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

The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund (England)

Winstanley Warriors FC's new sports hub in Wigan was recently opened thanks to a grant of £418,714 from the Premier...

Funding | Thu, 16 Nov 2017

Government Launches Further Education Flexible Learning Fund (England)

In the Spring of 2017, the Government has allocated £40 million for pilot projects aimed at helping adults progress into...

Funding | Thu, 16 Nov 2017

Funding to Use Digital Technology for Vocational Training (UK)

The UFI Charitable Trust (Ufi), which aims to help improve vocational skills in the UK's workforce, has announced that the...

Funding | Thu, 16 Nov 2017

Latest events

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Sat Nov 18 @08:00 - 05:00PM
Glebefields Libary
Tue Nov 21 @21:00 - 11:00PM
Weekly meets
Wed Nov 22 @10:00 - 12:00PM
Drop In - Smethwick