July 2022

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Connecting Communities with Places of Welcome: Online Webinar

Due to demand, another Places of Welcome information session,  is being hosted on Friday, 22 July 2022 at 10.30 am.

Transforming Communities Together’s informal, one-hour, online webinar is for anyone interested in joining the Places of Welcome network, starting their own Place of Welcome or just wanting to know more.

For more details and to book a place, click here.

Sandwell’s population sees a rise of 11% in 10 years (Census data)

Many of you may recall the Census that took place last year, an event that has taken place once a decade since the first one in 1801 (apart from 1941).

It’s the only time that every person and household is counted in England and Wales (with Scotland now conducting its own census) and it remains the largest single source of social statistics (in England and Wales).

The first set of data was released on 28th June 2022 and further data will be released every two to three weeks throughout autumn and winter 2022.

Did you know, for example, that the 11% rise in population since the 2011 Census (above) is the highest in the West Midlands Metropolitan County area – the next highest being Coventry (at 8.9%) … and there’s plenty more where that came from!

Data like this is invaluable for a whole variety of reasons, but it’s particularly helpful when submitting background and context to funding applications for voluntary and community organisations … and your local repository of such information is Sandwell Trends.

There is a wealth of statistical information about Sandwell, not just census data, that’s available to support such applications including profiles for each of Sandwell’s six towns.

And, of course, SCVO is here to help you make sense of some of that data in relation to your funding applications – drop us a line to: support@scvo.info or call us on 0121 525 1127 to find out more.


Hong Kong BNOs – ‘Meet & Greet’ event

In July 2020, the British Government announced a new visa route enabling Hong Kong citizens with British National Overseas (BNO) status to settle in the UK.

Come to our ‘Meet & Greet’ workshop to find out why this was done, how many Hong Kong BNOs have migrated, their needs & expectations and what this means for local organisations and residents.

Date: Thursday, 21st July 2022

Time: 10.30am to 1pm

Venue: Brasshouse Community Centre, Brasshouse Lane, Smethwick, B66 1BA

Who is this workshop for?

  • Organisations and individuals in Sandwell who wish to engage with and support newcomers from Hong Kong.
  • Hong Kong BNO visa holders who have settled in the area.

What to expect?

Quiz / videos / stories / discussion – BNOs share experiences of settling in the UK.

For catering purposes, please call Chloe Yip to book on 0121 685 8510 during office hours.

Healthwatch Sandwell – Priority Projects Programme for 2022/23

Healthwatch Sandwell are the independent voice of the public in health and social care services in Sandwell. We carry out projects each year that are based on the priorities of the public, service providers and commissioners. The purpose of the projects is to gather insight on patients’ experiences and views of services. This information is used to help inform and influence change in health and social care delivery in Sandwell and as part of the wider Black Country health and care system.

Healthwatch Sandwell – Priority Projects Programme  for 2022/23:

  • The patient experience of accessing primary care services
  • Accessibility for patients – meeting information and communication needs
  • Exploring the impact of language barriers in health and care services

If you or your organisation would like to help ensure Sandwell residents’ voices and views are heard in health and care services please get in touch to explore how you could support the projects:

Sophie Shuttlewood – Projects and Partnerships Lead – Email: sophie.shuttlewood@healthwatchsandwell.co.uk Mobile: 07732 683483

Regulator changing the data it collects on charities – have your say!

If you are  trustee or in charge of running a charity, especially if you perform a role like Treasurer, Secretary, or Finance Director, the Directory of Social Change is urging you to respond to the Charity Commission’s consultation on the next version of the Annual Return, which is open until 1 September.

Read the report by Jay Kennedy, Director of Policy and Research at DSC, and take part in the consultation here.


Local School Nature Grants

Schools in England, Scotland and Wales can apply for up to £500 worth of free outdoor equipment and up to half a day of professional outdoor training to deliver outdoor learning and play.

The funding is being made available through the charity Learning through Landscapes’ Local School Nature Grant Programme and is funded by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Funding will also be open to Early Year’s settings which have their own building and more than five staff.

There will be four funding rounds throughout the year which will support a total of 900 schools.

The next closing date for applications is the 2nd September 2022.

Further information

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