Category Archives

Can you offer a ‘Warm Space’ to your local community? Small grants available now.

Vision 2030 sets out the ambitions towards making Sandwell (in 2030) a thriving, optimistic and resilient community. Central to this vision is the message of closer partnership working between all sectors and communities across the borough.

SCVO, is a local charity working across the borough of Sandwell with a mission to help local residents and communities access support, which enables them to take greater control of their lives, overcome challenges and make the most of opportunities available to them.

SCVO is delivering this grant programme, on behalf of and in partnership with Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council, to enable voluntary and community groups to deliver activities in Sandwell, and to Sandwell residents, to support the following priority:

Purpose of the Fund – Sandwell Warm Spaces

To provide a network of Warm Spaces during colder weather, which are accessible to all members of the community and offer the following as a minimum:

  • A warm (min 18 degrees Celsius) and accessible indoor space with comfortable seating areas
  • Adequately staffed and insured
  • Free warm drinks
  • Stock of written resources offering advice on keeping warm, tackling cost of living etc. (provided by SMBC and others)
  • Regular completion and return of simple statistics regarding usage (of warm space)
  • Adherence to the Sandwell Warm Spaces Charter (See Appendix 2 of the Guidance Notes)

You may choose to offer additional, optional services (including food provision – free or paid), advice sessions, educational or creative activities, entertainment (e.g. movie showings), but these will need to be specified in your application separately from the minimum warm space offer.

Projects that are successfully awarded funding for this theme will be expected to be able to deliver their warm space by the 31st October 2022 at the latest and continue for the period specified in the application (to a maximum of 31st March 2023).

To apply, download the following documents:

Please ensure you read the Guidance Notes IN FULL, as they contain important information about the minimum levels of commitment required to apply for funding, and then submit your completed Application Form to:

A Covid-19 Grant can help you stay safe indoors and out this autumn

As the weather cools and we move to more indoor activities the risk of infection from colds, flu and Covid-19 increases. Whilst deaths and serious illness from Covid-19 are a lot less than at the beginning of the pandemic, none of us want to be ill or put vulnerable members of our family and community at risk.

Over the past two years there has been funding to help Voluntary and Community Groups promote safe practices and ensure accurate information is available about vaccinations. If you would like to continue this message and help your community group stay as safe as possible this winter, then this funding may be for you.

Recent funding has helped pay for personal hygiene packs with masks and hand gel for individuals. Additional resources to organisations have assisted to keep premises and members safe, support the translation of relevant information into community languages and facilitate phoning people to arrange to get them to their vaccination appointments.

There have been lots of other very creative ideas so come and talk to us.  If we your idea qualifies, you will be given a simple application form and guidance notes and we will work with you through the application process.

Please contact Liz or Barbara at SCVO to find out more, at call 07923 259821 or call 07859 913363.


Making Multi-Agency Early Help in Sandwell work for our Children, Young People and Families 

Join us to consider how we can build on our strong partnerships and make multi-agency early help in Sandwell even more effective for our families. 

In Sandwell, we have a refreshed approach to delivering and evidencing multi-agency early help to children and families. We will focus on the tools and resources that we can all use to support families, with an opportunity to discuss how common challenges to providing multi-agency early help can be overcome. Working together, we can ensure we provide the right support, in the right place, at the right time to children and families in Sandwell.

Early Help have arranged four sessions that will all be held virtually through Teams and at various times of the day to encourage as many partners, as possible to participate.

The first session is on Friday, 7th October 2022, 1 – 2 pm.  Subsequent dates and times and booking details can be found here 1 – Sandwell Early Help Partnership

Free Introduction to Fundraising Online Session

Are you just starting on your fundraising journey or career?
Need some guidance, hints and tips on how to go about raising money for your organisation?

SCVO would like to invite you to our ‘Introduction to Fundraising’ online session being held on Thursday 24th November 2022 at 10am via a Zoom Conference Call. This session is aimed at those community, voluntary and social enterprise organisations new to the art of fundraising and will present a basic understanding and knowledge of what you need to know to get started with raising money for your project, activities or organisation.

The session aims to provide you with:

  • An introduction to the basic principles of fundraising,
  • A better understanding on how to construct your responses within a funding application including some funding do’s and don’ts,
  • Hints and tips and
  • The most common reasons why some applications fail.

There is a maximum of 30 places available for this online session. All places must be booked through Eventbrite by clicking here. Please note, an email invitation to join the online session will be send out by SCVO in advance and prior to its commencement.

If you are having trouble booking onto the session via Eventbrite, please email Libby our Small Groups Development Officer at with your details and she’ll book you onto the session.

Why not go to our website at to subscribe to our free weekly e-bulletin, so you get e-updates automatically on SCVO webinars and training opportunities straight to your inbox.

Exclusive £1,000 Giveaway for The Third Sector

All third-sector organisations in our region have the chance to enter easyfundraising’s £1,000 giveaway, where one organisation will win £500 and five runners up £100!

To enter, register with easyfundraising, or if you already are registered, raise three donations by between 1st and 31 October 2022. In these financially difficult times, alternative fundraising options like this are vital to keeping our services thriving and our members happy.

easyfundraising partners with over 7,000 brands, so when someone shops online, your organisation receives a share of their purchase for free. It’s the brands way of giving back to local groups and communities and a way for your organisation to create a free, unrestricted funding stream. In these financially difficult times, alternative fundraising options like this are vital to keeping our services thriving and our members happy.

Sign up and enter the competition by clicking here.

We Want Your Views – Cost of Living Crisis Impact on the VCS?

The UK is currently in the grip of the most severe cost of living crisis seen for decades.  High inflation and sharply rising fuel bills are pushing more and more people into poverty and hardship.  Charities and community groups, alongside local authorities and health services, are amongst those looking to provide help and support.

The financial situation is not just affecting us all as individuals but also impacting significantly on businesses – both private and charitable.  During the month of September, SCVO is running a survey for all local community groups, voluntary organisations, not-for-profit bodies and charities, seeking to understand how the rising costs of everyday supplies and services are, and are going to, affect our sector in Sandwell.

The survey will aim to bring together insight and information so we can better understand the risks and pressures over the coming months, and how this may impact on support for residents and sustainability for voluntary organisations.

The survey is short and should only take a few minutes to complete.

To access the VCS Impact Survey please go to

SCVO will use the information gathered through the survey to consider what support can be offered, brokered or sought for local charities and groups, as well as sharing this insight with local strategic partner organisations.

Please complete the survey by the middle of October 2022.


FREE Lunchtime Briefing Event – LawWorks: Pro Bono Legal Support

SCVO is very pleased to be able to bring you this lunchtime briefing event to introduce the services of LawWorksa charity working in England and Wales to connect volunteer lawyers with people in need of legal advice, who are not eligible for legal aid and cannot afford to pay and with the not-for-profit organisations that support them.

This session, on Thursday, 13th October 2022 from 12 noon to 1 pm, is particularly looking at the pro bono support offer that is available to not-for-profit organisations (as opposed to individuals).

You’ll hear from LawWorks about this programme and the support/resources available, which include:

  1. Free videos, memos and FAQs on common legal issues – a range of short online videos presented by solicitors that cover common legal issues faced by small not-for-profit organisations. The videos are all free to watch and aim to help you when making important decisions. There is also a range of other legal resources to help answer some frequently asked questions that are received from charities and not-for-profit organisations.
  2. Free legal assistance for not-for-profits – this programme brokers legal advice on a wide range of legal issues to small not-for-profit organisations meeting our eligibility criteria.

It can find a solicitor for your not-for-profit organisation, either for:

  • A one-off legal issue (like drafting a contract, reviewing a lease, updating a constitution/articles, or clarifying rights in a commercial dispute); or
  • A longer-term basis (to carry out a review of the organisation’s documents, identify potential legal issues, and be a first port of call for legal queries).

To book your FREE ticket, visit:

SCVO Community Mental Health Networking Event – 26th September 2022

SCVO are organising an information and networking event for our next round of V2030 Community Mental Health Grants (Round 3) on Monday, 26th September 2022, at the Wesley Centre, Spring Head, Wednesbury, WS10 9AD from 10 am to 12 noon.

As our Round 1 projects are aware, we organised a similar event last October, to provide a space for projects to share their ideas, whilst giving groups the opportunity to develop a joined-up approach to delivery. We are therefore arranging a similar event, to include both Round 1 and 2 awardees, as well as other groups who are interested in applying for a grant in Round 3. The new round will open on 3rd October 2022 and those groups who were awarded in Round 1 and 2, will also have an opportunity to apply again in Round 3, if their projects are completed.

We would like for all Round 1 projects to join us to participate and share information during networking opportunity, with one or two attendees offering to feedback on the impact of their projects.

We would also strongly encourage all Round 2 awardees to attend and present an overview of their projects (nothing too formal) to allow those who are interested in Round 3 to see the breadth of work that is taking place.

Please can you confirm your attendance, and book via our Eventbrite link.

Preparing for UK Shared Prosperity Fund in Sandwell

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) is a central pillar of the UK government’s ambitious Levelling Up agenda, replacing previous European Union funding streams, and is a significant component of government support for places across the UK. It will provide £2.6 billion of new funding for local investment by March 2025, with all areas of the UK receiving an allocation via a funding formula rather than a competition.

In Sandwell discussions are underway between Sandwell Council and the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) on how UKSPF funds can best be utilised in the borough. SCVO, in partnership with Sandwell Council, are inviting voluntary sector organisations who deliver employment and skills or placed-based support to residents in Sandwell to attend a briefing event where they can find out more.

This briefing is a chance for Sandwell’s Voluntary and Community Sector to:-

  • Find out more about UKSPF.
  • Understand the respective roles of Sandwell Council and the WMCA, and explore how providers can engage with this opportunity.
  • Find out what’s happened so far and what the plans are for delivering UKSPF in Sandwell.

The briefing is being held online on Thursday 22nd September from 12.30pm – 2.00pm.

If you would like to attend the briefing, please book a place through Eventbrite –

Need help with the socials?

Love it or hate it, social media and digital technology are not going away any time soon. But for many charities it’s all still a mystery and could be losing them both support and much-needed cash.

Volunteers can help bring those skills into an organisation and give them a new lease of life in this digital age. So in September we’ll be highlighting opportunities for volunteers to help out with setting up an Instagram account for example, or switching your accounts to an online platform rather than paper and pencil.

If you would like to promote an IT volunteering opportunity on our site please get in touch with

Page 1 of 12123...Last

Contact Us

Tel: 0121 525 1127

1st Floor, Landchard House
Victoria Street, West Bromwich
B70 8ER