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Meet the Funder: National Lottery Community Fund

SCVO are delighted to invite you to our October Meet the Funder session, being delivered in partnership with the National Lottery Community Fund’s Grants Officer, Donna Adams.

Donna will be joining SCVO on Thursday 14th October 2021, 10am via a Zoom Conference Call, to discuss their current grants programmes.

Our FREE session will enable you to connect directly with the funder, ask any questions you may have and receive tailored advice. This is a fantastic opportunity for your organisation to learn more about the funds available, eligibility to apply, the assessment process and the different options available when applying to the fund prior to submitting your application.

Booking onto the session is essential via Eventbrite by clicking here, as there are a maximum of 40 places available for this virtual session. Please note, an email invitation to join the virtual session will be send out by SCVO in advance and prior to the commencement of the session.

Did You Know?

Did you know that Donna is also available for Sandwell based organisations, on the last Monday of every month, for a 1-2-1 timed-slot?

For more information click here or get in touch with Libby by email at with details of the project in the first instance.

SCVO’s AGM 2021 – Creating Positive Change – Save the Date

SCVO members, other local voluntary sector organisations, stakeholders, and strategic partners are invited to SCVO’s Annual General Meeting taking place, this year, on Tuesday 12th October 2021 from 10.00am – 12.30pm.

This will be an opportunity to reflect on an eventful year for Sandwell’s voluntary and community sector and learn about new developments and changes at SCVO. We will also be considering the post-pandemic challenges and opportunities for the Sector, including hearing from a range of speakers on the topics of health and wellbeing in the workplace, climate change and equality, diversity and inclusion.

We anticipate that the event will take place via a video conferencing platform, the access instructions for which will be provided to ticket holders prior to the event. Please note, if you don’t have internet access or suitable equipment to access the video content, you will still be able to ‘dial in’ from a standard landline (to a ‘local rate’ number).

To secure your place, please book via our Eventbrite page HERE.

Nominees of SCVO members organisations also have an opportunity to put themselves forward to be part of SCVO’s Board of Trustees.  In order to be considered, you will need to complete the formal Nomination Form and ensure it is returned to SCVO (details on the form itself) by 10.00am on Tuesday 31st August 2021.

SCVO is recruiting…

Are you looking for a satisfying role within a fast-paced and dynamic charity making a real difference within the local community? 

Are you someone with a great eye for attention to detail, particularly when following established processes?

Are you someone who is able to clearly map out a timetable of continuing communication and support to grant awardees?

 Then YOU might be just who we are looking for! 

SCVO seeks to appoint a high-calibre individual who will play a key role in supporting the smooth and effective running of SCVO’s internal and external activities, working closely with staff colleagues, and providing support for a range of administrative and delivery functions, with a particular focus on SCVO’s current and future grant programmes.

The role is a key point of contact for providing administrative support across SCVO’s current and future grant programmes, ensuring effective processes are developed and embedded across the lifetime of each programme – including administration of grant awards (securing appropriate paperwork, grant agreements etc.), effective and timely monitoring of requirements for reporting (both from individual awardees and to relevant funders) and liaising with applicants/awardees where appropriate.

SCVO is looking for a self-confident, self-motivated and adaptable individual, who has excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, and can evidence a strong attention to detail.

The successful candidate will be able to work to tight deadlines, and adaptable to changing priorities and circumstances. 

Remuneration: a competitive package that includes: 

  •  Salary: £8,145 – £8,644 per annum (depending upon experience) plus contributory pension scheme to which eligible employees will be auto-enrolled.
  •  Working hours: 15 hours per week (fixed term to 31st March 2023).
  •  Holidays: 28 days per annum, plus bank holidays (pro rata).

If you would like to have an informal discussion about this opportunity, please call Stuart Ashmore (Operations Manager/Deputy CEO) on 07703 823226.

Deadline for applications:      Monday, 6th September 2021 at 12 noon.

Interviews to be held Friday, 17th September 2021.

Click HERE to download the Job Description and Person Specification (pdf format)

Click HERE to download the Application Form (Word doc format)

Click HERE to see SCVO’s 2020 Annual Review

Click HERE to download SCVO’s 2019/20 Annual Report & Accounts

Please email applications to SCVO at:

**Please Note** – if you wish to submit your application by post, please contact Stuart Ashmore on 07703 823226 to discuss arrangements.

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Introduction to the Voluntary Sector – 14th September 2021

Did you know there are over 1,000 voluntary and community (VCS) groups operating in Sandwell? Are you in a new role and would value an overview of the vast range of services available to help and support Sandwell residents? Or are you new to the area or part of a newly formed community group and would like to find out more about other groups and organisations delivering activities locally?

This session is informal and open to anyone who feels they have a limited knowledge of the VCS in Sandwell or would like to improve their knowledge and also find out about SCVO’s support offer.  

This is the fifth session we have held and feedback has been extremely positive “I’ve increased my knowledge about the services out there and how SCVO can help to support me to find out more”.

The session will cover:-

Information about the range of VCS organisations in Sandwell

What is Sandwell Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO)?

How can SCVO support your organisation grow and thrive into the future?

How you can keep up to date with local developments and help to shape and influence local decisions.

The session is taking place on 14th September 2021, 11.00am – 12.30pm through Teams. Once you have secured your place through Eventbrite, a separate e-mail with joining instructions will be sent to you nearer the date.

To book a place please view –

If you need any further information please contact Leona Bird, Strategic Engagement Officer at SCVO

Meet the Funder: Tipton Education Fund

Great news! SCVO has teamed back up with The Heart of England Community Foundation’s Grants Officer, Lou Beddoe who will be coming virtually to Sandwell, to talk specifically about their Tipton Education Fund.

This is a great opportunity to hear first-hand about their eligibility process, what you can apply for, gain hints, tips and insights into the fund directly from the funder. The session is aimed at Tipton based community organisations and schools wishing to access grants of up to £2,000 that support projects that overcome barriers to learning, raise aspirations and encourage reading.

Our Virtual Meet the Funder session will be held on Wednesday 22nd September 2021, 10am – 11.30am on a Zoom Conference Call. Whilst the session is free to attend you will need to book a place in advance via Eventbrite.

Our FREE session will enable you to connect with the funder, as you’ll have the unique opportunity, to ask questions directly to the funder, as you learn more about Tipton Education Fund. There has never been a greater need for fundraisers to get-together to share knowledge and experience. So be sure to pencil the date into your diary!

Booking onto the session is essential via Eventbrite by clicking here, as there are a maximum of 30 places available for this virtual session. Please note, an email invitation to join the virtual session will be send out by SCVO in advance and prior to the commencement of the session.

For more information about this session or should you experience any difficulties registering a place, please contact Libby Mahoney, SCVO’s Small Groups Development Officer at

Commonwealth Games Briefing – Find out more and get involved!

This session is being delivered in partnership with Sandwell Council and Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Committee

With the Birmingham Commonwealth Games in summer 2022 approaching fast, this briefing event offers Sandwell voluntary organisations a chance to find out about the many exciting plans for activity around the Games, and receive an update on the progress of new developments such as the Aquatic Centre, located in Smethwick. This session is an opportunity to find out how your group and the residents and communities you serve can make the most of this global event on our doorstep and ensure a strong legacy for Sandwell. It will include information on pre-Games community activities and celebrations, sports sessions, programmes during the Games and volunteering opportunities.

The session will take place on Tuesday 7th September 2021 – 2.00pm – 3.30pm

To book your place please go to the link –

The briefing will be held through Microsoft Teams and the joining instructions will be e-mailed to you a few days before the session.

Trustee Chat

Dudley CVS and SCVO (Sandwell) are jointly hosting this informal session for charity trustees. This informal session is for people to learn more about charity trustees and their role, share their experiences and get support is being held on Thursday 22nd July 2021, 10am till 12pm.

The agenda will be open, allowing participants to ask questions, share their experiences and get support with anything to do with being a charity trustee, whatever their current level of experience is. Staff from Dudley CVS and SCVO will be on hand to share their knowledge and offer encouragement and guidance to help run your charity.

The session is particularly aimed at anyone in Dudley or Sandwell boroughs who:

  • Is interested in learning more about being a charity trustee before they become one
  • Is a new trustee
  • Has experience of being a charity trustee that they’d like to share or would like to improve their knowledge
  • Would like to find out about organisations in their areas that might be looking for charity trustees
  • Represent a charity that has trustee vacancies

This virtual session will be held on Zoom. Please register your place to ensure that you are sent joining instructions.

Events Calendar

Did you know that SCVO has an Events calendar where we share information on SCVO training opportunities, SCVO events, awareness campaigns and local one-off activities?

The events page can be found under the resource tab on our website at or click here to view.

Would you like to put an upcoming event or one-off activity in the calendar? Then please contact Support by email with details about the event, dates, time, location, any links to additional information and with an image.

Emerging From Covid Lockdown

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented organisations (across all sectors) with an unprecedented set of delivery challenges.

In this seminar, we will explore how mindsets may have changed with respect to some key factors in organising the delivery of services by the Voluntary and Community Sector in Sandwell as we emerge from lockdown.

We will explore the experiences being reported (that SCVO has collected during its support activities) and the advanced planning that would be helpful to address the following areas:

1. Finance and funding

e.g. challenges and opportunities for both funders and delivery organisations.

2. New Markets & Needs 

including: emergent needs – what might they be and how can they be approached/delivered in new ways?

3. The changed mindsets on working patterns and using staff resources to meet client needs:

including: working patterns and staff resources (to meet client needs) … what might these look like? What creative opportunities might be presented regarding staff work-life balance? What resilience capability might be needed in order to prepare for any pandemic re-occurrences?

This seminar is FREE to attend and you can book your ticket by visiting our EVENTBRITE page.

Happy Volunteers’ Week!

This week (June 1-7) we officially say a heartfelt thanks to Sandwell’s huge ‘army’ of helpers, giving their time freely for the benefit of the community.

We will be sharing ‘Happy to Help’ stories all week on our social media. Join us by sharing yours, and link us in with @LetsGoSandwell #LetsGoSandwell #VolunteersWeek

Of course we show our gratitude to volunteers all year round, whether they’re our friends and neighbours doing a bit of shopping for us when we can’t, or the chairman of the charity sharing their expertise to provide a valuable service to hundreds. But this week, National Volunteers’ Week, we really put them in the spotlight with a proper show of support.

This week also sees the launch of the appeal for more than 13,000 volunteers to support Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022. Follow the link – and find dozens more opportunities to get involved – at

Our latest report Reset ’21:Sandwell Volunteering is available here Report (

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