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Friday, March 13th, 2015

NHS England publishes guide for grants to VCS

NHS England has published ‘A bite size guide to Grants for the Voluntary Sector’, aimed at Clinical Commissioning Groups.

It “sets out the benefits and principles of providing grant funding for the voluntary and community sector and suggests some Practical Steps commissioners can take to use grants in the most effective way to support local priorities”.

You can download the guide here.

Friday, January 30th, 2015

The Future of VCS Infrastructure Services

Report coverThe Independent Commission on the future of local infrastructure was set up in March 2014 to look at the provision local infrastructure support services in the voluntary and community sector and the challenges and opportunities it is likely to face in the coming years. The Commission has just published its report along with a summary document.

It gathered evidence from current infrastructure providers, charities and community groups, public sector bodies, the private sector, academics and other interested parties and held a number of evidence-gathering sessions across the country.

The Commission found that infrastructure providers will be needed in some form as long as people come together to form voluntary organisations and community groups. But it also concluded that the organisations providing infrastructure services in the future is likely to be a much leaner enabler, broker and catalyst rather than necessarily a deliverer.

As a key provider of infrastructure support in Solihull, SUSTAiN is interested to hear views from across Solihull’s VCS to inform our own response to this report. Please email with your thoughts.

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Get Involved in Early Help

Early Help Strategy CoverIn June 2014, Solihull’s Early Help Strategy was published setting out the vision, principles and the priorities for change to develop Solihull’s early help system. Work is now commencing to implement an operating model that brings together targeted, universal and community support in a needs-led, flexible and coordinated approach with the aim for families to be helped at the earliest point, improving children and young people’s life chances.

Help is being sought from all those who work with children, young people & families to help design and implement the new operating model. If your organisation provides activities and services for children, young people & families, the Solihull Partnership would like to hear from you and discuss how you can get involved.   Please contact Sarah Barnes on 704 8347 or


Friday, January 30th, 2015

10 Jul: SUSTAiN and Age UK’s ‘Under the Sea’ charity ball

Friday 10th July 2015, 7.00pm

Download the Under The Sea Ball Flyer

Find out about opportunities for sponsorship:

Download the sponsorship details


Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Revised Cold Weather Plan for 2014/2015

A new Cold Weather Plan has been published for Solihull for 2014/15.

It details the responses of key agencies to protect their clients during severe weather conditions.

Download the Cold Weather Action Plan 2014-15

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Can You Help with Trustee Recruitment?

Wanted Trustees

SUSTAiN has launched an appeal for new charity trustees and community group board members (more details here).

We are now looking for public venues and other organisations to promote this appeal by displaying a poster. Can you help by displaying one on a noticeboard?

If so there are A4 and A5 versions available to download:

Download – A4 Poster

Download – A5 Poster

or contact Dave Pinwell ( for printed copies.



Friday, December 5th, 2014

Keep a local child warm – donate a coat!


Any unwanted coats can be taken to Bosworth Community Centre, where they will go to a child who needs it this Winter. If you know of any children that would benefit from a coat you can use this referral form – or they can contact us directly.

Friday, October 24th, 2014

HS2 Community and Business Support Funds (from 2017)

The Government has announced that communities and businesses near the new HS2 high speed railway will benefit from grants. The Community and Environment Fund (CEF) and the Business and Local Economy Fund (BLEF) will make up to £30 million available for residents and local communities between London and Birmingham to invest in public projects such as the refurbishment of local community centres, nature conservation and measures to support local economies and employment.

Community groups, charities, non-governmental organisations and business support organisations will be able to bid for grants from the new funds, which are expected to be rolled out when construction starts in 2017.

Grants will be awarded until the end of HS2’s first year of operation in 2026.

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Rough Sleeping – protocol for Solihull (October 14)

The updated Solihull Rough Sleeper Protocol has been published by Solihull Council.

The full protocol can be downloaded below. The appropriate responses to rough sleepers are:

Download the protocol: Solihull Rough Sleeper Protocol – 2014-15 Update

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Talent Match Birmingham and Solihull

talent_match_logoTalent Match is a 5 year programme, equipping 1000 long-term unemployed young adults (18-24) across Birmingham and Solihull with the skills to sustain employment. The programme is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the local partnership is led by BVSC with Solihull SUSTAiN.

We aim to achieve…

  • By May 2018, 1000 young adults will access Talent Match support with at least 50% entering the paid work experience option for at least 6 months.
  • Each year, 70% of participants report improvements in skills, confidence, and self-perception as a result of involvement in paid work experience & complementary volunteering placements with local charities.
  • 150 young adults specifically access enterprise mentors and business support and as a result, by May 2018, 100 of these are self-employed and/or engaged in local enterprise & social enterprise.
  • By May 2018, at least 200 TM participants are in sustainable paid employment with 100 local employers, and both groups actively share their positive TM experience with peers and policymakers

Talent Match can work with 18-24 year olds living in Birmingham or Solihull who have been out of employment or training for at least 12 months.

In particular, Talent Match Birmingham & Solihull can offer support to:

  • Care leavers
  • Ex-offenders
  • People with learning difficulties or disabilities

Download the Talent Match flyer with essential details of the programme for young adults.


Further details from

T: BVSC 0121 643 4343 (8) | Solihull SUSTAiN 0121 711 3148