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Regulator changing the data it collects on charities – have your say!

If you are  trustee or in charge of running a charity, especially if you perform a role like Treasurer, Secretary, or Finance Director, the Directory of Social Change is urging you to respond to the Charity Commission’s consultation on the next version of the Annual Return, which is open until 1 September.

Read the report by Jay Kennedy, Director of Policy and Research at DSC, and take part in the consultation here.


Local School Nature Grants

Schools in England, Scotland and Wales can apply for up to £500 worth of free outdoor equipment and up to half a day of professional outdoor training to deliver outdoor learning and play.

The funding is being made available through the charity Learning through Landscapes’ Local School Nature Grant Programme and is funded by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Funding will also be open to Early Year’s settings which have their own building and more than five staff.

There will be four funding rounds throughout the year which will support a total of 900 schools.

The next closing date for applications is the 2nd September 2022.

Further information

Brushstrokes, Smethwick: Office and Facilities Manager

Brushstrokes, an award-winning Community Project supporting refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in Sandwell and surrounding areas,is looking to appoint an Office and Facilities Manager.

  • Salary: SCP 25-28 (£24,697 – £27,186 per annum, pro rata)
  • Hours: 30 per week
  • Term: Permanent

The organisation is looking for an individual who will be committed to the project ethos of ‘welcoming the stranger’ along with adhering to its values.  You will have a strong track record of office management, staff supervision, finance and the skills to oversee Brushstrokes facilities.  For the full job description and to download a recruitment pack, see here.

You can also contact HR Support to request an application form by email to or call 01675 434000 quoting post reference, P1572

If you’d like more information on the post please contact or call 07464928690.

Applications need to be submitted by 21st July 2022.  Interview will be held on 3rd August 2022.

Brushstrokes reserve the right to close this advert early they receive sufficient suitable applications.

Camphill Village Trust Shared Lives: Area Coordinator

Due to expansion across the Black Country, the Camphill Village Trust Shared Lives Scheme are looking to recruit three  new Area Coordinators to assist in its development. Shared Lives is sometimes described as ‘foster care for adults’ but it’s so much more than that.  Specially trained carers enable the person to take control of their life, make informed decisions and become a part of the community in which they live.

Your role is to assess and supervise the carers, carefully match each arrangement, and ensure that regulatory standards are met.

If you are interested in finding out more, then please call 01384 441505 or visit the Camphill Village Trust website.  

What to Consider When Buying Insurance for Small Charities

As a trustee of a small charity, one of your duties is to protect your charity and its assets and resources. Buying insurance is one of the ways that you can help fulfil this responsibility.

If you’re confused about what insurance cover you need for your charity, check out this article from Zurich Insurance. Using clear and simple terms, it explains about the different types of cover and answers some frequently asked questions. What to consider when buying insurance for small charities.

The government website also provides helpful guidance – click here.

Sandwell Young Carers: Young Carers Promotion Officer

Sandwell Young Carers is a registered charity providing services to children and young people, aged 5-18 years, living in Sandwell, whose lives are affected as a result of caring for a dependent family member.

If you would like to make a real difference to the lives of the young carers of Sandwell, then please take a look at the vacancy below to see if you have the expertise, knowledge, and skills to join us.

We are looking to recruit – Young Carers Promotion Officer – £19,077 pa (35 hours per week)

The post holder will be required to undertake development work with schools, colleges, and other educational settings. This post will also include working with GP’s, Primary Care Teams and other health and social care settings, all to help them identify and offer support to young carers within Sandwell.

• The above position requires the post holders to be flexible, sensitive, child-centred, trustworthy, and reliable, have experience of working with both children and young people and able to work to the organisation’s policies and procedures.

• The organisation will be closing the vacancy on receipt of suitable applications.
Therefore, it is recommended that if you are interested, to complete and submit an application with immediate effect.

• You can do this by emailing for an application pack.

• We regret to advise that we are only accepting online applications at present to prevent delay in appointments.

Free Funding for Your Organisation with easyfundraising

Funding is available for voluntary organisations, non-profits, charities and CICs in our region through fundraising website easyfundraising. Register your organisation as a good cause with easyfundraising to benefit from donations from leading retailers including Amazon, eBay, trainline, M&S, Waitrose and John Lewis.

easyfundraising is completely free to register and use and is an easy and simple way of raising funds in the background while your organisation concentrates on its day-to-day tasks. You’ll also get free 121 support from a fundraising coach.

Find out more by clicking here.

Charity Banking Survey Results

The Directory of Social Change has reported on the outcome of a survey on charity banking, to which over 1200 voluntary organisations responded from March to May 2022. The results have produced a wealth of detailed information about the issues charities are facing.

Following the survey, a Briefing report has been prepared by NCVO, NAVCA, ACRE, WCVA and CFG.

Read the results of the Charity Bank survey and download the Briefing, here.

The Briefing is the first in a series that will cover the wide range of issues identified.


Mission Diverse: Diversity and Inclusion Training Assistant

Mission Diverse is a Birmingham based Community Interest Company working towards greater workplace diversity amongst people from underrepresented communities.

Mission Diverse have an opening for a Diversity and Inclusion Training Assistant.  The salary range is £19,000 to £21,000, depending on experience.

For a full description of the role and how to apply, please see here.

The closing date for applications is Friday, 8th July 2022 at 23.59 pm.

Call to artists: Open All Media Exhibition – Monday 4th to Saturday 30th July 2022

The Art Yard is now accepting submissions for the July Open Exhibition.  You can submit up to five pieces or work. There are no special requirements on the type of art or subject matter.  All work is very welcome.

Please ensure that:

  • Your work is ready to hang and has cord or fixing plates fitted to the rear of the work.
  • There are no protrusions, such as eyelets or fixings, from the back of the work.
  • There is a label is attached on the back of the work.
  • The submission form should be returned by Saturday, 2nd July 2022.

Visit the website to download the submission form and other documents.

Direct any questions to The Art Yard on 01384 910 968Email

If you have work in the June exhibition which has not been collected, please arrange to collect from the gallery before the Saturday deadline.  Contact the gallery should you wish to carry work over to the July exhibition.

The Art Yard look forward to seeing your work and supporting the development of artists and the arts in the community.


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