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Sandwell Language Network

Sandwell Consortium are launching the Sandwell Language Network (SLN) programme, providing a unique opportunity to work closely with out voluntary and community sector partners to develop the offer of ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) provision in Sandwell.

How to get involved?
We want to promote the great work already happening so please get in touch to give us an overview of your current provision.

We have an exciting opportunity to provide training to your volunteers to enable them to assist in delivering ESOL programmes – in partnership with Sandwell College, volunteers can access a training programme that offers:
• City & Guilds Award in Education & Training
• a work placement to hone new skills
• mentoring support
• travel expenses

We are asking organisations with volunteers who would like to deliver more ESOL to express an interest by emailing english@sandwellconsortium.co.uk

Live Entertainment For Fireworks Events Announced

A great line-up of live entertainment has been announced for this year’s fireworks display and bonfire party at Dartmouth Park, West Bromwich, on Friday 1 November.

Tickets are now on sale for the event, which is themed around the 50th anniversary of two iconic moments from the 60s – the first Moon landings and the release of the album Abbey Road by The Beatles.

Live entertainment to reflect the theme of the event includes the Black Country Beatles, a popular local tribute band playing songs from Abbey Road and other albums.

Other entertainment:
• Fizzog’s Dancing Grannies
• James Wythes – Midlands Counties male singer of the year
• Holly Wright – Midland Counties female singer of the year
• Holly Aston – Joint winner of the Sandwell SHAPE talent show 2019
• Bhangra Smash Up – returning by popular demand
• Plus, a couple of young contestants from this year’s SHAPE festival.

There will be a fireworks display and a bonfire as well as junior fair, stilt walkers, food stalls, flow lights and licensed bar.

To avoid disappointment, people are being encouraged to buy early-bird tickets online at discounted rates.
Online prices are £5 for adults, £3 for children aged two to 17, and £12 for a family ticket for two adults and up to two children. Children under the age of two go free.

Gates open at 5pm, the bonfire will be lit at 6.30pm and the fireworks start at 7.45pm.
Limited tickets will available on the door at £6 for adults, £4 for children aged between two and 17, and £15 for a family ticket for two adults and up to two children (children under the age of two go free) but people are urged to buy in advance to avoid disappointment.

For more information and to book tickets go to www.sandwell.gov.uk/fireworks or call 0333 666 3366.

Cold Weather Funding 2019/20

This year as part of the cold weather fund MHCLG are providing up to £1million of the Cold Weather Fund to Homeless link to administer funding to charitable organisations that are not commissioned by local authorities. The project’s overall aim is to financially support local providers in helping people sleeping rough off the streets this winter.

Application for this fund are now open for registered charities and Charitable Incorporated Organisations can apply for a grants raging from £5k – £25k. To find out more please follow this LINK which will provide an overview of the criteria and application process.

The grant application window will open on Monday 14th October 2019 and close on Friday 6th December 2019.

Grant applications received by 31st October 2019 will be considered in an initial round.

Brexit Countdown: Preparing for the Unknown

Brexit is scheduled to happen in just a few weeks on 31 October, possibly with or without a withdrawal agreement (or ‘deal’) with the European Union. Even at this late stage, there are things people involved with charities can and should do to get ready. The Directory of Social Change have gathered together some free resources to help.

The Government has given mixed messages about whether it would follow this law or seek to get around it somehow in order to leave by 31 October regardless. Further wrangling with Parliament could result in the Brexit clock running out as the courts rule on the matter, or the government collapses – resulting in a no-deal by default or possibly even uncertainty about what exactly the status of the UK is come November. Much also depends on the EU’s position – not just whether they agree a deal but whether they agree to any extension. This is uncharted territory and it’s hard to predict anything.

To read more, please view – https://www.dsc.org.uk/content/brexit-countdown-preparing-for-the-unknown/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=policy&utm_campaign=141019&dm_i=6S7,6IWV3,1OKOY1,PX78W,1

Source: Directory of Social Change


ASDA Foundation Grants for Local Community Projects

Any charity or good cause operating around an Asda store with a significant project that needs funding can approach their local store or home office Community Champion to find out if they would be eligible for a grant.

Projects invited to apply could benefit from grants that have previously ranged from £2,600 – £32,000. Projects supported will tackle the underlying problems in the local area and make a real long-term difference by transforming the community and improving the lives of the people who live there. Any charity/good cause wishing to apply should first approach their local store or home office to see if their project is something that the Community Champion would be willing to support.

Applications can be submitted at any time. For further information please view – https://www.asdafoundation.org/what-we-fund/significant-local-community-projects

Community Shares Booster Programme

Funding is still available from the £3million Community Shares Booster programme which is being managed by Power to Change.

This is an independent charitable trust that supports and develops community businesses in England. The programme provides existing community businesses that are either planning to make or have recently launched community shares offers with match funding of up to £100,000 in equity investment made on equal terms with other community shareholders.

Development grants of up to £10,000 are also available to help societies get investment ready and meet standards of good practice.  Applications are particularly welcome from areas in greater need (in the top 30% of Index of Multiple Deprivation) and will be accepted until December 2020.

For further information – https://communitysharesbooster.org.uk/

Childs Charitable Trust

The Childs Charitable Trust is a grant-making trust, supporting Christian UK registered and excepted charities and organisations both in the UK and overseas. During 2017 the Trust awarded grants to 81 different organisations all based in the UK but operating in more than 100 different countries worldwide.

Projects will be considered that fall into the following categories:
• Youth – the trust looks to support projects working in schools and with vulnerable and disengaged young people in the UK. Supported activities may include RE Lessons; School Assemblies; Lunchtime/After school clubs; Evangelism; Personal Development Programmes; Homelessness Prevention.
• Outreach – the trust works to share the gospel of Christ by supporting all aspects of Christian outreach both in the UK and overseas and can fund, for example, Church Plants; Overseas Mission; Training in Evangelism; Chaplaincy.
• Society – the trust believes people of faith bring a valuable contribution to social action and justice and support initiatives that have a positive impact in their society. Grants could support, for example: Counselling; night shelters; alcohol/drug rehabilitation; homelessness; or prison/ex-offenders work.
• Education – the trust supports initiatives involved in all areas of Christian education including Bible Translation; Media Initiatives; Bible Colleges; Literature; Apologetics.

Applicants must be registered with the Charity Commission of England and Wales, the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator or the Charity Commission of Northern Ireland or be ‘excepted’ charities. Organisations with a turnover in excess of £5,000,000 should contact the office prior to submitting an application, to check eligibility.

No minimum or maximum funding amounts are specified, however in 2017, 16 grants of between £5,000 and £9,999, 18 grants of between £3,000 and £4,999 and 34 grants not exceeding £2,999 were made. Nine other grants ranging from £12,000 to £34,000 were also awarded.

The deadline for applications is the 30th November 2019.

Building Resilient Local Economies

The next deadline for applications to the Friends Provident Foundation – Building Resilient Economies programme is 12 noon on the 20th January 2020.

The programme aims to build a more resilient, fairer and sustainable economic system. Organisations working within the UK who want to help transform financial systems into ‘engines for social benefit’ can apply for grants through the Foundation. Grants in the past have been up to £200,000 to cover capital or revenue funding, core costs or project costs. Activities funded will fit closely with the aims of the Foundation and deliver one of two key outcomes.

These are:
“Systems Change”
“Local Economic Resilience”

Under ‘Systems Change’ the Foundation will be looking to support projects that develop and demonstrate methods that will effectively change policy and corporate behaviours in pursuit of wider social objectives.
Under ‘Local economic resilience’ the Foundation is looking to support projects that share learning about effective ways for communities to create more sustainable economic systems and retain more of the value generated. This might include creating community assets or new approaches to local finance.

For further information please view – http://www.friendsprovidentfoundation.org/programme-overview/

Grants to Support Children’s Health and Education

The next deadline to apply to the D M Thomas Foundation Central Grants Programme is the 5th February 2020. 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.

For further information please view – https://dmthomasfoundation.org/what-we-do/grants/dmtf-central-grants/

Sandwell and West Birmingham High Intensity User Service

You are invited to an event to learn more about the new High Intensity User (HIU) Service that will be starting in Sandwell & West Birmingham delivered by British Red Cross.

The service is part of a national programme, led by NHS RightCare, that offers a robust way of reducing frequent user activity, primarily A&E attendance and non-elective admissions, but also other avoidable unscheduled care contacts. The programme was first launched in Blackpool by Rhian Monteith, who will be leading the event and explaining the benefits of it.

The day will be an opportunity to bring the system together to learn about High Intensity Users and how we can best work together to make the service a success. The event will include:

• The national context for the High Intensity User Programme
• Hearing from British Red Cross (as providers of the new HIU service), commissioners, statutory partners and the wider group on the current challenges and opportunities.
• Drawing out insights from existing HIU services; sharing case studies, techniques, results and lessons learned.
• Setting the vision for the new model: including expectations, KPIs, perceived benefits and barriers.
• Uncovering and discussing culture in the area; agreeing how best to embed the new model.

The event will take place as follows:

Date: Monday 4th November 2019 Timings: 9.30am to 4pm
Venue: YMCA
38 Carters Green West Bromwich B70 9LG.

Lunch will be provided.

There is no desire to duplicate existing good practice, there is only a desire to best support some of our must vulnerable residents to access the right support at the right time, and to improve their health and wellbeing.

Your support and attendance would be greatly valued. If you can’t attend in person, please consider sending a colleague.

Spaces are limited. Please let me know if you are able to attend please book a place at the session by emailing hannahship@nhs.net or ramjeetmatharu@nhs.net.


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