Mazeline Hemmings

Author Archives

Leaders with Lived Experience Pilot Programme

Leaders with Lived Experience is a pilot programme providing National Lottery grants of between £20,000 and £50,000 to support lived experience leadership. A lived experience leader is someone who uses their first-hand experience of a social issue to create positive change for, and with, communities and people they share those experiences with.

Examples of Lived with Experience is someone who has been homeless who is working to improve homelessness services; a person with HIV who has set up and is running a peer-to-peer support service for other people with HIV or a person who has lost a loved one to suicide sets up and runs a support group for others who have lost someone to suicide.

The application deadline is 5 pm on 25 February 2019.

Further information

Paediatric and Adult First Aid Course

Did you know that Sandwell Adult and Family Learning (SAFL), offers a Paediatric and Adult First Aid course which focuses on emergency scenarios when looking after young children or adults?

It is ideal for carers, parents, grandparents, child minders, and people looking to work in early years or the care sector and is valid for three years.

The skills learnt will enable you to provide safe and effective first aid treatment to any adult or child in an emergency, before professional medical help arrives.

Course Content
Understand how to administer first aid to any one:

• who is experiencing the effects of extreme heat and cold
• who has sustained an electric shock
• with burns or scalds
• who has been poisoned
• who has been bitten or stung
• with minor injuries, including cuts, grazes, bumps and bruises, small splinters and nose bleeds
• with conditions affecting the eyes, ears and nose
• with head and spinal injuries
• with anaphylaxis
• who is suffering from shock.

SAFL can deliver this training in any of its learning centres or out in community venues and schools. Parents and Carers of children who live in Sandwell, or attend a Sandwell school, can enrol on this course for a special rate of £5.00 rather of the normal course fee of £29.00.

Individuals or organisations interested in their staff/clients completing this course should email or call 0121 557 0837 for more details.

Royal College of Pathologists Public Engagement Innovation Grant Scheme

The Royal College of Pathologists has announced that applications are now being accepted for the Public Engagement Innovation Grant Scheme.

Under this scheme grants of up to £1,000 are available for individuals or organisations who wish to run a project that engages audiences such as secondary school students, undergraduates, health professionals or local communities with pathology.

The closing date for applications is the 3rd June 2019.

More details

Suicide Bereavement Support Services Sandwell

The Kaleidoscope Plus Group hosts a Suicide Bereavement Support Service. The service is funded by money that has been raised for the organisation for this purpose.

The service provides a safe space for people who have been bereaved by suicide to come together and talk openly about their experiences.  Groups are facilitated by trained professionals who bring with them skills and knowledge around coping with grief, loss and bereavement.

If you have been bereaved by suicide, and would like to access the groups, please contact Kaleidoscope on the number provided prior to attending.

The sessions are held on the Second Thursday of the month, 2 pm to 4 pm, at The Mezz, Hawthorns House, Halfords Lane B66 1BB.

For more information call Gillian Reeves on 0121 565 5605 or email

2019 National Campaigner Awards

Each year, the Sheila Mckechnie foundation celebrates the best campaigns and campaigners – whether working locally or nationally, and from individuals and community groups to people working in large organisations.

The Foundation would like to find those who have made change happen – most effectively, creatively and courageously. So, if you know someone or an organisation who you think deserves to be celebrated, please do nominate them. You can also nominate yourself!

Winners will receive their award at a fantastic evening ceremony in central London, on Wednesday 27th March 2019. To find out more and to nominate please visit:

There are no fees associates with these Awards, it is free to nominate and attend!

Energy Advice Presentations

The Disability Resource Centre is holding two events to help people who may be struggling with energy bills.  There will be help and advice on everything from switching energy suppliers to money management. If you would like individual advice on the day, please bring along your annual energy statements.

The two advice presentations will be on:

Tuesday, 22 January 2019: 10 am – 2 pm
At Dartmouth House
Sandwell Road
West Bromwich
B70 8TQ


Thursday, 24 January 2019: 10 am – 2 pm
At Disability Resource Centre
Unit 18, Ace Business Park
Mackadown Lane
Kitts Green
B33 0LD

For more information, please feel to call Yvonne on 03030 40 20 40.

A light lunch and refreshments will be served at both events.

Co-op Foundation

The Co-op Foundation is offering interest free loans for enterprising ideas to improve community spaces. Community organisations that manage community buildings and outdoor spaces such as parks and community centres; etc which are for the use of the whole community can apply for loans to grow their trading activities to generate more sustainable income.

The Co-op Foundation can offer:

Interest-free loans of up to £50,000 towards viable business ideas that will benefit the whole community – particularly those facing greater challenges.

No repayments for the first year, while your trading activities are developing.

If you are based in a more deprived area, or your work mainly benefits more disadvantaged members of the community, the Co-op might also be able to offer some grant funding alongside a loan.

Applicants will need to fill out an expression of interest here.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

More information

EU Settlement Scheme Grant Funding Competition

EU citizens living in the UK and their family members will need to apply under the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) to obtain their new UK immigration status as the UK exits the EU.

The Home Office has up to £9 million of grant funding to be awarded to successful organisations in the FY19/20 through open and fair competition. The funding is available to bidders from the voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations willing to support vulnerable EU citizens and their family members with making their EUSS applications. Bidders should note they may bid only once, and their submission must fall into the Funding category of;

• Projects between £5,000 up to £39,999
• Projects between £40,000 up to £750,000

Ensuring that vulnerable or at-risk EU citizens and their families are supported to obtain a status is a critical objective. The Home Office is making funding available to mobilise services targeted at vulnerable EU citizens and their families, to ensure that those who require the most support to apply to the EUSS can access it.

The key outcome is for those funded to provide practical application support to vulnerable EU citizens and their family members; further details on this and indeed all aspects of this competition are outlined in the competition documentation, available to all those who register (details on ‘how to apply’ are within additional text other information).

All successful organisations will be allocated funding centrally via a Grant Agreement from the Home Office. The process leading to the award of the grant will be administered using Crown Commercial Services eSourcing portal, and all submissions must be made online via this portal. To take part in this grant funding opportunity, please see the ‘how to apply’ guidance which provides important instructions for registration on the portal, then gaining access to this opportunity. Traditional email or hard copy final submissions or proposals will not be accepted.

Bids will close at 12 pm (noon) on 01 February 2019.

See here for full details

GDPR / Data protection workshop for Voluntary and Community Groups

As you will all be aware, GDPR regulations came into force in May 2018.   Organisations and individuals who handle or process personal data have received training on how to ensure that they fully comply with the new regulations. However, some organisations may have new employees who have not have received the training.

Murray Hall Community Trust have developed a training workshop which can ensure your staff have all the information they need.  The course takes place on Wednesday, 23 January 2019: 9.30 am to 12.30 pm.

Please see the attached information and booking form if you would like to book a place.

Adult Mental Health First Aid Course

This is a two day, 16-hour, Mental Health First Aid course for adults, which will qualify you as a Mental Health First Aider.   The dates are Thursday and Friday, 7th & 8th February 2019.  The cost of the course is £170.

The training which is delivered by Jay Thompson and Ivy Taylor, who are experienced instructors, will prepare you to take your practical skills and knowledge in mental health to the next level.

To register and for full details please visit Eventbrite

Questions should be directed to Ivy Taylor at the Volunteer Centre Sandwell on 0121 544 8326 or email

Page 1 of 133123...Last