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NHS Question and Answer Session about new Shared Care Record – 25th January 2022

NHS Black Country & West Birmingham CCG will be holding a live question and answer session about the new NHS Share Care Record.

Patients and members of local communities are welcome to join the CCG on Tuesday 25 January 2022 from 10.30 am to 12 mid-day.

You will have the opportunity to ask questions to the doctors and the technicians working on ‘One Health and Care’, the new NHS shared care record for the Black Country and West Birmingham.

Book your place by clicking here


Headway Black Country: New Chief Officer

Headway Black Country was set up to promote understanding of all aspects of acquired brain injury and to provide information support and services for people with acquired brain injury, their families and carers.

The organisation is looking for a new Chief Officer to consolidate the learning made during the pandemic and to help us use this learning to grow the support offered to the community going forward.

To find out how to apply, click here.

Closing date for completed applications is 7th February 2022


Brushstrokes Smethwick: Asylum Guide Co-ordinator

Brushstrokes is looking to recruit an Asylum Guides Coordinator. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of the national asylum guides programme led by Refugee Action along with six other partners across England.

Salary: SCP 22 – £22,539.00 per annum, pro rata

Hours: 12 per week

Term:  Fixed to December 2004

The successful candidate will coordinate the project and a team of volunteer guides who will support individual asylum seekers to understand and be empowered to take action within the asylum decision making process.  For full details bout the role and to download a recruitment pack, please click here.

You may also contact Sue Smith (HR Support) to request an application form by email at or call 01675 434000, quoting P1516.

Applications need to be submitted by Wednesday, 9th February 2022. Interviews will be held on Thursday, 17th February 2022.

Rights and Equality Sandwell: Case Worker

Rights and Equality Sandwell (RES)is a third sector, voluntary and community organisation, currently going through an exciting  period of change, and now finds itself in a  position of being able to offer this thrilling part-time position of case worker to the right candidate.

Term: 12 month contract

Pay: 12 hours per week – £12 per hour

Educated to degree level, you will be empathetic and have excellent listening and communication skills, supporting clients who have experienced discriminatory practices in a variety of settings.  It will be your responsibility to gather and present the information to a variety of audiences, so excellent literacy, communication and written English skills will be needed. You will need to have a proven, genuine interest in equality, diversity and inclusion and casework experience of addressing discriminatory practices that have a negative impact on communities and peoples’ life and work.

As a caseworker you will identify and promote best practices towards different minority groups in a variety of settings.

Your excellent ICT skills will enable you to produce quarterly newsletters, update and inform social media, in addition to promoting and publicising RES at events.

Your excellent ICT skills will enable you to produce quarterly newsletters, update and inform social media, in addition to promoting and publicising RES at events.

Please send your CV and a covering statement clearly evidencing how your skills, knowledge, experience and abilities address the Job Description and Performance Criteria making you a suitable candidate for employment in this role to

Applications close on 22nd February 2022.  Interviews will begin the week commencing 7th March.

Job  Description

Person Specification


Grants to improve and develop allotments

pound-850369_1280Grants of between £250 and £2,000 are available to registered Allotment Associations and committees across the UK for the improvement and development of facilities on registered and permitted sites.

The funding is being made available by the National Allotment Gardens Trust which aims to advance and improve the Allotments/Gardens movement through education, training, workshops and support.

Non-statutory sites may also be granted funding if a long-term lease is in place. Applications will be assessed by the Board of Trustees on a quarterly basis.

The next deadline for applications is the 1st April 2022.

More information

Funding to improve online digital presence for small charities

UK charities can apply for funding of up to £2,500 to help them improve their online digital presence. The Fat Beehive Foundation awards small grants to charities with an average income of less than £1 million a year to support hard-to-fund digital expenditure that other funders will often not cover.

Funding will help organisations to build websites and apps, digitise services, and purchase digital products. Priority will be given to projects which focus on

  • Environmental protection or climate change mitigation,
  • Human rights,
  • International development,
  • Equality and diversity,
  • Social justice / refugees / housing,
  • Education,
  • Art and culture,
  • Health and wellbeing,
  • Prisoner rehabilitation.

Applications are considered on a rolling basis at quarterly trustee meetings which are normally held in April, July, October, and January.

Find out more.


Dorothy Parkes ‘Loss Matters Programme’ to help with grief, bereavement and loss

Grief and loss can turn your world upside down, isolation can make and it worse. The Dorothy Parkes Centre has received an SCVO Vision 2030 Community Mental Health grant, which will enable them to provide free support programmes through its Loss Matters initiative, for members of the local community who have had experience of grief, bereavement and loss.

The Centre will deliver eight-week support programmes.  Ten courses will be delivered, each course to accommodate up to eight people. The programmes will be delivered at various times throughout the week – mornings/afternoons/evenings – over a twelve-month period, with the first programme starting in the autumn.

To find out more and to register your interest in the Loss Matters programme, click here.

News from the National Churches Trust

Twenty Twenty One was a challenging year for churches, with many still struggling with the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, yet the dedication and commitment of those involved in looking after these buildings continued to shine through. 

Last year the National Churches Trust awarded or recommended 273 grants totalling £3.677 million to help keep churches open and in good repair. That includes £2 million from the Heritage Stimulus Fund, part of the Government’s Cultural Recovery Fund.

The National Churches Trust will be continuing their work in 2022.  To find out more about the Trust and to see what grants are available, please visit the  grant pages on their website.

Black Country Suicide Prevention Workshop – Thursday, 3 February

Every year, people in the Black Country die by suicide. Every person who lives here will be affected by suicide at some point in their life. Every effort we make to prevent suicide can make a difference; the difference, to someone, somewhere. Every life matters. 

Across the Black Country many of us are working hard to make a difference. There is positive work taking place, but while people in the Black Country still die by suicide, more needs to be done.

The Black Country is a diverse and proud community, living across four local authority boroughs. This can create complexity, but we know our efforts are much stronger when we work together.

On Thursday, 3 February, from 9.30 to 12 noon, Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust will be holding a suicide prevention workshop, which is open to organisations, people with lived experience, and advocates from across Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton. They want to bring together people who work in health, care, emergency services, local authorities, charities, schools, colleges, universities, sports clubs, businesses, community groups, voluntary organisations and more.  The impact of suicide is felt by all of us. The solution to stopping suicide lies with all of us.

The workshop will be held on MS Teams. Please register at

Following registration, you will sent a calendar invite.

If you have any questions about the event, please email


Vinci Funding Opens Up

Tools, equipment, furniture and even vehicles are on offer to eligible projects as the Vinci Foundation opens its latest round of funding opportunities. Applications are invited from eligible organisations who need ‘tangible goods’ to enhance their project delivery.

Broad criteria for funding are that projects should be aiming to improve

  • Access to employment
  • Access to housing
  • Inclusive mobility
  • Building of better communities

Full details are here

When you have read the full details and would like to apply, please contact or for an introduction to a Vinci sponsor.


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