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People’s Health Trust Active Communities Funding Now Open

People’s Health Trust Active Communities Funding is open for applications

Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities an even better place to live are now invited to apply for funding to turn their ideas into reality.

Using money raised by HealthFair through The Health Lottery, People’s Health Trust is looking to invest in projects that support people living in the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

Active Communities is a funding programme for not-for-profit groups with an income of less than £350,000 a year, or an average of £350,000 over two years, seeking investment of between £5,000 and £50,000 for projects lasting up to two years.

Our Engagement Team are able to support you with your applications.
Click here to contact your local Engagement Officer or call 0300 3038606.

Please click here for more information about the funding.

Closing date for applications is 1pm on 8th July 2015.



Join Solihull Carers and celebrate their Centre of Excellence Carers Trust Award


Solihull Carers Centre wish to invite you to their evening celebration event on 29th July from 4pm – 7:30pm

Venue: Solihull Carers Centre, Fire Station Annexe, 620 Streetsbrook Road, Solihull, B91 1QY

The event is open to all and will be joined by the Mayor of Solihull to showcase the centre’s work involving:

  • Carers of all ages in Solihull
  • Transition work with 14-18 year olds
  • GP and Health Professionals
  • Solihull Carers volunteers
  • School Award Scheme
  • Local organisations and businesses
  • New laws for carers
  • Solihull Carers Strategy

The agenda for the evening includes:

4pm – 5:15pm See our work, have a tour and refreshments

5:15pm – 6pm The Mayor’s speech. Hear carers, volunteers and other professionals experiences about receiving support and working with the Carers Centre.

6pm – 7pm Tour and refreshments … followed by a surprise!

For more information, contact 0121 788 1143 or email centre@solihullcarers.org

To download the flyer, please click here > Solihull Carers Event


New job opportunities at the School for Social Entrepreneurs

The School for Social Entrepreneurs is currently recruiting for the following roles:

Learning Facilitator(s)

You will be in the front line of delivering our highly successful and unique learning programmes to social entrepreneurs across the region. You will be a critical member of the SSE Midlands team and part of a global network of schools. You will have a passion for personal development, learning and social enterprise. Our priority is finding the best person for this role and therefore flexible on how this happens. If working in a freelance capacity, you can expect between £25 and £35 per hour depending on skills and experience. We may engage more than one person in this capacity. As a part-time employee, salary will be between £25k and £28k (pro rata) per annum.

Project Co-ordinator/Administrator

You will provide the support and control that ensures that our Learning Facilitators and CEO are able to deliver the best possible experience for our students and our own sustainability. You will have excellent administration, communication, project management, book-keeping and IT skills. This is a part-time role of 2 to 3 days per week with a salary range of between £15k and £18k per annum. Again the priority is on finding the best person for the job so some flexibility on working hours.

The deadline for applications for both roles is 12:00 noon on 10th July.

  • Interviews for the Learning Facilitator role will be week commencing 20th July
  • Interviews for the Project Co-ordinator/Administrator role will be week commencing 27th July

For further information about either of the positions noted above and to access the application pack, please click here


Exciting new Fundraising Manager job opportunity at Sport 4 Life UK

Sport 4 Life UK are recruiting! Spread the word!

Do you know anybody who might be interested in the Fundraising Manager position at Sport 4 Life UK?

Working directly with the Chief Executive, and as part of the Senior Management Team, you will lead on the overall fundraising operations of the charity with a ‘hands ­on’ approach ­ statutory/public sector grants, trusts and foundations, major donors/wealthy individuals, corporate supporters, individual/small donors, community fundraising and online giving.

You will have the support of other staff who have a small amount of capacity to contribute to the fundraising activities. You will also be instrumental in developing the fundraising strategy of the organisation, as well as leading the ‘Finance & Fundraising’ committee group.


Closing dates for applications is 4pm on 30th July!

You can access the job details and description here


Please help our neighbours and vote for The Disability Resource Centre to receive important grant

Please vote for DRC to receive a grant from the Skills and Opportunities Fund

A funding application to the Skills and Opportunities Fund by Disability Resource Centre has reached a short list of projects in the Midlands and East region.

The next stage is an online public vote and DRC need to get as many votes as possible by this Friday (19th June 2015).

DRC’s Fundraising Officer, Jenna Wills is encouraging partners and supporters to go online and vote for our application before the deadline:

“We would like to use the funding to run six 12-week courses, open to any disabled person with an impairment or long-term health condition who is looking for work. Our innovative courses focus not only on developing employability skills and moving people towards work, but also on wrap-around services to promote positive health and wellbeing. We address motivation, confidence and self-esteem, condition management, safety, equality and support issues. We expect 72 disabled people to complete the course, with over half of these going on to secure employment, volunteering or training opportunities.”

If you would like to vote for DRC’s innovative project, please visit the website link below.

When you scroll down to the bottom of the page, there is a list of the projects. We hope you will click on DRC and then press the ‘VOTE’ button. The whole process takes literally seconds.

Here is the voting page:


Please feel free to distribute the link far and wide to your contacts.

Voting will close at noon on Friday 19 June 2015.


DISE to deliver Talent Match Contract

Development in Social Enterprise CIC are very pleased to announce that they have recently been awarded a contract by Birmingham Voluntary Service Council (BVSC) to deliver a significant operational intelligence project for the Talent Match Birmingham and Solihull programme.

The mapping exercise will identify new initiatives in Birmingham and Solihull which support the Talent Match sustainable youth employment project.

Talent Match is a national youth employment preparation programme funded by the Big lottery Fund. The Talent Match Birmingham and Solihull project began in July 2014, with an award of £7.6 million over five years. BVSC aim to support 1,000 young adults aged 18-24, who face significant barriers in entering the labour market. They also provide a range of innovative programme of skills development and ‘wrap around’ support for young adults. The aim of this support is to help them find and sustain meaningful employment, move into further education or set up their own enterprise.

BVSC are working in partnership with Solihull SUSTAiN to deliver the Talent Match Programme.

Development in Social Enterprise CIC are well under way with the project work and are currently collating together all information about providers of support programmes to help NEETS. Young people Not in Employment, Education or Training. ‘We are very much looking forward to his project and are pleased with the progress so far on this one’ David Lane, CEO Development in Social Enterprise CIC ‘We believe Talent Match is an important contract for us to engage with support providers in the Birmingham and Solihull area’.

The work for this project will be delivered through June and July 2015.



Solihull Girls Can New Contract Announced



Solihull Girls Can is a new contract around health and fitness activities for women aged 16-45 years.

A number of opportunities, particularly Sport England’s ‘This Girl Can’ campaign, have arisen where physical activity and sport can be used to support local people to lead healthier, more active lifestyles. Solihull Girls Can aims to maximise these opportunities.

A physical active lifestyle is a key factor to improving and maintaining health. An active lifestyle can include participation in everyday activity (such as brisk walking, cycling or heavy gardening), active recreation or organised sport. 75% of the population believe that physical activity is good for them, yet in Solihull (like the rest of the UK) only 26.7% of adults participate in either active recreation or sport three times a week or more. However, it is worth noting adult participation levels have displayed an upward trend over the last 3 years and represent top quartile performance nationally.

If your club, organisation or project is interested in becoming a partner of Solihull Girls Can, with your current planned activity, please complete the expression of interest.

Further details outlining the opportunity can be found here 

To submit and expression of interest for this contract, please email solihullactive@solihull.gov.uk by no later than 5pm, Friday 26th June 2015. Alternatively, you can send your expression of interest by post to:

Sadie Walker, Solihull Active Team, Public Health and Commissioning, Solihull Council, 4th Floor, Council House, B91 3QB

For an informal discussion about the opportunity, contact Sadie Walker on 0121 704 8079



£2K Business start-up grant up for grabs


Solihull for Success has launched a new set of start-up funding and business support for organisations and individuals to get your business started. 

The Enterprise for Success programme is part funded by Solihull Council and the European Development Fund and is available for businesses who are based in the North Solihull area and have been trading for less than 2 years.

Grants of up to £2,000 are available. Community organisations, social enterprises and privately owned ventures are eligible to apply for this grant. To make an enquiry and check whether you are eligible, call the business support team on 0121 704 6363 or alternatively, send them an email at enterprise@solihull.gov.uk

The business start up programme is available until March 2016, so if you are interested, make sure you get your applications in soon! Applications are approved on a first come first served basis.


Measuring and Marketing your social value

Copyright Aidem Digital 23/05/2015


Dave Lane of Development in Social Enterprise and Ranjit Bansal of DYNAMIC Marketing delivered an informative social value masterclass at the Social Value Construction Conference on 23rd April 2015.

Dave first spoke to the group about measuring social value and why organisations should measure it. He said one of the key drivers to measuring social value is understanding the change and effect on customers and the local environment. Another driver is that measuring will improve an organisations quality and performance. He also spoke about changes to the social value act and also government cuts that have impacted organisations in the sector.

Measuring social value in construction can be tricky unless you know exactly what you want to measure. Some examples could include local employment rates in construction projects, local supply chain where possible – reduction in carbon, apprenticeships provided through housing and construction organisations, local multipliers eg: new housing developments could mean new people in the economy and spending patterns could change over time.

Dave also covered the basic steps to measuring social value:

  • Identify what matters to your organisation and your stakeholders “Measure what you value, don’t value what you measure”
  • Identify how you will know when you have achieved your target (Indicators and KPIs)
  • Understand the ‘Theory of Change’ for each stakeholder – what do they want? How has your organisation changed the stakeholder?
  • Understand what is down to you and what is not
  • Keep it as simple as you can

Specific measuring tools:

  • Social Return on Investment (SROI) – to measure impact and change for the individual with an interest in the monetary value
  • Social Accounting Audit (SAA) – planning, evaluation and improvement tool that weights stakeholders high and is not concerned with monetary value. It puts more weight onto the environmental aspects than SROI.
  • AA 100 AS – a tool used mainly for larger companies and external audits.
  • Balanced scorecard – plan, do, review tool that considers the environmental and economic aspects of the project

Ranjit showed attendees the ‘chain of good’ Innocent Smoothies promotional video, which is a really effective way of them marketing their social value. It tells a story to their customers, that by buying their smoothies, they are creating good around the world and creating good social value links in a chain of different people.

Ranjit also gave attendees an informative handout about the dos and don’ts of marketing social value. These included DO market your social value, not report it. DO make it easy to ‘get’ you social value – understanding and getting a clear message across to customers is key. Finally, DO master the art of storytelling. A powerful story will stay with people longer and if it is funny and interactive, people are more likely to relate to it easier.


Lorna Fergusons’ Tendering Tips

Guest speaker Lorna Ferguson, Project lead on IAA&S at Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council (SMBC),  spoke to attendees at Wednesday’s networking event about the tendering and commissioning process at the council.

Key definitions:

  • Commissioning: is the means to secure the best value for local citizens. It is the process of translating aspirations and need, by specifying and procuring services for the local population, into services for users which deliver the best possible health and well-being outcomes, provide the best possible health and social care provision and are within the best use of available resources.
  • Procurement is the process of identifying and selecting a provider, and may involve competitive tendering and stimulating the market.
  • Purchasing is the process for buying or funding services.
  • Contracting is the technical process of negotiating and agreeing the terms of a contract for services, and on going management of the contract including payment and monitoring.

Lorna spoke about the Commissioning process at SMBC, where there are 10 key points to consider in the process. These are

  1. Needs assessment
  2. Resource mapping
  3. ‘What works’
  4. Choosing priorities
  5. Strategy development
  6. Market shaping
  7. Service design
  8. Purchasing
  9. Support and challenge
  10. Evaluation

Every point in the process is integral to successful commissioning. Lorna described that the team undertook survey work for the needs assessment in order to identify key areas in the borough that were in greater or lesser need of a particular service. She then researched other areas of the Borough to see which services were working effectively and attending to the needs of the correct demographic, for example the popular and much needed health advice hubs in Chelmsley Wood and Meriden. Lorna also emphasised on the importance of choosing priorities in the Solihull area, particularly around health care services.

Lorna advised all attendees to sign up to the website CSW Jets (In-Tend)- which is an online tender portal and by signing up you will receive full details of all of the current and upcoming contracts as soon as they are published.

A great emphasis was laid onto the importance of getting the tender documentation correct the first time, Lorna spoke about how previous applicants had failed at the first hurdle, because they had not signed one document or did not check every form was correct. If the documentation is incorrect, you will be rejected straight away, it is as simple as that. She also advised applicants to load their documents the day before the deadline and not to try and upload everything on the day of the deadline. If the documents are uploaded late, they will not be considered.

Top tip! Make sure all of your documents are answered and filled in correctly and then upload them online to the Intend portal before the deadline to avoid disappointment!Tendering is a rigorous process and the procurement team have no mercy in late entries or documents not filled in correctly.