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Covid-19 Vaccination Grant Funding and the Voluntary Sector

Congratulations to the many organisations that have received funding to help explain to their communities the benefits of having the Covid-19 vaccination. This has really helped make a difference to the vaccination uptake in Sandwell.

However, there is still lots to be done to make sure everyone who is eligible for a vaccine or booster knows and receives it. In addition, we need to remember good practice around infection control, which will keep us and the ones we care for, safe and well this winter.

If you want to promote this message to the people in your community including staff, volunteers and service users and you are a Sandwell based VCS organisation, then there is some funding to help you with this.

To find out more and see if you are eligible please contact Liz Webster, Liz@scvo.info (mobile 07923 259821), or Barbara Murphy, barbara@scvo.info.  Thank you.


Narrowing the digital divide: Sandwell businesses urged to donate unwanted PCs and laptops

A new Sandwell partnership is urging local businesses to donate unwanted PCs, laptops and tablets to people in need. Sandwell Digital Donation is a partnership between Sandwell Council, Black Country Housing Group and West Bromwich-based social enterprise REPC Ltd.

It is hoped the programme will help to narrow the ‘digital divide’: the gap between people in society who have full access to digital technologies and those who do not.

The project team collects old PCs, laptops and tablets from business premises. They ensure all data is deleted safely and legally, then they repair and recondition the equipment before passing it on to households within the borough.

If the equipment can’t be reused, REPC will ensure it is disposed of in an environmentally friendly way.

Read more here


New weekly social walk in Brunswick Park, Wednesbury

Alison Hartshorne, from the Neighbourhoods Partnership Team, has organised a new social walk in Brunswick Park, Wednesbury.  The weekly walk will be on Monday mornings, with the first walk to be on Monday, 27th September.  Participants meet at the Sons of Rest building at 10.15 for a 10 .30 start. Stay after the walk for a cuppa and a biscuit too!  Please see flyer.

The Partnership Team are also looking for volunteers who may want to assist with this session or start a new walk – to be a walk leader. You will need to complete some training. For details of the next course below:

The next Ramblers Wellbeing Walks Sandwell Stride Walk Leader training course is on Wednesday, 20 October, 10.00 am – 1.00 pm on MS Teams.

There are several pre-learning requirements before doing the training.
Ramblers Wellbeing Walks Online Introduction (approx. 40 mins)
Walk Leadership Foundations e-learning (approx. 90 mins)
Shadow a Sandwell Stride Ramblers Wellbeing Walk

See link for a list of the Sandwell walks so you can find one to shadow that works best for you.

If you are interested in volunteering or the walk leader training, please contact Mandy Williams, Public Heath Development Officer, at mandy_williams@sandwell.gov.uk or call 07768 213211. Once registered, Mandy will arrange for you to have access to Assemble the Ramblers online volunteer portal so you can complete the online pre-course learning.

You may also be interested to know that there is a ‘Brunswick Buggies’ walk, every Friday morning from 10.30 am.

 


Sandwell Digital Donation

A new Sandwell partnership is urging local businesses to donate unwanted PCs, laptops and tablets to people in need.

Sandwell Digital Donation is a partnership between Sandwell Council, Black Country Housing Group and West Bromwich-based social enterprise Repc Ltd.

It is hoped the programme will help to narrow the ‘digital divide’: the gap between people in society who have full access to digital technologies and those who do not.

Read all about how you can get involved on the Think Sandwell website.


Job opportunities with The Wolves Foundation

Wolverhampton Wanderers Foundation is the official charity of Wolves FC. The Foundation delivers creative, innovative and diverse engagement initiatives using the power of Wolves to motivate, educate and inspire people in communities to improve life chances.

Wolves currently have seven vacancies for which they would like to invite applications:

Schools Educator – click here for job description

Closing date: Friday 1st October, 5pm

Health Officer – click here for job description

Closing date: Friday 1st October, 5pm

Health Activator – click here for job description

Closing date: Friday 1st October, 5pm

Health Administrator – click here for job description

Closing date: Friday 1st October, 5pm

Funding and Events Coordinator – click here for job description

Closing date: Friday 1st October, 5pm

Active Through Football Project Officer – click here for job description

Closing date: Friday 1st October, 5pm

For more details or for the application forms click here.

Please direct any questions to Laura Cowley, Governance & Compliance Manager, on 01902 828366 or email lauracowley@wolves.co.uk


Black Country Foodbank: 2021 Harvest Campaign

Harvest (September to the end of October) is one of the most important times of the year for Black Country Foodbank. It’s a good time to restock our shelves after the demands of the summer holidays. This year, in the wake of the Covid-19, your donations will be crucial.

Black Country Foodbank are thankful that many schools, faith groups, community groups and businesses donate vital food, toiletries and finances to help support food banks as they navigate new challenges and families manage increasing financial pressures.

The past year has been a real struggle for many families and the future looks just as problematic as benefits are about to be cut and furlough is reaching an end. The aftermath of the pandemic means that many families are in debt and are not sure where to turn. As they continue to help people get through these unexpected times, all the support is very much appreciated.

In 2020 they provided 440,000 meals with 110,000 being for children under the age of 14, with your support they can continue to provide for all those that need us.

Please see their website for school resources, shopping lists etc. If there is anything specific you’d like to know or to arrange a collection, then please get in touch using admin@blackcountryfoodbank.org.uk or 01384 671250.


New Inclusive Choir Launching in Sandwell

A choir without barriers, accessible to all young people, including those with severe and profound learning disabilities, launches this month in Sandwell.

Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) and national music education charity, Soundabout, will launch the new inclusive choir for children and young people of all abilities at Cradley Heath Community Centre. The choir is free to join and rehearsals are designed to help young people of all abilities share their voice.

The Sandwell group will be part of a wider musical community called the West Midlands Inclusive Choir, open to young people of all abilities up to the age of 25 and their families and carers. The choir will meet and sing together once a month at Cradley Heath Community Centre, and join the rest of the West Midlands Inclusive Choir online once a month.

There will be lots of opportunities to help choose songs, create your own music, and make new friends. You can also apply to be a volunteer at LetsGoSandwell and help run rehearsals with the West Midlands Inclusive Choir team.

Parking is available at the Community Centre. There is a ramp access and an accessible toilet.

For more information and to sign up, see here.


£1m in Funding for Community Organisations

It’s payment season at easyfundraising, which means good causes in our area are receiving a share of almost £1million in donations!

If your organisation isn’t a part of the easyfundraising community yet, give it a try; you have nothing to lose and a lot to gain. Each time your supporters (volunteers, staff, service users, etc.) shop online at over 5,900 leading retailers, your organisation will receive cashback donations at no extra cost.

Register to ensure your organisation is on the list to receive a share of donations next time by clicking here.


SLT On Road To Recovery After Weathering COVID Storm

Sandwell Leisure Trust (SLT) is heralding its latest independently verified success story of generating and delivering £16.5 million of social value* back to the borough.

In the last full operational year prior to the impact of COVID-19, the Black Country-based charity (which runs nine leisure facilities for Sandwell Council across the borough) achieved 16.1% local resident attendance figures. The national average is 15.9% – but with seven of its centres sitting in the top 50% of sites it places them all well above standard for the industry.

The Social Value report measures and benchmarks the contribution services make on improved health, improved subjective well-being, increased educational attainment and reduced crime – and is a key measure of how charitable and leisure operators contribute back to their local areas.

This positive news comes with SLT retaining all frontline staff as all nine centres have re-opened successfully following pandemic restrictions lifting, plus the Trust being given a clean bill of health by an independent Health & Safety advisor following no less than 46 separate inspections of their COVID-secure procedures prior to and during lockdown re-openings.

Click here to read the article in full.


Vodafone Launches Free Data Scheme

Vodafone has launched a free data scheme that registered charities can access to support their charities mobile connectivity. They are committed to bringing an end to digital poverty and ensuring nobody is left behind. With the help of charities, they can deliver connectivity to one million people by the end of 2022.

If you’re a registered charity that needs support for digital inclusion programmes, you can apply for free Vodafone SIMs, each loaded with 20GB data plus unlimited calls and texts to be used over 6 months. You can use these however you like – for example, to help stay in touch with service users, or deliver training to people in need.

To find out more or to apply click here.


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