Over 50’s Social Club for people living with dementia

The Kingfisher Buddies Club is a fun, welcoming new group for older people living with the early stages of dementia, their carers and family.

Why not go along to the Club on Tuesday afternoons 2.30 to 4.00 pm at the Dorothy Parkes Centre, Church Road, Smethwick B67 6EH

Or starting from 16 October, Monday afternoons 1.30 pm – 3.00 pm at TESCO, Foxoak Street, Cradley Heath B64 5DF.

If you would like more information, please contact Agewell on 0121 796 9333 or email


Bearwood Community Unite for Procession of Light

Bearwood Action for Refugees and We are Bearwood are hosting the second annual community Procession of Light in Warley Woods from 6 pm on Saturday 14 October.  Following last year’s successful and popular event, the community of Bearwood will be coming together once again to spread messages of hope, solidarity, friendship and welcome.  All are welcome to join the procession uniting families, community groups and those of different faiths for a torch-lit walk through the woods.

Meeting at The Fountain at 6 pm, bearing torches to light their way, the procession will make its way to The Pavillion where it will culminate.  Representatives from all faiths will be present and speakers from local charity Brushstrokes Sandwell, local Councillor Ann Jaron and Preet Kaur Gill MP will speak on the importance of friendship, welcome and hope within the local community.  Brandhall Community Choir who will perform a selection of songs and will be joined by a choir of children from local schools.

On the weekend before Diwali, the procession’s symbolism will be manifold.  Smethwick Craftivistas are holding workshops, funded by Near Neighbours, with a number of different community groups in the run up to the event. They have created a tutorial that people can use to make their own torch lantern at home, to project their own messages and light pictures into the twilight.   At the culmination of the procession, torch beams, light pictures and messages will join together to create an installation of light.

A free lantern-making workshops run by the Smethwick Craftivistas will take place 4 – 5.30pm in Warley Woods Pavillion prior to the procession for those wanting to make their own torch lantern.  If schools and groups want to discuss how they can get more involved they can e-mail

For more information, images and interviews please telephone Leonie Hart on  07973 128 534 or send an email to Bearwood Action for Refugees at the above address.


Almost two thirds of charities have no plan in place for GDPR, finds IoF

Almost two thirds of respondents to an Institute of Fundraising survey said that they do not have a plan in place for new data protection rules that come into force next spring.

Sector leaders have now called on the government for more support getting ready for the General Data Protection Regulation, which comes into force on 25 May 2018.

The Institute of Fundraising has recently published results from its How Charities Are Preparing for GDPR survey, which received 340 responses from charities.

Just over one-fifth said that they have not done anything to prepare for GDPR, and 40 per cent said they have started thinking, but not come to any decisions. Just 2 per cent are ready ahead of schedule, and only 35 per cent say they have a plan in place.

Nearly 65 per cent of respondents to the survey identified as ‘small’ charities with annual incomes of less than £1m. A further 20 per cent of respondents were medium-sized charities, with incomes between £1 and £10m a year, while just under 15 per cent of respondents said they were large charities with annual incomes of more than £10m.

Read the full article.

GDPR Webinar: Are you ready?

Cyber awareness and security is more important than ever when protecting your business and client information. In this webinar, experts from Higgs & Sons will share a practical insight into how your business can start preparing for the EU GDPR.

What you will learn:
What is data?
What is data protection and what are the data protection principles?
What is the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)?
What do charities and their trustees need to do to prepare for GDPR?
Cautionary tales of regulatory intervention by the ICO and the Charity Commission.
Event Details

Friday, 20 October 2017

1 pm – 2 pm

The webinar is free of charge.

How To Book:
Places are limited to 100 delegates.  Please click here to book your place.

If you have any queries or require further details please email Sarah Cornick at or telephone 01384 327341.


Centre/Partnership Manager at YMCA: role re-advertised

The YMCA is looking for a dynamic and creative individual who is passionate about delivering exceptional customer service to manage the recently developed YMCA Western Gateway centre in West Bromwich.

Salary: £23 – £25k per annum
Hours: 37.5 per week
Term: Permanent

The role requires effective communication with exceptional interpersonal skills. The ability to develop professional relationships with customers, members, employees, suppliers and partner organisations is vital.

You will need to manage the delivery of YMCA BCG centre services from Western Gateway with direct line management responsibility for the reception team to ensure all annual budgets and KPI’s identified in the YMCA BCG strategic plan are exceeded.

This is a new position and represents an exciting opportunity for the successful candidate to have an active engagement in developing the role going forward.

The applicant must be able to respect the Christian Ethos of the YMCA and uphold its values.  An enhanced DBS check must be completed before taking up the role.

The closing date for applications is Friday, 27th October 2017.

To apply, please visit and download an application pack. All completed applications to be emailed to or posted to the HR Department, YMCA Black Country Group, 29-31 Temple Street, Wolverhampton, WV2 4AN.


Ironmongers Company

Registered charities (including Schools registered as charities for young people with disabilities) that work with disadvantaged children under the age of 25, can apply for funding of up to £10,000 through the Ironmongers Company’s grants programme.

In particular, the company wants to support projects that provide opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people to fulfil their potential and educational activities that develop learning, motivation and skills. Projects could, for example, support special educational needs; address behavioural problems or promote citizenship; and parenting or life skills.

Preference will be given to projects piloting new approaches where the outcomes will be disseminated to a wider audience. Although the grants are available within the UK preference is given to projects in inner London.

The next deadline for applications is the 15th December 2017.

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Weavers’ Company

The Weavers’ Company, a textile-related, charitable and sociable organisation, has announced that the next closing date for its grants programme is the 30th November 2017.

The Fund aims to help young people (aged 15 – 30) at risk of criminal involvement to stay out of trouble and assist in the rehabilitation of offenders, particularly young offenders both in prison and after release. Grants are usually no more than £15,000 per annum, and to make sure grants of this size have an impact, the Weaver’s Company will not fund large organisations. Grants are normally awarded to registered charities or organisations in the process of applying for registration.

To be eligible for funding, local organisations such as those working in a village, estate or small town should normally have an income of less than £100,000. Those working across the UK should normally have an income of not more than £250,000. Grants are usually given for one year.

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Macmillan Cancer Support

The next closing date for the Macmillan Supporting You to Help Others, Grant Programme scheme is the 10th November 2017. The grants scheme aims to fund individuals and groups that support people affected by cancer or campaign to improve cancer care.

The grants available include:

• Start-up funds of up to £500 to support new self-help and support project for people affected by cancer;

• Development funds of up to £3,000 to support the ongoing activities and development of self-help and support projects for people affected by cancer;

• User involvement grants of up to £3,000 to encourage the involvement of people affected by cancer in the design and improvement of cancer services;

• Individual development grants of up to £500 to enable people affected by cancer to develop their skills and use their cancer experience to help support others affected by cancer.

Applications will be accepted from individuals or groups of people affected by cancer and organisations and professionals working in partnership with people affected by cancer.

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‘Facebook of Charities’ Launches World’s First Social Network to Create Global Social Change

A not-for-profit tech startup is launching the world’s first social network to create global social change.

The NGO, We Make Change, wants to harness the power of young people to drive positive change around the world.

To make this happen, a group of young people from 12 countries have joined together to launch what the organisation is calling a ‘digital revolution’.

“We are part of the most connected generation ever, yet, on the news we see so many problems being faced across the world that we feel helpless to do anything about,” said Co-Founder and CEO, James Sancto.

“We believe that by harnessing the power of technology we can address these challenges by enabling anyone, anywhere, to contribute what they can to help solve them.

“As the first generation that can end extreme poverty and the last that can address climate change, now is our moment to make this happen. That is why we believe We Make Change can play an important role in enabling our generation to create the greatest positive change the world has ever seen.”

The online platform will enable individuals to connect with and support the charities fighting for causes they care about, by donating their time, money or things.

Charity Backing
Charities and NGOs such as the World Youth Organization, National Youth Agency, and Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust are already backing the platform.

“We Make Change is a social network which could bring transformational benefits for the charity sector. Having been involved with charitable organisations for many years, I am thrilled to see this initiative which could have a big impact,” said Baroness Caroline Cox, the founder of Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust (HART).

“A platform such as this can enable people to donate online and to volunteer for charities in ways which will help all involved, including our own charity, HART, as we support our partners who are bringing hope and healing to their communities living in very challenging conditions.

“I am delighted to endorse this initiative and to encourage other people and charities to do the same.”

To read the full Charity Digital News Artcile click here.

Royal British Legion

The next application deadline for Stage 1 applications to the Royal British Legion’s external grants scheme is Friday 10 November 2017.

Grants of up to £50,000 are available to any not-for-profit or non-statutory organisation running, or planning, charitable activities in support of the Armed Forces community. Priority will be given to projects or services supporting the following outcome themes:

Employment and training
Family support
Homelessness and outreach
Supporting the elderly.

Organisations successful at Stage 1 of the application process will be invited to submit a Stage 2 application. The deadline for Stage 2 applications is the 19th January 2018 with decisions to be confirmed in March 2018.

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