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Sandwell Adult Safeguarding Board Training Needs Survey

The Sandwell Safeguarding Adults Board are currently conducting their annual Training Needs Analysis survey.

They are looking for everyone’s views across the spectrum to see what safeguarding training different organisations require and in what format delegates prefer.

The Safeguarding Adults Board would like to to put together a safeguarding training offer for 2020/21 that reflects the needs and topics required by all organisations working to safeguard the residents of Sandwell. They also want to increase their eLearning packages in line with the outcome of the survey.

Current training is a mix of eLearning and face to face sessions and covers the following areas:
eLearning courses include Understanding Adult Safeguarding – introduction for all employees, Understanding Adult Safeguarding – introduction for employees who work in Adult Services and Understanding Adult Safeguarding – your responsibilities as an elected member.

Face to face sessions currently cover Raising Awareness in Safeguarding Adults, Safeguarding for Managers, Safeguarding for Practitioners and Mental Capacity Act 2005/Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards – Managing Authorities Practice Sessions.

Training offered at present is in line with previous surveys and as such has been offered historically with a mix of responses regarding attendance. Are there any area’s you would like included in current training or completely new topics perhaps? Let us know.

All current training is available via the following link:

The Sandwell Safeguarding Adults Board would like to extend the training offer to reflect new topics and training gaps that may have arisen so please let them know either via the training survey link below or email at safeguarding_SSAB@sandwell.gov.uk

Please complete their short training needs analysis survey?

The deadline is Friday 27th September 2019.

Do you have a fundraising in your team who has gone above and beyond this year?

Do you know a fundraiser who has had a significant positive impact on an event, campaign or the charity as a whole?

If so, you should nominate them for the Institute of Fundraising West Midlands Fundraiser of the Year Award 2019.
This annual award recognises fundraisers in the West Midlands who have made a difference in their organisation.
Whether the fundraiser is new to fundraising or has been in the sector for 20+years… we want you to nominate your stars.

The only criteria is that they must be a paid fundraiser.
Nominations can be made by completing this form and emailing to westmidlands@institute-of-fundraising.org.uk

The chosen winner be informed by 1st October 2019 and awarded with a free ticket to the Institute of Fundraising West Midlands Conference on Thursday 24th October 2019. On the day they will also be presented with a trophy.

Nominations are open until 23rd September 2019, 5pm so don’t delay.

Settling Well Community Navigators

Citizens Advice Sandwell is set to deliver a new project called “Settling Well” Our approach will be to deliver very practical advice and hands on support to migrants, such as helping their children register with a local school, helping them to access local dentists and doctors and finding groups for adults so they can meet new people and access learning opportunities. Finding access to all these services could prove extremely difficult for families and individuals in the initial period of moving to a new country.

The Settling Well Community Navigators

We are looking for creative, resourceful, enthusiastic and motivated individuals who have effective written and verbal communication skills are enthusiastic and willing to help others.

Candidates must have experience of living or working in a diverse community,
Experience of supporting families /neighbours and or friends and have had or still have Involvement in community groups and activities.

There will be a requirement for candidates to be able to work on their own and also as part of a team. Candidates may also be required to work flexibly to meet the needs of individuals and families they will be supporting
The role will work across Sandwell and will be delivered in partnership with Brushstrokes Community Project .

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

Salary: £16,835
Contract: Fixed Term 1 year
Closing date: 13th September 2019
Interview date: 25th and 26th September 2019

For an Application Pack or more information (CV’s not accepted)
please email:

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.

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