May 2022

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Brushstrokes, Smethwick: Employment Adviser

Do you have a passion and commitment to working for a charitable organisation? This is an exciting opportunity to join Father Hudson’s Care and the Brushstrokes team.  The project is well established with a proven track record in supporting refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in Sandwell and surrounding areas.

Salary:             SCP 22 – 23 (£22,539- £23,195 per annum)

Hours:              37 per week

Term:               Maternity cover up to 12 months

You will be committed to working with people from differing social and cultural backgrounds, have a good understanding of issues faced by asylum seekers and refugees, alongside experience of working in a community setting. You will have strong communication skills, be organised, and have good IT skills

For the full job description and to find out how to apply, please visit the website.

Applications need to be submitted by 9 am on 16th June 2022.  Interviews will be held on 21st June 2022.

Brushstrokes reserve the right to close this advertisement early if they receive sufficient suitable applications.


The show must go on…and on…. : Everyone has talent, what’s yours?

Drama and Some CIC would like to invite you to participate in ‘The Show Must Go On and ON’ taking place on Friday 3rd June 2022 from 1.30pm at Sandwell Irish Community Association, Langley Park Lodge Community Centre, Langley High Street, B69 4SL.

Talents can be anything from knitting or crochet to spelling or telling a funny story? What’s your talent?

Come along to have the chance to join in with their drama inspired workshops and you could showcase your talent and have fun.

What will happen in the workshops:

  • You will find your voice and share your stories! Find your funny stories, make friends and discover hidden talents.
  • Using fun exercises, we will build confidence in a safe and supportive atmosphere.
  • The workshops are led by Rachel Sambrooks writer, comedian, performer, published poet and Suzan Spence a writer and performer.

Who is it for?

  • The workshops are aimed at people who want to discover their talents.
  • You should be aged 18 or over.
  •  Sandwell residents.

Our aim

  • To improve mental health and confidence through fun and laughter.
  • We hope to build up a group of enthusiastic volunteers to join in the interactive parts of the main show.
  • During and after workshops we will talk to you and support you in sharing your talents and stories.

I am interested so what do I need to do?
Email Suzan at dramaandsome@gmail.com for more details and to confirm attendance on the workshop as places are limited.

If you play a musical instrument please bring it with you.


Black Country and West Birmingham CCG Annual General Meeting

You are invited to the Black Country and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group AGM. This will be a virtual meeting on Monday, 27 June 2022, 4.30 pm – 6.30 pm. The event will be streamed live via Microsoft Teams

The organisation will be reflecting on its work in the past year and sharing financial accounts.

Members of the public are welcome to submit any questions they may have to bcwbccg.gb@nhs.net before the day.


easyfundraising Awards Over 1 Million to Good Causes!

Community organisations are receiving just over £1m in free funding this month. This is funding that their volunteers and supporters have raised for them simply by shopping online with leading online retailers, through the free to use easyfundraising platform.

Your organisation can also benefit from this unrestricted revenue stream that complements existing fundraising activities – to ensure your receive funds in the next payout, register with easyfundraising, for free by clicking here.


Good Money from Bad

West Midlands Police has re-launched the Helping Communities Fund for organisations investing in neighbourhood safety.  The fund is made up from money seized from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA).

The purpose of the HCF is to support local communities actively involved in projects which aim to make a positive difference and make the West Midlands a safer place to live and/or work. All funded projects must contribute to crime prevention and reduction, and community safety in the local area.

Specific areas for consideration in Sandwell are Princes End, Smethwick, Soho and Victoria and West Bromwich Central.

More details


New Black Country Support After Suicide Service

A Black Country Support After Suicide Service was launched on Wednesday, 1st June, 2022.  The new service will provide support for the next of kin and close family members, of any age, including children and young people, who are bereaved by suicide in Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton.  

The core opening hours will be Monday to Friday 10.00 am – 6.00 pm.  However, support will also be provided up to 8.00 pm, weekdays or at weekends, so that you can access the service at a time that suits you best.

More information


The National Churches Trust’s Gateway Grant Programme opens for applications

Grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 are available to listed and unlisted Christian places of worship, of any denomination, across the UK, towards project development and investigative work up to RIBA planning stage one, to support churches preparing for a major project, and in developing their project to the point at which they can approach a major grant funder. Grants will never exceed 50% of the net project costs for this phase.

The Gateway Grant Programme is also now able to offer grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 for urgent and essential maintenance and repair projects costing between £10,000 and £100,000. Grants will never exceed 50% of the net project costs.

The Gateway Grant Programme also offers grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 to local church trusts to fund projects that support organisational development, increase their capacity to churches in their area or that deliver new ways of supporting churches in their area.

All grants will represent a maximum of 50% of the net project costs.

The deadline for applications is midnight on the 15th September 2022.

More information


Statisticians for Society – helping you to collect, analyse and present your data

Statisticians for Society is a pro bono scheme that connects professional statisticians and charitable organisations that need expert help with collecting, analysing and presenting data. Set up by the Royal Statistical Society in 2017, the scheme has become an effective way for organisations to receive support from statistical experts at no cost. Over 100 organisations have been matched with statisticians, helping to fulfil their charitable aims and objectives.

It is free and open to charities and other third sector organisations with an annual income of less than £1million. You can read case studies of some organisations that have benefitted from the service HERE.

They are hosting an event called ‘How data and evidence brought chamber music to Welsh communities’. The event will be held on Friday 10 June 2022 from 1pm – 2.30pm where you will have the chance to hear about the impact the initiative has had on Ensemble Cymru. This is a fantastic opportunity to find out how the charity worked with a statistician to understand their audience and gained insights into securing new audiences for their performances across Wales. Book your FREE place HERE.

This event will be of interest to voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector organisations if you are interested in better understanding the data your organisation collects, and using data & evidence to make important decisions, to fundraise or even promote your organisation


Funding for Special Schools and Colleges

Special needs schools and colleges can apply for grants of between £15,000 and £75,000 through the Wolfson Foundation’s Funding for Special Schools and Colleges grants programme. The funding is available for projects that are focused towards helping pupils to develop skills that would help them to gain employment or live independently after leaving school or college.

The funding covers capital costs such as buildings and equipment. The applicant organisation should meet all the following criteria:

  • be a registered charity, local authority
  • be registered with the relevant regulatory authority, where applicable, and have at least a good rating

The project should be for a new building, refurbishment work or equipment and aim to produce one or more of the following outcomes:

  • Increased access to services for new and existing users
  • Improved quality and range of services
  • Improved financial stability of the organisation

There is a two-stage application process, and the next stage one closing date is the 1st of July 2022.

Applications successful at this stage will have until the 1st of September 2022 to complete the stage two application.

More information


Funding for charities working with Older People

Grants of between £15,000 and £75,000 are available to charitable organisations (registered charities or equivalent) which provide care and services for older people, particularly if they have a neurodegenerative condition or are isolated.

The Wolfson Foundation will provide funding for new build, refurbishment or equipment projects which aim to:

  • Increase access to services for new and existing users
  • Improve the quality and range of services
  • Improve the financial stability of the organisation

Match funding is required for projects costing more than £50,000.

There is a two-stage application process, and the next stage one closing date is the 1st of July 2022.

Applications successful at this stage will have until the 1st of September 2022 to complete the stage two application.

More information


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