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Commonwealth Games equipment giveaway

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Sport England are pleased to invite community organisations to apply for sporting equipment which was used at the Games.

The opportunity is open to organisations providing inclusive and accessible sports, physical activity and wellbeing activities in communities in the West Midlands (Birmingham, Black Country, Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire, Hereford and Worcestershire, Shropshire, Staffordshire).

The organisations will be encouraging participation and cohesion through sport, while promoting the benefits of physical health and wellbeing for their community.

Our main purpose is to help everyone in England to get active regardless of their age, background or ability.

This complements Birmingham 2022’s pledge to deliver an inclusive, accessible and sustainable Games.

Both us and Birmingham 2022 are committed to tackling inactivity and extending the reach of sporting and physical activity opportunities, and these are set out in Birmingham 2022’s Physical Activity and Wellbeing Legacy Plan.

This sporting equipment includes an array of items from across the Commonwealth Games sports, such as basketballs, netballs, boxing gloves and rugby equipment.

There’s also a range of consumable items which may indirectly help your organisation run activities, such as vacuum cleaners, mops, buckets and ice machines.

A full list of the lots available are available via the sports equipment gifting legacy catalogue.

Please note, at the point of releasing the list of “lots”, we’re still collating equipment from each Games venue. There’ll be some items that have been broken/damaged or lost during the Games and/or in transit. Therefore, the final lots may differ from those published.

To find out more, (including eligibility criteria), and to make an application, please visit: Commonwealth Games equipment giveaway | Sport England

**PLEASE NOTE** Applications close at 5pm on 15th September 2022

Cost of Living Payments

Millions of people on means-tested benefits will receive the first of two Cost of Living Payments totalling £650 from 14th July 2022 as part of a £37billion government package to help families with cost of living pressures.

The first £326 instalment for qualifying low-income households in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be paid by their usual instalment method form 14th July 2022, continuing to the end of the month. For those eligible, the rest will follow in a second instalment in the autumn.

People receiving tax credits and no other eligible benefits will receive their first payment from HMRC in the autumn and the second in winter.

In total, millions of vulnerable households will receive at least £1,200 from the Government this year to help cover rising costs. These are specific payments for those on means-tested benefits, pensioners, those on disability benefits and to help people with energy bills.

For more information, please visit: Cost of Living Payment – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Free learn to ride a bike sessions with Sikh Helpline

Did you know that Sikh Helpline are offering free sessions on how to learn to ride a bike, that includes bike repair lessons, to help you be confident when riding a bike?

Sikh Helpline already have a record number of people signed up for the sessions and are working hard to meet the demand for the number of the bikes they will need.

A limited number of bikes are available to use, should you not have your own.  However, if anyone can help them out, please get in touch with Sarvjit Kaur at  admin@sikhhelpline.com

Sessions available throughout August and September. Sikh Helpline would love to have you join them to learn a new skill, keep active and perhaps make new friends!

Register here.


Help beat the October energy price rise with an energy MOT

Let Warm Homes West Midlands help you prepare for winter with a free Home Energy MOT.

They offer:

  • Practical advice about keeping warm
  • Advice about smarter use of energy
  • Installation of free energy-saving devices such as draught excluders and radiator panels
  • Installation of free energy-saving light bulbs
  • Referral to other useful services, if needed.

Call Warmer Homes West Midlands on 0808 196 8298 for further information.


Third Sector Trends in the West Midlands 2022

This study (Third Sector Trends 2022) of voluntary and community organisations, social enterprises, cooperatives, societies and clubs (the ‘third sector’ or ‘VCSE sector’) started in 2010.

A lot has happened since the last survey in 2019.  So it’s time to find out what has changed in the last three years.

Whether your organisation or group is big or small, flourishing or struggling – or just carrying on more or less as normal – your input is invaluable.

It’s (genuinely) an interesting survey and only takes about 10 minutes to complete.

The responses help to build a picture of how organisations and groups work and what they achieve. This helps funders make good decisions on how to invest in the sector.

Join the Third Sector Trends survey here ==>> Third Sector Trends in England and Wales 2022 (onlinesurveys.ac.uk)

Supermarkets Are Giving Free Funding!

ASDA, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Tesco, Waitrose and other supermarkets are giving third-sector organisations free funding. Register your organisation with fundraising website easyfundraising, and when your supporters, staff and volunteers buy their weekly groceries online, supermarkets will donate money to you.

For example, Sainsbury’s will donate £1.50 to you every time one of your supporters shops online with them. One person shopping every week could raise £72, while 10 people would raise £720 just by doing their usual online shop.

It’s a free, easy and low-effort way of creating a pot of funds to help carry on your work.

Get started click here.

Community Transport Let’s Chat Initiative

Community Transport is taking part in the Let’s Chat Initiative, aimed at tackling loneliness through transport in our local communities. If Community Transport is successful, the initiative will be split into three parts:

  1. A mobile facility travelling around local destinations across Coventry, Mid-Birmingham and the Black Country, allowing local people to hop on board, have a cup of tea or coffee, a biscuit or a cake, and a chat.  On here, they will be able to access information about local organisations and services that may be beneficial to them.  The aim is to get people connected, reduce loneliness and isolation, and increase social interaction
  2. Bus Station facilities.  Much the same as the mobile service, but in a static building at selected Bus Stations in the same three areas.  This is a space that will be open at various times during the week, for residents to use to meet people, and for other organisations to use, free of charge, to speak with people and give out information for the benefit of the end user
  3. Passenger Transport.  This third element is to provide subsidised transport to allow people to travel more freely, at reduced cost, to local groups, organisations, and activities to promote social wellness and inclusion.

The services will run Monday – Saturday 8.30 am – 6 pm.   Community Transport is looking for local organisations, groups and activity providers that may want to use the mobile or static units to participate in this project. You will be able to provide information for your own groups, free of charge, and to chat to people within our local communities to tackle loneliness.

The project is due to start mid-August.

Please let Liz Rowe, Operations Director South, know if you are interested, or if you know other like-minded organisations that may be.  Contact Liz on 01902 491209, (M) 07912 388171 or email liz.rowe@communitytransport.org


Smethwick: The global history of a town in 10 buildings

Smethwick isn’t just any old town: it has been built by people from all over the world. From the Red Cow pub to Marshall Street’s Malcolm X plaque and Guru Nanak Gurdwara, every building, and every street, has a unique story to tell.

In this online event, from 6 – 7 pm on Tuesday, 26th July 2022, hosted by Chance Heritage Trust, a panel will reveal the global history that the very foundations of the town are built on, and the stories behind the buildings you walk past every day.

Together, there will be a discussion on how our communities can continue to add their stories and make our voices heard as the town continues to grow.

You can also find what else is happening in Chance Conversations, some of the hottest topics in industrial heritage and part of #MadeinSmethwick.

For further information and to register click here.

On Yer Bike!

Know someone who never learned to ride a bike? The Sikh Helpline Cycling Club is offering 10 free sessions to adults throughout August and September.

Sessions will take place at Gurdwara Har Rai Sahib and Dartmouth Park/Sandwell Valley in West Bromwich, and there are even limited bikes available for use if you don’t have your own.

Book places via https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/R/3G3S9FN

Wednesbury Summer Fete

Riverside, in partnership with Sandwell Council, are hosting a summer fete on Saturday, 13th August 2022, at Wednesbury Town Hall, from 11 am to 3 pm.

  • home-made crafts
  • refreshments
  • entertainment

Stalls are available for hire.  Please call 07870 809 387 or email deniseann.heiginbotham@riverside.org.uk

Free parking at Wednesbury Leisure Centre.

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