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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.

October Coffee Time Conversations Session

‘Coffee Time Conversations’ seeks to bring like-minded individuals from across Sandwell together, to chat about different concerns that have arisen primarily as a consequence of COVID-19. The aim of these conversations is to share experiences, good practice and help others to problem solve around a concern they may have currently.

Our next session is being held on Thursday 22nd October 2020, 10am till 11.30am via a Zoom conference call. The topic for this ‘Coffee Time Conversation’ will be ‘re-connecting with senior members within our community to encourage their participation and engagement.’

Future conversations will be steered by participants during the session which gives you the chance to talk with others working in similar areas and decide upon the topics that are most important to you as a collective.

You are welcome to register for any/all of these conversations, which will be hosted as a Zoom Conference Call. Please use this Eventbrite link to register your attendance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the conversation nearer the time.

We look forward to seeing you all in October.

Free Virtual Introduction to Writing an Elevator Pitch Webinar

You never get a second chance to make a good first impression! Whether you are raising funds, promoting your services, seeking participants or trying to attract new volunteers to your organisation. It is important that you communicate effectively who you are and your values to your intended audience. An elevator pitch is meant to do just that, by instilling enough intrigue to get the prospect to ask you to tell them more.

SCVO’s introduction to writing an elevator pitch webinar will explain this concept, enabling you to write and develop your own elevator pitch in our free one-and-a-half-hour long webinar, being held on Thursday 30th July 2020, 10am via a Zoom Conference call.

This webinar is aimed at Community Groups and Charities who are interested in learning how to craft their own elevator pitch with confidence and increasing their income through being able to effectively sell themselves to a variety of audiences.

The aims of the webinar are to:

  • introduce the concept and potential uses of an elevator pitch
  • understand the essential principles of an effective elevator pitch
  • explore the different approaches to crafting your elevator pitch
  • provide hints and tips that enable you to develop your own elevator pitch based on the principles discussed in this webinar

There is a maximum of 20 places available for this virtual webinar and all places must be booked through Eventbrite by clicking here.

Why not go to our website at to subscribe to our free weekly e-bulletin, so you get information automatically on SCVO webinars and training news straight to your inbox.

Shoppers and traders to return to West Bromwich Indoor Market from Monday, 22 June

Sandwell Council Deputy Leader Councillor Wasim Ali said: “We are all eager to get back to as close to normal as we can including shopping, but Covid-19 is still around and poses a real risk. In order to protect traders and residents, we have put in place a series of new safety measures.

“These include a new one-way system around the market, with markers on the floor to show direction and social distancing. There will also be staff on the doors to regulate the number of shoppers entering.

“We have also installed new hand sanitiser stations and a new programme of enhanced cleaning by the market staff.”
The indoor market also has new amended opening times – 10am to 4pm.

At present, the markets will be open for trade to regular traders only, no casual traders will be accommodated.
Other Sandwell Council markets will be fully re-opening in the coming weeks.

• West Bromwich High Street Market: Monday 22 June, Monday – Saturday
• Oldbury Market: Monday 22 June, Monday – Saturday
• Great Bridge Market: Wednesday 24 June, Wednesdays and Saturdays
• Wednesbury Market: Tuesday 30 June, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays

Social distancing will be required on all sites. If people have any questions they should contact the Markets Office on 0121 553 3074 or email

Coming Soon! SCVO’s Virtual Support Opportunities


SCVO are working hard to make a selection of our fundraising and learning opportunities available online.

Over the next few weeks we will be providing a mixture of opportunities to take part in including Facebook Livestreaming, Virtual Workshops and Meet the Funder Events.

It’s really important now more than ever that everyone feels supported, not just in their work and fundraising.  So, we will be sharing some virtual talks, hints and tips.

Wherever you are at, whatever you are going through – we hope we can help, share and get through this together.

Remember SCVO has a dedicated COVID19 pages for advice, information and support for organisations and Sandwell residents about Coronavirus which is being regularly updated.

COVID-19 Community Action and Support – Sandwell

SCVO, as the support body for Sandwell’s Voluntary and Community Sector, is working alongside Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council, Sandwell Public Health, West Midlands Police (Sandwell Borough) , West Midlands Fire Service and the NHS to coordinate the community response to COVID-19 in Sandwell.

Information regarding a community response was sent out from SCVO on 20th March 2020.

Read the missive in full.