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There are more than 80 volunteering opportunities now on display at www.letsgosandwell.info

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 kim@scvo.info


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 www.scvo.info 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 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!


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 www.scvo.info.


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


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.


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