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Adult Social Care Commissioning Event

post - Office Furniture - ChairsThe passing of the Care Act heralds a long-anticipated modernisation of social care for vulnerable people, and has been in force since 1 April 2015. It has brought new duties for local authorities and new rights for service users and carers; along with new opportunities for providers.

The session will outline the information, advice, guidance, and advocacy requirements of the Act and examine the challenges and gaps, establishing what this means for Sandwell. Attendees will also learn about the commissioning intentions for 2015-2017.  The session will take place at Sandwell Council House (Chamber and Annexes) on Friday 15 May 2015, 9.00am to 1.00pm.

The key speakers and topics will be:
Frankie Higgins (Commissioning Manager) – Information, advice and guidance
Beverley Stevens (Commissioner) – Advocacy
Sam Hay (Commissioning Manager) – Commissioning intentions

Interactive group workshops will then be facilitated by the Adult Social Care Commissioning team. Along with presentations and workshops there will be a question and answer session concerning key issues and queries and a chance to meet the Adult Social Care Commissioning Team and Senior Staff.

This will be a target audience event aimed at key statutory and voluntary sector stakeholders who are able to influence their organisation at a senior level. Spaces are limited to two people per organisation. To reserve your place for the event, please send your request to by 8 May 2015. If the event is substantially oversubscribed a reserve list will form the basis of running the session again.

People’s Orchestra in Tune for 3rd Birthday

post - people's orchestra logoThe People’s Orchestra celebrates its third birthday in style with a concert at West Bromwich Town Hall.  The concert on Sunday 19 April will feature music voted for by the public. Tickets cost £10 for adults, £7 with concessions and £5 for under-16s.

The group, which uses the town hall as its base, gives musicians across the region the chance to be a part of an orchestra.

Backed by an Arts Council grant, it’s made up of experienced musicians who don’t have the time or desire to commit to joining a professional orchestra.  For more information please view

Nominations for the Community Inspiration Awards 2015

Community FoundationNominations for the Community Inspiration Awards 2015 are now open.   Last year hundreds of applications were received from very high achieving individuals from the community, public sector organisations and businesses.  Judges shortlisted 51 nominations as finalists for the awards, of whom 16 people were honoured with an award.  Awards were presented to the winners by a number of MPs, MEPs, Chief Fire Officer from West Midlands Fire Service, Chief Constable for West Midlands Police and many more high profile VIPs.

The Community Inspiration Awards have been organised by the Community Foundation, to recognise outstanding contributions made by staff from public sector organisations and members of the community, whose efforts have made a positive difference in the community and have inspired and motivated others.

This year’s Community Inspiration Awards will be held in June 2015 where a panel of esteemed judges will announce the winners.  Like previous years, awards will be presented by various dignitaries, including leading businessmen and women, chief officers from public sector organisations, senior government officers, and  Members of Parliament and European Parliament.

With 18 award categories to choose from, you can nominate someone who you think deserves an award or submit a self-nomination application, with the support of an independent verifier (basically, someone who can vouch for your good work!)

Please view for further information and also to download the Nomination Form. The closing date for nomination is Sunday 26th April 2015.

Completed applications should be sent before the deadline to:

Or posted to: Community Foundation, 20 St Silas Square, Lozells, Birmingham B19 1QW

For further information contact us: or telephone 0121 238 3282 ext 4

2014 Annual Meet the Funder Event Update

Funding & Finance - FundingFollowing on from last year’s hugely successful Meet the Funder Event, SCVO and Sandwell Council’s External Funding Team are making this year’s event even bigger and better with more Local & National Funders, more workshops, a bigger and more interactive market place and Key Note Speakers.

With Presentations and Workshops including:

• Heritage Lottery Fund – Small Grants, Big Ones & WW1
• Children in need
• BIG Lottery Fund – Reaching Communities Programme
• Small & Large Grants
• Sports England
• Barrow Cadbury
• Black Country Near Neighbours
• Gift Aid Workshop
• Social Media Workshop with Podnosh
• Creative Black Country
• Legacies Workshop

This year we will also be running a number practical workshops for groups who may be considering applying to the Reaching Communities Programme or Children in Need, going through the relative application forms in detail to give groups the best opportunity to make successful applications

The cost of the event will be £15 if your organisational income is under £15,000 per year, however; we do have a number of free places, these are initially limited to the first 100 small organisations that book through Eventbrite. (These places are funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, SMBC & Walsall Council). If your organisation income is over £15,000 per year the cost is £25 (This is an advance booking discount for any reservations made before the event).

If you wish to book on this event, please use Eventbrite for all bookings, if for any reason you cannot book through Eventbrite, please send your details to

This year’s highlights include:

We are delighted to offer a Social Media Surgery with Podnosh:
Do you have any burning questions about social media? Don’t know your tweets from your Facebook or how they even apply to you? bring your questions to the Social Media learning zone and ask the Surgeons at our Social Media Surgery

Interested in applying to reaching Communities?
Thinking about applying to Reaching Communities but have no idea where to start? Have you previously applied and were turned down? This year we are concentrating on the First Stage of application form, going through the questions and detailing the kind of information you need to be putting in your application form.

Further workshops are still being booked, please keep a look out for further details. Follow us on Twitter @SCVOSandwell in the run up to the event and on the day

Consultation on Sandwell Council’s Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme

Sandwell CouncilOn the 30 July 2014, following a Judicial Review Hearing, a Judge ruled the 2-year residency requirement in Sandwell’s Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme to be unlawful.  As a result of this ruling, Sandwell Council needs to review its scheme for next year (2015/16).

Consultation on the proposals for the 2015/16 scheme has now commenced and as your feedback is very important to the Council they would like to invite you to attend a stakeholder event.  At this event, the Council will provide you with an update on proposals being considered and give you the opportunity to feedback your views and ask any questions.

Engagement Events are being held on 17 October from 1.00pm – 4.00pm and 20 October from 1.00pm – 4.00pm both at The Town Hall, West Bromwich, B70 8DT.

To confirm the date you would like to attend or if you would like any more information about the event, please contact the Council’s Stakeholder Relations Officer, Oliver Wright on 07779317351 or e-mail no later than 10 October 2014.


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