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Free Bid Writing Workshop

The Course.
Get Grants’ popular “Introduction to Bid Writing for Charities & Community Groups Workshop,” is aimed at organisations who are interested in increasing their income through grant funds.

Whether you have a wealth of experience in fundraising or are new to applying for grants, the Introduction to Bid Writing Workshop supports attendees to explore how to identify opportunities with a range of grant programmes whilst providing advice on writing successful applications and exploring the common mistakes made by applicants.

Topics covered include:
– Finding Grants
– Finding the ‘Right’ Funder
– Completing Application Forms
– Need & Outcomes
– Top Tips

Date & Time
Monday 9th December 2019, 1.00 pm – 3.30 pm

The Moseley Exchange, 149-153 Alcester Road, Moseley, Birmingham. B13 8JP

Booking Process
To book a place on this workshop please contact Get Grants via

This course is Free to attend.  More information is available at

Crossroads: Training Courses for November 2019

Crossroads Caring for Carers, provides domiciliary care to service users and respite care to carers. Crossroads is running a range of training courses in November, from Medication awareness to Health and Safety.

Training can also be tailored to your organisation’s requirements.

Please contact Graham Evans on 0121 553 6483 (Ext. 5) for further information.

Dementia Friendly Worship in Care Homes

Sandwell Council is offering a free training session for those who lead, or plan to lead, worship in care homes. Such services offer residents an opportunity to express their faith (or spirituality) in the place they live. As 7 out of 10 people in care homes live with dementia, it’s important to know how to shape worship to include those living with dementia and connect to their spirituality.

The practical and interactive session will be on Thursday, 14 November 1.30 pm – 4.30 pm at St Hilda’s Church, 269 Abbey Road, Smethwick B67 6NQ. Resources will be provided.

The training session will be run by Su Parker, Dementia Friendly Enabler in the Lichfield Diocese and Rose Akeroyd, Bishop’s Adviser on Dementia in the Birmingham Diocese. They will draw on their own Christian experience of spirituality and dementia.

There will be opportunities for those of other faiths to explore the connections for their own worship traditions.

To book a place, email

If you need more information, please telephone 07566 835 216.

Citizens Advice Witness Service: Outreach Volunteer Information Day

The Citizens Advice Witness Service provides free and independent support for both Prosecution and Defence Witnesses giving evidence in a criminal court.. Trained volunteers provide practical information about the court process as well as emotional support to help witnesses feel more confident when giving evidence.

If you are available to volunteer for at least one full day a week, or per fortnight, and able to attend training, then this may be a volunteering opportunity for you.

Citizens Advice will be holding an Outreach Volunteer Information Day at their offices in Birmingham on Friday, 1st November, 10 am and 1 pm. Go along to find out more information about volunteering roles and meet the team.

Please click on the link to register your place at this event.

You can also contact Bev Carty on 07738 329320 or via email, for further information.

Visit the website: Citizens Advice Witness Service.

NEW Resources for No-Deal Brexit Planning

Are you worried about the effects of a no-deal Brexit on your organisation? Have you thought about this yet?
There is no doubt that we live in difficult and uncertain times. Across the country, communities are facing huge challenges and community organisations are often at the heart of trying to solve these problems. A no-deal Brexit is likely to bring challenges for all businesses and community organisations will be no different. You have a unique set of challenges to face and Locality has produced a package of services to help you think about the implications and risks of a no-deal Brexit and how to mitigate these.

Locality has created a free information pack pulling together all the key information you need to think about the implications of a no-deal Brexit for community organisations.

You can download this FREE resource at:

Locality also has a range of other services on offer – visit their website for more information:

Lots happening at Sandwell Connexions!

When was the last time your checked out Sandwell Connexions?  There are lots  happening.

Find a Career with the help of Connexions Sandwell, Black Country IMPACT, NOVA, Skills UK, Juniper Training, Nacro and SAFL. Providers will be available to give great advice to help start your career journey. Find a Career will be at the following venues:

Tuesday, 29 October 1 – 3 pm: Wednesbury Town Hall
Wednesday, 30 October: 2 pm – 4 pm: Hampstead Library, Great Barr
Thursday, Thursday 31 October 12 noon – 2 pm: Glebefields Library, Tipton.

Looking for training, jobs or apprenticeships? Then do not miss Bright Futures. Every Monday and Wednesday 11 am – 1 pm at One Stop Shop, Oldbury Council House. Pop in and have a one to one chat and receive careers information.

Black Country IMPACT and Connexions Sandwell also offer short courses to help improve skills.

If you are aged between 16 – 29 years, not in education, employment or training and would like to know more about Find a Career, Bright Futures or taking a short course, then contact Sandwell Connexions on 0121 569 2955.

Sandwell and West Birmingham High Intensity User Service

You are invited to an event to learn more about the new High Intensity User (HIU) Service that will be starting in Sandwell & West Birmingham delivered by British Red Cross.

The service is part of a national programme, led by NHS RightCare, that offers a robust way of reducing frequent user activity, primarily A&E attendance and non-elective admissions, but also other avoidable unscheduled care contacts. The programme was first launched in Blackpool by Rhian Monteith, who will be leading the event and explaining the benefits of it.

The day will be an opportunity to bring the system together to learn about High Intensity Users and how we can best work together to make the service a success. The event will include:

• The national context for the High Intensity User Programme
• Hearing from British Red Cross (as providers of the new HIU service), commissioners, statutory partners and the wider group on the current challenges and opportunities.
• Drawing out insights from existing HIU services; sharing case studies, techniques, results and lessons learned.
• Setting the vision for the new model: including expectations, KPIs, perceived benefits and barriers.
• Uncovering and discussing culture in the area; agreeing how best to embed the new model.

The event will take place as follows:

Date: Monday 4th November 2019 Timings: 9.30am to 4pm
Venue: YMCA
38 Carters Green West Bromwich B70 9LG.

Lunch will be provided.

There is no desire to duplicate existing good practice, there is only a desire to best support some of our must vulnerable residents to access the right support at the right time, and to improve their health and wellbeing.

Your support and attendance would be greatly valued. If you can’t attend in person, please consider sending a colleague.

Spaces are limited. Please let me know if you are able to attend please book a place at the session by emailing or


Top Digital Tools to Help Charities Measure Their Impact

Evaluating the impact and value of charity work is crucial to attracting further funding and helping to improve. Here are five top digital tools and resources to help charities prove they are making a difference.

The NCVO’s Road Ahead report earlier this year stressed the importance to charities of being able to effectively show the impact of their work.

Measuring social impact is vital to transparency in the sector and to securing funding from trusts, government and the public alike.

Effective evaluation also helps charities to assess their strengths and weaknesses and pinpoint areas to improve.

“As the general public have increasing expectations of transparency and accountability, charities face more pressure to demonstrate they are trustworthy,” states this state of the sector report for the year.

“A big part of this is about ensuring there is congruence between values and actions, being transparent about how money is spent and finding the best way of showing impact.”

Thankfully measuring impact has been made easier through a range of useful tools and guides created to help the sector.

To read the full Charity Digital News Article click here.

Source: Charity Digital News

Exciting new Innovation Training Programme

Are you looking to find a job.  Would like increase your confidence, make positive changes and need some additional qualifications?  If so, Trident Reach can help. Trident Reach, working in partnership with Pilot IMS, can offer something new and innovative. Something you have not tried before!

The Innovation funding, provided by the West Midlands Combined Authority, is specifically targeting people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. This has a wide scope, it can be rent arrears, ASBOs, Mental Health, Family crisis etc.

• Aged 19 and over
• Have good communication skills
• Reasonable level of Maths and English
• Willing and able to commit to 1 day a week.

Delivery: The course will run 1 day a week (10 am – 2 pm) for 6/8 weeks. Trident Reach will be running 5 x 1 day a week courses across the Sandwell area.

Process: All candidates will be required to attend an Awareness Session where they will meet the Engagement Officer. The Engagement Officer will offer wrap around Job Search support in addition to the accredited learning. Money advice, completing application forms, stress management, online job search, interview skills and many more will be covered.

Candidates can attend or be booked onto the session by contacting Pilot on 07940470958 or send a text. Pilot will call you back.

Engagement Officer: Cheral Hayes 07989232777

NCVO Launches New Safeguarding Tools

New Safeguarding Resources and Guides available from NCVO and a partnership of expert organisations: #SafeguardingAsOne

NCVO’s Knowhow advice site is a hub for an expert range of new online safeguarding resources. NCVO’s free online resources, launched on 7 October 2019, outline simple steps that voluntary organisations can take to ensure that they are run in a way that actively prevents beneficiaries, staff and others from suffering harm, harassment, bullying, abuse and neglect.

Safeguarding should be a core value of every voluntary organisation and considered a personal responsibility of everyone working in them, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has urged.

To access NCVO’s Safeguarding Tools click here.

Source: NCVO Newsletter

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