Volunteer opportunities with Moseley Alternative Giving Campaign (MAGC)
The Moseley Alternative Giving Campaign was set up in response to residents’ concerns regarding homelessness, begging, and anti-social behaviour, often alcohol-related, in and around Moseley. The campaign provides a way to help people in genuine need, while also helping end incidents of intimidation or deception. We encourage residents to donate via collecting tins rather than giving directly to people asking for money on the street. The money collected is then distributed in the form of a grant, via a panel and a referral by a professional worker, to address, where possible, the immediate and, hopefully, the longer term needs of people who may find themselves on the streets, due to issues such as homelessness, alcohol or drug addiction, family problems, or mental illness.
We are looking to increase the numbers of volunteers currently working with MAGC and we are particularly looking for volunteers with any of the following experience or skills:
Travel and some lunch expenses will be available.
Please contact Helen Rehman on email@example.com with a brief description of which areas you would like to volunteer in and to arrange an interview.
Link to facebook page to get updates from the funders
click on the link below to download application forms
Please share this information with anyone you think will benefit and pin up on noticeboards etc.
A small grants programme available to projects in Birmingham East and North which includes Moseley and Kings Heath
The criteria and process for the funding pot ‘Unity In The Community’ have now been confirmed. Application forms and a facebook site should be available in the next ten days, but the timescale is limited so I want all Moseley and Kings Heath Groups to have the information now so they can start thinking about making a bid. The money is part of the Active Citizens Proceeds of Crime Act money that is distributed by West Midlands Police, however, for our area (Birmingham East and North) the money is being administered via a Participatory Budgeting Process
All bids that meet the criteria will be invited to give a 3 minute presentation to an audience from the local community, that audience will vote on all the presentations and the money will be awarded to the most popular in decreasing order until the money runs out. There will be other funders such as ‘Awards For All’ present at the event who may be able to support bids that are not succesfful.
Below is the information on the criteria and the process, please let me know if you have any questions. I’d like an idea of how many bids are likely to go in from our area, so please let me know if you are bidding, and you are welcome to attend the presentation event and vote, even if you are not bidding (the more who attend from our area the better!)
These are the key dates for this process:
Deadline for submission of bids: midnight on February 14th
Successful bidders will be informed on: February 15th.
Presentation event Saturday 4th March, 10 – 4pm
(inc lunch at the Greek Centre, Erdington, all bidders and voters need to attend the entire event).
I will publish links to the application form as soon as I have them, if you have any questions contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Following from my previous blog on this subject, here are the latest developments:
The Unity in The Community Steering Group met on Saturday 26 November and agreed some of the criteria for applications (a further meeting to complete the criteria will be arranged for after Christmas).
The criteria agreed so far are:
The next meeting where I expect the criteria to be completed and finalised will be early in the new year.
For information, here is the previous blog post with the background to the fund:
We now have some of the details about how the Active Citizens Fund will be administered in our area.
The criteria and application details for this money is still being developed, but I thought it would be good to let you know now, so that you could start thinking about potential bids.
The money is part of the Active Citizens Proceeds of Crime Act money that is distributed by West Midlands Police, however, for our area (Birmingham East and North) the money is being administered via a Participatory Budgeting Process (of which more later!).
There will be measures in place to ensure no one can skew the audience in their favour.
Participatory Budgeting requires all decisions to be made by community members and I have so far been to 2 of 5 meetings about this process. At the first meeting a name was agreed for our area’s fund “Unity In The Community”. At the next meeting in a couple of weeks I expect the criteria to be agreed.
For now, if you wish to be kept informed about this fund, please let me know by email to Helen.email@example.com or keep an eye on this blog for further information.