March 2021

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Wesleyan Foundation Large Grants Programme

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’s Online Safety Consultation Survey

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

The Windrush Scandal: The Social Justice Consequences of Identity and Belonging on Victims and their Families in England

Dr Kindy Sandhu is a post-doctoral fellow at Coventry University and leading the research “The Windrush Scandal: The Social Justice Consequences of Identity and Belonging on Victims and their Families in England.” Dr Sandhu is keen to interview participants who experienced the scandal directly so that this episode is not forgotten in our history.

Dr Sandhu is exploring participant’s experiences of the Windrush scandal, interactions with Government agencies, support from family and friends, and how they see their identity and sense of British belonging.

This research has been approved by Coventry University’s ethics procedures and all participants will be treated with the utmost respect and dignity. The research also follows GDPR guidelines for data protection.

Should you wish to have an initial phone call so that further details of the research can be relayed and, more importantly, be assured of Dr Sandhu’s values and ethics in conducting the study, please email



Tailored Coding Training Course to support the disadvantaged

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:

• Teach HTML, CSS and JavaScript alongside valuable employability skills
• 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

Further information

Introduction to Business Plans Free Webinar

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 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!

Covid-19 vaccination support for people with a learning disability

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

The project will be running until the end of August 2021.

There’s still time to complete the census

Even though census day was last Sunday (21st March 2021), there’s still time to complete it in case the deadline was missed and there’s the risk of forgetting about it.
There are now three Census Support Centres in Sandwell: you can call to book appointments where they will walk you/talk you through the census in person, alternatively they will offer support over the phone. Ileys Community Centre (0121 448 3940) and EWA (0121 740 0824) are open to everyone who needs help. Sandwell Deaf Community Association (0121 553 0201) is principally for BSL users as it is only 1 of 3 centres around the country supporting that language. However, there are others in surrounding areas which may be closer. Visit for more information (the site asks for your postcode and then tells you the nearest location – make sure you click on the link to check opening times). Many centres offer language support.
There are also language videos available (just email Sarah Beedle | Census Engagement Manager, Sandwell | Office for National Statistics | +44 (0)7452 947989 | – these cover “I don’t relate” and “how to access support”. In no particular order, these are in Farsi, Pashto, Tamil, Nepalese, Gujurati, Hindi, Kurdish, Bangladeshi, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanes, Turkish, Vietnamese, Somali, Punjabi Shahmukhi, Urdu, Purahi, Punjabi Gurmukhi, Cantonese, Mandarin, Yiddish, Hebrew, Polish, Slovak, Lithuanian, Latvian, Hungarian, Czech, Bulgarian, Romanian, French, and Arabic.
There is a similar range of social media assets as well, again, available from Sarah.
There are also videos created specifically for LGBTQ+ groups and engagement videos specifically for Eritrean, Romanian, Tamil, and Nepali people. There is a specific language line phone number: 0800 587 2021 (although people may have to be patient if they call it during “office hours”). The English helpline is 0800 141 2021.
Completing the census only takes about 10 minutes per person in a household and will have a significant impact on people’s lives for the next ten years. If more than five people live in a household they will require extension pages for their paper questionnaire, but there is no limit to the online version. In case people need reassurance, the 16-digit code is on the letter that was sent to their homes and this can be input once they visit and click on the green “start census” button. If a letter has disappeared or was not delivered, it is easy to request a new code from the same website.

The Questions to Ask When Planning your Digital Project!

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

Can You Help Family Action By Completing a Short Survey?

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

Charity Websites: Why Accessibility Matters

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.

Source: Catalyst

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