Grants for the planting and care of Trees, Hedges and Orchards

The Tree Council has announced that it will re-open its Branching Out Fund in July.

Through the Fund, schools, community groups, parish and town councils, and tree warden networks within the UK will be able to apply for grants of between £300 and £1,500 to get communities and young people up to the age of 21 involved in planting and caring for trees, hedges and orchards.

The funding will cover the cost of trees, hedges and fruit trees; reasonable costs of non-plastic protection and supports, as well as peat-free compost and/or soil improvers.

Further information


Funding to Support Youth Organisations

Not-for-profit youth organisations that support young people, aged 14 to 25, facing disadvantage can apply for grants of up to £150,000 spread over three years through the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Funding to Support Youth Organisations.

The Youth Fund supports organisations whose main purpose is about helping young people who face complex transitions to adulthood.

The Foundation is looking to support organisations to:

  • Sustain, grow or prepare to grow the organisation’s impact
  • Improve, consolidate and spread practices which empower young people to shape their lives and lead change (sometimes called asset-based approaches).
  • Support and champion people with lived experience in the leadership and operational delivery of this work, particularly people who are most affected by systemic oppression and or discrimination.

Further information

Applications can be submitted at any time.

Black Country Women’s Aid:  Three posts

Black Country Women’s Aid is an independent charity which has supported survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence in the West Midlands for 30 years.

The organisation wishes to recruit for the following:

Domestic Abuse Practitioner (Walsall).   £24,310.04 (unqualified) – £26.430.04 (qualified)

Independent Domestic Abuse Adviser (Dudley).  Salary: £24,310.04 (unqualified)/ £26,430.04 (qualified)

Domestic Abuse Advocate (Sandwell).  Salary: £20,167 – £22,320.42

If you are self-driven, conscientious, hardworking with lots of ambition BCWA would love to hear from you.  To read the full job descriptions, find out how to apply and the closing date for applications, please visit

Please note CVs will not be accepted.

All interviews will be held via Microsoft Teams.

Diabetes UK increasing content and information Online for South Asian Community

Staff at Diabetes UK are working towards increasing the content and information on their online learning platform The Learning Zone for people from Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities with diabetes across Birmingham and Sandwell.

To do this, Diabetes UK wish to recruit people from these ethnic backgrounds to join focus groups, to hear first-hand about what it’s like to live with diabetes, or care for someone that does, and to find out what information and support would further help them.

As a gesture of thanks, an e-gift-card up to the value of £25 for is will be offered to participants who fully engage in their focus groups or in one-to-one conversations.  If there are enough people interested in taking part (minimum of eight), Diabetes UK would be willing to visit an organisation or hire a room in the local area to conduct the focus groups.  Refreshments will be provided.

If you have any questions please email

Please get in touch by Friday, 8th July 2022.


Hope Community Project Wolverhampton: Money Advice Coordinator

Hope Community Project is an independent registered Charity that has been working for the past 36 years with the most vulnerable and isolated members of the community in the Heath Town area of Wolverhampton. The project has grown and developed with the support of Father Hudson’s Care. 

The project requires a Money Advice Coordinator to work alongside service users to support them to overcome the barriers they face to employment, education, volunteering and training and move into or closer to work.

  • Term: Fixed for 3 years until June 2025
  • Salary: SCP 27 £26,333 per annum,pro rata
  • Hours: Part-time hours per week

To read more about the role and to download a recruitment pack, see here. Alternatively, contact Sue Smith, HR Assistant, at  to request an application form, or call 01675 434 000, quoting reference number P1563. 

The closing date for applications is Friday, 8th July 2022.

Interviews will be held the week commencing 18th July.


The Albion Foundation’s Fit Baggies – starting September 2022

If you are aged 35 and over, need to improve your fitness, health, and wellbeing, meet new friends and reduce your weight, then why not  join this fantastic course.  Fit Baggies will run for 12 weeks. Two hours a week of fitness, socialising, nutritional lifestyle education and much more!

There are two sessions:

Monday Sessions: Starting Monday 12th September, until 5th December

  • 10 am to 12 noon, at The Albion Foundation Sports Hall.

Tuesday Sessions: Starting Tuesday, 13th September, until 6th December

  • 5 pm to 7 pm at West Bromwich Leisure Centre.

The staff at Fit Baggies look forward to meeting you!

If you require further information, please contact

Visit the website


WMCA Community Green Grants: Increasing Biodiversity Webinars

The West Midlands Combined Authority Community Green Grants offers small and large grants to organisations in the West Midlands to run projects that increase access to green/blue space and improve biodiversity.

The Combined Authority is running a series of short webinars on various topics that will equip projects with the knowledge needed to make sure increasing biodiversity is part of the project plan.

The second Increasing Biodiversity webinar “Making a Splash- Small Ponds for Biodiversity” will be 10.00 – 10.30 am on Tuesday, 26th July 2022.

Find out more and register for the 30 minutes event here.

Expanding Knee Arthritis Project to include Hip Arthritis in Sandwell and Walsall

Would you be interested in sharing your experiences to help improve services? The Academy Team at the NHS in the Black Country is running a patient feedback project in Sandwell and Walsall. They want to explore the experiences of Hip and Knee Arthritis patients to see what kind of treatments patients are offered, and what the NHS might be able to do to improve services.  The Team would like to involve a range of patients from different backgrounds.

Patients will be asked take part in feedback interviews from April to July 2022.  A £25 gift voucher will be offered for taking part. Interviews can take place on the phone, by video call or face to face (dependant on Covid restrictions).  Interviews will last between 30 mins and 1 hour.

To take part in the interview you will need to:

  • Have Hip or Knee Arthritis
  • Have your GP in Sandwell, Walsall or West Birmingham
  • Have attended appointments with your GP, or local hospital about your Hip or Knee Arthritis in the last 5 years.  You may have been to City Hospital, Sandwell General or Walsall Manor.

If you would like take part in the feedback, please contact Bruno Barbosa at or call 07977947401, or Rosalind Smithson at or call 07977 947438.

The Academy Team want to involve a wide range of people, but may not be able to interview everyone, if there are a lot of people are interested.


Grants to Support Young People experiencing Adverse Childhood Experiences

Grants up to £25,000 are available for UK registered charities or Community Interest Companies working to prevent the occurrence of and/or support recovery from Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

The funding, which is available through the Leathersellers’ Main Charity Grants programme – Adverse Childhood Experiences, will enable charities run by and for people with lived-experience of ACE to provide trauma-informed and evidence-based interventions that support deprived and under-represented children and young people and/or adult survivors in recovery.

This could include those suffering domestic abuse; physical, sexual or psychological/emotional abuse; mental illness or substance misuse by a close family member; neglect; or having a close family member serve time in prison.

The deadline for first-stage applications is 6 pm on the 30th June 2022.

Further details

Building A Digital Fundraising Stream

Many small charities have asked about how to build effective digital income stream, FSI’s discusses their tips to help your organisations,  whether you are thinking about fundraising through third party sites, email fundraising, social media, virtual events, textgiving or contactless donations. It’s really important to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. 

1. Make sure your website is up to date

Think about how you can add stories and news in a visible way. It is relatively easy to make your own video without specialist equipment, post it on YouTube or Vimeo and embed it on your site. Unless your cause prevents it, make sure you put beneficiaries centre stage, telling their own stories and explaining your role in their lives. Do the same with funders and volunteers to inspire others to help.

2. Review what the donate button and process is like on your website

What is the journey for your potential donor – is it easy to donate, do you connect them with the impact of their gift, and does your thank you process effectively engage and warm up your supporters?

3. Publicise your site

Publicise your site and campaigns as widely as possible, including social media, emails and Google Ad grants which you can use to highlight your ‘support us pages’ and the magic donate now page. Google Grants give you up to $10,000 worth per month of free advertising in Google searches. It can put your ads prominently in Google’s search results, and give a big boost to your website traffic.​

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