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Issue No: 4                                                                                 September 2015


Welcome to your quarterly news briefing from CTWM. We hope you find it interesting and inspiring. 

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Regional News.
Considering Equality in Birmingham
Equality and Human Rights charity, brap, has recently published an interesting report reviewing equalities practce - and progress - in Birmingham over the last 30 years. Funded by Barrow Cadbury Trust, the report considers the strategies and policy-making that have underpinned equalities practice and takes a critical review of what has been achieved. To read more click here.
National News 
Nationwide Foundation - Empty Properties Funding Programme
The Nationwide Foundation has launched a new £1 million Empty Properties Funding programme to bring long-term empty properties in the UK back into use for people in housing need. Not-for-profit organisations in the UK can apply now for funding to turn empty properties into safe, decent homes for people in need and makes them available at a rate they can afford.Click here to read more.
Lloyds Bank Foundation - Bleak Future for Small Charities
A new report published by Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales finds that obtaining funding is the biggest challenge for most small and medium sized charities. The report is based on a survey of 800 charities that are working in social welfare across England and Wales with an income between £25,000 and £1 million and which have received funding from the Foundation, itself a registered charity. The survey explored the challenges they face and what would help overcome them. To read more and download the report click here.
 CTWM News
Food Poverty and the Role of Food Banks - Talk 10th September 2015
Millions of familities across the UK live below the breadline. Oxfam and Church Action on Poverty have calculated that 20,247,042 meals were given to people in food poverty in 2013/14 by the three main food aid providers. This is a 54% increase on 2012/13 (Trussell Trust 2014). Fred Rattley, Director, Community Regeneration, Church Urban Fund chaired a discussion with speakers, Patricia White, Central Birmingham Food Bank and Christine Jones,Telford and Wrekin Crisis Network on why there has been the need for people to use food banks; how food banks inconjunction with other welfare and advice agencies are helping to tackle the underlying causes and what whether we will continue to need food banks for the foreseeable future. To read more click here.


Annual Conference 2015 - West Midlands Funding 15
Our annual conference on Thursday, November 12th 2015 is being jointly organised with SCVO.

Sandwell’s Meet the Funder 2015 in celebration of CTWM’s 40th Anniversary as ‘West Midlands Funding 15′.

The conference and funding fair will be an opportunity to share and learn from each others experience and perspective of grant giving and develop good practice in grant making, explore matters of common concern, and forge productive relationships that contribute to the wider benefits and overall sustainability of the region’s voluntary and community sector. To find out more and book a place click here.

Supporting the Use of Digital Technology in the Third Sector Roundtable Discussion 17th September

Our roundtable discussion was led by digital for non-profit expert Pauline Roche from RnR Organisation: one in our 2015 series of roundtable discussions for CTWM members and guests. Pauline provided an introduction for members and guests to some ideas, tools and resources in the region and wider to help with looking at the use of digital platforms to communicate, market, manage and adminster. Digital technology is here to stay, but for many voluntary organisations, charities and trusts and foundations, especially the smaller ones, financial and other support to get the ICT equipment, staffing and resources to help them do their work better is needed, and thus be able to help their beneficiaries in more efficient and effective ways. To read more click here.

Mapping the Region - Funders Network Survey. Charitable Trusts West Midlands in conjunction with Regional Action West Midlands (RAWM), Black Country Funding Advisors’ Network and West Midlands Local Authority Funding Officers Forum is conducting a survey which forms part of an initial mapping exercise in the West Midlands region of infrastructure organisations that provide capacity building to the Third Sector.
West Midlands Funder Forum - Roundtable Summit May 2015 - established in January 2014, the Forum represents volume funders to the voluntary sector across the West Midlands area. Its purpose is to gather and use intelligence to maximize the value and impact of funding for disadvantaged communities in the West Midlands region. The event, attended by 30 delegates, aimed to encourage better quality applications from not for profit organisations in Birmingham. and people that provide infrastructure and capacity building support to  voluntary organisations across Birmingham. To read more click here.

About Charitable Trusts West Midlands

Charitable Trusts West Midlands (CTWM) is a membership association for trusts, foundations and other funders that operate in the West Midlands region.  Established in 1975, CTWM’s mission is “to provide a support network for funders in the West Midlands, helping them to work more effectively and increase their impact on people and communities.” 
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