Shape Summer Festival 2020 Call for Stand Holders

Sandwell Council are looking for organisations who would like to attend SHAPE Summer Festival 2020. They have a stage available if any dance groups would like to perform. If you are interested please return the completed Registration Form by 5pm on 28th February 2020 to and return to

Sandwell Council SHAPE Programme and #MoveMoreSandwell have joined forces to bring ‘Summer Fest 2020’ this year on 2 days Saturday 11th July and Sunday 12th July 2020 at Sandwell Valley.

Aims & Objectives
Summer Fest has traditionally been an opportunity for organisations to promote and showcase services they offer for children and young people, particularly during the summer holidays. It provides a platform to speak to parents and families about the services you offer and keeping their children involved in positive activities. Saturday’s event will be tailored towards children and young people, it will include the careers expo as last year did and on stage will have a Champion of Champions talent show with the winners of SHAPE Your Talent performing.

Move More Sandwell aims to encourage all Sandwell residents to ‘move more’ by being physically active, whoever they are and however they want to. The Sunday Move More Sandwell festival will provide residents with the opportunity to try various taster sessions on offer from local physical activity and sport providers and participate in informal competitions and tournaments. Residents will then be encouraged to sign up to the programmes/ activities that they enjoyed the most.

Local Community Organisations
For the last 2 years we have successfully had a culture theme for the festival celebrating the diversity of Sandwell and linking to Sandwell’s Vision 2030.  This year we would like to do the same. As a community organisation if you would like to promote your services to young people and would like to host some activities to share your culture.

We are also looking for cultural music, dance or entertainment for the music stage, if you are aware of any artists who can bring your culture to life on stage then please also send us details.

Local Businesses/ Careers/ Apprenticeship/Training Providers
If your organisation offers careers, apprenticeship, training or further education opportunities then please also get in touch to be part of the careers expo taking place at the event.

If your organisation would like to be a sponsor for the event please let us know to be sent the details of our sponsorship package.

Sports/Physical Activity Providers
If you are a sports/activity provider and would like to organise a tournament on one or both of the days, then please register your interest.

Register your interest by clicking here and returning to by  5pm on Friday 28th February 2020 (please note all forms after the deadline date will not be accepted).

T Level Capital Fund Opens for Applications

The Government has announced that it is inviting existing T Level providers to apply to the T Level Capital Fund. The fund will be delivered in two parts.

Eligible providers can bid for funding to refurbish existing buildings or create new spaces, while funding for specialist equipment such as digital and audio-visual kit, will be allocated to all providers in Spring next year. A total of £95 million will be available.

The funding is available to organisations that are on the list of providers selected to deliver T Levels and are an Academy, Further Education College, Higher Education Institution, School, Sixth Form College or University Technical College; and they have not previously been awarded a grant for the T Level route for which they are applying.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on the 30th April 2020.

Further information

Awards for Young Musicians

Awards for Young Musicians (AYM), which support the UK’s most talented young musicians (aged 5 to 17) who, because of financial need, may be prevented from fulfilling their creative potential, has announced that it is seeking applications for its Awards Scheme.

AYM supports young musicians, who make music in any genre, who can clearly show that they are really talented and committed and that they need financial help with their music expenses.

Each year AYM make awards of up to £2000 based on evidence of musical talent and financial need. The Awards cover the purchase or hire of musical instruments and accessories; music lessons; weekend music schools; music courses; orchestra fees; and travel.

The deadline for applications is the 27th April 2020.

Further information

Architectural Heritage Fund – Project Viability Fund

Grants are available for formally constituted charities or social enterprises to undertake a project involving the acquisition and conversion of an historic building.

The Architectural Heritage Fund Project Viability Grant aims to enable organisations to work out whether a proposed use for a building will be economically viable.

The grant will contribute towards the cost of exploring different options for reuse or testing a single option. At the end of the process, the organisation should be able to make an informed decision on whether it should commit to further cost, risk and effort in developing the project.

The closing date for applications in this round is the 30th April 2020.

More information

Warburtons Community Grants Scheme

Charities and organisations with charitable aims can now apply for small grants up to £250 worth of funding for projects that have a direct and tangible social impact on families and solve significant social issues.

Funding is available for projects that meet the following themes: Health, Health Education, Financial Stability, Aspiration, Worklessness, Employability and skills.

The Community Grant scheme is being made available by Warburtons and is administered by the Charities Aid Foundation. The next closing date for applications in this round is the 11th May 2020.

More details

‘The Silent Pain’ needs your vote!

The Saleem Foundation charity, in partnership with Dudley Mind, have produced ‘The Silent Pain’. The film reflecting on mental health, outlines how depression is not always obvious and how we should take a moment out just to ask one another, “are you ok”? It is important we spread the message of hope. It is also important we stress it’s fine not to be ok, but more importantly, it’s important we all know we are not alone.

The Saleem Foundation charity was founded in 2017 and supports charities and voluntary organisations across Birmingham and the Black Country, that undertake charitable work in the fields of health, disability and financial hardship. The charity will also support individuals and their families who are disadvantaged by their youth, age, ill-health, disability or financial hardship and will take the form of grant aid, organised events and donations.

The Silent Pain has been shortlisted for the Charity Films Awards. Please vote for The Silent Pain.

Voting closes Friday, 6 March 2020.

Centre Manager wanted to join the team at iSE

Social Enterprise Development organisation iSE is seeking an experienced Centre Manager to continue the success of the Sparkbrook Women’s Enterprise HUB (WEH).

Location: Women’s Enterprise HUB (WEH) Sparkbrook, 249 Ladypool Road, Sparkbrook, Birmingham, B12 8LF

Salary: £30,500 per annum pro rata

Hours of work: 30 hours per week

Following a refurbishment in 2016, the HUB offers inspiring office units, co-working space and a place to meet and access support to develop women-led businesses for women in the local community. iSE is keen to continue to develop the HUB as a local facility for women-led businesses and deliver associated projects to support engagement, start up and business growth.

Download the full job description from the website, here.

Questions about the role should be directed to Mariam Yate on 0121 0121 663 1711 or email

Applications by CV and covering letter to iSE CEO

The application deadline is 9.00 am Wednesday, 4th March 2020. Interviews will be week commencing 16 March.

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GM2LF – Community Party and AGM

Come and join the fun at the ‘Community Party and AGM’ of the Grace Mary to Lion Farm Big Local Partnership.

Taking place on Wednesday, 18th March from 6pm – 8pm at Oakham Evangelical Church, City Road, Tividale, Oldbury, B69 1QZ there will be:

  • Live entertainment
  • Dance performances
  • An opportunity to find out what’s been happening where you live (across the GM2LF Big Local area)
  • Hear about the NEW Big Local Plan
  • Free buffet and refreshments.

Visit: for more information about the Big Local Partnership and to drop them a line to let them know you’re planning to attend.

Childhood Regained: Safeguarding in a Digital Age – Training Opportunity

The main aim of the session is for practitioners to go away thinking about how they can support keeping children safe in a digital world. Be confident that they have the relevant knowledge and understanding required to keep children safe whilst helping to support parents/carers to do the same.

Tuesday 3rd March 2020 from 1.30pm – 4.30pm at Coneygre Arts Centre, Sedgley Rd E, Tipton, DY4 8UH

Learning Outcomes

To be able to raise awareness with parents;
Gain understanding of how to be vigilant when doing home visits;
Learn how to support young people to be alert to the dangers;
Able to understand the unique risks associated with online safety;
To promote the responsible use of technology;
Have a knowledge of where to find the range of filtering and monitoring technical advice

You can book your place here –

Opportunities at Sport 4 Life

School isn’t for everyone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pass exams, get a job or find your purpose. Sport 4 Life UK is a charity that gives young people the life skills needed to move into education, training and employment through sports themed personal development services. The charity would like to invite applications for two posts:

Sports Leadership and Sport Trainer
To deliver accredited Sports Leaders UK qualifications (potentially plus others) and sport engagement sessions for young people aged 11-29 years, across a variety of community and school settings.
For a job pack click here.

Employability Trainer
To deliver training programmes on social action and employability (including employer-led training – e.g. mock interviews) for young people aged 11-29 years across a variety of community and school settings
For a job pack click here.

The deadline for both applications is 26 February, 2020.  Interviews to be week beginning 2 March.

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