Community News round up


Youth Health Champions – Summer of Wellbeing

It’s often said that small changes make a big difference, and this is so true when it comes to health and wellbeing.  Throughout the summer holidays, our Youth Health Champions will be sharing key health-related messages and encouraging their friends and family to make positive changes to their lifestyles through a variety of activities. These could be as simple as starting a daily walk, helping others to prepare healthier meals, sharing the benefits of spending less time online and promoting healthy coping techniques for stress management.

Interested in getting involved?

Youth Health Champions are volunteers aged 13-18 who live in Telford and Wrekin and have an active interest in improving their own and others health and wellbeing. If you or someone you know would like to become a Youth Health Champion, contact us at [email protected] or find us on Facebook and Instagram @YHCTelford.

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Employment opportunities

Self-employment in the Care Sector

Interested in Care?

Do you know someone who does?

Have you ever thought about Working for yourself?

Find ways into Self-Employment, or running your own business.

Care is changing and there are many alternatives to traditional care like being a Personal Assistant (PA) or a Micro Provider, if you’d like to find out more attend our next drop in session

Date: Monday 15 August 2022

Time: 10am-4pm, book a slot or just drop by

Where: Independent Living Centre Unit 3A, Hazeldine House, Central Square, Town Centre, Telford, TF3 4JL (view directions)

We can advise and support you to become a carer or even think about being your own boss as a Micro Provider. This puts you in control of your workload and means you have a consistent client base who you can really get to know.

If you would like to speak to someone about this drop in contact Mark at [email protected] or by calling 07929711070

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Telford & Shrewsbury Jobs Fair

A jobs fair is being held by The Jobs Fair Ltd in Telford this August, there will be 30 exhibitors on the day from various sectors and industries.  The fair is free to attend, drop in at any time.

When:  Friday 26 August, 10am-12pm

Where: Mecure Telford Centre Hotel, Forge Gate, Telford, TF3 4NA

Search TheJobFairs on Facebook and Twitter



FREE Women’s and Girl’s Softball Cricket Sessions

In partnership with STUWA, Shropshire Cricket Board will be hosting FREE softball cricket sessions for women and girls aged 5+. The sessions are due to take place on:

When: Wednesday 10 and 17 August, 2-3pm

Where: Wrekin College, Sutherland Road, Wellington, Telford TF1 3BH

  • Safe, welcoming and private outdoor space
  • All kit supplied
  • Sessions led by SCB Qualified female coaches.

Come along and have a go!

For further information please contact [email protected]

Register your interest

Female-only swimming (modest dress code)

Every Saturday at Wellington Leisure Centre, starting on Saturday 30 July

Time: 2.45-3.45pm

Please be aware that modest swimwear is compulsory for this session which includes covering of the upper arms and legs. During this session female only staff will be working around the changing areas and poolside.


  • Under 25s TLC holders – FREE
  • Over 50s TLC holders – £1
  • Other resident TLC holders – £4.30

For more information call 01952 382720


Grant funding

Cost of Living Grants

Grants Online are pulling together a list of grant opportunities for both organisations and individuals which can help with the cost of living crisis, this page will be updated regularly as new grants are launched so please save it and review regularly and share the link with anyone who you think may benefit.

Grants to alleviate the cost of living crisis

Climate Action Fund Re-opens for Applications

The National Lottery Community Fund

Value: Up to £1.5 million over 2 to 5 years, with most projects between £300,000 and £500,000. Development grants of £50,000 to £150,000 over 12 to 18 months.

Overview: The funding aims to help communities across the UK to address climate change.  The National Lottery Community Fund are looking for projects that focus on the link between nature and climate. They want to fund projects that use nature to encourage more community-led climate action and expect these projects to bring other important social and economic benefits like the creation of strong, resilient and healthy communities or the development of ‘green’ skills and jobs.

The Fund is interested in projects that can do at least one of the following:

  • show how creating a deeper connection with nature will lead to changing people’s behaviours and greater care for the environment
  • show how by bringing nature back into the places we live and work, we can help communities to reduce or adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Local partnerships and UK-wide partnerships can apply

Deadline: None given

More Information and apply

Powering Up Programme re-opens for applications

Power to Change

Value: The programme provides community businesses with tailored support worth up to £20,000 (including an £8,000 unrestricted grant)

Overview: The programme will help recipients to develop their digital skills or environmental sustainability.  The support will consist of:

  • technical and business support,
  • professional development and wellbeing support
  • and a £8,000 unrestricted grant.

Power to Change will be prioritising support to community businesses in the most deprived areas of England, as well as organisations that are led or predominantly working in communities with a high percentage of minoritised ethnicity.

Deadline: 19 September 2022

More information and apply

Grants to Help People of Colour Develop & Deliver Creative & Cultural Projects

Grand Plan Fund

Value: £1,000

Overview: To support people of colour in the UK to develop and deliver a wide range of creative and cultural projects. The funding is made available by the Grand Plan, which awards ten grants every two months to support projects for which £1,000 would make a huge difference, ranging from poetry, paintings, fashion, zines, music, food, flowers, and photographs to workshops or events. It can be used to cover costs such as equipment, courses, time, materials or travel – anything needed to create and deliver a new cultural project.

Deadline: Will open in September 2022

More information and apply

Funding to Support Not-for-Profit LGBT+ Organisations

LGBT+ Futures: Equity Fund

Value: £100 – £25,000

Overview: Not-for-profit organisations led by and for under-represented groups within the LGBT+ community can apply to help them stay well resourced, sustainable and resilient. The LGBT+ Futures: Equity Fund will award grants of up to £25,000 to intersectional organisations for projects that prioritise:

  • D/deaf and/or Disabled LGBT+ People;
  • LGBT+ People of Colour and people from Black, Asian and Minoritised Ethnicities;
  • LGBTQI+ Women
  • Older LGBT+ People;
  • and Trans and Non-Binary People.

Deadline: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until 30 October 2022.

More information and apply

The DPO Centre Charity and Community Fund

Value: Up to £10,000 of funding towards consultancy services

Overview: The funds purpose is to provide access to DPOs data protection consultancy services at an 80% funded rate, therefore enabling worthy causes to access expertise, but with the least effect on their ability to fund their core purpose.  Examples of the consultancy services include:

  • Information Asset Register and Data Mapping ​
  • Policy Drafting and Review​
  • Impact Assessments and Gap Analysis
  • Data Protection Training​
  • Data Sharing and International Transfers ​
  • Privacy-by-Design
  • Data Protection Readiness

Deadline: 18 November 2022

More information and apply

Supporting Young Carers and Care Experienced Young People and those Displaced by War

The British & Foreign School Society

Value: Main Fund – Between £30,000 to £100,000 per project (maximum £30,000 per year for multi-year projects).  Displacement Education Fund – between £10,000 t0 £60,000 depending on organisation type.

Overview: The British & Foreign School Society have two open funds supporting different target audiences.  The Main Fund – aims to encourage innovation and improve the educational outcomes and life chances of Young Carers and Care Experienced Young People under the age of 25.  Funding is available for one to five years.  The Displacement Education Fund aims to improve access to educational opportunity (including further education or employment opportunities for those aged 16-25), or reduce barriers to achievement, for children and young people living in the UK who are refugees or asylum seekers, unaccompanied children or children of undocumented migrants.  Funding is available for up to two years.

Deadline: Main fund – 16 January 2023.  The displacement Education Fund – no deadline, applications will be received and reviewed on a rolling basis

More information and apply

Funding to Support Blind & Partially Sighted People

Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT)

Value: Up to £25,000

Overview: Grant are available to improve the capacity and sustainability of sight loss sector organisations to implement new and innovative services focusing on education, employment and engagement which increase independence and improve the lives of blind and partially sighted people. The funding is made available by the Thomas Pocklington Trust and can be used to support costs such as new staff posts, paid training, professional fees, printing, marketing, website design, and capital items such as computers.

Deadline: 5 February 2023. The fund may close sooner if a high volume of applications is received.

More information and apply


Originally published by Telford & Wrekin Council