Aston Villa Corporate Hospitality Prize Draw

The Dorothy Parkes Centre have been gifted two tickets to watch Aston Villa v Watford in the New Year.  The lucky winners will be able to watch the 7.30 pm match on Tuesday, 21 January, at Villa Park, from an executive box with full VIP hospitality.

For just £5.00 you can enter a prize draw with a chance of winning this fantastic prize. The draw will take place at 4 pm on Friday, 20 December, and entries can be made online via the Dorothy Parkes website. If football is not for you, it would be a brilliant Christmas gift for someone special or a deserving employee.

The Dorothy Parkes Centre provides a place of welcome and opportunity for the people of Smethwick and the wider community. All monies raised from this prize draw will be reinvested back into the Centre in 2020.


Princes Trust Youth Opportunities Fund Grant

Community Grants are available to help young people work with their community to overcome youth violence and crime in Birmingham, Black Country and Coventry.

Grants are available from between £500 – £4,000.  Projects should be led by young people in partnership with community organisations.  The application process is simple.

Grants are administered by The Prince’s Trust in partnership with the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner and West Midlands Police.  Grants can be be used to fund new projects or to enhance projects that are already running.

Who Can Apply?

  • Young People aged 11 – 25
  • Based in Birmingham, Black Country or Coventry
  • Young people must be supported by a sponsoring organisation such as faith groups, schools, colleges, youth clubs, sports clubs and interest clubs or special interest clubs.

How to apply?

Deadlines for applications from the Black Country are:-

Friday 10th January 2020
Monday 10th February 2020

Monday 2nd March 2020

Fancy Volunteering with RSPB?

Do you want to develop important skills in areas like communication, people engagement and networking, while being part of a fully supportive and friendly team?

The Community Outreach Team at Sandwell Valley are urgently looking for volunteers to join them. The team helps the reserve to raise the awareness of nature and conservation out in the community and to inspire people to visit the wonderful RSPB Sandwell Valley reserve.

What the RSPB Do:
Daytime local community events include Spring Fayres, Fetes, School Holiday Events, Halloween, etc. Talking to people about visiting RSPB Sandwell Valley reserve and encouraging families to become more aware of nature in a fun and informative way.

The craft-based family activities at these events engage with youngsters to make simple wildlife-themed crafts and take part in fun wildlife challenges. Volunteers help to support outdoor local community projects and organisations who are looking for basic, practical advice on how to attract wildlife and work with nature for their planting schemes and outdoor projects.

RSPB are looking to build a strong team of volunteers, who can commit in advance to events which are pre-booked throughout the year.   Volunteers can also get involved with helping to book and organise the Team’s attendance at events. Full training and support will be provided.

What’s in it for you?
You will gain valuable skills and experience, including communication, publicity, people engagement, working with families, organising and networking.  You will receive one-to-one support and training and have opportunities to learn and develop if you wish to.

You will get a valuable experience within the largest environmental charity in Europe. This experience can help you get involved in the conservation/charity sector. Expenses will be reimbursed.

If this sounds interesting, the RSPB would be delighted to hear from you.  Please express your interest by emailing Kostas Smponias, Volunteer Recruitment Officer, at or by calling on 07710760352.

The Art Yard – Call for Artists January 2020 Exhibition

The Art Yard would like to invite local arts to register their interest in being apart of their Open Media Exhibition. This is an opportunity for the artist to showcase their work regardless of the medium (i.e. paint, photography, ceramics, sculpture, film metalwork, crafts and much more).

Artists should complete the Submission Form listing all works you would like to exhibit stating the Media, size and selling price, please include any digital images of each work.

The Art Yard charge a small fee for exhibiting your works in their gallery and are to be paid when delivering your works.

For more details see the links below:

They very much look forward to seeing your work and hope you enjoy what we believe will be a successful and exciting Exhibition.

For more information or to submit your completed form please email The Art Yard directly at or call 01384910968.

The Wolfson Foundation – Funding for Places

Our main grants programme provides support for places. These grants are for capital initiatives, i.e. buildings (new build or refurbishment) and equipment. We fund a broad range of organisations working across the fields of education, science & medicine, health & disability and arts & humanities.

Who can apply?
We have a rigorous process for giving grants to outstanding places. Before you apply for funding please ensure you review the types of places we fund and their specific funding criteria.

Please view for further information –

Funding to Help Fuel Poor Households Heat Their Homes

The Warm Homes Fund has re-opened for applications. The Warm Homes Fund is a £150 million grant scheme funded by the National Grid and administered by Affordable Warmth Solutions (AWS).

The fund aims to help make households warmer, healthier and cheaper to heat. The Fund provides capital funding for the installation of affordable heating solutions in fuel poor households who do not use mains gas as their primary heating fuel.

This funding round is open to private sector bids and is split in to three categories: Urban homes and communities; Rural homes and communities; and specific energy efficient/health related solutions (including Park Homes). The closing date for applications is the 24th January 2020.

For further information please view –

Carers Family and Friends Support Group Needs You!

Are you looking for an opportunity to give back to your community?
Are you thinking about volunteering?

With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering can be enormous. Volunteering offers vital help to people in need and the community, but the benefits can be even greater for you, the volunteer. The right match can help you to find friends, connect with the community and learn new skills.

Carers Family and Friends Support Group takes place at Thimblemill Library (Ground floor, Thimblemill Road, Smethwick, B67 5RJ) on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month between 1.45pm till 3.45pm. It is an opportunity for carers, their families and friends to connect with similar individuals who may have or have had carer roles and responsibilities here in Sandwell. They want to provide opportunities for participants to share experiences or simply to just have a chat over a cuppa with someone else in a similar position to them.

They are looking for participants to join their group and for volunteers to help with all aspects of running the group e.g., chatting to people, helping make tea and coffee, etc. If you are interested in joining the group, can help out or for more information please contact Eileen Williams on 07789 491317.

Find Out How SAFL Can Support You

Sandwell Adult and Family Learning Service – SAFL – is the people’s choice for post 19 adult and community learning in Sandwell. The service provides a rich and varied range of learning activities at over thirty venues across the six towns in Sandwell.

Sandwell Council is committed to supporting and encouraging more people to enjoy and benefit from learning.

Visit to find out how SAFL supported Care Worker, Lorianne, to improve her skills.

Telephone: 0121 557 0837

Tweet: @learnsafl

Ford Britain Trust Small Grants Programme

Grants of up to £250 are now available to charities, Schools/PTA’s and other non-profit organisations for work that has clear benefits to the local community/environment.

Funding is focused on education, the environment, children, the disabled, youth activities and projects that provide clear benefits to the local communities close to Ford locations in the UK.

The Small Grants programme has been made available through the Ford Britain Trust, there are three application rounds a year and the next closing date is the 28th February 2020.

The Trust also provides grants through its large grants programme (grants of up to £3,000). The large grants programme is also currently accepting applications and will close on the 31st January 2020.

For further information please view –

Grants of up to £5,000 Available for Social Welfare Projects

Registered charities based in the UK and working in the areas of medical research; care of the elderly; general welfare; hospices; the deaf and blind; care of the physically & mentally disabled; and the Armed Forces can apply for grants of up to £5,000.

The funding is made available through the Iman Charity and the closing date for applications is the end of February 2020.

For further information please view –

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