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Funding for New Solutions to Youth Unemployment

Voluntary or community-sector organisations working with unemployed young people can apply for funding to help them overcome barriers to finding meaningful work.

The funding which is being made available through the Youth Futures Foundation is looking to new solution to youth unemployment that can be tested, evaluated and, where proven to be effective, expanded to reach more young people.

Two types of grants are available:

• Development Grants of between £30,000 and £150,000 per year for the delivery and development of new approaches over a 1-2-year period.

• Impact Grants of between £100,000 and £1.2million per year for the delivery of new innovative projects over a 1-5-year period.

Statutory organisations applying individually or as a lead organisation on behalf of a partnership or consortia can also apply.

Applications can be made at any time.

Further information

 


Nature Grants for Schools

Infant, primary and secondary schools in England, Scotland and Wales are being invited to apply for up to £500 worth of free outdoor equipment and two hours of professional outdoor training. This year, the scheme is also open to non-mainstream schools, including pupil referral units.

Schools can choose from over 100 different products to deliver outdoor learning and play. These include:
Den Building Kits
Small Spaces Planters
Study Centres
Litter Picking Kits
Investigating Weather Kits

The funding is being made available through the charity Learning through Landscapes Local School Nature Grant scheme. The charity has been helping schools across Great Britain since 2017. Funded by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, the grants have so far provided £900,000 worth of equipment to 800 schools.

The programme is only open to schools. Nurseries, pre-schools and gardening groups are not eligible. Reception settings attached to a school (i.e. on the same physical site) are eligible to apply in partnership with a school, but the school must lead the application.

The closing date for applications is the 13th November 2020.

For further information see here.

Interested schools can also email LSNG@ltl.org.uk for further information.

 


Black History Month 2020

Black History Month 2020 recognises the achievements of black people in the city of Birmingham and the wider West Midlands area, from the eighteenth century to date.

One such person is the Revd. George Cosens, noted for being the first black African Caribbean minister in the Black Country in 1837.   George Cosens died in 1881 and was buried in the cemetery of Brierley Hill Baptist Church, where he was the minister.

To find about the contribution of other black people in the area, click here.


Experts by Experience

National charity, Diabetes UK, are looking for local people to spare a little time sharing their experience to help others. Diabetes UK recognises that people with diabetes are the experts on their own lives and condition, and the best people to help them develop support, services and information for others.

Diabetes UK need help with the new ‘Live Well, Move More’ programme. The initiative targets people living with diabetes in England who do less than 30 minutes of activity per week. They particularly need input from people who are:

• living with type 1 diabetes
• living with diabetes who are of South Asian heritage
• newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

Other requirements are participants must be available for a monthly online meeting, and feel comfortable sharing their experience and understanding of Diabetes. As advisers, their contribution will help create resources for other people living with the condition.

To find out more about how contributing your experience could really make a difference, contact Sally.Smith@diabetes.org.uk.

 

 


Young people sought for Hands, Face and Space Focus Group

Are you between 16 – 25 years old?  Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG would like to hear from you. The Clinical Commissioning Group would like to invite you to participate in an informal group chat, which will last for about an hour and a half. They would love to hear your thoughts on:

• The various national campaigns about Coronavirus. For example, the most recent one on hands, face and space
• Hand sanitising/washing hands
• Face coverings/masks
• Social distancing
• Government Guidelines.

The information and insight gathered from talking to the Focus Group will help the CCG frame messages aimed at young people in the future.

You will have the opportunity for:
• A one to one talk with a team member virtually
• A group chat with a member and other young people virtually
• A group chat with a team member and your friends virtually.

To book a place
If you would like to take part, please email bcwb.engagement@nhs.net or telephone 0121 612 1447, so that you can be sent the joining details.

If you live, work or study in Sandwell, please book onto Monday 12th October 2020: 2 pm – 3.30 pm.

If you live, work or study in West Birmingham, please book onto Monday 12th October 2020: 10 am – 11.30 am.

The CCG need your help to get the message through to other young people about this virus and see how we can work together to beat it.


Looking to get rid of surplus office furniture?

This is a callout to any organisation which has office furniture that is surplus to need and would like to donate these items to another group.

West Smethwick Enterprise Family Centre is would like to acquire desks, tables, chairs, cupboards and filing cabinets.

If you are able to help, Aman Dhanda, Family Support and Quality Practice Manager, would like to hear from you. Email a.dhanda@wsenterprise.co.uk or call 0121 558 6796.


Free trees, planting workshop and curriculum resources for three Sandwell schools

Whether they’re absorbing pollution, producing oxygen, sucking up excess rainwater, providing homes for wildlife or so much more, Trees work hard.

Trees for Cities have been successful in securing funding to work with three Sandwell Primary schools who meet the following criteria:

• Can evidence high need through pupil premium, EAL and SEND
• Have a large area for planting trees with land that is soft enough to dig and plant trees
• Can support a simple evaluation, including anecdotes from the staff, children and photographs from the day.

Want to get involved in this exciting opportunity? Then please contact Contact Helen Marriott at helen@treesforcities.org or call 07591 387266.


Macmillan Coffee Morning Online!

Great news, you’re invited to Macmillan’s Coffee Morning Online! They would love for you to join them via Zoom on 25th September between 11 am and 3 pm. If you feel comfortable doing so, you can go to the hub and take-away a slice of cake or two, too!

The coffee morning will be at Utilita Energy Hub, 3D Astle Park, West Bromwich B70 8NS: (located on West Bromwich High Street, next door to the German Donner Kebab Shop)

Log on and join in for a brew, a slice of cake and a lovely chat to all participants – all for a fantastic cause.

See joining details below.

Topic: MacMillan Coffee Morning
Time: Sep 25, 2020 11:00 AM London

Link to Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/91036975849?pwd=bEU2V0t5T0psTXJNVG95aElBUG9TQT09

Meeting ID: 910 3697 5849
Passcode: 3WzTyt

If you cannot attend, but still wish to make a donation, see here.

For those who wish to attend, please get back to Jack Badger at jackbadger@utilita.co.uk to accept the invite.

Macmillan look forward to seeing you!


Reducing Parental Conflict Training

After the success of the Reducing Parental Conflict training arranged by  Sandwell Council pre-Pandemic, the Council have organised two more courses that will take place virtually over two three-hour sessions. The courses will be very interactive to aid learning.

Previous participants’ comments:

“This training would benefit all professionals working with parents and families.”

“The course content is very relevant and explained in a brilliant manner.”

Course 1: 25th September 9.30 am – 1.00 pm and 28th September 9.30 am – 1.00 pm

Course 2: 25th September 1.30 pm – 5.00 pm and 28th September 1.30 pm – 5.00 pm

To secure a place or for further details, please email peter_forth@sandwell.gov.uk.


Tesco Bags of Help Children and Young Person Fund

The Tesco COVID emergency fund has now closed after awarding £500 grants to groups across the country since 1st April. In the West Midlands alone almost 750 groups have received funding, nationwide over 8,000 groups!

In its place is a children/youth based fund giving grants of £1000, which is now open. There is no current deadline but it will close to various regions once capacity is reached for our shortlisting panels (estimated close end of October/start November).

Visit the website


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