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Brushstrokes Community Project goes Public



 We’re excited to announce that we’ve launched our first-ever public fundraising campaign to support Sandwell residents hardest-hit because of Covid. We’ve set an ambitious target of  £85,000 so we can keep all our services going. With Sandwell having one of the highest rates of infection in the country our support is needed now more than ever.

Covid has seriously affected fundraising and we want to continue to be there for people in these difficult times. Many more are struggling to put food on the table and need the project’s support, advice, guidance, and information services to avoid crises like homelessness and destitution.

Project manager, Dave Newall, says: ‘Anyone in need in Sandwell shouldn’t have to struggle alone, isolated at home and scared not knowing what to do. Our information, and advice and support are a lifeline to people in need, helping them with any issue that’s affecting their life.’

But with cancelled events, reduced fundraising opportunities and an increased demand we’re now appealing to the public to help us fill the gap.


We know these are tough times for everyone but if you can help please donate here:  and please like our Facebook page  and share our campaign.


Thank you.

You can help Brushstrokes maintain and develop its work  through fundraising.


Use our customisable poster pack  to help you organise your own event and raise much needed funds to help local people in your community.

Want to raise money for Brushstrokes but don't know where to start? Take a look at our A-Z of funding ideas

A-Z Fundraising Ideas


bring your friends and neighbours together at an afternoon tea party, or get creative and hold an arts and crafts stall.


everyone loves cake so why not hold a baking competition? You could hold a bring-and-buy sale, a community barbecue, or bingo evening.


coffee mornings are a fun way to get together and raise money. Alternatively, sell things at a car boot sale or get sporty at a cricket match. The staff at St Catherine’s Day Service held a car wash, attracting passing motorists.


have a dress down day, hold a doughnut sale, or organise a dance.


bring out the leg warmers and hold an eighties night, hold an Easter egg hunt, or organise an exhibition.


unleash your inner artist with face painting, hold a fancy dress competition, or make the most of the long summer days with a fete.

Parents of one of the people living at St Catherine’s Bungalows organised a fashion show to raise funds so residents could enjoy a day trip to the seaside. Some of the staff from the Bungalows and St Catherine’s Day Service got involved and modelled clothes on the catwalk


get together at a garden party or hold a garage sale. There are lots of great guessing games that are easy to organise. Ask people to guess the... weight of the cake, number of sweets in a jar, name of the teddy, etc.

Long-standing supporter Maureen holds an open garden, with visitors giving donations to look around.


get out into nature with a sponsored hike, or organise a household sale


turn your community hall into an indoor market or organise an international dinner with foods from around the globe.


get crafty with jewellery making and sell your designs, organise a jailbreak, or hold a jumble sale.


sing your heart out at a karaoke night, hold a knitting competition, or arrange a kite making and flying contest.


kick up your heels at a line dance, get paid for lawn mowing, or offer some simple prizes at a lucky dip.


hold a market stall, organise a masked ball, or ask people to turn detectives for the night at a murder mystery.

Some of our supporters have run marathons and half marathons around the country.


hold a name the baby in the photo competition or enjoy your local green spaces with a nature trail.


hold an office collection, organise an obstacle course or hold an odd shoe day.


organise a plant sale, hold a pub games night, or arrange a penalty shoot-out. Ask people to pick a cork or ticket for a simple prize, sell pancakes, or get together for a pizza night.


challenge your friends, family and colleagues with a quiz night.


raffles are a great way to raise funds and local business are often keen to help out by donating prizes. You can also hold a race, or compete at a retro games night.


organise a friendly sports day, hold a summer party, or soak your teachers in the stocks. If you feel competitive you could organise a Scrabble tournament, swimming competition or a skittles night.

There are lots of things you can do to get sponsored for. Sponsored runs and silences are popular ideas for children and young people. Or, you could do a sponsored walk in fancy dress like people from St Catherine's Day Service do each year.


sell items at a table top sale, tuck shop or a toy sale. You could organise a treasure hunt, hold a teddy bears picnic, arrange a tea dance or even put on a talent show.

Tombolas are another way to raise funds - everyone enjoys the chance to win a prize. Prizes can be donated by friends, family, colleagues, neighbours and even local businesses.

Each year Jimmy Spencer, helped by a team of volunteers, organises a tombola for the Annual Fundraising Ball. Local businesses and individuals donate prizes, and ticket sales boost the proceeds of the event.

The Ball itself is organised by a committee of volunteers. It usually takes place in January or February and brings people together for a night of dinner and dancing in aid of a project chosen by the Committee.


- dust off your sleeping bags for an under the stars sleepout, hold an unwanted gift sale, or make and sell an upside-down cake.


bring your neighbours together with a village fete, organise a Victorian evening, or tread the boards with a variety show. Children and adults alike can put their skills to the test with a volcano making competition.

Some of our supporters have challenged themselves to the Vélo Birmingham & Midlands - a 100 mile cycle race around Birmingham and surrounding areas.


organise a whist drive, offer to do some window washing, or get paid for dog walking.


challenge your friends to an X-Factor competition or an X-Box marathon. Hold an Xmas jumper day or arrange an Xmas bazaar.


organise a Yoga session, or get sponsored to say Yes for a day.


challenge yourself with a Zumbathon or arrange a zany clothes day at your school or workplace.