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Call to Artists:  Open All Media Exhibition – 30th May to 25th June 2022

The Art Yard are pleased to invite artists to submit work for their Open Exhibition. You can submit up to five pieces or work. There are no special requirements on the type of art or subject matter, all work is very welcome.

The exhibition will be at their new venue which comprises of a spacious exhibition space, balcony gallery, three studios and two dedicated tuition rooms, over two floors.

Please see the attached Introduction and Submission Forms on how to enter.

Submission forms are to be returned by Saturday 28th May 2022.

The Art Yard look forward to seeing your art works and supporting the development of Artists and the arts in the community.

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Small Office for Hire 

Greets Green Community Enterprise have a small office which it would like to offer for rent at a reasonable rate.  The office would be ideal for a small charity or not for profit organisation and is based at The Business Centre, 157 Wood Lane, Greets Green, West Bromwich B70 9PT. 

The office comes with a shared kitchen (kettle, microwave, toaster etc) and toilet facilities.

Meeting rooms, training provision and access to an IT suite are also available on site, for an additional charge.

The Business Centre is in a great location, near local bus routes, tram stops and not too far away from the Black Country route and motorway network.

Parking is available on site, together with ample street parking

For more information about this great opportunity call 0121 525 2772 and ask for Wendy OR email


Cycling is coming to Sandwell – Are you ready to ride?

Cradley Heath Community Link have a vision to use cycling to bring hope, inspiration, community spirit, new skills and confidence to people of all ages across Sandwell.  They would love for YOU to join with them.

The vision includes led bike rides, training young people how to look after their bikes, providing qualifications as bike mechanics, training people to be ride leaders, supporting people into employment and further training, providing bikes for those who can’t afford them and bringing families and communities together.

Thanks to a very generous donation of bikes the project is ready to start.  Paul Latham at Cradley Health Community Link is looking for community organisations across Sandwell who share the vision of bringing inspiration, confidence, new skills and community spirit to children, young people and adults of all ages in your area.

Paul is looking for organisations who can:

  • Provide storage space for around 10 bikes
  • Have one or two volunteers willing to be “cycle champion’s” for the project in your organisation and community.
  • Plus, individuals keen to become a ride leader, bike mechanic or “Cycle Champion”.

To find out more please contact Paul on


Apply now for the Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) Grant Programme 2022

The Department for Education have awarded grant funding to local authorities to provide Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) to cover the Easter, summer and Christmas holiday period for 2022.  The grants are to support school aged children and young people (reception to year 11), including those with SEND, who are eligible for benefit-related free school meals to access healthy food and enriching activities free of charge.

This grant is open to voluntary and community sector / not for profit organisations / schools and other educational settings / private sector organisations / clubs.

The closing date for applications is Friday 10 June 2022 at 4.30 pm. Applications received after this deadline will not be processed.

Click here for application form and guidance notes.


How Charities are reaching new audiences through Tik Tok

Thinking about creating a Tik Tok account for your charity? In her article, Third Sector reporter, Sam Wait, shows examples of how charities are using TikTok to reach new audiences.

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Places of Welcome are starting to reopen

Transforming Communities Together are delighted to inform us that the Places of Welcome network across the Black Country, Staffordshire and northern Shropshire is starting to reopen, in line with the easing of Covid-19 restrictions

For further information visit the website.

Even if, technically, we can take money – should we?

Many donations to charities have come from the profits of the immoral, unethical, or even criminal behaviour, raising the question of whether the source matters more than the destination.

Read the full article by Debra Allcock Tyler, CEO of Directory of Social Change.

Rescheduled Energy Question and Answer Session

Soho Victoria Friends and Neighbours are pleased to advise of the rescheduled Energy Q&A session, in place of the session which was recently cancelled.  The event has been rearranged for Friday 29th April, 12 noon – 2 pm.

Soho Victoria  hope everyone interested will be able attend the rearranged session.  Households have been affected by the price increase for energy and the price will increase again in October.  Don’t bury your head in the sand!

For further information or queries, please contact 0121 532 2011.

The Police and Crime Commissioner Victims Fund 2022-23 now open!

The Police and Crime Commissioner has made £150,000 available for organisations which support victims cope and recover from the effects of crime. Applications, for maximum bids of up to £20,000, are invited from organisations which meet the criteria detailed in the form below.

The services provided must be linked to those prioritised in the PCC’s Police and Crime Plan, such as domestic abuse, child sexual exploitation, stalking, harassment, female genital mutilation, hate crime and modern slavery.

Please ensure you read the guidance carefully and send all completed forms to Chelsea Lloyd at by the deadline.

The closing date is 9 am on Monday, 16th May 2022.

Applicants will be notified as to the outcome of their application week commencing 30th May 2022.

Download the application documents here.

Free Office Furniture

A variety of office furniture including desks, cabinets and privacy room dividers are available free to a good home courtesy of Sandwell Leisure Trust.

Contact for more information.


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