July 2022

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Small Grants to Support Climate Change Ideas in Sandwell

Sterling notes and coinsOn the back of the award-winning Covid Vaccination Leaders programme, Sandwell Council has obtained funding to expand this approach to the field of climate change.

The Council is keen to learn from its community-led approach in dealing with the Covid pandemic to see how this can evolve into the area of climate change – where all nations, organisations, communities and individuals will need to act to reduce our emissions as well as to prepare for our present and future climate.

SCVO is working in partnership with Sandwell Council and is pleased to offer a small grants programme – awards of up to £2,500 – that support a community response to climate change in Sandwell in either:

  • Mitigation: reducing carbon emissions; or
  • Adaptation: making communities more resilient to changes in the climate.

Activities that might be delivered via this grant programme could include:

  • Green infrastructure: for example, tree planting, growing fruit & vegetables, gardening, urban greening;
  • Active travel: for example, increased cycling for local travel, better use of public transport;
  • Increased resilience: for example, how to better cope with heatwaves – community-level information, water bottles etc. or flood risk – encouraging preparation via ‘grab bags’ (to assist with speedy evacuation of flood-risk areas);
  • Developing the existing workforce or volunteer base: for example, supporting the development of climate change  community groups.

You can find a full set of Guidance Notes to download at: SCVO – Local Grants – scroll down the page and look for the link.

To register your interest, please email: grants@scvo.info and enter ‘Climate Change Grants – Q&A’ in the subject line. We’ll acknowledge receipt and write to you with the meeting link approx. 24 hrs before the event (which will be delivered via Microsoft Teams).

Switching Careers to Social Work

Do you ever dream of changing to a new career where you can make a real difference to people’s lives? Want to use your professional skill set to drive social change? Frontline, a non-profit organisation running an innovative two-year training route into children and families’ social work.

Frontline are running an on-line event for career-changers considering switching to a career in social work.  The event is on Thursday, 21 July, 6 pm – 7.15 pm.

If you would like to register to attend the upcoming event to discover why children’s social work might be the right career for you, please click here.


Health Awareness Day – Saturday, 23rd July 2022 in Smethwick

Norvic Family Practice, part of the Together4Healthcare PCN, would like to invite you to their Health and Wellbeing event on Saturday, 23rd July,  11 am to 3 pm, at The Heritage Centre, Victoria Park Lodge, High Street, Smethwick B66 3NJ.

There will be stalls providing information to the public.  These include blood pressure checks, advice on smoking, diet and nutrition, mental health and many other things connected to wellbeing and happiness.

  • Free food and drinks available.
  • You can take part in a raffle where you could win prizes ranging from blood pressure machines to zoo tickets.

Norvic Family Practice look forward to seeing you.  Bring your family and friends.  Everyone is welcome!

If you are an organisation and would like a (free) stall to promote your services, please contact the Norvic Family Practice on 0121 565 3760.

Further details

Sandwell Young Carers: Short Breaks Co-ordinator


Are you passionate about giving young carers their childhood back? Do you excel when working as part of a small team? Would you enjoy working outside of the 9-to-5 day with 5-18 years old?

Sandwell Young Carers is a registered charity providing services to children and young people,
aged 5-18 years, living in Sandwell, whose lives are affected as a result of caring for a dependent
family member.

If you would like to make a real difference to the lives of the young carers of Sandwell, then please
take a look at the vacancy below to see if you have the expertise, knowledge, and skills to join us.

We are looking to recruit;
Short Breaks Co-ordinator (MATERNITY COVER – 12 months)
35 hours per week – £22,669 per annum

The post holder will manage a team of sessional workers, virtual, onsite and offsite activities and
be responsible for risk assessments. You will need to hold a suitable qualification in Childcare
Development NVQ Level 3 and/or Youth and Community or equivalent.

The above position requires the post holders to be flexible, sensitive, child-centred, trustworthy,
and reliable, have experience of working with both children and young people and able to work to
the organisation’s policies and procedures.

The organisation will be closing the vacancy on receipt of suitable applications. Therefore, it is
recommended that if you are interested, to complete and submit an application with immediate

You can do this by emailing ellen.hardwick@sandwellyc.org.uk for an application pack.

Sandwell Young Carers regret are only accepting online applications at present to prevent delay in

Ogden Trust Local School Partnerships: Making physics matter

The Ogden Trust’s School Partnerships programme is due to re-open for applications in September 2022. The School Partnerships programme offers funding and support to groups of schools that are committed to enhancing physics teaching and learning.

The programme works with primary and secondary schools and includes a range of teacher CPD.

The partnership programme provides funding for schools over a number of years and supports:

  • Local Cluster Partnerships – a group of four or more schools within a local area who want to collaborate on projects that enhance the teaching and learning of physics.
  • Established Collaborations – a group of four or more schools associated through a multi-academy trust (MAT), MAC, federation, educational trust or similarly related organisation, who want to collaborate on projects that enhance the teaching and learning of physics
  • Joining an Existing Partnership

Partnerships can include primary schools, secondary schools, or ideally a mix of both.

Applications are welcome from (but not limited to) partnerships which include schools in rural and coastal areas, schools based in areas of social deprivation, school with above national average free school meals

The closing date for applications is 1st February 2023.

Further information

Funding to improve active travel options for disabled people

UK charities and not-for-profit organisations can apply to a new funding programme from the national disability transport charity, Motability, to develop, expand and improve active travel options for disabled people.

Grants of between £100,000 and £4 million are available over three years to help charities and organisations, including universities, to ensure disabled people have equal opportunity to make decisions about how they travel in the UK by providing access to quality and affordable active travel equipment and journeys – whether by walking, cycling, push scooters, or use of wheelchairs and other mobility aids.

The funding is made available through the Active Travel Grant Programme which is open to applications at any time until March 2025.

Further information

Community Foundation Free Summer Holiday Activity Club

Community Foundation is hosting a free summer activity scheme for boys and girls.   The holiday club will run from Monday, 1st August to Thursday, 25th August 2022.

Morning sessions will be from 9.15 – 1.15 pm for children aged 6 to 10.  Afternoon sessions will be from 2 – 5 pm for young people aged 11 to 16.   Children must be eligible for free school meal to register. Primary school children will be provided with free breakfast and lunch.

Children will take part in indoor and outdoor activities supervised by qualified staff.  All the activities and day trips (WM Safari Park and ride, Blackpool beach, Peak District countryside) are free for registered children.

Places are limited and will be offered on first come first-serve basis.  To register your child, please complete the application form and return by email to medina@thecommunityfoundation.org.uk

Community Benefits from Covid Funding – are you missing out? 

Cape Community Centre is a vibrant centre running lots of activities for older adults, parents and toddlers and a youth club amongst other services.  It remained open and provided lots of support throughout the pandemic.

Earlier this year the Centre wanted to make sure that everyone returned to their favourite groups and could meet their friends feeling safe and reduce the risk of infection. They gained some Covid-19 funding and ran sessions for the groups about safe Covid practices and hand washing where everyone was fascinated by using an ultraviolet light to see if any bacteria were left on their hands. This was accompanied by other useful information and a lot of tea and cake or pop and pizza and much laughter.

Over 100 other people from the locality who don’t usually attend the centre also participated in similar events and received a stay safe pack with mask, hand gel and a useful leaflet. These proved very popular. As we know, the healthier you are the better you can fight infection, so another strand of activity was focused on the wellbeing of the older members. They had the opportunity to visit a gym (many for the first time) try machines like walking and cycling as well as bowls and cricket. Some also went swimming.  They now do weekly health check-ins for those who want to participate and keep themselves fit and well.

If you think your community would benefit from some funding to help them return to meet their friends and enjoy activities safely whilst we all learn to live with Covid, please contact either Liz Webster liz@scvo.info (07923 259821 or Barbara Murphy barbara@scvo.info (07857 913363) to find out more about the Covid-19 funding available.


Have you Heard…Activities for Children in the Summer

Sandwell has a jam-packed exciting programme full of brilliant activities for children this summer! There really is something for everyone, from holiday clubs to days out, sports, drama, arts and crafts, music and much, much more. This summer you and your child can choose how you spend your time with a pick and mix menu of activities. Let’s make the most of this summer, have fun, make new friends and make some brilliant memories that will last a lifetime.

Come on, get involved and Start booking!
To take part in this great offer, the first thing you need to do is register each of your children via the website. It’s a short, simple form that will only take a couple of minutes to complete. If you have already registered, brilliant! You won’t need to do this again. Just go to https://app.upshot.org.uk/signup/62b2ae22/ to register.

Secondly throughout July and August you can go onto the website, search for activities your child is interested in and get booking! https://www.sandwell.gov.uk/info/200363/haf/4592/register_now_for_holiday_activities_and_food Many activities are free and some include food.

Stay updated, stay social! https://www.facebook.com/GoPlaySandwell/ like us on Facebook to stay in touch.

SCVO’s AGM 2022 – To Boldly Go…Our Sector Looking Forward with Confidence

SCVO members, other local voluntary sector organisations, stakeholders, and strategic partners are invited to SCVO’s Annual General Meeting taking place, this year, on Tuesday 4th October 2022 from 10.00am to 12.30pm at The Hawthorns, Millichip Suite, Halfords Lane, West Bromwich, B71 4LF.

This year’s AGM will be in person for the first time in 3 years. We hope you can join us for what promises to be an interesting, informative and hopefully inspiring event and a chance for us to meet and reconnect with sector colleagues.

As well as the formal AGM business, the morning will be an opportunity to reflect on another eventful year for Sandwell’s voluntary and community sector and to learn about new developments at SCVO.   You will hear from a variety of local organisations celebrating recent achievements and their thoughts about the future.  In addition, we will be joined by Alex Boys, Deputy Chief Officer from NAVCA (National Association of Voluntary and Community Action), who will be highlighting some of the challenges and opportunities that face our Sector and considering how we can look forward with confidence.

To confirm your place please view Eventbrite link – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/scvos-agm-2022-to-boldly-goour-sector-looking-forward-with-confidence-tickets-370300126647


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