December 2019

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Four of the Best Charities Leading the Push for Digital Transformation

Charities with digital transformation on their list of New Year’s resolutions need look no further. Through efficiencies gained from digital fundraising, operational speed, and time-saving processes, digital transformation can give charities of all sizes a make-over in both online and in offices. Here we showcase four of the most inspirational transformations.

Parkinson’s UK data-led approach to digital strategy
In 2017, the UK charity focused on determining internal digital maturity levels and developing a digital strategy.

“We now talk an awful lot about our data maturity as an organisation and about making sure that our 400 staff know how to use information to make better decisions,” said Ms Dodd, Director of Digital Transformation and Communication, when speaking to Computer Weekly magazine.

“That stretches from our strategic priorities right down to a project-level basis, where our people use information to make better decisions.”

Since then, one of the major challenges Ms Dodd has worked on is to link up data sources across the organisation. A cloud-based solution was found using Snowflake to centralise data.  For the inside scoop on the journey, Charity Digital News interviewed Carolyn Nutkins, Director of Organisational Development at Parkinson’s UK – the video can be found here.

Cancer Research UK’s journey is about digital cultural change
Two years on from the first conversations and implementation of the charity’s digital transformation, leadership and skills have come to the fore. Writing for CRUK’s blog, Ellie Budd, Digital Proposition Manager noticed how the charity’s entire operating model had shifted from demanding services to testing new, innovative digital ideas.

“For us, it’s a little about the technology, but a lot more about the skills teams have. We learnt very quickly those skills needed to be different for every team. Some would need to set up complex A/B tests, some needed to write user stories in BDD format, and some had to optimize their content for search,” said Ms Budd.

For CRUK, digital transformation and experimentation came with not only a shift in digital culture but buy-in from digital leaders throughout the organisation.

To read the full Charity Digital News article click here.

Source: Charity Digital News

Interfaith & Sport Network Invitation

Active Black Country – a strategic lead for Sport and Physical Activity across the Black Country and Sandwell Community Hubs – a network of community centres recognises the importance of places of worship as institutions for worship but also as a place for community cohesion, lifelong learning, employment and health and wellbeing for our communities and neighbourhoods.

It would be great if you could join us for an initial meeting of the Sandwell Interfaith & Sport Network as we start to bring together places of worship to explore how we can align, have impact and contribute to #MoveMoreSandwell campaign.

Taking place on Tuesday 14th January 2020 from 5.30pm – 8pm at Shri Venkateshwara (Belaji) Temple, Dudley Road East, Oldbury, B69 3DU.

To book a place and to find out more about the Network Meeting please view –

For further information please contact Daniel Allen, Local Partnership Lead Officer – Communities – Tel: 01384 471136 or Anam Choudhury, Chief Executive Officer, Sandwell Community Hubs – Tel: 01384 4636731

Citizens Advice Sandwell Seek Community Navigators (Brexit)

Citizens Advice Sandwell is set to deliver a new project which will provide very practical advice and hands-on support to settled migrants that may be affected by the process of the UK leaving the European Union. The Community Navigators will help vulnerable individuals and families to access local services and support agencies.

The Community Navigators will be able to assist with processes that may need to be completed in order for individuals and families to remain, work and be an active part of the community. Accessing services can prove extremely difficult for families and individuals who are facing the pressure, stress, and uncertainty that Brexit may cause.

We are seeking to recruit:
Community Navigators (Brexit)
Must be able to speak an Eastern European Language
Hours: 37 hours per week Fte (Part-time hours considered)

Community Navigators

We are looking for creative, resourceful, enthusiastic and empathetic individuals who have effective written and verbal communication skills. They will need to be motivated and willing to help others and work across the Sandwell Borough

Candidates must have experience of living or working in a diverse community.
Experience of supporting families /neighbours and or friends and have had or still have Involvement in community groups and activities.

There will be a requirement for candidates to be able to work on their own and also as part of a team. Candidates may also be required to work flexibly to meet the needs of individuals and families they will be supporting

This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of a great charity and an innovative project.

Salary: £16,835
Contract: Fixed Term 1 year
Closing date: 6th January 12 noon
Interview date: 15th January 2020

For an Application Pack or more information (CV’s not accepted)
please email:

Postponed National Lottery Community Fund Surgery Sessions 2020!

Given the evolving situation around COVID-19, SCVO has decided to postpone the National Lottery Surgery Sessions until further notice. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

SCVO in partnership with the National Lottery Community Fund are hosting a series of monthly surgery sessions for those wishing to discuss their submitted initial outline proposal in more detail with a member of the National Lottery Grants Team.

The 2020 surgery dates with the National Lottery Community Fund will be held on the second Monday of every month, from 10am until 1pm at SCVO’s Offices, 1st Floor, Landchard House, Victoria Street, West Bromwich, B70 8ER.

Future dates for the surgery sessions include:

  • Cancelled – Tuesday 7th April 2020,
  • Monday 11th May 2020,
  • Monday 8th June 2020,
  • Monday 13th July 2020,
  • Monday 10th August 2020,
  • Monday 14th September 2020,
  • Monday 12th October 2020,
  • Monday 9th November 2020 and
  • Monday 14th December 2020.

The Lottery’s Grants Officer will be available for booked appointments to further discuss your initial proposal and potential next steps. Prior to booking an appointment you must have completed and emailed the National Lottery Community Fund at with your initial outline proposal (shaped around their 6 bullet points which can be found by clicking here and looking under the ‘What we need to know’ Section on their website).

If you are interested in taking advantage of this unique opportunity and want to book your time slot with The National Lottery Community Fund please email Donna Adams at or call on 0121 345 7661 to avoid disappointment.

Alternatively, you can contact Libby Mahoney at SCVO to make a booking on 0121 525 1127 or email

Care Manager required at SAFS

Are you an organised, motivated and confident individual looking for a new opportunity in a dynamic health; social care and wellbeing environment?  SAFS is looking for a Care Manager who will be responsible for the smooth operation and delivery of a range of care and support services provided to children and adults with disabilities.

Hours: Between 9 am to 5 pm. You will be on the on-call rota for ‘out of hours’ service during evenings and weekends
Contract: Permanent full time – 37 hours
Holidays: 28 days per annum
Salary: Between £28,000 and £32,000 per annum

The successful candidate is likely to have significant experience in supporting and managing administrations, including rotas and systems, in a busy working environment. You should be able to liaise confidently at senior level and have a proactive and problem solving mindset. Experience of recruiting and managing a team of care staff is essential to ensure a range of care packages are being delivered.

If you are able to offer your expertise as a care manager, SAFS would like to hear from you.

You must have an NVQ Level 5 or equivalent in working with vulnerable children and adults as you will be the Registered Manager with CQC. You must also have approximately five years previous experience in managing care services providing domiciliary care, day opportunities, personal assistant support and care in the community (supported living is desirable).

Please submit your CV before the closing date of Friday, 17th January 2020. Interview date to be confirmed. The closing date may be sooner than the date stated if a significant number of applications are received.

SAFS take the safeguarding of children and adults seriously. All staff will be subject to an enhanced DBS check and references.

For information and an application form for this post please contact SAFS offices on (0121) 558 2198 or email Visit the website to find out more about the charity and the services it delivers.

Committee Seeks Views on Charity Accounting Framework

The SORP-making body is looking for engagement partners that will form key stakeholder groups to help gather feedback and ideas for change.

The SORP-making body charged with developing the Charities Statement of Recommended Practice (the SORP) is looking for engagement partners that will form key stakeholder groups to help gather feedback and ideas for change.

The SORP is the set of rules which governs charity accounting for charitable companies and larger charities (charities with an income over £250,000). The main purpose of the SORP Committee is to identify potential changes to the SORP and advise the SORP-making body.

Chosen engagement partners can be individuals or organisations. They will have an interest in charity financial reporting and the work of the sector, and will have the opportunity to work with the SORP Committee to make sure that their views are expressed correctly.

These partners will be put into stakeholder groups based on their main areas of work. Groups will be asked to reflect on:

  • the information needs of users of charity annual reports and accounts
  • how far the SORP needs to change to meet those needs
  • what information users of the SORP need to prepare for good annual report and accounts
  • opportunities to simplify and remove unnecessary reporting and ensuring technical compliance with the UK-Irish Generally Accepted Accounting Practice (GAAP).

The views of the stakeholder groups inform the work of the advisory Charities SORP Committee and so shape the future form and content of the SORP.

To become an engagement partner in writing the next SORP, please read this information pack. It provides you with all of the information you need about the role and how to apply. The closing date for applications is 31 January 2020.

Read the full Charity Commission article by clicking here.

Source: Charity Commission

Sobell Foundation

The Sobell Foundation provide grants for projects/activities in the following areas:

• medical care/treatment including respite care and hospices;

• care, education and training for adults and children with special needs;

• care/support of the elderly, vulnerable children and adults;

• support for carers.

Applications can be made at any time and only small registered charities with annual income below £3M can apply.

For more information contact Penny Newton (Administrator):

Tel: 01749 813135

E-mail: or


Screwfix Foundation

Support building refurbishment projects for people in need due to financial hardship, sickness, disability, distress or other disadvantage. 

Grants available to fix, maintain, improve and repair properties and community buildings/facilities in deprived areas.

Apply any time, quarterly meetings in February, May, August and November

Size of grant available: Up to £5,000

Contact details: Telephone 01935 414100



Finnis Scott Foundation

Charities and charitable organisations – including school Parent Teacher Associations – are eligible to apply for grants of between £500 and £10,000 to support projects relating to horticulture, plant sciences, fine art and art history.

Grants awarded may cover capital or revenue expenditure. Preference is given to smaller organisations where the grant will have a significant impact.

Apply by the 20th March 2020 for the next trustees meeting of the Finnis Scott Foundation.  For further information please view –

Funding to Enable Disadvantaged Young People Reach their Potential

Registered charities (including Schools that are registered as charities for young people with disabilities) that work with disadvantaged children under the age of 25 can apply for funding of up to £10,000.

Of particular interest are projects that provide opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people to fulfil their potential and educational activities that develop learning, motivation and skills. Projects could, for example, support special educational needs; address behavioural problems or promote citizenship; and parenting or life skills. Preference will be given to projects piloting new approaches where the outcomes will be disseminated to a wider audience. The funding is being made available through the Ironmongers Company’s grants programme. Although the grants are available within the UK preference is given to projects in inner London.

The next closing date for applications is the 31st July 2020.  For further information please view –

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