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Faith Organisations Governance Training

Near Neighbours is running 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 and Operational Planning Policy & Procedure. The training will be supported by examples and good practice handouts using real life experience of national and local situations from a wide range of organisations and communities.

The workshop is suitable for anyone who wants to fully understand their organisation and help it to achieve better governance and practice. John McCallum, the facilitator, is the Near Neighbours East Midlands Coordinator. John has 30 years of experience in the faith based voluntary sector and has worked across the UK with local and national organisations.

The  date is Wednesday, 1 November 2017, 10 am to 2 pm.  The venue is Brasshouse Community Centre, Smethwick.

There is a charge of £10.  Please register for the training via Eventbrite

Lunch will be provided.

Digital Promotions for Business Employability Course

A one-of-a-kind programme is being launched to help teenagers and the unemployed boost their digital skills and find sustainable work.

Digital Me is offering young people, aged 16-18, the opportunity to sign up for a digital employability course, where they can learn everything from setting up an email address and storing data on a device in the cloud to creating digital marketing campaigns for business, developing a mobile app and producing exciting top quality videos for channels including YouTube.

You will also learn business administration and customer service skills to provide you with core skills employers are looking for, as well as assist you to write an impressive CV, apply for jobs and give top tips on how to perform in an interview.

Digital Me is a Bsmart Training initiative and the flexible course has been developed to help attract the hard-to-reach NEETs with subjects that may generate more interest than normally may be the case. More importantly, however, it will give you the skills that employers are desperately short of.

Successful learners will receive a Level 2 nationally accredited qualification in Digital Promotions for Business, as well as more knowledge and new skills to help in their job-hunt.

Digital Me is now looking to work with partners nationwide who have secured funding to help NEETs back into work, and also learners to sign up to this unique and exciting course.

To find out more about signing up, please contact 0121 501 2243 and ask for Lori, or visit Digital Black Country’s website.




GDPR Webinar: Are you ready?

Cyber awareness and security is more important than ever when protecting your business and client information. In this webinar, experts from Higgs & Sons will share a practical insight into how your business can start preparing for the EU GDPR.

What you will learn:
What is data?
What is data protection and what are the data protection principles?
What is the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)?
What do charities and their trustees need to do to prepare for GDPR?
Cautionary tales of regulatory intervention by the ICO and the Charity Commission.
Event Details

Friday, 20 October 2017

1 pm – 2 pm

The webinar is free of charge.

How To Book:
Places are limited to 100 delegates.  Please click here to book your place.

If you have any queries or require further details please email Sarah Cornick at or telephone 01384 327341.


Gecko Funded Learning Opportunities

Gecko Programmes has been contracted by Big Lottery to deliver two learning programmes Digital Marketing and Planning Live Events. This training is fully funded and is available to anyone interested in developing their skillset.

By completing the course learners will also have a further opportunity to compete a voluntary work placement in Spain, Italy or Germany if this is of interest, again this is fully funded.

If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact Gecko Programmes on Ann-Marie Laubscher 01902 837 375.

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Social Audit Network Prove, Improve and Account Workshop

The Social Audit Network (SAN) is a not-for-profit organisation which facilitates the exchange of information and experience between practitioners of social accounting and audit in the social economy and voluntary sectors.

SAN is running a two-day Workshop, at The Workspace in Wolverhampton, is aimed at anyone who is interested in improving their business practices and finding out more about social accounting and audit as a way of measuring social value and being accountable to clients, investors, funders and commissioners.

The SAN methodology is particularly relevant for organisations that operate in the social economy – voluntary, community, social enterprises, SMEs wishing to develop a purposeful business and public sector organisations wanting to be more accountable for social value.

The Workshop is also useful for people who are working to advise and support others around social value and impact.

The Workshop will go through the social accounting and audit process in detail to show participants how to produce a social report based on Social Audit Network (SAN) principles.

Participants will become familiar with the Four Step SAN Social Accounting and Audit process and the resource materials in the manual and on the CD.

Learning outcomes:

• to improve business/organisational performance
• to be able to produce a set of social accounts in one’s own organisation, ready for audit
• to be able to assist others in the process

The fee for the workshop is £375 (£350 for those who have copies of the SAN PIA Guide) which includes refreshments, lunch and training materials for both days, as well as a copy of the SAN Guide to Social Accounting and Audit and a USB Stick.

Sign up for the workshop via Eventbrite

As an extra to the training, SAN will provide Post Training Support to help you get started on preparing your first set of social accounts if you book by Friday, 15 September.

For more information contact Sean Smith



Get A ‘Christmas’ Job at The Way, Wolverhampton

The Get A ‘Christmas’ Job programme will be starting at The Way Wolverhampton Youth Zone on Monday 25th September (full list of dates available on request).

This four-week interactive employability programme is open to all 16-24 year olds who are NEET. The emphasis this time around is on finding work for the Christmas period. The qualification, accredited by the Open College Network West Midlands, will be a Level 1 in Interpersonal and Customer Service Skills.

The aim of the course is for young people to develop self-awareness, confidence and skills to be able to move into a job, the hope being that having experience of work will raise their aspiration and may lead them to apply for other work, a traineeship, an apprenticeship or a college course. (There is also a chance that if they secure a Christmas job and do well, they could be taken on beyond the Christmas period.)

The course blends the development of interpersonal and customer service skills with workshops from business people, an OCNWM accredited qualification, visits to local businesses; use of The Way’s fantastic facilities; work experience opportunities and practical skills around identifying the right next step for them and succeeding with it.

The course is part-funded by Accenture and partly by The Way. Anyone who meets the age and NEET criteria is eligible, regardless of where they live.

Referral is by email to Leonie Hudson at with the participant’s name, address, DOB, email address and telephone number.

Anyone who is referred is encouraged go and meet Leonie on either Tuesday 19th September or Friday 22nd September, any time between 10 am – 4 pm. Please let Leonie know beforehand if you wish to visit on 01902 328 290.


New to the world of writing funding applications?

Are you just starting on your fundraising journey/career and would like some guidance on how to go about raising money for your organisation?

If so, why not come along to SCVO’s ‘Introduction to Fundraising’ workshop on Thursday, 5th October 2017.

This two-hour workshop is aimed at those community, voluntary and social enterprise organisations new to the art of fundraising and will present a basic understanding and knowledge of what you need to know to get started with raising money for your project, activities or organisation.

The workshop aims to provide:

• basic principles of fundraising.
• a better understanding of basic funding do’s and don’ts within the application process.
• practical experience of answering a typical funding application question, together with hints and tips on how to respond to this question.
• information on the funding resources available

This workshop is FREE to groups that deliver all, or part, of their services to Sandwell residents.
For all other groups/attendees there is a £10.00 fee.

Tickets are limited, so to reserve your place, please visit our Eventbrite page

Safer Giving For Charities

 When fundraising it’s important to familiarise yourself with fundraising best practice to safeguard donations and charity integrity:

1. If you give fundraisers official charity material such as identity badges, tabards and tins, make sure you collect everything back as soon as possible and check that nothing is missing or has been tampered with.

2. Ensure that people who fundraise for you by conducting street or house to house collections have a licence to do so.

3. Consider providing your volunteers with a basic information pack on what they must do and not do when collecting on your behalf.

4. If your charity doesn’t use cash or street collections, let your supporters know this and make it clear on your website.

5. If you suspect collectors are collecting fraudulently in your name, contact the police and Action Fraud.

FREE DIY Pallet Courses

Did you want a job or wish to develop your skills, or want to enhance your confidence to become a better you? Do you have an idea or want to run your own business?

Trident Reach is running free DAY Pallet Courses at three locations in the borough, starting Friday 1 September.

If you wish to know or reserve a place, please call Gemma on 07795 496 686 or email


Reaching The Community – Reach Up Day

Trident Reach extends an invite to their Reaching the Community, Reach Up Day on Tuesday 5 September 2017, 11 am – 3 pm, at 70 Brasshouse Lane, Smethwick B66 1BA

At the event you will be able to find out more about Trident Reach’s services in Sandwell, as such

Support Services
Building Better Opportunities (BBO)
Children Services (BBO only)

Activities and refreshments will be provided.

For further information please contact the time on 0121 505 3617 or email or

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