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Digital Boost Offers Free Mentoring, Advice and Training for Small Business & Charities

Digital Boost Free Mentoring & Advice for SMEs and Charities: to help small businesses and charities recover and build back better, Digital Boost is offering free, personalised mentoring calls, advice, and workshops from digital and business experts. Over 1,800 volunteers from organisations including Google, BT, and Visa are on hand to help.

Digital Boost experts can help small businesses and charities with a wide range of issues, including business strategy, digital marketing, e-commerce, data protection, payments and money management. Help is given through one-to-one 60 minute virtual calls, scheduled at a time that’s convenient for the small business or charity. Workshops on topics such as SEO, Google Ads, and B2B Sales are also available.

Getting started is easy. Small businesses and charities simply need to register at www.digitalboost.org.uk

Interested in volunteering to share your expertise? Sign up at www.digitalboost.org.uk/volunteers


Happy Volunteers’ Week!

This week (June 1-7) we officially say a heartfelt thanks to Sandwell’s huge ‘army’ of helpers, giving their time freely for the benefit of the community.

We will be sharing ‘Happy to Help’ stories all week on our social media. Join us by sharing yours, and link us in with @LetsGoSandwell #LetsGoSandwell #VolunteersWeek

Of course we show our gratitude to volunteers all year round, whether they’re our friends and neighbours doing a bit of shopping for us when we can’t, or the chairman of the charity sharing their expertise to provide a valuable service to hundreds. But this week, National Volunteers’ Week, we really put them in the spotlight with a proper show of support.

This week also sees the launch of the appeal for more than 13,000 volunteers to support Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022. Follow the link – and find dozens more opportunities to get involved – at www.letsgosandwell.info

Our latest report Reset ’21:Sandwell Volunteering is available here Report (scvo.info)


Creative Corner Forum

SCVO are keen to establish an arts, creativity and community forum that explores ‘How creatives and communities can work together in Sandwell?’

We are looking to hold our first Creative Corner Forum on Friday 2nd July 2021, 10.30am via an online platform (Zoom or Microsoft Teams).

The forum is open to anyone interested in the arts and creativity including individuals, community organisations, arts practitioner’s charities, community interest companies and businesses, who want to share information, make new connections and develop creative projects within Sandwell.

Creative Black Country’s Arts Advisor Rich Franks will be at hand to share insights and information on what is happening via Creative Black Country.

We’ll be encouraging:

  • both community and creative organisations to share their experiences and / or examples of successful arts projects in the community,
  • information sharing on potential funding opportunities available for creative projects,
  • participants to network with other like-minded attendees and
  • opportunities to collaborate on new projects.

Anyone wishing to attend will need to reserve their FREE place via Eventbrite by clicking here. Once registered SCVO will email the joining instructions nearer the time. So be sure to pencil the date into your diary.


Age UK seeks to appoint a Volunteer Manager

Age UK Birmingham and Sandwell is a dynamic and expanding charity that provides a range of services and programmes for people aged 50 and over.  They are seeking an ambitious, enthusiastic and engaging individual to join the organisation to support their expanding services in line with organisational strategy.

Salary: £26,000 + benefits
Hours: 37 per week

Job Purpose
Volunteers are at the heart of the services that Age UK provide to older people and the core purpose of this role is to lead and co-ordinate the delivery of Age UK Birmingham and Sandwell’s volunteer engagement strategy.

This will include recruitment, development and retention of volunteers to ensure that there is a pool of reliable and experienced volunteers to support the activities of the charity. You will also design and implement evaluation systems to demonstrate the impact of the volunteer programme.

For full job description, application form and information on how to apply, click here.

The deadline for applications is 14th June 2021. Interviews on 23rd and 24th June.


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Funding for grassroots sports clubs in need

pound-850369_1280Cash 4 Clubs have teamed with Made by Sport to offer community sport clubs and organisations funds through the ‘Clubs in Crisis Fund’.

Funding will be made available for eligible grassroots sports clubs and organisations through local Community Foundations. In order to be eligible, clubs must provide clear evidence of how they use sport to help young people develop life skills, employment opportunities, reduce crime and anti-social behaviour or tackle mental health issues.

For more details, click here.


Organising Events in 2021?

As the roadmap for easing lockdown continues and activities re-start, it’s important to make sure your events are planned and managed safely. This new free guide from Zurich Insurance is aimed at charities, not-for-profits and local councils.

Find out what new considerations you should make to help protect against the additional risk of COVID-19, by download Zurich’s free guide by clicking here.


Come and join Sandwell Employment Support Network!

The Employment Support Network (ESN) is a group of employment support advisers who meet four times a year, working together to:

– Share information and good practice
– Share opportunities
– Identify gaps in provision/emerging themes
– Share resources and tools
– Find ways to address some of the barriers to employment

Our next meeting will be at 10am on 17th June 2021 via Microsoft Teams. Come and hear about:
– Updates from key partners (Sandwell Council and DWP)
– ESF Community Grant opportunities
– Local regeneration programmes

To receive the meeting invite please email Adele Smith adele_smith@sandwell.gov.uk


Active Black Country Tackling Inequalities Fund (TIF)

Active Black Country (ABC) is a small committed partnership, operating as the strategic lead for Sport and Physical Activity across the Black Country region. Active Black Country has been successful in securing funding for Sport England’s Tackling Inequalities Fund (phase 3), and has split their element of TIF in to four sub funds.

The four sub funds are:
• Local Fund
• Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities (BAME) Themed Fund
• Disabled People / People with Long Term-Health Conditions (LTHC) Themed Fund
• Mental Health Themed Fund

Organisations are advised to consider what funding they need in order to deliver their project, rather than applying for the maximum available. Active Black Country expect demand to be high and want to help as many applicants as possible.

The maximum amount of funding for a community body in any single phase of TIF is £10,000. Where a community body is being supported over more than one phase of the funding, ABC will consider a £20,000 total award cap across the full TIF programme

The application process is different to a number of other funds in the sense that it is very conversational. Where ABC are unclear on an element of an organisation’s application or where they have questions about the process, ABC can resolve these on an individual basis. Applicants looking to discuss their ideas prior to applying can arrange a conversation by emailing jennifer_oakes@blackcountryconsortium.co.uk.

For further information on the Tackling Inequalities Fund, see here.

Application Form.


An Introduction to Charities

Step into the world of charities for Small Charity Week 2021. Learn more about how they work, how they are run and how they are regulated.

Dudley CVS and SCVO are offering a brief introduction to the world of charities for anyone from Dudley or Sandwell boroughs who would like to learn more. The session is being held on Monday 14th June 2021, 2pm via a Zoom Conference Call.

This informal session will be particularly useful for people who:

  • Are involved in a community group that is exploring charity status
  • Are new to the charity sector
  • Would like to understand how charities are run
  • Would like to know what’s involved in being part of a charity
  • Wants to know how charities are regulated
  • Wants to find local charities to support

This will be your chance to get information from staff at Dudley CVS and SCVO, which are charities themselves, ask questions and make connections.

The virtual session will be held on Zoom. Please register so that you can receive the link to access the session by clicking here.


Being A Charity Trustee – An Introduction Session

A Small Charity Week session from Dudley CVS and SCVO on an introduction to the legal duties of charities trustees.

People in Dudley and Sandwell boroughs can join Dudley CVS and SCVO staff to find out more about being a charity trustee on Wednesday 16th June 2021, 2pm via a Zoom Conference Call.

Charity trustees are the people who are responsible for running a charity. This short online session will outline the legal duties associated with being a charity trustee and signpost you to further guidance to help you improve your understanding of being a trustee.

The session will be particularly useful for anyone who:

  • Is a new charity trustee
  • Is interested in becoming a charity trustee
  • Would like to refresh their knowledge and understanding.
  • You’ll receive information, hints and tips, and links to further guidance. You’ll also be able to ask questions and make connections.

The virtual session will be held on Zoom. Please register to attend so that we can send you the access information you’ll need to join us by clicking here.


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