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The Art Yard – Call for Artists November Exhibition

 

The Art Yard would like to invite local arts to register their interest in being apart of their Open Media Exhibition. This is an opportunity for the artist to showcase their work regardless of the medium (i.e. paint, photography, ceramics, sculpture, film metalwork, crafts and much more).

Artists should complete the Submission Form listing all works you would like to exhibit stating the Media, size and selling price, please include any digital images of each work.

The Art Yard charge a small fee for exhibiting your works in their gallery and are to be paid when delivering your works.

For more details see the links below:

We very much look forward to seeing your work and hope you enjoy what we believe will be a successful and exciting Exhibition.

For more information or to submit your completed form please email The Art Yard directly at infoartyard@gmail.com or call 01384910968.


Sandwell Blue Light Team Launch

Reaching out to vulnerable people who are alcohol and/or drug dependent, resistant to treatment and who are a burden on emergency services.

Come along to our launch event to meet the new team and discuss how we can work together to improve the health and wellbeing of the vulnerable substance misusers of Sandwell.

Taking place on Monday 11th November 2019 from 10.00am – 12.00pm, Sandwell Council House, Committee Rooom 1, Freeth Street, Oldbury, B60 3DB.

For more information and to confirm your attendance, please contact Blue Light Co-ordinator Gurjit Brring or Assertive Outreach Worker Irene O’Brien on 0121 553 1333 or e-mail bluelightsandwell@cranstoun.org.uk


The Art Yard – November Sale Exhibition

The Art Yard would like to invite local arts to register their interest in being apart of their Open Media Exhibition. This is an opportunity for the artist to showcase their work regardless of the medium (i.e. paint, photography, ceramics, sculpture, film metalwork, crafts and much more).

Artists should complete the Submission Form listing all works you would like to exhibit stating the Media, size and selling price, please include any digital images of each work.

The Art Yard charge a small fee for exhibiting your works in their gallery and are to be paid when delivering your works.

For more details see the links below:

We very much look forward to seeing your work and hope you enjoy what we believe will be a successful and exciting Exhibition.

For more information or to submit your completed form please email The Art Yard directly at infoartyard@gmail.com or call 01384910968.


Sandwell Visually Impaired CIO (SVI) Annual Forum Request for Volunteers

Sandwell Visually Impaired (SVI) CIO’s largest event of the year is fast approaching and they are seeking your help to make the day enjoyable and stress  free for their blind and visually impaired guests.

They do hope you are able to help them this year by being a volunteer as part of their Annual Forum.

Event:  SVI’s Annual Forum – attracts around 100 people every year.
Event date:  Monday 18 November 2019 from 9am to 3pm.  Note, if volunteers are only able to stay for part of the event, please contact the SVI team to discuss.

Venue: Portway Lifestyles Centre, Newbury Lane, Oldbury, B69 1HE

Role description and duties:

Volunteer helpers are needed to assist SVI [Sandwell Visually Impaired] blind and partially sighted members to safely move around while at the event, to escort to seats, offer refreshments i.e. drinks and biscuits on arrival and at morning break, read programmes etc. on request from members, accompany members to exhibit stands, offer sighted guide support to toilets [note there is no personal care requirements, PA’s are available should this be required] and to help with the distribution of a pre packed ‘meal deal’ lunch.  Volunteer helpers also have a key role to enable visually impaired members to make best use of the day and to make every effort to make the event enjoyable and stress free for those present.

A volunteers pre-event meeting and Sighted guide instruction session is taking place at the Portway Lifestyle Centre on Tuesday 5 November 2019 from 1pm to 2.30pm.  If anyone is unable to attend the pre-event meeting, a short briefing session will take place on the day of the event from 9am for a short instruction/refresher session – note sighted guide technique is not difficult and can be easily learned in around 30 minutes.

If volunteers would like to learn more about the role but are unable to attend the volunteers meeting, please ring the SVI office for an informal chat on 0121 525 4810.

Travel expenses are claimable at standard Day Saver pass rate or mileage at 45p a mile.  Volunteer helpers are also provided with a ‘meal deal’ lunch and general refreshments throughout the event.

SVI value their volunteers and as well as supporting SVI we would encourage volunteers to make the most of the event for themselves, it’s a wonderful opportunity to gain greater awareness of visual impairment and to obtain a broad range of information about support and services available to people living with sight loss – a good opportunity for anyone seeking to look for employment in a care and support capacity.

A full volunteer pack is provided following the volunteer meeting.

If you are able to help SVI, they look forward to hearing from you and to meeting you either at the pre-event volunteers meeting, or on the day of the Annual Forum.

 


Sandwell Launches New Language Network

Sandwell Consortium are launching the Sandwell Language Network (SLN) programme, providing a unique opportunity to work closely with our voluntary and community sector partners to develop the offer of  English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) provision in Sandwell.

How to get involved?
We want to promote the great work already happening so please get in touch to give us an overview of your current provision.

We have an exciting opportunity to provide training to your volunteers to enable them to assist in delivering ESOL programmes – in partnership with Sandwell College, volunteers can access a training programme that offers:
• City & Guilds Award in Education & Training
• a work placement to hone new skills
• mentoring support
• travel expenses

We are asking organisations with volunteers who would like to deliver more ESOL to express an interest by emailing english@sandwellconsortium.co.uk


NEW Resources for No-Deal Brexit Planning

Are you worried about the effects of a no-deal Brexit on your organisation? Have you thought about this yet?
There is no doubt that we live in difficult and uncertain times. Across the country, communities are facing huge challenges and community organisations are often at the heart of trying to solve these problems. A no-deal Brexit is likely to bring challenges for all businesses and community organisations will be no different. You have a unique set of challenges to face and Locality has produced a package of services to help you think about the implications and risks of a no-deal Brexit and how to mitigate these.

Locality has created a free information pack pulling together all the key information you need to think about the implications of a no-deal Brexit for community organisations.

You can download this FREE resource at: https://locality.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/No-deal-Brexit-advice-and-considerations-for-community-organisations.pdf

Locality also has a range of other services on offer – visit their website for more information: https://locality.org.uk


Bangladeshi Women’s Association Limited receives ‘Space to Connect’ grant to boost community space

Bangladeshi Women’s Association [BWA Limited] in Tipton has been awarded a £10,000 grant from a
partnership between Co-op’s charity, the Co-op Foundation, and the Department for Digital, Culture,
Media and Sport. BWA Limited will use ‘Space to Connect’ funding to hold a series of workshops across
the Jubilee Park Community Centre and the Tipton Muslim Community Centre to explore what
activities and resources are available in the local community. This will help to identify how best two
spaces can bring residents together. It is one of 57 organisations across England to receive a grant
from the £1.6 million partnership, designed to help communities tackle loneliness by improving and
protecting local spaces that bring people together. Space to Connect follows commitments made in
the Government’s Civil Society and Loneliness Strategies, published in 2018, to help create sustainable
community hubs and spaces where they are most needed. Funding also builds on the Co-op
Foundation’s work to strengthen community spaces where people can connect and co-operate.

Chair of BWA Limited, Razia Sattar, said: “We are delighted to receive this funding and look forward
to holding community conversations with a wide range of community groups in Tipton so that our two
centres can grow and develop new services to meet the needs of local people”. Minister for Civil
Society, Baroness Barran, said: “Strong communities play a crucial role in tackling loneliness and social
isolation. This £1.6 million worth of funding will create and enhance local spaces that bring people
together, encouraging them to make new and lasting friendships. It is part of our ongoing commitment
to work hand in hand with local communities to build a shared, integrated and socially responsible
society.” Jim Cooke, Head of the Co-op Foundation, said: “Our Space to Connect partnership with
Government builds on our commitment to strengthen communities and tackle loneliness through cooperation.
“Grants awarded today will empower people to work together to make better use of spaces
to address local challenges, improving the well-being and skills of their whole community.” Space to
Connect was launched in June 2019, at the same time as Co-op’s Endangered Spaces campaign to
protect, support and improve 2,000 community spaces by 2022.

For further information, contact the BWA Limited Team on 0121 557 6766.


Join Alison on Charity Walk for Peace

Alison Pugh, Director of BUDS, is taking part in the Charity Walk for Peace on Saturday, 26th October, at West Park, Wolverhampton.

Alison says, “I am delighted to be joining the Charity Walk for Peace again this year and in the local area. The Walk is a great opportunity to take in the scenery and atmosphere and raise funds for BUDS.”

You can help raise funds for BUDS by sponsoring Alison.   Please see here.

Anyone who would like to register for the walk can do so by visiting charitywalkforpeace.org/wolverhampton/


Brexit Countdown: Preparing for the Unknown

Brexit is scheduled to happen in just a few weeks on 31 October, possibly with or without a withdrawal agreement (or ‘deal’) with the European Union. Even at this late stage, there are things people involved with charities can and should do to get ready. The Directory of Social Change have gathered together some free resources to help.

The Government has given mixed messages about whether it would follow this law or seek to get around it somehow in order to leave by 31 October regardless. Further wrangling with Parliament could result in the Brexit clock running out as the courts rule on the matter, or the government collapses – resulting in a no-deal by default or possibly even uncertainty about what exactly the status of the UK is come November. Much also depends on the EU’s position – not just whether they agree a deal but whether they agree to any extension. This is uncharted territory and it’s hard to predict anything.

To read more, please view – https://www.dsc.org.uk/content/brexit-countdown-preparing-for-the-unknown/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=policy&utm_campaign=141019&dm_i=6S7,6IWV3,1OKOY1,PX78W,1

Source: Directory of Social Change

 


Charity Fraud Awareness Week

The fourth annual Fraud Awareness Week is fast-approaching, an initiative run by the Charity Commission with the support of the Fraud Advisory Council.

The week will run between 21st and 29th October 2019.

Its aims are to:

  • raise awareness of the key risks affecting the sector
  • promote and share good counter-fraud practices
  • promote honesty and openness about fraud

Visit the GOV.UK site to find out more about the launch event on Monday 21st October 2019 and you can now access training through the brand new Charity Fraud Awareness Hub.

Source: FSI


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