Bitesize GDPR Guidance for Fundraisers Published

The Institute of Fundraising (IoF) and the Fundraising Regulator, have released joint guidance on GDPR which has been reviewed and co-badged by the Information Commissioner’s Office.

The guidance – which can be downloaded here – is based on the questions that charities have asked and provides clear and practical answers. It gives an overview of GDPR for charities and fundraisers, looks at different fundraising methods, and identifies ways in which personal data is likely to be used in each case. The material signposts to more detailed guidance from key sources to fully equip fundraisers ahead of 25 May 2018.

By working together to produce this guidance, fundraisers and charities can be confident of a consistent approach that will help them as they plan their future work. The guidance is designed specifically for fundraisers and those in smaller organisations, and focuses on practical application of the law to real life scenarios.

The guidance will be available for free and is supported by regulators and membership bodies across the UK, including the Charity Commission, NCVO and WCVA; the Charity Commission Northern Ireland and NICVA; and the Scottish Independent Fundraising Panel.

Daniel Fluskey, Head of Policy and External Affairs, Institute of Fundraising, said: “We are delighted to have been able to work with the Fundraising Regulator and ICO to produce these new resources. It’s essential that fundraisers get GDPR right. We know that fundraisers have had questions over how the law will apply in practice and hope that these new guidance pieces help to demystify GDPR and enable fundraisers to plan their work to give supporters the best experience of fundraising.”

Gerald Oppenheim, Head of Policy at the Fundraising Regulator, commented: “These ‘bite-size’ documents address questions we have received from fundraisers struggling to ensure their methods are GDPR compliant. We hope the new guidance will help fundraisers to feel confident in their practices in the lead up to May.”

Source: Charity Digital News

Feminist Review Trust

Funding of up to £15,000 is available for projects within the UK and internationally that support and transform the lives of women. Priority is given to projects that:

Promote lesbian and transgender rights
Tackle violence against women and girls
Support disabled women and girls.

The funding is being made available through the Feminist Review Trust who are particularly interested in applications for hard to fund projects.

The deadline for applications is 30th April 2018.

More information

Ernest Cook Trust

Schools and not for profit organisations wishing to encourage young people’s interest in the countryside; and literacy, numeracy and science can apply for funding to the Ernest Cook Trust (ECT).

The Trust operates two grant making programmes:
The small grants programme (under £4,000)
The large grants programme (grants between £4,000 and £12,000).

The small grants programme deals mainly with requests for support from state schools and small charitable organisations and trustees meet every two months to consider applications. Applications to the small grants programme can be submitted at any time.

Applications to the large programme must be submitted by the 31 July 2018 to be considered at the Trustees Autumn meeting. At the Autumn meeting, projects covering environment and countryside, and literacy and STEM subjects are considered.

More information

Government Equalities Office

The Government Equalities Office is currently seeking applications through the £1.5 million Women’s Vote Centenary Grant Scheme. The aim of the fund is to support local and community groups across England in celebrating the centenary of women gaining the right to vote.

The grant scheme has two types of funds:
• Approximately 150 Small Grants of between £300 to £2,000 for grassroots projects to run small-scale events and activities to celebrate the centenary of women gaining the vote. There will be three bidding rounds during 2018.

• Up to 30 Large Grants of between £2,000 and £125,000. These will fund projects that increase the understanding of, and engagement with, democracy, and encourage women to participate in public life. There will be two bidding rounds during 2018.

Round 2 will be open around April 2018, for projects between £2,000 and £65,000.

The small grants programme will re-open for applications on the 15th March 2018.

More information

Child Outcomes Research Consortium Regional Seminar Dates

CORC is pleased to announce the launch of their seminar series for 2018; ‘Should mental health service seek to cure mental ill health? If not, what are they there for?’

You can join CORC to discuss what the research can tell us about whether children and young people are being helped by mental health services. Contribute to the debate about how we respond to the data, how we define and measure a positive outcome, and how we communicate about the scope and focus of treatment.

Open to mental health and education professionals, service leads, commissioners and anyone interested in the future of children and young people’s mental health services.

Seminar Dates
19 April: Birmingham
BVSC, 138 Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 6DR

25 April: London
CORC, Jordan House, 47 Brunswick Place, London N1 6EB

30 April: Sheffield
Sheffield Hallam University, Room 12.4.12, Charles Street Building, Charles St, Sheffield S1 1WB

For more information and to book a place please go to CORC’s website

Nationwide Building Society Community Grants Fund

The Heart of England Community Foundation has a new fund that is open to applications.

The Nationwide Building Society Community Grants fund is supporting charities delivering local housing projects with grants of up to £25,000 with single organisations and up to £50,000 for multiple organisations.

Full details can be found on the Heart of England Community Foundation’s website.

The closing date for applications is 5 pm on 13 April 2018.

Free training places at Agewell

As part of the Kingfisher Buddies project, funded by the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund, Agewell is able to offer free places on the following training days:

16th March 2018
Understanding the diversity of individuals with dementia and the importance of inclusion

20th April 2018
Understanding the process and experience of dementia

18th May 2018
Understanding the role of communication and interactions with individuals who have dementia

22nd June 2018
Understanding the administration of medication to individuals with dementia using a person-centered approach

All sessions will be held at Applewood Grove Training & Enterprise Centre,
13 Applewood Grove, Cradley Heath B64 6EW and will start at 9.30 am (registration from 9.15am) and finish at 4.30 pm.

These sessions make up the Level 3 Award in Awareness of Dementia, accredited by the Open College Network (OCNLR). Delegates can apply to undertake the qualification by emailing

To fulfil the requirements of the qualification, learners will be required to complete a series of assignments for assessment. A fee of £120 will be charged to cover the cost of registration with OCNLR, administration and marking.

Places are limited, apply now to avoid disappointment. If you have any questions about the course or would like to talk to someone about whether or not it is suitable for your development needs, please call Barbara Stephens on 07774 935905 or email your questions to

Get Online With MySandwell Sessions in Libraries

Sessions are being held in Sandwell libraries to help people learn how to access the council website and sign up for an online account.

A MySandwell account helps people get in touch with a range of council services, from reporting a problem to viewing their council tax bill.

Each session lasts two hours, using tablets provided by the library.

If you do not have an email address, the library staff will provide you with one before the session.
Sessions are being held as follows:

• Central Library, West Bromwich – 12 ,19, 26 March
• Blackheath Library – 14, 21, 28 March
• Oldbury Library – 12, 19, 26 March
• Smethwick Library – 14, 21, 28 March
• Tipton Library – 12, 19, 26 March
• Wednesbury Library – 14, 21, 28 March

Each session starts at 10.30am and finishes by 12.30pm – refreshments will be provided. People only need to attend one of the two-hour sessions.

For more details, call your local library or just turn up on the day.
To find out more information about MySandwell or if you want to sign up for an account, go to

For further information please contact: Sandwell Council Communications Unit 0121 569 3031 Out of hours/emergency: 07920 027 723- –


Adult Skills Programme 2017-2018

Sandwell Council wishes to invite applications for funding for the Adult Skills Programme, from Monday, 12 March. The Adult Skills Programme must meet the needs of the diverse population of the area and tackle some of the challenges in Sandwell such as increasing employability, up-skilling and employment support, targeted at communities in greatest need.

Wider adult learning opportunities have a vital role to play in promoting inclusion, improving health outcomes, and in engaging and building capacity in local communities, and supporting and building stronger families

The contract and timescale for delivery will cover learners enrolling and undertaking learning from 1st August 2017 to 30th June 2018. Delivery of provision must be completed by 30th June 2018.

Applications for funding can be made under the following criteria:

1. Main Grant funding – the funding of adult education courses that meet the requirements as detailed in Annex A of this document.

2. My Community – Be inspired Grant – the funding of organisations who wish to move towards the development of adult learning provision within their organisation as detailed in Annex B of this document or support the development of volunteers within their organisation.

See Adult Skills Programme Specification and Guidance, Be Inspired Application and Main Grant Application.

Masterclass: Giving Feedback

How do you know your managers or employees are giving feedback effectively? Most people get promoted to that position without being given the training. If you think your organisation does this well then send along someone to elevate their skills at the NishKam Centre’s Masterclass: Giving Feedback introductory rate. If they don’t do it well, this session will give them the tools.

Giving effective feedback results in positive outcomes such as:
• Persistent work effort
• Improved job performance
• Improved morale
• Increased job satisfaction
• Builds and maintains relationships
• Generates meaningful discussions
• Gives a shared understanding of targets and goals
• Creates effective communication
• Inspires and motivates
• Increases learning and personal growth
• Supports development and encouragement of skills
• Helps generate more ideas enhancing performance

Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity – aimed at local organisations, community groups, voluntary sector groups, community and faith organisations as well as local businesses – to support building your team effectively and improving the development of your organisation!

The Trainer
Dr Arpinder Bansi is an award-winning people’s coach and trainer as well as being a motivational speaker, who passionately believes that everyone is capable of achieving their aspirations. As a result, focussed professional, she has a history of success in peak performance coaching and project delivery, complemented by her extensive experience in managing people and understanding behaviours. Always promoting excellence, she develops people to realise their true potential, resulting in improvements sustained in all areas of their business and work/life balance.

The Organiser
Serina Kaur Jabbal works at the Nishkam Centre as the Learning and Development Lead, with a background in personal performance coaching she is very excited to support and organise a series of introductory Leadership and Management Courses being introduced at the Nishkam Centre for the local and wider community to take great advantage of.

Masterclass: Giving Feedback is on Monday, 16 April 2018, 9.30 am to 1 pm at the Nishkam Centre, 6 Soho Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, B21 9BH.  The cost is £65.

Spaces are limited so booked early!

Please call the Nishkam Centre on 0121 515 4229 or email to book your place.

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