Groundwork: One Stop – Community Partnership

The One Stop Community Partnership programme is provided by Groundwork and One Stop Stores Ltd.  The programme is designed to create a partnership of support to community groups, operating within two miles of a One Stop store, who are working to:

  • Tackle food poverty
  • Support the vulnerable
  • Support the elderly
  • Support low-income families
  • Running Youth Sports Teams.

Grants of up to £1,000 are available to successful applicants to begin a partnership with their local One Stop store.Applications are invited from:

  • Voluntary and community organisations
  • Registered charities
  • Schools
  • Health bodies
  • Parish/Town councils
  • Social enterprise.
  • Community Interest Companies (running for a minimum of two years)
  • Community councils
  • Local authorities
  • Housing organisations.

Applications from organisations such as women’s refuges, food banks, hospices, homeless charities, charities supporting the elderly or children are typically welcome. However, this list is not exhaustive and other organisational types will be funded.

The tailored support from the store teams will help community causes to increase or improve their service by assisting in areas such as but not limited to volunteering support, fundraising and awareness-raising.

Applications can be made at any time.

Before starting an application, applicants should first use the Store Locator, available on the Groundwork website, to check the distance to the local One Stop store and whether funding is currently available there.

Guidance notes are available on the Groundwork website.  Contact Groundwork for further information.

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COSARAF Charitable Foundation Hardship Fund

COSARAF is a charitable foundation established in 2007 that aims to support individuals and families who are struggling with everyday costs, such as basic living expenses, household items and utilities, or rent arrears.

Grants of up to £2,000 are available in one year, but only in exceptional circumstances will individuals receive a grant of more than £500.

Other sources of funding must have been exhausted and organisations can only apply once in a single year.

Applications will only be accepted from recognised third party social organisation, such as charities, housing associations, schools and social services who are acting on behalf of a family or individual in need.

Priority will be given to:

  • The most financially excluded people.
  • Families over individuals.
  • Those with caring responsibilities.
  • Items that will make the most difference to the individual/family’s long-term future.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they are taking advantage of all support offered by local services, including the referring social organisation.

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Kaleidoscope’s free Better Mental Health two-day courses

Kaleidoscope Plus Group support thousands of people each year through its services, which include mental health literacy, across the borough.

Sandwell residents and businesses are welcome to join KPG on a free two-day MHFA (Mental Health First Aid) course and ‘PLUS programme’ (Positive Lives Using Skills). The focus is on inclusion and ending stigma and ‘promoting positive health and wellbeing’ in a relaxed informal atmosphere.

The first MHFA course is on Monday, 10th October, 2022

For further information and instructions on how to book see here.

A Covid-19 Grant can help you stay safe indoors and out this autumn

As the weather cools and we move to more indoor activities the risk of infection from colds, flu and Covid-19 increases. Whilst deaths and serious illness from Covid-19 are a lot less than at the beginning of the pandemic, none of us want to be ill or put vulnerable members of our family and community at risk.

Over the past two years there has been funding to help Voluntary and Community Groups promote safe practices and ensure accurate information is available about vaccinations. If you would like to continue this message and help your community group stay as safe as possible this winter, then this funding may be for you.

Recent funding has helped pay for personal hygiene packs with masks and hand gel for individuals. Additional resources to organisations have assisted to keep premises and members safe, support the translation of relevant information into community languages and facilitate phoning people to arrange to get them to their vaccination appointments.

There have been lots of other very creative ideas so come and talk to us.  If we your idea qualifies, you will be given a simple application form and guidance notes and we will work with you through the application process.

Please contact Liz or Barbara at SCVO to find out more, at call 07923 259821 or call 07859 913363.


Making Multi-Agency Early Help in Sandwell work for our Children, Young People and Families 

Join us to consider how we can build on our strong partnerships and make multi-agency early help in Sandwell even more effective for our families. 

In Sandwell, we have a refreshed approach to delivering and evidencing multi-agency early help to children and families. We will focus on the tools and resources that we can all use to support families, with an opportunity to discuss how common challenges to providing multi-agency early help can be overcome. Working together, we can ensure we provide the right support, in the right place, at the right time to children and families in Sandwell.

Early Help have arranged four sessions that will all be held virtually through Teams and at various times of the day to encourage as many partners, as possible to participate.

The first session is on Friday, 7th October 2022, 1 – 2 pm.  Subsequent dates and times and booking details can be found here 1 – Sandwell Early Help Partnership

What the Cost of Living Crisis Means for Giving

The cost of living crisis will affect everyone; research already indicates that the nation sees the crisis on the same level as the Covid-19 pandemic in terms of its impact on our lives.

A round table of leading charity CEO’s, convened by the GOOD agency, revealed that the main concern at the moment is lack of insight. The sector knows that the crisis is going to affect fundraising, but does not yet have any detail on how it will do so, and what the impact will be. In this article Pete Esuola- Grant, strategy director of the GOOD agency, discusses the potential impact of the cost of living crisis on the sector.

The Power of Inclusive Language

Language is one of the most powerful tools that we have; it can be used to influence, to comfort, to connect and to understand. It is a vital part of creating an environment where everyone feels welcome and included – to feel that we “belong” and are valued.

People have been marginalised and discriminated against because of their culture, race and ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, socioeconomic status, age and more. By using inclusive language we show that we seek to treat all people with respect, dignity and impartiality. Inclusive language is constructed to being everyone into a group and make sure no one is excluded, to enable their voices to be heard and valued, and to be able to contribute to the bigger picture.

In this article Judeline Nicholas, DSC Associate Trainer, discusses how we can learn to use language better.

Top Five Tips for Grants Fundraising

Funding requests have always outnumbered the available grants given out, as charitable need has always exceeded philanthropic supply, so it has always been a “competitive time” out there. Lately things seem to be beyond challenging.

In such an extra-pressurised, extra-competitive situation, what can we do to give ourselves the best chance of winning those hard than ever to secure grants. Follow the link to see fundraising specialist Neela Jane Stansfield’s top tips for grant fundraising.

Cycling for Everyone Free Bike Giveaway – West Midlands

As part of the Cycling for Everyone bike giveaway, The Active Wellbeing Society are bringing 300 free bikes to people in the West Midlands who will especially benefit from having a bike to keep, as well as 25 adapted bikes on a loan basis.

Adult bikes are available for people who live in one of the 21 most deprived council wards across Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton council areas. Adapted bikes are available to anyone living in any ward in those council areas. We know that one of the biggest barriers to cycling is cost, and our work across communities shows that having access to a free bike is an important step in encouraging people to cycle. Please visit the link for further information and to apply.


Kellogg’s awarding grants to School Breakfast Clubs

pound-850369_1280Kellogg’s, in partnership with Forever Manchester, is awarding grants of up to £1,000 to school Breakfast Clubs, to help them provide breakfast to those children who need it most. Kellogg’s started to support school breakfast clubs across Britain in 1998 and since then has provided £4 million of investment to schools.

Eligible breakfast clubs must be based in a school in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.  A limited number of grants are available with priority being given to schools that either:

  • Have 35% and above of children eligible for pupil premium funding (for England) and eligible for free school meals (Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales); or
  • Are based in an area which is classified as falling in the 10% of most deprived areas according to the Index of Multiple Deprivation. Applicants should check their postcode on the Kellogg Breakfast Club Grants – Indices of Deprivation Information page

Schools can apply for an award at any time and will hear within one month if they have been successful. However, please note the fund may close at short notice if oversubscribed. Only one grant per school in each academic year is available.

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