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Events Calendar

Did you know that SCVO has an Events calendar where we share information on SCVO training opportunities, SCVO events, awareness campaigns and local one-off activities?

The events page can be found under the resource tab on our website at or click here to view.

Would you like to put an upcoming event or one-off activity in the calendar? Then please contact Support by email with details about the event, dates, time, location, any links to additional information and with an image.

Competition Time! You Could Win A £500 Donation from easyfundraising

This month, your organisation could win a £500 donation from easyfundraising.

All you have to do to enter this free prize draw is visit the Father’s Day competition page on the easyfundraising website and click any of the listed retailers.

If your organisation isn’t registered with easyfundraising yet, just create your free account here first so you can enter:

SDCA is Here For the Kids

Know any young people with hearing loss, or who are the children of Deaf parents? Sandwell Deaf Community Association (SDCA) runs a Youth Service offering loads of fun activities, holiday clubs, educational events and guidance sessions.

Activities are for children and young people aged between 6-18 years old, and up to 25 years old with additional needs, with any variety of hearing loss such as Deaf, Hard of Hearing or Cochlear Implants. The service is also offered to children of Deaf adults.

SDCA is based at the New Deaf Centre, Summer Street, West Bromwich. For more information contact Ruth Allden, Youth Service Development, email Mobile (text/FaceTime) 07903 337 741

Caldonia Dances presents ‘Weight/Wait’ Project

Caldonia Dances are offering digital and/or in-person workshop packages to Secondary Schools, Colleges, Universities and Youth Groups for young people 14+ in the West Midlands from September 2021 on a first come first served basis.

The offer(s) include:

  • A 25-minute dance theatre film ‘Weight/Wait’ which explores the mental and physical ‘weight’ of our thoughts and inner voice. It is an interactive, intimate work that tackles the stark rise in mental health issues in young people, offering solution and direction in a relatable and accessible way.
  • A Worksheet and Learning Plan for teachers and young people that can be completed during and after the film, creating a dialogue around mental health.
  •  Support sheets with relevant charities and organisation information for extra support
  •  An 1 hour session between the teacher and Artistic Director Caldonia Walton for questions/planning/delivery support.
  • A Half or Full Day in-person Workshop

You will need to book your place using the Booking Form:

For more information on Caldonia & Katharine – Weight_Wait – Education Offer 2021.

New Outline Draft of the Charities Bill Released

The draft Charities Bill covers the meaning of charity and charitable purposes (Part 1), funding (Part 3), and the regulation of charities, including the Charity Commission, the Charity Appeal Tribunal, registration of charities, the application of property cy-preás, assistance and supervision of charities by court and commission, audit of accounts, charitable organisations, powers to spend capital and mergers (Part 2).

To read the Charities Bill in full click here. Alternatively, you can read the Charity Commissions five key changes summary by clicking here and what they would mean practically for charity trustees, and why the Charity Commission support them.

GOV.UK – Enabling Safe and Effective Volunteering During Coronavirus

GOV.UK  have created a guide that aims to help organisations and groups understand how to safely and effectively involve volunteers during the pandemic. 


The guide contains information on:

  • Who can volunteer
  • Business and venue closures
  • Volunteering in groups and around others
  • Travelling to volunteer or while volunteering
  • Face coverings
  • Volunteers eligible for vaccines
  • Coronavirus testing for volunteers
  • Ensuring volunteers and their workplaces are safe
  • Safeguarding volunteers
  • Insurance and volunteers
  • Volunteers who claim benefits or who are ‘furloughed’
  • Involving volunteers in mutual aid groups and community support groups
  • Local information and resources

To view and read the guide click here.

National Lottery Community Fund – Emergency Grants

The National Lottery Community Fund is distributing emergency grants of up to £10,000 to support organisations in England to continue to deliver services to communities affected by Covid-19.

Funding can also be used to help organisations overcome any acute financial difficulties they face as a result of the pandemic. Applications are invited from voluntary or community organisations; registered charities; constituted groups or clubs and not-for-profit or Community Interest Companies.

Applications are ongoing; however, eligibility will change after Tuesday 17 August 2021.

For more information on eligibility and to apply, visit their website by clicking here.

Happy Volunteers’ Week!

This week (June 1-7) we officially say a heartfelt thanks to Sandwell’s huge ‘army’ of helpers, giving their time freely for the benefit of the community.

We will be sharing ‘Happy to Help’ stories all week on our social media. Join us by sharing yours, and link us in with @LetsGoSandwell #LetsGoSandwell #VolunteersWeek

Of course we show our gratitude to volunteers all year round, whether they’re our friends and neighbours doing a bit of shopping for us when we can’t, or the chairman of the charity sharing their expertise to provide a valuable service to hundreds. But this week, National Volunteers’ Week, we really put them in the spotlight with a proper show of support.

This week also sees the launch of the appeal for more than 13,000 volunteers to support Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022. Follow the link – and find dozens more opportunities to get involved – at

Our latest report Reset ’21:Sandwell Volunteering is available here Report (

Creative Corner Forum

SCVO are keen to establish an arts, creativity and community forum that explores ‘How creatives and communities can work together in Sandwell?’

We are looking to hold our first Creative Corner Forum on Friday 2nd July 2021, 10.30am via an online platform (Zoom or Microsoft Teams).

The forum is open to anyone interested in the arts and creativity including individuals, community organisations, arts practitioner’s charities, community interest companies and businesses, who want to share information, make new connections and develop creative projects within Sandwell.

We’ll be encouraging:

  • both community and creative organisations to share their experiences and / or examples of successful arts projects in the community,
  • information sharing on potential funding opportunities available for creative projects,
  • participants to network with other like-minded attendees and
  • opportunities to collaborate on new projects.

Anyone wishing to attend will need to reserve their FREE place via Eventbrite by clicking here. Once registered SCVO will email the joining instructions nearer the time. So be sure to pencil the date into your diary.

Community Organisations Using easyfundraising To Raise Money Are Receiving Their Latest Donations

Community organisations using easyfundraising to raise money are receiving their latest donations this month, totalling over £900k!

If your organisation is one of them, well done! Look out for an email telling you how much you’ve raised.

If you haven’t registered with easyfundraising yet, give it a try. Your organisation will receive free donations when your supporters shop online with leading online retailers like Amazon, John Lewis, Just Eat, Argos and over 5000 more. Its free to register and use and it’s an effective way to keep funds coming in as people shop online more and more.

For more information or to register click here.


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