We're excited to be working with partners to continue to equip and empower people to support their community to thrive and flourish via online training!

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Online events from Transforming Communities Together and our partners

Online events and training sessions / workshops are a key part of our work.

Each week we create a menu of events and trainings to equip you to serve your community and wrestle with difficult issues like poverty, community cohesion and modern slavery during lockdown.

This page is updated regularly, so keep checking for the latest sessions.

Page updated 21st June 2021

This month

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Feeding Black Country Communities

Date and time: Wed, 23 Jun 2021, 10:30 BST

We all want a Black Country where no one is hungry or lonely and where surplus food is used to nourish communities.

About this event

As part of TCT's work to support people and communities to thrive and flourish, we are hosting this webinar, where you'll learn about the national charity FoodCycle, as it prepares to open its first Walsall-based free meals service for local residents. FoodCycle is a national charity established in 2009, with the aim of tackling food poverty and social isolation using donated surplus food. Within the West Midlands we currently have six projects, all Birmingham-based, and we’re now working to set up FoodCycle Cooking projects within Walsall and the wider Black Country.

How does it work?

FoodCycle utilises suitable kitchens in which our volunteers cook the fresh surplus food donated to us, producing healthy hot vegetarian meals for anyone who would like one. The meals are completely free and anyone can just turn up; typically our guests include low income families, homeless people, isolated older people, and people struggling to ‘make ends meet’.

West Midlands Income Generation session

Date: 24th June 2021 @ 2pm to 4pm

We are offering free support to help grassroots organisations to develop purposeful income generation strategies in response to the pandemic

These are challenging times for many community and faith organisations and we want to help! We have partnered with Civil Society CIC to put on this West Midlands Income Generation session.

It's an excellent way to learn more about funding and to get some high quality support for your organisation.

The webinar will be practical session during which you are taken through a step-by-step guide for creating your organisation’s income generation strategy. You will learn how to strategise and develop a diverse range of income streams to support your vital work in your community.

This webinar is focused on the Midlands, and we will be joined by guest speaker Gillian Halliwell, Head of Regional Funding (North West) from the National Lottery Community Fund.

After you have attended the workshop session, you can book an hour-long one-to-one follow-up session with the webinar leader to get help with your specific challenges.

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Regular Weekly Events

Covid Cash Recovery Course

As we enter the roadmap out of lockdown 3 with changes to government policy, it is vital that we can all support those in need as much as possible.

    These online webinar sessions will be covering everything from general entitlements, Universal Credit, budgeting, government and charitable grants, money strategies for making it through these next few months, help with bills, debt and loan support.

    To learn more about COVID Cash Course, how it works and to book for a session - read more here

    New dates coming soon - Contact: Revd Cassius Francis, 07891 611 760,

    cassius.francis@tctogether.org.uk

    Thanks to generous support from the Allchurches Trust and the Heart of England Community Foundation, TCT is able to offer free places on our training for this resource.

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    Virtual Coffee Mornings


    Peer support sessions for those on the frontline supporting people with debt and money worries

    What?

    Virtual Coffee Mornings for anyone supporting people with money worries.

    If you are supporting people who have money worries or debt concerns you are welcome to drop in to our virtual coffee morning on Thursdays

    When?

    Our virtual coffee morning is on Thursdays between 10:00-11:00am using Zoom.

    They are a space for colleagues to take a few minutes out and have a chat over coffee, keep up-to-date developments and initiatives in the world of financial capability.

    Even if you can only stay few minutes you are welcome!

    These are hosted by Transforming Communities Together and our friends Compassionate Communities (who aim to engage and support every parish in the Diocese of London in tackling poverty and the causes of poverty).

    Our weekly virtual coffee mornings have restarted - every Thursday @ 10:00 - 11:00

    Online via Zoom: Zoom Meeting ID: 862 9476 0368 and Passcode: 154934


    For more information contact Cassius.
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    Modern Slavery Awareness Training

    2021 dates now available to book!

    • Thursday, 24 June 2021 @ 19:00
    • Thursday, 1 July 2021 @ 19:00
    • Thursday, 8 July 2021 @ 10:00
    • Thursday, 15 July 2021 @19:00
    • Thursday, 22 July 2021 @10:00
    • Thursday, 29 July 2021 @19:00

    We're delighted to be working with Lichfield Diocese Mothers' Union to deliver weekly online Modern Slavery Awareness Training. This is for anyone, because Modern Slavery is present in every major town and city, and increasingly in rural areas too!

    We want to create a communities that are safe for all and where everyone can thrive and flourish.

    Contact Debbie for more information.

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    Join a local Bringing People Together (BPT) group

    Bringing People Together is an National Lottery funded network, designed to connect people to others from the comfort of their own home.

    We have an expanding number of groups across the Black country and Staffordshire (and hope to get some across northern Shropshire).

    Check out the website to find a group near you!

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    Dementia-Friendly Churches Network meetings

    THURSDAY 8 JULY

    10-11:30am Shrewsbury Local Network Meeting
    IN PERSON (!!) Contact Sarah for further details

    THURSDAY 8 JULY
    4-5:30pm Ellesmere / Oswestry Local Network Meeting

    Join Zoom Meeting
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    Meeting ID: 874 3853 2888
    Passcode: DFC
    Or, if you prefer to join by phone, dial 0203 481 5237 or 0203 901 7895 United Kingdom
    (Meeting ID: 874 3853 2888
    Passcode: 796403)


    THURSDAY 21 SEPTEMBER
    7-8:30pm: Telford / Wellington / Newport / Albrighton / Shifnal Local Network Meeting

    IN PERSON (!!) Contact Sarah for further details


    If you want a bit of help on how to use Zoom, here’s a 7-minute video to explain more. Sarah is happy to have a "practice" on Zoom connections, ahead of a meeting, if that would help you. As always, you're welcome simply to phone or email her to keep in touch, if that's the way that works best for you..

    Dementia Introduction: Dementia-Friends & Dementia-Friendly Churches

    An introductory session, with a "Dementia Friends Information Session" + overview of Diocese of Lichfield Dementia-Friendly Churches network

    • Do you want to understand more about dementia?
    • Do you want to embark on becoming a more dementia-friendly church at the heart of a dementia-friendly community?
    • Are you keen to know more about our dementia-friendly churches network in the Diocese of Lichfield?

    If so, this is the session for you!

    We'll start by sharing a "Dementia Friends Information Session" , within the national social action movement. This is a great way to increase understanding of dementia and inspire action. And then we'll look together at the Diocese of Lichfield "Dementia-Friendly Churches" Network, which offers support and resources to churches which are taking next steps to become more dementia-friendly churches at the heart of dementia-friendly communities.

    For more information, contact Sarah Thorpe, Dementia-Friendly Church Enabler, Diocese of Lichfield

    2021 dates now available to book!

    • Tuesday, 24 June 2021 @ 11.30am - 12.30pm
    • Wednesday, 7 July 2021 @7.30pm - 8.30pm
    • Wednesday, 18 August 2021 @ 9.30am - 10.30am
    • Tuesday, 21st September @ 4pm - 5pm
    • Thursday, 14 October 2021 @ 1pm - 2pm
    • Tuesday, 23 November 2021 @ 4pm - 5pm
    • Wednesday, 8 December 2021 @ 9am - 10am