Third Sector Digital Leaders Programme

The School for Social Entrepreneurs and Zoe Amar Digital have partnered to deliver Third Sector Digital Leaders, a course to help charity, social enterprise and non-profit leaders to be confident about leading digital change in their organisations, helping them be more sustainable and relevant and creating the digital leaders of tomorrow.

This Free 4 day course is aimed at CEOs, trustees, directors and heads of digital at charities, voluntary & community organisations and social enterprises.

The course will take place from 10:30am – 4:30pm in Birmingham across four dates: 18th March, 19th March, 28th March, and 29th March.

The deadline to apply is 5pm on 15th February.

Previous participants, who paid to come on this course, have said …

“A really useful and crucial course. This is one of the biggest areas for CEOs in the 3rd Sector.”Simon Hopkins, Turn2Us.

“This course was amazing, a real transformational learning experience. Really practical and useful and will frame our whole approach to digital”.Tracey Franklin, Inspire.

For more information and to apply for a place, go to


Sign-up for Entrepreneurs Exchange – 2 March 2017

After a successful inaugural event last year, Entrepreneurs ExchangHolly Tucker e is coming back to the West Midlands!

Entrepreneurs Exchange is an initiative to support entrepreneurs right across the UK to grow their business – whether regionally, nationally, or internationally.

On 2 March at 6pm, over 20 of the nation’s leading business founders are coming together to give free, real business advice to the next generation of the UK’s entrepreneurs.

In Birmingham, Holly Tucker, co-founder, non-Executive Director and Chief Inspirator of award-winning online marketplace,, which provides the most successful retail platform for 5,000 curated UK small creative and entrepreneurial businesses, will be giving an inspirational talk to midlands business people.

Holly was awarded an MBE for services to small businesses and enterprise as part of Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June 2013, and was appointed by the PM as UK Ambassador for Creative Small Businesses in November 2015.

The event is free to attend and is open to members of the public, specifically aimed at those who have set up a business that they now wish to grow. Attendees will find out how established and successful entrepreneurs set up and grew their businesses, the challenges they have overcome to enable success, and the real advice they wish they had been given.

Click here to sign up and secure your seat.

Understanding the Equality Act 2010

Many thanks to Diane Rutherford at brap, an equalities charity, who delivered a very interesting workshop on Equalities and Diversity for Solihull VCSE organisations on 4th February 2016.

IMG_5523Diane introduced delegates to the Equality Act 2010 and how it applies to everyday situations in the workplace.

Download brap’s explainer handouts:


If you missed the session, there are lots of free resources available on the brap website covering a range of equalities, diversity and human rights issues.

Social Media Cafe

Social media can be powerful and help communities and voluntary groups connect with their beneficiaries and potential customers. The next Social Media Café is being held on

  • Thursday, 1st October, between 9.30am & 11.30am
  • at The Loft at the Bluebell Centre, Chelmsley Wood Shopping Centre, B37 5TN (B37 5EX for Sat Nav purposes only).

Parking is available for free for three hours in the ASDA car park.  The Loft is on the 2nd Floor of the Shopping Centre straight ahead when you come up the stairs.

The session is a surgery session with tables for:

  • Getting Started
  • Twitter,
  • Facebook,
  • Yammer’
  • Help table for people who have any other queries in relation to social media.

Drop in at any time – you don’t have to stay for the whole 2 hours. If you want help with using social media on a particular device – your tablet or mobile phone for example – it is helpful if you can bring this with you.

If you can’t make this one but would like to come along in the future, the Café is usually held on the first Thursday of every month between 9.30 & 11.30 am.  Next month’s Café (5th November) is being held at Shirley Library.

Solihull Safeguarding Conference – 12th November 2015

Improving practice; Learning from experience; Safeguarding Conference

Solihull’s Safeguarding Board is holding a Safeguarding conference at the Motorcycle Museum (Coventry Road, Solihull B92 0EJ) on 12th November 2015.

Conference aim  

To bring together leaders, supervisors and managers providing services to children in Solihull to deliver key messages on safeguarding children developments and learning from serious case reviews and national research.

 Conference objectives

At the end of the conference, participants will be informed about;

  • The neglect strategy: lessons learned from serious case reviews.
  • Recent developments in safeguarding children including thresholds, early help and MASH.
  • LSCB safeguarding training, including the trainer’s pool and faculty.

Participants will also work on how managers and supervisors make a positive contribution to continuing practice improvements individually and in multi-agency environments.

Target group

LSCB members, managers, leaders and supervisors of practitioners who work with children and families in Solihull This includes Designated Members of Staff in  education provider settings as well as those working in the voluntary sector .

More info  please contact the LSCB Training & Development team 0121 788 4478

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November’s Newsletter is out!


We have another great newsletter for you this month showcasing the enterprising culture developing in North Solihull. November saw the new Chelmund’s Cross Enterprise Centre open its doors and we are also excited to see a second hive for enterprise develop in the form of Chelmund’s Space.

If you don’t receive our monthly e-bulletins and event invitations, you can subscribe for free here

Nov 14_page 1Inside November’s issue:

  • Enterprise Centre open for business
  • Chelmund’s Space – sparking learning and creativity
  • A Moment With… Stacey Smith
  • Writing Better Funding Applications
  • CEFS events and workshops
  • Case study: Wayne Elcock’s Amateur Boxing Club

Read previous issues of BULLETiN



Prince’s Trust Team Challenge at Woodlands Campus Smith’s Wood

Are you aged between 16 and 25 and interested in a team challenge that will enable you to build skills, meet new people, cost you nothing etc…?

Solihull College are recruiting for their programme staring in November. See a bit more info here Team Recruitment Presentation_2014.pptx (Read-Only)

Prince’s Trust Team based at Woodlands Campus to commence on:

  • Monday 17th November from 9.30am-4.00pm and will run until Friday 20th February 2015.
  • There will also be a taster day on Thursday 13th November from 10am1pm also at Woodlands Campus in Smiths Wood.

Contact Joe email  Tel: 0121 678 7000 / 7496  

Safeguarding Children Voluntary Sector Half Day Conference

The Local (Solihull) Safeguarding Children’s Board has organised a conference specifically for the Voluntary & community Sector.

This half day conference is aimed at managers who work in voluntary & community sector settings which employ staff (including volunteers) to work with children/young people.

When on 3rd July 2013.

For more information see

or to book this course go to