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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.

Free Online Training Multi-Agency Safeguarding Training

Free online multi-agency Safeguarding training available to officers in Sandwell

Please find attached details of multi-agency training that is available for organiastions to attend.

This includes training from the:-


Safer Sandwell Partnership
Sandwell Domestic Abuse Strategic Partnership
Sandwell Safeguarding Adults Board
Sandwell Children’s Safeguarding Partnership

Please view for further information on the variety of training available and how to book your place –


Youth Gaming and Gambling Awareness Free Online Training Sessions

The Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) is a leading National charity collaboratively delivering the UK’s £10million national education programme to those that work with and support young people (aged 7-25), to raise awareness around the potential harms associated with gaming and gambling.  They work  in a variety of health and educational settings, safeguarding and youth organisations, and with local authorities.

The most recent report published by the Gambling Commission shows worrying trends in the way that young people are engaging in gambling and gaming risky behaviours.

Upcoming dates for the youth gaming and gambling awareness free online training sessions (running time is 90 minutes). Anyone who is interested can click on the link to see available dates and book a place on a session:

The training will cover:
• an overview of how young people are increasingly exposed to gaming and gambling
• the influence of advertising, particularly around sporting events
• the role of social media, in game purchases, loot boxes and Esports
• the signs to look out for when an individual is at risk and where to seek help
• our resources that have been developed for practitioners to deliver

You can learn more about them from their website:

For more information please email Lucy Gardner at

Digital Boost Launch

The Covid-19 crisis has presented many challenges for small businesses and charities, particularly in building digital capability. In response, Digital Boost has been created to provide much-needed digital support for small businesses and charities. The platform will host a community of digital experts, who will offer one-to-one digital support to small businesses and charities free of charge to help them improve their digital capability to grow and prosper.

The platform is owned by Founders4Schools and was built in partnership with BCG Digital Ventures, and aims to close the gap between digitally high and low-tech organisations. 

Digital Boost aims to support the six million British small businesses and charities impacted by COVID-19, on their digitalisation journey by providing a community of digital expert volunteers to support charities and small businesses through 1:1 “Boost Calls”, interactive “Boost Workshops” and “Boost Skills” resources.

DCMS is supporting Digital Boost as part of our ongoing work to support small businesses and charities during this challenging time. For more information on how to gain access to this support or to volunteer as a digital expert, please click here.

Opening up your charity post Covid lockdown – free webinar recording

Delivered by the Cranfield Trust, the recent webinar – a practical guide to re-opening your charity after Covid lockdown – was extremely popular and is clearly a hot topic with charities.

The webinar covered some of the more important things to consider, including:

  • Staff availability and team rotations
  • Transportation to and from work
  •  Visitors Temperature and other screening
  •  Workspaces and common areas
  • Cleaning protocols and PPE
  • IT provision, accessories and furniture
  • Awareness and education
  • Handling unwell staff and reinfection responses
If you missed it, don’t worry, we have added a live recording of the webinar to our website, along with the notes and checklist for you to download.
View the webinar recording HERE.

McKinsey 7-S Framework

Making Every Part of Your Organization Work in Harmony.

Do you know how well your organization is positioned to achieve its goals? Or what elements influence its ability to implement change successfully?

Models of organizational effectiveness go in and out of fashion, but the McKinsey 7-S framework has stood the test of time.

The model was developed in the late 1970s by Tom Peters and Robert Waterman, former consultants at McKinsey & Company. They identified seven internal elements of an organization that need to align for it to be successful.

In this article, you can explore the seven elements in detail, and learn how to improve performance or manage change in your organization by ensuring that they all work in harmony.

When to Use the McKinsey 7-S Model
You can use the 7-S model in a wide variety of situations where it’s useful to examine how the various parts of your organization work together.

For example, it can help you to improve the performance of your organization, or to determine the best way to implement a proposed strategy.

The framework can be used to examine the likely effects of future changes in the organization, or to align departments and processes during a merger or acquisition. You can also apply the McKinsey 7-S model to elements of a team or a project.

To read the full Mind article click here.

Source: Mind Tools

Free Introduction to Writing Charity Letters Webinar

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

If so, why not come along to SCVO’s ‘Introduction to Writing Charity Letters’ virtual webinar on Wednesday 17th June 2020 at 2pm via a Zoom Conference Call. An email invitation to join the virtual webinar will be send out by SCVO prior to the commencement of the workshop. We would ask all attendees to arrive 5 minutes prior to the start.

This virtual webinar 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 webinar aims to provide:
• Introduction and basic principles of writing a charity letter to raise funds
• Better understanding on how to construct your charity letter
• Hints and tips, together with reasons why some letters fail

There is a maximum of 20 places available for this virtual workshop. 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 workshops and training news straight to your inbox.

Innovation Funding Programme by West Midlands Combined Authority

The Innovation funding programme provided by West Midlands Combined Authority is specifically targeting people who are unemployed. It covers rent arrears, debt issues, eviction notices, ASBOs, Mental Health, Family crisis etc.

The programme is designed to allow learners to gain a recognised qualification, boost their confidence and provide them with skills.

An Engagement Officer will offer wrap around Job Search support in addition to the accredited learning. Money advice, completing application forms, stress management, online job search, interview skills and much more will be included. This is presently done remotely.

Qualifications are offered in:
• Retail
• Customer Service
• Warehouse
• Equality & Diversity
• Career planning & Making applications.

Candidates can virtually attend and be booked on by texting or calling Cheryl 07497 104931


  •  Aged 19 1st September 2019 or above (academic year)
  • All courses are FREE if you are employed or unemployed
  • Living in Sandwell postcode area.


Fully funded Free Online Training

Any resident living in a postcode covered by the West Midlands Combined Authority, and whether employed, unemployed or furloughed, has the opportunity to update their skills with this free training.

The training is delivered by Phoenix Training and getting started is easy. Go to enter your details and you are ready to go!

Access the full library on computer, phone or tablet, from home, at your leisure. The training is fully funded by the WMCA

The Skills for Health & Social Care covers:

  • Food Safety accredited level 2
  • H&S with Manual Handling awareness
  • E&D awareness
  • Safeguarding awareness
  • Infection Control Level 1 & 2

Do not miss out. Log on and start your training now!

Online Workshop/Webinar: ‘Life after Lockdown’ – changing organisational perspectives.

Laptop and notepadThe COVID-19 pandemic has presented organisations (across all sectors) with an unprecedented set of delivery challenges.

This first session, in a series of workshops/webinars, will provide an overview of how organisations have been impacted by the ‘lockdown’ in the areas of their finances and funding, human resources management, and their ability to market their services in the future.

We’ll be exploring how the experience of ‘lockdown’ will have changed perspectives amongst staff, leaders and, possibly, funders, which could have an impact on future operations.

The workshop/webinar will share examples of just such experiences that SCVO has collected during its support activities.

Subsequent sessions will look in more detail at each of the above areas and how organisations may address some of the issues as they relate to themselves.

To secure your FREE ticket, visit our Eventbrite Page

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