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Events Calendar

Did you know that SCVO has an Events calendar where we share information on SCVO training opportunities, SCVO events, awareness campaigns and local one-off activities?

The events page can be found under the resource tab on our website at or click here to view.

Would you like to put an upcoming event or one-off activity in the calendar? Then please contact Support by email with details about the event, dates, time, location, any links to additional information and with an image.

Creative Corner Forum

SCVO are keen to establish an arts, creativity and community forum that explores ‘How creatives and communities can work together in Sandwell?’

We are looking to hold our first Creative Corner Forum on Friday 2nd July 2021, 10.30am via an online platform (Zoom or Microsoft Teams).

The forum is open to anyone interested in the arts and creativity including individuals, community organisations, arts practitioner’s charities, community interest companies and businesses, who want to share information, make new connections and develop creative projects within Sandwell.

We’ll be encouraging:

  • both community and creative organisations to share their experiences and / or examples of successful arts projects in the community,
  • information sharing on potential funding opportunities available for creative projects,
  • participants to network with other like-minded attendees and
  • opportunities to collaborate on new projects.

Anyone wishing to attend will need to reserve their FREE place via Eventbrite by clicking here. Once registered SCVO will email the joining instructions nearer the time. So be sure to pencil the date into your diary.

Introduction to the Voluntary Sector (SCVO)

This session is informal and open to anyone who feels they have a limited knowledge of the VCS in Sandwell or would like to improve their knowledge and also find out about SCVO’s support offer.

To book your place please view –

This is the fourth session we have held and feedback has been extremely positive “I’ve increased my knowledge about the services out there and how SCVO can help to support me to find out more”.

The session will cover:-

Information about the range of VCS organisations in Sandwell

What is Sandwell Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO)?

How can SCVO support your organisation grow and thrive into the future?

How you can keep up to date with local developments and help to shape and influence local decisions.

The session is taking place on 4th May 2021 through Teams from 11.00am – 1.00pm. Once you have secured your place through Eventbrite, a separate e-mail with joining instructions will be sent to you nearer the date of the briefing.

If you need any further information please contact Leona Bird, Strategic Engagement Officer at SCVO

Let’s Go…

There are more than 80 volunteering opportunities now on display at

Latest additions include calls for a minute-taker at Sandwell Churches Link; a trustee for the homeless support charity SHARP and Champions to further the work of an organisation building better futures for blind children.

If you know someone who would like to make friends, build confidence or boost their CV through volunteering, steer them in the direction of the site.

To chat about volunteering and get your opportunities listed email

FREE Virtual Meet the Funder: BBC Children in Need

We are pleased to invite you to our June Meet the Funder session with BBC Children in Need’s Grants Officer Christine Jobes. Christine will be joining SCVO on Thursday 24th June 2021, 2pm via a Zoom Conference Call, to discuss their current grants programme. This is your opportunity to learn more about the funds available and their funding criteria prior to submitting your application directly to them.

Our FREE session will enable you to connect with the funder, as you’ll have the opportunity, to ask questions directly and receive tailored advice from them, as you learn more about the BBC Children in Need programme. There has never been a greater need for fundraisers to get-together to share knowledge and experience.

Booking onto the webinar is essential via Eventbrite by clicking here, as there are a maximum of 30 places available for this virtual session. Please note, an email invitation to join the virtual session will be send out by SCVO in advance and prior to the commencement of the session.

Subscribe for free to SCVO’s e-bulletin by going to our website at to receive our weekly e-bulletin filled with e-updates, training, funding, jobs and so much more. By subscribing to our e-bulletin you risk never missing a Sandwell opportunity again as you get this information automatically into your inbox.

Introduction to Business Plans Free Webinar

Business planning has never been more important than now, for organisations wishing to navigate around the challenges of the pandemic. A well written business plan will support clear goal setting and provide a road map moving forward ensuring continuity of service at a time when it matters the most.

SCVO’s informative and free webinar will provide a basic understanding of how to develop a business plan that will work for you! Taking place on Thursday 20th May 2021, 10am – 12pm via a Zoom Conference Call.

The aims of the webinar are:

• To define what a business plan is.
• To explain the purpose of having a business plan and the different uses.
• To provide a better understanding of what should be included in a business plan.
• Resources, 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 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!

Meet the Funder: Enovert Community Trust

SCVO are pleased to announce a fantastic opportunity to speak to Angela Haymonds from Enovert Community Trust, about their latest funding opportunities, how to apply, eligibility criteria and the assessment process for each of these funds. An opportunity to discuss any questions you may have prior to making your application will be made available during the online session.

The virtual Meet the Funder session will take place via a Zoom Conference Call on Thursday 27th May 2021, 10am – 11am. To register your FREE attendance at the session please visit Eventbrite by clicking here.

This is a unique opportunity for organisations across Sandwell to find out more about this grants programme, enabling your organisation to develop a stronger case for funding based on what you learn about the fund at our Meet the Funder Session.

There is a maximum of 30 places available for this virtual session. 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 session.

Save the Date!
Our next Meet the Funder session will be with Christine Jobes from BBC Children in Need taking place on 24th June 2021, 2-3.30pm via a Zoom Conference Call to ensure you don’t miss out make sure you subscribe for free to our weekly e-bulletin at

Coffee Time Conversation – 6th May 2021

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 6th May 2021, 10am till 11.30am via a Microsoft Teams call. The topic for this ‘Coffee Time Conversation’ will be ‘funding and the challenges facing organisations as they reopen their doors.’

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 Microsoft Teams 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 May.

Creativity in Promoting Covid-19 Vaccination Uptake in Sandwell.

Sandwell has certainly got talent in promoting the message about Covid-19 vaccination.

A number of locally-based organisations have already gained funding to let their communities and the wider population know the facts about vaccination.

Methods of communicating include phone calls, leaflet drops, Facebook Live (such as virtual coffee mornings, community TV and radio), music sessions via YouTube and competitions for children to raise awareness.

Information is being translated into a wide range of community languages including Polish, Urdu, Somali, Mirpuri, as well as one-to-one support for the Deaf Community with British Sign Language.

The community is reaching out to everyone including rough sleepers, Roma people, asylum seekers, parents of children with additional needs and older adults, amongst others. Mosques, churches and other faith groups are promoting the message, too, as well as lots of community groups throughout the Borough.

If you want to know how to get involved and have a good idea to get the vaccine message across then details are on the SCVO website at: SCVO | Sandwell Council of Voluntary Organisations

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

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