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FREE – Introduction to Basic Risk Management Webinar

In SCOV’s Virtual ‘Introduction to Risk Management Webinar’ we will explore some of the basic risks to an organisation together with potential consequences and what actions can be implemented.

The free webinar will take place via a Zoom Conference Call on Thursday 8th April 2021, 10am – 12pm.

This virtual webinar is aimed at those community, voluntary and social enterprise organisations, seeking to increase their understanding of basic organisational and functional risks within an organisation and contributing factors that should be considered when developing risk assessments.

The webinar aims to:

  • To provide a better understanding of why diversifying your income could increase your organisational sustainability.
  • To reflect and consider your own organisations income streams.
  • To explore some of the different approaches to attracting income or support into your organisation.
  • To explore some of the advantages and disadvantages of these approaches.
  • Hints and tips.

There is a maximum of 30 places available for this virtual workshop. All places must be booked through Eventbrite by clicking here. Once you have registered to attend the webinar we will email you with joining instructions nearer the time of the webinar.

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. We’ll be announcing further funding and training webinars via our e-bulletin in coming months such as Introduction to Business Planning Webinar so be sure to subscribe or you risk missing out!

FREE – Diversifying Your Income Webinar

There has never been a more important time than now to consider and review your organisations income sources, as traditional approaches become increasingly more competitive and challenging to achieve. The pandemic has only served to intensify the necessity for an organisation to continue to be adaptive and flexible if they are to increase their sustainability goals moving forward.

In SCOV’s Virtual ‘Diversifying Your Income Webinar’ we will explore some of the different approaches to attracting funding into an organisation from them to consider moving forward. The free webinar will take place via a Zoom Conference Call on Thursday 11th March 2021, 10am – 12pm.

This virtual webinar is aimed at those community, voluntary and social enterprise organisations, seeking to strengthen and increase their sustainability by exploring different approaches to fundraising and attracting investment.

The webinar aims to:

  • provide a better understanding of why diversifying your income could increase your organisational sustainability;
  • explore some of the different approaches to attracting income or support into your organisation;
  • explore some of the advantages and disadvantages of these approaches and
  • provide practical hints and tips.

There is a maximum of 30 places available for this virtual webinar. All places must be booked through Eventbrite by clicking here. Once you have registered to attend the webinar we will email you with joining instructions nearer the time of the webinar.

Save the Date!

SCVO will also be running a FREE webinar on An Introduction to Risk Management being held on Thursday 8th April 2021, 10am via a Zoom Conference Call. Avoid disappointment and subscribe to our free weekly e-bulletin at, to ensure you are one of the first to know about other webinars, Meet the Funders and so much more.

Understanding Safeguarding within Sandwell’s Voluntary and Community Sector

SCVO are undertaking a short survey into how charities, voluntary organisations and community groups understand and respond to safeguarding issues or concerns within their organisations and in the community.

The aim of this survey is to bring together an accurate and up-to-date picture of the knowledge and capacity within Sandwell’s Voluntary and Community Sector around safeguarding for children and vulnerable adults that they support and/ or have contact with.  A vulnerable adult is described as a person who is aged 18 or over who may need care support because of a disability (mental or other), age or illness and is someone who could be unable to look after themselves, or protect themselves from harm or exploitation.

This report is not a review of your organisation and can be completed anonymously; we encourage you to be as honest as you can be about your organisation’s or group’s current practice and culture around safeguarding. All findings will be brought together in summary form and individual contributions will not be shared.

The survey can be completed directly using survey monkey or with the assistance of someone in the SCVO team. If you would like assistance or have any questions relating to the survey please contact Leona Bird via 

The survey can be completed from the following link –

Once the survey is closed the findings will be brought together by SCVO into a report which will be shared with the Sandwell Safeguarding Adults Board (SSAB) and the Sandwell Children’s Safeguarding Partnership (SCSP) and will include any recommendations for how these Boards, or local strategic partners, might better engage and support Sandwell VCS organisations to improve safeguarding.

Many thanks for your assistance with this important project.

SCVO’s Christmas Office Closure

Please be advised that SCVO’s offices will be closed from Monday 21st December 2020 to Friday 1st January 2021.

The office will re-open on Monday 4th January 2021.

We’d like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


February Coffee Time Conversation

Coffee Time Conversations’ seeks to bring like-minded individuals from across Sandwell together, to chat about different concerns that have arisen primarily as a consequence of COVID-19. The aim of these conversations is to share experiences, good practice and help others to problem solve around a concern they may have currently.

Our next session is being held on Thursday 4th February 2021, 10am till 11.30am via a Zoom conference call. The topic for this ‘Coffee Time Conversation’ will be the ‘volunteering and the challenges of social media.’

Future conversations will be steered by participants during the session which gives you the chance to talk with others working in similar areas and decide upon the topics that are most important to you as a collective.

You are welcome to register for any/all of these conversations, which will be hosted as a Zoom Conference Call. Please use this Eventbrite link to register your attendance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the conversation nearer the time.

We look forward to seeing you all in February.

Helping You to be Better with Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

The topics of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion are an ever-changing landscape and an on-going journey of aspiration and development for all organisations; recognising the things that are already done well… but how they might be done even better.

In its role of supporting Sandwell’s Voluntary and Community Sector to grow and develop, SCVO is very pleased to be able to offer two workshops that aim to support organisations to be more confident and well-equipped to talk about Equality, Diversity and Inclusion; both within their own organisations and with the communities they support.

We know that one of the major strengths of Sandwell is the diversity of its communities and so a key aspect of this delivery is to support groups to better develop their thinking around Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and how it can be embedded in everyday practice; including areas such as recruitment, service delivery, Trustee Boards/Management Committees etc.

For example, how can we be better at treating everyone well and with empathy, and leading with integrity and authenticity?

Whether you’re new to such topics, or you’re simply looking to update your current knowledge and practices, these workshops are for YOU!

Two 90 minute online sessions are being offered on the topic of inclusive practice, which encompasses a conversation about unconscious and conscious biases.

The training offered aims to:

● increase confidence in the areas of equality, diversity and inclusion;

● consider what is done well now and what could be done better;

● create a safe space to talk about equality and inclusion together;

● explore inclusive language and what it means;

● have an opportunity to discuss and understand allyship, microaggressions and biases4;

● explore how to broaden the recruitment of more diverse volunteers, trustees and staff.


SCVO has engaged the services of Diverse Minds UK to deliver these workshops. Leyla Okhai, the CEO, is a coach, mediator, inclusion and wellbeing practitioner with over seventeen years’ experience and who has worked with, Science Museum Group, International Rescue Committee, Engineering Firm WYG,  North East London NHS Trust and the University of London to name just a few. Leyla is also a MHFA England Instructor Member.

The two online workshops will take place on Tuesday, 2nd and Thursday, 4th March 2021 from 10.00 – 11.30am.

The cost for each workshop will be £25, but you can book BOTH workshops for the discounted price of £40.

For more information, and to book your tickets, visit our Eventbrite page HERE.

Introducing Sandwell Volunteer Coordinators’ Forum

Recruiting, training and managing volunteers is a hugely rewarding role in any organisation. It can also present challenges, particularly in these changing times.

SCVO is bringing together a new ‘chat shop’ – Sandwell Volunteer Coordinators’ Forum – a place to discuss those challenges, share best practice and acknowledge the incredible contribution our local volunteers make to the sector.

The first gathering will take place in January 2021, and you are invited to join us if your organisation is supported by volunteers.

To find out more and join the conversation contact

Early Help Partnership Invitation: Support Children and Young People’s Health and Wellbeing

For some time now, concerns around the emotional health and wellbeing of children and young people have registered as a serious concern for many of us across Sandwell.

The Covid 19 pandemic over recent months has only heightened these worries, and although ingenuity and innovation has helped maintain the great support provided in our borough, many of us still some lack knowledge about what emotional health and wellbeing services are available.

Our event will:

– increase awareness of local activities and services, so children and young people can be signposted to access early intervention support that best meets their needs

– enable delegates to share experiences and best practice – including ‘what works well for you’ and how wellbeing challenges can be overcome

– explore ideas to enable children and young people to develop coping skills and resilience when faced with challenges

– help volunteers and professionals who work with children and young people from all sectors to make new connections and work better together

Friday 20th November 2020, 10.00am – 12.00pm
(event will take place through Zoom)
Introduction by Dr Lisa McNally, Sandwell Director of Public Health

Book your place(s) here (maximum of 3 per organisation).

We look forward to welcoming you to our event.  Once you have booked your ticket(s) through Eventbrite you will receive an e-mail with the joining instructions nearer the time of the event.

For more information about the Early Help Partnership or joining the Partnership, please contact Angel, Early Help Partnership Co-ordinator on or 07587 136072

Sterling notes and coins

Vision 2030 Community Grants – now open for applications!

Sterling notes and coinsSCVO Vision 2030 Community Grants – 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. The aspiration is for Sandwell (now and in the future) to be where we call home and where we’re proud to belong – where we choose to bring up our families, where we feel safe and cared for, enjoying good health, rewarding work, feeling connected and valued in our neighbourhoods and communities, confident in the future, and benefiting fully from a revitalised West Midlands.

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 priorities:

      • Building Social Connections (tackling loneliness/social isolation)
      • Youth Activities (tackling loneliness/social isolation amongst young people)
      • Healthy Lifestyles (promoting / supporting healthy living)

Paperwork for the programme is available as follows:

PLEASE NOTE: it is an integral part of the application process to discuss your project ideas/proposals with SCVO PRIOR to submission of an application – you can email: or contact Liz  on 07923 259821 / (or Stuart on 07703 823226 /

Once you’ve had your initial conversation the application form will be sent to you.

Applications are now being taken for the next round, which will be assessed in early 2021.

Let’s Go…

Here in Sandwell we have thousands of people helping out, formally and informally, every single day of the week. And our new web site will help even more people find fulfilment in volunteering and support the work of the sector.

The site hosts all kinds of opportunities to get involved with local voluntary and community organisations, demonstrating the huge range of tasks carried out by willing helpers.

Some are skill sharers – mapping out a new web site for a charity; taking time out to be a trustee or book keeper; running singalong sessions in a residential setting; as a youth group leader or sports coach.

Some are carers – shopping for friends, neighbours and clients; boosting their day with a friendly phone call; advocating on their behalf. And some are skill seekers – helping out with any task feasible to gain experience, friendship and the confidence to build the life and future they want.

If your organisation is looking for helpers, or to find out more about ‘Let’s Go…’ and how we support volunteering in Sandwell, email

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