Webinars

Normal life is on hold for a while. Which means Birmingham’s small community groups and projects are more important than ever. 

As well as our online surgeries, Birmingham Community Matters is holding small online group workshops, around setting up and running community groups, and fundraising. These informal sessions will have plenty of space for discussion and asking questions. We’ll take suggestions for other topics too. 

If you need support with video calling, we can help: just ask. 

> See our page for Selly Oak, Perry Barr and Hodge Hill NNS groups

Forthcoming dates 

Funding your group in 2021 (for groups in the Yardley constituency) 
Monday 19 April at 12.30pm to 2pm via Zoom
This informal session with fundraising expert John Ellery from Get Grants will give you:
* An update on the current funding opportunities available
* Hints and tips to improve your funding applications
* An opportunity to ask questions about your funding applications. 
It’s being delivered in partnership with Building Community Together, a project of Stockfield Community Association and Birmingham Playcare Network, for projects and organisations in the Yardley constituency of Birmingham.
Sign up for ‘Funding your group in 2021’ (for Yardley constituency) via Eventbrite

Keeping your project Covid-safe (for groups in the Yardley constituency) 
Tuesday 27 April
at 11am to 12,30pm via Zoom
An informal session exploring the steps you can take to make your community projects and activities Covid-19 safe as we bring people back together. Come along and share ideas for good practice, useful resources, equipment, and new ways of delivering community activities.
This session is being delivered in partnership with Building Community Together, a project of Stockfield Community Association and Birmingham Playcare Network, for projects and organisations in the Yardley constituency of Birmingham.
> Sign up for ‘Keeping your project Covid-19 safe’ (for Yardley constituency) via Eventbrite

Getting started with safeguarding 
Thursday 29 April
at 1pm to 2.30pm via Zoom 
We are all responsible for safeguarding young people and vulnerable adults. Even if you don’t work directly with them, your community or voluntary group will need a safeguarding policy. But where do you start?
This informal, supportive session introduces what the term ‘safeguarding’ actually means and what a safeguarding policy and procedure include. You will have plenty of opportunities to ask questions relating to your own group activities. This is an ideal space to talk, learn, and come up with next steps to tackle. 
> Sign up for ‘Getting started with safeguarding’ via Eventbrite

Keeping volunteers happy (for groups in the Yardley constituency)
Monday 10 May at 1pm to 2.30pm via Zoom
The strongest voluntary groups have a good team of volunteers behind them. But getting people involved and keeping them happy can be a challenge. Join us for a session sharing some of the ways that have worked for Emma and Rob, who run different groups that rely on the involvement of lots of volunteers. This will be an informal and supportive group session. Come along with your good ideas – and do also share your challenges, as we can help one another. 
This small group meeting is being delivered in partnership with Building Community Together, a project of Stockfield Community Association and Birmingham Playcare Network, for projects and organisations in the Yardley constituency of Birmingham.
> Sign up for ‘Keeping volunteers happy’ (for Yardley constituency) via Eventbrite

‘Meet the funder’ from Severn Trent Community Fund
Thursday 20 May at 10.30am
This is a brilliant chance to meet funding officer Sue Heyes from Severn Trent Community Fund and learn first hand how to make a successful application to get your community project off the ground!
To sign up, please email sue.heyes@severntrent.co.uk.

Feedback from our first sessions: 

“Good both on sources of funding and tips. Clear presentations and bang up to date!” 

“The information was very clearly presented and the webinar provided really helpful networking opportunities.”

“I thought that Jo [BCM’s Development Coordinator] and John [of Get Grants] presented wonderfully in an informative and reassuring manner given the current funding climate.”

“Felt relaxed and well organised. Easy to follow. Great advice. Good platform to use as well.”

Read about our online surgeries and see our round-up of resources for Birmingham community groups in response to the coronavirus crisis.