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Sexual Behaviours Traffic Light Tools

Brook would like to make you aware of the training they are offering all professionals working with young people in Sandwell and was hoping this could be circulated. This training is free of charge.

Our highly acclaimed Sexual Behaviours Traffic Light Tool supports professionals working with children and young people by helping them to identify and respond appropriately to sexual behaviours.

This training is strongly recommended for teachers, social workers, school nurses, youth and outreach workers, health care professionals, safeguarding leads and all professionals working with young people.

Please find this link takes you to our website where you can get further information about the Traffic Light Tool training (sexual behaviours) https://www.brook.org.uk/our-work/category/sexual-behaviours-traffic-light-tool

We have dates booked on Eventbrite for this training in Sandwell and we would appreciate you circulating these:


There is a choice of am or pm sessions and the training last approx. 3-3.5hrs. This is the link which will take you to the bookings page:


Healthwatch Sandwell – Health and Social Care Group

Healthwatch Sandwell are holding a public meeting on Tuesday 24th September from 1pm until 3pm at The Yemeni Community Centre, Tildasley Street, West Bromwich, B70 9SJ (bus routes – 44, 47 and 79).

Come along to find out more about:-

The Sandwell Better Lives Dementia Strategy – Find out what is promised to Sandwell people in the Sandwell Better Lives Dementia Strategy.

Community Connections – Social prescribing is an approach that links patients in primary care with non medical support in the community; leading to improved social and clinical outcomes for people with long terms conditions, and to the development of a wider, more diverse range of local community services.

Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals Respiratory Service Change – How this service will look, and how you can give your views.

Everyone is welcome – to book a place please call 0121 569 7210 or e-mail info@healthwatchsandwell.co.uk

You can also book online from here

D M Thomas Foundation

The next deadline to apply to the DM Thomas Foundation Central Grants Programme is the 8th October 2019. The Foundation distributes a total of around £200,000 per quarter.

Grants of up to £30,000 are available per year for up to two years to registered charities for projects that improve education and health for young people in three key areas:
• Children and young people with disabilities
• Children and young people who are sick in hospital
• Children and young people who are life limited (requiring palliative care)

The Foundation is a small charity and generally will not make awards of over £30,000 (per year). Funding can be requested for one-off projects or for up to 2 years work.

Applications from schools and hospitals are welcomed as long as they are made through an appropriate registered charity.

If favoured, grant applications for up to £5,000 can be approved by the Director, up to £10,000 can be approved by the Grants Committee, and applications for more than £10,000 are recommended to the Trustees for final approval.
More information at: https://dmthomasfoundation.org/what-we-do/grants/dmtf-central-grants/

Edward Gostling Foundation

Registered charities, Hospices and state schools catering wholly for students with additional needs, can apply for grants to support their work that enhances the quality of life for people in need, specifically the mentally and physically disabled. Priority is given to small and medium size charities making a significant impact in their community and who may lack the time and resources to be able to focus on their fundraising.

The Edward Gostling Foundation’s grants are awarded to projects that have a significant impact across one or more of four life “themes” and priority is given to organisations that clearly demonstrate this within their application for grant funding, these are: Health and Wellbeing; Independent Living at Home; Respite; and Transition.

Grants can support:
• Modifications to homes, state schools (wholly for students with additional needs), hospices etc
• The provision of specialist equipment such as the provision of specialised wheelchairs, other mobility aids and equipment including medical equipment to assist independent living
• Financial assistance towards the cost of short-term respite breaks at a registered respite centre.
Grants are awarded through two programmes:
• A fast-track Small Grants Programme for applications under £5,000
• A Large Grants Programme for applications of £5,000 or over.

There are no application deadlines; applications can be submitted at any time.
More information at: https://www.edwardgostlingfoundation.org.uk/

Greenhall Community Fund – First 100 Applications Only

The next round of funding from the Greenhall Community Fund will re-open for applications on 1st September 2019.

The objectives of the fund are to improve lives: among the sick, the elderly, the disabled and the disadvantaged particularly in the UK. Overseas project are also supported provided that the applicant charity is registered in the UK. Only the first 100 applications received will be forwarded to the trustee board for consideration and they will meet in November 2019 to allocate the funds.

The grants of £1,000 to £10,000 are only available to UK registered charities. Preference will be given to applications for specific projects rather than to supplement funds used for general purposes. In this funding round grants will be awarded to charities with a turnover of £250,000 or less.
More information at: https://greenhallfoundation.org/

Help the Charity Commission Improve Safeguarding Guidance

In October 2018 the Charity Commission published refreshed guidance on Safeguarding and protecting people for charities and trustees. The guidance is intended to be clear, concise, and a gateway to more detailed guidance where it is needed.

The Charity Commission wants to make sure that this guidance is useful for all charities, irrespective of size or purpose. They have published a short survey about how the guidance is being used and would appreciate your feedback. The survey should only take 5-10 minutes to complete.

Source: Office for Civil Society – Locality Team West

Interest Free Loans For Enterprising Ideas the Improve Community Spaces (UK)

Community organisations that own or manage a building or outdoor space that’s used for a wide range of community activities can apply for interest free loans of up to £50,000 for up to 5 years to develop their trading activities and generate a more sustainable income.

The aim is to generate a regular income that allows community organisations to maintain and invest in community spaces. The funding is being made available through the Co-op Foundation. Organisations based in more deprived areas or who work mainly with more disadvantaged members of the community may also be eligible for grant funding alongside the loan.

Successful applicants do not make any repayments in the first year whilst there are developing their trading activities.

Applications can be submitted at any time via an Expression of Interest form.

Fire Station Fun Day to Launch 10th Annual Safer 6 Campaign

Sandwell’s autumn Safer 6 campaign launches next month (September) – promoting safety, crime prevention and healthy living across the six towns.

The Safer Sandwell Partnership campaign, now in its 10th year, will officially launch at a free fun day at Haden Cross Community Fire Station, Halesowen Road, Cradley Heath, on Saturday 7 September.
Come along from 11am to watch live rescue demonstrations, explore fire engines, enjoy food, music and entertainment.

There will be rides for young children and a bouncy castle. You can also find out about becoming a fire fighter.
A wide range of partner organisations, including local charities and community groups, will be promoting their services. Don’t miss out on all the free safety and crime prevention advice available too. The event runs until 4pm.
Each of Sandwell’s six towns will have a focus week with roadshows and activities during the six-week campaign, which runs from 7 September to 20 October.

Sandwell Council is leading this year’s campaign with support from Sandwell Police, West Midlands Fire Service and a wide range of partner organisations and community groups.
The key themes are:
• Tackling crime and anti-social behaviour
• Supporting young people
• Tackling environmental issues
• Supporting vulnerable people
• Working with partner organisations and local people

Events and activities across the six towns will be announced soon at www.sandwell.gov.uk/safer6
You can also follow the campaign on Twitter using the #Safer6 hashtag

National Parents and Carers Special Educational Needs Conference 2019

The first National Special Educational Needs and Mental Health Parents & Carers Conference will provide guests with the opportunity to attend truly world-class sessions at a fraction of the usual cost, all delivered by experts within their field.

Event Date: Saturday 5th October 2019 9:30am

Venue: ACC Convention Centre

Location: Kings Dock, Liverpool Waterfront, L3 4FP

Cost: £10.00

Witherslack Group and the ADHD Foundation are delighted to be working in partnership to deliver the first national conference solely dedicated to parents and carers focusing on Special Education Needs and Mental Health.

This unmissable conference will cover a broad range of SEN specific practical advice and expert opinion to support children and young people, including Autism, ADHD, Mental Health, Speech & Language, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Dyscalculia.

The presentations will be delivered by a field of expert speakers from across the world, including Dr Ned Hallowell, Dr Emma Derbyshire, Dr Tony Lloyd, Dr Lou Brown, a host of educational and clinical expert practitioners, plus many more.

To view more information about the event and to book a place, please click here

Pink Ribbon Foundation

The Pink Ribbon Foundation has announced that it is currently accepting applications to its grant making programme.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to UK charities:
• To relieve the needs of people who are suffering from, or have been affected by, breast cancer by providing, or assisting in the provision of, information, care or emotional, practical and financial support.
• To advance public education in the understanding of breast cancer, its early detection and treatment, in particular but not exclusively by commissioning, or conducting, research into the causes, detection and treatment of breast cancer and by disseminating the results of such research.

Higher grants may be awarded if the trustees feel there is a special reason to do so.
Any charity working in the field of breast cancer can apply for a grant.

Applications from general cancer charities must demonstrate that the grants requested will be applied to benefit those affected by breast cancer. Where applications relate to general services, details must be given of how many (and what proportion) of the total number benefiting from the charity’s work are affected by breast cancer.
The closing date for applications is the 29th May 2020.

More information at: http://www.pinkribbonfoundation.org.uk/who-we-help/#apply-for-a-grant

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