November 2021

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Funded Opportunities to join the Police Commissioner in ending violence against women and girls

Sandwell Council currently have several service tenders open for funding opportunities through the Safer Streets 3 – violence against women and girls – VAWG fund.

Addressing violence against women and girls (VAWG) is a key priority of the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Simon Foster. There has been a strong response from the community on this issue and it has been acknowledged nationally with the introduction of the Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy 2021.

We know that women and girls in our community are at disproportionate risk of a wide range of crimes; this is unacceptable and our response seeks to ensure that women and girls feel safe in the West Midlands.

Through these specifications, the PCC seeks to appoint partner organisation(s) who will deliver the management and separately the communications lead for the OPCC awarded Safer Streets 3, Violence Against Women and Girls Fund project.

The deadline is COP Tuesday 7th December.

More detail can be found via the link below.

Spotlight on Kaleidoscope Plus

Tell us what you do
An award-winning, national mental health and wellbeing charity, we are committed to making sure that we not only provide effective services of the highest quality, but that they are diverse and relevant, addressing the holistic health and wellbeing needs of the communities we serve, and that they are accessible to, and inclusive of, everybody who needs them.

Our key aims are to support recovery for people experiencing ill-health, whilst also promoting independence; to support inclusion and facilitate community integration and participation for people with health problems; and to raise awareness of mental health issues, challenging stigma and promoting positive health and well-being.

To meet the needs of our community, our diverse range of services include residential and independent living services, national 24hr text crisis support, phone and instant messaging support lines, suicide prevention services, bereavement support, counselling in the community, mental health services for children including those in care or at risk, community support and activity groups aimed at promoting inclusion, support, recovery, wellness and self-care. We offer a wide range of services so that we can help each person that needs us, meeting their unique, individual needs. In addition to our service provision, we are dedicated to making mental health everyone’s business, challenging stigma, and using our voice and the voices of our ambassadors and partners to facilitate real change.

What is your proudest achievement?
In 2015 we achieved our first placement on the Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For List and have achieved a place on the list every year since. We hold Gold Investors In People accreditation and are also a Mindful Employer and Positive About Disability.

We are incredibly proud to work in partnership with, or signpost to, other charities, local authorities and organisations to provide collaborative, holistic support to aid recovery, integration and inclusion, extend our reach and amplify our voices.

Aside from our direct services, we are committed to using our voice, collaborating with our ambassadors and other health and wellbeing organisations and influencers to raise awareness of holistic mental health wellbeing, making it ‘everyone’s business’, challenging stigma, normalising self-care and addressing current mental health issues, such as online bullying and barriers to accessing services for men, BAME and LBTQ+ individuals.

What is your experience of support received from SCVO?
Kim Fuller the Growing Participation and Volunteering Mentor at SCVO has supported our new volunteer coordinator at KPG since July. We have now started to introduce new volunteer opportunities on the ‘Let’s Go Sandwell’ site. Our volunteer coordinator is looking forward to becoming an active member of the quarterly Sandwell Volunteer Coordinators Forums. Kim also proposed KPG joined the Sandwell Networkers meeting which has been a wonderful link to other organisations in Sandwell that we have not worked with in the past.

What is the most valuable lesson you have learnt about working with people in Sandwell?It may be easy to give up, but people and providers in Sandwell don’t! We work across many local authority areas but there is something really unique about Sandwell in that despite the many challenges the area faces, and to some extent, more than others, the community and its supporters still fight on!

What are your plans for the future and some of the challenges you face?

Our long-term aim is to provide our services on a national level and partner with other Organisations to improve efficiencies and sustainability.

How can SCVO help to support your organisation in the future?
By keeping us up to date with all the latest health and social care developments in Sandwell and continuing to be a fantastic resource for those who provide services to the community.


Training for Reducing Parental Conflict

Recent evidence shows whilst conflict between parents is normal, if the conflict is frequent, intense and poorly resolved, it can harm a child’s mental health, impact their life chances, as well as their future relationships. Irrespective of whether the child lives with both parents in the same household or parents are separated, the impact is the same.

By working together, we can better understand the challenges of addressing parental conflict effectively and share learning on how to make a positive difference to the whole family.  Sandwell Council is offering two levels of training for Reducing Parental Conflict, starting January 2022.

Click on the links below for further details, training dates and to register your interest.

Level 1: Awareness training for those who come into contact with children and young people.

Level 2: Designed for those who provide dedicated support for parents and carers.

Guide for Digital Loan Schemes

During the COVID 19 pandemic, Black Country Futures faced an unprecedented challenge, both as charities delivering support and for their participants, who were unable to access services face-to-face. Black Country Futures knew that their beneficiaries would be particularly vulnerable during lock-down, as a high proportion of them had no digital device or internet connection, meaning they would be excluded from accessing other services and support that were moving online.

Many partners set up Digital Loan Schemes which have been very successful and have had a huge positive impact on those they support, but they were not without their challenges, especially in the early stages. While we now moving out of lock-down BCF do not see these schemes ending, as the world becomes increasingly digitised. For anyone working with people who are marginalised or elderly, there will be a need to provide this type of support on an ongoing basis. Black Country Futures have learnt a number of things during the last year and half, which they would like to share with others who may be thinking of starting similar schemes to help them ensure these are successful.

Here we share some insights, challenges and recommendations that may help other organisations who are thinking about setting up digital loan schemes.

If you would like more information please contact Nikki-Dee Haddleton, Black Country Futures Partnership Strategic Lead,


Open the door to £250 donations this Christmas

It’s officially Christmas, and helping you to jingle all the way to the big day, are easyfundraising who are giving third sector organisations daily opportunities to win free donations. Open the doors in their big Advent giveaway and open doors to Christmas magic – daily donation prizes of £250 and a huge £10,000 donation giveaway on 25 December.

Give your organisation the gift of free donations this year, more info clicking here.

To easyfundraising, an online purchase is more than just a purchase; they turn everyday online shopping into free donations your organisation can put to good use. Free to register and use, easyfundraising works with over 6,000 retailers who are waiting to give you free donations every time you, your supporters, volunteers and staff shop online. Throughout December, retailers like John Lewis, M&S Etsy, Thorntons, Monsoon, Buyagift, GHD, Redbubble, and more are offering increased donations, so your organisation can earn even more as supporters pick up last-minute Christmas gifts.

How to ensure your organisation has a holly jolly, Christmas:

  • Sign up to easyfundraising here – it’s free and easy to use.
  • Book a coaching call with the easyfundraising team. They will give you tips on how to get the most out of the platform.
  • Use the free fundraising toolkit to spread the word, loud and clear so your community can hear how they can support your organisation this Christmas and beyond.

Youth Zone: fun activities for young people at Cradley Heath Community Centre

After the success of its 2021 HAF Summer Holiday and October Half Term provision, where  over 350 different young people had the opportunity to engage in sport and physical activity, Sporting Your Futures wanted to create further opportunities for young people to enjoy sport and physical activity in a safe and fun environment.

Youth Zone gives young people the opportunity to engage in new activities while having hot and cold food, snacks and drinks.

Sporting Your Futures is currently delivering Youth Zone on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at Cradley Heath Community Centre, Reddal Hill Road, B64 5JG. See attached flyer for times.

For more information, please contact or call 07878904879 or 07538225044

Murray Hall looking to appoint an Administrator

Murray Hall is looking to appoint an Administrator to deal with day-to-day general telephone and personal enquiries ensuring clients and members of the public receive a polite, prompt and professional service.

Salary: £17,167 per annum

Hours: 37 hours per week

Location: Tipton

Contract: To 31st March 2023

The successful candidate will use a comprehensive database to enter all client information and service intervention details and to produce reports using Microsoft Excel, Access and other database systems, including Outcome Star software. Other duties will include typing letters, reports and general documents using Microsoft Word, including minutes of meetings when and where required.

You will assist the Health and Social Care Manager and wider Community Offer team, in tasks such as booking meetings, preparing and collation of monitoring information required by the Service funder and will assist in the purchasing of goods/services completing appropriate forms and maintaining a PO record, including checking invoices against activity.

What the company will offer:

  • 28 Days annual leave + 8 days bank holiday (pro rata for part time employees)
  • Flexible working
  • Auto-enrolment into a workplace pension scheme
  • 24/7 access to Employee Assistance Programme

Applications close at 23.59 hours on Friday 10th December 2021.

 To see the knowledge, skills and qualifications required for the role and how to apply, click here.


Higgs and Sons Employment Law Annual Update

Higgs and Sons’ annual employment update seminar will take place this year via zoom on 1 December 2021 from 10.00 am to 11.30 am. They would love to see you there.

The following topics will be discussed:

  • Continuing to manage Covid-19 in the work place and how to deal with common issues employers continue to face as a result of the pandemic;
  • How to recruit and retain staff during this period of movement in the job market; and
  • A general case law update.

There will be a Q & A and a chance to discuss following the speakers’ sessions.

To book your place, please complete your details via the RSVP.



Youth Mentoring Course for Volunteers

A few spaces are available for our Introduction to Youth Mentoring course taking place in January 2022.

The free course is primarily for volunteers helping out with children and young people and will be delivered by Mentoring West Midlands on Thursday January 13th from 9.30am-3.30pm at a venue in Smethwick.

The course focuses on progressing conversations with youngsters to help them find their feet, and covers topics such as safeguarding, confidentiality and the importance of accuracy in reporting.
Participants on previous courses said it was very relevant to their roles in supporting young people and gave them a better insight into how to help them stay on track.

For more information and to book a place contact

Training Bursaries to support Heritage Craft Skills amongst Black and Ethnically Diverse Groups

Grants of up to £4,000 are available for under-represented Black and ethnically diverse groups across the UK to support the development of heritage craft skills.

The Heritage Crafts Association’s Training Bursary for Black and Ethnically Diverse Makers seeks to support those who may be starting out on their journey in craft or at the point where they want to turn a hobby into a career, or where they are already a maker who is looking to further develop their heritage craft skills.

The programme could support costs such as training with a craftsperson, specialist training courses, living costs while training with a craftsperson, specialist tools or materials, and books and study materials.

The deadline for applications is 5 pm on the 13th December 2021.

More information

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