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


It’s just a short hop to the seaside in landlocked Sandwell when a historic house hosts a beach for some...

News | Tue, 25 Apr 2017

Birmingham and Black Country Communities Fund (West Midlands)

Small local community groups, charities and social enterprises in Birmingham and the Black Country can apply for grants of up...

Funding | Mon, 24 Apr 2017

Funding for Young People to Undertake Local Social Action Projects (England)

Teams of young people can apply for grants of up to £400 to undertake local social action projects. A wide variety...

Funding | Mon, 24 Apr 2017

Latest events

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Tue Apr 25 @21:00 - 11:00PM
Weekly meets
Wed Apr 26 @10:00 - 12:00PM
Drop In - Smethwick
Fri Apr 28 @08:00 - 05:00PM
Glebefields Libary