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Further Early Help Town Events Dates Arranged

Working or volunteering with children, young people and families in Sandwell? If so, we would like to invite you to our upcoming Early Help Partnership Town Events.

  • Thursday 7 July, 1.00 pm – 2.30 pm.   Tipton Children’s Centre: 24 Ridgeway Road, Glebefields, Tipton DY4 0TB
  • Thursday 22 September, 10.00 am – 11.30 am.  Rowley Children’s Centre: Dudley Road, Rowley Regis B65 8JY
  • Tuesday 11 October, 2.00 pm – 3.30 pm.  Priory Family Centre: Dorsett Rd, Wednesbury WS10 0JG

A great job has been done by all in supporting children and families across the borough, rising to challenges, and being committed to ensuring the needs of children, young people and families are being met as best as possible.

There have been lots of challenges and changes to organisations, groups, and activities over the last couple of years and our events will give you the opportunity to network and link in with local partners; sharing what your offer of support looks like and helping to increase awareness of local activities.  We will also discuss any challenges you face in your role and how we as a Partnership can support one another going forward.

We will be joined by guest speakers from Barnardo’s and the Strengthening Families Teams (Sandwell Children’s Trust) who will share information about their offer of support to children and families and how they can support you in your daily roles.

Booking is essential as numbers are limited.  Click on links below to register.

Tipton Event

Rowley Regis Event

Wednesbury Event

For further information, please call Angel on 07587 136072 or email angel@scvo.info

 

 


easyfundraising Awards Over 1 Million to Good Causes!

Community organisations are receiving just over £1m in free funding this month. This is funding that their volunteers and supporters have raised for them simply by shopping online with leading online retailers, through the free to use easyfundraising platform.

Your organisation can also benefit from this unrestricted revenue stream that complements existing fundraising activities – to ensure your receive funds in the next payout, register with easyfundraising, for free by clicking here.


Micro-grants to Promote Positive Mental Health

Local community groups, charities and voluntary organisations are invited to play their part in gathering residents’ experiences of mental health support, through a summer 2022 micro-grant programme.

Our experience of the Covid-19 pandemic was a reminder of how important positive mental health is for all Sandwell’s residents.  Now Sandwell Council and local partner agencies are working on a new Mental Health Strategy which will aim to ensure that everyone has the help and support they need to experience mental wellbeing.  As a starting point for developing this Strategy, SCVO would like to invite local voluntary groups and organisations to undertake engagement activities to ensure we hear from all parts of our community and influence local plans for support.

Positive Mental Health Community Engagement Micro-grants are available to local groups and organisations in return for organisations supporting their communities, participants or service-users to complete a short mental health survey or conducting a group conversation on local mental health support (guidance on the format for the group discussion will be provided).  All engagement needs to be completed by Friday 24th June 2022.

SCVO are now open to applications, and details of the light-touch process for submission can be found within these guidance notes.  Any further enquiries can be sent to SCVO at liz@scvo.info

 


Is it business as usual for you? If not, read on to find out more about grants that can support your organisation

For many of us, it seems as if life is back to normal and returning to how things were before the Pandemic. Others are still nervous and hesitant and have maybe lost their confidence in mixing and socialising. If you are finding your organisation is not able to deliver all you did previously because people are still hesitant to return to groups and activities, then the Covid-19 support funds might be able to help.

The funds are to help voluntary sector organisations with additional costs which they may have as services resume. For example, maybe you need to hire a larger room for activities for a period, or perhaps you need to offer several smaller sessions more locally, so people don’t have to travel. You might want to offer a meal or refreshments to tempt people out and meet again or give them their own pack of mask and hand sanitizer, so they feel safer.

If you have additional expenditure because of adaptions or think extra funds would help you resume services, then why not find out more about the funding? Talk through your idea with either Liz or Barbara who will be happy to advise you and help you through the simple application process.

Contact Liz by email at liz@scvo.info or call 07923 259821.  Contact Barbara by email at barbara@scvo.info or call 07859 913363.

 

 


Trustee Chat returns for Month of Community

June 2022 is Month of Community, 30 days full of campaigns and awareness weeks to inspire people.

Volunteers Week happens on 1-7 June and Small Charity Week on 20-24 June. So SCVO have teamed up with colleagues from Dudley CVS to host Trustee Chat on Wednesday 8 June 2022, 2-4pm.

Trustee Chat is 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. Participants can 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 Sandwell or Dudley 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 here to ensure that you are sent joining instructions by clicking here.


Life after Covid-19 Restrictions: Do you know what support is available?

It is good to know Covid-19 restrictions are lifting and life can be a little more relaxed. However, it is still a contagious disease and can affect some of us more than others, so good infection control is still important. In addition, whilst some people are happy to return to social groups and events, others are more hesitant to leave home and are missing out on things they once enjoyed so much.

If you are a community group in Sandwell you probably know the Council, through SCVO, have provided funding to promote awareness and good practice about Covid-19. There are funds remaining which you can apply for. In addition, there is further money if you need to change some activities for a short time. For example, you might need to hire a larger venue or hold smaller meetings in different locations so people don’t have to travel as far. If this is causing you extra expenditure, then think about what support you might need and contact SCVO for details about how to apply for funding.

Talk though your ideas with either Barbara barbara@scvo.info call 07859 913363, or Liz liz@scvo.info call 07923 259821, who will be happy to advise and guide you.

Let’s get Sandwell socialising again!


Unexpected Ways to Earn Funding with easyfundrasing

Here’s an unexpected way to receive free funding. Leading retailers will donate money when anyone connected to to your organisation shops online with them via fundraising platform easyfundraising. For example, your organisation can receive up to £50 when someone takes a new car, home, travel or pet insurance policy, up to £45 when they switch their utility or broadband provider, or up to £30 if they book a holiday. Retailers involved include Confused.com, GoCompare, AA, Sky, Talk Talk, uSwitch, Money Supermarket, Tui, First Choice, Booking.com, Expedia, Thomas Cook and 6,000 others.

easyfundraising is low-maintenance, easy to use, complements existing fundraising activity, and is accessible to all. There are also thousands of everyday retailers like Amazon, eBay, M&S, Argos, Sainsbury’s & Trainline who will also donate through the easyfundraising platform. Find out more: http://efraising.org/V9fUzmkIsk


Strategic Engagement Evaluation 2022

SCVO is interested in gaining your feedback in relation to the strategic engagement support it has provided to voluntary and community groups through the facilitation of the VCS Health and Social Care Forum and the VCS Children and Young People’s and. For further information about these Forums, please view the “Voice” section of SCVO’s websitewww.scvo.info

We would really value your input and feedback in order that we can establish what has worked well, what could be improved, and the areas we need to focus on in the future. The survey will only take a few minutes to complete. The deadline for responses is Friday 11th March 2022.

You can access the survey from the following link – https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MVBW6YF

Please complete as much as you can of this survey. If you have any questions relating to its contents, or if you feel SCVO can help you in any way, please contact Leona Bird on 07401255787 or email leona@scvo.info

The information you give to us will be treated in the STRICTEST CONFIDENCE. Figures drawn from this survey will only be shared as a collection of data: no individual information/names of participants will be disclosed to any third party


EPIC Funding Grant application window now open!

SCVO is working in partnership with the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation to help build long-term resilience within Sandwell Communities.

The purpose of the EPIC Grant Programme is to enable local voluntary and community organisations to access funding that supports the following broad outcomes:

  • Increased resilience within communities
  • Increased self-reliance
  • Improved and stronger relationships within the community
  • Residents are involved in the design and delivery of activities that make a positive change in their communities
  • Asset and strengths based – building on what exists in communities Extensive community conversations have helped to shape the elements of this programme.

The grant programme is aimed at improving the wellbeing of communities, and tackling isolation and loneliness. It does this by developing stronger relationships and building on what exists within communities. This could include making the most of community spaces, improving access to transport and using people’s skills, talents and experience.

All potential applicants must have an initial conversation with SCVO Community Partnerships Coach, Liz Webster, for further information please email liz@scvo.info

The deadline for applications is mid-day on Monday, 28th February 2022.


Managing with Omicron in 2022 – Would you like support?

It is challenging to work and support the community when there is increased infection rates and some people are confused about how to stay safe and healthy.  SCVO in conjunction with Sandwell Council, have been supporting the Voluntary Sector to help promote the benefits of vaccination, wearing of face masks and other good practices to avoid infection.

Some funding is still available.  There is an open (online) meeting on Tuesday, 25th January, from 2 – 3 pm, to let you know more about the grants available and how to apply for them.

You will hear from recent recipients of funding about the many creative ideas they have had to promote messages to their communities.  The rest of the meeting will give you the chance to raise any queries or questions about the funding.

There is also some funding to help smaller organisations re-engage with their members in a Covid safe way so this may help you too.

If you would like to book a place at the meeting please send an email to barbara@scvo.info   Please head the email “Book place for C-19 Open Meeting”. If you want more than one person to attend please include the contact details of your colleagues too.

If you are unable to attend the meeting but would like more information, please email either Barbara@scvo.info or Liz@scvo.info and head the email “C-19 Vaccination Grant Enquiry”.  Barbara or Liz will respond as soon as possible.

 


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