September 2019

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Wool, Bells and Buttons Needed

Lee’s Memorial Sons of Rest, Greets Green need your help with materials for their Dementia twiddle muffs. They are asking for donations of wool, bells and buttons for their ladies section to knit the twiddle muffs to give to residents who would benefit from one within Sandwell.

If you are able to donate any of these items you can drop them off at Lee’s Memorial Sons of Rest, Farley Park, Whitehall Road, Greets Green, B70 0HF, to find out when the centre is open please call John Lawley at the club on 0121 7921285.

For more information please call John Lawley at the club 0121 7921285.

Make a Pledge For a Prosperous Sandwell

Sandwell Council is reaching out to its communities and asking them to help make the borough the best it can be.

Residents and businesses have been invited to complete a short survey to help the council understand their priorities as part of an innovative new project.

As part of the survey they will be asked to make a pledge that will have a positive impact on Sandwell.

The survey is a key part of council plans to develop an ‘Inclusive Economy Deal’.

The ‘deal’ is a social contract with the community – a joint commitment between residents, businesses, anchor institutions such as colleges, hospitals and the council – outlining what they’ll each do to make a more prosperous borough.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Yvonne Davies, welcomed efforts to engage with the community and urged people to have their say.

“We want to make Sandwell a better place for everyone with no one left behind,” she said.

“Our residents, businesses and partners have a huge role to play. The deal can’t happen without people who live and work in the borough. We need all of us to help make it a reality.”

The survey will help the council understand what matters to residents and businesses, what they want to improve about Sandwell and how everyone can play a part to help the council achieve it.

Results of the surveys and pledges will be used to shape the Inclusive Economy Deal in the coming months.
The survey is now available online at

The Albion Foundation is offering support

The Albion Foundation is looking to launch a Social Action Project. Although it has many ideas, the Foundation is looking at projects that are already in motion and may need support.

If groups have a project or ideas which would be suitable for the Albion Foundation to get on board, Jayne Norton, Inspire Coach, would like to her from you.  Email

Please bear in mind the Foundation’s students, who will be supporting, are aged 11-14.

Sixty Plus Activity Sessions

Accord Age Matters are delivering a 12 week physical activity programme aimed at Sandwell residents aged 60 plus.

The group sessions are designed to help improve strength and balance, make your heart stronger and improve mobility and overall health. The exercises are held in a safe, informal and friendly environment where you can make new friends or catch up with old ones.

Classes cost £2.50 and are based at locations across all six towns, including:

Bleakhouse Library (Wed) 3 – 4.30 pm

Baptist Church, Vicar Street (Mon) 10 am – 12 noon
Friar Park Millennium Centre (Wed) 10 am – 12 noon

Please telephone 0121 568 3950 for your nearest 60 plus activity group session.

After completing the programme Accord Age Matters can help you connect with the many activity sessions that take place throughout the borough. You can find an activity that meets your needs or one that you may not have thought of trying before!

Introductory to the Voluntary Sector – 13th November 2019

Did you know there are over 1,000 voluntary and community (VCS) groups operating in Sandwell?
Are you in a new role and would value an overview of the vast range of services available to help and support Sandwell residents? Or are you new to the area or part of a newly formed community group and would like to find out more about other groups and organisations delivering activities locally?

This session is informal and open to anyone who feels they have a limited knowledge of the VCS in Sandwell or would like to improve their knowledge and also find out about SCVO’s support offer.

To book a place, please book via the Eventbrite link –

This is the fourth session we have held and feedback has been extremely positive “I’ve increased my knowledge about the services that are out there and how SCVO can help to support me to find out more”.

The session will cover:-
• Information about the range of VCS organisations in Sandwell
• What is Sandwell Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO)?
• How can SCVO support your organisation grow and thrive into the future?
• Opportunities for networking and help with promoting your services
• How you can keep up to date with local developments and help to shape and influence local decisions.

The session is taking place on Wednesday 13th November 2019 from 12.30pm – 2.30pm at SCVO Offices, 1st Floor Landchard House, Victoria Street, West Bromwich, B70 8ER.

If you need any further information please contact Leona Bird, Strategic Engagement Officer at SCVO or telephone 0121 525 1127.

National Lottery Community Fund Announces New £7.5 Million Fund

The National Lottery Community Fund has announced that it will be making a special £7.5 million pot of funding available to mark The National Lottery’s 25th birthday. The fund, CelebrateNationalLottery25, will help communities celebrate the extraordinary impact the National Lottery has had since its launch in November 1994.

Thanks to National Lottery players, £40 billion has been raised for good causes so far, funding over half a million (565,000) projects across the UK. The #CelebrateNationalLottery25 funding will support activity designed to bring people and communities together all over the UK. Up to £2 million will be made available this year in small grants of up to £1,000. The remainder will be released to the sector through the Fund’s National Lottery Awards for All programme.

#CelebrateNationalLottery25 will be open to applications in November, with further details to come on how to apply.

For further information, please view


Help the Homeless Grants Available

Help the Homeless makes grants of up to £5,000 to small and medium sized charitable organisations (with a turnover of less than £1 million) whose aim is to help homeless people return to the community and enabling them to resume a normal life.

Typically, such organisations may operate small or medium-sized residential or training facilities to assist homeless people.
The grants are available for capital costs and examples of previously supported projects include:
• The Booth Centre, an advice and activity centre for homeless people in Manchester, where people undertake education and training courses as well as receiving advice and food, received a grant of £1,500 to transform the centre with new lighting, a new water heater and new decoration.
• A grant of £3,000 to the Amber Foundation to enable the Foundation to buy new bedroom furniture for their residential centre in Devon, where every year over 60 unemployed, homeless young people are able to rebuild their lives and gain the motivation, confidence, self-esteem and skills for independent living.

The closing date for the next round of funding is the 15th December 2019.

For further information please view –

The Feminist Review Trust Grant

The Feminist Review Trust has announced that grants of up to £15,000 are available for projects both in the UK and internationally that support women and girls.

For 2018/2019 applications will be particularly welcome from non-OECD countries that focus on campaigning and activism in the following areas:
• Lesbian and transgender rights
• Violence against women and girls
• Disabled women and girls
• Refugee women and girls

The closing date for applications for the current funding round is the 31st January 2020.

Launch of Kaleidoscope Plus New Service Invitation

Your special invitation to the launch of #TeamKPG’s new Social Prescribing Service ‘Opening Doors’ on World Mental Health Day – Thursday 10th October 2019 from 12.00pm – 1.30pm at the Kaleidoscope Plus Group, 153 High Street, West Bromwich, B70 7QX.

A light lunch will be provided.

Kaleidoscope aim is to connect people to a variety of services and groups to improve health and wellbeing.

Please confirm your attendance by Monday 7th October 2019 – e-mail: or call us on 0121 565 5605

Social Audit Network Gathering in Birmingham

The Social Audit Network (SAN) is pleased to announce details of the Gathering for 2019, which will take place in Birmingham, on Wednesday 16th October.

The Gathering will bring together a huge range of people with a shared interest in social impact, social accounting or social enterprise. It will take place at the aptly named Impact Hub Birmingham, 58 Oxford Street, Digbeth, Birmingham B5 5NR. The venue is a short walk from Birmingham New Street and Moor Street stations.

Starting at 10 am, the event will provide an opportunity for connection, reflection, planning and shared learning. It will include:
• Facilitated networking
• Keynote ‘state of the sector’ speakers
• World Café discussion
• Practical workshops and masterclasses facilitated by SAN Directors.

Please book your place here.

Liz Tapner of SELNET in Lancashire – the 2018 most influential Woman in Social Enterprise – will be sharing her experiences and tips for running a successful social business. Topics for the workshops will include: how to use the data that you collect, stakeholder engagement and social auditing.

The following week, on 23rd and 24 October, SAN is running  a Workshop in Stoke.

If  you have any queries, please contact the SAN office at

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