November 2022

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Funding of up to £5,000 available to tackle problems within families

Registered charities whose activities support and encourage the family to work as a cohesive unit in tackling problems that face one or more of its members can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 (but trustees will consider requests for higher amounts) through the Kelly Family Charitable Trust.

The Trust will consider both capital and revenue grants. The Trust is happy to support requests for core funding as well as project-based grants, and actively encourages applications from relatively new organisations to help them become established.

The three areas of activity that the charity wishes to support are:

  • Interventions that support families and help them in ways that prevent the fracture of the family unit, e.g. practical family support, relationship counselling, mediation.
  • Families where sexual abuse, physical abuse, domestic violence, alcohol abuse and drug abuse threaten the integrity of the family unit.
  • Prisoners and in particular their families, during and after the period of imprisonment.

The trust prefers to support charities whose income is below £500,000. However, larger charities with pioneering pilot projects will be considered.

Grants are awarded twice a year and the next closing date for applications is the 1st March 2023.

Further details

Twelve Days of Christmas Giving

Twelve Days of Giving is the last phase of the Benefact Group’s Movement for Good programme for 2022.

For 12 days in December, they will be drawing 10 charities per working day to receive £1,000. The first draw takes place on December 1st and the last on the 16th.

Click here to nominate your favourite charity today

The Future of Charity Twitter

Should charities still be using Twitter? What happens if it crashes, if follower numbers drop or our accounts get spammed with negative or hateful comments. Are the safety and accessibility standards going to drop?

Twitter has been a force for good and bad for years, and it has helped us share, amplify, connect and listen. Although the engagement has been dropping it remains a key part of many organisations tool kits; but questions remain about what Elon Musk’s takeover means for the future of the platform.

This article looks at some of the questions which have been asked and any conclusions from the discussion

Severn Trent Water Funding to Support Charitable Organisations During the Cost-of-Living Crisis

In response to the current cost-of-living crisis, Severn Trent Water is making £150,000 in funding available to cover core costs for charities and community groups in the East Midlands, West Midlands and South West of England, who are finding it hard to maintain their activities during the current economic crisis.

Through the Severn Trent Community Fund: Core Funding, grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available to help not-for-profit organisations to continue delivering their vital services to communities in the Severn Trent region. The funding is available for one year.

The funding can be used to cover essential running expenses which could include management and administration, general office costs (rent and utilities), accountancy and audit, fundraising, communications, and general/governance costs.

The fund will remain open to applications until all the funding has been awarded, and competition for funding is expected to be strong.

For more information about the fund and how to apply please click here


Win a £5,000 Funding Boost

easyfundraising is spreading some Christmas cheer by giving away £5,000 in their Advent Calendar giveaway! To join, sign your organisation up to easyfundraising.

easyfundraising partners with over 7,000 brands so your organisation can earn free funding on all online purchases. By signing up, you can be a part of 25 days of advent fun and create an easy and accessible fundraising option your volunteers and the local community can get behind. Remember to spread the word loud and clear with as many people as possible.

Every time they open the door, your organisation gets an entry into the big Christmas Day prize. Plus, they could win daily £100 gift vouchers for brands like M&S, John Lewis, Argos, Boots, Very, and many more.

Give your organisation the gift of easyfundraising this Christmas. Sign up here by clicking here

National Grid Online Forum – 7th December 2022

On Wednesday, 7th December, 10.00 am – 12.00 noon, National Grid is hosting this online forum in December:

It’s about how they can support community groups to get involved in energy – through community owned generation assets (wind turbines, solar PV) to heat networks to energy efficiency projects (shared purchasing and installation of insulation, for example).  It seems very useful, and is a good example of community ownership models that the LEP wants to support through its Economy of Together strategy.

What would be the best way of promoting it to community groups in Sandwell (as well as to residents who would be interested in establishing a community group)?

The strategy itself is here:

There’s also a survey to provide feedback about the strategy: (

Cyber Awareness (Protect) Webinar: Monday, 12th December 2022

There are on average 97 cyber crimes occurring per hour, with two internet users having their data leaked every second. The Cyber (Protect) webinar will explain some of these threats you may face whilst online.  The webinar will be from 1 pm to 1.45 pm on MS Teams.

The presenters will delve into some of the crimes that are on the rise, find out how to identify them and how to report them. They will also shine light on the effect of being the victim of such an attack and subsequently how to prevent this from happening.

The webinar will be hosted by the Black Country Staff Mental Health & Wellbeing Hub who will be joined by Saxon Partridge-Smith, Cyber Protect Officer from the West Midlands Police Cyber Crime Unit who will be delivering the session.

To register to attend, please book on through the Eventbrite link.

Any queries regarding the webinar, please contact

Do you have room to care?

Sometimes described as a bit like foster care for adults, Shared Lives Carers offer true personalised support to adults with additional needs within their own home – on either a long-term, overnight respite or day session basis.

Carers support the person to make their own choices in life, maximise independence and achieve the outcomes that are important to them. If you have a spare room at home, you can be paid from £370 – £570+ per week, depending on the level of support you provide to the person who comes to stay with you.

Shared Lives offers an alternative to residential care for people with a learning disability, autism, mental ill health, through to older people and hospital discharges.

Shared Lives Carers are carefully matched to support the person who comes to stay, encouraging them to develop practical skills, build self-esteem and establish new friendships and social networks in the neighbourhood, which creates a sense of belonging and community.

To find out more email or visit


Sandwell Safer 6: Help keep children safe online – FREE webinar (Dec 1st)

If you are a parent or carer, do you know what your children are doing online?

Sandwell Council’s Prevent Team are taking part in Sandwell’s Safer 6 campaign by offering FREE online safety (Extremism) and Prevent sessions. Parents/carers and adult members of the community can join the free online session on Thursday, 1st December 2022 and receive tips and advice to keep young people safe online.

Top tips include:

  • Turn on filters/parent control settings
  • Set accounts on private and report any issues through the apps
  • Be ‘share aware’
  • Keep up to date with online safety – the online world changes quickly
  • Know where to access further support

Parents are encouraged to talk openly to their children about their online activity and help them understand what is safe and unsafe. The internet is a great tool, but can also be a tricky place to navigate with some misleading information.

The sessions will be delivered on Microsoft Teams and will provide key information on popular apps and social media, as well as links for further advice and support. If you need help to get onto Microsoft Teams, please email or call 07717 427057.

Sandwell Council’s Prevent team, which works with partners and communities to stop people being drawn into extremism and terrorism, will also be explaining what Prevent is and how to report concerns.

The session time is as follows:

  • Thursday, 1st December 2022: 9.30 – 10.30am

For more information and to join at one of the times above, please visit ->


Sandwell Community Dementia Support Service: Community Dementia Adviser x 2

The West Bromwich African Caribbean Resource Centre is an award-winning Black led charity who are members of a partner provider collaborative with 7 other organisations to deliver the local dementia support service across the whole of Sandwell.

Partner organisations are: St Albans Community Association, Better Understanding of Dementia Sandwell (BUDS), Age UK Sandwell, Alzheimer’s Society, Agewell CIC, Dementia Pathfinders CIC, and Murray Hall Community Trust who are also the lead provider for the overall contract.

We are looking for an empathetic and hardworking individual to join our team. The successful candidates will be working with a variety of professionals across health and social care to provide those affected by dementia in the area the best service possible.

As a Community Dementia Advisor, you will support people with dementia and their informal family carer’s to identifying their needs, maintaining their independence, and empowering them to take make decisions enabling them to remain in control of their lives. You will be required to provide relevant information in a variety of formats to meet the service users’ needs as well as signposting and/or referring them to appropriate services.

2 Posts: 16 hour each (Job Share)

Opening Date: Monday 28th November 2022
Closing date: Friday 16th December 2022 at 5pm
Recruitment Lead Partner: West Bromwich African Caribbean Resource Centre
Salary: £9,152 per annum Circa (£21,164 FTE)
Hours: 16 hours per week based over 5 days (Monday – Friday)
Office Location: West Bromwich
Area role covers: West Bromwich (Town based)
Contract type: 1 years initially with a 2.5 year extension
Interview date: To be Confirmed

To apply for the role, please contact or call Angela Mahabeer on 0121 525 9177(choose option 5) and ask for an application pack.

Please note the deadline for submitting applications for this vacancy is 17:00 hours on Friday 16th December 2022, we will be holding interviews between Tuesday 20th December 2022 to Thursday 22nd December 2022.

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