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Community Partnership Grant Programme

Do you have an idea that will change your locality for the better?

Are you able to create opportunities that enhance quality of life and have a lasting impact? for example, making localities friendlier, safer, healthier etc. places to live.

Would some funding help those aims?

If you can answer ‘YES’ to the above, then the Community Partnerships Grant Programme could be the place for you!

The purpose of the programme is to enable local voluntary and community organisations to access grants through a co-design approach, supporting Sandwell Council’s ‘Community Partnership’ principles.

The programme aims to encourage the development of new/different ways of working or engaging with people, with a focus on increasing self-help within communities over the long-term.

To be eligible to apply, organisations need to be able to confirm that they fit within Sandwell Council’s definition of the Third Sector, and that they are currently actively delivering services to residents in Sandwell.

The programme OPENS on 13th November 2017 and CLOSES at 9am on Monday, 11th December 2017.

Applications will follow a 2-stage process: an initial ‘Expressions of Interest’ form will be assessed to go forward to a second stage – a 20-minute presentation to a Grant Panel incl. Q&A regarding the presentation/application.

Full details of the criteria, timeline and conditions can be found in the Guidance Notes (below).

CLICK HERE for the Programme Guidance Notes (pdf document)

CLICK HERE for the Application / ‘Expression of Interest’ Form (Word document)

For further enquiries, please contact Stuart Ashmore at SCVO on 0121 525 1127 or


Don’t miss the last Voluntary Sector Breakfast Meeting of 2017

You are cordially invited to the last Voluntary Sector Breakfast Meeting of 2017, to be held on Thursday 23 November, 7.30 am – 9.00 at Ebenezer Church, High Street Langley, Oldbury B69 4SL.

Are you a Voluntary or Community Group based in or working in Sandwell?  Would you like the opportunity to let the Sector know what your organisation is doing …maybe a big event coming up, or a new project?  Perhaps you are new to the borough and would like to meet people or would simply like to network on a very informal basis.  Everyone is welcome.

Please register your attendance via Eventbrite.  For any other enquiry email or telephone 0121 525 1127.

Refreshments provided.

Your views on the ‘State of the Sector’ wanted

SCVO has launched its latest VCS Leaders Survey and is inviting trustees, volunteers and lead staff of Sandwell community groups and voluntary organisations to take part.

The VCS Leaders Survey 2017 is the sixth survey of local leaders since 2009, and each has created a rich picture of the state of our local Voluntary and Community Sector – highlighting changes within organisations, pressures and challenges, opportunities for growth and how support needs of local organisations are changing.  These insights allow SCVO to work with strategic partners in Sandwell with an aim of providing better support for the Sector, ensuring greater influence and giving a voice to local communities.

Leaders wishing to participate in the survey can do so by following this link:

The survey runs until Wednesday 22nd November 2017 and findings from the survey will be published on SCVO’s website and in our e-bulletin shortly after.

Dorothy Parkes Community Centre Surgery Sessions

Do you have an idea for a project, but you just need that extra little bit of support to get your application at its best or to get your project idea off the ground?

Do you need advice or support with your project planning or business plans?

SCVO in partnership with The Dorothy Parkes Community Centre will be commencing fortnightly surgery sessions at the centre, located on Church Road, Smethwick, B67 6EH.

Libby Mahoney, SCVO’s Small Groups Development Officer, will be available fortnightly on Tuesday’s from 1.30pm till 4.00pm at the Dorothy Parkes Centre for booked appointments.

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.

The first session will take place on Tuesday 7 November 2017 from 1.30pm for booked appointments and will be fortnightly there after.

Future dates for the surgery sessions include:

  • Tuesday 21 November 2017
  • Tuesday 5 December 2017
  • Tuesday 9 January 2018
  • Tuesday 23 January 2018

Watch this space for more dates of when our surgery sessions will be taking place.

If you are interested in taking advantage of this unique opportunity and want to book your time slot with Libby please email at or call on 0121 5251127 to avoid disappointment.

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

Voluntary Sector Breakfast Meeting

Are you a Voluntary and Community Group based or working in Sandwell? Do you want an opportunity to meet with other people on a very informal basis and promote and share information about the services and activities you offer?

Please join us on Thursday, 21 September 2017, 7.30 am – 9.00 am, at Zion United Reform Church, Langley Green Road, Langley B69 4TG

Refreshments provided.

If you are interested in attending, please confirm your attendance by emailing or telephone 0121 525 1127 by Tuesday, 19 September 2017.


#UKCharityWeek – What will you be doing?

December 2017 will see Charity Today News and our Official Partner Charities host the annual national charity awareness and fundraising campaign #UKCharityWeek.

What is #UKCharityWeek?
#UKCharityWeek is designed to give the people of the United Kingdom an opportunity to raise awareness and fundraising for charities high on the national agenda at a time of the year when people are statistically at their most giving.

#UKCharityWeek is always held within the first full week of December, which in the case of 2017 is 4th-10th December.

What is taking place during #UKCharityWeek 2017?
Charity Today’s partner charities will be running various events, anything from Santa Runs to Cathedral Carol Concerts and many will be devising their own Social Media activities to celebrate the week.

What is an Official Partner Charity of #UKCharityWeek?
An Official Partner Charity is a UK registered charity that has joined the campaign in an official capacity to boost their exposure and involvement with the campaign, they also obtain the following benefits:

  • Publicity on all the official #UKCharityWeek and partner channels
  • Publicity on #charitytuesday official Twitter – this trends in the UK every single Tuesday!
  • Appearance as a partner on the hugely popular website campaign pages, an audience consisting of thousands of visitors every day and;
  • Publication of your #UKCharityWeek articles/videos on
  • Formal permission to use the campaign’s brand assets
  • Publication as a partner in the official #UKCharityWeek materials
  • Discounts on the official #UKCharityWeek merchandise and promotional materials

If you would like to become an official partner charity please click here and complete the form.

Source: Charity Today

Invitation to Murray Hall’s briefing on new ‘Family Offer’ service for children and families

SCVO, working in partnership with Murray Hall Community Trust and Action for Children, are running two briefing events about the new ‘Family Offer’ service which will be of interest to agencies and organisations supporting children and families in Sandwell.

The Family Offer is a development of the support delivered over many years through Children’s Centres across the borough, and offers town-based ‘universal’ and ‘universal plus’ help and advice to children and young people aged 0-25 and their parents.

The wide range of services provided include an information point for local parents, health promotion, a universal/ universal plus family support service for children and young people 0-19 years (25 for SEND) and their families, a universal Antenatal Education Programme, and a limited Employment and Training role dovetailing with other elements of the service.

The two briefing events will provide local agencies with the opportunity to meet Family Offer staff, gain more information about how to access or link in with the services provided, network with other local providers and take a tour of one of the Family Offer centres and facilities.

The first event was hosted by Action for Children in Smethwick on Tuesday 19th September.

The second event will be hosted by Murray Hall Community Trust at their Rowley (Springfield) Children’s Centre, Dudley Road, Rowley Regis B65 8JY on Monday 9th October, 12.45 pm to 2 pm, with tours of the building until 4 pm. Book your place via Eventbrite

Please note numbers for both events are limited and bookings are made on a first come first served basis. For further information on these events please contact Stuart Ashmore at SCVO on 0121 525 1127, email


Workshop – Operational Models, Costs and Value Proposition for Funding

This workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to think about how modelling service provision can impact on costs and, therefore, influence value as seen by funders.  The workshop is on Thursday, 21 September, 9.45 am – 12 noon.

Using two case study examples of the same projects, participants will learn how value proposition can be enhanced.

The workshop is to develop the capacity of Sandwell’s voluntary and community sector by approaching project development and funding applications in a thoughtful way, without sacrificing the quality of service delivered to clients in an environment where value proposition is becoming more important.

The workshop also offers a one-to-one follow-up service to those wishing to collaborate with others to develop their own models for improving value propositions.

This workshop is FREE to groups that deliver all, or part, of their services to Sandwell residents.
For all other groups/attendees there is a £10.00 fee.

To book your ticket, visit our Eventbrite page.

The results of our GDPR Poll are in…

‘Thank you’ to everyone who took part in our recent poll regarding the implications of the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which is due to come into force on the 25th May 2018.

The GDPR is a new set of rules, laid down by the European Commission, governing the privacy and security of ‘personal data’ and will be adopted and implemented despite the 2016 referendum vote to leave the European Union.

We asked the question: “What impact will the new GDPR have on your organisation (particularly implementation)?” and the results are as follows (click the pie chart image to see it in more detail):

In summary:

  • 29% of respondents said it would have a lot of impact;
  • 42% said it would have some impact;
  • 16% said it would have little impact; and
  • 13% selected “What’s GDPR?



The fact that 87% of respondents are aware of the GDPR is very encouraging, particularly as there are still some 10 months until the Regulation comes into effect – it’s never too early to start planning for something as important as this – the most important change in data privacy regulation in 20 years!

Whilst the 13% who selected the ‘What’s GDPR?” is relatively modest, it is still a sizeable percentage given the amount of coverage the matter has had via third sector news outlets and, indeed, information that SCVO has disseminated.

And for the 16% who suggest it may have little or no impact…the legislation applies to anyone who handles ‘personal data’ – so, for example, if you hold personal details about staff or volunteers then you’ll need to be aware of the GDPR (indeed, you should already be aware of the current UK Data Protection legislation).

So, how can you find out more?

There is a wealth of information available on the Internet, but some places you might like to try are:

And, last, but by no means least…

  • SCVO’s Lunchtime briefing (13th Sept 2017): – FREE tickets now available (limited to one representative per organisation).


SCVO Briefing Session on General Data Protection Regulations

Does your organisation collect data on (European) citizens?
(Hint…if you’re based in the UK and working in your local community then the answer is going to be a resounding ‘YES’)

Do you know what’s happening on 25th May 2018?

Does the phrase “General Data Protection Regulation” mean anything?

Whatever your answers to the above questions, come along to this Free lunchtime briefing session where you’ll hear information about the General Data Protection Regulation, which comes into force on 25th May 2018. Book your place via Eventbrite by clicking here.

The briefing session is being held on:

Wednesday 13th September 2017, 11.45am

at SCVO Offices, 1st Floor Lanchard House, Victoria Street, West Bromwich, B70 8ER



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