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Hodge Hill
Funding Book




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                                Contents

                                                   Page Number

Section 1 – Government Funding                                    4

Department of Trade and Industry                                  5

Department of Health                                              6

Department for Culture, Media and Sport                           8

Home Office                                               10

Department for Education                                  13

Department for Transport                                  15

Office of the Deputy Prime Minister                               18

Department of Work and Pensions                                   21

National Lottery Awards                                   25


Section 2 – Non-Government Funding                        28

B&Q Better Neighbourhood Grant Scheme                             29

The Hanson Environment Fund                               31

Centro/West Midlands Travel                                       33

Birmingham Charities & Voluntary Groups                           41




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To make this booklet easier to use, this page has sub-headings to easily
navigate to those schemes that may be of particular interest to different
groups.

Young People

Positive Activities for Young People                               8
Children’s Fund                                                    9
Local Network Fund for Children and Young People                   14
Arts Council England                                               24
Youth Services                                                     38

Elderly

Warm Front                                                         36
Centro West Midlands Travel                                        33

Road Safety and Transport

Bus Service Operators Grant                                        15
Road Safety Challenge Fund                                         17
Centro West Midlands Travel                                        33

Community

Connected Fund                                                     10
Purposeful Activities Fund                                         12
Community Champions Fund                                           13
Single Community Programme                                         20
Awards funding from the National Lottery                           26
B&Q Better Neighbourhood Scheme                                    29

Environment

Living Spaces                                                      18
Groundwork                                                         19
B&Q Better Neighbourhood Scheme                                    29
The Hanson Environment Fund                                        31

Health

Opportunities for Volunteering                                     6

Business

Advantage West Midlands                                            5




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Section 1

Government Funding




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Department of Trade and Industry (DTI):

     Advantage West Midlands:

      3 Priestley Wharf, Holt Street, Aston Science Park, Birmingham, B7
      4BN

      Phone: 0121 380 3500

      Web site: http://www.advantagewm.co.uk

      Investing around £300million each year into activities that will help
      transform the West Midlands’ economy focussing on:

      Business – improving the collective performance of traditional
      industries and diversifying our business base;

      Skills - leading the work of the West Midlands Regional Skills
      Partnership to set skills policy and priorities;

      Infrastructure - working to improve our transport, communication and
      land and property infrastructure;

      Communities - helping all of them, whether urban or rural, enjoy a
      better quality of life; and providing a powerful voice for the region by
      promoting the West Midlands nationally and internationally.

      Case Studies:

      In Bordesley an £18m super-college, in partnership with South
      Birmingham College, Birmingham and Solihull Learning and Skills
      Council and Government Office opened in autumn 2004.
      Approximately 2,500 students a year will be trained to become
      bricklayers, electricians, plumbers, plasterers, roofs and other skilled
      workers.

      £3.5m project in partnership with Birmingham City Council and GOWM
      to transform a derelict petrol station into a community facility. Work
      started in January 2005 on the project which will be built by Thomas
      Vale Construction. When the scheme is complete, it will run training


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     and education courses, provide health and social services advice, a
     crèche, space for musical performances and recreation and a cyber
     café.




Department of Health (DoH):

  Opportunities for Volunteering: (OFV)

  Sharon Fontaine, Voluntary and Community Sector Partnership Team,
  Department of Health, Area 5C03, Quarry House, Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2
  7UE

  Phone: 0113 25 45 122

  Email:ofv@volunteeringengland.org

  Web site: http://www.volunteering.org.uk

  A Department of Health scheme which distributes approximately £6.9
  million per year to 300 local health and social care projects in England.
  OFV aims to enable local voluntary sector health and social care
  organisations in England to involve volunteers in their work. Volunteering
  England (VE) is one of 16 national charities that distributes OFV grants on
  behalf of the Department of Health. In total VE distributes approximately
  £1.75 million a year, of which £580,000 is in grants to new projects.

  Grants of £500 - £1,500 will be available to individual people or informal
  groups of people (e.g.: a group of work colleagues) to organize a project or
  activity in their area which will make a difference to their community.

  Grants of £1,000 - £4,000 will be available to formal groups and societies
  (e.g.: parent's groups) and not-for-profit organizations (e.g.: registered
  charities; schools) to support individual people to organize their own
  project or activity.

  Grants of up to £6,000 are available to consortia of groups or
  organizations that want to work in partnership with each other to support
  individual people to organize their own project or activity.



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Examples of types of projects funded:

   a Parent and Teacher Association to involve other parents and pupils
    in the creation of a wildlife garden
   a community based health care organisation to support local people to
    set up their own self-help group
   a local history group to run a community based history project
   a residents association or concern group to campaign for
    improvements to local facilities
   a youth group to run an intergeneration project
   a community/volunteer development agency to support local people to
    set up and run their own initiative e.g.: a mothers and toddlers group
   a group of work colleagues to set up a football club at a local
    community centre
   an individual to involve neighbours and colleagues in setting up a
    neighbourhood visiting or shopping scheme for older residents

All activities funded by a 2005 small grant must aim to involve new people
in the planning and delivery of the activity.

If you would like a copy of the application form, please call 020 7520 8991
(Monday to Friday, 10.00 – 12.30).




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Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS):

  Positive Activities for Young People (PAYP):

  Connexions Team, Government Office for the West Midlands, 5 St
  Philip’s Place, Colmore Row, Birmingham, B3 2PW

  Phone: 0121 352 5441

  Internet: www.go-wm.gov.uk

  e-mail: connexions.team@gowm.gsi.gov.uk

  A nationwide scheme that aims to divert and develop those young people
  most at risk of social exclusion or committing crime by involving them in
  voluntary sporting and cultural activities during school holidays and out-of-
  school hours.

  The aim of the programme is to reduce youth offending and encourage
  and support young people to return to education or training. The
  emphasis is very much on providing quality developmental sports, arts and
  creative activities that are not only appealing but are focused on each
  young person's individual needs, equipping them with new skills, improving
  their self-esteem and breaking down ethnic and cultural barriers. Key
  worker support – provided through the Connexions Service - will help
  those most at risk.




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Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS):

  Children’s Fund:

  Sure Start and Children’s Fund Team, Government Office for the West
  Midlands, 5 St Philip’s Place, Colmore Row, Birmingham, B3 2PW

  Phone: 0121 352 5050

  Internet: www.go-wm.gov.uk

  e-mail: surestart&childrensfund@gowm.gsi.gov.uk

  The Children’s Fund focuses on developing services to ensure that those
  children and young people most at risk of social exclusion are identified
  early and given the necessary support to overcome disadvantage and
  achieve their potential. It offers them a range of positive activities designed
  to help them overcome any difficulties they may face later in life.

  The Local Network Fund gives small community groups direct access to
  Government money. This will help all Children and Young people to beat
  the effects of child poverty. Grants range from £250 to £7,000.




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Home Office (HO):

  Connected Fund:

  Carole Ennifer, Gun Crime Team, Home Office, 5th Floor, 50 Queen
  Anne’s Gate, London, SW1H 9AT

  Phone: 0207 273 3967

  e-mail: connected@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

  Web site: http://www.crimereduction.co.uk/funding

  The Home Office Connected Fund is designed to support small, locally
  managed community groups and organisations tackling gun crime and gun
  culture in their local areas, particularly in those areas most affected by gun
  crime. This can be through kick-starting new initiatives or boosting ongoing
  projects, or through help with capacity building. The maximum grant for
  this is £5,000.

  Aims of the Connected Fund

     To support small community groups tackling gun crime and gun culture
      in their local areas
     To kick-start new initiatives and boost on-going projects in those areas
      most affected by gun crime
     To help with capacity building for community based grassroots
      organisations

  Our Funding Criteria

  Your project must meet one of the following criteria:

  1. Work with young people involved in, or at risk of becoming involved in
  gun crime and gangs




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2. Support victims of gun crime and their families (e.g. providing advice
and support for witnesses)

3. Invest in and support the involvement of local people in decision-making
processes that impact on law enforcement agencies in tackling gun crime
and improving trust in the community. Particularly prioritising young people
(16-25) and under-represented groups. The fund will prioritise projects in
high gun crime areas such as London, Birmingham, Manchester,
Nottingham, Leeds, Liverpool and Bristol.




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Purposeful Activities Fund:

Immigration and Nationality Directorate, c/o Michael Bell Associates, 11-12
Copper Row, Tower Bridge Piazza, London, SE1 2LH.

e-mail: jenny@mba4consultancy.co.uk

The Purposeful Activities Fund supports projects that enable asylum seekers
to interact with, and make a positive contribution to, the communities in which
they reside. Priority is given to applications that build basic skills which will be
useful to asylum seekers in the longer term, whether they stay in the UK or
return to their country of origin.

   Priority will be given to applications that demonstrate a capacity for:

      promoting and supporting volunteering by asylum seekers in
       constructive activity;

      forming links with the host community;

      developing skills in asylum seekers that will be useful to them whether
       they remain in the United Kingdom or return to their country of origin.

Applications will have a greater chance of success if they can show how their
planned programme of activities will address one or more of the priorities
identified above and provide good value for money for the benefits anticipated
and the number of asylum seekers involved.

Applicants should contact the above address for further information.




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Community Champions Fund (CCF):

  Rebecca Owen, Government office for the West Midlands, 5 St Philip’s
  Place, Colmore Row, Birmingham,
  B3 2PW

  Phone: 0121 352 5040

  e-mail: rowen.gowm@go-regions.gsi.gov.uk

  Web-site: www.dfes.gov.uk/communitychampions/

  The Community Champions Fund supports the work of local people who
  encourage others to get involved in renewing their neighbourhoods. The
  maximum grant for this is £2,000.

  The Community Champions Fund has two main objectives:

  1. To increase the skills levels of individuals to enable them to act as
  inspirational figures, community entrepreneurs, community mentors,
  community leaders or community anamateurs; and

  2. To improve the involvement of communities in regeneration and
  learning activity by supporting key individuals who can drive forward
  community projects and pass on their expertise to others in their
  community and to other communities.

  Case Studies:
  Talkin' Drum received Community Champions funding to make a basic set
  of steel drums and hold drum workshops in schools and in the community.
  Talkin Drum' entertained guests at the West Midlands Regional
  Community Champions Awards ceremony in July 2004.

  Community Champions funding enabled a group of disabled people from
  Harborne in Birmingham to produce a 20 minute film on Disability Etiquette
  to help raise awareness in local communities about issues affecting
  disabled people.




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Local Network Fund for Children and Young People:

Jay Campbell, Children, Young People and Families Directorate, GD
Caxton House, 6-12 Tothill Street, London, SW1H 9HA

Phone: 0207 273 1123

e-mail: jay.campbell@dfes.gsi.gov.uk

Web site: www.go-wm.gov.uk

The Local Network Fund for Children and Young People is a DfES
programme which supports small voluntary and community groups to
improve outcomes and opportunities for vulnerable children and young
people aged 0-19.

The fund provides support and funding to enable community groups to
develop and provide services and activities for children and young people
in their areas.

Advice and support on project development, establishing and running
community groups and developing safeguarding procedures is available,
along with grants between £250 and £7000.

Local community groups who want to apply for a Local Network Fund
grant can contact the National Call Centre on 0845 113 0161 for an
application pack.




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Department of Transport (DfT):

Bus Service Operators Grant:

Department for Transport, Bus Service Operators Grant Section, Zone 3/13,
Great Minster House, 76 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 4DR

Tel: 0207 944 5980

E-mail: darwin.gunewardena@dft.gsi.gov.uk

Web site: http://www.dft.gov.uk

Paid to operators of local bus services and community transport. It currently
reimburses around 80% of the fuel duty incurred by bus operators. The
2005/06 budget for this scheme is £380 million.

Those who are eligible for this grant are those whose services are used
wholly by one of the following:

   a) persons who have attained the age of 60 years;

   b) disabled persons*;

   c) persons in receipt of income support under section 124 of the Social
   Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992;

   d) persons in receipt of jobseeker's allowance under the Jobseekers Act
   1995;

   e) persons suffering a degree of social exclusion by virtue of
   unemployment, poverty or other economic factors, homelessness,
   geographical remoteness, ill health, or religious or cultural mores;

   f) persons who believe that it would be unsafe for them to use any public
   passenger transport services; or

   g) carers or persons under 16 years of age accompanying any of the
   foregoing.



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*For this purpose, a person is disabled if he or she has a physical or
mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect
on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.




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The Road Safety Grant Challenge Fund:

John Doyle, Department for Transport, Zone 2/13, Great Minster House,
London
SW1P 4DR

Phone: 0207 944 2026

e-mail John.Doyle@dft.gsi.gov.uk

Web site: http://www.dft.gov.uk

Assists with the costs of projects promoting road safety proposed by
organisations other than local authorities. The 2005/06 budget for this
scheme is £260k.

The targets are to reduce deaths and serious injuries overall by 40% and
by 50% for children; to reduce slight injuries by 10%; and also to tackle the
significantly higher incidence in disadvantaged communities. Applications
for grants will therefore need to promote casualty reduction and reflect the
priorities of the Road Safety Strategy.

These include:

Novice driver safety;

Child safety, especially that of child pedestrians;

Drivers’ attitude to speed;

Improving safety of vulnerable road users (pedestrians, cyclists,
motorcyclists & horse riders);

Fleet driver safety;

Driver Impairment; and

Tackling the higher incidence of injuries among disadvantaged
communities.



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Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM):

Three main programmes are funded by the ODPM which are available to local
spending bodies and locally managed organisations. They are:


Living Spaces:

General Enquiries: Living Spaces, PO Box 2014, Reading, RG4 7XU.

Phone: 0845 600 3190

e-mail:info@living-spaces.org.uk

Web site: http://www.living-spaces.org.uk

This is a £30million programme where grants of up to £100,000 are available
to local community groups to improve local environments. Living Spaces is
helping people improve open spaces in their neighbourhood and creating
valuable places for the whole community to enjoy.

A lot of people have good ideas but need a little help to nurture their plans
and let them take root. Living Spaces is providing that help. A network of
trained Living Spaces Enablers is on hand across the country assessing
applications and helping turn ideas into reality.




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Groundwork:

Groundwork West Midlands, 6 Bennetts Hill, Birmingham, B2 5ST

Phone: 0121 200 1314

e-mail: info@groundwork.org.uk

Web site: http://www.groundwork.org.uk

A £41.5million programme running until 2008 which contributes towards the
running costs and some project activity of individual Ground work Trusts. Its
aim is to bring about environmental regeneration in deprived urban areas by
getting residents, businesses and other local organisations involved in
practical projects that improve local environments.

Groundwork recognises that people, places and prosperity are inextricably
linked and so aims to design projects that bring benefits for all three at once.
We believe this integrated approach is vital if we are to bring about
sustainable development - 'meeting the needs of the present without
compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs'.



Case Study:

The Alban Way is a 6.5 mile cycle route in Hertfordshire which has been
extensively improved by a partnership of Groundwork, local authorities and
the private sector. Work has included construction of a new bridge, installation
of signs to attract more cyclists onto the route and the creation of a 'Friends
of' group to organise cycling events and activities, and to help monitor
maintenance of the route.




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Single Community Programme:

Mark Tovey, 77 Paradise Circus, Queensway, Birmingham, B1 2DT

Phone: 0121 352 5299

e-mail: mark.tovey@gowm.gsi.gov.uk

Web site: http://www.neighbourhood.gov.uk

A three year programme, with funding of £37million in 2005/06, and similar
amounts in the subsequent two years. The programme is made up of mainly
small grants payable to local voluntary organisations for cleaning graffiti and
other similar tasks.

The Single Community Programme has four objectives:
   1. To maintain Community Empowerment Networks so that they engage
      fully in the Local Strategic Partnership.

   2. To support community learning through small grants and the
      development of learning strategies.

   3. To support the development of active and resourceful communities by
      providing small grants.

   4. To support community involvement in neighbourhood-level
      partnerships so that residents can play a central role in driving
      neighbourhood renewal.

The Single Community Programme is the combination of the Neighbourhood
Renewal Community Chest, the Community empowerment Fund and the
Community Learning Chests.




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The Pension Service Partnership Fund

The The Pension Service Partnership Fund, operated by the Department
for Work and Pensions (DWP), is currently funding two projects for older
people in Birmingham. Community Advice, Support and Advocacy Centre
(CASA) and Black Country Housing and Community Services Group Ltd.
have both been awarded two years funding for projects to promote the
take-up of benefits and complementary services by older people in
Birmingham.

The Fund has also awarded funding to another 12 organisations in the
West Midlands including two in Coventry, one in Oldbury and one in
Wolverhampton.




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Arts Council England:

82 Granville Street, Birmingham, B1 2LH

Phone: 0845 300 6200; Textphone: 0121 643 2815

Web site: www.artscouncil.org.uk

Arts Council England Grants for the arts are aimed at arts
organisations, touring arts groups or non-art organisations wanting to
bring the arts into their work. Grants can be used to support projects
that involve high quality arts activity for people to enjoy. They can
support new ideas and excellence in arts development, and support
projects that increase opportunities for cultural diversity in the arts.

Grants range from £5,000 - £200,000 and are available for capital
items, training, research, commissions, residencies, arts activities,
projects, events, marketing, education, audience development and
improving long term stability.




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Sports England:

Asad Khan, 5th Floor, No3 Broadway, Five Ways, Birmingham,
B15 1BQ

Phone: 08458 508 508

e-mail: asad.khan@sportengland.org

Web site: www.sportengland.org

The new Community Investment fund distributes awards to projects
that support our core objectives of start, stay and succeed in sport and
physical activity in the region. Applicants can seek funding for sports
projects that are either capital or revenue, or a combination of the two.

The region has a total budget of £7million to distribute between April
2004 and March 2009. Our Regional Sport Board will make decisions
on awards set out against the criteria outlined in our Regional Plan for
Sport.

Case Study:
In Ledbury, West Midlands, a focal point was needed for outdoor sport in the
local community. The rugby club pitches needed upgrading and additional
facilities provided to allow local clubs and groups to use the site and get
active.

Sport England invested over £300,000 of Lottery money towards developing
Ledbury Rugby Club’s existing facilities. Lottery money provided a multi
purpose clubhouse extension, community changing facilities, car parking,
drainage and improvements to playing fields and floodlighting.

The new and expanded facilities at Ledbury Rugby Club were opened in
November 1999. This excellent facility has led to the formation of four new
clubs   covering     netball,     athletics,     cricket     and      rugby.

Ledbury Rugby Club now provides a superb multi-sport environment giving
opportunities to the community and young people to benefit from coaching
and         organised       competitions      at       the         clubs.

What were the results?



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   Use of the clubhouse has increased by 40% to over 21,000 a year helping
    Sport England towards its targets of increasing participation by 1% a year
    up to 2020
   The number of under 18 coaching hours has increased by 92% to 23
    hours a week
   Adult coaching hours have boomed from 8 to 16 hours a week
   An additional 13,000 people use the club for social and business use
   A sports development manager now works 18 hours a week at the club
   The indoor activity hall is used for yoga, martial arts, kickboxing, land
    training for the swimming club and live Jazz




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Heritage Lottery Fund:

Bank House, 8 Cherry Street, Birmingham, B2 5AL

Phone: 0121 616 6870

e-mail: westmidlands@hlf.org.uk

Web site: www.hlf.org.uk

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) enables all of us to celebrate, look
after and learn more about our diverse heritage.

From our great museums and historic buildings to local parks or
recording and celebrating traditions and customs, HLF grants open up
our nation’s heritage for everyone to enjoy.

Small grants available from £5,000 - £50, 000.
Large grants more than £50,000.


Case Study:

The Wyre Forest Adventure project will involve the restoration of the
ancient Wyre forest landscape; restoration of associated ancient
woodland habitats; interpretation of the Wyre landscape and raising
environmental awareness of its assets as an exemplar of broader
environmental values/need and identification of training need to sustain
traditional skills and practices and their future application; enhancing
the value of Wyre in people's daily lives achieved in part by engaging
local communities and visitors in decisions about its future value to and
use by society. The project was granted funding of £50,000 by the
Heritage Fund.




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Awards for All:

8th Floor, Edmund House, 12-22 Newhall Street, Birmingham, B3 3NL

Phone: 0121 200 3511

e-mail: west.midlands@awardsforall.org.uk

Web site: www.awardsforall.org.uk

Small grants for arts, heritage, community, sports, education, health
and environment projects. Awards for All aims to fund community
projects which extend access and participation, increase skill and
creativity, and improve the quality of life. Small grants from £500 -
£5,000.

Case Study:


Arty Party 2000 was set up to raise awareness of the lives, feelings
and capabilities of people with a disability and to provide participatory
arts activities for them. This group, at present made up primarily of
people with learning disabilities, was successful in obtaining an Awards
for All Lottery grant. The grant has paid for artists to lead the weekly
activities, and support workers and transport, which are an essential
part of living for people with disabilities, to enable them to participate.




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Big Lottery Fund

8th Floor, Edmund House, 12-22 Newhall Street, Birmingham, B3 3NL

Phone: 0121 200 3500

e-mail: enquiries.wm@biglotteryfund.org.uk

Web site: www.biglotteryfund.org.uk

The creation of the Big Lottery Fund provides us with the opportunity to
bring together the funding programmes of the Community Fund and the
New Opportunities Fund. In addition the Big Lottery Fund will have the
ability to fund large-scale regeneration projects of the type previously
funded by the Millennium Commission.

The Big Lottery Fund's programmes will provide funding for a wide
range of organisations including voluntary and community
organisations, local authorities, health bodies, schools and other
education bodies, and private

The Open programmes will provide funding for voluntary and
community organisations and will be similar to programmes run by the
Community Fund. The aims and outcomes of the programmes are
likely to be broad and organisations will normally develop their own
ideas for funding and apply for a grant by submitting an application
form. The Government has stated that these programmes will not be
subject to any higher control than the Community Fund is currently.




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Section 2

Non-Government
Funding




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    B&Q Better Neighbour Grant Scheme & Over 60s Discount Card

    B&Q Superstore, 1 Station Road, Stechford, Birmingham, B33 9AX

    Phone: 0121 789 7227

    Web site: www.diy.com

   Every B&Q store is striving to be a ‘better neighbour’ by forming
    partnerships within its local community.

    Through the Better Neighbour Grant Scheme, schools, community
    groups and charitable organisations can apply to their local B&Q store
    for funding to support a local community project.

    The B&Q Better Neighbour Grants are available to help get a
    community project up and running. The scheme provides £50 to £500
    (at retail cost) of B&Q materials, for example, pond liners, plants, peat-
    free compost for projects such as a pond/wildlife garden or paints
    labelled low or minimal VOC for redecoration projects.

    Stores can also use the Better Neighbour Grant Scheme as part of
    their relationship with their recognised local community partners.

    It is important that the project is sustainable. For example, the
    materials and final result should have long-lasting benefit to the
    community. Better Neighbour Grants do not cover maintenance, so the
    project should be designed for easy care.

   B&Q have also recently launched a national trial of their Over 60s
    Discount Card. The card entitles over 60s to a 10percent discount in
    all B&Q stores every Wednesday. The trial will run for 5 months
    initially. Discounts have been available to people over 60 in B&Q
    Supercentres for several years, but this trial broadens the offer to
    incorporate all stores throughout the UK.




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How to apply for a Better Neighbour Grant

Step 1
To apply for a grant, applicants will need to contact the environmental
champion, diversity champion or store manager at their local B&Q
store, to discuss project details.

Step 2
A letter, on headed paper, from the organisation is required. This
should include details of the organisation and project, materials
required, duration of the project and any involvement from the
organisation and its aims and benefits. Photographs or plans of the
project are optional.

Step 3
The application will be reviewed.




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    The Hanson Environment Fund

    Hanson Environment Fund, Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT),
    The Kiln, Waterside, Mather Road, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG24
    1WT

    Phone: 0870 036 1000

    e-mail: grants@rswt.org

    Web site: www.hansonenvfund.org

    Hanson set up its Environment Fund in 1997, using landfill tax credits
    accumulated by the company, to support environmental and
    community initiatives from not-for-profit organisations. The Hanson
    Environment Fund has distributed more than £15 million in the last
    eight years, to support more than 800 projects across the UK.

    The fund offers two levels of support:

   Community Grants Scheme: Grants between £250 and £5,000
    available for community amenities, and wildlife and habitat
    conservation.

   Main Grants Scheme: Grants between £5,001 and £25,000 for the
    creation and improvement of parks and public amenities and the
    creation, restoration and management of areas specifically designed to
    safeguard and/or enhance biodiversity.

    Case Study:

    Brumcan Ltd, Waste Action – Birmingham, West Midlands.

    Birmingham is a large multi-cultural city containing 404,000 households
    with a population of one million. It contains a variety of neighbourhoods
    and communities spanning a range of ACORN neighbourhood profiles,
    with different socio-economic mixes, demographics, attitudes and
    cultures. Brumcan Ltd has used a £33,534 grant from the fund to
    encourage and promote waste minimisation, re-use and recycling
    amongst three very different neighbourhoods of Birmingham.



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The award, supported and made possible by a contribution from
Birmingham City Council, enabled the production of three
neighbourhood waste plans. These were presented in the form of 'user
friendly' tool-kits, which demonstrate local solutions to the unique and
specific problems of waste, experienced by each of the
neighbourhoods concerned.

The kits were developed through a high level of community
involvement, workshops, community events and focus group
comparisons about 'attitudes to waste'.

Ideas and information are shared through Brumcan's Waste Action
web-page and two project seminars, where residents and community
groups concerned from all three neighbourhoods will get together to
share good practice, compare indicators and discuss their plans.




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    Centro/West Midlands Travel Ring and Ride

    Centro, 16 Summer Lane, Birmingham, B19 3SD

    Phone: 0121 200 2787

    e-mail: www.centro.org.uk

    What is Ring and Ride?

    For many people in the community with limited mobility, getting around
    independently is a big problem. This prevents them from living their
    lives how they want to, by restricting choice and opportunity.

    In response to this, Ring and Ride provides a door to door bus service,
    which is aimed at meeting individual travel needs.

    Being available 365 days a year, from 08:00am to 11:00pm means that
    people have a greater choice of when they can travel.

    Can I use the       Ring and Ride?

    To qualify to use Ring and Ride you must:

   Have a mobility problem which makes it difficult or impossible for you to
    use conventional public transport.

   Be a resident of one of the seven West Midlands Urban Boroughs
    which are: Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull,
    Walsall,Wolverhampton.

   You can be any age.

   You must complete a form declaring that you have a mobility problem.

   The Charity may ask you to produce a Doctor’s Note if there is doubt
    about qualification to use the service.

    How to register




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If you want to register to use Ring and Ride then you or somebody on
your behalf should contact the office for the area in which you live.

The telephone number is:

Birmingham East/ Solihull - which includes: Alum Rock, Bordesley
Green, Castle, Bromwich, Dorridge, Knowle, Shard End, Small Heath,
Yardley                                                      etc.
Telephone: 0121 784 6644


Free Travel Over 60’s

If you are aged 60 and over and live in the West Midlands County,
you are entitled to free travel.

This means you can use one of the best public transport networks
in the country for free.

So, whether you're travelling to the shops, visiting friends and family or
enjoying a day out at one of the many attractions in the West Midlands,
your travel pass will help you make the most of your leisure time or
retirement.

The application form can be downloaded from www.centro.org.uk and
handed in to any main post office in the West Midlands region. You can
also apply at your local neighbourhood office.




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West Midlands Planning Aid Service (WMPAS)

319 The Custard Factory
Gibb Street
Birmingham
B9 4AA

0121 693 5568

Planning Aid is the provision of free, independent and professional advice and
support on town planning matters to disadvantaged community groups and
individuals who cannot afford a planning consultant.

WMPAS relies on referrals from sources of advice such as MPs. If you are
looking for help with planning matters, please contact Liam and he will contact
WMPAS on your behalf.




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Warm Front – a Guide

The Warm Front scheme provides grants to help keep you warm and make your home
more energy efficient.

Who is eligible for a grant?


1. Householders aged 60 or over and in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:

    Income Support
    Council Tax Benefit
    Housing Benefit
    Job Seekers Allowance (Income-based)
    Pension Credit

                                           OR

2. Householders who (a) have a child under 16, or (b) are pregnant and have been
given maternity certificate MAT B1 in relation to the pregnancy concerned, and are also
in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:

    Income Support
    Council Tax Benefit
    Housing Benefit
    Job Seekers Allowance (Income-based)
    Pension Credit

                                           OR

3. Householders in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:

   Working Tax Credit with income less than £15,050 + Disability Element
   Disability Living Allowance (has to be householder or spouse)
   Child Tax Credit with income less than £15,050
   Housing Benefit + Disability Element (has to be householder or spouse)
   Attendance Allowance
   Council Tax + Disability Allowance (has to be householder or spouse)
   War Disablement Pension (Constant Attendance Allowance or Mobility
Supplement)
   Industrial Industries Disablement Benefit (+Constant Attendance Allowance)
   Income Support + Disability Element (has to be householder or spouse)




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Grant Provision

The Warm Front grant is up to a maximum of £2,700, except where oil central heating is
being installed or repaired where a maximum of £4,000 will apply.

If you or your property has previously received any measures under Warm Front,
the value of the grant available to you under the new Warm Front scheme will be
the balance of £2,700 or £4,000, if oil central heating is involved, less the value of
all works previously completed under Warm Front.

Notes

       To be defined as a householder you must own or privately rent your home. If
renting, your landlord’s permission for alterations to be made must be granted first.
       The term householder includes your spouse or partner if they co-habit your home
       Partner means the spouse or person with whom you live, as husband or wife or
civil partner.

 YOU CAN GET MORE INFORMATION AND APPLY FOR A WARM FRONT GRANT
                           BY CALLING

     0800 316 6014




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Youth Services

Sports

Birmingham City Football Club

Birmingham City Football Club already run a number of schemes within the
community utilising there influence upon young people. As a charity focused
on delivering services, BCFC participates in projects that have succeeded in
raising revenue funding, effectively acting as a service delivery partners.
Services include;

   i.     Saturday morning coaching with fully qualified F.A. coaches
   ii.    After school development centres
   iii.   Curriculum coaching within the school day
   iv.    Careers talks by members of BCFC staff

Enterprise

The National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (UK) (NFTE)

Founded in the US, NFTE UK has become one of the primary
entrepreneurship education organisations in the UK since it was established
in 2000. It focuses on harnessing latent entrepreneurial talent in young people
at risk of dropping out of school. Today, NFTE operates principally operates in
London but is currently seeking to expand nationwide.

NFTE's aim is to empower young people, in and out of the school
environment, by teaching them the basics of starting and operating their own
businesses and introducing them to the principles of entrepreneurship through
the specialised NFTE curriculum. Its unique feature is its well researched and
internationally validated teacher-training programme, which is accompanied
by a substantial library of resources for teachers and students.
(http://www.nfte.org.uk/index.php)

Mentoring

Skill Force - http://www.skillforce.org/


Skill Force uses former military personnel as instructors to help disaffected
school children develop self-confidence and acquire useful skills and is jointly
funded by the Ministry of Defence and the Department for Education and
Skills. It has 25 teams of instructors working with 3,000 pupils in over 100
schools across the country and whilst there are currently no Skill Force



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projects running in Hodge Hill schools, although they are active in other
Birmingham constituencies.

Contact: Regional Director - Lucinda Elliott, e-mail:
Midlandsdirector@skillforce.org Telephone: 0115 947 6508 x 116

Volunteering

Millennium Volunteers

Millennium Volunteers (MV) is aimed at young people aged 16-24.
Millennium Volunteers (MVs) are young people who give up their free time to
help their local communities. You might find them coaching a school football
team, working at a community radio station or helping create a garden for
local residents. MV allows young people to build on their interests, to develop
themselves and make a difference to their community at the same time.

After 100 hours of volunteering, MVs will be presented with an Award signed
by the Minister for Skills and Vocational Education. However the ultimate aim
is to reach the 200 hours target, when MVs will receive an Award of
Excellence signed by the Secretary of State. Over 40,000 MVs have received
an Award of Excellence so far.

http://www.millenniumvolunteers.gov.uk/

Career development

Connexions/ Fast Tomato/ AP4L

Connexions partnerships in the South West and Hampshire/ IOW has
experimented with using integrated profiling/ career planning systems linked
to databases of Modern Apprenticeships/ work experience placements to
strengthen services for young people planning their futures.

Initially piloted during the 14-19 Pathfinders, Hampshire/ IOW introduced the
integrated S-Cool AP4L system of individual learning planning, on-line work
experience, supported by a centrally managed employer database. This work
has been developed in partnership by West of England LSC (Bristol and its
surrounds). The system includes links to a managed learning environment,
and tools for e-guidance.
See http://www.fasttomato.com/media/press/articles/FT-AssessmentMatters-
CK.pdf

2. Other City Council Administered Funds



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BCC administered significant finance for local spending. Key sources include;

      Around £2 million in NRF funding allocated for the Hodge Hill District
       (2005/6)

      From 2003/4, a Youth and Community sub-block is separately
       identified within Education Formula Spending. This is to make clear
       the amount of money that should be devoted by local authorities to
       such services.

          The Government has made £513m available in potential resource
           to fund Local Authority youth and community services in 2003-04.
           This represents an average increase of 5.9 per cent compared with
           2002-03.

          From this potential resource, Local Authorities nationally have
           allocated nearly £345m to their Youth Services for 2003-04.




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Birmingham Charities and Voluntary Groups

Organisations that can Help if you are an Older Person, Disabled, Separated
or have Housing Problems

      Age Concern Birmingham
      Ruskin Chambers 191 Corporation Street
      Birmingham West Midlands B4 6RP
      Tel: (0121 236 1464)

Benevolent Organisations

      The Royal British Legion
      Hurst Lane
      Birmingham West Midlands B34 7HP
      Tel: (0121 747 3922)

Campaign Groups

      West Midlands Anti Deportation Campaign
      299 Birchfield Road
      Birmingham West Midlands B20 3BY
      Tel: (0121 331 1511)

      Refugee Action
      Second Floor China Court Business Centre Ladywell Walk
      Birmingham West Midlands B5 4RX
      Tel: (0121 693 9989)

      Disability Community Action Trust
      364 Barrows Lane
      Birmingham West Midlands B26 1QJ
      Tel: (0121 693 3666)

      Handsworth Single Homeless Action Group
      173 Lozells Road
      Birmingham West Midlands B19 1RN
      Tel: (0121 551 2760)

      Birmingham Standing Conference For The Single Homeless
      Wolverley House Digbeth
      Birmingham West Midlands B5 6BJ
      Tel: (0121 643 4567)



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Children’s’ and Youths Charities

       Acorns Children's Hospice Trust
       8a Wake Green Road
       Birmingham West Midlands B13 9EZ
       Tel: (0121 248 4800)

       Aston & Newtown Youth Project
       100 Bridge St West
       Birmingham West Midlands B19 2YX
       Tel: (0121 359 7040)

       Church of England Children's Society
       Youth Link Project 109a Digbeth
       Birmingham West Midlands B5 6DT
       Tel: (0121 633 4771)

       NCH Action For Children
       Family Finders 141 Wood End Lane
       Birmingham West Midlands B24 8BD
       Tel: (0121 377 7999)

       Sikh Community & Youth Services
       348 Soho Road
       Handsworth West Midlands B21 9QL
       Tel: (0121 523 0147)

       The Royal Society For Mentally Handicapped Children & Adults
       4 Swan Courtyard Charles Edward Road
       Birmingham West Midlands B26 1BU
       Tel: (0121 707 7877)

       The National Children's Society
       36 Parkhouse Drive
       Birmingham West Midlands B23 7UB
       Tel: (0121 356 7919)

Disability Charities

       Birmingham Institute For The Deaf
       Ladywood Road
       Birmingham West Midlands B16 8SZ
       Tel: (0121 246 6100)


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      Royal National Institute For The Blind
      7 The Square 111 Broad Street
      Birmingham West Midlands B15 1AS
      Tel: (0121 631 3372)

      West Indian Senior Citizens & Disabled Members Association
      467 Coventry Road
      Birmingham West Midlands B10 0TJ
      Tel: (0121 772 4350)

      Birmingham Disability Resource Centre
      Bierton Road
      Birmingham West Midlands B25 8PQ
      Tel: (0121 789 7365)

Family Welfare Charities

      Highgate Family Support Project
      Highgate Baptist Church Conybere Street
      Birmingham West Midlands B12 0YL
      Tel: (0121 440 6788)

      Family Support Unit
      397 Coventry Road
      Birmingham West Midlands B10 0SP
      Tel: (0121 772 0613)

      Family Violence Line
      Po Box 3634
      Birmingham West Midlands B19 1ET
      Tel: (0121 507 0707)

      Shelter
      Room 30
      2nd Floor
      Ruskin Chambers
      191 Corporation Street
      Birmingham
      B4 6RP
      Tel: 0121 236 6668

      Relate
      (Advice for the Separated and Divorced)
      Bishops Gate House


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5 Bishopsgate Street
Birmingham
B15 1ET
Tel: 0121 643 1638

Birmingham Information Service on Disabilities
Oak Tree Lane Centre
91 Oaktree Lane
Selly Oak
Birmingham
B29 6JA
Tel: 0121 414 1495
Mobility Advice Line: 0121 414 1415

Council Tax
Visit the Council Tax Offices
7 Waterloo Street
Birmingham
Tel: 0121 464 7000

Electricity
NPower
George Road
Erdington
Birmingham B23
Tel: 0121 377 7777

Gas
British Gas
5 Wharf Lane
Solihull
West Midlands
Tel: 0645 555 400

Water
Severn Trent Water
20 Lionel Street
Birmingham
B3 1AQ
Tel: 0345 500 500

Birmingham Money Advice and Grants (BMAG)
138 Digbeth
Birmingham
B5 6DR


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Tel: 0121 643 4343
The Consumer Centre
155/157 Corporation Street
Birmingham
B4 6PH
Tel: 0121 303 6031

Citizens Advice Bureau
City Centre Bureau
Colmore Circus Subway
Birmingham
B4 6AJ
Tel: 0121 248 4950

National Debtline
The Arch
48-52 Floodgate Street
Digbeth
Birmingham
B5 5SL.

Telephone advice only by ringing freephone telephone number 0808
808 4000
Email advice via www.nationaldebtline.co.uk
Opening hours Monday-Friday 9am-9pm, Saturday 9.30am-1pm

Consumer Credit Counselling Service (CCCS)
3rd Floor
2 Bennetts Hill
Birmingham
B2 5QP
Tel: 0800 138 1111

Magistrates Court Fines
Victoria Law Courts
Corporation Street
Birmingham
Tel: 0121 212 6600

County Court Proceedings
Birmingham County Court
33 Bull Street
Birmingham
Tel: 0121 681 3000



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