Sexual Behaviours Traffic Light Tools

Brook would like to make you aware of the training they are offering all professionals working with young people in Sandwell and was hoping this could be circulated. This training is free of charge.

Our highly acclaimed Sexual Behaviours Traffic Light Tool supports professionals working with children and young people by helping them to identify and respond appropriately to sexual behaviours.

This training is strongly recommended for teachers, social workers, school nurses, youth and outreach workers, health care professionals, safeguarding leads and all professionals working with young people.

Please find this link takes you to our website where you can get further information about the Traffic Light Tool training (sexual behaviours) https://www.brook.org.uk/our-work/category/sexual-behaviours-traffic-light-tool

We have dates booked on Eventbrite for this training in Sandwell and we would appreciate you circulating these:

18/9/19
11/10/19
13/11/19
6/12/19
28/2/20

There is a choice of am or pm sessions and the training last approx. 3-3.5hrs. This is the link which will take you to the bookings page:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sexual-behaviours-traffic-light-tool-tickets-65880236561


Healthwatch Sandwell – Health and Social Care Group

Healthwatch Sandwell are holding a public meeting on Tuesday 24th September from 1pm until 3pm at The Yemeni Community Centre, Tildasley Street, West Bromwich, B70 9SJ (bus routes – 44, 47 and 79).

Come along to find out more about:-

The Sandwell Better Lives Dementia Strategy – Find out what is promised to Sandwell people in the Sandwell Better Lives Dementia Strategy.

Community Connections – Social prescribing is an approach that links patients in primary care with non medical support in the community; leading to improved social and clinical outcomes for people with long terms conditions, and to the development of a wider, more diverse range of local community services.

Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals Respiratory Service Change – How this service will look, and how you can give your views.

Everyone is welcome – to book a place please call 0121 569 7210 or e-mail info@healthwatchsandwell.co.uk

You can also book online from here


Friends of Central Library Need Your Help – Volunteer Opportunity

Friends of Central Library, West Bromwich (FoCL) is the most recent “Friends” group, dedicated to promoting, improving and sustaining the services available in Sandwell Libraries. Unlike many of the other Libraries in the Borough, which are part of their own local communities, West Bromwich Central Library, the “flagship” of Sandwell Library Service, is set in the High Street Business area.

FoCL was formed by a group of volunteers already assisting in the Library, aiming to represent the views of users, and to contribute to the management and development of the service. Members offer ideas and enthusiasm in promoting both the normal functions of the Library and also a wide range of special events. They are also active in fund raising, to support the programme of special events aiming to encourage the public to see for themselves the facilities of this beautiful historic building.

Why not get in touch with us on 0121 569 4904 to find out how you can become a volunteer and help us to continue to provide activities for our community.

Since FoCL was formed in 2018 members have been able to assist with the funding of activities in the Children’s Section, as well as events featuring local personalities and performers, including well known bands during the Annual Jazz Festival.

West Bromwich Central Library is undergoing a period of considerable change and improvement, and volunteers are needed to assist in many of its activities. FoCL is engaged in developing the Library Cafe in order to offer a daily mid-day facility to act as a meeting place for individuals and groups, to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea, to meet new friends, as well as using the Library facilities. Daily newspapers and magazines are always available, and it is hoped that lunchtime programmes of music will be introduced, though there are still dedicated “quiet” areas for study and contemplation.

The Cafe will be run entirely by volunteers, and there are many other opportunities to become involved in the work of one of the most prestigious buildings in Sandwell, helping a dedicated team of staff to develop services for the future.

If you are interested in helping in the Cafe for just 4 hours a week, or any other of the many opportunities in West Bromwich Central Library contact 0121 569 4904 or simply visit the Library and talk to a member of staff or one of the volunteers.


D M Thomas Foundation

The next deadline to apply to the DM Thomas Foundation Central Grants Programme is the 8th October 2019. The Foundation distributes a total of around £200,000 per quarter.

Grants of up to £30,000 are available per year for up to two years to registered charities for projects that improve education and health for young people in three key areas:
• Children and young people with disabilities
• Children and young people who are sick in hospital
• Children and young people who are life limited (requiring palliative care)

The Foundation is a small charity and generally will not make awards of over £30,000 (per year). Funding can be requested for one-off projects or for up to 2 years work.

Applications from schools and hospitals are welcomed as long as they are made through an appropriate registered charity.

If favoured, grant applications for up to £5,000 can be approved by the Director, up to £10,000 can be approved by the Grants Committee, and applications for more than £10,000 are recommended to the Trustees for final approval.
More information at: https://dmthomasfoundation.org/what-we-do/grants/dmtf-central-grants/


Edward Gostling Foundation

Registered charities, Hospices and state schools catering wholly for students with additional needs, can apply for grants to support their work that enhances the quality of life for people in need, specifically the mentally and physically disabled. Priority is given to small and medium size charities making a significant impact in their community and who may lack the time and resources to be able to focus on their fundraising.

The Edward Gostling Foundation’s grants are awarded to projects that have a significant impact across one or more of four life “themes” and priority is given to organisations that clearly demonstrate this within their application for grant funding, these are: Health and Wellbeing; Independent Living at Home; Respite; and Transition.

Grants can support:
• Modifications to homes, state schools (wholly for students with additional needs), hospices etc
• The provision of specialist equipment such as the provision of specialised wheelchairs, other mobility aids and equipment including medical equipment to assist independent living
• Financial assistance towards the cost of short-term respite breaks at a registered respite centre.
Grants are awarded through two programmes:
• A fast-track Small Grants Programme for applications under £5,000
• A Large Grants Programme for applications of £5,000 or over.

There are no application deadlines; applications can be submitted at any time.
More information at: https://www.edwardgostlingfoundation.org.uk/


Greenhall Community Fund – First 100 Applications Only

The next round of funding from the Greenhall Community Fund will re-open for applications on 1st September 2019.

The objectives of the fund are to improve lives: among the sick, the elderly, the disabled and the disadvantaged particularly in the UK. Overseas project are also supported provided that the applicant charity is registered in the UK. Only the first 100 applications received will be forwarded to the trustee board for consideration and they will meet in November 2019 to allocate the funds.

The grants of £1,000 to £10,000 are only available to UK registered charities. Preference will be given to applications for specific projects rather than to supplement funds used for general purposes. In this funding round grants will be awarded to charities with a turnover of £250,000 or less.
More information at: https://greenhallfoundation.org/


The Marsh Charitable Trust – Running Costs for Small Charities

The Marsh Christian Trust was founded in 1981 with the sum of £75,000 by its current Chairman, Mr Brian Marsh OBE.  His aim was to create a sustainable way to give something back to society by supporting organisations and people who are making a difference.

The Trust supports around 300 charities every year and focuses on providing funding which could help small organisations pay for various running costs, such as volunteer expenses, training days, equipment maintenance and other core outgoings. The Trust aims to build long-standing relationships with successful applicants and, subject to an annual review, continue its support over time.

Applicants must be a registered charity with the Charity Commission for England and Wales or the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator. This does not include Community Interest Companies (CICs). Charities will be working in the areas of:

  • Arts and heritage
  • Social welfare
  • Environmental causes and animal welfare
  • Education and training
  • Healthcare

Charities must have been established for more than one financial year and able to provide a full set of their most recent Annual Report and Accounts, or the equivalent financial information if their annual income is under £25,000.

Grants are unrestricted and range from £300 to £2,000 with new applications at the lower end of this scale.

Applications are considered on the basis of the organisation’s financial position, performance against charitable aims and objectives and the ratio of voluntary income against fundraising expenses.
Applications can be submitted at any time.

For more information click here.


Rank Foundation Pebble Grants programme

UK registered charities and recognised churches which are raising money for capital projects (building work, refurbishment or the purchase of long-term equipment) or a one-off short term activity (such as an annual respite break or holiday for disadvantaged young people) can apply for funding through the Rank Foundation – Pebble Grants programme.

To be eligible to apply the total project cost must be less than £1 million, the organisation must have an annual income of less than £500,000 and the organisation applying must already have raised a third of the total costs.

Applications can be submitted at any time. The Foundation is currently accepting applications for the November 2019 meeting of Trustees.

Organisations can only apply once every 12 months regardless of the outcome of their application.

Further information


Funding for Artists to Develop their Artistic Practice

The next funding round of the Arts Council England’s Developing your Creative Practice programme, is due to re-open for applications on the 10th October 2019.

Developing your Creative Practice makes grants of up to £10,000 and has been designed to support the development of independent creative practioners working in dance, theatre, music, visual arts, literature, combined arts or museums practice.

The aim is to offer practitioners the time and space to work on ambitious and innovative research and development opportunities to make a step-change in their practice.

The closing date for applications will be 12 pm on the 14th November 2019.

Further information


Funding of up to £60,000 for Community Centres and Village Halls

Community Centres in deprived urban communities and Village Halls in remote and economically deprived rural areas can apply for grants of between £7,500 and £60,000 for new buildings; upgrading, renovating or extending buildings; improving or creating outside space.

Applications can be submitted at any time and all applicants must have already secured 50% of the total funding needed to complete the project before they apply.

The funding is being made available through the Trusthouse Charitable Foundation.

More information


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