Birmingham-based Charity seeks Executive Manager

CASBA is a small, well respected charity providing specialist advocacy services for learning disabled citizens in Birmingham. The charity celebrated its 30th Birthday in 2018. The organisation is looking to recruit a new experienced Executive Manager, who will be tasked with taking CASBA into a new phase of project development and partnerships.

Hours per week: 28 hours
Salary: Actual – £27,193.30 per annum
Pro rata – £35,934 per annum
Location: Northfield, Birmingham

As CASBA’s Executive Manager you will:
• Lead the organisation to deliver its vision and mission
• Develop and lead a committed team of staff and volunteers
• Lead on advocacy and support project development
• Lead on income development and funding applications
• Support the Trustees
• Develop existing and new partnerships with other organisations
• Lead on the marketing and promotion of the organisations and its key messages.

For an application pack please contact CASBA at, visit the website or by post, CASBA, St Laurence Pastoral Centre, 173 Church Road, Northfield, Birmingham B31 2LX

For further information please contact CASBA on 0121 475 0777 and ask to speak to Heather Baseley (Interim Manager).

Closing date for applications: Friday 29th March
Interviews will be held on Monday 8th April 2019

Possible commencement date for successful applicant – 13th May 2019 (although this can be negotiated)

PRS Foundation’s Open Fund

PRS Foundation’s Open Fund for Organisations supports high quality new music projects led by promoters, talent development organisations, venues, festivals, curators and large performance groups (for example orchestras, choirs, jazz bands or folk groups with 12 or more performers).

Supported projects will involve the creation, performance and promotion of new music and enable Music Creators i.e. songwriters, composers, or solo artists, bands, producers and performers of all backgrounds, to develop creatively and professionally.

Grants of up to £10,000 are awarded to composers cover activities such as:
• Touring
• Recording
• Promotion and marketing
• Commissions of new music by UK-based creators*
• Exciting community projects involving high-quality music creators
• Music creator residencies
• Live programmes featuring new UK music

Successful proposals will fit all three of the following funding priorities:
• To support the creation, performance and promotion of outstanding new music in any genre
• To enable the UK’s most talented music creators to realise their potential
• To inspire audiences
Priority is given to not for profit groups.

The next closing date for applications is 6pm on the 10th June 2019.

More information at:

Swimathon Foundation

The Swimathon Foundation has announced that its Community Grants Scheme has opened for applications. The Swimathon Foundation Community Grants Scheme offers funding of between £500 and £2,500 to groups who provide and promote swimming in their local community; in particular to groups that would otherwise not take part.

Grants are available towards:
• Providing swimming lessons targeted at a specific group or section of society that would not be able to take part, or would have extreme difficulty in participating in mainstream swimming lessons
• The costs of staging an activity at a pool which aims to introduce non-swimmers or lapsed swimmers or very occasional swimmers to an enjoyable pool experience that is designed to stimulate and support their continued participation
• A grant towards equipment or improvements at a pool which will encourage either increased participation, for example through improving access above and beyond that required in the Equality Act 2010, or that will help swimming development in novice or non-swimmers. For example:
• Encouraging swimming participation from groups that may have a health need and can gain particular benefit.
• Encouraging under 5’s, children and young people, adults and older people to understand the benefits of taking part in healthy physical aquatic activity as part of the Start Active – Stay Active guidelines from the Chief Medical Officers in the UK
• Raising awareness, particularly in children, of water safety good practice and survival skills and techniques
• A grant to aid swimming clubs to develop programmes that are outside the normal delivery, providing a unique opportunity in swimming development

To be eligible for a Swimathon grant organisations need to be supported by pools that are participating in Swimathon. Some of examples of groups that Swimathon Foundation Community grants will support, but are not limited to:
• Community groups
• Swimming clubs
• Senior groups
• Youth groups
• Sports clubs
• Disability charities
• Scout groups
• Healthy living groups; etc.

Applicants must be a representative of, or have the support of, a pool participating in Swimathon.
The closing date for applications is the 3rd April 2019.

More information at:

Leeds Building Society Foundation

Leeds Building Society Foundation primarily provides funding towards practical items that directly support those in need including those with disabilities, affected by homelessness, or with serious health issues.

Donations usually fund items of “capital expenditure” i.e. items must directly help those in need, rather than contributing to the charity’s running costs.

The Foundation accepts applications from UK registered charities, or those affiliated with a registered charity.

Applications are reviewed every quarter. The deadline for the next (June) meeting is Monday 13th May 2019.
More information at:

Lloyds Banking Group – Social Entrepreneurs Programme

Lloyds Banking Group is inviting applications to its Social Entrepreneurs Programme – a package of support to social enterprises that includes a learning programme, business mentoring and a grant. The programme is aimed at both start up social enterprises and existing social enterprises that want to trade up or scale up.

The programme has three levels of support:
Start Up is aimed at people in need or improving the environment who are in the early stages of setting up a social enterprise, charity or impact project and need some support to get things up-and-running. The programme could provide:
• A free learning programme (14 learning days, spread over a year)
• A grant of £1,000 (money you don’t pay back)
• A support network
• Mentoring

Trade Up is aimed at social enterprises that have been running for at least a year and making at least £15,000 a year (total income, including trading, grant and donations). The programme could provide:
• Free learning programme (14 learning days spread over a year)
• Match Trading grant of up to £4,000
• Support network
• Mentoring
Scale Up is aimed at social enterprises ready to significantly scale up e.g. through social franchising, increasing geographical reach, or making a step change in impact by developing new markets or partnerships. The social enterprise, charity or impact project will have been running for at least two years and will be making at least £75,000 a year (total income, including trading, grant and donations). The programme could provide:
• Free learning programme (14 days spread over a year)
• Match Trading grant of up to £7,000
• Support network
• Mentoring
Applications are welcome from people from all backgrounds, including long-term unemployed, ex-offenders, and people with disabilities.

The deadline for applications to the programme is Wednesday 27th March 2019, at 12pm.
More information at:

Lessons from the Charity Digital Code: Principle 1 – Leadership

The Charity Digital Code of Practice was launched last year thanks to the combined efforts of a group of sector organisations, with the aim of helping charities benchmark their progress in using digital and learn from example. It focuses on seven guiding principles for success with tangible actions charities can take.

In this series, Tech Trust trustee and Chair of the Charity Digital Code of Practive Zoe Amar speaks with a charity that embodies one of each of the seven principles, sharing their lessons and experiences.

This week Amar spoke with Lara Burns, Chief Digital and Technology Officer at Age UK about the principle of ‘leadership’. An inspirational digital leader, Burns has worked across sectors leading innovation, transformation and change programmes for 25 years.

Zoe Amar: From your conversations with charity leaders, do you think more of them see digital as important? If not, what could change this?

Lara Burns: Age UK is a network of local Age UKs and we know that local leaders are keen to do things differently. We did a survey of local CEOs in our network and 65% prioritised being able to use digital to enable their service delivery, but 83% cited lack of funding as the major barriers, whilst skills were also a challenge.

I think this is fairly typical of small to medium sized charities. It is really easy when you are in a big charity in London to think digital is obvious and everyone gets it, but that is not always the case. Smaller charities can get stuck on what to do next.

This is where The Charity Digital Code of Practice is important. I also think there are more conversations happening at senior level about the Code and digital.

To read the full Charity Digital News Article click here.

Source: Charity Digital News

Free Charity Toolkit Upgrades Revealed

A free to access digital toolkit aimed at improving charity performance has been upgraded to include a tool to support income generation.

The funding tool has been developed by the Charity Excellence Framework to help charities ensure they can prove the impact of their work to the public and funders.

This offers a dashboard that tracks around 300 issues across the organisation in areas such as maximising impact, delivering value for money, financial sustainability and ability to deliver in terms of capacity and planning.

Compliance, leadership and safeguarding issues, such as tackling bullying and encouraging whistleblowing, are also included.

Response to Falling Trust

Charity Excellence Framework Founder Ian McLintock said the funding tool has been launched to help charities respond to falling trust in the sector.

“The Charity Commission Trust in Charities 2018 report found that four in 10 members of the public are donating less, as a result, and when charities are able to show that most of their donations directly reach the end cause, and they are having quantifiable positive results, both trust and willingness to donate increase,” he said.

“The dashboard assurance table enables charities to do so, by providing hard data for funding bids and annual reports.”

The funding tool is one of a number of improvements made in this first major upgrade since the toolkit launched last summer, added McLinktock.

“System navigation has been improved and the framework generation process, which creates a unique set of questionnaires for each user, has been made more sophisticated, making it not only easier to use, but also lower workload and more effective,” he said.

Last month the Charity Excellence Framework launched a resource hub available to anyone in the charity and social enterprise sector covering areas such as finding funders, mentoring and free goods and services for the sector.

Source: Charity Digital News

A Senior Advice Worker and Resources Coordinator required at Brushstrokes

Brushstrokes is an award-winning project in partnership with Father Hudson’s Care, The Infant Jesus Sisters and the parish of St Philip Neri, Smethwick. The project is well established with a proven track record in supporting refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in Sandwell and surrounding areas.

Brushstrokes is looking to recruit a Senior Advice Worker (Settling Well) and Resources Coordinator to join the team in Smethwick. The closing dates are 5 April and 10 April 2019, respectively.

For full details about about each vacancy, salary, closing dates and how to apply click here.

Would You Like Your Future to be Bright?

Would you like your Future to be Bright? Are you looking for training, jobs or apprenticeships? Then Connexions Sandwell is where you want to be.

Bright Futures is held every Monday and Wednesday 11 am – 1 pm, in the One Stop Shop, Oldbury Council House. Here you can speak directly to Training and Apprenticeship Providers.

Call Connexions Sandwell on 0121 569 2955 for more information

Free Community Support Training Opportunity

Do you enjoy helping people? Would you like to have better employment opportunities while helping people to connect for the first time with their local area? Can you speak a community language like Polish, Urdu, Bengali, Romanian, Kurdish, or Somali as well as good English?

Citizens Advice Bureau is hosting a Community Learning Programme at the Brasshouse Community Centre, Brasshouse Lane, Smethwick B66 1BA., which may interest you.

Attendees on the Programme will:

• Learn about your Community

• Learn about the Rights and Responsibilities of UK Citizens

• Learn about the needs of people coming to live in the UK

• Learn about working for a Charity

There are six Community Learning sessions running from 9.30 am to 2.30 pm starting on 26th March. No experience needed!

If you would like to apply for your free place then contact David Jones on 07494 159 056 or email by the 21st of March.

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