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BBC Children in Need

The next closing date for applications to the BBC Children in Need Main Grants programme is the 16th January 2018.

Grants of over £10,000 per project are available to not for profit organisations and schools that work with young people who are experiencing:
• Disadvantage through illness, distress, abuse or neglect
• Any kind of disability
• Behavioural or psychological difficulties
• And/or living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

Schools can also apply for funding but the project must be additional to their statutory duties.

Examples of projects that recently received funding include:
St Joseph’s School and Community Steering Group, which received a grant of £61,480 to provide an after school and holiday clubs to engage disadvantaged young people living in Workington in physical and healthy living activity.

Stepping Stones Pre-School Portslade, which received a grant of £ £9,397 to provide additional 1-1 support to children who display emotional/behavioural/communication difficulties to develop coping strategies, social communication skills and help them to overcome anxiety and Cumbria Law Centre which received a grant of £88,263 to provide a full-time worker for a young people’s drop-in centre, offering specialist social welfare advice to young people and vulnerable parents.

More information at:

How Vulnerable Young People Experience Digital Exclusion

The year-long #NotWithoutMe pilot programme challenge the assumption that younger generations are ‘digital natives’ and have basic digital skills or access to learning opportunities.

Carnegie UK Trust provided £40k to fund the pilot programme and partnered with local projects in Glasgow, Cumbria, Belfast and London to run over 80 practical sessions which saw 100 vulnerable young people get involved to improve their skills.

Report participants came from a variety of backgrounds and faced different barriers to digital inclusion.

The combined outcomes highlight the challenges society faces in tackling the perception that all children and young people have equal opportunities in developing the required digital ‘life’ skills.

The combined outcomes highlight the challenges society faces in tackling the perception that all children and young people have equal opportunities in developing the required digital ‘life’ skills.

The pilot programme has prompted the Carnegie UK Trust to outline key recommendations:

  • Digital participation strategies should take specific consideration of vulnerable young people.
  • Existing long-term skills development programmes in formal and informal education settings should embed digital skills learning.
  • Young people should be involved in shaping digital skills projects.
  • Appropriate ongoing training should be provided for the family and professional support networks for young people.

Gina Wilson, Carnegie UK Trust, said: “As a society we are guilty of assuming that young people are digitally proficient and have access to the benefits that digital skills can bring. Digital exclusion, particularly amongst vulnerable young people, is an important and often overlooked issue.

“These four pilot projects highlight the need to invest in young people facing extra challenges in life, whether that be their background or the fact they have a learning disability. In supporting vulnerable young people to develop relevant digital skills and understanding, we can also empower them to access more opportunities, and in turn improve both their social and mental well-being. This week is ‘Get Online Week’ and, as we encourage more people to explore the digital world, we should be mindful of those who are at risk of exclusion and how we can facilitate much needed support.”

To read the full Charity Digital News click here.

Digital Promotions for Business Employability Course

A one-of-a-kind programme is being launched to help teenagers and the unemployed boost their digital skills and find sustainable work.

Digital Me is offering young people, aged 16-18, the opportunity to sign up for a digital employability course, where they can learn everything from setting up an email address and storing data on a device in the cloud to creating digital marketing campaigns for business, developing a mobile app and producing exciting top quality videos for channels including YouTube.

You will also learn business administration and customer service skills to provide you with core skills employers are looking for, as well as assist you to write an impressive CV, apply for jobs and give top tips on how to perform in an interview.

Digital Me is a Bsmart Training initiative and the flexible course has been developed to help attract the hard-to-reach NEETs with subjects that may generate more interest than normally may be the case. More importantly, however, it will give you the skills that employers are desperately short of.

Successful learners will receive a Level 2 nationally accredited qualification in Digital Promotions for Business, as well as more knowledge and new skills to help in their job-hunt.

Digital Me is now looking to work with partners nationwide who have secured funding to help NEETs back into work, and also learners to sign up to this unique and exciting course.

To find out more about signing up, please contact 0121 501 2243 and ask for Lori, or visit Digital Black Country’s website.




Weavers’ Company

The Weavers’ Company, a textile-related, charitable and sociable organisation, has announced that the next closing date for its grants programme is the 30th November 2017.

The Fund aims to help young people (aged 15 – 30) at risk of criminal involvement to stay out of trouble and assist in the rehabilitation of offenders, particularly young offenders both in prison and after release. Grants are usually no more than £15,000 per annum, and to make sure grants of this size have an impact, the Weaver’s Company will not fund large organisations. Grants are normally awarded to registered charities or organisations in the process of applying for registration.

To be eligible for funding, local organisations such as those working in a village, estate or small town should normally have an income of less than £100,000. Those working across the UK should normally have an income of not more than £250,000. Grants are usually given for one year.

More information

Connexions Sandwell Careers Roadshow

Connexions Sandwell are having a Careers Roadshow on Tuesday, 17 October and Wednesday, 18 October 2017. IMPACT Providers and the Sandwell Youth Bus will be in two locations promoting IMPACT activities for young people aged 16 – 19 who are not in education, employment or training (NEET).

Go along to the locations and find out about free training in CSCS Card, First Aid, Engineering, Games Design, Sports and Leisure activities and much more.

The Youth Bus will be at Oldbury Council House, 1 pm – 3 pm on 17 October and High Street, West Bromwich, 1 pm – 3 pm on 18 October.

Do not miss it!!

For more information, contact Connexions Sandwell on 0121 569 2955.

Gecko Funded Learning Opportunities

Gecko Programmes has been contracted by Big Lottery to deliver two learning programmes Digital Marketing and Planning Live Events. This training is fully funded and is available to anyone interested in developing their skillset.

By completing the course learners will also have a further opportunity to compete a voluntary work placement in Spain, Italy or Germany if this is of interest, again this is fully funded.

If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact Gecko Programmes on Ann-Marie Laubscher 01902 837 375.

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Lyng Community Association Youth Club Launch

You are cordially invited to the relaunch of Lyng Community Association’s Youth Club on Saturday, 7 October 2017.  Just drop in between 2 pm & 6 pm at The Good Shepherd Church, Bromford Lane, West Bromwich B70 7HP.

An event for the whole family.  There will be free activities, a raffle, music, food and drinks, together with a few surprises!

Please contact or for more information.



Birmingham’s Project Aspie hosts session of ‘Alphabet 12’ – preview of ‘Alphabet 12’ Community Impact Video

On the 23 September 2017 Project Aspie (in conjunction with BMAG museum) presents last session of the Second Series of ‘Alphabet 12’. Project Aspie – an interactive and versatile Autism Opportunity Group for people with Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism; empowering them to live healthy and independent lives within the community and society. It is free and is suitable for people who meet the following criteria:

– Aged 16+
– Have Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism or interact (on a professional or personal level) with service users
– Reside in Birmingham and West Midlands region
– Want to meet other people with Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism

The session will feature a preview of ‘Alphabet 12’ Community Impact Video which took place Wednesday 23 August 2017. Some of the contributors of the video will be presenting talks on their experience to the video.

The session will also feature a Special Webinar from Dr. Zoee Bartholomew, from CA, USA. There will be Introduction Special Webinars from various Lead Guest Speakers and Special Webinar Guest Speakers who will be contributing to Third Series of ‘Alphabet 12’.

Lewis at Project Aspie will be discussing up-and-coming Project Aspie New Developments which take place from October 2017 onwards through end of this year. Justin Donne and Mudassar at Project Aspie will be Event Hosts for the session.

The session will take place at The Education Space, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery between 1.00 pm – 4.30 pm. Refreshments and the opportunity to network will occur between 12.00 pm-12.45 pm.

Click here to reserve your free ticket

Tipton Town FC – All Inclusive Disability Football

Tipton Town Football Club invites you to join their all inclusive disability football which will be commencing on:

Thursday 28 September 2017,  5.30pm till 6.30pm at the RSA Academy, Tipton, DY4 0BZ.

This new opportunity is aimed at ages 7 to 16 years of age. Providing them with the opportunity to make new friends, increase confidence, learn new skills and much more.

The sessions are being delivered by experienced coaches. Please note that these sessions are not turn up and play sessions you will need to register your interest with either Matt on 07896661257 or Jon on 07874976416.

Get A ‘Christmas’ Job at The Way, Wolverhampton

The Get A ‘Christmas’ Job programme will be starting at The Way Wolverhampton Youth Zone on Monday 25th September (full list of dates available on request).

This four-week interactive employability programme is open to all 16-24 year olds who are NEET. The emphasis this time around is on finding work for the Christmas period. The qualification, accredited by the Open College Network West Midlands, will be a Level 1 in Interpersonal and Customer Service Skills.

The aim of the course is for young people to develop self-awareness, confidence and skills to be able to move into a job, the hope being that having experience of work will raise their aspiration and may lead them to apply for other work, a traineeship, an apprenticeship or a college course. (There is also a chance that if they secure a Christmas job and do well, they could be taken on beyond the Christmas period.)

The course blends the development of interpersonal and customer service skills with workshops from business people, an OCNWM accredited qualification, visits to local businesses; use of The Way’s fantastic facilities; work experience opportunities and practical skills around identifying the right next step for them and succeeding with it.

The course is part-funded by Accenture and partly by The Way. Anyone who meets the age and NEET criteria is eligible, regardless of where they live.

Referral is by email to Leonie Hudson at with the participant’s name, address, DOB, email address and telephone number.

Anyone who is referred is encouraged go and meet Leonie on either Tuesday 19th September or Friday 22nd September, any time between 10 am – 4 pm. Please let Leonie know beforehand if you wish to visit on 01902 328 290.


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