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Thursday, February 1st, 2018

Solihull Together Fund Grants Awarded

An independent panel comprising three champions of our local VCS, Fidelis Navas of Xoserve, Matyn Garner of Solihull School and Sharon Gray of JLR, met to consider the 2017 Solihull Together Fund Grant Awards. They awarded a total of £3,000 to nine of the organisations which applied.

Some of the things that will be funded are new printer/photocopier for a community group, a First Aid at Work course for volunteers, three Forest School sessions, new flower beds for a Friends of Park Group, a planter for a Friends of Station Group and travel to a Community Cup tournament for a community/disability group.

The money was raised at last year’s Solihull Sustain / AgeUK Solihull Ball. This year’s Ball on Friday 13th July at the St Johns Hotel will again raise money for the Fund.

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Fraudsters offering fake Government grants

Action Fraud is warning people to watch out for emails and cold calls from fraudsters who are asking people to apply for Government grants in return for an advance fee.

Action Fraud has received 85 reports of this type of fraud since January 2017 with a total loss of £255,724 and an average loss of £3,000.

Bogus companies which have websites set up in the company name, claim to be operating on behalf of the UK Government

The fraudsters cold call businesses and individuals offering the grants and if they’re interested, direct them to fill out an online application form with their personal information.

Once the fraudsters have obtained the personal information they will re-contact victims and congratulate them on being accepted onto the grant programme.

Applicants are then asked to provide identification and are instructed to get a pre-paid card to deposit their own contribution to the fake Government grant scheme. Prepaid cards can be used in a similar way to credit cards, except the funds on a prepaid card are loaded on prior to spending.

Fraudsters will contact the victims by phone or email to ask for the details of their pre-paid card and copies of statements in order for them to add the grant funds.

Of course the grant funds are never given by the fraudsters and the money that’s been loaded onto the card by the victim is stolen.

For more on this scam and how to avoid it visit the Action Fraud website.

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

Events at Auckland Hall, Smith’s Wood

There’s plenty going on at Auckland Hall, Smith’s Wood.

Their calendar for the start of 2018 is here. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for more up-to-date details.

Friday, November 24th, 2017

Blowing Our Own Trumpet and Changing Face

Mayor cuts cakeWe don’t often blow our own trumpet. After all there is barely time for putting the bugle to the lips when there is constant demand from people needing help and support. And, anyway, it doesn’t feel right to pull the spotlight away from them.

However, Wednesday night’s celebration of the Colebridge Trust’s 15th Birthday providing the opportunity to shout about our achievement and share the celebratory mood with a host of folks who have been a part of our success over the years.

It was also an opportunity to announce that the years of confusion about whether we are Colebridge Trust or SUSTAiN are over. The SUSTAiN brand is being relegated and one of our Board Members, Warren Albutt, owner of successful local agency of Start 2 Finish Marketing, has helped with the development of a brand new look and logo set.

The Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Stuart Davis, cut the celebration cake before light refreshments were enjoyed by a host of guests from the voluntary and community, business and public sectors. The celebratory atmosphere was enhanced by the singing of the Wellbeing Community Choir, a grateful recipient of support and advice from our team.

But the occasion was also an opportunity to highlight some of the great work that we do and to publish a new brochure providing a snapshot of the broad contribution the Trust makes to our communities across the borough.

The booklet was the first introduction of our new logo set, an overarching brand, one for each of the three arms of the charity and one to sustain the Sustain name during a period of transition:

Set of Logos

There seem to be challenging times ahead for the community sector in Solihull, but the Trust is in good heart, standing by a solid track record of achievement after 15 years and geared up to continue building social capital for Solihull’s communities for many more to come.

 

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

Recruitment Drive

SUSTAiN is launching a Trustee and Volunteer recruitment drive in the autumn. This is an opportunity for local organisations to fill their vacancies. Before the launch we are collecting information about what positions you would like to fill.

If you have Trustee vacancies, please fill out our trustee vacancies form.

If you have volunteer vacancies, please make sure that they are entered onto the do-it website. For guidance about using the do-it website: http://solihull-sustain.org.uk/services/volunteering/sustain.org.uk/services/volunteering/

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Armed Forces Covenant news, July 2017

Friday, July 14th, 2017

Get your data in order – the GDPR is coming!

Many charities and community organisations in Solihull will need to start thinking about GDPR or, after May next year, they may find themselves on the wrong side of the law. It is heavy stuff and, to be comfortable, a good 6-8 months for planning and implementing changes would be sensible.

So, what is it? The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May 2018 and all UK organisations that process the personal data of EU residents have only a short time to ensure that they are compliant. Brexit will make no difference in that timeframe.

This new Regulation extends the rights of individuals and the requirements upon organisations processing personal data:

  • The definition of personal data is being broadened
  • Organisations are required to reduce the amount of personally identifiable information they store, and to ensure that they do not store any information for longer than necessary
  • Explicit parental consent will be necessary for processing data about children under age 16
  • The rules for obtaining valid consent are being changed.

SUSTAiN is intending to run an information/training event in early Autumn to provide guidance to those in the local sector who require it. If you think your organisation will be affected by these changes and would be interested in attending, please email davep@solihull-sustain.org.uk.

Friday, July 14th, 2017

New Charity Governance Code published

The updated version of the Charity Governance Code has been published, setting out higher standards and urging larger charities to carry out external reviews every three years.
You can view and download the new code and find advice about using the code on the new Charity Governance Code website.
The publishers of the code are keen to raise awareness among funders and for charities to state in their annual report if they are following the code.

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

Solihull celebrates National Volunteers Week 2017

On Friday 9th June, Solihull’s Volunteer Managers’ Forum welcomed volunteers to a celebratory cream tea in recognition of all the valuable work they undertake across the borough.

Beautiful scones were made by volunteers from Seeds and Hope for the event, held at Junction in Fordbridge with the rest of the menu being funded thanks to a generous donation by St Alphege Rotary Club.

The Mayor of Solihull, Cllr Stuart Davis, attended and as well as chatting to the volunteers about their activities he handed out certificates to thank them for their hard work. Attendees included those who support ReCOM, Citizens Advice Solihull Borough and Solihull Christian Fellowship among many others.

The Mayor said, “The volunteers do so much good work and it’s so good to see them have recognition for their efforts”

To find out more about volunteering and how you can get involved with the Volunteer Managers’ Forum contact Lou Beddoe at Solihull SUSTAiN on 0121 704 7860 or louiseb@solihull-sustain.org.uk

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Armed Forces Community Covenant newsletter out now

The latest edition of Armed Forces Community Covenant News 3 is out now!

This is the 3rd newsletter of the Armed Forces Community Covenant partnership across Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire and will be of interest to all those connected with the Armed Forces.

This edition provides information on events, activities, successes and the progress of partner organisations in delivering the Armed Forces Covenant locally.

View the Armed Forces Community Covenant Newsletter here.