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Dorothy Parkes Community Centre Jumble Sale

Come and join Dorothy Parkes Community Centre for a good old fashioned rumble in the jumble sale at the Centre on Saturday 26th January 2019. Stall holders will be selling clothes, toys & bric-a-brac at bargain prices.

The Centre will have some tables selling donated goods with all proceeds going to the Centre to support their community activities. We are accepting donations of clothes, toys & bric-a-brac.

Please note that doors will open at 2pm and close at 4pm.

There are a limited number of tables for sale and they are selling fast (priced at £7.50). Please complete their online booking form and make payment via their website – https://www.dorothyparkes.org/Event/jumble-sale

If you’d like to find out more contact the Dorothy Parkes Centre on 0121 558 2998 for more details.


Hateley Cross Good News Story

Hateley Cross Big Local Partnership group in December 2018 supported the 3 primary schools Hall Green, Hateley Heath and St John Bosco Catholic in our areas of Hateley Heath and Stone Cross, West Bromwich with funding for Inspired People and Environmental Grant.

Hateley Cross Big Local Partnership group wanted to ensure that young people aspirations raised, involved with their communities, feel valued and there are reasons [and places] for people to come together. A three year funding application was created for local primary schools to apply for.

In the matter of weeks, St John Bosco Primary School has turned the funding into reality with the fantastic work of Deputy Headteacher Mandy Grubham.

Hateley Cross Big Local joined Governors and competition winners, who created book marks, from St John Bosco in January 2019 to officially open the new library in the school. Hateley Cross Big Local funding allowed for books to be purchased and fill the shelves of the library allowing for the Inspiration Grant to be fulfilled in the school.

For further information please contact Marc Pearson, Community Development Outreach Worker – 0121 544 1230 or e-mail marc@scips.org.uk


2019 National Campaigner Awards

Each year, the Sheila Mckechnie foundation celebrates the best campaigns and campaigners – whether working locally or nationally, and from individuals and community groups to people working in large organisations.

The Foundation would like to find those who have made change happen – most effectively, creatively and courageously. So, if you know someone or an organisation who you think deserves to be celebrated, please do nominate them. You can also nominate yourself!

Details
Winners will receive their award at a fantastic evening ceremony in central London, on Wednesday 27th March 2019. To find out more and to nominate please visit: http://smk.org.uk/national-campaigner-awards/.

There are no fees associates with these Awards, it is free to nominate and attend!


Energy Advice Presentations

The Disability Resource Centre is holding two events to help people who may be struggling with energy bills.  There will be help and advice on everything from switching energy suppliers to money management. If you would like individual advice on the day, please bring along your annual energy statements.

The two advice presentations will be on:

Tuesday, 22 January 2019: 10 am – 2 pm
At Dartmouth House
Sandwell Road
West Bromwich
B70 8TQ

And

Thursday, 24 January 2019: 10 am – 2 pm
At Disability Resource Centre
Unit 18, Ace Business Park
Mackadown Lane
Kitts Green
B33 0LD

For more information, please feel to call Yvonne on 03030 40 20 40.

A light lunch and refreshments will be served at both events.


Small Charity Bosses Reveal Digital Fears

A survey by Weston Charity Awards reveals concerns about digital issues among small charity bosses.

A third of small charity leaders say that dealing with digital upgrades and IT problems are among the key challenges they face over the coming year.

A survey of 371 heads of small charities found that 33% listed ‘major IT upgrades and failures’ as a key challenge they are set to face in 2019.

This was the fourth most mentioned challenge behind setting up a new partnership (34%), recruiting for a key role (37%) and the top rated challenge, of dealing with new regulations.

Weston Charity Awards, which compiled the survey, says it was “little surprise” to see regulation feature so highly as a concern given the this year’s live date for General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), governing how organisations collect and data.

Digital skills in demand

Improving IT and digital skills is among the top five skills sought by small charity bosses, the survey also found.

This was mentioned by 38% of those surveyed, with 57% looking for fundraising expertise and 51% seeking skills in building partnerships with the commercial sector.

Other skills in demand include branding and communication, mentioned by 38%, and strategy development, cited by 24%.

Weston Charity Awards is run by Garfield Weston Foundation with Pilotlight and is open to charities with an income under £5m in the North of England, Midlands and Wales.

Each of the 20 winning charities gain a year of leadership coaching through Pilotlight and £6,500 in unrestricted funding.

“Small charity leaders are under enormous pressure to steer their organisations through uncertain times,” said Philippa Charles, Director of Garfield Weston Foundation.

“We are delighted to support those showing enormous creativity and resilience through these Awards and to help them reach their goals.”

Source: Charity Digital News


Charities Putting Kindness at the Heart of Campaigns

For many people, ‘doing their bit for charity’ is a simple case of setting up a standing order or putting some spare change into a collection tin.

Of course, monetary donations such as these are always gratefully received, but many charities are also starting to ask their donors for something different. Instead of just asking for financial gifts, they have been encouraging people to donate acts of kindness.

Whether it is passing on beloved old clothes or toys to those less fortunate, sending used Christmas cards to be recycled into new ones, or carrying out an everyday gesture of goodwill, acts of kindness can foster a real sense of purpose – bringing donors and benefactors closer together.

Over the past few years, there have been many innovative and inspiring kindness campaigns. Here, we take a closer look at some examples.

The Bike Project

The Bike Project is a small, London-based charity that refurbishes donated bicycles and distributes them to asylum seekers and refugees. Since its creation in 2013, it has given out more than 4,000 bikes.

For Giving Tuesday in 2018, the charity provided its beneficiaries with a little extra. Marketing Manager Anna Chapman explains: “We decided to join in with Giving Tuesday in a different way this year. Rather than asking for donations, we encouraged people to write seasonal cards that could be handed out with our bikes.

“We felt that sharing personal messages of welcome would enable our supporters to better connect with our beneficiaries. A lot of the work we do is about community, and a simple act of kindness can mean a lot to the people we support.”

The campaign was a huge success. “We were delighted with the response we received,” says Anna. “We put the call out via our social media channels using an eye-catching image. Lots of people got in touch saying they were going to take part, and it created a real buzz online. We plan to give out [the greeting cards] with our bikes at upcoming bike donation sessions.”

Women in Prison

In 2017, the charity Women in Prison asked people to send in the front page of their used Christmas cards. The idea was that prisoners could recycle these into cards and decorations for children in the run-up to Christmas.

A call-out on Twitter went viral, and was even retweeted by Hollywood stars Cher and Bette Midler. As a result, Women in Prison received more than 5,000 cards. “People included lovely messages of support alongside the cards,” said a spokesperson for the charity. “It was a highly inspiring and warming experience.”

In fact, so popular was the campaign, that the charity had enough cards left over to distribute this Christmas. So, instead of asking for more, it is asking people to donate the postage they would have spent on sending them. To facilitate this, it has created an online platform.

To read the full Zurich article click here.


Seeking Volunteer Chaplains for West Bromwich

Black Country Urban Industrial Mission is seeking to recruit volunteer Workplace Chaplains to visit with people in the Businesses, Shops and Factories of West Bromwich.

Who Are Workplace Chaplains?
Chaplains are men and women from a range of business, employment and cultural backgrounds who are good listeners.Chaplains wish to bring their faith and understanding to the world of work. Each Chaplain is a member of a church who can count on a reference from their church leader, vicar, minister or pastor.

Do you live in or close to the Black Country? Could you offer a few hours a week to be a workplace chaplain, and be part of an exciting area of the church’s mission?

One volunteer chaplain described being a Chaplain as the best experience in his Christian ministry.

A five week training course in basic Chaplaincy skills is planned for February. Dates, times and location will be decided in discussion with those who respond.

There’s no upper age limit, and workplaces can often accommodate different levels of agility. Chaplains may need to spend long periods on their feet.

Contact Bill Mash at bill.mash@bcuim.co.uk 01902 710407 for more information.


See Beauty and the Beast

Join Dorothy Parkes for a post Christmas ‘pick me up’ as they work in partnership with Black Country Touring.

Multi Story Theatre Company presents Beauty and the Beast – A pre-Disney version of a well-loved tale.

An old woman who claims to be a princess and a reluctant security guard use music, song, puppetry, and projection to play out the traditional tale of Beauty and the Beast. Nothing is quite as it seems in this lively and inventive version of the hugely popular story presented by on one the UK’s most respected children’s theatre companies.

Children and adults alike enjoy both the bravura fun of the storytelling and the genuine drama and pathos of the tale as it unfolds.  The production, for children aged 5 – 11 and their families,on Saturday, 19 January 2019 at 2.30 pm and 4.00 pm.

Tickets are £3.00 adults and £2.00 children and can be purchased online https://www.dorothyparkes.org/Event/beauty-and-the-beast or at the Centre, Church Road, Smethwick B67 6EH.

There will be light refreshments and the chance to enter a raffle.


Charity Commission Issues Alert over Christmas Gift Card Fraud

The Charity Commission has warned charities to be vigilant for people claiming to be chief executives who ask for gift cards to be bought as Christmas presents for staff.

The alert is based on reports made to Action Fraud, the national fraud reporting centre. It warns that charity staff are being approached by fraudsters who impersonate their chief executive or another senior member of staff and ask for the gift cards to be bought.

The fraudsters then ask for copies of the cards and the codes that will enable them to be used. The Commission warned that contact is usually made by email from a spoofed or similar email address.

The regulator has urged charities to make sure they have processes to corroborate requests requiring payments, to challenge anything that seems suspicious and to shred confidential documents.

Victims of fraud should report their experience to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or online. Charities should also filed a serious incident report using the email address rsi@charitycommission.gsi.gov.uk

Source: Civil Society


A Successful 2018 for Friends of Tividale Park

The Friends of Tividale Park are a residents’ community group (now in its fourth year) who work to improve Tividale Park in various ways, including fund-raising for new equipment, volunteering, and supporting events.

The Friends of Tividale Park Group support plans to improve the facilities in the park, organise and develop a range of community activities and events, to bring people of all ages together to have fun and enjoy the park.

During 2018, the group have successfully embarked on the following projects:

  • worked with Litter Watch to paint the entrances into the park to enhance the appearance of this local resource,
  • secured funding to purchase six new benches which will be installed on our behalf by Sandwell Council around the park,
  • secured a Co-op Community Fund grant to buy a commemorative World War One bench and
  • held ‘Black Country Gala Festival’ in July to mark the parks 90th birthday which featured five bands, three dance groups, Vikings demonstrations, 30 stalls and much much more.

Our long-term plan within the park is for a community centre and is nearly in fruition as Sandwell Council have cleared an area of land within the park and laid the foundations in preparation for the facility to be put into place in 2019. The Council has also promised 20 Cherry Blossom Trees for the park.

We are currently looking for people to help us to form some new community groups such as neighbourhood watch, walking and running groups who will use the new facility coming in 2019 within the park.

For more information or to become a new member of the Friends of Tividale Park, please email our secretary at secretary@friendsoftividalepark.org.uk or visit our website at www.friendsoftividalepark.org.uk


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