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Vigil for Manchester in Oldbury Civic Square – Thursday Evening, 25 May at 7 pm 

24 May 17

Communities in Sandwell are joining together for a vigil in memory of the victims of Monday’s Manchester concert attack.


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Creative Black Country Desi Pub Crawl: Sunday 28th May 2017 

23 May 17

Hop onto the Creative Black Country’s Desi Pub bus for a tour around the Black Country’s best kept secret; its Indian pubs.


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Photography Exhibition at Brasshouse 

22 May 17

As part of National Volunteers Week, that runs from 1 – 7 June, North Smethwick Development Trust will be celebrating the impact and contribution of volunteers, by organising a photography exhibition.


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How To Protect Your Charity IT Systems 

22 May 17

Cyber-attacks have been ‘big news’ in the last few weeks, most notably the WannaCry Ransomware that caused much disruption across the NHS .


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Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Family Grants 

22 May 17

Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity awards Marvellous Family Grants of up to £500 to families facing financial hardship while caring for a child with a serious illness.


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Co-operative Pitches Competion 

22 May 17

The Co-op invites existing co-operatives, or individuals/groups looking to set up a new co-operative initiative to put forward their ideas or innovative solutions in a bid to win a cash prize of up to £2,000.


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Calling ALL Volunteers & Volunteer involving Organisations 

16 May 17

The 1 – 7 June is National Volunteers Week and North Smethwick Development Trust will be celebrating the impact and contribution of volunteers by organising a photography exhibition , from 2 – 30 June at Brasshouse.


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PRS Foundation – Writer Producer Fund 

16 May 17

The Writer Producer Fund offers an opportunity for songwriters and writer-producers working in popular music genres to further develop their careers and writing/production credits with grants of up to £10,000.


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New Plan for GM2LF Big Local 

15 May 17

The GM2LF (Grace Mary to Lion Farm) Big Local Partnership is excited to announce that its new ‘Big Local Plan’ has been endorsed and the funding for the next 3 years has been approved by the funder, Local Trust .


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Comic Relief Community Cash deadline extended. 

15 May 17

The dead line for Heart of England’s ‘Comic Relief Community Cash’ programme has been  EXTENDED to 12 noon on Monday, 22nd May 2017.


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Celebrating Volunteers’ Week 2017 

15 May 17

Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK.


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Spotlight on Beanstalk 

15 May 17

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Youth Social Action Fund 

15 May 17

Worcestershire Community Foundation Youth Social Action Fund is open for applications from 15 May, 2017.


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Project Aspie’s next ‘Alphabet 12’ meeting 

12 May 17

Alphabet 12 is a networking event that supports people with Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism.


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Chance Glassworks Heritage Trust seeks Project Coordinator 

9 May 17

The CGWHT was formed with the intention of regenerating the Chance Glassworks in Smethwick.


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Eat Well Spend Less 

9 May 17

Brasshouse Community Centre is running a six week free course, learn how to cook and eat healthily on a budget.


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Henry Smith Charity (Holiday Grants) 

9 May 17

Schools, youth groups, not for profit organisations and charities have until 21 July 2017 to apply for grants of £500 to £2,500 to support recreational trips or holidays within the UK for groups of children experiencing disadvantage or who have …


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Fraud costs people in the UK around £10.9 billion every year. 

8 May 17

In the first of a series of articles we explain some of the common scams to look out for and some tips for staying safe.


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Five new posts at The Albion Foundation 

8 May 17

The Albion Foundation (TAF) is an established and successful provider of sport, education and disability programmes.


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Help the Homeless 

8 May 17

Help the Homeless, a national Charity which aims to help homeless people throughout the United Kingdom to resume a normal life, is currently accepting applications from small and medium sized charities and voluntary organisations (those with a …


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Toy Trust 

8 May 17

Charities working with disadvantaged young people aged 13 or below can apply for funding of up to £5,000 from the Toy Trust.


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Pink Ribbon Foundation 

8 May 17

The Pink Ribbon Foundation has announced it is now accepting applications for its 2017 funding round and that the closing date will be the 26 May 2017.


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Institute of Fundraising launches new GDPR guide for fundraising 

8 May 17

The Institute of Fundraising has published a guide for fundraising charities on the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, in partnership with law firm Bircham Dyson Bell.


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Building Blocks Charity seeks Trustees 

3 May 17

Building Blocks is the charitable organisation of the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner.


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BUPA Foundation 

2 May 17

The BUPA Foundation has launched a new funding round through its Healthy Futures funding programme.


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Fund for ‘looked after children’ and young carers 

2 May 17

The British and Foreign School Society has launched a new programme dedicated to improving approaches to the educational attainment of ‘looked after children’ and young carers in the UK.


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Comic Relief & M-A-C Aids Funding Programme 

2 May 17

Comic Relief in partnership with M-A-C Aids Fund has launched a new £450,000 funding programme to support organisations who are using technology in innovative and inspiring ways to respond to the ever-changing HIV landscape in the UK.


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Fund to run summer holiday 2017 play schemes 

2 May 17

Registered charities and community groups that want to run summer play schemes for children between the ages of 5 and 16 can apply for grants of between £500 and £1,000.


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Places of Worship (Security Funding Scheme) 

2 May 17

To tackle the rising number of hate crimes against religious buildings, churches and other places of worship can now apply for a second round of funding under the Government’s Places of Worship – Security Funding Scheme.


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Could you offer Work Experience? 

26 Apr 17

Is your business interested in supporting young people who are looking for work? Are you committed to engaging with your community and developing local talent and skills? Could you provide young jobseekers with a positive experience of the working …


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Comic Relief Community Cash 

26 Apr 17

Just a reminder that the Heart of England Comic Relief Community Cash closes at noon on Friday, 5 May, 2017, but there is still time for applications to be submitted.


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Liz Hingley Photography Exhibition 

24 Apr 17

We are delighted to present Home Made in Smethwick, an exhibition of photographs by local photographer Liz Hingley, which will tour to six Sandwell libraries.


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Great Bridge Alcohol Outreach Campaign 

24 Apr 17

On 3, 4 5 May, 12 noon to 3 pm, James Wareham, Community Alcohol Awareness Officer for Tipton and Wednesbury, will be teaming up with other colleagues from across Sandwell Council for the “Let’s Talk Alcohol in Sandwell” campaign on the High …


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Voluntary Sector Breakfast Meeting and Meet the Funder Session 

24 Apr 17

Are you a Voluntary and Community Group based or working in Sandwell? Do you want an opportunity to meet with other people on a very informal basis and promote and share information about the services and activities you offer? Please join us on …


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Dying Matters Awareness Week 

24 Apr 17

This year’s Dying Matters Awareness Week runs from the 8 – 14 May 2017.


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Announcing BCNA’s First Meeting! 

24 Apr 17

Black Country Neurological Alliance is often asked about its meetings.


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Comic Relief Iwill Youth Social Action Fund 

24 Apr 17

Comic Relief has announced that £2.4 million of funding has been made available through the #iwill Youth Social Action Fund.


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Business in the Community Event 

18 Apr 17

Overview Business needs resilient and prosperous communities in order to succeed and grow.


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The Stroke Association seeks Volunteer Office and Administration Support 

18 Apr 17

The Stroke Association is looking for a volunteer to provide office and administration support at their Sandwell Information, Advice and Support Service based in West Bromwich.


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Local company wish to donate free office furniture 

18 Apr 17

Steel and Alloy Gonvarri Steel Services, West Bromwich, have a number of office desks in excellent condition and a few office chairs, which they would wish to donate to the voluntary sector.


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Changes to Heritage Lottery Fund Grants for Churches 

18 Apr 17

From September 2017, the Heritage Lottery Fund’s (HLF) Grants for Places of Worship programme will close to new applications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.


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Hip Hop Heritage 

18 Apr 17

Tell us about yourself and your affiliation to the organisation you are involved in.


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Tipton Library – “For Shakespeare and St George Fun Day” 

18 Apr 17

Tipton Library is holding a “For Shakespeare and St George Fun Day” in honour of the birthday of William Shakespeare and of course St George.


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Support Officer Position at Healthwatch Sandwell 

11 Apr 17

Healthwatch Sandwell was set up to enable the view and experiences of people who use services to influence and improve the way the health and social care services are provided and run.


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Grants Officer & Events and Communications Officer at Heart of England 

10 Apr 17

The Heart of England Community Foundation is a grant making charity.


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New Reporting Obligation to HMRC Affects Charities Making Grants 

10 Apr 17

Those charities which receive more than half of their income from financial investments in any year need to check whether they have an obligation to report details of their grant recipients to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).


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Regulatory Alerts Issued For Fundraising Charities 

10 Apr 17

The Charity Commission recently issued an alert to promote the new Charities Act fundraising rules, which came in to force on 1 November 2016.


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Roll-Out Of New Pound Coin Provides Digital Opportunity For Charities 

10 Apr 17

A number of charities have rolled out social media focused fundraising campaigns designed to capitalise on the introduction of the new £1 coin (released on 28 March 2017).


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Cash4Clubs 

3 Apr 17

The Cash4Clubs fund has re-opened for applications and sports clubs can apply for grants of £250 to £1000 for a wide range of sports facilities, equipment and activities.


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Online Survey: Heritage Lottery Fund Review – Your Chance to Contribute 

3 Apr 17

The Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) has launched a review and call for evidence on the efficiency, effectiveness and governance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) and Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).







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