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Become a Governor of Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (BCHFT)

Are you 16 years or over and live in either Sandwell, Wolverhampton, Dudley or Birmingham and the wider West Midlands? Are you passionate about the NHS and want to make a difference by helping shape the future of mental health, learning disability and children’s services?

If so, why not nominate yourself in this year’s governor elections to become a Governor of Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (BCHFT). As a Governor, you will sit on our Assembly of Governors and represent your own views and the views of local people, as well as have the opportunity to shape the future and delivery of services that better meet the needs of the people that we serve.

To be a governor, all you need to have is enthusiasm and commitment for the role and an interest in your local NHS services. Whilst the role of the governor is a voluntary one, you will receive on-going training and support to give you the confidence and skills as well as the right knowledge to enable you to take on this important role.

If this is an opportunity that you have been looking for, don’t delay in submitting your application online, from Wednesday 2 June.  Nominations close at 5 pm on Wednesday 30 June.

For more information about being a Governor, see how to apply, details of drop-in Zoom sessions, contacts and useful links, click here.

If you have any queries or would like to request a hard copy nomination form, contact Ciara Hutchinson at Civica Election Services on 020 8889 9203 at


New Outline Draft of the Charities Bill Released

The draft Charities Bill covers the meaning of charity and charitable purposes (Part 1), funding (Part 3), and the regulation of charities, including the Charity Commission, the Charity Appeal Tribunal, registration of charities, the application of property cy-preás, assistance and supervision of charities by court and commission, audit of accounts, charitable organisations, powers to spend capital and mergers (Part 2).

To read the Charities Bill in full click here. Alternatively, you can read the Charity Commissions five key changes summary by clicking here and what they would mean practically for charity trustees, and why the Charity Commission support them.

GOV.UK – Enabling Safe and Effective Volunteering During Coronavirus

GOV.UK  have created a guide that aims to help organisations and groups understand how to safely and effectively involve volunteers during the pandemic. 


The guide contains information on:

  • Who can volunteer
  • Business and venue closures
  • Volunteering in groups and around others
  • Travelling to volunteer or while volunteering
  • Face coverings
  • Volunteers eligible for vaccines
  • Coronavirus testing for volunteers
  • Ensuring volunteers and their workplaces are safe
  • Safeguarding volunteers
  • Insurance and volunteers
  • Volunteers who claim benefits or who are ‘furloughed’
  • Involving volunteers in mutual aid groups and community support groups
  • Local information and resources

To view and read the guide click here.

Organising Events in 2021?

As the roadmap for easing lockdown continues and activities re-start, it’s important to make sure your events are planned and managed safely. This new free guide from Zurich Insurance is aimed at charities, not-for-profits and local councils.

Find out what new considerations you should make to help protect against the additional risk of COVID-19, by download Zurich’s free guide by clicking here.

An Introduction to Charities

Step into the world of charities for Small Charity Week 2021. Learn more about how they work, how they are run and how they are regulated.

Dudley CVS and SCVO are offering a brief introduction to the world of charities for anyone from Dudley or Sandwell boroughs who would like to learn more. The session is being held on Monday 14th June 2021, 2pm via a Zoom Conference Call.

This informal session will be particularly useful for people who:

  • Are involved in a community group that is exploring charity status
  • Are new to the charity sector
  • Would like to understand how charities are run
  • Would like to know what’s involved in being part of a charity
  • Wants to know how charities are regulated
  • Wants to find local charities to support

This will be your chance to get information from staff at Dudley CVS and SCVO, which are charities themselves, ask questions and make connections.

The virtual session will be held on Zoom. Please register so that you can receive the link to access the session by clicking here.

Working from home: hybrid working

Over the past 14 months many third sector workers have been, and still are, working from home. Mixing home and office working has many benefits.  

However, charities around the UK are looking forward to welcoming staff back into their offices as restrictions are slowly lifted. After the enforced changes in working practices, things are unlikely to return to the way they were before the pandemic for a long time, if ever.

Read the full article on hybrid working by Digital Charity here.

West Midlands Police and Crime Panel seeks Independent Panel Member

The West Midlands Police and Crime Panel are looking for a community-minded individual to become a member. You will act as an independent voice, sitting alongside Councillors from the seven local councils in the West Midlands area, to scrutinise the work of the elected Police and Crime Commissioner.

The West Midlands has recently elected a new Police and Crime Commissioner whose job it is to make sure West Midlands Police is run effectively and community needs are met. They set the police budget and priorities and bring together community safety and criminal justice partners to fight crime and help victims.

The Panel is an independent body that publicly scrutinises the activities and priorities of the Commissioner – acting as a critical friend by providing both constructive challenge and support. The Panel is an integral part of the governance structures for policing by promoting open, accountable and transparent decision-making.

This is an exciting opportunity for a member of the public with community-based experience and an interest in policing, community safety and victim support, to apply their insight and skills to reviewing the strategic plans, budget and performance of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Term of appointment:
Fixed three-year term, starting in July 2021.

This is a voluntary role but travel and carers expenses can be claimed.

Induction and other appropriate training will be provided.

Time commitment:
Attendance at approximately six meetings a year plus preparation time. Meetings are usually held on Mondays 1 pm – 5 pm, across the West Midlands. Dates for the year are set in advance. More information about the Police and Crime Panel and the Independent Panel Member role is in our Recruitment Pack

See details on how to apply at  Applications forms should be returned to

The closing date for applications is 6 June 2021. Interviews will be week commencing 28 June 2021. The first Panel meeting will be on 12 July 2021.

For informal inquiries please contact the Panel Officer on email at

Applicants must be over 18 and live or work in the West Midlands. Please see full eligibility criteria in the recruitment pack. The Panel welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, including those with caring responsibilities.


Digital Skills Audits – Tools, Capacity and Resources Moving Forward

Charities during the pandemic have had to adapt quickly with many volunteers and employees having to learn digital skills as they go. It is therefore essential moving forward that charities undertake a digital skills audit to identify training needs as well as their strengths and weaknesses in improving their digital capabilities.

Charities are rapidly improving their use of digital tools and resources across their organisation, from fundraising to service delivery. But a lack of digital skills is still a major barrier to many charities fulfilling their full potential, according to the latest evidence.

What is a digital skills audit?

A digital skills audit – audits the digital skills within an organisation. Carrying out an audit highlights where there are shortages and uses analysis and evaluation to identify any weaknesses.

Data from the audit can be used to plan training and prioritise areas where digital skills are needed swiftly. A digital skills audit can also highlight strengths that charity leaders did not even know existed within the organisation.

For more information on a digital skills audit and how your organisation might conduct one see Charity Digital News article on the subject by clicking here.

Source: Charity Digital News

Introduction to Business Plans Free Webinar

Business planning has never been more important than now, for organisations wishing to navigate around the challenges of the pandemic. A well written business plan will support clear goal setting and provide a road map moving forward ensuring continuity of service at a time when it matters the most.

SCVO’s informative and free webinar will provide a basic understanding of how to develop a business plan that will work for you! Taking place on Thursday 20th May 2021, 10am – 12pm via a Zoom Conference Call.

The aims of the webinar are:

• To define what a business plan is.
• To explain the purpose of having a business plan and the different uses.
• To provide a better understanding of what should be included in a business plan.
• Resources, hints and tips.

There is a maximum of 30 places available for this virtual webinar. All places must be booked through Eventbrite by clicking here. Once you have registered to attend the webinar we will email you with joining instructions nearer the time of the webinar.

Why not go to our website at to subscribe to our free weekly e-bulletin, so you get e-updates automatically on SCVO webinars and training opportunities straight to your inbox. We’ll be announcing further funding and training webinars via our e-bulletin in coming months such as Introduction to Business Planning Webinar so be sure to subscribe or you risk missing out!

A Guide to Digitally Storing Documents

Charity Digital news explains that there are many reasons to store paper documents at your charity’s offices or an external storage facility and  help you to review some of the best methods for digitally storing documents and provide some tips for streamlining the process.

There are many reasons why you need to keep documents for instance HMRC requires you to keep legal and financial documentation, such as invoices, contracts, and bank statements, for six years. If you offer a service that requires you to keep medical records, best practice is to retain them for ten years after the last patient interaction. You may also have documents that relate to donors, service users, volunteers, or research grant recipients that need to be stored safely.

The reasons to go paperless are compelling: costs are lower, security is greater, and any action to reduce the environmental impact of our organisations has become a moral imperative.

To read the article in full click here.

Source: Charity Digital News

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