Hello from everyone at Birmingham Community Matters 

Read on for a list of interesting community events taking place in Birmingham this month and next.

Also, if you live in south Birmingham and you're: 

* Volunteering for a community group
* Coordinating work in the area for a charity
* Working with a small social enterprise
* Part of a public institution
* Just interested in getting more involved with community life

. . . we'd love you to join us for our B30 Get Together on the evening of Thursday 6 June. We're planning this event alongside Councillor Fred Grindrod with hopes for building an even more connected community in B30 and beyond. 

You can sign up here - please book so we know how much tea and coffee to make!
#WednesdayWisdom for small community groups

Here’s a link to the first of our occasional short #WednesdayWisdom videos. The videos contain snippets of advice from people in Birmingham who have experience in volunteering or running a community group. This is the very wise Chris Bonnard, a Birmingham Community Matters trustee:
Introduction to Bid Writing for Charities and Community Groups 

Bid-writing experts Get Grants are holding a free workshop on Tuesday 18 June, from 1 to 3.30pm at the Moseley Exchange. 

The half-day session is aimed at people who are interested in increasing their organisation's income through grant funds.

Whether you have a wealth of fundraising experience or you're new to applying for grants, the workshop should be useful by:

* Helping you identify opportunities with a range of grant programmes
* Providing advice on writing successful applications 
* Exploring the common mistakes made by applicants.

You can sign up now by contacting Get Grants. Please note - if you've attended a Get Grants workshop with BCM before, the content will be the same. Please feel free to forward this message to a friend or colleague who may benefit. 
Interesting events in May and June

Children's Quarter AGM
Friday 10 May

Autism West Midlands: Parents' Support Group, Northfield
Friday 10 May

Velo Birmingham & Midlands
Sunday 12 May

Sandwell Aquatic Centre: briefing event for the voluntary sector
Tuesday 14 May

Stand Up To Knife Crime
Sunday 19 May

VCS Strategic Forums Meeting
Thursday 16 May

'Walk out with a website' (Sandwell)
Thursday 16 and Friday 17 May

Christian Aid: Circle the City
Saturday 18 May

Joining Forces: a showcase of community services and membership networks
Monday 20 May

Centre for Excellence in Community Investment: UK conference
Tuesday 21 May

Birmingham Pride
Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May

Midlands Launch of the British Sikh Report 
Thursday 30 May
Marketing Your Social Enterprise
Tuesday 4 June

Groundswell Birmingham
Saturday 8 June

British Heart Foundation Charity Football Match and Family Fun Day
Saturday 8 June

No Planet B
Saturday 19 June

Beating Knives: Birmingham for Peace
Saturday 22 June

Breaking Bread: 1st Annual Banquet
Saturday 22 June

Institute of Fundraising West Midlands: Sole Fundraisers Networking
Thursday 27 June

Retreat in aid of Bearwood Action for Refugees
Sunday 30 June
We're growing our networks and always looking for useful events and info to share. This is just a small selection of things we have spotted or been sent. If you have something you'd like us to consider promoting, email
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