October 2019

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Ibrahim Foundation

This Foundation makes grants to organisations which aim to improve the quality of life for people and communities in the UK, both now and in the future. They like to consider work which others may find hard to fund, perhaps because it breaks new ground, appears too risky, requires core funding, or needs a more unusual form of financial help such as a loan.

The foundation has always believed in the need to support and maintain a free, stable and socially cohesive society, where enterprise is encouraged and people are able to realise their potential, take advantage of opportunities and play their part in democratic life.

The grants range from £500 – £10,000. Extraordinary projects may receive grants up to £50,000.

The Foundation does not have areas of focus in grant making. They believe those on the front lines in the community best understand the particular needs and where grants will bear the greatest fruits. They look for situations where small amounts of funds will make significant impact. However, they are particularly interested in the following areas:-

Community Building, Strengthening Nonprofits, Environment, Supporting Families.

Application Form: Apply in writing following the guidance on the website.

Deadline: Applications can be submitted at any time.

Contact: grants@ibrahimfoundation.com

Website: www.ibrahimfoundation.com/apply.html

Yemeni Community Association Collect Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

A Sandwell group of volunteers who help new migrants and refugees settle in local communities have been presented with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

The Yemeni Community Association’s team of volunteers provides educational, recreational, cultural, spiritual and emotional wellbeing activities for people of all ages.

Volunteers work to meet the needs of the whole community and in particular the needs of the Arabic speaking people and specifically support new migrants and refugees to settle in the area.

Now the organisation, which is led by chief executive officer Ragih Muflihi and based at the Greets Green Access Centre, in Tildasley Street, West Bromwich, has received the award from the Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands John Crabtree.

Mr Muflihi said: “It was a great honour that our group of volunteers has been recognised at such a high level for the impressive standard of services it provides in meeting the needs of the local people.

“We have about 40 volunteers who range from 15 years old to 70-plus from a variety of ethnic backgrounds who act as peer mentors to support people with a variety of issues.

“They include emotional wellbeing support and helping to develop the English language skills of new migrants to enable them to access the wider community.”

Over the past 12 months about 920 individuals have been helped. “Our work has helped to reduce community tensions and helped to ease the transition and settlement of new migrant families into the Sandwell community,” he said.

Mr Muflihi said that Sandwell had long been a destination for migrants but people who were less proficient in English “tended to live in silos” by not mixing with one another.

The organisation also runs mosque tours for local schools to help with the religious education curriculum and give live examples of how Muslims worship.

For more information, go to www.yca-sandwell.org.uk or call 0121 525 3909.

Greggs Foundation

Not-for-profit organisations developing local community projects are being offered the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to £2,000.

Any not for profit organisation working to reduce disadvantage experienced by the most deprived people in the community such as the disabled, those living in poverty, voluntary carers and isolated older people can apply. Larger organisations with a turnover in excess of £300,000 are unlikely to be successful with those located near to a Greggs shop most likely to receive awards. The funding is being made available through the Greggs Foundation Local Community Projects Fund.

The fund will re-open for applications on the 1st December 2019 and will have a closing date of the 23rd February 2020.

For further information please view – https://www.greggsfoundation.org.uk/grants/local-community-projects-fund

The Alchemy Foundation

The Alchemy Foundation provide grants for a variety of purposes, these include:-

•Disability projects addressing mobility/access as well as providing communication support through helplines
•Social welfare work supporting disaffected young people, addressing homelessness and providing family mediation
•Personal/penal reform for young prisoners and their families
•Medical research/aid in blindness/disfigurement
•Respite for carers.
As well as those areas of interest above they are particularly focused on the Alchemist Scheme through which they provide grants for the costs of hiring fundraisers assigned to other charities to assist with fundraising efforts.

Applications can be made at any time and in 2017/18 the average grant was £915.

For more information write to the Foundation at Trevereux Manor, Limpsfield Chart, Oxted, Surrey RH8 0TL

Variety the Children’s Charity Youth Club Grants

Apply any time, initially considered by the Youth Clubs Committee (meet 6 times a year) prior to approval by the Trustees.

Size of grant available: Average grant £250-£600 (some match funding required to show commitment)

Aims and outcomes of funder: Provide grants for equipment to youth organisations working with children/young people aged 8-18 in deprived areas.

Additional information: Only youth clubs affiliated to a national youth organisation (i.e. Ambition, UK Youth or Association of Boys and Girls Clubs) can apply.

Contact details: Jean Lowers (Youth Club Co-ordinator), telephone 020 7428 8133

Email: youthclubs@variety.org.uk

Website: www.variety.org.uk/what-we-do/youth-clubs-grants

Healthwatch Sandwell – Feedback Centre

Healthwatch Sandwell has a new facility on its website called the ‘Feedback Centre.’

This gives you the opportunity to feed back any information you may have about a health or social care service in Sandwell. This covers hospital, GP surgeries, pharmacies, dentists, care homes and other services.
Please visit our feedback centre: https://www.healthwatchsandwell.co.uk/services/

If you have any suggestion on any other service to add to our feedback centre, please let us know by phoning 0121 569 7210 or emailing info@healthwatchsandwell.co.uk

Sandwell Blue Light Team Launch

Reaching out to vulnerable people who are alcohol and/or drug dependent, resistant to treatment and who are a burden on emergency services.

Come along to our launch event to meet the new team and discuss how we can work together to improve the health and wellbeing of the vulnerable substance misusers of Sandwell.

Taking place on Monday 11th November 2019 from 10.00am – 12.00pm, Sandwell Council House, Committee Rooom 1, Freeth Street, Oldbury, B60 3DB.

For more information and to confirm your attendance, please contact Blue Light Co-ordinator Gurjit Brring or Assertive Outreach Worker Irene O’Brien on 0121 553 1333 or e-mail bluelightsandwell@cranstoun.org.uk

The Art Yard – November Sale Exhibition

The Art Yard would like to invite local arts to register their interest in being apart of their Open Media Exhibition. This is an opportunity for the artist to showcase their work regardless of the medium (i.e. paint, photography, ceramics, sculpture, film metalwork, crafts and much more).

Artists should complete the Submission Form listing all works you would like to exhibit stating the Media, size and selling price, please include any digital images of each work.

The Art Yard charge a small fee for exhibiting your works in their gallery and are to be paid when delivering your works.

For more details see the links below:

We very much look forward to seeing your work and hope you enjoy what we believe will be a successful and exciting Exhibition.

For more information or to submit your completed form please email The Art Yard directly at infoartyard@gmail.com or call 01384910968.

The Ron Pickering Memorial Fund

Talented able bodied and disabled British track and field athletes between 15 and 23 years old that are in financial need can now apply for funding from the Ron Pickering Memorial Fund. The fund exclusively supports young and deserving applicants in the sport of Athletics.

Since the fund was introduced a total of £2million has been awarded in small but significant grants to several thousand young British Athletes.

Each grant is designed to make a difference, helping the recipients make the difficult transition from junior to senior level through support for equipment, specialist coaching or travel and importantly help build the athletes’ confidence and self-esteem through recognition. No minimum or maximum funding amounts are specified.

The closing date for applications is the 30th November 2019.

For further information please view http://rpmf.org.uk/apply-grant/

Equipment Grants for Youth Clubs UK

The grants can be used to buy equipment to provide challenging activities that engage young people aged 8-18 and provide them with alternatives to becoming involved in the anti-social behaviour that often stems from boredom and peer pressure.

On occasion, applications for improvement of youth club premises, refurbishment of existing equipment or facilities will also be considered.

Applicants have to raise some of the funds and applications that have young people involved in the fund raising will be looked upon favourably.

There are no deadlines when applying and applications can be made at any time.

For further information, please view https://www.onefamily.com/your-foundation/community-awards/

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