Women’s Sector Resilience Fund Phase 2

The Smallwood Trust has just opened a new funding opportunity – The Women’s Sector Resilience Fund Phase 2. It is a £1.5m fund that has been set up to support local networks of organisations working with and for women to make change to systems that cause women’s poverty in their area.

It is a place-based approach to systems change that is open to networks in and around specified areas, including Birmingham. The Smallwood Trust aims to fund approximately three place-based networks. Each network can apply for up to £500k to be spent over three years.

Expression of interest deadline: 10th December

Please visit our website for more information, including Q+A webinar dates and full guidance: https://www.smallwoodtrust.org.uk/organisations

And follow us on Twitter for further updates: @SmallwoodTrust.

If you have any questions, please email grants@smallwoodtrust.org.uk

FREE Mental Health Training

We know that Mental Health and Wellbeing is so important and we are pleased to offer Voluntary and Community Sector Organisations FREE Mental Health Training. The Community Partnerships and Support Services Team have partnered with Sandwell Consortium and have secured funding to deliver an i-act Understanding and Promoting Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing Course in each of the six towns of Sandwell.

At this stage places will be limited to 1 per organisation but if more spaces become available we will be able to offer any extra places on a first come first served basis.

This accredited i-act training is aimed at supporting employees/front-line workers to improve their own wellbeing and support others who may experience a mental health or wellbeing issue.
The course highlights how we can all improve our wellbeing to help build resilience.
This course comes with a 168-page evidence based course manual, toolkit and resource pack for each participant.

Course objectives – the online i-act course for ALL volunteers aims to:
– give participants a greater understanding of mental health and wellbeing issues, and help them recognise when they may need further help and support,
– provide some practical tools for managing stress, anxiety and low mood, and for promoting positive wellbeing to help build resilience,
– offer guidance and advice for how we can connect with colleagues who may be experiencing mental health or wellbeing issue,
– equip participants with a resource pack, toolkit, and signposting to further help and support concerning mental health and wellbeing issues.

Once the course is completed your registration/certification as an i-act (for positive mental health and wellbeing) practitioner lasts for three years, as does your access to the online i-act resources.

The course is delivered online through MS Teams and is 4 hours duration. The course will take place on Tuesday 7th December 1pm-5pm.

To book a place please reply with the participants name, organisation and email address before Friday 5 November to – marcia_sandelmassey@sandwell.gov.uk

Community Transport offers free furniture delivery for Sandwell residents

Community Transport have worked in partnership with Sandwell Council for many years, providing services throughout the borough for those most in need. The charity works to recycle and resell affordable, quality, used furniture, and new goods, and also to provide accessible passenger transport for community groups and supportive organisations.

Sandwell Council have collaborated with Community Transport to provide these services, but CT are now looking at alternative ways of supporting the local community. One way is in the form of a voucher scheme, which entitles the holder to free a delivery, in one transaction, of purchases made from CT’s West Bromwich furniture store, (located at the entrance of the bus station) to anywhere in Sandwell.

The scheme is accessed via a referral system, and CT have partnered with a wide range of partner organisations across the region, who support people from all backgrounds. These partners have been issued with a number of vouchers, with a unique code, relevant to their own organisation. If they feel that a beneficiary would benefit from having free delivery of goods, the individual is issued with with a voucher to be redeemed in-store.

The objective of the scheme is to enable local residents to have access to affordable furniture in the first place, and also to have a way of their purchases being delivered to their homes without incurring further cost.

For more information please contact Liz Rowe, Operations Director South, on 01902 491209 or email liz.rowe@communitytransport.org.

Brushstrokes seeks ESOL and Learning Coordinator

Brushstrokes is an award-winning project in partnership with Father Hudson’s Care, The Infant Jesus Sisters and the parish of St Philip Neri, Smethwick. The project is well established with a proven track record in supporting refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in Sandwell and surrounding areas. Brushstrokes is looking to recruit an ESOL and Learning Coordinator.

Salary: SCP 29-31, £27,166 – £28,949 pro rata for 30 hours
Hours: 37 per week (part-time at 30 hrs will be considered)
Location: Smethwick

As Coordinator you will organise the ESOL and learning programme at the organisation. The post has responsibility for developing the course programme, maintaining ESOL accreditation, coordinating timetables, managing the small ESOL staff team and volunteers, as well as directly delivering learning to students.

With experience of teaching and delivering ESOL from foundation to entry 3, you will have experience of arranging training, group activities and courses and a good understanding of the client group. You will also have good assessment, planning and organising skills, be able to produce accurate reports to deadlines and have excellent communication skills including group work.

To see the full job description and the application form, click here.

To download a recruitment pack or  to request an application form, please contact Ali Evans, HR Adviser, at alisonevans@fatherhudsons.org.uk. You can also telephone 01675 434000 quoting post reference number P1496.

Applications need to be submitted by 10th November 2021.
Interviews will be held on 17th November 2021.

Functional Skills Qualification

Sport 4 Life are delighted to be launching its first Maths Functional Skills Qualifications (Level 1 & 2) this November. This qualification is free for anyone aged 16-29 years who is NEET.

Further details can be found here

Referrals can be taken via the website https://sport4life.org.uk/young-people/functional-skills-courses/

Details of the course are as follows:

Pre-enrolment date: Monday 8th November 2021
Course dates: Mon – Fri, 15th – 26th November (2-weeks)
Location: ISE – Women’s Enterprise and Community Hub, 249a Ladypool Rd., Sparkbrook, Birmingham B12 8LF

Also, please keep an eye out for Sport 4 Life first English Functional Skills qualification coming in early 2022!


Sporting Equals Membership

Sporting Equals exists to promote ethnic diversity across sport and physical exercise. If your organisation is led by people from ethnically diverse communities or at least 50% of people who attend your sessions are and you have some focus on sports or physical activity, then you may be a good fit to become an associate member. There are many benefits to joining Sporting Equals including the many funds we distribute to our members each year.

Membership Benefits:

  • Bespoke support for funding, including help with applications.
  • Access to the funds Sporting Equals has been enabled to distribute (Tackling Inequalities Fund etc)
  • Monthly newsletters with funding, training, CPD and partnership opportunities
  • Access to paid and voluntary research opportunities with Sporting Equals
  • Discounted rates for Sporting Equals and partner events (including our annual sports awards)
  • Retail discounts through Sporting Equals partnership with Kindred, the online shopping add-on
  • Opportunities to contribute to our high-level government consultation responses
  • Free to join

If you would like to know more about Sporting Equals or join up as a member visit their website by clicking here, please contact the Sporting Equals Activator Rashid Hussain at info@sportingequals.org.uk or call 0121 777 1375.


Get on Board

Are you looking for new Trustees to sit on your organisation’s Board? Maybe it needs a breath of fresh air or a diversity makeover?

SCVO and our volunteering website www.letsgosandwell.info will be specifically promoting such opportunities during Trustees’ Week, November 1-5.

Trustees play an invaluable role in the voluntary sector. They come from all walks of life and share expert advice in skills ranging from finance to food handling, which all helps an organisation be the best it can.

If you would like to call out for new volunteer additions to your team get in touch with kim@scvo.info


Calling Sandwell Schoolchildren!

Would you like to become a Sandwell Student Art Champion and represent your school?

Sandwell Cultural Education Partnership is looking for students from across the borough to open a conversation and allow discussion around arts and culture.

They are looking for five students per school to become Sandwell Student Arts Champions, form a group and meet on four occasions between January – May 2022.

The programme, run with support of the British Art Show 9 (BAS9), is open to Primary and Secondary schools and participants will be grouped by age.

The programme will include:

  • Exploring WHAT IS ART?
  • Visiting an arts and cultural venue
  • Meeting an artist from the British Art Show and taking part in a workshop
  • Evaluating the Arts and Culture they are exposed to in and outside of school and within the local area, and what they would like to explore more of.

To Apply
All they need is the name, email address and contact number of the school contact leading the group, plus two short paragraphs (one by a supporting teacher and another by a child who wants to take part) answering the question: Why should we choose your school to be part of this programme and what could it do for your school and the students?

Please email rachel@sandwellcep.co.uk to apply, or for more info.

Significant Funding for Sandwell projects

Grants up to £40,000 are available for projects that are aimed at people of all ages who feel lonely or isolated and projects that aim to improve the wellbeing of communities. Applicants can apply for 2 different levels of funding; under £10,000 or £10,001 to £40,000.

In terms of eligibility;

An organisation must have a Board or Management Committee comprising of a minimum of 3 members (ideally unrelated) who give their time in a voluntary (unpaid) capacity. If this Committee is not locally based, the organisation should demonstrate its long-term commitment to Sandwell;

• are actively delivering services in Sandwell or undertaking activities for the benefit of Sandwell Communities;
• principally reinvest any financial surpluses to further social, environmental or cultural objectives that bring a significant community benefit to Sandwell (at least 50% of any financial surpluses need to be reinvested in Sandwell for community benefit).

So whilst the group/organisation doesn’t necessarily have to reside in Sandwell it must be able to evidence the above to be eligible.

Application and assessment dates will be published separately on an ongoing basis, but you can contact SCVO to start a conversation about your project ideas at any time.

You can email: grants@scvo.info or contact Liz on 07923 259821 / liz@scvo.info or Stuart on 07703 823226 / stuart@scvo.info.




Children’s Winter Coat Exchange

Do you have a child’s winter coat you no longer need, or could you do with a winter coat for your child? Winter coats exchanges will be taking place over October half-term, which will hopefully enable families and children in need to have a winter coat ahead of the colder weather.

It is a free service and the exchanges will take place at three locations, detailed below.

Simply drop off clean coats which are no longer needed, so that they may be of benefit to other children, or visit one of the locations to see if there is a coat which you could use.

Drop off on:
Monday 25th October: 10 am – 12 noon
Cradley Heath Community Link, 72 High Street, Cradley Heath, B64 5HA

Monday 25th October: 8.30 am – 10.30 am
Life Central Church, Dudhill Road, Rowley Regis, B65 8HS

Tuesday 26th October: 10 am – 12 noon
Oakham Evangelical Church, City Road, Tividale B69 1QZ

Collect on:
Thursday 28th October: 10 am 0 12 noon
Cradley Heath Community Link

Friday 29th October: 8.30 am – 10.30 am
Life Central Church

Friday 29th October: 10 am – 12 noon
Oakham Evangelical Church.

Please contact Matt Hill, Public Health Development Officer – Rowley Regis, on 07790 945111 or at matthew_hill@sandwell.gov.uk should you wish to know more.


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