February 2020

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The Art Yard – Call for Artists for March 2020 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:

They 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.

Tips for Increasing Donations on a Mobile

Think about the last charity website you looked at or even the one you’re looking at now – chances are, you were looking at it through the screen of a mobile device.

Mobile now accounts for accounts for over half of web traffic worldwide. So it’s surprising that many charities still aren’t thinking about their online fundraising with mobile users in mind. Recent analysis from non-profit digital agency Reason Digital found that charities could be missing out on billions each year simply because potential donors were frustrated or put off by the experience of a charity’s website on mobile.

As Matt Haworth, co-founder of Reason Digital said: “These users represent a vast and potentially untapped audience for many charities. It’s therefore vital for charities to not just attract new users, but keep them on the website and encourage them to find out more through a properly optimised design and carefully considered user journey.”

The good news is that designing a mobile-friendly donation journey is easily within the reach of most charities. While these tips are not comprehensive, they could be a good starting point to improving the way your charity fundraises through mobile.

1-Use empathy when considering your user experience

Nowadays, just having a website that is ’mobile-responsive’ (automatically adapts its layout to all mobile devices) is not really enough anymore. Google has been favouring mobile-friendly websites since 2015 when it updated its ranking algorithm, and most website builders nowadays will be making sites mobile responsive as standard. But having this feature doesn’t automatically make for a great experience for donors.

To get the most from your fundraising efforts, you still need to work on removing as many barriers as you can for people to give to your charity via mobile. You really need to assess your website from the point of view of someone scrolling on their mobile and ask:

  • Is our message clear?
  • Is information clear and concise?
  • Is it obvious what to click next?
  • Is the donate button easy to find (always available or one click away)?
  • Could I make this any easier for them?
  • Is it a pleasant experience?
  • Is there enough interesting content?

A decision whether to stay on a website and find out more often happens in a split second and on an emotional level. Sometimes the simplest changes can mean the difference between a user being compelled to keep engaging with your charity or getting bored and clicking off to any number of other distractions.

To read the full Charity Digital News Article click here.

Source: Charity Digital News

Small Grants for Summer Play Schemes

Grants of between £500 and £1,000 are available to registered charities to fund summer play schemes for children between the ages of 5-16 years.

To be eligible for funding, the charity will have to have an annual income of less than £100,000 and the playscheme must run for a minimum of 2 weeks or 10 days during the summer holidays. Priority is given to small local playschemes involving a large number of children especially those with disabilities or from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Projects supported will also be expected to make good use of volunteers, encourage past and current users to participate and ensure that funds awarded are being well used. If the applicant is not a registered charity then a registered charity may apply on the scheme’s behalf.

The funding is being made available by the Woodward Charitable Trust.

The closing date for applications is midday on Friday 3rd April 2020.

Further information

Funding for Summer Play Schemes

Community and voluntary groups in the UK can apply for grants to run summer play schemes for children aged 5 – 18.

To be eligible for funding, summer play schemes should be locally based, last between two and six weeks and have strong volunteer support. Priority will be given to projects which show that they are inclusive of children from refugee families and have BME involvement.

The funding is being made available through the Hilden Charitable Fund.

The closing date for applications is the 29th May 2020.

Further information

Victims Summit at Villa Park

David Jamieson, the Police and Crime Commissioner, would like to invite you to the 2020 Victims Summit on the 27th of February 2020, 9.30 am to 3.30 pm at Aston Villa Football Club, Villa Park, Birmingham B6 6HE.

The Summit will bring together services he has commissioned, regionally and locally, as a result of recommendations made by the Victims Commission. The Commission has played an integral role, assisting him to shape delivery for victims of crime across the region and over the past 5 years he has commissioned some new and innovative projects to support victims in ways which are meaningful to them.

The Summit will address ‘Online Abuse and Technological Victimisation’ which will be the theme of the summit.

The morning will address challenges of online abuse and tech victimisation from the perspective of survivors/victims, an academic from BCU and providers funded to support victims through the PCC’s Office. The Victims’ Commissioner, Vera Baird, will also give an overview of the work being undertaken by her office in 2020.

The afternoon slot will address remedies and support available for victims from the point of view of NSPCC, Refuge’s specialist Tech Abuse Service and a panel made up of all the speakers.

Please book your place via Eventbrite.


Key Members Sought

Dealing with isolation, depression and the effects of bullying is what brings together members of the Sandwell Asian Mental Health Support Group.

They get together informally on a Wednesday afternoon at Oldbury Library for a cuppa and a chat, and rely on each other’s support to bring positivity and companionship into their lives.

They are now considering constituting as a charity, and are looking to recruit a Treasurer and Secretary.

Leader Bally said: “We would like to expand and support more people but do that need to have a more formal constitution. A couple of people to take on committee roles would help us a great deal.”

If you’re interested to know more, call 0121 569 4955 and leave a message for Bally, or go to twitter @samhsg18

Community Centre in Oldbury Town

The Heart of Oldbury Community Centre is at 31 Church Street, Oldbury. The community centre is accessible within a five minute walk of the bus station and central shopping area. There is parking for a small number of cars at the rear.

Upstairs is a small meeting room which seats up to 10 and is also suitable for hot desking.

The downstairs function cum meeting room seats up to 20.

Facilities include:

• Wheelchair access via rear entrance
• Downstairs and upstairs toilets
• Water urn available for refreshments
• Catering can be arranged

Very reasonable hourly rates. Hire costs negotiable but dependent on needs and usage.

For more information please email Heartofoldbury@yahoo.co.uk or sadylady@btopenworld.com. Telephone 07946236927.

World Autism Awareness Day – 2nd April 2020

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others.

There are around 700,000 people on the Autism spectrum also known as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the UK.

Project Aspie will be hosting a Special Event – Celebrating World Autism Awareness Day at Somerset House between 18.00 pm – 20.00 pm.

This event will be focusing on People’s Stories Celebrating Asperger’s and Autism Awareness and Autism Lived Experience and The Positives of Mental Strength and Neurodiversity and Inclusion in the Work Place.

This event will feature Special Guests and Special Guest Speakers who do amazing work within the community.

Details of Special Guest Speakers for this event will be announced very soon.

Somerset House has a relaxed environment and has easy accessibility for people to attend.

Tickets Required on Entry. Please Register via Eventbritehttps://project-aspie-2-april-2020-celebrating-world-autism-awareness-day-tickets-93568669409

Somerset House is situated 5 minutes from Birmingham New Street Train Station and Grand Central.

Address for Somerset House is 37 Somerset House, Temple Street, Birmingham, B2 5DP.

For more information on this Special Event to Celebrate World Autism Awareness Day please feel free to contact Project Aspie on 0121 312 0587 or 07821548904 or e-mail graeme@projectaspie.org.uk

Project Aspie – Open Space Initiative meetings in March 2020 Copy

Project Aspie is an award winning organisation geared towards raising the profile of people with Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism within the community.

Project Aspie was created and developed to improve and inspire people with Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism to live healthy and independent lives within the community.

Project Aspie also delivers Campaign Events and Community Projects including the Community Initiative The Open Space Initiative, which is geared towards offering Confidence, Motivation and Opportunities for people with Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism.

National Lottery Community Fund kindly funds The Open Space Initiative.

The next TWO Open Space Initiative events are open for bookings:

18th March 2020 – visit – https://projectaspie.org.uk/news/project-aspie-mid-week-open-space-initiative-even-18-march-2020 – for more information.

28th March 2020 – visit – https://projectaspie.org.uk/news/project-aspie-open-space-initiative-event-28-march-2020 – for more information.

The Albion Foundation recruiting for National Citizen Service positions this summer

The Albion Foundation is recruiting for National Citizen Service seasonal positions this summer. There is a Wave Leader vacancy and several Team Leader and Assistant Team Leader roles on offer.

The National Citizen Service (NCS) is a once in a lifetime unique opportunity for 15-17 year olds. NCS helps participants build skills for work and life: introducing them to new challenges; working in a team where they’ll create new friendships and grow as both an individual and a member of their community.

The programme operates during the summer after the GCSE exam period for 15-17 year olds in the Sandwell Area. The programme involves two five-day residential stays (Mon-Fri) and then taking part in a team project.

NCS works in 4 phases:
Phase 1: A 5-day residential programme taking part in team building and exciting activities
Phase 2: A 5-day residential programme learning life skills
Phase 3: A 10-day social action programme in the local community, including further skills sessions
Phase 4: A graduation for the young people to receive their NCS certificate

All candidates must be available for at least one of Wave.

For full details, please see links below

NCS Wave Leader
VCS Team Leader
NCS Assistant Team Leader

To discuss any of the positions, please contact 0871 271 9840.

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