Sandwell Forum for
Voluntary Youth
How We Formed

In 1992 Sandwell Council wrote to all the youth organisations within the Borough inviting them to send representation to a meeting in The Council House. The Council was offering support and assistance with funding. The meeting was well attended by many organisations from social and sporting to community and faith groups.

This meeting was the beginning of the Sandwell Forum for Voluntary Youth Organisations (SFVYO). A Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary were appointed from among the volunteer organisations attending, together with other members of an Executive Committee. A Youth Manager employed full time by Sandwell Council was appointed as the liaison person to ensure the help and support of the Council was co-ordinated.

The initial members of the Executive were supported by numerous Councillors, who attended regular meetings, which at the time were located at various venues around the Borough, from Tanhouse Youth Centre, Great Barr to the Windmill Centre in Smethwick.

The first two years of meetings focussed on creating a Constitution and other matters ensuring fairness and equity to all the member organisations.

Originally the Grant Aid allocation was set and approved by a few of the Councillors involved. The idea behind Grant Aid was to encourage “active members” of SFVYO. This is still the case today as SFVYO encourages members to network and give valuable input.

SFVYO disbanded in 1996 due to lack of member involvement and reformed in 1999. It has since then been steadily gaining more members and an ever increasing reputation for being a credible and successful umbrella body for voluntary youth organisations in Sandwell.