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

Bidding Opens for £490 Million Road Funding (England)

Councils across England have until the 30th June 2017 to bid for a share of £490million to improve their roads. The...

Funding | Fri, 21 Apr 2017

Funding and Support for New Community Businesses (England)

Community groups in England wanting to set up new community businesses will be able to apply for support and funding...

Funding | Fri, 21 Apr 2017

Places of Worship - Security Funding Scheme (England & Wales)

To tackle the rising number of hate crimes against religious buildings, churches and other places of worship can now apply...

Funding | Fri, 21 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