April 2022

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Made in Smethwick: A lively season of events exploring 200 years of local history, hosted by Chance Heritage Trust

This summer, Chance Heritage Trust is hosting Made in Smethwick – a lively season of events exploring over 200 years of local history in Smethwick and the surrounding area. Already love history? Want a fun day out or want to try something new? Chance Heritage Trust would like to invite you  to get involved.

The first events begin on 8th May, and run all the way through to July, with new events being added all the time:

  •     Guided walks and behind-the-scenes tours to museums and historic places
  •     Family fun with ‘History Cold Case’
  •     How to uncover your own family and social history
  •     How to photograph historic places around Smethwick
  •     Get involved in a community-wide effort to create an interactive map of all the lighthouses around the world that were ‘made in Smethwick’
  •     And loads more!

How to get involved?  Made in Smethwick is open to everyone, and anyone can sign up to the events. Take a look at the programme, see what you like, and register – it’s all free.

If you have any questions or if you’d like to find out more, or are interested in a group booking for your community, please email leanne@chanceht.org


Sandwell Early Help Partnership Town Event at the Brasshouse

Working or volunteering with children, young people, and families in Sandwell? If so, we would like to invite you to our upcoming Early Help Partnership town event on Wednesday, 8 June 2022, 10.00 – 11.30 am, at Brasshouse Community Centre, Brasshouse Lane, Smethwick. 

A great job has been done by all in supporting children and families across the borough, rising to challenges, and being committed to ensuring the needs of children, young people and families are being met as best as possible.

There have been lots of changes to organisations, groups, and activities over the last couple of years and our events will give you the opportunity to network and link in with local partners.  You can share what your offer of support looks like and help to increase awareness of local activities.  We can also discuss any challenges you face in your role and how we as a Partnership can support one another going forward.

We will be joined by guest speakers from Barnardo’s and the Strengthening Families Teams (Sandwell Children’s Trust) who will share information about their offer of support to children and families and how they can support you in your daily roles.

Booking is essential as numbers are limited.

Click here to register for the Smethwick event.

For further information, please call Angel on 07587 136072 or email earlyhelp@scvo.info


Trustee Chat returns for Month of Community

June 2022 is Month of Community, 30 days full of campaigns and awareness weeks to inspire people.

Volunteers Week happens on 1-7 June and Small Charity Week on 20-24 June. So SCVO have teamed up with colleagues from Dudley CVS to host Trustee Chat on Wednesday 8 June 2022, 2-4pm.

Trustee Chat is an informal session for people to learn more about charity trustees and their role, share their experiences and get support.

The agenda will be open. Participants can ask questions, share their experiences and get support with anything to do with being a charity trustee, whatever their current level of experience is. Staff from Dudley CVS and SCVO will be on hand to share their knowledge and offer encouragement and guidance to help run your charity.

The session is particularly aimed at anyone in Sandwell or Dudley boroughs who:

  • Is interested in learning more about being a charity trustee before they become one
  • Is a new trustee
  • Has experience of being a charity trustee that they’d like to share or would like to improve their knowledge
  • Would like to find out about organisations in their areas that might be looking for charity trustees
  • Represent a charity that has trustee vacancies

This virtual session will be held on Zoom. Please register your place here to ensure that you are sent joining instructions by clicking here.


The Recovery College Information Sessions

The Recovery College for the Black Country runs a weekly (virtual) drop-in session, where you can ask the team all about The Recovery College, its courses and any other questions you may have – everyone is welcome!

You can join the sessions – Thursdays weekly, between 2 and 3pm – by scanning the QR Code below:

or contact The Recovery College at:

Quayside House, Rounds Green Road, Oldbury, B69 2DG / T: 0121 543 4061 / W: www.therecoverycollege.co.uk / E: info@therecoverycollege.co.uk


St Albans Community Association: Dementia Support Adviser & Community Navigator

St Albans Community Association is a medium-sized charity, based in Smethwick, providing a wide range of services to the local community. The charity prides itself pride on a warm, welcoming environment, with caring staff, who understand the needs of those who use their services.

St Albans is looking to fill vacancies for a Dementia Support Adviser at £11.00 per hour and a Community Navigator at £10.00 – £11.50 per hour.

For further details, including how to apply for the positions, please see here.

The vacancies will be closed once sufficient applications are received.

 


Funding to help people with Parkinson’s to become and stay active

Community groups and organisations across the UK can apply for grants of up to £2,500 to help people with Parkinson’s to become and stay active.

The Funding is for new activities that encourage people affected by Parkinson’s to participate in physical activity and sport, or increased participation in these areas. This could be anything fun and enjoyable that encourages people, particularly those from isolated and ethnic communities, to get moving such as a walking group, joining a Parkinson’s boxing class, or playing ball games.

The funding, which is made available through the Parkinson’s UK Physical Activity Grants Programme, can be used to cover costs such as equipment, facility hire, maintenance of equipment, coaching fees, and training.

The closing date for applications is 12 pm on the 10th of June 2022.

More information


Funding for Community Health & Wellbeing Projects 

Funding is available for grassroots, neighbourhood-based community projects that build happy, strong, resilient communities across the UK.

Individuals and small, not-for-profit businesses can apply for funding to set up new groups and activities that improve mental health and wellbeing, inclusion, and learning and skills development in local communities. To be successful, applicants will need to indicate how the activity/group can become self-sustainable or be able to attract funding from other sources for the longer term.

The funding is made available through Laughology’s Happiness Fund, which makes one award of £2,500 per quarter, allowing up to four different projects per year to be supported.

The next deadline for applications is midnight on the 17th of June 2022.

More information


easyfundraising: The Effective Funding Platform Other Organisations are Using

Birmingham based SIFA Fireside along with thousands of other voluntary organisations, charities and CICs are benefitting from monetary donations when their volunteers, staff and supporters use fundraising platform easyfundraising to shop online.

Your organisation can do the same by setting up an easyfundraising account so your volunteers and can raise money for you when they shop at over 6,000 online retailers including eBay, Amazon, M&S, John Lewis, Sainsbury’s and Tesco.

SIFA Fireside say: “easyfundraising is a great platform and we spread the word about it to our supporters on a regular basis. We would definitely recommend it to any organisation and would encourage them to include a link on their website and in charity marketing and supporter updates.”

Find out more about easyfundraising clicking here.


National Lottery Community Fund begins review on future of Community Support

The National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) has launched an 18-month Strategy Renewal process that will shape how it supports people and communities to prosper and thrive in the future.

The process is starting with a six-week anonymous survey which will enable diverse communities from across the UK to join in conversations about their hopes and ambitions and the challenges they face, as well as sharing their views on the best ways lottery funding might support their communities. The input gained will help shape how the NLCF invests in communities going forward as well as the wider support it offers.

Full details along with the survey can be found on the NLCF website.


Places of Welcome are starting to reopen

Transforming Communities Together are delighted to inform us that the Places of Welcome network across the Black Country, Staffordshire and northern Shropshire is starting to reopen, in line with the easing of Covid-19 restrictions

For further information visit the website.


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