January 2020

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Funding to Support Vulnerable Young Migants

Not for profit organisations and private law firms that work with young migrants can apply for grants through the Strategic Legal Fund (SLF) for Vulnerable Young Migrants.

The maximum grant available is £30,000, however, limited funding is available and therefore lower applications are encouraged. The average grant size is around £12,000. Grants are available to undertake strategic legal work to benefit children and young people (under the age of 25) who are significantly disadvantaged by migration status. The fund will accept applications in any area of law that affects:
• Migrants or the children of migrants,
• Who are under 25,
• Who are living in poverty,
• Who face significant disadvantage or discrimination in connection with their (or their parents’) migration status.

The SLF only funds two kinds of strategic legal action- pre-litigation research and “third party intervention” in an existing case. The maximum grant length is 12 months, and most grants are for around six months. For information on previously funded projects please click here.

The next closing date for applications is the 6th March 2020.

For further information please view – http://strategiclegalfund.org.uk/how-to-apply/

Funding for Projects that Help Young People Succeed in Adulthood

Comic Relief has announced the launch of its Future Lookin’ Good Youth (Safe Place To Be) programme. Working in partnership with The KFC Foundation the programme provides grants of £100,000 to £200,000 to proposals focused on young people aged 11 – 25 years old from groups under-served by current services.

Comic Relief will only consider funding proposals that clearly outline how they will support young people to succeed in adulthood. For example, by providing holistic support through mentoring or coaching, building life skills or improving young people’s ability to gain sustainable employment.

Proposals must clearly demonstrate how they will help young people build a positive future; building the skills necessary to live with dignity and be able to access basic housing and create a happy home in which they feel safe and secure. Proposals must also be working with one or more of the following priority groups:
• Young people experiencing homelessness or insecure housing
• Young offenders, ex-offenders and those at risk of offending
• Care leavers – The broad definition of a care leaver (as described by the Care Leavers Association) is “Any adult who spent time in care as a child (i.e. under the age of 18). Such care could be in foster care, residential care (mainly children’s homes), or other arrangements outside the immediate or extended family.”
• Young carers – The official definition of a young carer is ‘…a person under 18 who provides or intends to provide care for another person (of any age, except where that care is provided for payment, pursuant to a contract or as voluntary work).’ Children and Families Act 2014 Section 96.
• Young parents – defined as young women and men who became or will become parents at 21 years old or younger
Comic Relief want to make sure that young people are at the heart of the of the projects they fund.

To achieve this, Comic Relief aim to involve young people at as many stages of the decision-making process as possible. They are asking organisations to create a two to three-minute video about their project along with 250 words by Friday, 7th February 2020. Videos and proposals will be shortlisted by young people as well as Comic Relief staff.

For further information please view – https://www.comicrelief.com/funding/funding-opportunities/future-lookin-good/

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.

Community Navigators (Brexit)

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: 31st January 12 noon
Interview date: 11th February
Hours: 37 hours per week Fte (Part-time hours considered)

For an Application Pack or more information (CV’s not accepted) please email: recruitment@citizensadvicesandwell.org.uk

Fundraising Manager Vacancy at Creative Black Country.

Creative Black Country (CBC) on behalf of Black Country Together is looking to appoint a Fundraising Manager.

This is an exciting time of development for Creative Black Country as it expands its programme beyond Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton into the borough of Dudley following a four-year funding award from Arts Council England. The successful applicant will be part of small, dynamic, talented and well-networked team delivering high impact projects to a region of 1.1 million people.

CBC is led by a Core Consortium of Sandwell Council of Voluntary Organisations, Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council,  One Walsall and Dudley Council for Voluntary Service (working as Black Country Together CIC) Multistory, Black Country Touring and Black Country Living Museum (which are all Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisations). This consortium brings together the community and voluntary sector and the expertise of professional arts producers with a long-standing commitment to the Black Country’s creative and cultural ecology and a depth and breadth of knowledge of leading contemporary arts practice.

Key principles of the role:

To work with Creative Black Country to develop and increase its fundraising activities, identify further opportunities to grow its work for 2020 and beyond, and to raise the profile of the work that CBC delivers.

Salary :

  • NJC spinal points 20-31 (£32,029- £33,799 per annum) pro rata at 3 days a week and depending on experience; 6% employer contribution pension

For an informal conversation, contact Jenny Smith (Creative Director – Maternity Cover) 07967 187 822 or Sajida Carr (Director of Operations and Development) 07793 244 031.


  • Closing date: 12th February 2020 at 12 noon.
  • Interviews : 27th February 2020


We request no contact from recruitement agencies. Previous applicants need not apply.

How to Create Effective Charity Hashtags

Looking to leverage your supporterbase via social media? Here’s our five-step guide to creating effective charity hashtags.

Have you admired recent charity digital campaigns? Dreaming of going viral but unsure how? Charity digital leaders may have read our earlier tips on how to leverage social media, and how platforms can add to the fundraising toolbox. Creating hashtags on social media allows for audiences to contact charities regardless of location or size.

Adding to the power of hashtags, these digital portals can also work as a call to action. Charity digital marketing and communications teams have created memorable hashtags across Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, targeting audiences for charity fundraisers, new product launches, announcements, and brand awareness.

Additive to every charity digital leader’s toolkit, here is a quick DIY guide to creating an effective charity hashtag.

1.Decide how you want your hashtag to work

Hashtags can, and should, form part of the charity social media strategy. When deciding how you want the hashtag to work, marketing and communications goals may be helpful.  Social Media Today advocates deciding on what value can be derived from the hashtag:
•Is there a specific event happening?
•Is this a digital fundraising appeal?
•Or, maybe the aim is to create a buzz?

Once decided, brainstorming a catchy, memorable phrase is important to motivate audiences. Simple ones tend to work very well – #GivingTuesday is a prime example of how worldwide charitable events can come together.

To read the full Charity Digital News Article click here.

Source: Charity Digital News

5 Tips to Improve Your Charity’s Email Marketing Strategy

Is it your charity’s new year’s resolution to improve its email marketing campaigns? Here are five things you can do to get ahead now and start improving the click-through rates and engagement of your emails.

New digital channels like social media and virtual assistants might be stealing the headlines, but email remains king when it comes to charity marketing. Studies from Mailchimp and Campaign Monitor put email open rates for charity emails at around 20-25% compared to a universal open rate of 6%, proving that good causes still make a big impression in people’s inboxes.

However, there are always things you can do to further improve the performance of your emails and build stronger relationships with your valued supporters.

Here are five strategically-driven ways to give your charity’s email campaigns a boost in 2020.

1. Have clearly-defined goals

First and foremost, it’s important to have a solid strategy for each email campaign you send. This means setting out in as much detail as possible:

What you ultimately want to achieve

How your emails fit into the bigger picture of your other brand campaigns

Who your target audience is

How you will measure success

This guide to email marketing strategy from email marketing platform Uplers gives a good grounding in how to set out your strategy, and particularly your objectives and key results, so you’ll always know what you’re working towards and stay focused.

To read the full Charity Digital News Article click here.

Source: Charity Digital News

Change at Ideal for All

Ideal for All’s Direct Payment team no longer operate from Hawthorns House. The team have moved to Dudley Biz Hub, Castle Mill, Burnt Tree, Dudley DY4 7UF.

Ideal for All’s other services/premises are not affected by this move.

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Princes Trust Team Programme Smethwick

The Princes Trust Smethwick is now recruiting for its next team Programme, due to start on the 17th February. The 12 week course,  for 16 – 25 year old, is aimed at increasing confidence, communication, leadership and employability skills, alongside gaining nationally recognised qualifications.

Learners gain a first aid and food safety certificate, a new CV, two weeks work placement and much more. Learners are also provided with a bus pass. The course will not affect benefits.

To refer a young person, please email or text Jack Dytor, Prince’s Trust Team Leader, with details. Jack will contact the individual to arrange a meeting.

If you would like further information or would like Jack to come and speak to your staff or a group of young people, it can be arranged.  The Prince’s Trust is also available to attend any events.

Email Jack at Dytorj@wolvcoll.ac.uk or call 07787 245 832.

Voluntary and Community Sector Breakfast Meeting Invitation

The next voluntary sector breakfast meeting will be held on Thursday 26th March 2020 at Holy Trinity Church, 69 South Road, Smethwick, B67 7BP from 7.30 am to 9.00 am.

Attendees will have the opportunity to network with peers from the Sector to find out what’s new, what’s happening in the borough or simply just to have a have a catch-up.

Please come along and join us for this very informal networking opportunity.  Light refreshments will be provided.

If you would like to book a place please e-mail mazeline@scvo.info or leona@scvo.info

Help make Sandwell a Place of Sanctuary

Join Brushstrokes and Bearwood Action for refugees to find out more about making Sandwell a ‘Borough of Sanctuary’ and how you can support a local community sponsorship project – welcoming a refugee family into our local community.

When: Tuesday, 28th January 2020 from 6pm

Where: Brushstrokes, 253 High Street, Smethwick, B66 3NJ

For more information and to register your interest, please email: bearwoodactionforrefugees@gmail.com

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