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Additional Funding Through the Cost Of Living Crisis

Fundraising website easyfundraising turns the online shopping of your supporters into unrestricted funding for your organisation. They partner with leading online retailers including Amazon, Sainsbury’s, eBay, Tesco, M&S, Asda, Argos, Just Eat, Morrisons, Trainline, and 7,000 others – and whenever someone shops online with them, the retailer donates a percentage of what the shopper spent to your organisation – for free.

24% of people shop online twice a week now so this is a simple way for your community of supporters to continue to raise money for your organisation during the cost of living crisis without it costing them.

Find out more by clicking here.

Together Fund Grants Up to £10,000

Thanks to National Lottery funding and Sport England you can apply for a grant of up to £10,000 from the Together Fund to make your ideas on how to tackle inequalities in activity levels come to life!

Health Exchange is working with partners across Birmingham and the West Midlands area* to reach those most in need by supporting both existing activities and new initiatives that can help our priority communities:

  • People with long term health conditions
  • Lower socio-economic groups
  • People with a disability
  • Culturally diverse communities to make better choices about nutrition, diet and exercise to improve their long-term sustainable health and wellbeing.

For more information, eligibility, and to make an application click here. 

Project activities need to be completed by 30 June 2023.

Applications will close once all funding has been allocated.

To discuss your idea before applying, or for help in making an application, please contact the Together Fund Coordinator & Community Engagement Officer at: or 0800 158 3535

Weigh2GO is a FREE lifestyle App

Weigh2GO is a FREE lifestyle App that helps you monitor your weight by weighing yourself at a time that is convenient for you.

You can set personal targets  that monitor your physical activity levels, weight, health information and a food diary that will give you lots of nutritional guidance.

You can track all your results and access a range of online support and resources to help you make a healthy  lifestyle change. Perfect for keeping you updated by qualified nutritionists and Personal Trainers.

Website information is –

What is ESCAPE-Pain?

ESCAPE-Pain is a programme for people with chronic joint pain of the knees and/or hips, that integrates educational self-management and coping strategies with an exercise regimen individualised for each participant.

It helps people understand their condition, teaches them simple things they can help themselves with, and takes them through a progressive exercise programme so they learn how to cope with pain better.

The programme will help you:

  • Be in less pain.
  • Improves physical function, allowing you to live better and do more.
  • Manage your symptoms.
  • Be more active.
  • Improve your mental well-being, self-confidence and self-esteem.
  • Delivered in partnership with Health Sandwell.

Find out more or to book your place at

Together We Speak Out Together – Support Group

Together We Speak Out Together is a peer support group for individuals who have been affected by domestic and narcissistic abuse. They provide a safe space for those who have experienced or are currently experiencing abuse, to share their stories with other like-minded people with similar experiences.

Meetings take place on Wednesday’s at either Brook Street Community Centre and Wednesbury Town Hall. For more information about the group and times email or call 07716 405779.

Services they offer:

  • 1-2-1 and group peer support,
  • Private online support group,
  • support via call, text, WhatsApp or email and
  • Creative expressive sessions.


What’s On in Sandwell Libraries in February

There’s always something going on at the library – from regular events like Rhymetime and Knit and Natter to Holiday activities, Author talks, Live Music, courses, and workshops.

Did you know that all of Sandwell’s libraries are Warm Spaces during their normal opening hours. There’s no need to book or call ahead, just turn up. For more Sandwell warm space locations click here.

To find out what’s on in Sandwell Libraries click here.

Building Fundraising Capacity in the Black Country CBC’s new Fundraising Fellowship Scheme

Creative Black Country has developed a new scheme to support communities involved in arts and culture activities to build fundraising capacity.

The Fundraising Fellowship Scheme will offer opportunities to learn, share and practice fundraising skills to support creative ideas.

There are two ways to be involved:
Fellow Are you looking to develop your fundraising skills?
Host Are you looking for someone to help with your fundraising?

What does this mean?
Fellow – you can receive mentor support, training sessions and real-life fundraising experience.
Host – you can host a ‘Fellow’ to support fundraising plans and applications for a project idea.

OR Combination – Fellow and Host can be from the same group or organisation

Who is the scheme for?
Fellow – any person who would like to develop creative fundraising skills who is based, or working, in the Black Country (Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall or Wolverhampton)
Host – any community group, small CIC, charity, festival/event or creative organisation who wants to develop creative or cultural ideas/projects in the Black Country

Sounds like you, or your group and like to find out more?
Information Session – we will be holding an online session on Thursday 2nd February at 10.30am on Zoom where you can find out more and ask questions. Please email to book a place.

Why is this scheme important?
1. supporting emerging fundraisers or those whose role may need these skills e.g. community group lead, coordinator or project lead
2. supporting the community groups, organisations, festivals who may only need someone for a few days, or on a project basis, who can’t afford to pay a fundraiser.
3. creating a fundraising resource that could be shared across the region
4. raising the profile of fundraising as a career choice (a role always in demand!!)

There is limited availability so please register interest by 5pm on 10th February 2023
Outcome – successful or not will be notified by Scheme to begin in March for approximately 6 months
We imagine up to 6 mentor sessions (e.g. monthly) plus 2-3 training sessions and meet-ups with whole group to share experiences. These could be in person or online.

To register interest as a Fellow or Host and for more information please click here

Any queries please email

The Alternative to AmazonSmile

With the news that AmazonSmile is closing soon, we want to remind you that easyfundraising is a very good alternative. With easyfundraising, your organisation receives free donations from more than 7,000 online retailers instead, including eBay, Tesco, Argos, Sainsbury’s, John Lewis, M&S and Trainline. 

It’s free to set up and use and is already trusted by lots of organisations around the UK. Find out more by clicking here.

One Simple Way to Boost Your Funds in 2023

What are your fundraising goals this year? A new project? Improved facilities? Core costs? Volunteer training? Whatever you need funding for, make sure fundraising platform easyfundraising is a part of your strategy. easyfundraising enables voluntary and third sector organisations to benefit from cashback donations when their supporters shop online.

easyfundraising has been helping good causes benefit from free funding from online shopping since 2007. Over £43m has been raised for good causes and charities across the UK, and your organisation can be a part of it too.

easyfundraising partners with 7,300 online retailers that will donate a percentage of what a shopper spends with them back to your organisation at no extra cost to anyone. Retailers include everyday favourites like Amazon, eBay, Boots, and Argos, department stores like John Lewis, M&S, Debenhams, and House of Fraser, supermarkets including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda and Morrisons, home improvement retailers such as B&Q, Dunelm, Wickes and Homebase, fashion brands like ASOS, Very, H&M, Boden and Clarks – and many more.

Space Youth Services have raised over £650 so far and say easyfundraising is the helping hand that allows them to fundraise easily for their essential needs: “It’s useful to be able to raise unrestricted donations. We would definitely recommend it to other charities as a simple, straightforward way of raising additional funds that requires little in the way of input and maintenance.”

Free to register and use, signing up to easyfundraising is a great way to create a continuous stream of income, which complements your existing activities to make 2023 your best fundraising year yet.

Click here to sign up.

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

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