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Women Make Music

Women songwriters and composers of all genres and backgrounds have until the 4th February 2019 to apply for the next round of the Women Make Music programme.

The programme supports the development of outstanding women songwriters and composers at different stages of their career. It aims to:

• Break down assumptions and stereotypes
• Raise awareness of the gender gap
• Increase the profile of women who are creating new music in the UK
• Encourage women who may otherwise not have applied for PRS for Music Foundation funding.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to support touring, recording, promotion and marketing, community projects involving high-quality music creators, music creator residencies and live performances featuring new UK music.
More information at: http://www.prsformusicfoundation.com/funding/women-make-music-2/

Veterans’ Foundation

Armed Forces charities and other organisations can apply for grants of up to a maximum of £30,000 for projects and activities supporting serving or veteran members of the Armed Forces and their families. The funding can last for up to three years.

In the last year the Foundation awarded almost £500,000 by way of grants and donations to over 50 small charities. Many of the charities supported are smaller bodies that cannot afford marketing teams and urgently need funds to continue their good work.

The type of activities supported include projects that reduce homelessness, increase employment, provide welfare and medical support, increase confidence and social integration, as well as reduce dependence on alcohol and drugs.
The funding is being provided through the Veterans Foundation and the next application deadline is the 31st March 2019.

There are further application deadlines at the end of May and September each year.
More information at: https://www.veteransfoundation.org.uk/

Hateley Cross Good News Story

Hateley Cross Big Local Partnership group in December 2018 supported the 3 primary schools Hall Green, Hateley Heath and St John Bosco Catholic in our areas of Hateley Heath and Stone Cross, West Bromwich with funding for Inspired People and Environmental Grant.

Hateley Cross Big Local Partnership group wanted to ensure that young people aspirations raised, involved with their communities, feel valued and there are reasons [and places] for people to come together. A three year funding application was created for local primary schools to apply for.

In the matter of weeks, St John Bosco Primary School has turned the funding into reality with the fantastic work of Deputy Headteacher Mandy Grubham.

Hateley Cross Big Local joined Governors and competition winners, who created book marks, from St John Bosco in January 2019 to officially open the new library in the school. Hateley Cross Big Local funding allowed for books to be purchased and fill the shelves of the library allowing for the Inspiration Grant to be fulfilled in the school.

For further information please contact Marc Pearson, Community Development Outreach Worker – 0121 544 1230 or e-mail marc@scips.org.uk

Football Foundation

Grants of up to £10,000 are available to schools, grass roots football clubs, local authorities and professional and semi-professional football clubs and their associated community organisations, that are looking to refurbish their existing or develop new football facilities.

The funding is available through the Football Foundation’s Premier League & the FA Facilities Fund Small Grants Scheme and can be used to buy capital items such as portable floodlights, storage containers and other equipment; or to refurbish/improve existing facilities.

The grants awarded cannot exceed 50% of the total project cost. The Football Foundation strongly recommend that applicants use the pre-application advice offered on our behalf by The FA and the network of County FAs around England. This will normally involve completing the FA’s Football Facilities Enquiry Form (FEF) first, which will help The FA to learn more about a project and determine the best way to support the applicant organisation.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

More information at: https://www.footballfoundation.org.uk/funding-schemes/premier-league-the-fa-facilities-fund-small-grants-scheme/

Kelly Family Charitable Trust

Registered charities that work to tackle family problems or problems facing one or more of its members can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £5,000.

Funding is available for both capital and revenue grants as well as grants for core funding and projects-based grants. The funding is being made available through the Kelly Family Charitable Trust which actively encourages applications from relatively new organisations to help them become established. The trust prefers to support charities whose income is below £500,000. However, larger charities with pioneering pilot projects will be considered. The next closing date for applications is the 1st March 2019.
More information at: https://kfct.org.uk/

Kelly Family Charitable Trust – Deadline: 1st March 2019

Early Help Partnership Event Invitation

Don’t miss out on our Early Help Partnership Event – taking place on Wednesday 23rd January from 1pm – 3pm at the Yemeni Community Association.

We welcome all who are working with and supporting children, young people and families in West Bromwich, to come together to share, learn and develop new partnerships.

To book your place please e-mail Amelia – earlyhelp@scvo.info

Citizens Advice Sandwell Best Practice Lead – Universal Support Service Opportunity

Citizens Advice Sandwell are looking to recruit a Best Practice Lead

The Best Practice Lead will have:
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills including the ability to deliver presentations and build relationships with staff at all levels.

Proven ability to influence and negotiate with senior managers, executives and external stakeholders.
Experience of analysing , presenting complex information and communicating informed recommendations

Citizens Advice is set to deliver a new service called “Universal Support – Help to Claim” which offers end-to-end support to help people make a new Universal Credit claim and be ready for when their first payment arrives.

As part of this, the organisation is setting up a network of Best Practice Leads to gather and share learning about how Universal Credit and the Help to Claim service is performing, develop relationships with relevant local stakeholders and share ideas and best practice.

The role will work across a Jobcentre Plus district area to improve people’s experience of Universal Credit and Universal Support as well as feed into the wider Best Practice Lead network and work of national Citizens Advice.

Hours: 30 hours per week
Salary: £25,000 (pro- rata)
Contract: Permanent (funding confirmed until March 2020.

For an application pack or more information please email recruitment@citizensadvicesandwell.org.uk 

Please note CV’s will be not accepted.

Closing date: 12.00 25th January 2019
Interview date: 6th February 2019


Citizens Advice Sandwell Office Manager Job Opportunity

Citizens Advice Sandwell is a busy charity with six offices across the Borough, plus a number of outreach sites. They offer advice and support to around 13,000 people a year and have over 50 staff.

Citizens Advice Sandwell seeks an Office Manager with significant experience of providing administration support to senior management or Board level roles. Applicants should have:

• Experience of running a busy office, managing incoming enquiries and supervising the work of others
• High levels of attention to detail in written communication and practical application.
• Skills in running events, media and recruitment campaigns.
• Skills in establishing good relationships, negotiating contract terms with suppliers.
• Experience in managing facilities and estates functions would be an added benefit.

This is a permanent contract of 37 hours per week and the post carries a salary of £21,500. The successful candidate will primarily be based in West Bromwich, but some travel around the Borough will be involved.

This role will play a key part in the smooth running of the organisation, to make sure that people have the systems, resources and support they need to carry out their roles. Citizens Advice Sandwell have a management team and a Board of Trustees. You will be your responsibility to ensure the Board of Trustees have timely and relevant information to carry out the governance of the organisation.

This is an exciting opportunities to be a part of a great charity and an innovative project.

For an application pack or more information please email recruitment@citizensadvicesandwell.org.uk. Please note CV’s not accepted.

Closing date: 25th January 2019
Interview dates: 4th February 2019


Still Time for a Say on Design of Aquatics Centre

There’s still time for residents to have their say on the design of Sandwell’s state-of-the-art Aquatics Centre.

A public survey and drop-in sessions are seeking the views of local people who can help shape the £60million building in Smethwick.

Alongside the swimming facilities, the centre will boast a dry-dive facility, 108-station gym, a 25-station lady-only gym, three activity studios, an eight-court sports hall, indoor cycling studio, sauna/steam room and café.

The centre will also host the swimming and diving competitions for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Plans include a 50m Olympic-sized competition swimming pool, a 25m diving pool, a studio pool and 1,000 spectator seats – plus temporary seats that will be added for the Games.

The site, at Londonderry Playing Fields, will also include 450 on-site car parking spaces, a football pitch and changing facilities, an improved urban park and children’s play area.

The council has organised consultation sessions for residents to come along and discuss proposals ahead of a planning application being put forward.

The drop-in sessions will be held on:

•          Tuesday 8 January – 5pm-8pm at St Mark’s Church, Thimblemill Road
•          Thursday 10 January – 9am-5pm at St Mark’s Church, Thimblemill Road
•          Tuesday 15 January – 4-6pm at Dorothy Parkes Centre, Church Road

Residents can also have their say by completing an online survey at www.sandwell.gov.uk/aquaticscentre

The pre-planning consultation closes on Sunday 20 January.

Agewell seeks Dementia Navigators

Agewell CIC (working in partnership with Dementia Pathfinders CIC) is currently recruiting for the following job vacancy to support clients with dementia and families, pre and post diagnosis living in Sandwell.

Dementia Navigator x 2 posts based at Agewell 30 hours per week – 12 months fixed term contract

Salary per annum £15,194

How to apply: please email info@agewelluk.org.uk or call 0121 796 9333 for full job description and person specification. Please send CV including any relevant information working in the area of dementia support work. Closing date 18th January 2019.

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