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BBC Children in Need are looking to appoint Voluntary Committee Members in the Central Region. 

18 Jul 18

Here is your opportunity to join our team , to be a vital part of the process for allocating funding to those inspiring projects that change disadvantaged children’s lives.


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Building Connections Fund – Deadline: 24th August 2018 

17 Jul 18

Charities and community groups in England can now apply for a share of close to £9 million aimed at tackling loneliness by building strong social connections and welcoming communities.


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Sandwell Children Set for Summer Reading Challenge and Mischief Making! 

16 Jul 18

The Summer Reading Challenge is back at Sandwell libraries – and this year children can hunt for buried treasure and become ultimate mischief makers! The annual challenge encourages children aged four to 11 to read six library books during the long…


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Five Great Automated Email Marketing Programmes for Charities 

16 Jul 18

It seems that finding a solution to bridge the gap of not ‘keeping in touch’, ‘keeping email recipients up to date’ or ‘sending an immediate response’ is high on the priority list for most organisations in the non-for profit sector.


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Localgiving/Postcode Community Trust 

16 Jul 18

Localgiving has once again partnered with the Postcode Community Trust to offer over 400 grants of £500 to small charities and community groups across the UK through its Magic Little Grants Fund.


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Trusthouse Charitable Foundation 

16 Jul 18

The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation is offering Community Centres in deprived urban communities and Village Halls in remote and economically deprived rural areas, the opportunity to apply for capital grants of between £10,000 and £45,000.


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Invitation to SCVO’s 2018 AGM and 20th Anniversary Celebrations 

12 Jul 18

You are warmly invited to join us for SCVO’s 2018 Annual General Meeting which is taking place on Tuesday 25th September 2018 from 9.30 am – 1.00 pm at North Smethwick Development Trust, Brasshouse, Brasshouse Lane, Smethwick, B66 1BA.


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Scottish Power Foundation 

11 Jul 18

The Scottish Power Foundation is now accepting applications from Registered Charities and not-for-profit organisations and expects to fund around 20 projects over the next year.


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The Weavers’ Company 

11 Jul 18

The Weavers’ Company, a textile-related, charitable and sociable organisation, has announced that the next closing date for its grants programme is the 31st July 2018.


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Teenagers Invited To Sandwell Careers Event 

10 Jul 18

Teenagers aged between 14 and 19 are invited to a careers event in Oldbury to help them decide what they want to do after school and college.


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UnLtd – Transforming Employment for Disabled People 

10 Jul 18

Transforming Employment for Disabled People is a new partnership between UnLtd and Scope.


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Rosa – Advice and Support Programme 

10 Jul 18

Rosa, a charitable fund set up to support initiatives that benefit women and girls in the UK, has announced that as part of the new Justice and Equality Fund, it has opened two new funding programmes.


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BUDS Out and About – visit to Black Country Living Museum 

9 Jul 18

Are you caring for a person diagnosed with dementia? Would you like to visit a local attraction with your family? BUDS is having a group visit to the Black Country Living Museum on Friday 20 July 2018, 11.30 am to 3.00 pm.


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Collaboration: More Than the Sum of The Parts 

9 Jul 18

The FSI’s research has shown that collaborating more effectively can not only help to solve social problems but can also facilitate efficiency, growth and sustainability.


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Small Charities Must Harness the Support Available in the Sector 

9 Jul 18

Funding cuts and an uncertain economic landscape are challenges familiar to every small charitable organisation but, similar to those within the wider sector, arts, culture and heritage fundraisers continue to demonstrate a great capacity for …


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ICO Privacy Notice 

9 Jul 18

The Information Commissioner’s Office layered privacy notice is an example of how you can present your privacy information.


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Fundraising Qualifications from the FSI 

6 Jul 18

The Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI) has as its Mission:  To build and share knowledge, to elevate the voice of small charities with policy makers and the public, to build leadership in small charities and to support small charities to raise …


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Develop Confidence & Skills in Fundraising for Faith Based Social & Community Action. 

6 Jul 18

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.


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Social Audit Network Roadshow for the Faith Sector 

5 Jul 18

Social Audit Networking is having a roadshow on Thursday, 12 July 2018, starting at 10 am, in Birmingham.


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Noel Buxton Trust 

2 Jul 18

The Noel Buxton Trust supports voluntary and community based organisations in Great Britain and in some of the most vulnerable parts of Africa.


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Top Tips for Preventing, Detecting and Responding to Fraud 

2 Jul 18

The Fraud Advisory Panel have published fraud resources for trustees, senior managers and professional advisers of charities in England and Wales.


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Cyber Security: Charity Guide 

2 Jul 18

In March 2018 the Charity Commission supported the National Cyber Security Centre in the development of the first, dedicated cyber security guide for charities .


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Heritage Lottery Fund Team Assistant 

28 Jun 18

The Heritage Lottery Fund is recruiting for a Team Assistant to provide administrative support across the West Midlands regional team.


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Understanding Extremism Training 

26 Jun 18

The Understanding Extremism Training will explore and discuss issues relating to the ideology of Global Jihadism and the Far Right.


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Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent (WRAP) 

26 Jun 18

Sandwell Safeguarding Children Board are running three two hour workshops exploring the issues relating to terrorism, radicalisation and safeguarding for people and communities.


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Making Devolution Work for Women in the West Midlands 

26 Jun 18

Join BVSC to identify the change women want to see in the West Midlands.


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Want to Win £100 of Shopping Vouchers? 

25 Jun 18

Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) – the transport arm of the West Midlands Combined Authority is currently undertaking a travel survey which is designed to understand the needs of vulnerable groups and explore fairer, more inclusive travel in the …


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The Art Yard Open Exhibition – Invitation 

25 Jun 18

The Arts Yard are pleased to invite you to exhibit at their July Open exhibition.


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Save the Date – SCVO’s AGM and 20 Year Celebration 

25 Jun 18

SCVO would like you to save the date for its AGM, also this year we would like you to join with us to celebrate 20 years of  being in operation.


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Children and Young People Workshop – NEW DATE and VENUE 

25 Jun 18

Sandwell West Birmingham CCG would like to invite everyone who works with Children and Young People to a workshop on developing outcomes for their futures.


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Armed Forces Covenant Funding 

22 Jun 18

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust has opened applications for micro grants, so that any community wishing to host a There But Not There silhouette installation can do so.


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New Chair of the Board of Trustees for SCVO 

20 Jun 18

SCVO have appointed Geoff Foster as the new Chair of their Board of Trustees.


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Sidney’s Shed at Dorothy Parkes Centre 

18 Jun 18

Rhubarb Theatre presents Sidney’s Shed taking place Saturday 23rd June – 3pm at the Dorothy Parkes Centre, Church Road, Smethwick, B67 6EH .


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Preparing for Work Training Courses 

18 Jun 18

Building Bridges Training is planning to apply for ESF funding in the next few weeks to enable them to deliver further training to adults with a learning disabilities who reside in the Black Country.


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Living Memory Project Upcoming Activities 

18 Jun 18

The Living Memory Project (a two-year project) are working across the Black Country to celebrate different aspects of everyday life that have been captured through people’s own photographs.


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SHAPE Youth Festival 2018 

18 Jun 18

Saturday 14 July, 11am – 5pm, at Sandwell Valley Country Park The SHAPE team has again joined forces with the Albion Foundation to put on the SHAPE Youth Festival and 5K Blind Dave Colour Run at Sandwell Valley on Saturday 14 July and provide a “…


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Leathersellers’ Company 

18 Jun 18

Registered Charities and Educational Institutions providing support for children/young people, the elderly and people with disabilities mainly in London but also around the UK, are eligible to apply for one-off grants of up to £3,000 or larger, …


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Macmillan Consultation Event – People living with cancer having their say 

18 Jun 18

Macmillan Cancer Support is asking for the views of people living cancer to have their say on GP cancer reviews.


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New Drop-in Sessions for Wednesbury! 

14 Jun 18

SCVO in partnership with South Staffs Water have commenced monthly drop-in sessions for Sandwell Community, Voluntary  and Social Enterprise organisations at SSW Community Hub, Unit 17, Union Street, Wednesbury, WS10 7HD.


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Heart of England Webinar 

14 Jun 18

Heart of England Community Foundation is hosting a webinar on ‘what makes a good grant application’ on 19th June at 10.00 am.


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Transport for West Midlands Travel Survey 

11 Jun 18

Transport for West Midlands are currently undertaking a short travel survey (no longer than 5 minutes to complete) to outreach to hard to reach groups and vulnerable groups, and we would like you to promote this survey to these groups especially.


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One World – Celebrating Cultural Diversity 

11 Jun 18

Showcase your country and culture…dance acts, singers, musicians and variety acts wanted to perform! On Wednesday, 20 June 2018, Sandwell College is hosting its ‘One World’ event – the aim of which is, “to celebrate the cultural diversity …


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Community Pub Business Support Programme 

11 Jun 18

Communities in England looking to take responsibility for and ownership of their local pub, through purchase or long-term lease can now apply for financial support through the Community Pub Business Support Programme.


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Les Mills Fund for Children 

11 Jun 18

Grants of up to £1,000 are available to registered charities and non-profit organisations who work to improve the education and physical and emotional wellbeing of children.


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BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme 

11 Jun 18

The BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme supports children and young people up to the age of 18 living with severe poverty.


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RSPB Sandwell Valley Community Arts Festival 

11 Jun 18

RSPB Sandwell Valley is hosting a Community Arts Festival as part of the Mayor’s Community Weekend on Sunday 1st July.


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Shaping the Future of Adult Learning and Skills – the implications of Brexit and Devolution in the West Midlands 

8 Jun 18

Do you provide adult learning and skills in the West Midlands? Have you been uncertain about how Brexit and devolution will affect your work? If so, then join us for a one day conference hosted by the WEA West Midlands.


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Weigh2GO – Expression of Interest for Round 2 

5 Jun 18

Following the success of the Weigh2GO programme, we (Public Health in Sandwell Council) are now inviting applications from organisations that can provide a low level weight management/weight maintenance ‘Weigh2GO’ programme designed to target …


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Invitation to Army Engagement Event 

4 Jun 18

Brigadier Richard Carter Commander Headquarters 11th Signal West Midlands Brigade on behalf of the Army Board, requests the pleasure of your company at an the Army Engagement Group ‘Meet the Army’ event.


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Would you join us to improve access to good food for EVERYONE in Sandwell? 

4 Jun 18

We want everyone in Sandwell to be able to access good food.







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