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Third Sector Trends in the West Midlands 2022

This study (Third Sector Trends 2022) of voluntary and community organisations, social enterprises, cooperatives, societies and clubs (the ‘third sector’ or ‘VCSE sector’) started in 2010.

A lot has happened since the last survey in 2019.  So it’s time to find out what has changed in the last three years.

Whether your organisation or group is big or small, flourishing or struggling – or just carrying on more or less as normal – your input is invaluable.

It’s (genuinely) an interesting survey and only takes about 10 minutes to complete.

The responses help to build a picture of how organisations and groups work and what they achieve. This helps funders make good decisions on how to invest in the sector.

Join the Third Sector Trends survey here ==>> Third Sector Trends in England and Wales 2022 (onlinesurveys.ac.uk)

World Suicide Prevention Day Webinar – 9th September 2022

World Suicide Prevention Day for 2022 is on Friday, 9th September.   Please join Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust for their community focused suicide prevention webinar from 10 am to 12 noon.

You will hear from survivors of suicide, community experts and national experts on suicide prevention. This is an event for making new connections, learning and resources.

Help to explore working together across communities, to improve awareness of suicide and the impact it can have on those left behind.

Help make a difference and work together towards a zero-suicide ambition.

Please use this link to register via Eventbrite.

Aged 14 to 18 years of age? Reach your potential with NHS Cadets

NHS Cadets is a brand-new scheme created by St John Ambulance in partnership with the NHS.  It’s designed to provide young people with the opportunity to explore roles in healthcare.

The programme consists of two pathways: Foundation (for 14 – 16 year-olds) and Advanced (for 16 – 18-year-olds). You’ll learn about a range of exciting healthcare topics, develop leadership and communication skills, and gain insight into volunteering within the NHS. It is a free programme consisting of 2-hour weekly sessions over 11 months. You’ll be supported throughout your volunteering journey by a NHS Cadets Team.

Cadets come from a diverse range of backgrounds – there is no ‘typical’ NHS Cadet. If you identify with one or more of the following statements, the programme would be a good match for you.

  • I’m from a minority ethnic group
  • I consider myself part of the LGBTQI+ community, or I’m questioning
  • I’m not in education, employment or training
  • I’m struggling with my progress at school or college · I live in care, or I’ve recently left care
  • I provide regular care or support for someone
  • I receive free school meals
  • I have mental health concerns
  • I consider myself to have a disability or impairment
  • I consider myself neurodivergent, or I have special educational needs
  • I am seeking asylum, or I’m a refugee.

New groups will be opening from September 2022, and 10,000 young people will have enrolled as NHS Cadets by 2023.  If you have questions be email Taniya Khan, Project Assistant (NHS Cadets) at Taniya.Khan@sja.org.uk

To learn more, find your local programme and apply, please visit https://nhscadets.sja.org.uk/join-today/


Murray Hall Community Trust: Bridges Care Coordinator

Murray Hall Community Trust builds community resilience through providing high quality services and support to people with a variety of needs.  The organisation is adverting for a Care Coordinator, on a fixed contract to 31st March 2023.

  • Salary: £13,522 per annum (£20,013 FTE)
  • Location: The Bridge, Tipton, and Partner bases across Birmingham
  • Hours: 25 hours per week

The role of the The Bridges Care Coordinator will include to assessing the needs of clients using the Bridges assessment procedure, including a narrative-based assessment and network mapping exercise to understand the need of the client.

The successful candidate must be able to travel within Birmingham and surrounding areas, alongside Murray Hall’s Tipton office.  In addition, you must be able to have an understanding of dealing with people with a diverse background and have the ability to work independently on an outreach basis within Birmingham, including home and hospital visits.

For the job description, person specification and application form, see here.

Applications close at 23.59 pm on Monday, 8th August 2022.

Free Introduction to Project Planning Online Session

No matter how big or small your community group is, project planning should be at the heart of your thought process, enabling you to effectively design, development and delivery your project. During SCVO’s online session, you’ll learn project planning techniques, principles and methods to support the creation of projects that run smoothly and more effectively.

Our informative and free session will be held on Thursday 22 September 10am till 12.30pm via a Zoom Conference Call.

The aims of the session are:

  • To define what project planning is and discover why it’s an important tool when considering or designing a new project or idea,
  • To enable you to explore the steps involved in creating a useful project plan, sequencing of activities, utilising resources and minimising risks.
  • To provide you with project planning tools and resources together with practical hints and tips to help you plan your projects in more detail.

Regardless of the size or scope of your project, these project planning skills and resources will equip you with the necessary tools your organisation needs to manage all kinds of projects.

There is a maximum of 30 places available for this online session. All places must be booked through Eventbrite by clicking here. Please note, an email invitation to join the online session will be send out by SCVO in advance and prior to its commencement.

If you are having trouble booking onto the session via Eventbrite, please email Libby our Small Groups Development Officer at libby@scvo.info with your details and she’ll book you onto the session.

Why not go to our website at www.scvo.info to subscribe to our free weekly e-bulletin, so you get e-updates automatically on SCVO webinars and training opportunities straight to your inbox.

Supermarkets Are Giving Free Funding!

ASDA, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Tesco, Waitrose and other supermarkets are giving third-sector organisations free funding. Register your organisation with fundraising website easyfundraising, and when your supporters, staff and volunteers buy their weekly groceries online, supermarkets will donate money to you.

For example, Sainsbury’s will donate £1.50 to you every time one of your supporters shops online with them. One person shopping every week could raise £72, while 10 people would raise £720 just by doing their usual online shop.

It’s a free, easy and low-effort way of creating a pot of funds to help carry on your work.

Get started click here.

Warmer Homes West Midlands Prepayment Summer Fuel Vouchers

To support those suffering hardship because of the rise in energy prices, Warmer Homes West Midlands working with Marches Energy Agency, are taking applications for a new meter voucher scheme.

Please note vouchers can only be provided to prepayment meters that have a key or a card. This includes smart meters. Keys or cards for smart meter can be obtained by contacting the supplier.

Eligibility details are on the referral application form below.

Scheme Details:

  • All vouchers are worth £49.  Clients will be issued one voucher initially with the availability of a 2nd and 3rd during the colder months/when the price cap increases in October.
  • This is a ‘one-off’ intervention.
  • All clients will be encouraged to take up advice and support aimed at helping to reduce energy consumption and maximise income.
  • Clients will receive a phone call from Warmer Homes West Midlands following receipt of an application. .
  • Vouchers will be processed strictly in order of referral receipt.
  • The scheme is expected to run until January 2023.

Link to referral form.  The completed form should be emailed to  warmerhomesWM@mea.org.uk

Should you have any questions or a request for support, please contact 0808 1968 298.



Funding to support Not-for-Profit LGBT+ organisations

Not-for-profit organisations led by and for under-represented groups within the LGBT+ community in England can apply for a share of £465,000 in funding to help them stay well resourced, sustainable and resilient.

The LGBT+ Futures Equity Fund will award grants of up to £25,000 to intersectional organisations for projects that prioritise:

  • D/deaf and/or disabled LGBT+ people
  • LBT+ women
  • LGBT+ people from Black, Asian and minoritised ethnicities and LGBT+ people of colour
  • Older LGBT+ people
  • Trans and non-binary people.

The funding is made available by the Consortium of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Voluntary and Community Organisations, in partnership with the National Lottery Community Fund, and is intended to be as flexible as possible.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the 30th October 2022.

Further information

Residential breaks for disadvantaged young people

Schools, registered charities, and community and voluntary organisations seeking to offer breaks for disadvantaged young people and families with the most challenging lives can apply for support for a residential stay in England and Wales.

Organisations can apply on behalf of any individual or group of young people who are experiencing disadvantage including homelessness, disability, long-term illness, bereavement, and other circumstances that limit children’s opportunities.

The funding is made available through the Youth Hostel Association’s Breaks Programme which will accept applications from school groups in the Alternative Provision sector of education, along with schools who are interested in taking pupils on a residential break from primary to secondary school; organisations who work with families; and groups who are seeking support for a residential stay.

No application deadline is given.

Further information





Community Transport Let’s Chat Initiative

Community Transport is taking part in the Let’s Chat Initiative, aimed at tackling loneliness through transport in our local communities. If Community Transport is successful, the initiative will be split into three parts:

  1. A mobile facility travelling around local destinations across Coventry, Mid-Birmingham and the Black Country, allowing local people to hop on board, have a cup of tea or coffee, a biscuit or a cake, and a chat.  On here, they will be able to access information about local organisations and services that may be beneficial to them.  The aim is to get people connected, reduce loneliness and isolation, and increase social interaction
  2. Bus Station facilities.  Much the same as the mobile service, but in a static building at selected Bus Stations in the same three areas.  This is a space that will be open at various times during the week, for residents to use to meet people, and for other organisations to use, free of charge, to speak with people and give out information for the benefit of the end user
  3. Passenger Transport.  This third element is to provide subsidised transport to allow people to travel more freely, at reduced cost, to local groups, organisations, and activities to promote social wellness and inclusion.

The services will run Monday – Saturday 8.30 am – 6 pm.   Community Transport is looking for local organisations, groups and activity providers that may want to use the mobile or static units to participate in this project. You will be able to provide information for your own groups, free of charge, and to chat to people within our local communities to tackle loneliness.

The project is due to start mid-August.

Please let Liz Rowe, Operations Director South, know if you are interested, or if you know other like-minded organisations that may be.  Contact Liz on 01902 491209, (M) 07912 388171 or email liz.rowe@communitytransport.org


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