Sandwell School Nursing Service

Sandwell MBC is pleased to announce that Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust have been awarded the contract to deliver the Sandwell School Nursing Service from 1st April 2019.

Please find attached official communication letter on the conclusion of the Sandwell School Nursing procurement.


An Introduction to the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s new five-year Funding Framework and Grants Programme

We are pleased to invite you to an event that will tell you about the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s new funding framework and National Lottery Grants for Heritage.

Over the last six years, the National Lottery Heritage Fund (formally known as the Heritage Lottery Fund) has supported 50 new projects in Sandwell, totalling over £6.33 million.

If you are interested in applying or considering applying for funding for a heritage related project, this is your opportunity to find out more about what’s involved, check your eligibility to apply and find out about this new funding programme.

Jackie Lee, part of the development team at the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Birmingham office will lead the event. She will explain how the new funding framework provides a simpler and more flexible funding offer.  She will introduce the audience to the new single open grants programme, which is for all types of heritage project, and which includes new resources and digital guidance on the website to support applicants.

This event will help you recognise the range of heritage and activities National Lottery Heritage Fund supports and explain how you can access guidance and advice that will help your develop your heritage project idea.

The event will take place on Thursday 11th April 2019, 10am until 1pm in SCVO’s Board Room, 1st Floor, Landchard House, Victoria Street, West Bromwich, B70 8ER. Registration opens from 9.45am for a prompt 10am start for those booked onto the event.  This event is targeted primarily at those groups from Sandwell’s voluntary and community sector and groups whose main beneficiaries live in Sandwell.  Groups from outside the borough may attend but priority will be given to Sandwell groups as above.

There is a maximum of 25 places available for this workshop. Please book two tickets only per organisation. All places must be booked through Eventbrite by clicking here.

**PLEASE NOTE** – a cancellation policy applies to the workshop bookings – details will be provided at the time of booking.  There is NO public car parking available at Landchard House.  However, there is plenty of on street and pay-and-display parking in the immediate vicinity,  We are (more or less) opposite the Lodge Road Metro stop, and within 5 mins walk of West Bromwich central bus station.


Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust

Stephen Lawrence was not able to fulfil all of his dreams and ambitions. His premature death prevented him from ‘living his best life’. The aim of Stephen Lawrence Day, a national day that has been endorsed by major political parties, is to provide children and young people with the opportunity to hear about and learn from Stephen’s story. This is a national programme supported by the Department for Education and Home Office.

The Stephen Lawrence Day will provide an opportunity for schools, youth and community groups, charities and others to come together to deliver a range of positive activities including; school-based activities, programmes to encourage young people to turn their back on the recent increases in serious violence, and activities ‘beyond the school gate’ to promote community integration for young people who are at risk of offending.

The day will focus on the theme of ‘Live Our Best Life’. Please refer to Guiding Principles Communities Day (appendix 1).

The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust is welcoming a limited number of applications from individual community organisations to deliver social action activities focusing on identified risk factors for serious crime and violence in line with the Stephen Lawrence Day communities guiding principles. Please refer to Identified Risk Factors Document (appendix 2).

Amount of funding available: Up to £400 for a day of activities.

The activities must focus on:
• Young people from the most disadvantaged and vulnerable backgrounds
• Urban/inner city or coastal areas where there is clear evidence of deprivation which impacts on young people and local communities
• We will consider funding activities which work in any one or more of the following areas:
• Young people from BAME communities
• Young people affected by and seeking to turn away from serious crime and violence
• Young people with disabilities
• Girls affiliated with or affected by gangs
• Education, training and employability
• Community integration and social mixing

Funded activities will need to demonstrate one of the following:
• A strong understanding of your target beneficiaries and the challenges facing young people in your local community.
• A unique and fresh approach to engaging the target beneficiaries and to addressing the issue of youth crime and serious violence.
More information (and an application form) at: http://stephenlawrenceday.org/


National Express Foundation

Young people across the West Midlands and Kent could benefit from a share of £500,000 funding from the National Express Foundation.

Since its launch eight years ago, the National Express Foundation has committed a total of £1.5 million to help young people. To date, our support for community groups, colleges and universities has impacted the lives of more than 17,600. This year, the Foundation will distribute £500,000 to ensure young people have access to positive activities within their local communities and have the means to continue with their education.

Applications are now open for local educational institutions and community groups to bid for grants.

The Foundation previously invited local community groups to bid for grants of £2,500 or £5,000. This year groups are once again encouraged to bid for larger amounts of £10,000 or £20,000 to support sustainable projects that provide beneficial and developmental activities for young people in deprived areas.

Educational establishments are also eligible to make a bid for funding. Local colleges and universities can also apply for grants of £10,000 per year towards innovative bursary schemes that help students from disadvantaged backgrounds continue in further or higher education.

To be eligible, groups or educational institutions must be based within the West Midlands, or within Kent’s ME1-ME12, ME14, DA3, DA11, DA12 or DA13 postal codes. Full guidelines on how to apply and application forms can be found at www.nationalexpressgroup.com/foundation.

Applications for funding must be received by Thursday 18 April 2019. However the Foundation will also be running another funding programme later this year.

More information at: https://www.nationalexpressgroup.com/newsmedia/corporate-news/2019/500-000-funding-opportunity-for-local-young-people/


Do you offer free public access to computers? Get listed on Find My Nearest…

Find My Nearest‘ is an online directory, operated by Sandwell MBC, that lists a range of different services available across the borough.

One of the services listed is that of free access to computers and support – simply enter your postcode and select ‘Computers’ from the dropdown menu to see what’s available near you.

But the listings are only as good as the information available to SMBC…and that’s where YOU can help!

SMBC has created an online survey to collect details of new locations offering FREE computer access and support, and for those organisations already listed to update their details.

You can complete the survey HERE

In an increasingly connected world, we want to see the best possible access for Sandwell’s residents…and this is a great way to help that happen.


Free Training Event: How to Spot a Loan Shark

The England Illegal Money Lending Team is running a free training session on How to Spot a Loan Shark on Thursday, 14 March 2019. This training is aimed at anyone who is involved in providing a front facing service with customers. There will be a Questions and Answer element to the training.

How to Spot a Loan Shark will give in-depth information about the illegal money lending,  key things to look out for as a frontline worker, the relevance of loan sharks for your organisation and a better understanding of information and intelligence. Attendees will also be shown the impact that loan sharks have on victims, families and communities.

Time: 10:00-12:00
Venue: Oldbury Salvation Army, Merton Close (off Pound Road), B68 8NG

The training will benefit staff who have an involvement with households’ finances and poverty issues, to raise awareness of how the symptoms of financial distress may present themselves and give an overview of key resources available to your client group.

Click here to book a place.


A Conversation with the National Lottery Community Fund

SCVO in partnership with the National Lottery Community Fund are hosting a series of monthly surgery sessions for those wishing to discuss their submitted initial outline proposal in more detail. The surgery sessions will be held on the second Monday of the month, from 10am until 1pm at SCVO’s Offices, 1st Floor, Landchard House, Victoria Street, West Bromwich, B70 8ER.

The Lottery’s Grants Officer will be available for booked appointments to further discuss your initial proposal and potential next steps. Prior to booking an appointment you must have completed and emailed the National Lottery Community Fund at Midlandsteam@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk with your initial outline proposal (shaped around their 6 bullet points which can be found by clicking here and looking under the ‘What we need to know’ Section on their website).

Future dates for the surgery sessions include:

  • Monday 8th April 2019,
  • Monday 10th June 2019,
  • Monday 8th July 2019,
  • Monday 12th August 2019,
  • Monday 9th September 2019,
  • Monday 14th October 2019,
  • Monday 11th November 2019 and
  • Monday 9th December 2019.

If you are interested in taking advantage of this unique opportunity and want to book your time slot with The National Lottery Community Fund please email Donna Adams at Donna.Adams@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk or call on 0121 345 7661 to avoid disappointment.


Armed Forces Covenant

Under the Armed Forces Covenant Local Grants programme, grants of up to £20,000 are available for local projects that support community integration or local delivery of services to the Armed Forces community.

Community Integration projects: Creating strong local links between the Armed Forces community (current and former members of their armed forces and their families) and civilian communities. Projects supported will be able to clearly demonstrate how they will overcome barriers to better integration and improve perceptions, attitudes and understanding. For the project to be truly effective in achieving community integration there should be shared development, delivery and benefits for both communities.

Delivery of Local Services projects: Local projects which offer financial advice, housing, mental and physical health, employability or social support for serving armed forces personnel, veterans, and their families must be well connected, both to their beneficiaries and to other relevant organisations. Projects must be able to demonstrate how the services they provide will be well-publicised, accessible and joined up.

Registered charities, local authorities, schools or other statutory organisations, Community Interest Companies or armed forces units are all eligible to apply.

Apply at any time up to the 2nd December 2019.

More information


Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust

The objectives of the Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust are to donate to UK registered charities whose purposes are to:

Benefit or protect animals
Relieve animals from suffering
Conserve wild life
Encourage the understanding of animals

Eligible applicant organisations will be a UK registered charity; have independently examined up to date annual accounts and an active re-homing and rehabilitation policy for animals taken into care.

Organisations involved with conservation of wildlife, the rescue, rehabilitation and (where possible) release of animals are also eligible to apply. The funding can be used for general running costs or capital purchases.

Donations usually range from £1,000 to £10,000. Smaller donations may be awarded between the meetings at the discretion of the Chairman and Administrator of the Trust. Larger donations have exceptionally been made.

Repeat applications from charities are encouraged, when further financial support might be given if funds allow.

The next deadline to apply is the 1st May 2019.

More information


Eaten by A Bear – The Art of Balancing Risk and Reward

As an organisation, how do you manage risk in your fundraising activities? Do you focus on financial or reputational risk, or both, or other things too? Do you keep going until you’ve eliminated every possible risk from your plans? If so, are your activities still worth doing by the end?

I recently popped along to the Arnolfini for the latest Bristol Fundraising Group talk about risk management in fundraising. The speaker was the excellent Ed Wyatt, an experienced Compliance Manager for multiple big charities and long-time fundraiser and trustee. Ed has kindly given us permission to share some key learning points here…

The Problem

Conversations about risk in fundraising can be frustrating and unproductive. It can feel like natural risk-takers and risk-averse people are speaking entirely alien languages, and often the loudest voice in the room wins.

This can have several consequences:
In their bid to find The Next Big Thing in fundraising, some organisations instead stumble into The Next Big Headache.
Being too risk-averse can dilute promising fundraising ideas until they’re perfectly safe but no longer appealing or profitable enough to be worth doing.

In trying to avoid risk, it’s easy to inadvertently take the biggest risk of all – stagnating in a tough fundraising climate, then hitting financial difficulties as your safer income streams dry up.

To read the full Lime Green Consulting blog click here.

Source: Lime Green Consulting


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