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Children and Young People Winter Holiday Activities

Between the 19th and the 30th December Sandwell Council have activities happening in every town, from pantomimes and winter wonderlands, to sports, arts, cooking, and even the opportunity to be part of a rock-band!

See newsletters below which showcase some of the organisations and activities:

A new website has been launched where you can find out more and see the range of activities on offer

Check out social media, follow on Facebook and Twitter @SandwellHAF

To find out what happened over the summer and the difference the Holiday Activity Programme makes to families, please view this short video



Creative Black Country’s Cosy Communities Opportunities

Creative Black Country (CBC) is running two open calls as part of Cosy Communities to deliver creative activities in a warm and comfortable space for local communities in the Black Country.   They are looking for creative responses which will bring fun, joy, connection, and creativity to local people in the Black Country between now and 31st March 2023.

Creative Black Country will be hosting an artists and creatives session on 6th December at 1.30pm via Zoom. Please register here.  If you need access support to attend this online event, please email as soon as possible to with any requirements.

For more information and if you missed the communities commissions online session on 21st November please visit Cosy CommunitiesCreative Black Country


Funding of up to £5,000 available to tackle problems within families

Registered charities whose activities support and encourage the family to work as a cohesive unit in tackling problems that face one or more of its members can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 (but trustees will consider requests for higher amounts) through the Kelly Family Charitable Trust.

The Trust will consider both capital and revenue grants. The Trust is happy to support requests for core funding as well as project-based grants, and actively encourages applications from relatively new organisations to help them become established.

The three areas of activity that the charity wishes to support are:

  • Interventions that support families and help them in ways that prevent the fracture of the family unit, e.g. practical family support, relationship counselling, mediation.
  • Families where sexual abuse, physical abuse, domestic violence, alcohol abuse and drug abuse threaten the integrity of the family unit.
  • Prisoners and in particular their families, during and after the period of imprisonment.

The trust prefers to support charities whose income is below £500,000. However, larger charities with pioneering pilot projects will be considered.

Grants are awarded twice a year and the next closing date for applications is the 1st March 2023.

Further details

Twelve Days of Christmas Giving

Twelve Days of Giving is the last phase of the Benefact Group’s Movement for Good programme for 2022.

For 12 days in December, they will be drawing 10 charities per working day to receive £1,000. The first draw takes place on December 1st and the last on the 16th.

Click here to nominate your favourite charity today

Cyber Awareness (Protect) Webinar: Monday, 12th December 2022

There are on average 97 cyber crimes occurring per hour, with two internet users having their data leaked every second. The Cyber (Protect) webinar will explain some of these threats you may face whilst online.  The webinar will be from 1 pm to 1.45 pm on MS Teams.

The presenters will delve into some of the crimes that are on the rise, find out how to identify them and how to report them. They will also shine light on the effect of being the victim of such an attack and subsequently how to prevent this from happening.

The webinar will be hosted by the Black Country Staff Mental Health & Wellbeing Hub who will be joined by Saxon Partridge-Smith, Cyber Protect Officer from the West Midlands Police Cyber Crime Unit who will be delivering the session.

To register to attend, please book on through the Eventbrite link.

Any queries regarding the webinar, please contact

Do you have room to care?

Sometimes described as a bit like foster care for adults, Shared Lives Carers offer true personalised support to adults with additional needs within their own home – on either a long-term, overnight respite or day session basis.

Carers support the person to make their own choices in life, maximise independence and achieve the outcomes that are important to them. If you have a spare room at home, you can be paid from £370 – £570+ per week, depending on the level of support you provide to the person who comes to stay with you.

Shared Lives offers an alternative to residential care for people with a learning disability, autism, mental ill health, through to older people and hospital discharges.

Shared Lives Carers are carefully matched to support the person who comes to stay, encouraging them to develop practical skills, build self-esteem and establish new friendships and social networks in the neighbourhood, which creates a sense of belonging and community.

To find out more email or visit


Grant programme for Heritage and Conservation and Social and Criminal Justice

The Charles Hayward Foundation is inviting applications from UK registered charities operating within the fields of Heritage and Conservation, Social and Criminal Justice, and Overseas for projects that address complex problems in an innovative way and may lead to replication if proven effective.

Through the main grants programme, charities with an annual income of more than £350,000 may apply for grants of up to £25,000 for projects over one to three years.

The next deadline for applications is the 3rd  February 2023.

A Small Grants Programme, which focuses on Social & Criminal Justice and Older People, will award grants of up to £7,000 to charities with an annual income of less than £350,000.

Applications can be made at any time and will be considered on a quarterly basis.

More information


No support for charities – Sector leaders respond to autumn statement

Neil Heslop, chief executive of the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), said “Charities are at the frontline of the cost-of-living crisis helping those most in need – providing warm places, food packages, mental health services, and support for the homeless. So it’s disappointing that the chancellor did not mention any support for charities.

Organisations are under severe financial strain, facing soaring energy bills, declining income as people cut back, but significantly rising demand for their services. Charities must be at the centre of any continued energy support from April and need to know where they stand.”

Read the full report in Civil Society

Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Grant Programme 2023 open

The Department for Education have awarded grant funding to local authorities to provide Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) to cover the Easter, summer, and Christmas holiday period for 2023.

The programme supports school aged children and young people (reception to year 11) including those with SEND, who are eligible for benefit-related free school meals to access healthy food and enriching activities free of charge.

This grant is open to the voluntary and community sector, not for profit organisations, schools and other educational settings, private sector organisations and clubs.

The closing date for applications is 4 pm on Friday, 20th January 2023.

Applications received after this deadline will not be processed.

See here for the application form and guidance notes.

B & Q Community Reuse Scheme

B&Q Stores have donated unsellable materials and products to local community groups for many years.  This helps to reduce waste whilst helping the community.  The type of materials include:

  • Wood, including off cuts and single use pallets
  • Plastic plant pots and trays
  • Damaged or part filled cans of paint
  • Broken tiles and slabs
  • Ends of wallpaper rolls
  • Plants that are not in peak condition and other compostable materials
  • Old products that have been written off.

See here for more information.

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