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Vinci UK Foundation – Deadline: 31st March 2017 

23 Mar 17

VINCI recognises that its sustainable economic success is linked to an ambitious social commitment.


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Improving your charity’s digital storytelling 

22 Mar 17

Do you use ‘digital’ to communicate your message? A website, Facebook, Twitter etc? Producing fresh and engaging content can feel like hard work sometimes.


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Oldbury Viaduct Major Renewal Scheme 

21 Mar 17

Regular users of the M5, between junctions 1 and 2 particularly, may already be aware of the impending major renewal works that are scheduled to begin after Easter 2017.


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The Spring Budget – implications for the Sector. 

21 Mar 17

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, delivered his Spring Budget last week (8th March 2017).


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The Children’s Health Fund – Deadline: 7th April 2017 

21 Mar 17

The Children’s Health Fund recognises the importance of encouraging children and young people to drink more water in order to improve their overall health and development.


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Spotlight on Home School Enterprise 

20 Mar 17

Homeschool is a registered Christian Charity with a strong Christian ethos.


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SCVO Member Feature: Creative Support 

20 Mar 17

Creative Support is a not for profit agency and high quality provider of  social care services for people with learning disabilities, mental health and other needs, in the West Midlands.


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Opportunities at Citizens Advice Dudley 

20 Mar 17

Citizens Advice Dudley Borough is a charity that offers free, impartial and independent advice to over 15,000 people per year, resolving 55,000 advice issues to diverse communities across the Borough, many of whom often have complex support needs or …


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Wanted: Chair of Board and Trustee for Relate Birmingham 

20 Mar 17

Relate Birmingham is a local independent charity and leading provider of relationship support.


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The Harry Payne Fund 

20 Mar 17

The Heart of England Community Foundation is accepting applications for The Harry Payne Fund.


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Reaching Communities England (Big Lottery) 

20 Mar 17

Voluntary or community groups can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £500,000 to cover the costs of projects which improve communities, by using local knowledge, strengths and assets to test and implement the ideas which matter most to …


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Free programme to help you strat a Social Enterprise – 26th April Deadline. 

16 Mar 17

The  School for Social Entrepreneurs Midlands  is looking for 40 start-up social entrepreneurs from across the West East Midlands to join its award winning Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs programme.


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Think Before You Tweet! (Guidance from Anthony Collins Solicitors) 

15 Mar 17

Katie Hopkins, the controversial columnist and former Apprentice candidate, has been ordered to pay £24,000 in damages to food writer, Jack Monroe, following two tweets sent by Hopkins on 18 May 2015.


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Creative Black Country – Open Access Round 8 

15 Mar 17

The Open Access Award supports activities that build audiences and promote artistic excellence in the Black Country.


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Lord Taverners Minibuses Grant Programme – Deadline: 31st July 2017 

15 Mar 17

The Lords Taverners, the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity, has announced that its Minibuses grants programme will re-open for applications on the 1st May 2017.


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Field Studies Council – Deadline: 1st June 2017 

14 Mar 17

Schools, colleges and youth groups can receive up to 80% towards the costs of providing environmental outreach education for groups of disadvantaged young people through the Field Studies Council’s Kids Fund.


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Up to £2bn of new funding could ‘transform the charity sector’ 

13 Mar 17

Up to £2bn of unclaimed assets currently lying dormant in the financial sector has the potential to “transform the charity sector”, the government said today.


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Apps Crucial to Generation Z Donations, Survey Finds 

13 Mar 17

A new study carried out by social payment app Moneymailme has found that that 72% of 18-25 year-olds would give to charity via a mobile app if given the chance.


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One in Four Organisations Still Unprepared for GDPR 

13 Mar 17

A quarter of marketers (26%) believe their organisations are still unprepared for the introduction of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), with just over half (56%) reporting that they feel prepared and 5% believing it’s not their …


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UK’s Digital Strategy Promises Skills Training for Millions 

13 Mar 17

More than four million free digital skills training opportunities will be created as part of a Digital Strategy to make Britain the best place in the world to start and grow a digital business and ensure our digital economy works for everyone.


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Heart of England Community Foundation seeks Finance Officer 

10 Mar 17

The Heart of England Community Foundation seeks to recruit a Finance Officer for their Community Matters project.


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Senior Horticulturist and Lead Employment & Development Adviser for Ideal For All 

10 Mar 17

Ideal for All (IFA) is a major local advocate for the needs of disabled people, forming new networks and partnerships with neighbouring boroughs to progress its mission of equality for all .


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Second 2017 Round of Greggs Foundation’s Environmental Grants Scheme Opens 

8 Mar 17

Using money from the 5p levy on carrier bag sales in Greggs shops, the Greggs Foundation set up the Environmental Grants scheme which aims to improve people’s lives by improving the environment.


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Sport England Announces New Funding to Tackle Inactivity and Economic Disadvantage 

8 Mar 17

From April 2017 Sport England will be accepting applications for the second round of its inactivity fund.


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Veolia Environmental Trust Open to Applications 

8 Mar 17

Grants of up to £75,000 are available for projects located within the proximity of a qualifying Veolia site in England or Wales.


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Small Charities Programme 

8 Mar 17

Charity Finance Group is offering subsidised* finance training courses as part of its Small Charities Programme, financed by Esmée Fairbairn .


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FREE Charity and Not-for-Profit Legal Update Seminar 

7 Mar 17

Higgs Sons , in partnership with SCVO , would like to invite you to this FREE briefing event, on Wednesday, 29th March 2017 at the Greets Green Access Centre, which will cover the following topics: Employment Law: – What are the legal risks of …


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NCVO’s ‘The Road Ahead’ Report – 2017 

7 Mar 17

Each year, NCVO publishes ‘The Road Ahead’ – a report that builds a picture of the challenges and opportunities coming up for the voluntary sector, and helps its members navigate the best way forward.


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‘Alphabet 12’ – Autism & Employment 

7 Mar 17

Project Aspie  is a Birmingham-based organisation that helps people with Asperger’s Syndrome.


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Sandwell Celebrates National Apprenticeship Week 

6 Mar 17

Sandwell will be marking National Apprenticeship Week (March 6-10) with events helping people to make their first step on the career ladder.


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

6 Mar 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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Sharing Data? Don’t Get Caught Out! 

6 Mar 17

Many charities share personal data with other organisations.


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FREE Workshop for Clubs – Club Finances 

6 Mar 17

Do you have a dream for your club but struggle to make progress? Active Black Country is running another free workshop in 2017  that can help.


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Identifying How Best to Support Victims in the West Midlands 

6 Mar 17

  The University of Leicester, funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Midlands, would like to invite you to share your expectations of hate crime support services in the West Midlands by completing a questionnaire.


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mARTch – Celebrating Art, Culture and Creativity 

6 Mar 17

A month-long roadshow of workshops and sessions to get artists of all ages being creative and talking about the future of the arts is coming to Sandwell.


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Sandwell Young Carers would like to recruit Youth and Play Leaders 

6 Mar 17

Sandwell Young Carers supports young carers living in the Borough by providing activities which distract from their caring roles and responsibilities.


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Could your organisation deliver the Peer Health Champions Programme? 

6 Mar 17

Rights and Equality Sandwell (RES) are looking to engage with voluntary sector and community led organisations to work with and deliver the Peer Health Champions Programme .


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British and Foreign Schools Society grants 

6 Mar 17

Grants are available to support schools and registered charities that wish to undertake educational work with children and young people in disadvantaged areas .


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Football Foundation  

6 Mar 17

Not for profit organisations, local authorities, educational establishments and grassroots football clubs, can apply for grants of up to £10,000 through the Football Foundation’s Premier League and the FA Facilities Fund Small Grants Scheme.


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Development Officer for Heritage Lottery Fund Birmingham 

6 Mar 17

The Heritage Lottery Fund is recruiting for a Development Officer who will be a member of a four-person Development Team .


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Council Invites Views on New Vision for Sandwell 

3 Mar 17

Sandwell Council in its leadership role in the Borough has recognised that the time is right to refocus Sandwell’s vision for the future.


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International Women’s Day Career Aspiration Networking Event 

28 Feb 17

In partnership with the West Bromwich Job Centre, the Barnardo’s Midlands On-Track Programme is organising a lunch-time event in conjunction with International Women Day, on Wednesday 8 March 2017 from 12 pm to 1.30 pm.


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Rapid Testing Clinic Drop-ins 

27 Feb 17

Terrence Higgins Trust is having Rapid HIV testing clinics across Sandwell, from 28 February.


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Six Ways Charity Boards Can Make Their Workload Manageable 

27 Feb 17

Is your board super busy? Top tips on sharing the burden: bring in specialist expertise, include more junior staff and work with service users.


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‘This Has To Work’: Last Chance For Charities To Clean Up Fundraising 

27 Feb 17

If self-regulation by charities of fundraising is in the last-chance saloon, as we are often told, they are cautiously ordering another round.


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Building Digital Products in a Small- to Medium-Sized Charity 

27 Feb 17

Duncan McLaggan, operations manager at Quaker Social Action (QSA) discusses the challenges small- to medium-sized charities have when building digital products – and how the charity overcame them.


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BBC Children in Need is Currently Recruiting Volunteer Committee Members 

27 Feb 17

BBC Children in Need is currently recruiting volunteer committee members, for its Regional Advisory Committee in the Central region, which covers West Midlands, East Midlands and parts of the East of England.


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How to Manage Donations Left in Wills: Five Tips for Charities 

27 Feb 17

Every year, £2.5bn is left to UK charities.


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Developing New Ways of Working in Sandwell and West Birmingham 

24 Feb 17

In line with the NHS Five Year Forward View, a publication that sets out a vision for a better NHS, Sandwell West Birmingham CCG is exploring new ways of working that will improve the health and care for local people .


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Project Vacancies with Groundwork 

23 Feb 17

Groundwork provides training and creates jobs, reduce energy and waste, reconnect people with nature and transform whole neighbourhoods .







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