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Simple as ABCD!

If you’re passionate about helping to develop your local community, pop in to one of the upcoming meetings hosted by Sandwell Council and Sandwell Churches Link.

A series of friendly, practical workshops have been organised across the borough to introduce the idea of Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD).

Asset Based Community Development is a local, ‘grass roots’ approach to strengthening communities.

Through a process of recognising, identifying and harnessing existing ‘assets’ that individuals and communities have – things like skills, knowledge, capacity, resources, experience or enthusiasm for example – ABCD aims to help strengthen and improve things locally.

Instead of looking at what a community needs or lacks, the approach focuses on best using the ‘assets’ that are already there.

The workshops are a chance to learn more about ABCD, and network and chat about what it would look like to work together in your area. Representatives from any sector are welcome.

Workshops will take place at:
Holy Trinity Church, Smethwick
Sandwell College Arts Café
Friar Park Millennium Centre
The Oak Tree Centre, Oldbury
Cradley Heath Community Centre
St Mark’s, Ocker Hill

Find out more, and how to book HERE

VCSE Leadership Alliance Co-design Workshop: 27th September 2021

The Black Country and West Birmingham Healthier Futures Partnership is helping to facilitate a voice for the Black Country and West Birmingham VCSE, through the Leadership Alliance Co-design Workshop on 27th September 2021, from 12.25 pm to 2.30 pm,

The workshop, replaces that which should have taken place on 13th September.
The Healthier Futures Partnership want to begin unpicking how the 4,000 VCSE’s in the Black Country and West Birmingham feel engaged, and find out how they are able to participate, influence and contribute according to their capacity and appetite. From those who operate at grassroots/neighbourhood level, to those who have a footprint across the whole of the Black Country and West Birmingham.

Don’t worry if you didn’t make it to the first Co-design Workshop in July. Your voice and opinion matter and the Partnership want you to be a part of the Alliance co-design journey for as much or as little as you can.

If you’re keen to learn more or help shape plans for a VCSE leadership Alliance, then register your attendance for the second workshop on 27th September, here.

Email if you have any questions, if you would like help with the registration process or if you have any accessibility requirements in order to participate in the workshop.


Things to Consider When Managing Fundraising Risks

UK Fundraising, in their article, explain what their 10 key fundraising risks are and what trustees can do to mitigate against them. As trustees know fundraising can be a risky business and it is important for organisations be aware of whet theses are and take the necessary actions.

The risks they discuss include:

  1. Lack of a robust fundraising strategy – so that fundraising is conducted ad hoc with no real targeting of investment in the most promising areas. The answer here is to develop and maintain a costed fundraising strategy, linked to your organisational business plan, that focus on the future growth areas you have identified as your best future opportunities.
  2. Over reliance on a few income sources – such as too much funding from statutory sources. The answer to this is diversification, which can take time but is usually possible and makes your organisation more sustainable. The risks of not diversifying are financial decline and even organisational closure.
  3. High staff turnover – This can be very damaging for your income, as new staff take time to learn about the organisation and possibly to develop their skills. Departing staff can also take their contacts with them. If your organisation is affected, find out why people are leaving and seek to win greater loyalty – it will pay for itself in the long run. If you have an effective fundraising team, try to keep them at all costs.
  4. Compliance issues – In recent years especially, data protection has been a major hygiene factor for fundraising charities, so it is imperative to have someone who understands your obligations in handling personal data – GDPR is here to stay, Brexit or no Brexit. Other compliance risks include late filing with the Charity Commission, which funders will notice, so ensure your finance team is on track to file on time.

To read the full article click here.


The Governance App

The Directory of Social Change and partners have developed the Governance App – a new, free and easy way for your Board of trustees to review and improve their governance, together.

The App enables you to:

  • Gather responses from your whole board
  • Get a performance score out of ten in seven different areas
  • Highlight where board members have different views on performance
  • Have targeted discussions about what’s going well and where to focus on improving

If you’re looking to review your governance but don’t quite know where to start, can’t afford the time or expense of a consultant or facilitator and want an easy way to involve your whole board in the process then this App may be the solution for your organisation.

Click here to sign up for free and get started.


Participation and Engagement Model for Sandwell (Workshop 1): 9th September 2021

As many of you may be aware, there are lots of changes happening within health and social care locally and the NHS Black Country and West Birmingham CCG is looking to review its engagement model, and work towards developing a more collaborative, place-based engagement approach, that strengthens the voices of patients, citizens, partners and other stakeholders, and involves them in the process of shaping it.

The CCG are therefore looking to establish new ways of working and co-produce a participation and engagement model for the future, specifically designed for Sandwell. To start the process, they would like to invite you to the first of a series of workshops on:

Date: Thursday 9 September 2021
Time: 2.30 pm – 4.30 pm
Place: Online via Zoom

The aim is to bring together all stakeholders to discuss how they will co-produce the strategy for engagement going forward. They are hoping to involve a mixture of individuals and organisations, and colleagues from the voluntary, community and faith based sector, partners, service providers (clinical and non-clinical), patients, and informed community members.

To book your place
Please register through Eventbrite. You will then be able to access the online joining instructions for the event, which we will also email to booked attendees nearer to the time. Alternatively, if you are unable to access Eventbrite please email or telephone 0121 612 1447 to secure your place, and to advise of any special requirements.

Do you have an interest in Facilitating a small group?
If you or anyone else in your network would be interested in attending or assisting as a facilitator, please get in contact with the Engagement Team on or telephone 0121 612 1447.

Should you have any problems with either getting online or participating online please contact the Engagement Team to discuss ways in which they might be able to support you.


Chair and Trustees sought for Board

A registered Sandwell charity is looking to recruit Trustees and new Chair of Board. The established social care provider cares for approximately 600 vulnerable adults providing the following care services:

• Residential care for older people with dementia
• Residential care for older people with dementia
• Respite care for adults with learning disabilities
• Day care for adults with learning disabilities.

The charity is looking to supplement its existing Board in preparation for the next phase of their development and are seeking to recruit people with experience in one of more of the following areas:

• Financial management
• HR management
• Regulatory experience or operational experience within a successful social care setting
• Social housing management.

If you feel that you have the requisite experience to become a member of the board, and wish to express your interest, please contact Andrew Coley, Financial Director on 0121 500 1253.

The organisation is also looking for a new Chair of the Board, so please indicate, when expressing an interest, if you wish to take on this additional responsibility.



A Tool for Leaders – Developing a Positive Safeguarding Culture

Bond have created a discussion-based tool to support leaders of organisations to understand what a positive safeguarding culture looks like.

Bond explain that with recent failures in safeguarding in the international development and humanitarian sector it has shown that organisations cannot deliver good safeguarding practice without a healthy safeguarding culture.

Their discussion-based tool kit aims to support leaders of organisations to understand what a positive safeguarding culture looks like. It will help leaders to assess their organisational culture in relation to safeguarding and develop clear actions to help prevent all types of harm, including sexual exploitation, abuse and sexual harassment (SEAH).

Find out more about the tool by clicking here.


Setting Up a Committee for Your Non-profit Group

When running a community group, club or charity, it is good practice to make sure a formal management committee is in place, even if your organisation or project, is too small to register as a charity.

This new post from Zurich Insurance shares some useful tips and resources about setting up a committee.

If you are a Sandwell based organisation, don’t forget you can access free support from SCVO to help you get started and to consider what options are available by emailing or calling us on 0121 5251127.

Source: Zurich

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.

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.

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