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Options for Life seeks Operations Director

Options for life, the Oldbury based charity supporting adults with learning difficulties, is seeking to recruit an Operations Director. The successful person will oversee the management of the delivery of the day opportunities programme operating from the community hubs across Options for Life.

Flexibility is required in terms of working hours to meet the business needs of the organisation.

Click here to download job description and to apply. The post is a three-month temporary contract.

The closing date for applications is 30 July 2017.


Charity seeks Paid Carers for new Shared Lives Scheme

The charity Camphill Village Trust (CVT) is currently looking to recruit Paid Carers to its new Shared Lives Scheme, that is being launched in the Black Country this Summer.

Shared Lives is sometimes described like ‘foster care for adults who may be vulnerable or have a disability’, but it’s so much more than that. With 92% of all Schemes being rated as Good or Outstanding by CQC, Shared Lives is an innovative model of care, that enables people to stay in their own communities and provides a viable alternative to residential, nursing or hospital care.

As a Shared Lives Carer you are ‘carefully matched’ to support a person from within your own home, where they develop the skills to be as independent as possible and lead an ‘ordinary life’ at the heart of the neighbourhood. The person then becomes more confident and develops a sense of belonging, using their social and wider family networks for extra support.

You must be over 18 years of age but don’t need any qualifications or experience, just the right values, commitment and of course…..a spare bedroom. If you don’t own your own home, you will need to ask your landlord’s permission to use your property as a Shared Lives Arrangement.

CVT will provide relevant training and once approved, will give on-going supervision and support to ensure that the highest quality of care is maintained throughout each Shared Lives Arrangement. An enhanced DBS Check and references are required. Training will take place in your own home, via e-Learning and also as a group at CVT’s community hub in Stourbridge. The Assessment process takes about three months.

As a Shared Lives Carer you can be paid up to £600 per week depending on the level of support you provide to the Person who comes to stay with you on a long-term or respite basis, as well as receive significant tax breaks.

To find out more about becoming a Shared Lives Carer for CVT, please go to or call Dean Barnshaw, Shared Lives Development Manager on 07984 896010. Email

Part-time Sessional Youth Worker for Brasshouse

The Brasshouse Community Centre (managed by North Smethwick Development Trust) is a hub for the local community and provides a great range of services.

There is currently a role for a part-time Sessional Youth Worker. The role will involve implementing a range of centre based youth services, working with young people whilst they engage in positive activities.  It will include planning, designing, delivering activities, keeping records and monitoring work.

Hours per week: To be negotiated. Work mainly in evenings and weekends
Salary: £7.50 – £9.00 per hour (dependent on experience).

A full Job Description and Application Form are available on the website.  Alternatively contact NSDT on 0121 555 5672 or email to request.

The closing date for applications is 12 midday on 13 April 2017.  Interviews will be held on 19 and 20 April 2017.

All posts are subject to a DBS check and satisfactory references.


Opportunities at Citizens Advice Dudley

Citizens Advice Dudley Borough is a charity that offers free, impartial and independent advice to over 15,000 people per year, resolving 55,000 advice issues to diverse communities across the Borough, many of whom often have complex support needs or complex casework issues. The agency is recruiting to the following posts:

Money Advice Caseworker
Hours: 29 hours per week
Salary: £21,277 to £23,118, depending upon experience SCP24-27 (pro rata)
Closing date: Midday Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Generalist Advice Caseworker
Hours: 30 hours per week
Salary: £21,277 to £23,118, depending upon experience SCP24-27 (pro rata)
Closing date: Midday Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Business Development Manager
Hours: 24 hours per week
Salary: SCP 30-32 £25,984 – £26,804 pro rata, depending upon experience
Closing date: Midday Friday, 14 April 2017.

If you are enthusiastic and committed to making a difference to the lives of others and interested in any of the above posts, please contact Citizens Advice Dudley Borough for an application pack via email on

Please note CV’s will not be accepted.

Relate seeks a Counsellor and Business Support Assistant

Relate Birmingham is an independent charity and a member of the national Relate Federation. Relate work to help individuals, parents and families in the West Midlands and South Staffordshire to build better relationships by delivering a range of services, including counselling, groups, mediation, education and training and professional development.

The charity is recruiting the following posts:

Counsellor – Domestic Violence and Abuse Service (Wolverhampton)
Salary: £26,000 p.a. pro rata
12 hours per week (including one evening)
Fixed term contract: initially for 12 months

There is a vacancy for an experienced Counsellor to set up and deliver a new service, providing free, confidential counselling and support service for victims of domestic violence and abuse in Wolverhampton to help them recover and move on with their lives.

This project is a partnership between Relate Birmingham and the Wolverhampton Domestic Violence Forum and the service is funded by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, initially for a 12 month period.

You will act as main point of contact for the service, building relationships with the Wolverhampton Domestic Violence Forum partnership, IDVAs and other local organisations to identify referrals. You will deliver up to 9 hours each week of one to one counselling and group work to victims of domestic violence and monitor and report on outcomes for clients.

The successful applicant will be a qualified counsellor, with relevant experience providing counselling and group work in a similar role or environment and an up to date knowledge of domestic violence and abuse. You’ll have good interpersonal and networking skills, good IT skills and experience of project/service delivery and reporting.

The post will be based initially at our office in Wolverhampton but there is scope to deliver from community venues in the City as the project develops.

Business Support Assistant
Salary – £20,000 pa
Fixed term contract: initially for 12 months

A confident and resourceful individual is sought to provide administrative and business support to the Chief Executive, liaise with staff and external contacts, and assist in business development, marketing, projects and contract monitoring.

The successful applicant will have relevant experience in a similar role and strong administrative, IT and organisational skills. You’ll have excellent people and communication skills and the ability to manage several pieces of work or projects at the same time. You will take a proactive approach to a broad and varied workload, and be comfortable working independently and also in a busy small team environment.

This full time post is based in our main office, near Five Ways in Birmingham, though some flexibility will be required to work occasional evenings, including attending evening Board meetings and to travel to other locations.

How to Apply
For an application pack email or download a pack from the website or call 0121 643 1638 if you have any queries.

Deadline for applications for both posits will be 1.00 pm on Monday, 16 January 2017. CVs will not be considered.

Interviews will be held on Friday 20 January 2017.

A DBS check will be required for this post.

BUDS Floating Support Officer (x2) Vacancies

BUDSBUDS aims to improve the quality of life of people experiencing dementia and their family carers in Sandwell.

BUDS was established in 2008 and is a Registered Charity and a Limited Company in its own right and has developed the following services in response to local need:

• Befriending Service
• BUDS Clubs
• Carer Support Service
• Advice & Guidance
• Training & Development

Main Purpose of the Job

To support in the coordinating of a programme of stimulating activities tailored to individual needs and preferences.

• To travel to various community locations within the Sandwell area to help facilitate BUDS Clubs and provide cover.
• To initiate ideas for activities for the clubs, and to work alongside the club coordinator to implement these.
• Assisting in the support of clients with personal care needs ie feeding and toilet needs.
• To produce a detailed end of club report and supporting documentation to evidence the outcomes of BUDS Clubs.

Please view Job Description Application Form and Equal Opportunities Form

Location: Various community locations throughout Sandwell
Closing date: Wednesday 9th November 2016
Contract: Permanent (subject to 6 months probation period)
Hours: 12 per week (additional hours may be available on a weekly basis)
Salary:  £4992.00
Interview date: Friday 18th November 2016
Please contact Sharon Crowley or Charlene Knight on 0121 565 3721 or email or for more information. Applications accepted via email only.


Crossroads Care seeks Registered Care Manager

Sandwell CrossroadsCrossroads Care, Birmingham, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton, is network partner of The Carers Trust. It supports and provides information, advice and services to local people with care needs, and for those caring at home for a family member or friend. Beneficiaries are all ages, with a range of responsibilities. Crossroads Care help individuals connect with everyone and everything that can make a difference to their lives.

The charity has an exciting opportunity for an experienced Registered Care Manager, qualified, skilled and ambitious to develop new and existing services across its area of benefit.

The role is to lead the Senior Care Management team who are responsible for Care Support staff working within the community, delivering high quality care services for the organisation. In addition, the role will be to focus on meeting the Care Quality Commission outcome compliance of “Outstanding” for the charity. This position requires a strong, sensitive management style in order to support customers who are caring for people within the community who may have a long term chronic or terminal illness.

The position is based at Crossroads Head Office in West Bromwich. The role is  37 hours per week and offers an excellent salary with company benefits to include Government Pension scheme, holiday entitlement, personal development training and performance related bonus.

If you would like to apply, please telephone the CEO on 0121 553 6483 or email
The closing date is 7 November, 2016.

Early application is advised. Crossroads Care is an equal opportunities employer

Visit the website.

Trustees Required at Citizens Advice Sandwell

citizens-advice-sandwellCitizens Advice Sandwell is holding its AGM on 7 December and is looking for Trustees to serve on the Board. The organisation gives free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities. They are there to make our society fairer.

Citizens Advice Sandwell provides services across the Metropolitan Borough of Sandwell for more than 10,500 people each year, dealing with over 36,000 problems. As a charity, it supports some of the most disadvantaged and socially excluded communities in the area, with Sandwell being the twelfth highest area of deprivation in the UK.

The charity is looking for people with strategic vision, independent judgment and a willingness to give time and commitment to being a Trustee. It is particularly looking for people with either finance or community experience.

The post of Trustee is unpaid, but will provide you with a great deal of experience and satisfaction. All reasonable expenses are reimbursed.

Citizen Advice is particularly keen to achieve a more diverse board of trustees and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

For an information and application pack please email

For more information and an informal discussion on the role of a Trustee, please contact Vicki Fitzgerald (Chief Executive Officer) or Farooq Hussain (Chair)

The closing date for applications is Monday, 31 October 2016.

BUDS Manager Vacancy

BUDSBUDS (Better Understanding of Dementia) aims to improve the quality of life of people experiencing dementia and their family carers in Sandwell.

Applications are invited for a Manager vacancy. This position offers the successful candidate an excellent opportunity to manage and develop BUDS services.

The salary is £28,000 – £30,000.

Please view for the Job Description and Person Specification

Please view for the application form.

The closing date for applications is 17th October 2016 please send completed applications to


Part-Time Play Worker required

The Branch

The BRANCH, based in West Bromwich, offers a youth club, after-school club, homework club, adult literacy classes, ESOL classes, craft course and holiday play schemes, each school holiday. Project works closely with SADWICA, Early Years and schools based in West Bromwich and neighbouring communities.

The BRANCH looking to recruit a part-time Play Worker, 3 – 6 pm Monday to Friday.
(Work hours will vary during school half term)

In this role the successful candidate will assist in the care and development of children aged 4-11 years, as part of a team, by helping in the co-ordination and supervision of agreed play and development activities, as per contractual terms. You should be able to contribute to the development of The Branch’s services for the benefit of the local community.

Applicants should hold Level II Childcare. Experience is desirable but training is available. This post is subject to DBS checks.

For further details and an application form, please contact:

Mrs Loreen Lawson
91 Beeches Road
West Bromwich
B70 6HG

Tel/Text 07854 519 995 or email

The closing date for applications is Friday, 14 October 2016.

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