January 2021

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Promoting Safeguarding and Wellbeing for Your Workforce – A Briefing around Domestic Abuse

This session is being delivered in partnership with Black Country Women’s Aid and Sandwell Council

Outline of the session
The current pandemic has exacerbated the vulnerability of victims of domestic abuse and has created new vulnerabilities. This session is for any voluntary and community organisation in Sandwell to find out more about how you can safely support your workforce and your organisation effectively around domestic abuse.

The briefing will cover:-
• Why are we here – why this issue is important for you and your organisation?
• What is the prevalence of the issue in Sandwell?
• Making it real for you – a case study to highlight the issues
• Dispelling the myths and misconceptions
• Spotting signs of concern
• Knowing how to respond if you have concern
• Q&A

The session will take place on Tuesday 2nd March from 1.00pm – 2.30pm

To book your place please following the following link – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/safeguarding-the-wellbeing-of-your-workforce-a-briefing-on-domestic-abuse-tickets-136959508577

The briefing will be held through Zoom and the joining instructions will be e-mailed to you a few days before the session.


FREE – Introduction to Basic Risk Management Webinar

In SCOV’s Virtual ‘Introduction to Risk Management Webinar’ we will explore some of the basic risks to an organisation together with potential consequences and what actions can be implemented.

The free webinar will take place via a Zoom Conference Call on Thursday 8th April 2021, 10am – 12pm.

This virtual webinar is aimed at those community, voluntary and social enterprise organisations, seeking to increase their understanding of basic organisational and functional risks within an organisation and contributing factors that should be considered when developing risk assessments.

The webinar aims to:

  • To provide a better understanding of why diversifying your income could increase your organisational sustainability.
  • To reflect and consider your own organisations income streams.
  • To explore some of the different approaches to attracting income or support into your organisation.
  • To explore some of the advantages and disadvantages of these approaches.
  • Hints and tips.

There is a maximum of 30 places available for this virtual workshop. All places must be booked through Eventbrite by clicking here. Once you have registered to attend the webinar we will email you with joining instructions nearer the time of the webinar.

Why not go to our website at www.scvo.info to subscribe to our free weekly e-bulletin, so you get e-updates automatically on SCVO webinars and training opportunities straight to your inbox. We’ll be announcing further funding and training webinars via our e-bulletin in coming months such as Introduction to Business Planning Webinar so be sure to subscribe or you risk missing out!


FREE – Diversifying Your Income Webinar

There has never been a more important time than now to consider and review your organisations income sources, as traditional approaches become increasingly more competitive and challenging to achieve. The pandemic has only served to intensify the necessity for an organisation to continue to be adaptive and flexible if they are to increase their sustainability goals moving forward.

In SCOV’s Virtual ‘Diversifying Your Income Webinar’ we will explore some of the different approaches to attracting funding into an organisation from them to consider moving forward. The free webinar will take place via a Zoom Conference Call on Thursday 11th March 2021, 10am – 12pm.

This virtual webinar is aimed at those community, voluntary and social enterprise organisations, seeking to strengthen and increase their sustainability by exploring different approaches to fundraising and attracting investment.

The webinar aims to:

  • provide a better understanding of why diversifying your income could increase your organisational sustainability;
  • explore some of the different approaches to attracting income or support into your organisation;
  • explore some of the advantages and disadvantages of these approaches and
  • provide practical hints and tips.

There is a maximum of 30 places available for this virtual webinar. All places must be booked through Eventbrite by clicking here. Once you have registered to attend the webinar we will email you with joining instructions nearer the time of the webinar.

Save the Date!

SCVO will also be running a FREE webinar on An Introduction to Risk Management being held on Thursday 8th April 2021, 10am via a Zoom Conference Call. Avoid disappointment and subscribe to our free weekly e-bulletin at www.scvo.info, to ensure you are one of the first to know about other webinars, Meet the Funders and so much more.


Small Charity Guide to Cyber Security

Now more than ever it’s important to ensure your charity is as protected as possible from cybercrime threats and fraud. A good place to start is the National Cyber Security Centre’s Small Charity Guide. How to improve cyber security within your charity – quickly, easily and at low cost is explained in this free guide.

To download your copy click here.

Source: National Cyber Security Centre


Understanding Safeguarding within Sandwell’s Voluntary and Community Sector

SCVO are undertaking a short survey into how charities, voluntary organisations and community groups understand and respond to safeguarding issues or concerns within their organisations and in the community.

The aim of this survey is to bring together an accurate and up-to-date picture of the knowledge and capacity within Sandwell’s Voluntary and Community Sector around safeguarding for children and vulnerable adults that they support and/ or have contact with.  A vulnerable adult is described as a person who is aged 18 or over who may need care support because of a disability (mental or other), age or illness and is someone who could be unable to look after themselves, or protect themselves from harm or exploitation.

This report is not a review of your organisation and can be completed anonymously; we encourage you to be as honest as you can be about your organisation’s or group’s current practice and culture around safeguarding. All findings will be brought together in summary form and individual contributions will not be shared.

The survey can be completed directly using survey monkey or with the assistance of someone in the SCVO team. If you would like assistance or have any questions relating to the survey please contact Leona Bird via leona@scvo.info 

The survey can be completed from the following link – https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/safesandwell2020

Once the survey is closed the findings will be brought together by SCVO into a report which will be shared with the Sandwell Safeguarding Adults Board (SSAB) and the Sandwell Children’s Safeguarding Partnership (SCSP) and will include any recommendations for how these Boards, or local strategic partners, might better engage and support Sandwell VCS organisations to improve safeguarding.

Many thanks for your assistance with this important project.


Join Camphill Village Trust’s free Opportunity TV Sessions

Camphill Village Trust ran daily interactive Zoom sessions for its community members throughout 2020. With the closure of day services and not being able to access other activities, the Zoom sessions proved to be extremely successful over the last lockdown.

Due to its popularity, the charity is opening Opportunity TV to everyone, whether or not you are part  of  the Trust community. Camphill Village Trust has decided to share it with social care colleagues across Dudley, The Black Country and West Midlands.

The virtual interactive sessions run Monday to Thursday, 10 am and 3 pm. Fridays 10 am and 2 pm.

To find out how you can join Opportunity TV, click here.

Watch recordings from previous sessions on the website.

Please direct your questions or feedback to Phil Gibson, Project Manager, on 07824463798.


Carers Assistance Line

Do you care for someone living in Sandwell? A carer can be anyone of any age who provides regular and on-going care and emotional support to another person. You could be a family member, friend, neighbour, or you may be a foster carer.

Caring can make you feel isolated and worried, as well as putting a lot of pressure on you, so we are very pleased to introduce the Crossroads Carers Assistance Line (CAL), thanks to funding from the Community Lottery Fund.

The service is free to access and open to carers of any age living in Sandwell. A carer may live in Sandwell, but care for someone within a nearby local area.

The Crossroads Carers Assistance Line provides a caring, listening ear and can support you in many practical ways –

• Confidential, one-to-one support
• Advice, information and guidance over the phone or face-to-face
• Signposting to other specialist support services and/or groups provided by Crossroads and other organisations based within Sandwell
• Help to reinstate previous/pre-COVID care arrangements or facilitate new arrangements
• Advice on how to gain a Carers Assessment from the Local Authority
• Wellbeing support, coaching/mentoring
• Support and practical training provided in the home, by our in-house trainer, for carers of people with complex needs
• Access to Carers Trust Emergency Fund

You can refer into the CAL service by accessing the Sandwell Crossroads website http://www.sandwellcrossroads.org/services/carers-assistance-line/ you can either fill out the PDF referral form and send this to CAL@sandwellcrossroads.org, fill out the online enquiry form or call us on 0121 803 6830 and one of our advisors will help you.


Online Training from West Midlands Combined Authority

As part of West Midlands Combined Authority’s ongoing work with faith and community groups supporting individuals who either are or at risk of rough sleeping, the following free online training is available for groups to access. Places are limited and available on a first come first served basis.

 

For more details or to request a place on any of the following please contact James Walker at james.walker@wmca.org.uk or on 07766 441424.

17:30 – 19:30 Thursday 21st January – Impact Measurement – Directory of Social Change

17:30 – 19:30 Thursday 28th January – Assisting Non-UK Nationals – National Homelessness Advice Service

17:30 – 19:30  Thursday 4th February – Governance and Accountability – Sandwell Council of Voluntary Organisations

17:30 – 19:30 Thursday 4th March and Thursday 18th March – Psychologically Informed Environments, Trauma Informed Care and Strengths Based Approach – No One Left Out

 

 


UK Shared Prosperity Fund — £220m extra funding for ‘piloting and testing new approaches’

The Government has announced a £7.5 million funding package to help tackle loneliness over the winter period.

Funding will help provide immediate and targeted relief to those most at risk of loneliness during the coronavirus pandemic.

• Support will target sectors that bring people and communities together including the arts, libraries, charities and radio
• Grants will be administered via Arts Council England, the Government’s Loneliness Fund and two radio funds
• Move follows £4 million Local Connections Fund that will deliver over a thousand small grants to local community projects across the country.

To read more about this announcement click here.

 


FREE Virtual Funding Fair

Yorkshire Community Matters are running a FREE virtual funding fair this coming March. Their free two day event brings together  national funders such as Lloyds Bank Foundation, Children in Need, Tudor Trust, Allen Lane Foundation and many more.

The funding fair will be held on Wednesday 24th March and Thursday 25th March is a day of national funders!

So how does it work?

Each funder has been allocated a 30 minute session using Zoom to explain what funding they have and also how the application process works. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions.

Please note, you will need to book separately for each session you wish to attend via Eventbrite.

For more details and to book your FREE session click here.

Be sure to subscribe to our e-bulletin at www.scvo.info so you don’t miss out on future events and funding opportunities being developed by SCVO.


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