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Support for Community Groups across Sandwell

Do you run a Community Group or Youth Group in Sandwell? We want to hear from you!

Sandwell Council of Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) is a charitable organisation based in Sandwell which supports Sandwell’s Voluntary and Community Sector, comprised of voluntary-run community groups, charities, not-for-profit businesses, faith communities and social enterprises.

SCVO provides the infrastructure to enable the Sector, it’s communities and its beneficiaries to have a strong voice and play a leading role in ensuring all residents have access to the support they need and have their say in shaping Sandwell’s future. SCVO also delivers development support to ensure that Sandwell has a strong, healthy and resilient Sector where new and established community activities can flourish

Are you part of a group in Sandwell that has plans to do something new or looking for support to engage with your local community? Get in touch with our Community Partnerships Coach to find out how we can support your project.

Contact Liz on 07923259821 or email

Generous and Nurturing Partnerships Workshop

SCVO, in partnership with The National Lottery Community Fund, are running a workshop that explores how to develop a ‘Generous and Nurturing Partnership’ for the benefit of your service users. The workshop will explore past experiences and whether they have worked well or not. Our workshop will provide an opportunity to those seeking partnership working to discuss the proverbial “elephants in the room”.

The workshop is being held on Tuesday 25th February 2020 from 12.30pm till 3.30pm at SCVO’s Offices, 1st Floor, Landchard House, Victoria Street, West Bromwich, B70 8ER.

The workshop will also explore Partnership Grants from the National Lottery Community Fund who will be presenting this part of the workshop.

This workshop is free for Sandwell-based voluntary and community sector groups and those groups whose main beneficiaries live in Sandwell (subject to attendance).

There is a maximum of 20 places available for this workshop. Please book two tickets only per organisation.

For more information on this workshop please contact Shamsher Dharsani on 0121 525 1127 / or to book your place CLICK HERE


Voluntary and Community Sector Breakfast Meeting Invitation

The next voluntary sector breakfast meeting will be held on Thursday 26th March 2020 at Holy Trinity Church, 69 South Road, Smethwick, B67 7BP from 7.30 am to 9.00 am.

Attendees will have the opportunity to network with peers from the Sector to find out what’s new, what’s happening in the borough or simply just to have a have a catch-up.

Please come along and join us for this very informal networking opportunity.  Light refreshments will be provided.

If you would like to book a place please e-mail or

Sandwell Council – Online Anti-Social Behaviour Reporting

Sandwell Council has launched a new online form to help people report anti-social behaviour.  The form – which is available on MySandwell at – provides a single point of entry for all anti-social behaviour reports to the council.

It will make sure reports are sent to the right team to deal with the matter and also enables customers to be regularly updated.

Sign up for a MySandwell account today to save time and do it online.  From reporting anti-social behaviour, fly-tipping and abandoned vehicles to paying bills, applying to join the housing register or booking a bulky waste collection, find out more at

People can also report anti-social behaviour by calling 0121 368 1166. If you or your family feel in immediate danger, call the police on 999

Postponed National Lottery Community Fund Surgery Sessions 2020!

Given the evolving situation around COVID-19, SCVO has decided to postpone the National Lottery Surgery Sessions until further notice. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

SCVO in partnership with the National Lottery Community Fund are hosting a series of monthly surgery sessions for those wishing to discuss their submitted initial outline proposal in more detail with a member of the National Lottery Grants Team.

The 2020 surgery dates with the National Lottery Community Fund will be held on the second Monday of every month, from 10am until 1pm at SCVO’s Offices, 1st Floor, Landchard House, Victoria Street, West Bromwich, B70 8ER.

Future dates for the surgery sessions include:

  • Cancelled – Tuesday 7th April 2020,
  • Monday 11th May 2020,
  • Monday 8th June 2020,
  • Monday 13th July 2020,
  • Monday 10th August 2020,
  • Monday 14th September 2020,
  • Monday 12th October 2020,
  • Monday 9th November 2020 and
  • Monday 14th December 2020.

The Lottery’s Grants Officer will be available for booked appointments to further discuss your initial proposal and potential next steps. Prior to booking an appointment you must have completed and emailed the National Lottery Community Fund at with your initial outline proposal (shaped around their 6 bullet points which can be found by clicking here and looking under the ‘What we need to know’ Section on their website).

If you are interested in taking advantage of this unique opportunity and want to book your time slot with The National Lottery Community Fund please email Donna Adams at or call on 0121 345 7661 to avoid disappointment.

Alternatively, you can contact Libby Mahoney at SCVO to make a booking on 0121 525 1127 or email

Season’s Greetings!

The management and staff at SCVO would like to wish readers of our ebulletin a very Happy Christmas and the very best for the voluntary and community sector in 2020.

This is final edition of 2019. The first edition of the New Year will be on Monday, 6 January.

Enjoy the festive Break.

Postponed Wednesbury Drop-in Sessions for 2020

Given the evolving situation around COVID-19, SCVO has decided to postpone the Wednesbury Drop-In Sessions until further notice. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

SCVO in partnership with South Staffs Water are runing a monthly drop-in session for Sandwell Community, Voluntary  and Social Enterprise organisations at SSW Community Hub, Unit 17, Union Street, Wednesbury, WS10 7HD.

Libby Mahoney, SCVO’s Small Groups Development Officer, will be available on the third Monday of every month from 10am till 12pm.

The drop-in session dates are as follows:

  • Monday 20th April 2020 – Cancelled,
  • Monday 12th May 2020,
  • Monday 15th June 2020,
  • Monday 20th July 2020,
  • Monday 17th August 2020,
  • Monday 21st September 2020,
  • Monday 19th October 2020 and
  • Monday 16th November 2020.

This is your opportunity to discuss your project ideas, business plans or funding application(s) and receive practical support, advice and tips on how to improve the success of your project/application and much more.

Please note your organisation must be based or delivering here in Sandwell to be able to access this service.

To see what other services SCVO provides please visit our website at

Managing the Essentials – ‘Food and Finance’

The impact of ‘Food and Finance’ on children, young people and families in Sandwell is a growing concern. The stresses and pressures, be they financial, social, employment, relationships and health are bigger than ever. By working together and supporting one another in the work that we do, we can help to ensure these needs are met.

Our event will bring together a range of organisations and look at what ‘Food and Finance’ means in Sandwell, what the concerns/worries are and how we can work together to address them, and what are the early indicators.

Wednesday 15th January 2020
9:30am – Arrivals and Networking
10.00am – Start
12.00pm – Finish
Portway Lifestyle Centre, Newbury Lane, Oldbury, B69 1HE

All tickets for this event are free and we encourage members to bring along colleagues (max 3 per organisation) and of course if you can’t make it feel free to send someone in your place.

You are welcome to stay for more networking (and cake!) after the event.

For any questions or queries please email: or call Angel on 0121 525 1127.

To book your place please do so through Evenbrite

‘Completing the Picture’ – Tipton

Do you feel it’s difficult to keep on top of who’s who and what they do? Are you left trying to find missing pieces and links when looking for that little bit of extra support for the young people and families you are working with? If so, this event is for you!

Taking place on Tuesday 3 December 2019, 10.00am – 12.00noon at Murray Hall Community Trust, The Bridge, St Marks Road, Tipton, DY4 0SL

Sandwell Early Help Partnership will bring together organisations, services and schools from Tipton, and provide an opportunity for members and prospective members to:

– engage with others
– find out what services are available locally
– build new partnerships, and
– share ideas of how to best support children, young people and families

If you work, or offer support services in Tipton, and would like to ‘Complete the Picture’ about what support services are available locally, book your place now by clicking here

For any further information about the event or about the Early Help Partnership, please contact Angel Lakha, Early Help Partnership Co-ordinator – or telephone 0121 525 1127.

Charity Trustee Responsibilities – Workshop: 11th December 2019

Are you thinking of becoming a Charity Trustee and want to know what’s involved?

Are you an existing Charity Trustee and just want to refresh your knowledge?

Join us for this short workshop that will look at the duties and responsibilities of charity trustees.

We’ll be considering (amongst other things):

  • the six main duties of Charity Trustees;
  • exploring the  safeguarding responsibilities – including an overview of the DBS system;
  • resources available to support Charity Trustees.

Outline Agenda – Wednesday, 11th December 2019

From 9.30am – Arrival, networking and refreshments

10.00am – Workshop starts promptly

12 noon – workshop closes…but please stay for networking if you have time.

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This workshop is FREE to attend for representatives of groups that support Sandwell residents (being 100% of their work or the significant majority)

For ALL other groups there is a £10 fee.

Book your tickets at:

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