July 2022

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WMCA Community Green Grants

WMCA Community Green Grants is happy to share that the fund is still open to eligible organisations in Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall, and Wolverhampton.

It was a pleasure to visit Old Hall Peoples Partnership in Bentley Walsall as they prepare for the transformation of the centre’s green space. OHPP were awarded funding in April to transform the underused area into a pocket park where the community can engage with food sustainability through growing fruit and vegetables and a regular gardening club. There are also plans to cultivate wildflower areas and habitats for birds, bugs, and butterflies.

To see a short video clip of the garden project click here.

Diana Birkett COE of OHPP shared how the inspiration for the project came from experiencing how much gardening at home helped with her own wellbeing. She realised how beneficial engaging with nature can be and wanted to create a space where the centre users and local community can learn about plants and experience the benefits of time spent in green space. The project is in the early stages but will be gradually turned into a vibrant colourful space over the funded period of 12 months. The garden will remain as an accessible green space to be enjoyed by many for years to come.

Apply now for WMCA Community Green Grants:

All information including online application and fund factsheet can be found on the Heart of England Community Foundation website: WMCA Community Green Grants

The Community Green Grant is focused on improving access to nature in areas of deprivation with limited access to green space.

We have small and large grants available:

Small Grants £3,000 to £25,000
Community groups and organisations will be encouraged to apply for small grants that connect local people to nature. The panel welcome creative ideas that meet the grant criteria.

Large Grants £25,000 to £100,000
For organisations with large scale plans that will create significant sustainable projects that help people connect to nature and improve the local environment.

If you have an idea to transform a green/ blue space or even green an unused car park, then please get in touch with Community Green Grants officer Ruth Burgess CommunityGreenGrants@wmca.org.uk to discuss your project.

Are you aged 16 – 25 and unemployed? The Prince’s Trust would like to hear from you

Are you aged 16 – 25 and unemployed and live in the West Midlands?  The Prince’s Trust is recruiting for  young people to attend next the 12-week team programme, starting September 2022.

This action-packed residential course includes confidence building, fundraising and completing multiple local community projects.  In addition, you will get help to write a CV, practice  interview skills and write applications.

At the end of the programme, attendees receive the nationally recognised Prince’s Trust Certificate in Employment, Teamwork and Community skills.

Interested?  Click here for further information.

If you have questions, please contact Dave Harry on 07342 036 651 or email harryd@wolvcoll.ac.uk

Art & Craft Exhibition – Saturday, 6th August 2022

The 291 Creative Hub would like to invite you to their Art & Craft Exhibition on Saturday, 6th August.

Taking place at the Wesley Methodist Church, High Street, West Bromwich B70 8ND from 11.00am to 2.00pm, it is an opportunity to showcase the talented work of those attending a variety of art & craft activities offered by the 291 Creative Hub.

Admission is FREE and you can find out further details by visiting: www.291communityassociationcio.co.uk or contacting Dawn – e: ch291wbz@hotmail.com / m: 07979 763415

Funding to reduce social and economic disadvantage

The Henry Smith Charity aims to use its resources to help people and communities at a time of need and to bring about positive change.  They achieve this by funding organisations that work with people to reduce social and economic disadvantage.

The Charity has pledged to spend an extra £100m from its endowment over the next decade. The additional funding is in response to “greatly increased need”.

Areas of funding are around:

  • Improving Lives
  • Strengthening Communities
  • County Grants
  • Holiday Grants
  • Christian Projects
  • Kindred

Further information



Smethwick: The global history of a town in 10 buildings

Smethwick isn’t just any old town: it has been built by people from all over the world. From the Red Cow pub to Marshall Street’s Malcolm X plaque and Guru Nanak Gurdwara, every building, and every street, has a unique story to tell.

In this online event, from 6 – 7 pm on Tuesday, 26th July 2022, hosted by Chance Heritage Trust, a panel will reveal the global history that the very foundations of the town are built on, and the stories behind the buildings you walk past every day.

Together, there will be a discussion on how our communities can continue to add their stories and make our voices heard as the town continues to grow.

You can also find what else is happening in Chance Conversations, some of the hottest topics in industrial heritage and part of #MadeinSmethwick.

For further information and to register click here.

On Yer Bike!

Know someone who never learned to ride a bike? The Sikh Helpline Cycling Club is offering 10 free sessions to adults throughout August and September.

Sessions will take place at Gurdwara Har Rai Sahib and Dartmouth Park/Sandwell Valley in West Bromwich, and there are even limited bikes available for use if you don’t have your own.

Book places via https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/R/3G3S9FN

Wednesbury Summer Fete

Riverside, in partnership with Sandwell Council, are hosting a summer fete on Saturday, 13th August 2022, at Wednesbury Town Hall, from 11 am to 3 pm.

  • home-made crafts
  • refreshments
  • entertainment

Stalls are available for hire.  Please call 07870 809 387 or email deniseann.heiginbotham@riverside.org.uk

Free parking at Wednesbury Leisure Centre.

School Uniform Donation Day in Tipton

Have you got school uniform you no longer need?

Drop off any clean school uniform you no longer need so other local children can benefit from it.

Date: Monday, 25th July 2022

Time: 10am – 1pm

Place: Jubilee Park Community Centre, Powis Avenue, Tipton. DY4 0RJ

Supported by Healthy Sandwell / The Community Link, Cradley Heath / Bangladeshi Women’s Association.

Groundwork West Midlands: Community Project Officer

Groundwork West Midlands is an environmental charity that has been delivering environmental and community projects aimed at creating stronger, healthier communities, and greater prospects for local people for over 30 years.  The organisation would like to appoint Community Project Officer.

Salary: Starting at £19,090 (Band A £19,090 – £22,351 per annum)
Hours: 37 hours per week
Location: Tipton with regular travel across the West Midlands Region

You must be passionate about working with children and young people.  You should have experience in planning and delivering fun, engaging, high quality, safe and creative after-school, and holiday play sessions.

For the full job description and package, including how to apply see here.

Application close on Friday, 5th August 2022.

KeyRing is Recruiting!

KeyRing provides a network of support that helps people develop independent living skills and provide weekly support sessions for the member.  The charity have a range of roles from part time community support workers, community living volunteers and community connection volunteers.

If you are passionate about supporting people in the community and want a new challenge this might be the role for you!

If you are interested in any of the these roles, please contact Lucy on 07534350167or visit the website at www.keyring.org


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