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

Funding Support for Former Mining Communities (East & West Midlands, North East & North West of England, Yorkshire and Kent)

Grants totalling £125,000 are available through the Coalfields Regeneration Trust to support activities that tackle some of the key challenges...

Funding | Mon, 23 Oct 2017

Funding and Support for New Community Businesses (England)

The Community Business Bright Ideas Fund, which supports community groups in England wanting to set up new community businesses will...

Funding | Mon, 23 Oct 2017

New £4.5 Million Funding programme to Support Local Social Action (England)

A new funding programme supporting communities to take action on issues which matter locally has been launched by the Big...

Funding | Mon, 23 Oct 2017

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Tue Oct 24 @21:00 - 11:00PM
Weekly meets
Wed Oct 25 @10:00 - 12:00PM
Drop In - Smethwick