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Going Green – Multistory New Podcast Training Course

Are you from, or connected to, Sandwell or the Black Country and want to learn how to make your own podcast and tell the stories that matter to you.

Multistory is offering a free 12-week course where you can learn about podcasting including research, how to create a story, post-production and marketing.  There are 10 places available and the podcast training will take place between the end of November 2022 and March 2023, with a break for Christmas.

No previous experience necessary.

All expressions of interest must be submitted by 10 am on Monday, 31st October 2022.

Click this link for further information about the course and to register your interest.



Trustee Chat

SCVO and Dudley CVS  are jointly hosting Trustee Chat an informal session for charity trustees to connect and talk about what matters to them, at 7 pm on Tuesday, 8th November 2022 on Zoom.

The agenda will be open, allowing participants to ask questions, share their experiences and get support with anything to do with being a charity trustee, whatever their current level of experience is. Staff from Dudley CVS and SCVO will be on hand to share their knowledge and offer encouragement and guidance to help run your charity.

The session is particularly aimed at anyone in Dudley or Sandwell boroughs who:

  • Is interested in learning more about being a charity trustee before they become one
  • Is a new trustee
  • Has experience of being a charity trustee that they’d like to share or would like to improve their knowledge
  • Would like to find out about organisations in their areas that might be looking for charity trustees
  • Represent a charity that has trustee vacancies

This virtual session will be held on Zoom. Please register your place to ensure that you are sent joining instructions by clicking here.

New Free Safeguarding Guide

What should you include in your charity’s safeguarding policies and procedures?

Any organisation with safeguarding responsibilities has a duty to put in place appropriate policies and procedures to protect vulnerable people from harm.

Zurich Insurance have produced a detailed guide, which explains many of the key considerations when creating safeguarding policies and procedures.

Click here to go to Zurich Insurance website to download the guide.


Wanted: Research and Evaluation Partner for the Voluntary and Community Sector

NHS England Voluntary Partnerships Team are seeking to commission a research and evaluation partner to undertake work to establish and develop an evidence repository to understand existing activity taking place within ICSs.

The repository will focus on impact and explore current barriers to embedding existing evidence into decision making and build upon this to develop a VCSE Impact Framework.

NHS England (NHSE) is working to facilitate and embed effective partnership working between the VCSE sector and ICSs. The NHSE Integrated Care Systems: design framework states: “The VCSE sector is a vital cornerstone of a progressive health and care system. ICSs should ensure their governance and decision-making arrangements support close working with the sector as a strategic partner in shaping, improving and delivering services and developing and delivering plans to tackle the wider determinants of health.

This work will be a part of the current Embedding the VCSE in ICS national programme which strengthens system level VCSE alliance and building on programme learning.

Within this work there are a number of elements to be included:

  1. Desk research to gather existing information and evidence in this area, to build on existing knowledge (bringing the lens of ICS establishment) to inform the development of the work.
  2. Connecting with systems currently undertaking work in this area (6 – 8 systems that NHSE will make introductions to).
  3. Co-development of a VCSE Impact Framework (that connects to existing tools and resources, where appropriate, NHSE will share these) to support and enable the VCSE sector to evidence the impact they have on people and communities and NHS services.
  4. information sessions over the lifetime of the work for all 42 ICSs taking part in the Embedding the VCSE in ICSs Programme to update them on the work and present the VCSE Impact Framework.

Please see links below for more information and how to apply: CF-10270 – Embedding the VCSE & ICS’s Impact Project

To register as a supplier and find out more information please use this link:  Contract Finder –

Once registered as a supplier use this link: Atamis –

Closing date: Monday 12th September 2022

Estimated Contract Commencement date: Monday 26th September 2022.

Have your say on the draft Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy for Black Country Integrated Care System

The Black Country Integrated Care System has commissioned an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy for all the organisations in the Integrated Care System. To help with the development of the Strategy, it is important to understand the views and experiences of the employees of the organisations that comprise the Integrated Care System.

An engagement exercise was held between February and March 2022. The feedback from that engagement was then used to inform the development of the Draft Strategy. The Black Country Integrated Care System would now like your views on the Draft Strategy to ensure they are on the right track. View the Draft Strategy or view the Summary.

If you have not already done so, share your views by completing the online survey that captures your views on the Draft Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy. The survey closes on Wednesday 24 August.

Focus groups. There will also be a series of one-hour virtual focus group sessions in August 2022, where you can find out more about the development of the Strategy and share your views on the Draft Strategy. Find out more and register for a place at one of these focus groups using this online form.

Additionally, if you would be able to support BCICS in arranging and hosting a focus group with eight to 10 members of staff from your organisation, please email



Free Introduction to Project Planning Online Session

No matter how big or small your community group is, project planning should be at the heart of your thought process, enabling you to effectively design, development and delivery your project. During SCVO’s online session, you’ll learn project planning techniques, principles and methods to support the creation of projects that run smoothly and more effectively.

Our informative and free session will be held on Thursday 22 September 10am till 12.30pm via a Zoom Conference Call.

The aims of the session are:

  • To define what project planning is and discover why it’s an important tool when considering or designing a new project or idea,
  • To enable you to explore the steps involved in creating a useful project plan, sequencing of activities, utilising resources and minimising risks.
  • To provide you with project planning tools and resources together with practical hints and tips to help you plan your projects in more detail.

Regardless of the size or scope of your project, these project planning skills and resources will equip you with the necessary tools your organisation needs to manage all kinds of projects.

There is a maximum of 30 places available for this online session. All places must be booked through Eventbrite by clicking here. Please note, an email invitation to join the online session will be send out by SCVO in advance and prior to its commencement.

If you are having trouble booking onto the session via Eventbrite, please email Libby our Small Groups Development Officer at with your details and she’ll book you onto the session.

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.

What to Consider When Buying Insurance for Small Charities

As a trustee of a small charity, one of your duties is to protect your charity and its assets and resources. Buying insurance is one of the ways that you can help fulfil this responsibility.

If you’re confused about what insurance cover you need for your charity, check out this article from Zurich Insurance. Using clear and simple terms, it explains about the different types of cover and answers some frequently asked questions. What to consider when buying insurance for small charities.

The government website also provides helpful guidance – click here.

Developing a Fundraising Plan Post-Pandemic

The pandemic has wreaked havoc on most charities’ fundraising plans, and many charities were struggling to maintain stability even before this. Small charity fundraisers have told FSI they feel like they have been in firefighting mode following the pandemic. Now is the time to take a step back, review and develop your fundraising plans for the future.

Here are their tips:

1. Start by reviewing what has happened over the last 18 months.

What worked well for you? What didn’t work – and what could you learn from that, to inform your future fundraising plans? Also think about how your organisation adapted and served its community, and how you can share that with your supporters. A SWOT analysis, which looks at your fundraising strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats can help you to reflect and analyse both internal and external factors that can help or hinder your fundraising.

2. Look outside too.

What have other charities done, what interesting trends or innovations can you adapt for your own organisation? One of our members attended an FSI networking event a few years ago where she heard a speaker from Meningitis Now talking about their virtual fundraising events – something very new at the time! She came back to her charity excited about testing this with their supporters – so when lockdown came along two years later they already had a tried and tested product that continued to provide a vital source of income when all other events were on hold. Be open to new ideas and learning from others.

To read the full article click here.

Small Office for Hire 

Greets Green Community Enterprise have a small office which it would like to offer for rent at a reasonable rate.  The office would be ideal for a small charity or not for profit organisation and is based at The Business Centre, 157 Wood Lane, Greets Green, West Bromwich B70 9PT. 

The office comes with a shared kitchen (kettle, microwave, toaster etc) and toilet facilities.

Meeting rooms, training provision and access to an IT suite are also available on site, for an additional charge.

The Business Centre is in a great location, near local bus routes, tram stops and not too far away from the Black Country route and motorway network.

Parking is available on site, together with ample street parking

For more information about this great opportunity call 0121 525 2772 and ask for Wendy OR email


How Charities are reaching new audiences through Tik Tok

Thinking about creating a Tik Tok account for your charity? In her article, Third Sector reporter, Sam Wait, shows examples of how charities are using TikTok to reach new audiences.

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