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Opportunities at Sport 4 Life UK

Sport 4 Life UK provides the opportunity for young people (aged 11 to 29) to prepare for and move into sustained education, employment, or training, by improving their employability and key life skills, through its sports-themed personal development services.

Following the implementation of a new delivery model, Sport 4 Life UK is hiring for a number of operational roles, as well as a new Business Development Manager.

For full details about each role and ‘Job Pack’, please click on this link.  Please note the closing date for submission of applications differ.

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Paul Hamlyn Foundation Youth Fund

Not for profit youth organisations that support young people (aged 14 – 25) facing disadvantage can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £60,000 through the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Youth Fund.

The Youth Fund supports organisations whose main purpose is about helping young people in the most precarious positions, where making the transition to adult independence is most challenging.

The funding is available for up to two years and will support the core operating costs of the applicant organisation.

Organisations may be planning to:
Replicating a programme or service
Widening the reach of an idea or innovation
Spreading a technology or skill
Advancing policy or enhancing its implementation
Influencing attitudes

Applications can be submitted at any time.

More information


Can You Help Increase the Number of Young Trustees?

Taken on Trust research published by the Charity Commission shows that 92% of trustees in England and Wales have an average age of 55-64 rising to 65-74 in smaller charities.

While older trustees are over-represented in the current landscape of trusteeship the opposite holds true for younger trustees.

This is highlighted by the Charities Aid Foundation, despite making up 12% of Britain’s population, 18-24 year-olds account for less than 0.5% of all charity trustees.

Younger people are a vital part of our society, they offer skills, perspectives and outlook that could give great value to charities and their boards.

This has been recognised by reports published by Roundhouse in 2017 and most recently, in the government’s Civil Society Strategy (2018).

We want to transform the landscape of trusteeship

The Young Trustees Movement was created to challenge and transform the current landscape of trusteeship in England and Wales and to bring new and younger voices to the boardroom.

It aims to catalyse change and to start breaking down the barriers faced by younger people who want to be trustees.

Funded by the Blagrave Trust, this movement takes a systemic approach working with young people, existing trustees, and sector leaders to encourage change so we can grow the numbers of young trustees in England and Wales.

Underlying this is the movement towards fundamentally challenging and changing the perception of what it means to be a leader. What this means is to widen the definition and perception of who a trustee is beyond the traditional view of someone that is at the pinnacle of their career or someone with senior management experience.

This may mean valuing different factors such as age, lived experience, socio-economic background and so on.

To read the full Charity Commission blog click here.

Source: GOV.UK


Free girls only multi-sports sessions at Cradley Heath Community Centre

Cradley Heath Community Centre is to have a series of girls only multi-sport sessions, starting soon. The free sessions are for girls between the ages of 14 and 19 years old.

The sessions kick-off (metaphorically!) with indoor tennis and will be every Sunday from 11 am to 12 noon.

If you (or someone you know) would like to take up this opportunity to take part in female only sports activities and make new friends, please call (or text) Naureen Maan on 07792 020 014, to book a place and find out more. Why not go along and give it a shot!!

Please do not delay, places are limited.

The venue is Sandwell Community Hub, Cradley Heath Community Centre, Reddal Hill Road, Cradley Heath B64 5JG


Active Black Country have an amazing opportunity for Black Country Employers

Active Black Country have an amazing opportunity for Black Country Employers that represents the future of sports coach apprenticeships. In partnership with Royal Foundation, Coach Core is an apprenticeship programme that helps young people aged 16-24 who are not in education, employment or training to build a career.

The aim is to work with a group of Black Country employers to recruit 20 new apprentices who will gain a level 2 community activator coach qualification, across a 15 month employment programme. The apprenticeship will involve 3 – 4 days working with the employer and 1 – 2 days within education, provided by Lifetime Training.

Coach Core will also support employers with a grant to help ensure the right young people are given this opportunity to reach their full potential, be an asset to your business and the wider community. Nearly 450 apprentices have now come through Coach Core and Active Black Country want to make the Black Country part of this legacy.

If you are a Black Country Employer who is interested in this programme, please contact sanjay_bensal@blackcountryconsortium.co.uk for more information.


Black Country and West Birmingham Perinatal Mental Health Event

This is an opportunity to hear about the newly launched ‘Specialist Community Perinatal Mental Health Service’ and to celebrate the difference it is making to local people.  The event is on Tuesday 11 June 2019, 9.30 am – 3.30 pm at The Stadium Suite, Banks’s Stadium, Bescot Crescent, Walsall, WS1 4SA

Attendees will get an overview of the service model that is supporting new and expectant mothers in the Black Country and West Birmingham, along with updates from the local Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) and the national perinatal programme.

Networking sessions throughout the event will enable attendees to listen to people with lived experience of perinatal mental health problems and talk to staff working within the new service.

Who should attend?
The event is aimed at the workforce supporting perinatal mental health patients, as well as local women and their families. This includes General Practitioners, Midwives, General Nurses, Practice Nurses, Health Visitors, Allied Health Professionals, Social Workers, Adult Mental Health Nurses, Emergency Services staff, Children’s Centre staff, Obstetricians, Psychiatrists and third sector organisations who support women and families.

Book your place


BBC Children in Need (Main Grants)

Grants of over £10,000 per project are available, through the BBC Children in Need Main Grants programme, to not for profit organisations and schools that work with young people who are experiencing disadvantage. This may be through illness, distress, abuse or neglect; any kind of disability; behavioural or psychological difficulties; and / or living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

Applications should demonstrate how your project will change the lives of children for the better.

Grants of over £10,000 are available with no upper limit stated, however, BBC Children in Need make very few grants over £120,000.

Organisations eligible to apply will be not for profit i.e. schools; registered charities; voluntary organisations; churches; and community groups, etc. In the case of schools, this must not be for work that they have a duty to fund.

The Fund is open to applications all year round, but there are a number of deadline and award dates throughout the year. The next deadline is 11:59 pm on the 13th September 2019.

More information


Sandwell Early Help Partnership Event – ‘Supporting our most vulnerable children: Let’s work together’

You are invited to be part of our next Sandwell Early Help Partnership event, taking place on Monday 20th May, 1.45 pm – 4.00 pm at the Brasshouse Community Centre, Brasshouse Ln, Smethwick B66 1BA. The event will, as always, give you the opportunity to meet other agencies from across Sandwell who are working with children, young people and families to provide early support around some of life’s challenges. 

The event will give you the opportunity to …

  • make new contacts and meet with colleagues from other organisations
  • think about and share with others how we can best support vulnerable young people
  • consider how we can make the most of existing holiday provision and activities
  • receive an update on important new local initiatives to support young people, and on the Early Help Partnership

The event is open to staff of organisations which are signed-up members of the Sandwell Early Help Partnership, or which are shortly to sign up as members.  All tickets for this event are free and we encourage members to bring along their colleagues (max 3 per organisation) and of course if you can’t make it feel free to send someone in your place.

Participants are encouraged to bring along promotional information on any services that they are providing to share during the networking time.

To book your place please click here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/supporting-our-most-vulnerable-children-lets-work-together-tickets-61103474136

The Sandwell Early Help Partnership comprises a range of local organisations including schools, health workers, voluntary and community organisations, Sandwell Police and Fire, and Sandwell Council Children’s Services. Membership of the Partnership is free and all member agencies share a commitment to work together to achieve the shared ambitions for children and families in the borough.

For any questions or queries please email: earlyhelp@scvo.info


VCS Mentors sought for new Youth Programme

Sandwell has secured funds to deliver a local programme of the Government’s ‘Supporting Families Against Youth Crime’ initiative. This fund is focused on areas of the country where gang and youth crime is an issue to provide local authorities with additional capacity to help them respond to their local needs.

The aim of this programme in Sandwell is to help our local children and young people to have increased resilience and to feel empowered through accessing support to steer them away from becoming involved in gang and youth crime. The programme also seeks to equip parents and families to better identify and deal with issues at an earlier stage through a network of support.

Local organisations from the Voluntary and Community Sector are now invited to apply to become an approved partner in delivering youth mentoring from June 2019 to the end of March 2020.

Interested and eligible organisations can apply to be an approved delivery partner, the deadline for which is 9.00 am, Monday 3rd June 2019.

There will be a briefing event held on Monday 13th May, 2 – 3 pm at SCVO offices, 1st Floor, Landchard House, Victoria Street, West Bromwich, B70 8ER. This meeting will be an opportunity for potential applicant organisations to discuss and learn more about the programme as a whole and the mentoring element more specifically.

Key documents are as follows:-

Please note that this is a different funding opportunity to the Early Intervention Youth Fund, for which Sandwell Council is currently seeking local youth organisations to deliver targeted interventions with young people.  Details of that opportunity can be found here.


Early Intervention Youth Fund – Grant Funding Available

An exciting opportunity has arisen for providers to bid for grant funding of £26,000 as part of the Sandwell EIYF provision of the wider West Midlands project. The funding is administered by Sandwell Council on behalf of the West Midlands PCC.

Providers would be expected to deliver targeted interventions to provide support to at least 15 young people over until end of March 2020 who have been assessed as Tier 2, and are displaying risk factors associated with violent crime, in particular those at risk of exclusion from school.

Successful providers must be in a position to start working with 5 young people from the cohort immediately.

Tier-2 working with YP that are identified as being at risk due to them being siblings or friends of known gang nominals /YOS families

The aims would be:

  • Equip young people with life skills
  • Divert them from crime
  • Develop resilience and coping skills
  • Raise aspirations

Support would be take the form of:

  • One to one mentoring and group sessions
  • Working with schools to ensure that the young people are receiving the necessary support
  • Working with parents to equip and support them with the necessary parenting skills to sustain the work done with young people
  • Introducing young people to positive role models

For an informal discussion, please contact Denise Hooper or Rebecca Low on 0121 569 3352 or 0121 569 6374

You can download the application form HERE. (Word format)

 Please email completed application forms Community_SafetyTeam@sandwell.gov.uk  by 10th May 2019


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