March 2022

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Health and Social Care Forum Invitation

Are you a Voluntary and Community Sector Organisation delivering services in the area of health and social care?

If the answer is yes, you may be interest in the Voluntary Sector Health and Social Care Forum.  SCVO facilitate an independently Chaired Forum for groups to come together around every 8 weeks (currently being held virtually through Teams).  The main aims of the Forum are to:-

  • ensure the views of the Voluntary and Community Sector are heard by statutory partners
  • enable meaningful dialogue to take place on issues that affect the Voluntary and Community Sector and their service users
  • help to build relationships and networks between the voluntary sector and statutory partners
  • be better informed around emerging priorities and developments

If you are not currently receiving invitations to this Forum but would like to, or if you would like to discuss this further, please contact Leona Bird, Strategic Engagement Officer – or telephone – 07401 255 787

Spin to Win with easyfundraising

Back by popular demand, Spin to Win returns to easyfundraising which means your voluntary organisation, community group, charity, CIC or social enterprise has 1000s of opportunities to win donations this month. Spin the wheel to be in with a chance of winning anything from 10p – £50 in donations every day between 4 – 17 April 2022.

Last year, over 142,000 prizes went to charities and good causes like yours, so there are plenty of opportunities to win. To enter competitions like these and earn free funding, your organisation needs to register with online funding platform, easyfundraising.

Tell me more about easyfundraising

easyfundraising makes online shopping mean more for your organisation by turning online purchases into free funding. easyfundraising works with all the leading retailers; Amazon, John Lewis, Sainsbury’s,, Just Eat, Groupon, Tesco and over 6,000 others who all give a percentage donation to your organisation when you, your volunteers, staff and supporters shop with them. It’s completely free and doesn’t cost a thing. It’s a great way for your whole community to get behind your fundraising efforts; without costing them a penny.

Why should I give easyfundraising a try?

  • It’s free and requires little management or maintenance so, you can fundraise without even thinking about it.
  • It provides your organisation with unrestricted funding.
  • easyfundraising provides you with free marketing support to get your supporters on board.
  • The team also offer free advice on how to make your fundraising efforts a success.
  • There are 1000s of chances to win extra donations this month!

Sign your organisation up to easyfundraising and get ready to play Spin to Win. One in ten spins equals money you can put to good use.

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Covid-19 exemption that allowed any charity to hold remote meetings set to end

Covid-19 exemption that allowed any charity to hold remote meetings set to end, regulator says in a recent report. The Charity Commission has said that charities need their governing documents to permit them to hold official meetings online.

If you need support reviewing your constitution then please get in touch with SCVO on 0121 5251127 or by email at

Click here to read the full report.

Funding for projects that have a positive impact on communities, people or the environment

The Matthew Good Foundation has launched a Grants for Good Fund to support small charities, not-for-profit groups and social entrepreneurs who are passionate about making a difference to people, their community or the environment.

The Fund will share £10,000 between five shortlisted projects, which will be voted for by John Good Group employees. The project that receives the most votes will receive a grant of £3,500, second place £2,500, third place £2,000 with fourth and fifth place both receiving £1,000.

As well as established projects and charities, the Foundation are keen to hear from people with innovative ideas that need some funding to get their projects up and running.

To be eligible, applicants will have to have had an income of less than £50,000 in the last 12 months.

Funding is awarded every three months and the deadline for the next funding round is the 15th June 2022.

More information

Could you use a pre-loved sofa?

Raglan Road Christian Church in Smethwick have a sofa which they would like to donate to the sector.  See image.

Anyone interested will have to collect the sofa from the Church at 70 Raglan Road, Smethwick, B66 3ND.

Please contact Sara on 0121 555 5891 for further details.


FREE Suicide Prevention Training

Papyrus, the UK charity dedicated to the prevention of suicide and the promotion of positive mental health and emotional wellbeing in young people, is offering FREE training on their SP-EAK programme.

SP-EAK (Suicide Prevention – Explore, Ask, Keep-safe) Training is a half-day training course that prepares participants to identify persons with thoughts of suicide, respond appropriately and effectively and connect them to support.

What happens?

• Discussions around knowledge of suicide

• Exploration and understanding of signs a person at risk of suicide may give

• Learn clear and practical information on how to explore suicide and respond appropriately · Consider ‘real life’ scenarios

• Conclude with an emphasis on the importance of self-care

Who should attend?

This course is aimed at professionals who come into regular contact with young people but aren’t necessarily a long-term caregiver. It is also suitable for professionals who only come into contact with adults.

How does SP-EAK help to prevent suicide?

The majority of young people experiencing thoughts of suicide show or give signs to those around them that they may be thinking about taking their life. Participants will learn what these ‘signs’ look like, how to respond to them and how to work with that person to keep them suicide-safe – including, where necessary, which supports or organisations to signpost onto.

After training, participants will:

• Have a greater awareness of the prevalence of suicide on a local and national level

• Be more aware of what signs to look out for

• Have the skills and confidence to explore suicide appropriately when identifying signs

• Understand what sources of support are available to promote safety

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Want to book or find out more information? Call: 0121 437 0411 or Email:

or you can book online for Tuesday 12th April, 9am – via:

West Midlands Coalition for Digital Inclusion – can you help?

The West Midlands Digital Roadmap identified increasing access to digital opportunities for everyone as a key opportunity. Currently 45% of people in the West Midlands are either using the internet infrequently or not at all.

The digital divide has been thrown into sharp focus by the Covid-19 pandemic, highlighting issues around lack of devices and/or connectivity, the latter often due to ‘data poverty’, the inability to afford the connectivity options available.

For others, some people may use digital for entertainment such as using social media, but they may not have the skills needed to get a better-paid job or to use technology to help with their finances such as switching online to a cheaper utility provider or banking online.

The West Midlands Coalition for Digital Inclusion is bringing together partners representing the public and private sectors and voluntary, community, and faith organisations to share best practice and to use partners’ collective voice to secure investment to help close the digital gap.

A first step is to ask groups for their input into creating a map of device and connectivity availability across communities in order to identify any gaps (and develop ways of filling them).

There’s a short questionnaire that’s available for completion – HERE – and return to:

Funding to support classical music performance and training

UK charities and not-for-profit organisations can apply for funding to support classical music performance and training especially chamber music, composition and music education.

The Radcliffe Trust Music Grants programme generally awards grants in the region of £2,500 to £7,500, and is particularly interested in supporting music for children and adults with special needs, youth orchestras and projects at secondary and higher levels, including academic research.

Applications are considered under eight headings:

  • composition and contemporary music
  • bursaries for courses and summer schools
  • music therapy/special needs
  • academic research/projects
  • youth orchestras
  • performance projects
  • educational projects (excluding mainstream primary and secondary schools)
  • and miscellaneous.

The next deadline for applications is the 31st July 2022.

More information


How much do you know about Black Country Mental Heath?

Black Country Mental Health started in 1976 as Dudley Association for Mental Health and over the years has morphed into the current name.

The charity was established to promote the preservation and maintenance of good mental health as well as assisting with the recovery of and providing support for those people experiencing emotional or mental distress in the Black Country, (The Metropolitan Boroughs of Dudley, Walsall, Sandwell and Wolverhampton) and such other areas as the board of Trustees shall from time to time define.

The organisation’s core work includes:

  • Peer mentoring groups around anxiety and depression meeting face to face either in the evening, daytime, or evening group via Zoom.
  • Oliver’s Legacy groups for anyone affected by suicide face to face meeting early afternoon or early evening.
  • Loss bereavement group face to face for loss of the individual through dementia or natural causes.
  • Female only face to face evening group for anyone who has experienced a trauma.
  • Horticultural project managing a Walled Garden and glasshouses.
  • Drop in Place of Welcome Sundays between 3.00 pm & 5.00 pm.
  • Support telephone line 7 days  a week, 10.00 am till 11.00 pm
  • Regular telephone calls to support people, daily, weekly, or less frequently.

Black Country Mental Heath work with primary schools to train pupils as peer mentors to support their peers with anxiety issues and to work with teaching and support staff.  Volunteers always welcomed to help in the office, fundraising, support or help to run groups.

Call 01384 685060 or 07951580792.  Email:

Visit the website at


Mental Health Strategy Development – your input requested

The Sandwell Mental Health Strategy Group is leading on developing a Mental Health Strategy for Sandwell.

To support this development work, promises have been developed that were shaped through the ‘State of Sandwell’ work undertaken throughout 2019 to 2021. These promises will underpin the strategy and accompanying action plan. Further information about these promises are included in this template.

A mapping exercise is now being carried out against these promises to identify what services/provision is currently in place to support each promise. It would be appreciated if you could use the template to show what services you/your organisation currently provides that support delivery of these promises.

Please return the template by Friday 8 April 2022 to: Margaret Liburd, Public Health Project Manager, Public Health Directorate, Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council – Email:

Mental Health Strategy Development Workshop

Following on from this mapping work there will be two mental health strategy development workshops, where invited  stakeholders and partners will co-produce and develop the Strategy and Action Plan for  Sandwell.

Workshops will be held on the following 2 dates:

Tuesday 26 April 2022, 13:00 -16:00 and  Friday 6 May 2022, 10.00 – 13.00

Please note:  individuals only need to attend on one date, as the same workshop will be repeated to optimise participation. 


These will be in-person workshops held at Sandwell Council House, Freeth Street, Oldbury, B69 3DE.

Invites to follow.

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