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Sandwell and Birmingham Mela 2020

The Sandwell and Birmingham Mela 2020 will take place over the weekend of  Saturday and Sunday, 18th & 19th July, at Victoria Park, Smethwick. This year is the 10th birthday of the UK’s biggest South Asian music festival.

The festival will feature local and international musicians, dance, funfair, cultural arts and traditional food.

Do not miss this annual spectacular event which runs from 12 noon to 7 pm both days!

Tickets, from £2.00 per person, per day, are available to buy online or at the gate.

For more information and to book visit

See the Facebook page.

Sport 4 Life seeks Employability Mentor

Sport for Life seeks to appoint an Employability Mentor. The brief is to deliver the Sport 4 Life mentoring service for young people aged 11-29 years, across a variety of community and school settings.

Salary: £23,500 pro rata
Hours: 18 to 25 per week
Term: Fixed for five months (extension subject to pending funding)
Location: Sandwell/ Birmingham (with potential to be West Midlands wide).

Main duties include:

• To provide structured employment and personal development themed mentoring to young people to achieve both outcome and non-outcome progressions
• To deliver an intensive outcome-focused offer, addressing barriers to work and supporting them into sustainable employment, education or training
• To establish and maintain positive and supportive relationships with young people, whilst ensuring caseload capacity targets are achieved
• To contact, communicate and support young people based on S4L mentoring procedures and processes
• To manage your individual delivery budget and ensure budget lines are monitored and adhered to.

Click here for full job description and person specification.

The closing date for applications is 9th February.  Interviews will be on 14th February.

To apply, applicants should send a covering letter and CV to

Announcing a new Aviva Community Fund

As from 21 January, eligible causes will be able to submit their projects to the Aviva Community Fund through Crowdfunder. Funding applications are open to projects looking to secure up to £50,000.

Aviva have streamlined the process so that, unlike earlier years, there are no activity categories or funding levels you need to select. If you need any help, they guide you through the process with free toolkits and resources.

Aviva are looking for charities to submit forward-thinking projects. Aviva always supported people through life’s challenges and opportunities, and now they want to give charities the wiggle room to embrace new ways of doing things. Because social progress happens when people are free to test new ideas.

All applications will need to be submitted by 23:59 on 11 February. The Crowdfunder page for each project goes live on 4 March so everyone gets an equal opportunity to attract donations.

More information

Funding Available to Tackle Problems within Families

Registered charities that work to tackle family problems, or problems facing one or more of its members, can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £5,000.

Funding is available for both capital and revenue grants as well as grants for core funding and projects-based grants. The funding is being made available through the Kelly Family Charitable Trust which actively encourages applications from relatively new organisations to help them become established.

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

The next closing date for applications is the 1st March 2020.

More information

Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG Primary Care Networks Showcase Event

Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is holding a Primary Care Networks (PCNs) showcase event. Providers, the voluntary sector and patient representatives will have the opportunity to meet Clinical Directors and their colleagues from the 15 PCNs within Sandwell and West Birmingham (Ladywood and Perry Barr).

The event will give a general introduction to PCNs and their role within the local health and care system. This will be followed by presentations from each of Clinical Directors of the 15 PCNs outlining the areas they cover, the challenges and opportunities they face and their vision and values for the future.

Attendees will have the opportunity to network and to talk to the PCN representatives directly. This is an ideal opportunity for you to see how your organisation aligns to the PCNs.

Date and Time: Thursday 19th March 2020, 9.30 am – 12.30 pm

Venue: Mercure Birmingham West Hotel, Birmingham Road, West Bromwich B70 6TU

To book a place on this event, please click here.

If you would like to speak to someone about this event, please contact the SWB CCG Engagement Team by email at or telephone 0121 612 1447.

Change at Ideal for All

Ideal for All’s Direct Payment team no longer operate from Hawthorns House. The team have moved to Dudley Biz Hub, Castle Mill, Burnt Tree, Dudley DY4 7UF.

Ideal for All’s other services/premises are not affected by this move.

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Princes Trust Team Programme Smethwick

The Princes Trust Smethwick are now recruiting for their next team Programme, due to start on the 17th February. The 12 week course is for 16 – 25 year old and is aimed at increasing confidence, communication, leadership and employability skills, alongside gaining nationally recognised qualifications.

Learners gain a first aid and food safety certificate, a new CV, two weeks work placement and much more. Learners are also provided with a bus pass. The course will not affect benefits.

To refer a young person, please email or text Jack Dytor, Prince’s Trust Team Leader, with details. Jack will contact the individual to arrange a meeting.

If you would like further information or would like Jack to come and speak to your staff or a group of young people, it can be arranged.  The Prince’s Trust is also available to attend any events.

Email Jack at or call 07787 245 832.

Creative Black Country requires Storage Space

Creative Black Country (based within SCVO in West Bromwich) are looking for storage space to keep project items for when not in use.

The storage space would need to be at least 2.3m wide x 3.5m long, lockable and accessible 24/7.

If you have a storage space which meets Creative Black Country’s requirements and you are happy for the team to use it for free, please get in touch with Rosalind Argo at or 0121 525 1127 for further discussion.

Funding Officer wanted at One Walsall

One Walsall provides infrastructure and support for the borough’s voluntary and community sector organisations in Walsall. The Charity would like to recruit a Funding Officer to join the small energetic team.

Hours: 37 per week
Salary: £26,000 per annum
Term:  12 months fixed with potential to extend based on performance and funding.

The Funding Officer would be responsible for supporting voluntary sector organisations in Walsall to develop project ideas from initial thoughts into submission of high-quality bids. The post holder will work closely with One Walsall’s Development Officers who support organisations around their structural governance and capacity.

The successful candidate will be required to maintain a strategic overview of current and future funding opportunities for both internal and external use, from which a funding digest can be created.

Please click here for further information, job description, person specification and detail on how to apply.

The closing date for applications is 4 pm on Friday, 7th February 2020.

Black Country community groups receive funding from European Social Fund Community Grants Programme

The European Social Fund Community Grants Programme is open until July 2021 and is currently accepting new applications. The next round deadline is 2nd March 2020. Third sector and not for profit groups that help improve the skills and job prospects of local residents are welcome to apply.

Small Black Country third sector organisations have successfully applied for funding from the Community Grant Programme. The programme- worth £990,000 – is jointly funded by the ESFA and ESF and offers grants of up to £20,000 for each organisation. The current Community Grants has been open since June 2019 and has funded 21 projects across the Black Country area with more in the pipeline. Funded projects run six month programmes that focus on helping local people progress towards and enter the jobs market.

Sandwell Community Hubs have successful applied for and secured £20,000 to deliver the Rowley and Bristnall Employment Hub Project. Over the past six months, the project has been supporting a cohort of local people who would like to re-enter the job market. The project provides one to one and group support, covering CV writing and tips on completing application forms. Practical support such as mock interviews and presentation skills have contributed to building the confidence of participants. The project also offers a variety of workshops and non-accredited courses to improve the chance of gaining employment or going onto further training.

To be eligible organisations need to have an annual income below £300,000 and demonstrate an innovative approach to helping people who are out of work or disadvantaged learn new skills and move closer to the workforce.

Applications can be made to Walsall Council who successfully tendered to act as the local Grant Co-ordinating Body on behalf of the ESFA for the second time running. Application materials, eligibility criteria and guidance are available by contacting Walsall Council External Funding Team at

The Community Grants team are available to offer support to organisations interested in making an application. If you would like to discuss a project in more detail please contact Community Grant Manager Ruth Burgess at Successful applicants will also be able to access bespoke training and capacity building support to enable them to deliver the part EU funded project.

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