Welcome to Community Help & Information Network Sandwell (CHAINS)


This website is a free resource to promote Sandwell's community sector and to provide help for community groups.

However, we also have loads of toolkits or advice sheets - free for anyone to use. Visit the SUPPORT section to find out more.

We also provide free software - Apply Yourself and Budget Yourself - to help with planning your next funding application.

If you live in Sandwell and want to find a group to join, or are looking to keep up with the latest local community news - this is the website for you too!

All of the resources for community groups here are FREE - including our latest  Capacity Building Strategy for community groups -

Although we have restricted the calendar facility on the site to just local groups to ensure our site primarily benefits Sandwell groups and communities.

If you want to find out more about how we developed our website see our CHAINS - Good Practice Guide (find out more about how we developed our website).

Local groups wanting to promote themselves, their activities or events need to register first.

All we need are a few basic details from you - to help us ensure we keep CHAINS as a resource primarily about local people and groups.

Adding information onto the site is quick and easy - but if you aren't confident about doing this you can always send us your information and we will even upload it for you...find out more.


Latest news

Funding to Build Resilient Local Economies (UK)

The Friends Provident Foundation provides financial support to projects that promote a more resilient, sustainable and fairer economic system. Support is...

Funding | Wed, 30 Nov 2016

New £60m Global Health Research Fund Launched (UK)

Universities are invited to apply for funding for research programmes that will benefit people's health in low and middle income...

Funding | Wed, 30 Nov 2016


Phone numbers for some Sandwell Council services will change on Monday 12 December. The new numbers are: • 0121 368 1155 –...

News | Wed, 30 Nov 2016

Latest events

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Mon Dec 05 @08:00 - 05:00PM
Glebefields Libary
Tue Dec 06 @21:00 - 11:00PM
Weekly meets
Wed Dec 07 @10:00 - 12:00PM
Drop In - Smethwick