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Do you support children and young people? – There’s still time to tell us what you do

Thank you to those who have already completed our short survey, ‘Do you support children, young people and families in Sandwell’. For those that haven’t got round to it yet, you still have a few days to get your views across to us. A few minutes of your time could make a big difference to the way we work with and support children and families in the future. The survey close at 5 pm, on Monday 8 March 2021.

Sandwell Early Help Partnership – comprising of many local agencies, community organisations, schools, health partners, police and fire services, Sandwell Council and Sandwell Children’s Trust – is currently reviewing and reflecting on how we all work together to support children and families in Sandwell.

If you support or work with children, young people or families in the borough – in whatever capacity, from sports to leisure, skills development, advice, wellbeing support or more specialist interventions – then we would love to hear from you on what you think would make a greater difference in our partnership working in the coming years.

Complete the short survey here

Feedback will help to shape a new Early Help Strategy for Sandwell, to be launched this Spring 2021, to ensure we can all play our part giving families the support at the right time for a better now, and a better future.

The information shared will be kept strictly confidential to SCVO (who are running the survey). Only summary findings will be shared with partners to inform our strategy discussions.

For further information on the Sandwell Early Help Partnership or if you have any questions about this survey please do get in touch with Angel on 07587 136072 or earlyhelp@scvo.info.

 


Virtual Meet The Funder: easyfundraising

SCVO are pleased to announce easyfundraising’s Partnerships Manager, Becky Coleman will be coming to explain how changing your organisations and networks online shopping habits can support your fundraising goals.

easyfundraising is the UK’s biggest charity shopping site, it is simple and free to use! Since 2005 they have helped thousands of good causes turn everyday shopping into free donations.

Our webinar is being held on Tuesday 13th April 2021, 10am till 11.30am via a Zoom Conference Call. Places on our webinar are limited to 30 people so booking is essential via Eventbrite – click here.

Once you have registered to attend our webinar we will email you with joining instructions nearer the time.

So How does easyfundrasing work?
It’s a very simple idea – register your organisation as a good cause with easyfundraising and you will be able to collect free donations when anyone connected to the organisation shops online with 4300 well known retailers including Amazon, eBay, Argos, John Lewis, Trainline, Booking.com, Currys, Aviva and Waitrose and Direct Line

It’s free to register and use. With many more people shopping online these days and traditional face to face fundraising methods on hold, this is an easy way for your volunteers and supporters to raise money for your organisation safely from home through their normal online shopping.

easyfundraising has enabled good causes to raise £34m to date, including £4m in 2020 alone. Your organisation does not need to be a registered charity to use easyfundraising and it is open to voluntary organisations of all shape and size.

What are the benefits?

  • Free to register and use
  • Regular, on-going revenue stream for your organisation
  • Easy to set up and requires minimal management

Getting started

All you need to do is create an easyfundraising page for your organisation. It’s free and quick to set up and requires very little ongoing management. You can set up your page here.

If you have questions and would like to speak to someone before signing up, please contact becky@easyfundraising.org.uk who will be happy to help you.

 


FREE Funding for Your Organisation!

SCVO is now working with fundraising website easyfundraising to provide voluntary organisations in the region with a source of free funding. While traditional face to face fundraising is on hold, we think this offers a good online alternative and it’s free too.

As part of our aim to provide funding support to voluntary groups and charities in these difficult times, SCVO are now working in collaboration with fundraising website easyfundraising to help your organisation generate additional income. Click here for frequently asked questions.

How easyfundraising can help your organisation

easyfundraising turns the everyday online shopping of your staff, members, volunteers and supporters into funds for your organisation. When they use the easyfundraising website or app to shop with leading retailers, the retailer sends your organisation a free donation at no additional cost.

It’s free to register and use. With many more people shopping online these days and traditional face to face fundraising methods on hold, this is an easy way for your volunteers and supporters to raise money for your organisation safely from home through their normal online shopping.

There are over 4300 retailers involved including Amazon, eBay, Argos, John Lewis, Trainline, Booking.com, Currys, Aviva, M&S, Viking, Waitrose and Direct Line. It means that no matter what your supporters are buying online, they can earn free donations. They can even raise money for you when they buy their Friday night takeaway from Just Eat.

easyfundraising has enabled good causes to raise £34m to date, including £4m in 2020 alone. Your organisation does not need to be a registered charity to use easyfundraising and it is open to voluntary organisations of all shape and size.

Getting started

All you need to do is create an easyfundraising page for your organisation. It’s free and quick to set up and requires very little ongoing management.

Once you’ve set it up, you’ll get support from easyfundraising to help you get the message out to your supporters, and you can also book a free advice call with one of the Fundraising Coaches.

What do other organisations think?

“Having such a simple and effective way of fundraising has been a big boost to our Centennial project; to place a defibrillator in each of Stoke’s six towns.” Bill, Stoke on Trent Lions.

“I cannot help but recommend it to all charitable organisations. It is such an easy way to raise funds. We have raised over £800. Register and start benefitting.” Derek, Treasurer, RPSB, Macclesfield Local Group.

“We would highly recommend it. It’s fantastic that supporters can help make a significant difference to people’s lives simply by doing online shopping.” Just Caring Midlands

About easyfundraising

A member of the Institute of Fundraising, easyfundraising has helped UK good causes raise over £34m to date. Founded in 2007 by Walsall based businessman Ian Woodroffe, easyfundraising is still proudly Midlands based, with offices in Lichfield.

Click here to get started!

Save the date!

SCVO in partnership with easyfundraising will be running a Virtual Meet the Funder Webinar on Tuesday 13th April 2021, 10am-11.30am via a Zoom Conference Call. Sign up to our e-bulletin at www.scvo.info to ensure you don’t miss out when the booking goes live.


Trustee Chat: An invitation to talk trustees and their role with Dudley CVS and SCVO

Dudley CVS and SCVO (Sandwell) are jointly hosting an informal session for people to learn more about charity trustees and their role, share their experiences and get support.

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.

When: 23 February 2021 at 10:00am until 23 February 2021 at 12:00pm
Where: Virtual meeting taking place on a Zoom Conference Call


Call to Promote Take-up of Covid-19 Vaccinations

Work is now underway to deliver Covid-19 vaccinations across the country in what is being called the biggest immunisation programme in history. Staff and volunteers from the NHS, local authority and voluntary sector are all involved in a combined effort to bring closer the end of the current pandemic through protecting our population from the virus. A call is now going out across Sandwell to ensure that every person in our borough has the opportunity to benefit from this vaccination.

We know from experience that take up of seasonal flu vaccinations in Sandwell is often lower than other areas and that several challenges get in the way of residents accessing vaccinations. We also know that our local Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) is excellently placed to help with the vaccination effort – in fact, the involvement of VCS organisations will be absolutely essential to ensuring that everyone in Sandwell understands the opportunity that vaccination presents and can take up the offer.

SCVO, Sandwell Council and Sandwell Public Health would like to support your VCS organisation to get involved. We know many community groups and voluntary organisations are already doing what they can to encourage, inform and support residents accessing vaccinations and others are making plans to do so. We are particularly looking to engage our faith and community leaders, who are able to reach those in our communities who are more vulnerable to Covid-19.

Activities vary widely, but can include:-
• Proactive calling or writing to service users or local community members encouraging take-up of the vaccine, or doing this in the course of current activities
• Culturally appropriate messaging or sharing information about vaccinations in different languages
• Practical help to support people accessing the vaccination programme
• Focus groups and consultation with the communities to ensure that issues and fears about the vaccine or Covid-19 can be fed back.

To ensure no residents are missed out, we are looking to form an accurate picture of what VCS organisations across Sandwell are doing, or are planning to do, to support vaccination take-up. Consequently, SCVO would appreciate hearing from you about your activities – specifically what you are doing/ have done, how many people will be/ have been reached, and who your target audience is. Please email us your information at support@scvo.info.

To support this, a new strand of the current Vision 2030 grants programme has been created which will enable applications to be made for small grants which can meet expenses (which are not already being met by existing funding) for future planned activities. For further information, please contact Liz Webster at grants@scvo.info / 07923 259821. You can view the programme Guidance Notes HERE.

Sandwell Public Health team remain on hand as ever also to support with information, guidance and resources for your organisation, staff and volunteers. Please contact Katie Deeley at Katie_Deeley@sandwell.gov.uk for further information.

 


FREE – Introduction to Basic Risk Management Webinar

In SCVO’s Virtual ‘Introduction to Risk Management Webinar’ we will explore some of the basic risks to an organisation together with potential consequences and what actions can be implemented.

The free webinar will take place via a Zoom Conference Call on Thursday 15th April 2021, 10am – 12pm.

This virtual webinar is aimed at those community, voluntary and social enterprise organisations, seeking to increase their understanding of basic organisational and functional risks within an organisation and contributing factors that should be considered when developing risk assessments.

The webinar aims to:

  • To provide a better understanding of why diversifying your income could increase your organisational sustainability.
  • To reflect and consider your own organisations income streams.
  • To explore some of the different approaches to attracting income or support into your organisation.
  • To explore some of the advantages and disadvantages of these approaches.
  • 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 www.scvo.info 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!


FREE – Diversifying Your Income Webinar

There has never been a more important time than now to consider and review your organisations income sources, as traditional approaches become increasingly more competitive and challenging to achieve. The pandemic has only served to intensify the necessity for an organisation to continue to be adaptive and flexible if they are to increase their sustainability goals moving forward.

In SCVO’s Virtual ‘Diversifying Your Income Webinar’ we will explore some of the different approaches to attracting funding into an organisation from them to consider moving forward. The free webinar will take place via a Zoom Conference Call on Thursday 11th March 2021, 10am – 12pm.

This virtual webinar is aimed at those community, voluntary and social enterprise organisations, seeking to strengthen and increase their sustainability by exploring different approaches to fundraising and attracting investment.

The webinar aims to:

  • provide a better understanding of why diversifying your income could increase your organisational sustainability;
  • explore some of the different approaches to attracting income or support into your organisation;
  • explore some of the advantages and disadvantages of these approaches and
  • provide practical 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.

Save the Date!

SCVO will also be running a FREE webinar on An Introduction to Risk Management being held on Thursday 15th April 2021, 10am via a Zoom Conference Call. Avoid disappointment and subscribe to our free weekly e-bulletin at www.scvo.info, to ensure you are one of the first to know about other webinars, Meet the Funders and so much more.


SCVO’s Christmas Office Closure

Please be advised that SCVO’s offices will be closed from Monday 21st December 2020 to Friday 1st January 2021.

The office will re-open on Monday 4th January 2021.

We’d like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 


Introducing Sandwell Volunteer Coordinators’ Forum

Recruiting, training and managing volunteers is a hugely rewarding role in any organisation. It can also present challenges, particularly in these changing times.

SCVO is bringing together a new ‘chat shop’ – Sandwell Volunteer Coordinators’ Forum – a place to discuss those challenges, share best practice and acknowledge the incredible contribution our local volunteers make to the sector.

The first gathering will take place in January 2021, and you are invited to join us if your organisation is supported by volunteers.

To find out more and join the conversation contact kim@scvo.info.


Town Fund Phase Two – Sandwell Town Deal Survey

In September 2019, the Government announced it had selected Rowley Regis, Smethwick and West Bromwich to submit a Towns Fund application for up to £25 million per town.

The towns able to submit a bid and the associated criteria were selected by central Government. Sandwell Council continues to identify and seize investment and regeneration opportunities for all six towns.

Next steps
Sandwell Council recently carried out a Phase one survey (in August 2020) looking at priorities in your local town. The results helped inform project ideas that should be considered for submission to the government for the Towns Deal funding.

These ideas then went through rigorous analysis to see if they meet both the Town Deal criteria outlined by Government, and Sandwell’s aspirations as set out in the Vision 2030.

Those project ideas which met the rigorous criteria have now been compiled into a shortlist.

They now need your views on these shortlisted project ideas as part of this Phase Two by completing a short survey by clicking here.

The phase two survey is now live until 30th September 2020.

The three of the main priorities for the Programme are:

  • Urban Regeneration
  • Skills and Enterprise Infrastructure
  • Connectivity (Transport adn Digital)

For the full details on the Town Fund click here.


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