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SCVO: Sandwell Council of Voluntary Organisations

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Oscar Sandwell seeks Volunteer Treasurer 

20 Nov 17

The Organisation for Sickle Cell Anaemia Research and Thalassaemia Support (OSCAR) was first set up in the United Kingdom in 1975.


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EMI Music Sound Foundation 

20 Nov 17

Schools in the UK, that wish to purchase musical instruments and equipment can apply for funding of up to £2,000 through the EMI Music Sound Foundation’s Instrument and/or Equipment Awards.


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Dan Maskell Tennis Trust 

20 Nov 17

Grants of up to £1,500 are available to special schools, disability groups and associations, etc for equipment and specialist wheelchairs to enable disabled people to play tennis.


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DM Thomas Foundation 

20 Nov 17

The next application deadline to the DM Thomas Foundation for Young People is the 6th February 2018.


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Funding for Projects that Combat Abuse and Violation of Human Rights 

15 Nov 17

UK-registered charities that seek to combat abuse and violations of human rights can apply for funding through the A B Charitable Trust (ABCT).


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New Grant Funding Programme Now Open! 

13 Nov 17

Do you have an idea that will change your locality for the better? Are you able to create opportunities that enhance quality of life and have a lasting impact? for example, making localities friendlier, safer, healthier etc.


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Steps to Work seeks Hubs in Sandwell and Dudley 

13 Nov 17

Steps to Work is thrilled to have been successful in securing the sub- contract with Shaw Trust to deliver the Work and Health programme in Sandwell and Dudley.


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Don’t miss the last Voluntary Sector Breakfast Meeting of 2017 

13 Nov 17

You are cordially invited to the last Voluntary Sector Breakfast Meeting of 2017, to be held on Thursday 23 November, 7.30 am – 9.00 at Ebenezer Church, High Street Langley, Oldbury B69 4SL.


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The GDPR…Some New Resources to Assist Your Journey 

13 Nov 17

As we move ever-closer to May 2018 and the implementation of The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), new resources are regularly appearing that are designed to assist organisations in their preparation for ‘G-day’.


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Henry Smith Charity 

13 Nov 17

The Henry Smith Charity provides grants of between £20,000 and £60,000 per year for up to three years to charitable organisations that help people when other sources of support have failed, are inappropriate, or are simply not available.


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Big Lottery and Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport 

13 Nov 17

A new funding programme supporting communities to take action on issues which matter locally has been launched by the Big Lottery Fund and Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).


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Leading Charities Urge Government to Address ‘Crisis’ Of Mental Health Services in UK 

13 Nov 17

Twelve mental health bodies write open letter urging ministers they ‘cannot go on’ with so many patients ‘locked out’ of vital services.


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Call-out for Artists for Winter Open All Media Exhibition 

13 Nov 17

Following successful September and October Exhibitions, The Art Yard Gallery Studios, Cradley Heath, is pleased to announce its Winter Open All Media Exhibition , on Monday 20 November to Friday 22 November 2017.


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National Financial Capability Week 13-19 November 2017 

13 Nov 17

During Financial Capability week Sandwell Financial Services Hub, its partner agencies and Black Country Housing Group – BC Click Start, will be celebrating the work they do to improve financial capability within the community by hosting events in …


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Sandwell Adult Learning Network 

7 Nov 17

Sandwell Adult and family learning (SAFL) is a direct contract holder with the Skills Funding Agency for the provision of community learning.


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A new website is helping people in Sandwell to manage their money. 

2 Nov 17

BetterOff Sandwell will help residents to: access advice on benefits and ways to improve their job opportunities apply for welfare benefits find work that pays and record their job search activity see how their money changes when they move into work.


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Trustees Required at Citizens Advice Sandwell 

31 Oct 17

Trustees Required Citizens Advice Sandwell are holding their AGM on 7 th December and are looking for Trustees to serve on the Board.


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AVIVA Community Fund…Your Vote Counts! 

31 Oct 17

The Aviva Community Fund offers the chance to get funding for an important cause in your community.


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Fundraising Platforms Discuss Online Transparency and Trust 

31 Oct 17

Key discussion areas and next steps agreed at a summit about online giving held by the Charity Commission and the Fundraising Regulator.


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The Chink in A Charity’s Armour? 

31 Oct 17

Everybody forgets about printers when it comes to data security says Alistair Millar, Altodigital Group Marketing Manager.


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It’s Not the Law That’s Silencing Charities: It’s Their Own Lack of Imagination 

31 Oct 17

When things fall silent, it takes a while to notice.


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Masonic Charitable Foundation Community Support Grants 

31 Oct 17

Registered charities in England and Wales can apply for funding to the Masonic Charitable Foundation’s Community Support Grants Scheme.


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Grants to Help New, Innovative Visual Arts Projects (UK) 

31 Oct 17

The Elephant Trust offers grants to artists and for new, innovative visual arts projects.


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Funding and Support for New Community Businesses (England) 

31 Oct 17

The Community Business Bright Ideas Fund, which supports community groups in England wanting to set up new community businesses will re-open for applications on the 1st November 2017 .


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Your views on the ‘State of the Sector’ wanted 

30 Oct 17

SCVO has launched its latest VCS Leaders Survey and is inviting trustees, volunteers and lead staff of Sandwell community groups and voluntary organisations to take part.


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General Data Protection Regulation hotline to open from 1 November 

30 Oct 17

Smaller charities will be able to make use of a new telephone advice service about the General Data Protection Regulation, run by the Information Commissioner’s Office.


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Sandwell Advocacy want to hear your views… 

30 Oct 17

Sandwell Advocacy is working with OPAAL (Older People’s Advocacy Alliance) to determine what the needs are of people over the age of 50 living with long term health conditions and they are using the findings to identify what help people may need.


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Iof Responds to Regulator’s Draft Data Protection Code 

27 Oct 17

The Institute of Fundraising (IoF) has published its ‘first take’ on the Fundraising Regulator’s recently released consultation on data protection.


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How Can You Attract and Keep Donors with Text Messaging? 

27 Oct 17

Gaining new donors is a long organic process that requires effort, time and using as many channels as possible.


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New Report Helps Charities with End-Of-Year Fundraising 

27 Oct 17

Blackbaud Europe has released a new report to assist charities with their end-of-year fundraising.


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Safeguarding Network Launch 

26 Oct 17

There is a community and faith based establishments (CFBE) safeguarding network launch taking place on:   Thursday 7th of December 2017,    9.00am – 2.30pm at Gayton Community Centre, Gayton Road, West Bromwich, B71 1QS.


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Charities Urged to Be Alert to Phishing Attacks 

26 Oct 17

The Charity Commission has issued an alert encouraging charities to be alert to potential phishing attacks.


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YMCA BCG Enterprise units available in West Bromwich 

26 Oct 17

Do you have an idea for a start-up business or maybe you’ve been doing your “thing” for the last 12 months and now feel the need to base yourself in small community of like-minded business people.


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The Goldsmiths’ Company 

26 Oct 17

Teachers and Head Teachers with a minimum of 5 years’ practical school teaching experience in the UK can apply for grants of up to £3,000 to enhance their personal and professional development.


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The Theatres Trust 

26 Oct 17

The Theatres Trust has announced that theatres across the UK have until the 7th January 2018 to apply for grants of up to £5,000 address urgent building repairs, improve operational viability, introduce environmental improvements, and enhance …


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Arts and Heritage Organisations Unlock New Support 

26 Oct 17

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund and Nesta have launched the findings of a pilot programme, in a report titled Matching the Crowd – combining crowdfunding and institutional funding to…


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Spotlight on South Staffs Water 

26 Oct 17

Tell us what you do South Staffs Water has a range of extra help services available for our customers; one example is the Assure tariff, a new easy way for eligible customers to reduce their water charges by up to 80%.


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SCVO is Recruiting for a Community Partnerships Coach 

23 Oct 17

Are you a real ‘People Person’ with a passion for working with local people and communities in order to build and grow individual and community resilience? SCVO seeks to appoint a high-calibre, creative individual to join our Development Team who…


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‘Positive Change for a Positive Future’…SCVO’s AGM Round-up. 

23 Oct 17

Thursday, 19th October 2017 saw the gathering of 64 delegates for SCVO’s 2017 AGM at Hawthorns House in West Bromwich.


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How Vulnerable Young People Experience Digital Exclusion 

23 Oct 17

The year-long #NotWithoutMe pilot programme challenge the assumption that younger generations are ‘digital natives’ and have basic digital skills or access to learning opportunities.


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The New Charity Governance Code 

23 Oct 17

The Charity Commission are delighted that the charity sector’s governance code is now in its 12th year and its 3rd edition.


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Wolfson Foundation 

23 Oct 17

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 2018.


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The Finnis Scott Foundation 

23 Oct 17

The Finnis Scott Foundation has announced that the next closing date for applications is the 31st January 2018.


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New SCVO Member Feature: The Walk of Life (West Midlands) 

23 Oct 17

The Walk of Life (West Midlands) is the lastest group to become a  member of SCVO.


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Out of School Activity Lead Worker 

19 Oct 17

Murray Hall Community Trust is looking to appoint an out of school activity worker to plan and implement park based physical play activities across the Rowley area.


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Macmillan Cancer Support Grants 

16 Oct 17

The next closing date for the Macmillan Cancer Support Grants scheme is the 10th November 2017.


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Over 100 UK Charities Jump On Board Ecard Platform 

16 Oct 17

UK charities are joining a social enterprise that provides them with a new income stream using an innovative take on the £1.7bn greeting card market1.


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Government Details Plans to Align Data Laws with GDPR 

16 Oct 17

The UK government has outlined more details of its Data Protection Bill, which it said will update existing law to make it fit for the digital age.


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Carer Support Worker (HPLC) 

16 Oct 17

CARES, the Sandwell based charity which gives information, advice and counselling support service for carers and their dependents, is seeking to recruit a Carer Support Worker to work with other members of the CARES Staff Team.


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Shared Lives Carer needed to join Independent Panel for CVT 

16 Oct 17

Camphill Village Trust is currently in the process of putting together an Independent Panel for its innovative Shared Lives Scheme, being developed across the Borough of Dudley and the surrounding areas.







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