February 2021

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Giving Children Another Chance Fund

The Youth Endowment Fund is investing up to £20 million to find out what works to keep children out of the criminal justice system. Another Chance Grant Round – Diversion from the criminal justice system, will open for applications on Monday, 19 April 2021.

There are lots of different diversion programmes that aim to prevent children and young people from becoming involved in violence. Whether it’s through mental health support, whole family interventions or mentoring. The Youth Endowment Fund want to know how offering alternatives to arrest, conviction and custody, can sustainably prevent children from becoming involved in violence later in their lives.

Youth Endowment will fund diversionary programmes aimed at children who are:
• already known to statutory bodies like social care, youth offending teams or the police
• aged 10 to 17
• living in England or Wales

All projects go through a rigorous evaluation to find out what works. By building knowledge and helping people put it into practice, a sustainable change can be made for children and young people at the highest risk of involvement in violence.

For more information, including how to apply, and the opportunity for organisations interested in applying for funding for Another Chance – Diversion from the criminal justice system, click here.




Camphill Village Trust seeks Community Connector / Co-production Lead

Camphill Village Trust supports adults with learning disabilities.  The charity is  looking to expand across the region and is seeking to appoint someone with the skills and character to explore new opportunities with the organisation. The individual will ensure that the people supported by CVT are always at the forefront of everything they do.

Salary: £10.50 an hour
Hours: Part Time (18.75 hours per week)
Location: Stourbridge Community, with occasional travel to other regions across the Trust

This is a permanent role that will enable CVT to build upon its commitment to working in a co-productive way, creating opportunities for people they support to have a ‘Life of Opportunity’. The successful candidate will need to have motivation, enthusiasm and creativity to engage and inspire people to grow in confidence and take responsibility in their own lives.

There is also potential for this post to become full-time, should it develop as envisaged.

For full information about the role, click here.

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Philip Gibson on 07824 463798 or Dean Barnshaw on 01384 441505/ 07984 896010.

The closing date is to be advised, but may be closed early upon receipt of sufficient suitable applications.

Interview to be via Zoom.

Thrive into Work: help for individuals with health conditions into employment

Thrive into Work is a specialised IPS service that supports individuals with health conditions, disabilities or mental health conditions back into employment. The programme currently covers Sandwell, West Birmingham and Wolverhampton. The initiative is funded through the West Midlands Combined Authority and has had a very successful three year trial.

Thrive into Work is a community based provision. However, during lockdown, the Programme has had to adopt new ways on working in a virtual world.

Who is the service for?
People with a mental health and/or a physical health condition
People who require support in work and are at risk of losing their job, or are on a period of sick leave
You should be 18 plus at time of referral.

What does the service provide?
Help in finding a job if you are not in paid employment, and continued support once you have started
Help talking to your employer about your needs at work.

How to get involved?
Email Prospects (part of Shaw Trust) on thrive@prospects.co.uk or call 07876650357 for Sandwell, West Birmingham and Wolverhampton areas.

See here for further information

West Midlands Combined Authority – Community Recovery Innovation Challenge

The West Midlands Combined Authority have a brand new competition for bright ideas that help people in our communities to get through this pandemic and beyond.

The Community Recovery Innovation Challenge will provide three top projects with up to £15,000 in investment and coaching. There will also be cash prizes and support for an additional 20 shortlisted projects.

Maybe your teams, services or organisations have developed an innovative project that has helped customers or service users in the West Midlands through lockdown. Enter our challenge for a chance of winning.

Entries close on Sunday 21 March 2021.

More details about the programme, including our entry form, and terms and conditions, can be found here – https://www.wmca.org.uk/what-we-do/public-service-reform/community-recovery-innovation-challenge/

Learn about Hate Crime from the Crown Prosecution Service

The Independent Members of the Anti-Muslim Hatred Working Group, Black Country Innovate and the Crown Prosecution Service would like to invite you to attend a workshop on hate crimes. The event takes place on place on Wednesday, 17th March 2021.

The aim of the workshop is to explore what constitutes a hate crime, how to report one, raise awareness and build resilience in communities to tackle hate crimes.

The workshop will end with a Q&A session, when you will have the opportunity to put questions to the CPS.

This event is open to all.  To register click here.

ESF Community Grants New Rounds

European Social Fund Community Grants awards funding of up to £20,000  to organisations which run projects that support  unemployed people, for 6 months minimum, back into work or training. The dates of the next two rounds are Round 10: 19th April 2021, Round 11: 7th June 2021.

Projects need to demonstrate how they can move participants closer to the job market and particularly how they get the long term unemployed ready for work. The Community Grants Team aims to fund projects despite the current restrictions and applicants will need to demonstrate how they can adjust their project if needed, for example using remote delivery.

Applying for Community Grants can be daunting but the CG Team can help. Before you apply please contact Ruth.Burgess@walsall.gov.uk for an informal conversation about your application.

Projects have to be based and deliver in the Black Country and can only work with eligible participants (please see ESF guidelines before applying).  The guidelines, application and hourly rate calculator are available on request by email to communitygrants@walsall.gov.uk or can be downloaded from the BCTA website. Please make sure you use the latest application, old formats will not be accepted.

To be considered by the Grant Advisory Panel applications must be submitted by 5 m on the round deadline with all required policies and supporting documents (posted and emailed). Please be aware that funding is not guaranteed.   Successful applicants will have to complete training before commencing the funded work.

For five top tips for planning your ESF Community application see here.


BBC Children in Need recruiting Regional Committee Members

BBC Children in Need is looking for new members to join the Central Regional Advisory Committee, which covers West Midlands, East Midlands and the East of England. Applications would be welcome from those who share the commitment to support children and young people across the Central region to be safe, happy, secure, and provided with the opportunities they need to reach their potential.

BBC Children in Need is positively changing the lives of disadvantaged children and young people throughout the UK. They celebrate diversity and positively encourage applications from all parts of the community to join our Central Regional Advisory Committee. Applications from those with experience of supporting children and young people from Black, Asian, and ethnic minority communities; early years, and those with a disability would be especially welcomed. Volunteers are also sought from young adults or individuals who may have benefited from the support of one of the projects we have funded. This is a great opportunity for committed and enthusiastic people to support BBC Children in Need’s assessment and decision-making processes.

Although this is an unpaid role, appropriate support will be offered to enable the full participation of all successful applicants.

Further information is available here

If you are interested and would like further information please contact the Melinda Connelly, Regional Head – Central region, at melinda.connelly@bbc.co.uk or call 0303 081 7805, for an informal chat about what the role entail.

Applications should be received no later than 5.00 pm on 11th March.

Funding Opportunity Plus WIN £50 For Your Organisation

Voluntary organisations have faced an unprecedented financial challenge during the pandemic. And with the additional costs of making your services covid-secure for the long term, we know many of you are worrying about funds.

You can register with funding website easyfundraising to enable you to access free funding at this challenging time, plus you could win a £50 donation.

So how does easyfundrasing work?
It’s a very simple idea – register your organisation as a good cause with easyfundraising and you will be able to collect free donations when your volunteers, staff and supporters shop online with leading retailers including Amazon, eBay, Argos, John Lewis, Trainline, Booking.com, CurrysPCWorld, Aviva and Waitrose and Direct Line
It’s free to register and use. With many more people shopping online these days and traditional face to face fundraising methods on hold, this is an easy way for your volunteers and supporters to raise money for your organisation safely from home through their normal online shopping.

easyfundraising has enabled good causes to raise £34m to date, including £4m in 2020 alone. Your organisation does not need to be a registered charity to use easyfundraising and it is open to voluntary organisations of all shape and size.

Getting started
All you need to do is create an easyfundraising page for your organisation. It’s free and quick to set up and requires very little ongoing management.

If you have questions and would like to speak to someone before signing up, please contact becky@easyfundraising.org.uk who will be happy to help you.

£50 for your organisation

To encourage our members to use easyfundraising, we are running a competition where one organisation will win a £50 donation, provided by easyfundraising.

To enter, all you need to do register your group with easyfundraising between 1st March and 30th April to be entered into the draw. Register here by clicking here.

If your organisation is already registered, just collect at least one donation between those dates to get an entry into the draw.

Good luck!

Celebrating 95 years of Black History Month

February 2021 celebrates 95 years since recognition of Black History Month, which began in the United States. Black History Month is intended to recognise the contribution and achievements of black people.

When Black History month started in the UK, there was a focus on black American history. Now, there is more attention on black British history and key black figures. In the UK, Black History Month is celebrated annually in October.

Black History Walk is a virtual walk of the contribution of services, provisions and facilities designed by black people over the years, which have added to the development of society, nationally and internationally.

Click here for Black History Walk.

Barnardo’s Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Family Covid-19 Helpline

Barnardos is offering specialist support to children over 11, young people and families from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, affect by COVID-19.

Call 0800 1512 605 to speak to a friendly person. Lines open Monday to Friday 10 am to 8 pm. Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 3 pm.

You can also talk to a member of the team by webchat at helpline.barnardos.org.uk and click on the bottom right. Openings times as above.

Further information.

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