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E-Bulletin March 2017

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House of Commons Library – Women in public life, the professions and the boardroom

How are women represented in public life, the professions and the boardroom? This briefing gets out key trends and statistics, covering politics, public appointments, civil servants, the judiciary, the NHS, education and leading private sector vocations.


The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) – Review launched

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). Every government-sponsored public body is reviewed at least once in each Parliament to ensure it is fit for purpose and provides good value for money. To read more click here.


BBC Children in Need - The next closing date for applications for the BBC Children in Need Main Grants programme is 1 June 2017.

Grants over £10,000 per project are available to not for profit organisations and schools that work with young people who are experiencing disadvantage through:

• Illness, distress, abuse or neglect
• Any kind of disability
• Behavioural or psychological difficulties
• And/or living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

Schools can also apply for funding but the project must be additional to their statutory duties.

More information here.


NCVO – What issues are facing the charitable sector in 2017?

New research from NCVO suggests charities can expect to see their income squeezed as demand increases for their services. .  'The Road Ahead: A review of the voluntary sector's operating environment' warns that due to inflation donations will be worth considerably less by 2020, how declining non-statutory services will affect them, and how charities need to be aware and alert to possible law changes as a result of Brexit.


Technology Trust – Internal Communication Tools for 3rd Sector

Technology Trust is signposting communication tools which can help charities with their internal communications. Find out what are are The best tools to help your charity's internal communications. These tools can be management. Many of them are free to try out.


New Economics Foundation (NEF) – understanding devolution: a critical appraisal of the Greater Manchester devolution deal

The paper presents an assessment of the devolution process in Greater Manchester so far and highlights key issues for consideration for future devolved local areas. The analysis identifies the integration of health and social care as the service area which will undergo the greatest change in terms of service reform in devolved regions


Clinks – Training Course

Clinks is running a training course on how you can recognise and reward the contribution your service users make to your organisation.

Rewarding your service users can be especially difficult if they are receiving benefits, which may make paying them for their time more complicated. This training will provide you with all you need to know to pay or reward people for involvement without risking their benefits.

This event is exclusive to Clinks members. Check if you're a member here, and find out more about joining Clinks here

Interested in taking part but can't make the event? Join the service user involvement managers’ network 

Book your place here


Heart of England Community Foundation - Youth Social Action Fund

Heart of England Community Foundation is now accepting applications from registered charities, community groups, social enterprises and CIC’s for the Youth Social Action Fund. This fund is part of the UK wide “#iwill” campaign, which aims to increase the number of people between the ages of 10 and 20 years (25 for disabled people) who take part in youth social action.


Social action involves activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which enable participants to make a positive difference to their communities.

Grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 are available to organisations with an annual income of less than £500,000′ however priority may be given to smaller organisations. Examples of the types of projects that can be supported include: regular volunteering at a care home; a drop in where young people teach others new skills such as coding/bike maintenance/nail art; bite-size events for young people to train an organisation’s staff on the latest social media, etc. To find out more go to:

SCVO – Employment Law – what are the legal risks of employing volunteers or carers?


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 employing volunteers or carers? – What do you need to do.

To read more go to


Proposed Timetable

From 9.30am: Arrival, Registration & Refreshments (tea/coffee)

10.00am to 12 noon: Seminar Content

12 noon to 12.30pm: Informal networking opportunity.

To book your FREE place at this event, visit our Eventbrite page HERE.


BVSC – Introduction to crowdfunding

Learn from our experts in this FREE series for individuals, groups and organisations in Birmingham.

If you're new to crowdfunding and want to learn more about how to make it work for you, you're in the right place! Get the advice you need to start raising money for your idea.

This series, broken down into the three key stages, is suitable for anyone who is thinking about crowdfunding in Birmingham, from charities to social enterprises, sports clubs and community groups. It doesn't matter how much you're trying to raise – the fundamentals to running a successful crowdfund are the same. There will also be an opportunity to get one-to-one guidance for your project. Presenter - Sami Mauger, Organiser of Crowdfund Birmingham. To find out more and book click here.

Wed, 22 Mar 2017, 16:00 –

Wed, 3 May 2017, 16:30


138 Digbeth
Birmingham, B5 6DR


West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner - Contribute to research research study on victims of hate crime
The Police & Crime Commissioner has commissioned Leicester University to undertake research on hate crime to identify: the support needs of hate crime victims in the West Midlands; victims’ experiences of support services in the West Midlands; and ways of improving existing support services for hate crime victims.

The PCC has commissioned Leicester University to undertake research on hate crime to:

  • Identify the support needs of hate crime victims in the West Midlands
  • Identify victims’ experiences of support services in the West Midlands
  • Identify ways of improving existing support services for hate crime victims

The findings and recommendations from this research will help to improve support provision in the West Midlands and inform the commissioning of support services.

As part of the research we are conducting interviews with actual and potential hate crime victims, as well as service providers and frontline practitioners. We have also developed a survey which enables anybody, regardless of whether they have experienced a hate crime, to share their views:

Any assistance that you can provide in terms of raising awareness of the research and the survey would be hugely appreciated.

If you would like to participate in the research, please contact Dr Stevie-Jade Hardy as below by 31 March 2017



Partners Investing in Neighbourhoods, Birmingham - Investing in Neighbourhoods and Communities event
Organisations based in Birmingham South and Hall Green Districts are invited to an event at Stirchley Baths on Monday 27th March. The event is about bringing together organisations and individuals who have an interest in the role of the voluntary and community sector in neighbourhoods and communities. It will be providing the opportunity to hear about and learn from some of the great work taking place, to better connect the range of funding and support available to community organisations and groups, as well as to share experiences and ideas about what’s working and not working. To find out more and book click here


Women in Prison - Corston Report ten years on

This month marked the 10th Anniversary of Baroness Corston's review of vulnerable women in the criminal justice system.  A new report Corston + 10 from Women in Prison considers the progress made and highlights a number of areas for the government to consider including funding for women's centres, greater use of alternatives to custody and the need for co-ordinated collaboration between agencies.  

Barrow Cadbury Trust - Strengthening social investment access and infrastructure

The Trust announced at the beginning of the year that we had won a bid to run a new Social Investment Infrastructure Fund in partnership with the Access Fund.  Debbie Pippard, Head of Programmes at the Trust blogs about the aims of the £1.8m fund, and how it hopes to develop and strengthen infrastructure organisations.

No Recourse to Public Funds Network - New web-tool for advisers supporting destitute migrants

A new online tool has been launched by COMPAS in partnership with No Recourse to Public Funds Network to help support staff work out if destitute migrant families are eligible for local authority support.  The new tool has been accessed over 1,300 times since its launch in January.