Heart of England Community Foundation have relaunched the Wesleyan Foundation Large Grants programme! The Wesleyan Foundation was established in 2017 to continue to support various good causes throughout the UK.
There’s grants of up to £10,000 available for organisations in the West Midlands and Warwickshire. The fund focuses on health, vulnerable groups and employability.
Grants will be considered from charities, constituted voluntary and community groups that focus on supporting communities by issues caused that are intrinsically linked with the Covid-19 pandemic.
For more information or to apply click here.
Sandwell Council is undertaking an Online Safety Review to develop a single approach to online safety training and support for children and young people, parents, the wider adult community and professionals.
The Council would like to engage with as many different groups as possible to canvass views on online safety, using the following questions as a guide.
1. What is your understanding of the phrase ‘online safety’?
2. What do you think, are the current issues affecting children and young people online?
3. What do you think, are the current issues affecting adults online?
4. What support or training would you like to receive in online safety?
5. In what format would you like training/support in online safety to be delivered?
6. What barriers or challenges do you face when accessing or engaging in online safety training?
7. Are there any other comments you would like to make about online safety?
If you would like to be involved in the consultation please contact Lydia Dunne on firstname.lastname@example.org
Code Your Future is a coding school with a difference, giving disadvantaged adults the opportunity to change their lives. The registered charity teaches everything needed to build modern websites and help people find work in tech. To get an idea of the success rate, 70% of their first West Midlands class had an interview less than 10 days after completing the course.
Code Your Future, can:
• Provide laptops and funding towards internet access and childcare
• Teach part-time over 9 months so study can fit around work and family life.
No experience necessary. Coding is open to complete beginners aged 18+ including non-native English speakers.
The course is tailored to support disadvantaged groups such as refugees, asylum seekers, ex-offenders, single parents, those living below the poverty line, long term unemployed and others.
Anybody who wants to get started can sign up here. Alternatively, you can book onto a 30 minute info sessions on Zoom, where anybody interested can meet recent graduates, ask questions and find out what coding involves.
To secure a spot for your clients, any day, any time including evenings and weekends please contact Claire on 07306142223 or email email@example.com.
Business planning has never been more important than now, for organisations wishing to navigate around the challenges of the pandemic. A well written business plan will support clear goal setting and provide a road map moving forward ensuring continuity of service at a time when it matters the most.
SCVO’s informative and free webinar will provide a basic understanding of how to develop a business plan that will work for you! Taking place on Thursday 20th May 2021, 10am – 12pm via a Zoom Conference Call.
The aims of the webinar are:
• To define what a business plan is.
• To explain the purpose of having a business plan and the different uses.
• To provide a better understanding of what should be included in a business plan.
• Resources, 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.
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!
Jigsaw Events is a small charity that provides a range of support to people with a learning disability in Sandwell.
We are working with Sandwell Council to support the vaccine roll-out to people with a learning disability in the borough. We will have a particular focus on the group of people who are not eligible for formal support and have limited family and peer support.
We can help people with a learning disability who are referred to us in the following ways:
- booking an appointment
- sending a letter to remind them when and where their appointments are
- making sure their GP practice knows they have a learning disability
- talking to them about Covid-19 or the vaccines if they have any concerns
- helping them to work out a travel plan to get to the vaccination centre
- reminding them on the day
- giving easy read information about the vaccine
- talking to them afterwards to see how they got on
In addition we will
- ensure all people with a learning disability are registered with a GP, and that their records note they have a learning disability.
- accept referrals from Healthy Sandwell and other partner agencies
- make referrals to Healthy Sandwell and other partners in order to provide additional support and resolve any issues the residents might be experiencing
- share our learning about the barriers and solutions in working with this hard-to-reach group
- develop joined-up approaches with public health to improve the health and well-being of residents with a learning disability
To refer people, please contact us on 07543 194887 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The project will be running until the end of August 2021.
In Charity Digital News latest article, they explore the five questions that you should be asking when planning a digital project that are designed to provide solutions to problems, ensuring charities can continue to raise funds and deliver essential services. With digital projects allow charities to increase reach, minimise expenditure, automate services for low-risk users, and re-direct time and funds towards the most essential services.
The article explore these five questions:
1. What are the needs of your users?
2. What are your current resources?
3. Should you buy or build your tech?
4. What have you learned?
5. How can Amazon Web Services (AWS) help?
To read the full article click here.
Source: Charity Digital News
Family Action and their Families Together project would like to find out more about what needs there are in Sandwell for families experiencing domestic abuse and needing additional support in their relationship. We are also keen to hear about how the wider needs of families have changed during the last 12 months, particularly in relation to COVID19.
We would be very grateful if you could spare 5 minutes to complete the short survey click here.
If you would like to talk to someone about anything raised in this survey please call Family Line on 0808 802 6666
Andrew Coleman from Catalyst talks about why charity websites need to be accessible, and how to deliver it. Accessibility is particularly important for those charities whose service users are likely to have a disability but this is something that all charity services should take into account whatever their user group.
It is extremely frustrating for individuals with sight loss when there is a site they simply can’t access, especially when it holds information they need to access. For instance, if they need to book a ticket and fill out a form, and can’t, it can be extremely difficult.
In Andrew’s article he focuses in on some of the challenges individuals face when accessibility isn’t considered. You can read the full article by clicking here.