Children and Young People Winter Holiday Activities

Between the 19th and the 30th December Sandwell Council have activities happening in every town, from pantomimes and winter wonderlands, to sports, arts, cooking, and even the opportunity to be part of a rock-band!

See newsletters below which showcase some of the organisations and activities:

A new website has been launched where you can find out more and see the range of activities on offer

Check out social media, follow on Facebook and Twitter @SandwellHAF

To find out what happened over the summer and the difference the Holiday Activity Programme makes to families, please view this short video



Creative Black Country’s Cosy Communities Opportunities

Creative Black Country (CBC) is running two open calls as part of Cosy Communities to deliver creative activities in a warm and comfortable space for local communities in the Black Country.   They are looking for creative responses which will bring fun, joy, connection, and creativity to local people in the Black Country between now and 31st March 2023.

Creative Black Country will be hosting an artists and creatives session on 6th December at 1.30pm via Zoom. Please register here.  If you need access support to attend this online event, please email as soon as possible to with any requirements.

For more information and if you missed the communities commissions online session on 21st November please visit Cosy CommunitiesCreative Black Country


What Stops People Becoming Trustess

Charities need to do more to encourage trustees from a wider range of ages, backgrounds and communities. However many charities struggle to know how to do this.

There are about 1 million people in the UK doing a fantastic job as a trustee and they should be proud of their immense efforts. However many charities need help their boards and need to have easier access to the skills, knowledge and experience that their organisation needs – people with lived experience of what we are trying to tackle, or with the skills, knowledge and experience to enhance their board.

Recent research by the insurance firm Ecclesiastical reported that 79% of trustees agree that charities need to do more to encourage trustees from a wider range of ages, backgrounds and communities, but many charities struggle to know how to do this.

To find out the biggest barriers which stop people becoming trustees click here

Listening to Your Beneficiaries – Online Course

The charity sector is unique due to its delivery of social change rather than just monetary gain for an organisation and that places unique demands on its customer service.

On this course you will spend time learning how effective customer service is delivered in the charity sector, how modern customer service teams operate, and how individuals should behave when handling conversations with beneficiaries. It will also look at how to ask for feedback and then record performance to understand how effectively the team is operating.

Online courses take place via Zoom and include a one hour lunch break, as well as brief refreshment breaks.

To find out more about the course and book a place please click here

Cost of Living Hub

During the cost-of-living crisis many more individuals will reach out to charities for vital support.

DSC understand the pressure on services and staff alike so they have put together some of their key resources in one place. From funding guides and staff training, to insightful commentary, articles and links, these resources are designed to help you help others, especially those seeking welfare support.

To access the hub please click here

Call for Continuing Energy Bill Support for Voluntary Organisations

Charities hit hardest by spiralling energy costs are facing a precarious position unless the government continues to subside bills beyond March 2023.

NCVO have urgently appealed for the government to ensure voluntary organisations get continued support from the Energy Bill Relief Scheme, outlining the risks for communities if the current support package stops.

It is vital that members support this call to the government as we need to express the critical situation which is facing communities across the country, and outline to MPs what will  happen if charities facing rising energy costs are not supported.

To find out more about this and see how you can take action please click here

Funding of up to £5,000 available to tackle problems within families

Registered charities whose activities support and encourage the family to work as a cohesive unit in tackling problems that face one or more of its members can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 (but trustees will consider requests for higher amounts) through the Kelly Family Charitable Trust.

The Trust will consider both capital and revenue grants. The Trust is happy to support requests for core funding as well as project-based grants, and actively encourages applications from relatively new organisations to help them become established.

The three areas of activity that the charity wishes to support are:

  • Interventions that support families and help them in ways that prevent the fracture of the family unit, e.g. practical family support, relationship counselling, mediation.
  • Families where sexual abuse, physical abuse, domestic violence, alcohol abuse and drug abuse threaten the integrity of the family unit.
  • Prisoners and in particular their families, during and after the period of imprisonment.

The trust prefers to support charities whose income is below £500,000. However, larger charities with pioneering pilot projects will be considered.

Grants are awarded twice a year and the next closing date for applications is the 1st March 2023.

Further details

Twelve Days of Christmas Giving

Twelve Days of Giving is the last phase of the Benefact Group’s Movement for Good programme for 2022.

For 12 days in December, they will be drawing 10 charities per working day to receive £1,000. The first draw takes place on December 1st and the last on the 16th.

Click here to nominate your favourite charity today

The Future of Charity Twitter

Should charities still be using Twitter? What happens if it crashes, if follower numbers drop or our accounts get spammed with negative or hateful comments. Are the safety and accessibility standards going to drop?

Twitter has been a force for good and bad for years, and it has helped us share, amplify, connect and listen. Although the engagement has been dropping it remains a key part of many organisations tool kits; but questions remain about what Elon Musk’s takeover means for the future of the platform.

This article looks at some of the questions which have been asked and any conclusions from the discussion

Severn Trent Water Funding to Support Charitable Organisations During the Cost-of-Living Crisis

In response to the current cost-of-living crisis, Severn Trent Water is making £150,000 in funding available to cover core costs for charities and community groups in the East Midlands, West Midlands and South West of England, who are finding it hard to maintain their activities during the current economic crisis.

Through the Severn Trent Community Fund: Core Funding, grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available to help not-for-profit organisations to continue delivering their vital services to communities in the Severn Trent region. The funding is available for one year.

The funding can be used to cover essential running expenses which could include management and administration, general office costs (rent and utilities), accountancy and audit, fundraising, communications, and general/governance costs.

The fund will remain open to applications until all the funding has been awarded, and competition for funding is expected to be strong.

For more information about the fund and how to apply please click here


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