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SCVO would like to thank you, if you have been involved in any way in promoting and responding to the Victim of Crimes Survey. It has now closed.

If you have any completed surveys still to send in to SCVO, please contact Barbara on or telephone 0121 525 1127, so we can make sure they are included.

The data will all be collated and a report produced of the findings. Watch this space, later in the Spring, to find out what the survey revealed for Sandwell.

Charitable company conversion to charitable incorporated organisation (CIO)

Five years after the new charitable incorporated organisation (CIO) structure became available for unincorporated charities in England and Wales, it is finally!!! also available for charitable companies.

CIOs have all the advantages of incorporation, in particular protection from personal liability, in most situations, for trustees and members. But unlike charitable companies, which have to register with both Companies House and the Charity Commission, CIOs are registered only with the Charity Commission.

The conversion process
Charitable companies and CIOs are both incorporated, so the process of changing from one to the other is relatively straightforward, involving passing the relevant resolutions, agreeing the CIO constitution, ensuring the rules on use of certain words in CIO names are met, and making an online application to the Commission for conversion. The CIO will be able to keep the same charity number that the charitable company had, and probably also the same bank accounts.

Community interest company (CIC) conversion to CIO
Community interest companies (CICs) are by definition not charities, even if their objects are legally charitable. CICs with charitable objects which have realised they are losing out on the advantages enjoyed by charities (such as not having to pay corporation tax on profits, and getting rate relief on property rates) have in the past been able to convert to charitable companies. The Charity Commission is now drawing up procedures for CICs with charitable objects to convert to CIOs. These are expected to come into effect from 1 September 2018.

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Ragdoll Foundation

Not-for-profit organisations in the UK that are working with children and young people using the arts and creative media can apply for funding of up to £50,000 through the Ragdoll Foundation’s Open Grants Programme.

The Ragdoll Foundation’s vision is to support projects where the concerns of childhood can be heard. Organisations can apply for both one-off short-term projects and for projects lasting up to three years. Preference will be given to those projects which have a deep commitment to listening to children and allow the perceptions and feelings of children themselves to be better understood.
The Foundations is mainly interested in applications that involve children during their early years, but appropriate projects for older children (up to 18 years) will also be considered.

Whilst the Foundation will fund work in and around London, they will prioritise projects taking place elsewhere in the UK.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

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Ministry of Defence

Individuals and local groups that would like to hold an event to celebrate Armed Forces Day – Saturday 30th June 2018 – can apply for funding from the Ministry of Defence.

The event can be anywhere in the UK and the funding can be used for celebrations such as (but not limited to):

A picnic in the park

Themed BBQ

Knees up in your living room

Street party or fête.

Applicants should try to hold their event on or in the weeks around Armed Forces Day. The amount of funding the MoD will provide must cover 50% or less of the total costs of running the event.

Event organisers should in the first instance register their event on the Armed Forces Day website and apply before Monday 30 April 2018.

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Feminist Review Trust

Funding of up to £15,000 is available for projects within the UK and internationally that support and transform the lives of women. Priority is given to projects that:

Promote lesbian and transgender rights
Tackle violence against women and girls
Support disabled women and girls.

The funding is being made available through the Feminist Review Trust who are particularly interested in applications for hard to fund projects.

The deadline for applications is 30th April 2018.

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Ernest Cook Trust

Schools and not for profit organisations wishing to encourage young people’s interest in the countryside; and literacy, numeracy and science can apply for funding to the Ernest Cook Trust (ECT).

The Trust operates two grant making programmes:
The small grants programme (under £4,000)
The large grants programme (grants between £4,000 and £12,000).

The small grants programme deals mainly with requests for support from state schools and small charitable organisations and trustees meet every two months to consider applications. Applications to the small grants programme can be submitted at any time.

Applications to the large programme must be submitted by the 31 July 2018 to be considered at the Trustees Autumn meeting. At the Autumn meeting, projects covering environment and countryside, and literacy and STEM subjects are considered.

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Government Equalities Office

The Government Equalities Office is currently seeking applications through the £1.5 million Women’s Vote Centenary Grant Scheme. The aim of the fund is to support local and community groups across England in celebrating the centenary of women gaining the right to vote.

The grant scheme has two types of funds:
• Approximately 150 Small Grants of between £300 to £2,000 for grassroots projects to run small-scale events and activities to celebrate the centenary of women gaining the vote. There will be three bidding rounds during 2018.

• Up to 30 Large Grants of between £2,000 and £125,000. These will fund projects that increase the understanding of, and engagement with, democracy, and encourage women to participate in public life. There will be two bidding rounds during 2018.

Round 2 will be open around April 2018, for projects between £2,000 and £65,000.

The small grants programme will re-open for applications on the 15th March 2018.

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Child Outcomes Research Consortium Regional Seminar Dates

CORC is pleased to announce the launch of their seminar series for 2018; ‘Should mental health service seek to cure mental ill health? If not, what are they there for?’

You can join CORC to discuss what the research can tell us about whether children and young people are being helped by mental health services. Contribute to the debate about how we respond to the data, how we define and measure a positive outcome, and how we communicate about the scope and focus of treatment.

Open to mental health and education professionals, service leads, commissioners and anyone interested in the future of children and young people’s mental health services.

Seminar Dates
19 April: Birmingham
BVSC, 138 Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 6DR

25 April: London
CORC, Jordan House, 47 Brunswick Place, London N1 6EB

30 April: Sheffield
Sheffield Hallam University, Room 12.4.12, Charles Street Building, Charles St, Sheffield S1 1WB

For more information and to book a place please go to CORC’s website

Nationwide Building Society Community Grants Fund

The Heart of England Community Foundation has a new fund that is open to applications.

The Nationwide Building Society Community Grants fund is supporting charities delivering local housing projects with grants of up to £25,000 with single organisations and up to £50,000 for multiple organisations.

Full details can be found on the Heart of England Community Foundation’s website.

The closing date for applications is 5 pm on 13 April 2018.

Free training places at Agewell

As part of the Kingfisher Buddies project, funded by the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund, Agewell is able to offer free places on the following training days:

16th March 2018
Understanding the diversity of individuals with dementia and the importance of inclusion

20th April 2018
Understanding the process and experience of dementia

18th May 2018
Understanding the role of communication and interactions with individuals who have dementia

22nd June 2018
Understanding the administration of medication to individuals with dementia using a person-centered approach

All sessions will be held at Applewood Grove Training & Enterprise Centre,
13 Applewood Grove, Cradley Heath B64 6EW and will start at 9.30 am (registration from 9.15am) and finish at 4.30 pm.

These sessions make up the Level 3 Award in Awareness of Dementia, accredited by the Open College Network (OCNLR). Delegates can apply to undertake the qualification by emailing

To fulfil the requirements of the qualification, learners will be required to complete a series of assignments for assessment. A fee of £120 will be charged to cover the cost of registration with OCNLR, administration and marking.

Places are limited, apply now to avoid disappointment. If you have any questions about the course or would like to talk to someone about whether or not it is suitable for your development needs, please call Barbara Stephens on 07774 935905 or email your questions to

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