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Paediatric and Adult First Aid Course

Did you know that Sandwell Adult and Family Learning (SAFL), offers a Paediatric and Adult First Aid course which focuses on emergency scenarios when looking after young children or adults?

It is ideal for carers, parents, grandparents, child minders, and people looking to work in early years or the care sector and is valid for three years.

The skills learnt will enable you to provide safe and effective first aid treatment to any adult or child in an emergency, before professional medical help arrives.

Course Content
Understand how to administer first aid to any one:

• who is experiencing the effects of extreme heat and cold
• who has sustained an electric shock
• with burns or scalds
• who has been poisoned
• who has been bitten or stung
• with minor injuries, including cuts, grazes, bumps and bruises, small splinters and nose bleeds
• with conditions affecting the eyes, ears and nose
• with head and spinal injuries
• with anaphylaxis
• who is suffering from shock.

SAFL can deliver this training in any of its learning centres or out in community venues and schools. Parents and Carers of children who live in Sandwell, or attend a Sandwell school, can enrol on this course for a special rate of £5.00 rather of the normal course fee of £29.00.

Individuals or organisations interested in their staff/clients completing this course should email or call 0121 557 0837 for more details.

GDPR / Data protection workshop for Voluntary and Community Groups

As you will all be aware, GDPR regulations came into force in May 2018.   Organisations and individuals who handle or process personal data have received training on how to ensure that they fully comply with the new regulations. However, some organisations may have new employees who have not have received the training.

Murray Hall Community Trust have developed a training workshop which can ensure your staff have all the information they need.  The course takes place on Wednesday, 23 January 2019: 9.30 am to 12.30 pm.

Please see the attached information and booking form if you would like to book a place.

Adult Mental Health First Aid Course

This is a two day, 16-hour, Mental Health First Aid course for adults, which will qualify you as a Mental Health First Aider.   The dates are Thursday and Friday, 7th & 8th February 2019.  The cost of the course is £170.

The training which is delivered by Jay Thompson and Ivy Taylor, who are experienced instructors, will prepare you to take your practical skills and knowledge in mental health to the next level.

To register and for full details please visit Eventbrite

Questions should be directed to Ivy Taylor at the Volunteer Centre Sandwell on 0121 544 8326 or email

Near Neighbours February Training

Near Neighbours have three training days running in February at the low cost of £5 per day with lunch included, designed with faith groups in mind but is also relevant for those working with community organisation and charities.

All of the workshops are supported by a wealth of tools, examples and written resources that participants can take away for use in their project.

Please email for details on how to book.

Fundamentals of Fundraising

Thursday 7th Feb 9:30am to 3:30pm
Frank F Harrison Community Association
Cost: £5 (lunch included)

Develop Confidence & Skills in Fundraising for Faith Based Social & Community Action.
This training will look at sources of funding for faith based groups, how to apply, how to develop application information and how to fund-raise.

Click here to book your place.

Faithful Applications

Thursday 14th Feb 9:30am to 3:30pm
Frank F Harrison Community Association
Cost: £5 (lunch included)

Making Grant Applications for Social Action in Faith Based Organisations

This session will cover:
– Writing Techniques & Formats
– The Writing You Need Before Applying
– Writing The Application

Click here to book your place.

Faithful Organisation: Governance Training

Thursday 28th Feb 9:30am to 1pm
Frank F Harrison Community Association
Cost: £5 (lunch included)

The roles and responsibilities of Trustees, Directors. Committees, Staff, Volunteers and Membership in the Governance of Faith Based Community Organisations and Places of Worship.

A half day workshop that will explore topics of interest including:
• What is an Accountable Body
• Understanding Organisational Language
• Choosing a Legal Structure
• The Charitable Context
• Ensuring Trust & Credibility
• Why Risk Management
• Showing Who’s Involved
• Visionary Thinking
• Operational Planning
• Policy & Procedure
• The Good Committee
• Clear Budgeting
• Involving and Sharing Work

Supported by examples and good practice handouts using real life experience of national and local situations from a wide range of organisations and communities.

Click here to book your place.

Source: Near Neighbours

Recognising and Reporting Serious Incidents – Free Workshop

The Association of Chairs in partnership with the Charity Commission are holding a half day free workshop on recognising and reporting serious incidents – what you need to know.

The workshop will be held on Thursday 14th February 2019, 1.30pm at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, 6 Centenary Square, Birmingham, B1 2EP. Why not go along to test your knowledge about fraud and safeguarding and to learn how to recognise when an incident is serious and what you must do to report it.

The aim of the workshop is to provide an opportunity to hear about the way in which the Charity Commission views serious incidents and how they handle the reports which are made to them. This is about helping you understand the reasons for reporting a serious incident in your charity.

Whilst the circumstances of incidents vary in type and in the impact they have, Chairs and trustees can work to limit the likelihood of an incident happening and to minimise the impact on the charity when they do.

They will take a closer look at fraud and safeguarding as these are areas where serious incidents are most common.

Representatives of the Charity Commission will talk to us about their approach to these issues and lead group discussions on the issues.

To book your place or for more information click here.

See also: Reporting and avoiding serious incidents – blog post.

Source: Association of Chairs

Bright Futures with Connexions

Looking for Training and/or Apprenticeships?  There is a different Opportunity Provider every Monday and Wednesday, 11 am – 1 pm, starting Monday, 7 January 2019.

Visit Connexions Sandwell, One Stop Shop, The Council House, Freeth Street, Oldbury, B69 3DE

Call Connexions Sandwell on 0121 569 2955.

Click here for details.

Food and Hygiene Level 2 Course

Food Hygiene training is a legal requirement for all food handlers.  Community Foundation is offering a subsidised course of £30 per person, on Monday, 28 January 2019, from 9 am to 3.30 pm. This course will allow you to comply with the law.

To register, please complete the attached course registration form and email to  Places are limited.  For further information please contact Alex on 0121 238 3282.

The course will take place at Community Foundation, 20 St Silas Square, Lozells, Birmingham B19 1QW

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Community Organisers Training

SCVO has partnered up with Community Organisers to run a free one day course – Introduction to community organising, on Tuesday 29th January. It is an interactive course that introduces you to Community Organising – the work of bringing people together to take action around their common concerns and overcome social injustice. This one-day course is a starting point to understanding the community organising process and using it to listen to and motivate people to bring change within communities and society.

During this course you will explore:
• what community organising is
• the importance of listening to build relationships and uncover issues
• power in communities and why it matters how to motivate people to take action
• how to take your next steps in community organising and social action.

The course will be held at SCVO offices, First Floor, Lanchard House, Victoria Street, West Bromwich, B70 8ER.

Places are limited to 11 and will be allocated to those who sign up first until it is full. If there is additional demand for places, we will look at running another session. To sign up for the course please use the link below:

For more information please contact Manisha Patel on 0121 525 1127.

Free Bid Writing Workshop

The Course
Get Grants’ popular “Introduction to Bid Writing for Charities & Community Groups Workshop” is aimed at organisations who are interested in increasing their income through grant funds.

Whether you have a wealth of experience in fundraising or are new to applying for grants our Introduction to Bid Writing Workshop supports attendees to explore how to identify opportunities with a range of grant programmes whilst providing advice on writing successful applications and exploring the common mistakes made by applicants.

Topics covered include:
– Finding Grants
– Finding the ‘Right’ Funder
– Completing Application Forms
– Top Tips

Date & Time
22nd January 2019, 1 pm to 3:30 pm

The Moseley Exchange, 149-153 Alcester Road, Moseley, Birmingham. B13 8JP.

Booking Process
Booking is essential and to book a place on this workshop please contact Get Grants here.

Free Support, Advice and Training for Leaders of Health and Wellbeing Charities.

Good leadership is key to delivering high-quality services in any sector, and the voluntary and community sector (VCS) plays a vital role in health and care, reaching into all sections of the community.

Cascading Leadership provides an invaluable free opportunity for leaders working in health and care organisations of any size in the voluntary and community sector in the UK to develop their leadership skills and receive practical support.

The programme, now in its third year, offers free support, advice and training to the leaders of health and wellbeing charities based on a ground-breaking model of peer-to-peer support. To date, it has supported 120 voluntary and community sector (VCS) leaders and is now offering a further 64 places on this year’s programme.

In a challenging external environment for many VCS organisations, independent evaluation has shown that the programme can support organisations to tackle substantial challenges and develop the skills and confidence of leaders, whilst building cross-sector collaboration and peer support. Our blog on the programme also reflects on some of our learning from this work.

Successful applicants will be matched into pairs, with a consultant (an established charity leader), working with a partner (a leader who is seeking support). A distinctive aspect of the programme is that those providing the support are current leaders in the sector, who develop their leadership skills and receive training and supervision from The King’s Fund, while they are supporting another organisation.

The programme is open to leaders from all health and wellbeing charities, from small start-ups or support groups to major national organisations. This year, we are particularly keen to support smaller and newer charities. The programme is valued at £5,800 for each pair and is funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund.


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