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Charity Trustees: Seven top tips for a well-functioning board 

20 Sep 18

Tesse Akpeski, DSC Associate Trainer offer tops tips for a well functioning Board.


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New Project to Help Tackle Litter 

20 Sep 18

A new community volunteer project has been launched to help tackle litter in Sandwell.


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Vacancies at Legacy West Midlands 

19 Sep 18

Legacy WM, a registered charity, celebrates the heritage of post war migrant communities in the West Midlands.


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Senior Advice and Outreach Worker for Brushstrokes 

17 Sep 18

Brushstrokes is an award winning project in partnership with Father Hudson’s Care, The Infant Jesus Sisters and the parish of St Philip Neri, Smethwick.


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Fundraising Regulator issues email scam warning 

17 Sep 18

Online scammers are sending fake invoices to charities, claiming to be from the Fundraising Regulator to cover Fundraising Preference Service costs.


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Sandwell Safeguarding Adults Board Conference 

17 Sep 18

Sandwell Safeguarding Adults Board will be hosting their annual Celebration of Prevention Work and Services Conference on Tuesday, 9th October 2018 – 10.30 am till 2.30 pm.


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Institute of Mathematics Education Grant Scheme 

17 Sep 18

The Institute of Mathematics has announced that individuals working in Schools, Colleges of Further Education (FE) and Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) can apply for funding of up to £600 to run or attend an educational activity relating to …


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UK – German Schools Flexible Funding Scheme 

17 Sep 18

Schools and Youth groups in the UK and Germany can now apply for funding of between £500 and £5,000 from the UK German Connection Flexible Funding Scheme.


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Funding for Projects that Use the Arts and Media to Address the Concerns of Children 

17 Sep 18

Not-for-profit organisations in the UK that work with children and young people using the arts and creative media, can apply for grants of up to £50,000 through the Ragdoll Foundation’s Open Grants Programme.


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World Mental Health Day – 10th October 2018 

13 Sep 18

World Mental Health Day on 10th October 2018 focused on young people and mental health in a changing world and as part of that focus the organisation Mental Health First Aid has provided a range of free resources to use with young people.


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Citizens Advice Sandwell Volunteer Recruitment Event 

12 Sep 18

Every year we help thousands of local people to face their issues and provide free information, advice and support.


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Summary of West Bromwich Unemployed Young People’s Social Action Project 

11 Sep 18

The aim of the Project was for a group of unemployed your people supported by Sandwell HUB, Talent Match, West Bromwich JCP and Barnardo’s On Track Project, to create and complete an identified community social action, by organising and donating a…


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Embedding the GDPR for non-profits 

11 Sep 18

Dudley CVS is pleased to welcome trainer Paul Ticher for this engaging workshop designed to help not-for-profits in Dudley borough (and across the wider Region) embed GDPR in their organisation.


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Paul Bush Foundation Trust 

10 Sep 18

Individuals and charitable organisations within the UK can apply for grants of up to £10,000 (£5,000 for individuals) to support the needs of adults and children with physical disabilities in England.


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Professional Development Grants for Teachers 

10 Sep 18

Teachers and head teachers are being offered an opportunity to take time out from the classroom in order to undertake an original project of their choice, in the UK or abroad, aimed at enhancing their personal and professional development.


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School Grants to Promote Physics 

10 Sep 18

UK schools and colleges can apply for grants of up to £600 for small-scale projects or events linked to the teaching or promotion of physics and engineering to pupils aged 5 – 19.


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Vote for Your Favourite Sandwell Green Space 

10 Sep 18

Residents can vote for their favourite green space in a national poll – with 10 Sandwell sites in the running.


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Calling out for WM organisations to host satellite events 

10 Sep 18

BVSC have teamed up with the Fawcett Society and West Midlands Women’s Voices for the Making Devolution Work for Women in the West Midlands project and we would be delighted if you were interested in holding a satellite event as part of the …


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Volunteer………. It’s good for your health 

10 Sep 18

No, we aren’t making this up.


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Sign up to the Thrive at Work Wellbeing Trial 

7 Sep 18

The West Midlands Combined Authority is looking to recruit 148 Small to Medium sized businesses (10-250 staff) for their pioneering Thrive at Work workplace wellbeing trial.


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The People’s Walk for Wildlife 

7 Sep 18

You may be aware that Chris Packham has arranged the People’s Walk for Wildlife on Saturday 22nd September in Hyde Park, to spread the message about the importance of wildlife conservation.


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Birmingham and the Black Country Midnight Ride 

5 Sep 18

In support of charities involved in suicide prevention: Word Suicide Prevention Day – 10 September 2018.


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Your Feedback Requested on Wellbeing Website 

3 Sep 18

SCVO’s route2wellbeing website was launched in 2013 as a vital tool to assist GPs and other health professionals to access information for their patients about local community-based services that might support their wellbeing.


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Intelligent but disadvantaged students are still not achieving top GCSE grades 

3 Sep 18

Almost half of clever but disadvantaged students fail to secure the top GCSE grades, according to a new study from social mobility charity, The Sutton Trust.


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Charity Commission warns of insider fraud threats 

3 Sep 18

The Charity Commission has issued an alert from the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB), highlighting the insider threat from fraudsters and cyber criminals.


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Grants Available to Restore the UK’s Industrial Heritage 

3 Sep 18

Grants up to £20,000 are available for the restoration of important industrial buildings, structures, machinery, vehicles and vessels within the UK.


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MSE Charity 

3 Sep 18

The MSE Charity has announced that its grants programme will re-open for applications under the ‘Life Changing Transitions’ theme on the 2nd September 2018 and close on the 30th September 2018.


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Support for Schools to Set Up Breakfast Clubs 

3 Sep 18

Magic breakfast is a registered charity that aim to end hunger as a barrier to education in UK Schools by providing healthy breakfast food to children most in need.


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Project Coordinator for Sandwell African Caribbean Mental Health Foundation 

3 Sep 18

Sandwell African Caribbean Mental Health Foundation is a charity which provides a range of day services for African and African Caribbean adults recovering from mental ill health.


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Launch of new Jobs and Training publication 

28 Aug 18

A new publication is being launched to give people living across the Black Country a helping hand if they are looking to improve their skills, find work or need tips and advice on changing a career.


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Workshop for Muslim Couples 

28 Aug 18

The Yemeni Community Association is delighted to be hosting this workshop on Sunday, 9 September 2018, from 9.30 am to 5.00 pm.


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Wolfson Foundation 

28 Aug 18

The Wolfson Foundation has announced that the next closing date for stage 1 applications to its Health and Disability Grants Programme is the 5th January 2019.


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Lloyds Bank Foundation 

28 Aug 18

Registered charities with incomes between £25,000 and £1 million, working with people over the age of 17 facing complex social issues, will be able to apply for grants of up to £100,000 through the Lloyds Bank Foundation Invest programme.


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Digital Support and Administrator for Citizens Advice Sandwell 

28 Aug 18

Citizens Advice Sandwell is a lead provider in advice, information and advocacy services.


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Sainsbury’s Local Food Partner Programme 

28 Aug 18

Sainsbury’s continues to expand its Local Food Partner Programme and is accepting applications from local charities to join the network.


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Grants to Support the Cataloguing and Scoping of Archives 

28 Aug 18

A new funding programme launched in February 2018 to support the cataloguing and scoping of archives is due to re-open for a second round in October 2018.


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Have you say on a Strategy for West Midlands Economic Growth 

20 Aug 18

A West Midlands Voluntary Community Sector Leaders’ Group (WMVCS) is urging civil society organisations and groups across the West Midlands region to take part in an important survey which will feed into a local strategy for inclusive growth.


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Voluntary Sector Development Day for Organisations Supporting Victims of Crime 

20 Aug 18

The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson is inviting organisations that are delivering support services to victims of crime, to attend a Voluntary Sector Development Day.


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The Elephant Trust 

20 Aug 18

The Elephant Trust has announced the next deadline for applications is the 8th October 2018.


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Is The Charity Commission’s Caseload at Breaking Point? 

20 Aug 18

In recent years the Charity Commission’s caseload has steadily increased.


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4 Tips Everyone In Charity Retail Should Know 

20 Aug 18

Charity retail is in the midst of a revolution.


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Charity Governance: Looking After Your Charity 

20 Aug 18

Charity Governance refers to the systems, processes and tools that you have in place to dictate, control and assess your organisation’s direction and effectiveness.


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Grants for Community Music Groups and Educational Organisations 

20 Aug 18

Community groups, schools and individuals have until the 1st November 2018 to apply for a grant to support music making projects that offer experiences for people of all ages and backgrounds.


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SCVO invites you to a Networking and Funding Event 

20 Aug 18

SCVO is excited to announce we will be holding a Networking and Funding Event on Thursday 20th September 2018 at North Smethwick Development Trust, Brasshouse, Brasshouse Lane, Smethwick, B66 1BA.


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A Beginners Guide to Universal Credit 

15 Aug 18

Universal Credit (UC) is on its way, with roll-out in Sandwell scheduled for 14th November 2018.


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Dental Hygiene advice to carers of people diagnosed with Dementia 

15 Aug 18

Stacey Quinton, Dental Nurse Specialist from Community Dental Services, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, will be joining BUDS on Tuesday 21 August 2018, 10.30 am to 12 noon, at South Staff Water Community Hub.


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Sandwell Valley Giant Car boot 

15 Aug 18

There’s a big car boot, funfair and lots more this August Bank Holiday weekend at Sandwell Valley Country Park.


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Five Priorities for Improving Children’s Mental Health 

14 Aug 18

The mental wealth of the nation is critical to our future – young people’s mental wellbeing should be paramount.


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Young People’s Mental Health​ 

14 Aug 18

Half of lifelong mental illness starts before the age of 14.


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Community Asset Transfer & Property Information Workshop 

14 Aug 18

As part of its commitment to provide developmental support to small and local charities, Lloyds Bank Foundation is offering a FREE workshop, in partnership with the Ethical Property Foundation and Birmingham City Council , to help charities looking …







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