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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 infoartyard@gmail.com or call 01384910968.


YMCA Open Door Offers ‘Host Placements’ Service

There are hundreds of young people across the Black Country who every year experience family breakdown and also find themselves with nowhere to stay.  Within the Black Country there are some amazing and truly remarkable people who are opening up their homes to help young people who would otherwise be roofless.

Having recently celebrated it’s 10th Anniversary, YMCA Open Door provides ‘Host placements’ for young people who have experienced family breakdown. There are over 80 YMCA Hosts who use their spare room to provide a homely environment for young people aged between 16-18 who provide either ‘emergency Nighstop’ or longer term ‘Supported Lodgings’.  YMCA is seeking to recruit more Hosts to provide safe places for young people. Do you have a spare room and a caring heart?  Please consider if you could provide a homely environment for a young person who has nowhere to go.  All Hosts receive over £100pw, full training from the YMCA and support from a dedicated project worker.

To find out more visit www.ymcabc.org.uk/hosts


Black Country Women’s Aid Christmas Present Appeal

The festive season has started and Black Country Women’s Aid need your help to provide presents for women and children in refuges and those who  are supported in the community.

Everyone needs a little something special on Christmas day.  With your help BCWA can make a lot of little people and families have a great day too. Please consider donating a gift for a child, a teenager or adult.

Ideas for presents:
Family Game, Gift Set, Perfume, Toys, Socks, gloves, Handbag, PJ’S, Bath Robes, Chocolates, Arts and Crafts, Diaries, Journals, Coloring Books, Stationery, Aftershave/deodorants for boys and, of course, Cuddly Toys !!!  You gift will be really appreciated.

You can drop off donations to any of BCWA’s cedar centres, in West Bromwich, Dudley or Walsall.
If you prefer to make a cash donation, you can do so on via the website www.blackcountrywomensaid.co.uk with Virgin Link.

Please get in touch with Debbie on 0121 553 0090 to find out more.


Building Better Lives – Black Country Funding Success!

The Heart of England Community Foundation has pledged over £3m to support a trio of charities across the West Midlands.

The charity awarded £2.7m in its last financial year so to award over £3.1m to just 3 organisations is a monumental step change for the Foundation.

Thanks to incredible anonymous donors the funds will be shared between YMCA Birmingham, St Basil’s and Black Country Women’s Aid. The grants are being awarded through the Foundation’s ‘Building Better Lives’ Programme, which focuses on the need for purpose-built housing for vulnerable people across the region. These three charities have been chosen because of their unwavering commitment to provide stable and rehabilitating living conditions to those who need it most.

Commenting on the need for Building Better Lives, Chief Executive, Tina Costello, said:

“The statistics around the housing crisis in the West Midlands and Warwickshire are nothing short of catastrophic, with a substantial lack of accommodation meeting the needs of society’s most at risk. The need for additional housing is the third most talked about topic in the Houses of Parliament, behind Brexit and climate change. The anonymous donors were clear in how they wanted their generous donation to be spent and chose the Foundation to develop and implement their ambitions, making it a reality.

“The work of YMCA Birmingham, St Basil’s in Coventry, and Black Country Women’s Aid cover the breadth of our region, and each focus on relieving the pressures felt by those feeling the pinch of the housing crisis most: from homeless adults and children, to those who have suffered domestic abuse. Being able to support them with our largest grant ever is something that the Foundations is immensely proud of.”

The Building Better Lives initiative is the icing on the cake for a tremendous 12-months for the Foundation, ahead of its 25th birthday next year. Having received £4m from generous anonymous donors, this was further increased by £1.58m when the donors were so impressed by the plans the charity put in place. This has allowed the charity to continue its mission of developing community activity across a number of diverse projects in the West Midlands and Warwickshire.

“This once in a lifetime donation made to the foundation has had a phenomenal impact on the charity’s development, allowing us to restructure our strategic direction significantly. What’s more, it has shown just how flexible we can be in the creation of bespoke grant programmes: we’re big enough to have a huge reach and impact; whilst still being small enough to be an agile funder.

To read the full article click here.

Source: Heart of England Community Foundation


SOCIAL TALKS- Get Started Series for Funders

Aspire4U and iDeal Directions Marketing are running a workshop for those looking to get started and gain clarity around social media and driving their organisation forward in the digital age, to help funders get to grips with using social media platforms, to help them connect and engage with potential service users/community organisations.

The workshop is taking place on Thursday 16th January 2020 from 9am till 1pm at Keys Court Business Centre, 80 Moseley Street, Birmingham, B12 0RT. This is a ticketed event via Eventbrite costing between £11.37 – £16.76.

Why come?

Throughout this series of workshops delivered by That’s All Media and iDeal Directions marketing, you will get practical solutions on social media.

What will I gain?

An understanding of social media, gain practical skills and the knowledge required to move your organisation forward in a 2019/20 context. You will learn:

  • Where to start – choosing the right platform to connect with your communities and service users.
  • Grow communities and show skills/quality of your organisation
  • What to post and how to grow your community.
  • Information on how to grow relationships with philanthropists and donors

Who is for?

Teams, leaders and aspiring grants/giving organisations looking to get to grips with how social media can work and help you sustain your business.

To book your place or to find out more about this upcoming workshop by clicking here.


Rough Sleeper Count – Thursday 21 November

Sandwell Council are conducting a Rough Sleeper Count on Thursday 21 November.

The Council are working in partnership with their neighbouring Local Authorities namely Wolverhampton, Walsall, Birmingham and Dudley who are also conducting their estimate on the same night. Please complete the form which includes guidance to inform us of any persons sleeping rough on that particular night and who fall into the criteria below:

“People sleeping, about to bed down (sitting on/in or standing next to their bedding) or actually bedded down in the open air (such as on the streets, in tents, doorways, parks, bus shelters or encampments). People in buildings or other places not designed for habitation (such as stairwells, barns, sheds, car parks, cars, derelict boats, stations, or ‘bashes’)”

Please respond by 25 November 2019.

Please note : Any information that is provided will only be used by the Council to calculate how many rough sleepers will be reported to the Government. The Government return includes the number of rough sleepers and some data, if known, relating to age, nationality, sex but does not contain the names or dates of birth of individual rough sleepers.

You can return the form to – pam_mander-masonde@sandwell.gov.uk


The Lord Lieutenant for the West Midlands and Mayor of Sandwell Celebrate Volunteers with Black Country Touring

The Lord Lieutenant for the West Midlands and Mayor of Sandwell will be attending a special event at The Dorothy Parkes Centre in Smethwick on the 15th November 2019, 6.45pm to celebrate the role of Black Country Touring’s promoters and volunteers who are instrumental in helping put on  a range of exciting events in their local communities.

Bringing professional touring theatre, dance and film from the UK and beyond to the communities of Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton, Black Country Touring works with local promoters and volunteers to programme events in local venues across the region.

This month The Dorothy Parkes Centre have chosen a performance by professional theatre company Little Bulb who have collaborated with arts centre Farnham Maltings on a new music and theatre production called ’Mountain Music’.
The story creates an unforgettable tapestry of culture, migration and history exploring the roots of what we now call country music and its impact on popular music today.

John Crabtree, OBE, the Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands, said: “Centres like Dorothy Parkes and events like this are part of the glue that help hold communities together, they allow people to come together to experience great entertainment and also to connect with friends and neighbours.

Of course, non of this would happen without staff and volunteers; and Black Country Touring who support a whole network of volunteers and local community promoters to bring theatre, dance and cinema into the heart of local communities.”

For the past 21 years Black Country Touring have continued to put the local community at the very heart of decision making, from finding the stories for new shows to hosting the events that are most important to and resonate with them.

Frances Land, Co-artistic Director, Said: “ Black Country Touring works hard in supporting local promoters to bring the very best entertainment right into the heart of local communities.  We are delighted that both the Lord Lieutenant and Mayor of Sandwell will be joining the audience at the Dorothy Parkes centre on the 15th November to see just how vital events like this and centres like Dorothy Parkes are in bringing local communities together.”

From Rajasthan Circus in Smethwick to Afghani Rap in Wolverhampton, Seaside tales in caravans in Coseley and shared stories beamed onto Facebook live from shops in West Bromwich and Wolverhampton, Black Country Touring, alongside their team of volunteers and promoters, has been entertaining and inspiring local people right on their doorsteps for the past 21 years.

To attend the photo call please email: frances@bctouring.co.uk


Scheme Manager Becomes First Ever Recipient of Prestigious National Award

Kate Morgan, Registered Manager for the Camphill Village Trust Shared Lives Scheme, based in Stourbridge, has won the Shared Lives Champion of the Year Award for 2019, at the annual Shared Lives Plus conference in Liverpool last week.

The Shared Lives Scheme supports people with additional/complex needs to live with specially trained carers.

Across the UK, the Shared Lives model currently supports approximately 14,000 people with a variety of needs. Once training is completed, carers are carefully matched to support the person to lead as independent life as possible in the community. Carers are paid according to the level of support they provide and qualify for tax relief via HMRC.

If you are interested in finding out more about Shared Lives then please visit the website at www.camphillvillagetrust.org.uk or call on 01384 441505.


The Art Yard – Call for Artists November 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:

We 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 infoartyard@gmail.com or call 01384910968.


The Art Yard – November Sale 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:

We 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 infoartyard@gmail.com or call 01384910968.


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