Events Calendar

Did you know that SCVO has an Events calendar where we share information on SCVO training opportunities, SCVO events, awareness campaigns and local one-off activities?

The events page can be found under the resource tab on our website at www.scvo.info or click here to view.

Would you like to put an upcoming event or one-off activity in the calendar? Then please contact Support by email support@scvo.info with details about the event, dates, time, location, any links to additional information and with an image.


Social Care Event – Monday 14th June 2021

This Social Care event is for anyone wishing to know more about a role in Social Care across the whole of the Black Country and West Birmingham. There are various social care organisations recruiting across the BCWB at the moment and this is a chance to know more, as well as apply for roles following the webinar, from 1.00 – 2.30 pm on 14th June 2021.

This event will focus on recruiting for Care Support Workers and other similar roles.

To see what roles are available, details of the organisations which are recruiting and to RSVP for the virtual hiring webinar, please click here.

For anything else, please contact Paige Massey, Programme Facilitator, at paige.massey@nhs.net or contact 07770 585 433


Free Story telling Workshop on Zoom

Have you always wanted to tell stories and perform? Do you want to be part of the 2022 Commonwealth Games Cultural Festival? Would you like to write and give your words to another person to perform?

Join Jasmine Gardosi and Kuli Kohli from Deaf Explorer for a workshop about storytelling and performance. Find out about a brand new creative project that aims to be fully accessible, and bring people together

Tickets are free and no experience necessary – everyone is welcome.  This event will have a BSL interpreter

The date of workshop is Thursday, 17 June 2021, 6 pm – 7 pm, via Zoom.

Link to booking workshop on Zoom


Thrive into Work Webinar on 21 June 2021

A new, fully funded, employment support service is being launched in the West Midlands from 1 July 2021. Come to this free webinar, on Monday, 21 June: 10.00 am to 11.30 am, to find out more.

The webinar will help you understand what employment support resources are available and how to access them. The event is for individuals who want to find employment support for themselves, or organisations who support individuals to find employment.

The Thrive into Work employment service is based on Individual Placement and Support (IPS) principles. The West Midlands Combined Authority are excited that they are now able to expand the service, so that more people can benefit from this type of employment support.

Who should attend?

Register your attendance here.


Sandwell public health briefings with the community and voluntary sector

Sandwell council public health would like to continue to engage with community and voluntary sector partners, to update on the current situation regarding Covid-19.

The briefing sessions will be an opportunity to hear the latest information about Covid-19 and ask any questions or share information about the Covid-19 response in Sandwell. We also hope to discuss and consult on how we can work together to improve the health of Sandwell residents.

As a local authority and public health department, we have found these sessions invaluable for understanding the barriers and issues our communities are facing because of Covid-19. The engagement with CV sector partners has been crucial to supporting vaccine uptake and helping reduce infection rates by disseminating key information.

We are scheduling in monthly virtual briefing sessions (the 3rd Friday of every month) via Microsoft teams which will be delivered by Sandwell’s Director of Public Health, Dr Lisa McNally. You don’t need to book onto the sessions, just click on the link at the time of the session and you will be invited into the briefing.

The dates for future sessions are:-

18th June – 3.30pm – 4.30pm
16th July – 3.30pm – 4.30pm
20th August – 3.30pm – 4.30pm
17th September – 3.30pm – 4.30pm
15th October – 3.30pm – 4.30pm
19th November – 3.30pm – 4.30pm
17th December – 3.30pm – 4.30pm
21st January 2022 – 3.30pm – 4.30pm
18th February – 3.30pm – 4.30pm
18th March – 3.30pm – 4.30pm
15th April – 3.30pm – 4.30pm
20th May – 3.30pm – 4.30pm

The meeting link for all the sessions is – https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_ZjcxYTJlZmQtZmU0ZC00MWQ2LWE0ODQtZjFlNzJhNGVlZTk3%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%22a4c0f89b-23b9-49eb-a8bf-244fb0a4cffc%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%224daca689-2102-46bf-a205-bf6a989c1467%22%7d

If you have any questions, or need support getting onto the sessions please email katie_deeley@sandwell.gov.uk


Competition Time! You Could Win A £500 Donation from easyfundraising

This month, your organisation could win a £500 donation from easyfundraising.

All you have to do to enter this free prize draw is visit the Father’s Day competition page on the easyfundraising website and click any of the listed retailers.

If your organisation isn’t registered with easyfundraising yet, just create your free account here first so you can enter: http://efraising.org/tqccVtkmIX


YMCA looking for Young People’s Volunteer Mentors

YMCA are looking for volunteers who are eager to make a difference in the life of a young person. The mentors will regularly meet up with a young person, offering a friendly ear, support, guidance and advice on making positive life choices. In this instance, to engage with girls in the 9 -14 age group.

Volunteer Mentors will also need to build a relationship with the young person’s parent or guardian, but the main focus is the young person.

Full training will be given. A comprehensive DBS check will be undertaken.

To find out more about the Y’s Girls Mentoring role, click here.

Applications close on Monday, 21st June 2021.


The Plunkett Foundation – Helping Communities to Save Their Pubs

The Plunkett Foundation has been commissioned by the West Midlands Combined Authority to deliver a package of funded support to help community groups of residents take control of their local pubs, where they have closed or are at risk of being lost.

Plunkett, a UK-wide charity, has run its More Than a Pub Programme over the last three years, working with hundreds of communities to achieve community ownership or leasehold of their local pub when it was in danger of being lost.

Community ownership means pubs (where residents buy shares to collectively own the Freehold or leasehold) can put all sorts of activities and services into their buildings as well as being the local place to have a drink. There are community pubs hosting shops, post offices, health services, dementia groups, knitting circles and all sorts! Pubs combat poor mental health and isolation, and provide work experience, volunteering opportunities and employment locally to all ages.

The Plunkett Foundation would like to hear from any community groups or residents that may benefit from their support in saving a local pub. The charity want to help to put the pub in the best possible position, ahead of the forthcoming Government Community Ownership Fund to be able to make an offer for the pub Freehold or taking a Leasehold out as a community.

If you have questions about this support, please contact Diane Cameron, Project Support Officer, on 01993 630239.


Hate Crime

The Safer Sandwell Partnership Police and Crime Board which consists of Sandwell Council, West Midlands Police and other organisations in the community has made tackling and eradiating hate crime a key priority.

What is hate crime?
A hate crime is hostility against a person or a group of people where they have been targeted because of their:

  • Race
  • Faith
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Gender Identity
  • Disability
  • Any other characteristic that is different to that of the perpetrator’s or that which the perpetrator thinks is different

What are the impacts of hate crime?

  • Victims can be left traumatised and terrified
  • Negatively impacts on the health and wellbeing of victims and their family and friends
  • Can be violent
  • Can impact on an entire community
  • Can lead to tensions and conflict
  • What can I do about hate crime?
  • It is important to report a hate crime that you have been the victim of or witnessed. By reporting, you are taking action to stamp out hate crime in Sandwell.

Your report will be taken seriously and can help stop the perpetrator from doing this again and provide the police with information that will help them to protect everyone in Sandwell from hate crime. When a criminal offence is classed as a hate crime, courts in England and Wales have the power to give tougher sentences to the perpetrator. Also, by reporting, victims can get access to specialised support and advice that will help them to feel safe once more.

If you have witnessed a hate crime, it can also be helpful to a victim to speak to them in a friendly manner and make them feel reassured if it is safe to do so. This can show the victim they are not alone and might make them feel safer.

For further information about what to do if you or someone has been a victim of a hate crime please view the link for further information.


SDCA is Here For the Kids

Know any young people with hearing loss, or who are the children of Deaf parents? Sandwell Deaf Community Association (SDCA) runs a Youth Service offering loads of fun activities, holiday clubs, educational events and guidance sessions.

Activities are for children and young people aged between 6-18 years old, and up to 25 years old with additional needs, with any variety of hearing loss such as Deaf, Hard of Hearing or Cochlear Implants. The service is also offered to children of Deaf adults.

SDCA is based at the New Deaf Centre, Summer Street, West Bromwich. For more information contact Ruth Allden, Youth Service Development, email ruth_allden@sdca.co.uk Mobile (text/FaceTime) 07903 337 741


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