Welcome to Community Help and 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

Education Endowment Foundation Launches New Funding Round (England)

The Education Endowment Foundation, which seeks to improve the educational attainment of disadvantaged pupils, has launched a new funding round...

Funding | Mon, 27 Feb 2017

Grants of up to £50,000 Available to Transforming Care and Health through Technology (England)

The Local Government Association (LGA) in partnership with NHS Digital, is delivering a new programme to support innovation in transforming...

Funding | Mon, 27 Feb 2017

Nesta Launches Savers Support Fund (England)

Nesta, the Foundation for Innovation has launched a new £1 million Savers Support Fund to improve money management skills and...

Funding | Mon, 27 Feb 2017

Latest events

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Tue Feb 28 @21:00 - 11:00PM
Weekly meets
Wed Mar 01 @10:00 - 12:00PM
Drop In - Smethwick
Fri Mar 10 @08:00 - 06:00PM
Glebefields Libary