Breakthru’s New Male Aman Group

Breakthru’s new Male Aman Group, has recently started and meets at West Bromwich Library, 316 High Street, West Bromwich, every Friday from 12.30 to 1.30 pm.

The group offers men (particularly South Asian men) the opportunity to take part in weekly gentle chair-based exercise, informed sessions, workshops and organised trips and outings.

With the aim of improving holistic wellbeing, there is friendship and laughter with like-minded individuals, in a relaxed, informal and non-judgemental environment.  Contact Baljinder Kaur on 07956 033255 for further details.

Visit the website.

Free learn to ride a bike sessions with Sikh Helpline

Did you know that Sikh Helpline are offering free sessions on how to learn to ride a bike, that includes bike repair lessons, to help you be confident when riding a bike?

Sikh Helpline already have a record number of people signed up for the sessions and are working hard to meet the demand for the number of the bikes they will need.

A limited number of bikes are available to use, should you not have your own.  However, if anyone can help them out, please get in touch with Sarvjit Kaur at

Sessions available throughout August and September. Sikh Helpline would love to have you join them to learn a new skill, keep active and perhaps make new friends!

Register here.


Funding to support blind and partially sighted people

Grants of up to £25,000 are available to improve the capacity and sustainability of sight loss sector organisations in the UK to deliver positive outcomes for blind and partially sighted people

Thomas Pocklington Trust is inviting charitable organisations to submit an application for new and innovative projects that will achieve a positive impact under their strategic priority, “Collaboration and Sustainability”.

The Trust will consider applications in the following areas:

  • Infrastructure and impact – including developing technological capabilities, restructuring reviews, Theory of Change, feasibility studies, partnership working (including resource sharing) and integrations and mergers
  • Insights and research – gaps in data and evidence that can improve knowledge across the sector
  • Innovation Seed Fund – initial funding for ideas and projects which can have a transformative benefit to the lives of blind and partially sighted people

The funding can be used to support costs such as new staff posts, paid training, professional fees, printing, marketing, website design, and capital items such as computers.

The deadline for applications is the 5th February 2023.

The fund may close sooner if a high volume of applications are received.

Further details

Funding to support education in disadvantaged areas

Grants are available to support schools and registered charities that wish to undertake educational projects with children and young people under the age of 25 in marginalised communities within the UK and internationally.

The British & Foreign Schools Society (BFSS) normally makes grants totalling about £900,000 in any one year.

For UK projects the focus is on projects to improve the educational outcomes and life chances of Young Carers and Children Looked After. Grants of between 30,000 and £100,000 are available (maximum £30,000 per year for multi-year projects).

Funding is available to UK registered charities with an annual income of between £5,000 and £2.5 million, and at least three years of continuous accounts. UK based and state-funded schools, academies, colleges and other educational establishments regardless of their income size are also eligible providing they can demonstrate a network effect beyond one individual school.

The Society also offers a small number of specific grants for organisations and individuals through its Subsidiary Trusts.

There is a two-stage application process and the next closing date for stage 1 applications is the 16th January 2023

Click here for further details.



Youth Endowment Fund trauma-informed practice ground round opening on 1 September 2022

The Youth Endowment Fund are excited to announce the launch of a new £4m grant round, co-funded by the Home Office, to find, fund and evaluate up to three programmes of trauma-informed practice. 

There’s growing recognition that childhood experience of trauma influences children and young people’s development and behaviour.

The Youth Endowment Fund are looking to fund projects that:

  • commission or deliver trauma-informed programmes (like staff training or trauma-informed policies), across the education, youth justice or children’s social care sectors.
  • are ready for robust evaluation.

If that sounds like a project you run, they would like to hear from you. They would welcome applications from organisations

  • run by Black, Asian or other racially minoritised leaders and / or
  • focus on reaching Black, Asian or other racially minoritised practitioners and / or young people through their work.

Further details



Introduction to easyfundraising: Funding for Community Groups and Charities in Sandwell and Dudley

SCVO and Dudley CVS would like to invite you to attend a free webinar to learn all about easyfundraising which is a free to use fundraising platform that enables your organisation to tap into free funding from online retailers.

Come along to this informal online session being held on Thursday 6th October 2022 between 1pm and 2pm, where easyfundraising’s Community Fundraising Manager, Becky Coleman will demonstrate how the platform works, show you how to get started and answer any questions you have. This is a free, easy and effective way to boost your funds so do come along to find out how! You can extend this invitation to other members of your team too.

easyfundraising is trusted by 180k community groups charities and voluntary organisations around the UK and over £42m has been raised for good causes to date.

Book your free place by clicking here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to join the meeting.

To find out more about easyfundraising and set up a free easyfundraising page for your organisation before this session, visit or contact

Have your say on the draft Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy for Black Country Integrated Care System

The Black Country Integrated Care System has commissioned an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy for all the organisations in the Integrated Care System. To help with the development of the Strategy, it is important to understand the views and experiences of the employees of the organisations that comprise the Integrated Care System.

An engagement exercise was held between February and March 2022. The feedback from that engagement was then used to inform the development of the Draft Strategy. The Black Country Integrated Care System would now like your views on the Draft Strategy to ensure they are on the right track. View the Draft Strategy or view the Summary.

If you have not already done so, share your views by completing the online survey that captures your views on the Draft Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy. The survey closes on Wednesday 24 August.

Focus groups. There will also be a series of one-hour virtual focus group sessions in August 2022, where you can find out more about the development of the Strategy and share your views on the Draft Strategy. Find out more and register for a place at one of these focus groups using this online form.

Additionally, if you would be able to support BCICS in arranging and hosting a focus group with eight to 10 members of staff from your organisation, please email



Celebrating Black History Month October 2022

Black History is celebrated throughout the month of October. In October 2018 and October 2019 there was one event that was exceptional – the Black History Activity Book Launch. This free event attracted over 5,000 attendees and over 167 various businesses, organisations, and independent vendors, such as Prostate Cancer UK, West Bromwich African Caribbean Resource Centre, The Black Country Living Museum, Birmingham Crisis Centre and South & City College, just to mention a few.

Andrew Lindo, the organiser of these non-funded and non-profit events, is also the founder of Newborn Design, writer, Illustrator, graphic designer and self-publisher of the Black History Activity Books states “The event has run for two years with support from an outstanding volunteer team. An event like this is needed not only to showcase various Black Businesses under one roof, it offers them a networking platform, the opportunity to showcase their products, exhibit their services to attendees, who would otherwise be unaware of them, and brings together a diverse community”.

This year The Official Black History Activity Book Launch and Expo 3.0 makes its return after lockdown. Andrew alongside his team of volunteers, will be hosting the event on Saturday, 1st October 2022 at The New Bingley Hall and would like to hear from organisations within the Voluntary and Third Sector who may wish to be involved.

To express an interest in a stall or advertising in the event guide, please contact Andrew at 07896494056 or email

Further information can be found at and


Free education to employment programmes for West Midlands residents, 19 to 29 years-of-age

Generation UK is a non-profit organisation, which run free education to employment programmes, recruiting motivated people, providing specialised training and supporting them to access life-changing careers by connecting them to employers who are seeking to access and recruit highly skilled and diverse talent.

No experience or qualifications needed.

Generation UK have funding from the West Midlands Combined Authority to specifically support West Midlands residents.  Further information on Generation UK.

For the eligibility criteria and details of the current programme, a career in Cloud Technology, for which the organisation is currently recruiting, please click here.


Help beat the October energy price rise with an energy MOT

Let Warm Homes West Midlands help you prepare for winter with a free Home Energy MOT.

They offer:

  • Practical advice about keeping warm
  • Advice about smarter use of energy
  • Installation of free energy-saving devices such as draught excluders and radiator panels
  • Installation of free energy-saving light bulbs
  • Referral to other useful services, if needed.

Call Warmer Homes West Midlands on 0808 196 8298 for further information.


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