker
Contract: Three years – starting September 2019

The club will provide young people, aged 11 – 18, with the chance to make new friends and enjoy experiences in a safe environment, whilst enhancing personal and social development.

Applicants will be committed to working with young people and have experience of working with them in variety of settings. They should be enthusiastic, friendly, and approachable and be able to inspire and maintain effective relationships. It is important that applicants have the ability to work as part of a team and be able to use their initiative to carry out tasks independently.

Applicants must clearly demonstrate an understanding of safeguarding and child welfare issues and a commitment to sustain the service and meet objectives and targets.

The post consists of flexible work of unsociable hours, which may include occasional weekends.

Please note that all posts are subject to a satisfactory DBS check and associated references.

To apply for this vacancy please submit a completed application form (available from the Centre or the website to the Chief Executive Officer via email or by post to Dorothy Parkes Centre, Church Road, Smethwick B67 6EH.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Wednesday, 11 September 2019.

If applicants have not heard from the Dorothy Parkes Centre within a week after the closing date, your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Event Invitation -Great Career Pathways on the Strategic Road Network

Highways England connects the country. They plan, design, build and future-proof England’s major A roads and motorways. That involves a lot of people, with a huge range of skills and experience, spanning technology, construction, the environment, corporate support services and many more.

Highways England would like to invite you to come and meet them and their supply partners and industry experts, at this year’s Highways UK, on 7 November at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre. It’s free to attend this flagship event for the roads sector, where you will have access to a full conference programme with insight and inspiration from sector leaders. There’s also a major exhibition and networking area plus innovation showcases.

Go along to find out more about the roads sector and the breadth of career opportunities.

Highways England are keen to develop links with pre-employment organisations and those who offer careers advice to a diverse range of clients so are targeting individuals and organisations who offer these services.

Highways England will also be holding a welcome address for 100 careers advisers and representatives from pre-employment organisations at the beginning of the day.

Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis for this meeting, so if you would like to take part please select this option on the order form. You are still welcome to attend the event without taking part in the welcome meeting.

Click here to register via Eventbrite

What’s on in September at Yemeni Community Association?

September.  The first month of autumn.  Its harvest time.  More important, look what’s on at the Yemeni Community Association!

Let’s Talk English:  Starts Monday, 2 September and weekly thereafter: 10.00 am to 12.00 pm

ESOL Class:  Starts Wednesday, 4 September and Wednesday weekly thereafter: 10.00 am to 12.00 noon

Women’s Wellbeing Network: Talk mindfulness and healthy lifestyles in the comfort of a ladies-only group. Chatter and workshops over refreshments.  Starts Friday, 6 September and every Friday in term time: 9.30 am to 11.30 am

Family Fun Day and launch of The Wellbeing Project:  Saturday, 14 September 12 pm to 4 pm. There will be a BBQ, a bouncy castle, penalty shootout, Henna Mehndi and lots more!

All taking place at Tildasley Street, West Bromwich B70 9SJ.

Please call 0121 525 3909 for further information.

The Charities Aid Foundation

The Charities Aid Foundation has announced that the Tourle Foundation Fund will re-open for applications on the 1st October 2019.

The CAF Tourle Foundation Fund seeks to award grants of up to £5,000 to local charitable organisations delivering services for local people within the UK.

o be eligible to apply, organisations must be able to evidence that the project will be delivered to local people and have an annual income of below £100,000. Priority will be given to organisations that find it difficult to attract mainstream funding.

More information

Looking to revamp your wardrobe?

BUDS will be hosting a fashion show on Friday 6th September, from 7.30 pm, at Brandhall Labour Club, Tame Road, Oldbury. There will be up to 75% off the price of well-known brands including River Island, Miss Selfridge and Next.

Tickets are £5 each and the proceeds will be divided between BUDS and Breast Cancer Charities.

To get your ticket please telephone BUDS Reception on 0121 565 3721.

Your opportunity to help inform the National Food Strategy.

On 27 June, Defra’s Secretary of State commissioned Henry Dimbleby to conduct an independent review to help the government create its first National Food Strategy for 75 years.

The purpose of the review is to address the environmental and health problems caused by our food system, to ensure the security of our food supply, and to maximise the benefits of the coming revolution in agricultural technology.

The National Food Strategy will examine activity across several departments of state, building on the flagship Agriculture Bill and Fisheries Bill currently before Parliament, the Industrial Strategy, the Childhood Obesity Plan and the upcoming Environment Bill.

The purpose of this call for evidence is to gather inspiration to help us transform our food system. We want to hear from anyone who has a good idea: producers, processors, retailers, consumers, academics, policy specialists, inventors, farm labourers, factory workers, health care practitioners, charity workers, or simply interested citizens.

We are looking for ideas big and small. From government policies to simple practical things that make a difference in your community or your business. These might be things that are already working well, here or abroad, and that could be scaled up or used differently. Or they might be new ideas: things that haven’t been tried yet at scale, but which you think have the potential to improve the system. We would like to understand the rationale for your proposals and study the accompanying evidence.

The scope of the strategy is within England, but we would also love to hear from people in the devolved administrations or abroad.

We are looking for innovations you have seen work in your home, your neighbourhood, or your business, in this country or beyond: ideas that help citizens make informed decisions about the food they eat, or which increase access to and affordability of high-quality food; ideas that make food production more environmentally sustainable, creating a flourishing countryside rich in wildlife; ideas that help farming, fishing and food businesses and communities thrive, benefitting employees and the wider community; or that promote the highest standards of animal health and welfare; or that could put England at the forefront of innovation and reshape our food system in the coming years.

The easiest way to submit your ideas is via the online survey but you can also send responses to the email or the postal address below:


  • National Food Strategy Team,
    Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,
    Area SE, 2nd Floor,
    Seacole Building,
    2 Marsham Street,
    SW1P 4DF

What Should Feature in a Fundraising Strategy?

If you are thinking about putting together a fundraising strategy for the first time, or you’re in the process of doing so, there are some things you will need to think about.

Successful fundraising starts with a fundraising strategy which, in short, should serve to identify what resources will be required in order to reach a fundraising goal; although a fundraising strategy does not necessarily have to focus on just raising money, but could also help you to meet your other charitable aims.

The Institute of Fundraising has found that a lot of charities do not actually have clear fundraising plans, and are not clear what a fundraising strategy looks like – so if you are thinking about putting together a strategy for the first time, or you’re in the process of doing so, there are some things you will need to think about.

The three main elements of a fundraising strategy, like many other strategies, are:

  • Where are we now?
  • Where do we want to get to?
  • How are we going to get there?

So, firstly, you’ll need to outline the main aims and objectives of your project – or your project’s mission statement. This might include details on why you are raising the money, as well as the kinds of work your organisation has been doing. Think about what is happening in the wider world outside your organisation – factors like the current economic situation may have a direct effect on how much you can raise!

A useful tool for this is called a STEEPLE Analysis. Once you have looked at the external factors, you should then looks at what the ‘market is doing, for example, if local companies aren’t making profits, then basing your fundraising on generating income from business may be a challenge.  What resources do you have available internally – if you have your office staffed by one volunteers, then perhaps it is unrealistic to plan a fundraising appeal to lots and lots of individual donors – who would deal with the donations, bank and thank?  Pulling this all together, A SWOT analysis is useful in identifying possible Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats to your project.

Then you need to think of where do you want to be?  So, for example, would raising £15,000 to fund an office move solve your problems, or do you need revenue funding which will enable you to cover your core costs for the next few years? Once you have decided where you want to be, and what you want to achieve, then you can start to build the strategy for how to get there…

It is vital therefore to spend time to research possible sources for funding, whether it’s through approaching corporates for support, or targeting major donors, for example.

Another area to consider are the extra resources you will need in order to fulfil your plan, such as extra volunteers, or training.

As you work at fulfilling your strategy, it is important to constantly monitor your progression so that you can measure your success, and put into place further steps, if necessary, if the plan does not quite turn out as predicted.

Source: Institute of Fundraising

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