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Micro-grants to Promote Positive Mental Health

Local community groups, charities and voluntary organisations are invited to play their part in gathering residents’ experiences of mental health support, through a summer 2022 micro-grant programme.

Our experience of the Covid-19 pandemic was a reminder of how important positive mental health is for all Sandwell’s residents.  Now Sandwell Council and local partner agencies are working on a new Mental Health Strategy which will aim to ensure that everyone has the help and support they need to experience mental wellbeing.  As a starting point for developing this Strategy, SCVO would like to invite local voluntary groups and organisations to undertake engagement activities to ensure we hear from all parts of our community and influence local plans for support.

Positive Mental Health Community Engagement Micro-grants are available to local groups and organisations in return for organisations supporting their communities, participants or service-users to complete a short mental health survey or conducting a group conversation on local mental health support (guidance on the format for the group discussion will be provided).  All engagement needs to be completed by Friday 24th June 2022.

SCVO are now open to applications, and details of the light-touch process for submission can be found within these guidance notes.  Any further enquiries can be sent to SCVO at


Creating Safe Communities – Briefing for the Voluntary Sector

SCVO and Sandwell Safer Partnership would like to invite you to a briefing session for your organisation to find out more about how we can work together to keep communities safe in Sandwell.

Find out more about some of the local priorities there are for community safety and some of the support that is available for people.

Have discussions with others around what makes a safe community and what part you, your organisation and us working together can play.

Tuesday 5th July – 9.30 – 12.30pm – YMCA, 38 Carter’s Green, West Bromwich, B70 9LG

To book a place please view –

Is it business as usual for you? If not, read on to find out more about grants that can support your organisation

For many of us, it seems as if life is back to normal and returning to how things were before the Pandemic. Others are still nervous and hesitant and have maybe lost their confidence in mixing and socialising. If you are finding your organisation is not able to deliver all you did previously because people are still hesitant to return to groups and activities, then the Covid-19 support funds might be able to help.

The funds are to help voluntary sector organisations with additional costs which they may have as services resume. For example, maybe you need to hire a larger room for activities for a period, or perhaps you need to offer several smaller sessions more locally, so people don’t have to travel. You might want to offer a meal or refreshments to tempt people out and meet again or give them their own pack of mask and hand sanitizer, so they feel safer.

If you have additional expenditure because of adaptions or think extra funds would help you resume services, then why not find out more about the funding? Talk through your idea with either Liz or Barbara who will be happy to advise you and help you through the simple application process.

Contact Liz by email at or call 07923 259821.  Contact Barbara by email at or call 07859 913363.



Sandwell Early Help Partnership Town Event at the Brasshouse

Working or volunteering with children, young people, and families in Sandwell? If so, we would like to invite you to our upcoming Early Help Partnership town event on Wednesday, 8 June 2022, 10.00 – 11.30 am, at Brasshouse Community Centre, Brasshouse Lane, Smethwick. 

A great job has been done by all in supporting children and families across the borough, rising to challenges, and being committed to ensuring the needs of children, young people and families are being met as best as possible.

There have been lots of changes to organisations, groups, and activities over the last couple of years and our events will give you the opportunity to network and link in with local partners.  You can share what your offer of support looks like and help to increase awareness of local activities.  We can also discuss any challenges you face in your role and how we as a Partnership can support one another going forward.

We will be joined by guest speakers from Barnardo’s and the Strengthening Families Teams (Sandwell Children’s Trust) who will share information about their offer of support to children and families and how they can support you in your daily roles.

Booking is essential as numbers are limited.

Click here to register for the Smethwick event.

For further information, please call Angel on 07587 136072 or email

Trustee Chat returns for Month of Community

June 2022 is Month of Community, 30 days full of campaigns and awareness weeks to inspire people.

Volunteers Week happens on 1-7 June and Small Charity Week on 20-24 June. So SCVO have teamed up with colleagues from Dudley CVS to host Trustee Chat on Wednesday 8 June 2022, 2-4pm.

Trustee Chat is an informal session for people to learn more about charity trustees and their role, share their experiences and get support.

The agenda will be open. Participants can 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 Sandwell or Dudley 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 here to ensure that you are sent joining instructions by clicking here.

Introduction to the Voluntary Sector – 28th June 2022

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 sixth 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.

Book your place –

The session is taking place on Tuesday 28th June 2022, 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.

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

Two new Vision 2030 Grant Themes open!

SCVO is very pleased to announce the opening of TWO new Vision 2030 Grant themes today.


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.

The two new themes, launched today, are:

Commonwealth Games 2022 – to support activities in 2022 that have a ‘Commonwealth’ and ‘Games’ focus. There’s a £500 micro grant to support ‘Celebration’-type activities and up to £3,000 for delivery around ‘Getting Involved’ – encouraging people to become involved in their local community, particularly those who haven’t been involved before.

Climate Change – supporting community activities that help to tackle climate change in Sandwell, including measures that ca reduce carbon emissions (mitigation) or that make communities more resilient to changes in the climate (adaptation).

**PLEASE NOTE** – in order to be eligible to apply to the Climate Change Grants theme, you need to have attended one of the following training sessions (content for each is the same):

Please attend one of SMBC’s training sessions to find out how communities can respond to the climate change emergency – book your place by sending an email to  :

  • Thursday 28th April 2022, 3-4pm
  • Friday 29th April 2022, 10-11am
  • Monday 16th May 2022, 2-3pm
  • Tuesday 24th May 2022, 3-4pm

You can find out more detail about BOTH programmes by visiting: SCVO | Sandwell Council of Voluntary Organisations and looking for the relevant sets of Guidance Notes.

As with ALL our grant programmes, your first port of call is a conversation with Liz Webster, SCVO’s Community Partnerships Coach to discuss your idea(s) and confirm eligibility – e: or m: 07923 259821 (or, in Liz’s absence, Stuart Ashmore – e: / m: 07703 823226).

New Early Help Website Launched

A new website has been developed and launched for all staff and volunteers working with children, young people and families across Sandwell, whether in a school, charity/community group, police or health services.

The website focuses on providing practitioners with information, resources, training opportunities and access to a portal of local targeted services.   Run through the Sandwell Early Help Partnership, the website aims to bring down barriers around access to support; build confidence between partners and encourage partnership working to ensure the needs of children, young people and families are met at the right time.

Angel Lakha, the Sandwell Early Help Partnership Co-ordinator, is encouraging all local practitioners to visit the site to take a look.  Angel is inviting all practitioners to share the website with others if they find it useful and to provide any feedback on how the site can be improved.

If you provide targeted support (by this we mean that a referral into your service is required by a local agency/professional/volunteer working with a young person) and would like to list your support on our Targeted Support Portal, or if you would like to contribute any news, resources, training opportunities or guides, please contact Angel or 07587 136072

Health and Social Care Forum Invitation

Are you a Voluntary and Community Sector Organisation delivering services in the area of health and social care?

If the answer is yes, you may be interest in the Voluntary Sector Health and Social Care Forum.  SCVO facilitate an independently Chaired Forum for groups to come together around every 8 weeks (currently being held virtually through Teams).  The main aims of the Forum are to:-

  • ensure the views of the Voluntary and Community Sector are heard by statutory partners
  • enable meaningful dialogue to take place on issues that affect the Voluntary and Community Sector and their service users
  • help to build relationships and networks between the voluntary sector and statutory partners
  • be better informed around emerging priorities and developments

If you are not currently receiving invitations to this Forum but would like to, or if you would like to discuss this further, please contact Leona Bird, Strategic Engagement Officer – or telephone – 07401 255 787

Call Out For Sports Volunteers

Does your Sports Club rely on a little extra help? Whether it’s minding the goal post jumpers or giving expert tips on tumbling, volunteers are the lifeblood of many community sports clubs.

At the end of April we’re planning a Sports Volunteer Showcase and we’d love to hear about your side-line superheroes.

We’ll dedicate our Let’s Go Sandwell social media to stories about sports volunteers, as well as highlighting any vacancies you may have on our volunteering web site

To find out more and get involved email

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