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Paediatric and Adult First Aid Course

Did you know that Sandwell Adult and Family Learning (SAFL), offers a Paediatric and Adult First Aid course which focuses on emergency scenarios when looking after young children or adults?

It is ideal for carers, parents, grandparents, child minders, and people looking to work in early years or the care sector and is valid for three years.

The skills learnt will enable you to provide safe and effective first aid treatment to any adult or child in an emergency, before professional medical help arrives.

Course Content
Understand how to administer first aid to any one:

• who is experiencing the effects of extreme heat and cold
• who has sustained an electric shock
• with burns or scalds
• who has been poisoned
• who has been bitten or stung
• with minor injuries, including cuts, grazes, bumps and bruises, small splinters and nose bleeds
• with conditions affecting the eyes, ears and nose
• with head and spinal injuries
• with anaphylaxis
• who is suffering from shock.

SAFL can deliver this training in any of its learning centres or out in community venues and schools. Parents and Carers of children who live in Sandwell, or attend a Sandwell school, can enrol on this course for a special rate of £5.00 rather of the normal course fee of £29.00.

Individuals or organisations interested in their staff/clients completing this course should email emma2_turner@sandwell.gov.uk or call 0121 557 0837 for more details.


Safeguarding Duties for Trustees

Safeguarding is a key governance priority for all trustees, not just those working with groups traditionally considered at risk.

You should read the guidance about safeguarding duties for charity trustees.

We advise you to carry out a thorough review of your charity’s safeguarding governance and management arrangements and performance, if you haven’t done in the last 12 months.

It is also important that you contact us about any safeguarding issues, or serious safeguarding incidents, complaints or allegations which have not previously been reported to us.

Find more about what and how to report to the Charity Commission.

Source: Charity Commission Newsletter


GDPR / Data protection workshop for Voluntary and Community Groups

As you will all be aware, GDPR regulations came into force in May 2018.   Organisations and individuals who handle or process personal data have received training on how to ensure that they fully comply with the new regulations. However, some organisations may have new employees who have not have received the training.

Murray Hall Community Trust have developed a training workshop which can ensure your staff have all the information they need.  The course takes place on Wednesday, 23 January 2019: 9.30 am to 12.30 pm.

Please see the attached information and booking form if you would like to book a place.


Adult Mental Health First Aid Course

This is a two day, 16-hour, Mental Health First Aid course for adults, which will qualify you as a Mental Health First Aider.   The dates are Thursday and Friday, 7th & 8th February 2019.  The cost of the course is £170.

The training which is delivered by Jay Thompson and Ivy Taylor, who are experienced instructors, will prepare you to take your practical skills and knowledge in mental health to the next level.

To register and for full details please visit Eventbrite

Questions should be directed to Ivy Taylor at the Volunteer Centre Sandwell on 0121 544 8326 or email ivy@volunteercentresandwell.co.uk.


Near Neighbours February Training

Near Neighbours have three training days running in February at the low cost of £5 per day with lunch included, designed with faith groups in mind but is also relevant for those working with community organisation and charities.

All of the workshops are supported by a wealth of tools, examples and written resources that participants can take away for use in their project.

Please email ruth.burgess@tctogether.org.uk for details on how to book.

Fundamentals of Fundraising

Thursday 7th Feb 9:30am to 3:30pm
Frank F Harrison Community Association
Cost: £5 (lunch included)

Develop Confidence & Skills in Fundraising for Faith Based Social & Community Action.
This training will look at sources of funding for faith based groups, how to apply, how to develop application information and how to fund-raise.

Click here to book your place.

Faithful Applications

Thursday 14th Feb 9:30am to 3:30pm
Frank F Harrison Community Association
Cost: £5 (lunch included)

Making Grant Applications for Social Action in Faith Based Organisations

This session will cover:
– Writing Techniques & Formats
– The Writing You Need Before Applying
– Writing The Application

Click here to book your place.

Faithful Organisation: Governance Training

Thursday 28th Feb 9:30am to 1pm
Frank F Harrison Community Association
Cost: £5 (lunch included)

The roles and responsibilities of Trustees, Directors. Committees, Staff, Volunteers and Membership in the Governance of Faith Based Community Organisations and Places of Worship.

A half day workshop that will explore topics of interest including:
• What is an Accountable Body
• Understanding Organisational Language
• Choosing a Legal Structure
• The Charitable Context
• Ensuring Trust & Credibility
• Why Risk Management
• Showing Who’s Involved
• Visionary Thinking
• Operational Planning
• Policy & Procedure
• The Good Committee
• Clear Budgeting
• Involving and Sharing Work

Supported by examples and good practice handouts using real life experience of national and local situations from a wide range of organisations and communities.

Click here to book your place.

Source: Near Neighbours


Recognising and Reporting Serious Incidents – Free Workshop

The Association of Chairs in partnership with the Charity Commission are holding a half day free workshop on recognising and reporting serious incidents – what you need to know.

The workshop will be held on Thursday 14th February 2019, 1.30pm at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, 6 Centenary Square, Birmingham, B1 2EP. Why not go along to test your knowledge about fraud and safeguarding and to learn how to recognise when an incident is serious and what you must do to report it.

The aim of the workshop is to provide an opportunity to hear about the way in which the Charity Commission views serious incidents and how they handle the reports which are made to them. This is about helping you understand the reasons for reporting a serious incident in your charity.

Whilst the circumstances of incidents vary in type and in the impact they have, Chairs and trustees can work to limit the likelihood of an incident happening and to minimise the impact on the charity when they do.

They will take a closer look at fraud and safeguarding as these are areas where serious incidents are most common.

Representatives of the Charity Commission will talk to us about their approach to these issues and lead group discussions on the issues.

To book your place or for more information click here.

See also: Reporting and avoiding serious incidents – blog post.

Source: Association of Chairs


Community Business Programme & Grant Opportunity

Applications are now open for the Community Business Trade Up Programme, run by the School for Social Entrepreneurs in partnership with Power to Change

Community businesses across England can now apply for a learning programme and a grant matched to their earnings of up to £10,000, to support their growth and increase the difference they make to their local area. The programme is free to attend.

The Community Business Trade Up Programme, run by the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE), in partnership with Power to Change, is open for applications until Thursday 14th February 2019. This is the third year the programme has run.

The programme supports the leaders of community businesses with:

  • a Match Trading™ grant of up to £10,000
  • a fully funded nine-month learning programme (consisting of 12 learning days)
  • a community of supportive peers

The learning programme will help the leaders of community businesses to develop the skills, strengths and networks they need to increase their impact, with a focus on increasing their sales and income from trading. It runs from June 2019 to March 2020 and there are places for 10 community business leaders across The Midlands who will learn in groups of like-minded people.

The first cohort of the Community Business Trade Up Programme achieved a typical 92% increase in income from trading.

Community businesses from across The Midlands can find out more and apply now until Thursday 14th February 2019, at: https://www.the-sse.org/community-business

Information sessions across the region.

Central Birmingham – 16th Jan – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/community-business-learning-programme-information-event-bham-central-tickets-53437429791

Leicester – 23rd Jan – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/community-business-learning-programme-information-event-leicester-tickets-53437591274

Smethwick – 30th Jan – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/community-business-learning-programme-information-event-bham-west-smethwick-tickets-53437530091

 

Expressions of interest are being sought from Social Entrepreneurs who are starting or recently started a Social Enterprise in the Midlands. The programme, sponsored by Lloyds Bank is free to attend and comes with a grant of £1000.

The programme comprises 14 study sessions over a 12 month period from October 2019 to October 2020. The application window runs from February 2019 through to mid-April 2019 but interested parties can obtain an application pack and sign up for reminders by visiting

https://www.the-sse.org/lbsep/

Three levels of programme are available nationally depending on the size and age of the enterprise. Only the Start-Up programme is available in the Midlands.


Risk Management Guide for small Charities Launches

An online guide has been created to help small charities manage risk and better understand issues such as data protection.

The Charity & Community Help Hub has been launched by third sector specialist online insurance broker PolicyBee and signposts useful information on issues including health and safety and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Managing staff and volunteers, fundraising, good governance as well as trustee and director issues are also covered.

According to a survey commissioned by PolicyBee, one in ten small charities either don’t have or are unsure whether they have risk management measures in place.

Less than a half (47%) are only partially confident they are able to identify and assess risks in their organisations.

Barriers to effective risk management

Barriers to effectively manage risk include lack of time, cited by 64% of respondents. Lack of funds (52%) and lack of expertise (39%), were other barriers mentioned.

In addition, the small charities survey found that six out of ten (62%) had not had risk and governance training.

“At a time when the charities sector as a whole is under increasing scrutiny, the lack of funding and resources among small charities is leading to shortfalls in risk management,” said PolicyBee Head of Marketing.

“This puts many in danger of sleepwalking into a governance and compliance crisis.”

She added: “The requirement for good governance applies equally to charities of all sizes but external advice can be difficult to access for small charities. Some don’t know where to go, or that advice is even available.

“And some don’t have the confidence to engage. While some organisations may be fortunate enough to have experienced trustees, many will not, leaving them poorly equipped to identify and deploy the measures required to protect both the individuals within an organisation and the organisation itself.”

Source: Charity Digital News


Five Ways You Can Improve your Digital Marketing

The digital transformation has changed the way charities interact with their supporters and donors. Here are 5 things you can do to keep up!

Nick Day from the Directory of Social Change offer some tips to help improve your digital marketing.  You can view the full article here

 


Bright Futures with Connexions

Looking for Training and/or Apprenticeships?  There is a different Opportunity Provider every Monday and Wednesday, 11 am – 1 pm, starting Monday, 7 January 2019.

Visit Connexions Sandwell, One Stop Shop, The Council House, Freeth Street, Oldbury, B69 3DE

Call Connexions Sandwell on 0121 569 2955.

Click here for details.


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