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Sport England Launches £20 Million Community Emergency Fund (due to Coronavirus)

Sport England has launched a new £20 million Fund to help sports and community organisations delivering physical activities who are experiencing short term financial hardship due to the Coronavirus crisis.

This can include rent payments, utility costs, insurances, core staffing costs, etc. The types of organisations eligible to apply include local sports clubs forced to close at short notice but who are facing ongoing costs around maintenance and utility bills, and voluntary and community sector organisations who deliver or enable sport and physical activity.

Awards will be between £300 and £10,000. In exceptional circumstances Sport England will consider awards of more than £10,000.

Applicants should have exhausted all other government funding sources before applying to this fund.

Sport England expect that the Fund will be open until the 31st July 2020.

Further information

Grants to Support Children’s Health and Education

The next deadline to apply to the DM Thomas Foundation Central Grants Programme has been extended to the 22nd July 2020. Grants of up to £30,000 are available to registered charities for projects that improve education and health for young people in three key areas:

• Children and young people with disabilities
• Children and young people who are sick in hospital
• Children and young people who are life limited (requiring palliative care).

The Foundation is a small charity and generally will not make awards of over £30,000 (per year) for up to two years.
Funding can be requested for one-off projects or for up to 2 years work.

Applications from schools and hospitals are welcomed as long as they are made through an appropriate registered charity.

Grant applications for up to £5,000 can be approved by the Director, up to £10,000 can be approved by the Grants Committee, and applications for more than £10,000 are recommended to the Trustees for final approval.

Further information

Support for the recently discharged from hospital

Do you know that you if you have been recently been discharged from a Birmingham hospital, typically City Hospital or the Queen Elizabeth, elderly or vulnerable, and live in Sandwell, you are eligible for the Home from Hospital Care Service?

This includes:
• Emergency food parcel and toiletries pack.
• Arrange for shopping to be done and delivered to the doorstep.
• Telephone befriending calls to prevent isolation.
• Home visits pending risk assessment prior to visit in line with coronavirus guide lines.
• Collection of prescriptions.
• Any other practical support.

The service can be accessed for up to six weeks.  Please call 0121 472 4499 for information.

Home from Hospital Care support does not include personal care.

Creative Connections Commissions

Inspired by the positive responses around the world from balcony singing in Italy to digital choir platforms and #lockdownkitchendisco, Creative Black Country are looking for creative responses to the social distancing challenge which bring fun, joy and creativity to local people in the Black Country, and keep people connected.

There’s commissions of between £500 and £2,000 for projects that develop creative activity with and for local communities.

The deadline is the 13th April. Find out more here.

Citizens Advice Sandwell Help to Claim Service

The doors of Citizens Advice may be closed, but they are still here to help! Citizens Advice Sandwell’s Help to Claim team are currently supporting clients with their Universal Credit claims and enquiries via web chat and advice line.
During these difficult times, people need help more than ever and that’s why Citizens Advice have advisers working from home to assist with the increased demand. To contact the Help to Claim team, please call on 0800 144 8444 or use Help to Claim web chat by clicking on this link.
Generalist advisers are also on hand to answer other queries, including debt.  You can contact them on 0300 330 9017. They are available on web chat by going to and selecting ‘chat online to an adviser’.

COVID-19 Community Action and Support – Sandwell

SCVO, as the support body for Sandwell’s Voluntary and Community Sector, is working alongside Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council, Sandwell Public Health, West Midlands Police (Sandwell Borough) , West Midlands Fire Service and the NHS to coordinate the community response to COVID-19 in Sandwell.

Information regarding a community response was sent out from SCVO on 20th March 2020.

Read the missive in full.

COVID-19 Sandwell Council Response

Please see below an important message from Sandwell Council, which SCVO are circulating on their behalf, regarding our collective response to the coronavirus situation in the borough.

COVID-19 letter to all voluntary sector organisations in Sandwell

We are reaching out to you as voluntary sector organisations in Sandwell to see how we can work together through this time of crisis to ensure that people in Sandwell who have care and support needs receive the help they require.

We now need you to let us know what assistance you can contribute to ensuring the ongoing care and support needs of people within the community.  We understand that some of you may be considering ceasing your current service provision and we would welcome any contribution of staff time or availability of staff and other support options which we can coordinate across the 6 towns of Sandwell.

Equally, we recognise and understand you may be struggling around your substantiality. It would therefore be helpful to understand what support the council can provide to contribute to your ongoing service provision.

In light of the above, please complete and return the two sections detailed below as soon as possible.  We can then consider not only how best to support you, but also how we can try to pull all of the available resources together to support the vulnerable people in Sandwell.  Once we have received your responses we will be collating them and producing a response that will be targeted to the different elements of care and support provision and will advise you of support options that may be available. We will also be in touch to discuss with you how we can work together to mobilise our shared resources through this difficult time.

When completed please return to:

How can your service support the people of Sandwell?How can the council support you to sustain your service provision?













HofECF Coronavirus Resilience Fund

Heart of England Community Foundation have launched an appeal for a Coronavirus Resilience Fund which will go live week commencing 23 March.

So far £53,000 has been raised. One hundred per cent of the donations will go towards supporting the community and the Foundation will relinquish all of its management fee in these difficult times.

For more information call 024 7688 4434 or email

Click here to donate to the Fund.

Help needed to pack food parcels

Around 50 individuals and families in need each week rely on food parcels from Smethwick Food Bank, and organisers really need a hand to help them out.  If you can spare some time on Tuesdays and Fridays, it would be a big help to pack food parcels at Holy Trinity Church, Church Hill Street, Smethwick B67 7AH.

Smethwick CAN (Church Action Network) also runs a food pantry at the High Street Library and a café at Raglan Road Church, where there are other opportunities for volunteering.

If you could help out at Holy Trinity Church, please call 0121 517 0141 or email

For other opportunities email

The Contribution of Caribbean People to the NHS

The Kingsway Project will be doing a display for 2020 on the Contribution of Caribbean People to the NHS. A booklet is to be produced and will be available from October 2020.

The NHS was established within a month of the Windrush generation arriving in the UK in 1948. Caribbean people were keen to establish themselves in Britain and pursue new careers. Many of them sought employment in the newly-created NHS. They have played a vital role in the NHS from the earliest days.

The Project would like to hear stories from a variety of people who work or have worked for the NHS in the traditional roles of nurses and doctors, but also from wider professions and departments such as paramedics, speech and language therapist, occupational therapists, physiotherapist, mental health nurses, podiatrists, dentists, caterers and porters.

This project aims to collect the stories of those who worked and are working in the NHS to make known the contribution of the Caribbean people to the backbone of the NHS.

Please answer the questions that are relevant to you on the attached questionnaire and return to Annette or Lorna at

For further information please email

Completed questionnaires to be returned by the end of April.

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