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Regulator changing the data it collects on charities – have your say!

If you are  trustee or in charge of running a charity, especially if you perform a role like Treasurer, Secretary, or Finance Director, the Directory of Social Change is urging you to respond to the Charity Commission’s consultation on the next version of the Annual Return, which is open until 1 September.

Read the report by Jay Kennedy, Director of Policy and Research at DSC, and take part in the consultation here.


Local School Nature Grants

Schools in England, Scotland and Wales can apply for up to £500 worth of free outdoor equipment and up to half a day of professional outdoor training to deliver outdoor learning and play.

The funding is being made available through the charity Learning through Landscapes’ Local School Nature Grant Programme and is funded by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Funding will also be open to Early Year’s settings which have their own building and more than five staff.

There will be four funding rounds throughout the year which will support a total of 900 schools.

The next closing date for applications is the 2nd September 2022.

Further information

Brushstrokes, Smethwick: Office and Facilities Manager

Brushstrokes, an award-winning Community Project supporting refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in Sandwell and surrounding areas,is looking to appoint an Office and Facilities Manager.

  • Salary: SCP 25-28 (£24,697 – £27,186 per annum, pro rata)
  • Hours: 30 per week
  • Term: Permanent

The organisation is looking for an individual who will be committed to the project ethos of ‘welcoming the stranger’ along with adhering to its values.  You will have a strong track record of office management, staff supervision, finance and the skills to oversee Brushstrokes facilities.  For the full job description and to download a recruitment pack, see here.

You can also contact HR Support to request an application form by email to or call 01675 434000 quoting post reference, P1572

If you’d like more information on the post please contact or call 07464928690.

Applications need to be submitted by 21st July 2022.  Interview will be held on 3rd August 2022.

Brushstrokes reserve the right to close this advert early they receive sufficient suitable applications.

Camphill Village Trust Shared Lives: Area Coordinator

Due to expansion across the Black Country, the Camphill Village Trust Shared Lives Scheme are looking to recruit three  new Area Coordinators to assist in its development. Shared Lives is sometimes described as ‘foster care for adults’ but it’s so much more than that.  Specially trained carers enable the person to take control of their life, make informed decisions and become a part of the community in which they live.

Your role is to assess and supervise the carers, carefully match each arrangement, and ensure that regulatory standards are met.

If you are interested in finding out more, then please call 01384 441505 or visit the Camphill Village Trust website.  

Charity Banking Survey Results

The Directory of Social Change has reported on the outcome of a survey on charity banking, to which over 1200 voluntary organisations responded from March to May 2022. The results have produced a wealth of detailed information about the issues charities are facing.

Following the survey, a Briefing report has been prepared by NCVO, NAVCA, ACRE, WCVA and CFG.

Read the results of the Charity Bank survey and download the Briefing, here.

The Briefing is the first in a series that will cover the wide range of issues identified.


Mission Diverse: Diversity and Inclusion Training Assistant

Mission Diverse is a Birmingham based Community Interest Company working towards greater workplace diversity amongst people from underrepresented communities.

Mission Diverse have an opening for a Diversity and Inclusion Training Assistant.  The salary range is £19,000 to £21,000, depending on experience.

For a full description of the role and how to apply, please see here.

The closing date for applications is Friday, 8th July 2022 at 23.59 pm.

Call to artists: Open All Media Exhibition – Monday 4th to Saturday 30th July 2022

The Art Yard is now accepting submissions for the July Open Exhibition.  You can submit up to five pieces or work. There are no special requirements on the type of art or subject matter.  All work is very welcome.

Please ensure that:

  • Your work is ready to hang and has cord or fixing plates fitted to the rear of the work.
  • There are no protrusions, such as eyelets or fixings, from the back of the work.
  • There is a label is attached on the back of the work.
  • The submission form should be returned by Saturday, 2nd July 2022.

Visit the website to download the submission form and other documents.

Direct any questions to The Art Yard on 01384 910 968Email

If you have work in the June exhibition which has not been collected, please arrange to collect from the gallery before the Saturday deadline.  Contact the gallery should you wish to carry work over to the July exhibition.

The Art Yard look forward to seeing your work and supporting the development of artists and the arts in the community.


Grants for the planting and care of Trees, Hedges and Orchards

The Tree Council has announced that it will re-open its Branching Out Fund in July.

Through the Fund, schools, community groups, parish and town councils, and tree warden networks within the UK will be able to apply for grants of between £300 and £1,500 to get communities and young people up to the age of 21 involved in planting and caring for trees, hedges and orchards.

The funding will cover the cost of trees, hedges and fruit trees; reasonable costs of non-plastic protection and supports, as well as peat-free compost and/or soil improvers.

Further information


Funding to Support Youth Organisations

Not-for-profit youth organisations that support young people, aged 14 to 25, facing disadvantage can apply for grants of up to £150,000 spread over three years through the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Funding to Support Youth Organisations.

The Youth Fund supports organisations whose main purpose is about helping young people who face complex transitions to adulthood.

The Foundation is looking to support organisations to:

  • Sustain, grow or prepare to grow the organisation’s impact
  • Improve, consolidate and spread practices which empower young people to shape their lives and lead change (sometimes called asset-based approaches).
  • Support and champion people with lived experience in the leadership and operational delivery of this work, particularly people who are most affected by systemic oppression and or discrimination.

Further information

Applications can be submitted at any time.

Black Country Women’s Aid:  Three posts

Black Country Women’s Aid is an independent charity which has supported survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence in the West Midlands for 30 years.

The organisation wishes to recruit for the following:

Domestic Abuse Practitioner (Walsall).   £24,310.04 (unqualified) – £26.430.04 (qualified)

Independent Domestic Abuse Adviser (Dudley).  Salary: £24,310.04 (unqualified)/ £26,430.04 (qualified)

Domestic Abuse Advocate (Sandwell).  Salary: £20,167 – £22,320.42

If you are self-driven, conscientious, hardworking with lots of ambition BCWA would love to hear from you.  To read the full job descriptions, find out how to apply and the closing date for applications, please visit

Please note CVs will not be accepted.

All interviews will be held via Microsoft Teams.

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