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Black Country Together seeks a Family Matters Finance Officer

Black Country Together CIC was founded in 2013 by the four Councils for Voluntary Service in the Black Country with the aim of increasing levels of funding coming into the sub-region. Black Country Together believe that locally-designed, locally-delivered solutions to social challenges offer the best outcomes for communities and the best value for funders.

About the Role
Black Country Together is looking for an experienced finance officer to join their small Programme Management Team. The ideal candidate will have experience of ESF/ERDF/DWP and will be comfortable co-ordinating all aspects of preparing and submitting financial claims, ensuring compliance with the funder’s requirements. You will work closely with the Partnership Manager to effectively manage spend, ensure the project is delivered within budget and that procurement rules are adhered to. You will liaise with delivery partners, to ensure full compliance and work with them to reprofile project budgets when required. You should be able to manage a wide and varied workload and provide a high level of customer service to both internal and external stakeholders.

Salary: £27, 668
Location: Dudley, with travel across all areas of the Black Country.
Job Type: Fixed term until 31 December 2019
Category: Finance/project management

Applying for the role
For further information on how to apply and to complete the Black Country Together application form please click here.
For further information about the role please contact Tracey Quirk on 01384 573381.

Black Country Together is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

Applications should be submitted by 11.59 pm on Wednesday, 4 October 2017. Late applications will not be accepted. Interviews will be held week beginning 9 October 2017.


BCT requires Administrator & Communications Co-ordinator

Black Country Touring brings professional theatre and dance to community audiences across the Black Country. It is inviting applications for the role of Administrator & Communications Co-ordinator.

£17,072 – £18,746 (dependent on experience)
Full time post – 37.5 hours per week

The main responsibility of the role will be to provide administrative support to the programming and promotional operations and to co-ordinate company communications across a wide range of different activity.

You will need good organisational, communication and computer skills. The ideal candidate will have an interest and enthusiasm for supporting arts activity in non-traditional spaces and communicating with a broad range of different people.

This role would be suitable as a developmental position for recent graduates or someone with a limited amount of experience of working in the arts and with a keen interest in gaining further experience and growing their skills base.

The deadline for applications is Sunday, 1 October 2017
Interviews will be held on Tuesday, 17 October 2017.

Click here for application pack

Opportunities at Murray Hall Community Trust

Murray Hall Community Trust (MHCT) is a voluntary organisation and registered charity. Established in 1994, Murray Hall is one of the leading health and wellbeing charities in the Black Country and Birmingham and specifically Sandwell.

Murray Hall is looking to recruit a sessional worker for the Wellbeing Hub at Spires Health Centre, Wednesbury, to provide duty cover for 14.5 hours per week (Thursday’s and Friday’s) until the end of October. The pay is £14.88 per hour.

The successful person will assess and identify needs of all referrals including self-referrals to the Wellbeing Hub advise on the options available and triage them for appropriate support and service first time. You will ensure clinical risk is identified and managed, working closely with team members. You will further ensure all patients at risk are navigated to the correct service and handed over. Where there is an unclear pathway the most appropriate service/team will be engaged to ensure a seamless service is provided for the patient.  Please visit the website and upload your CV as the first stage of the application.

In addition to the above, there are four additional vacancies, as listed below. Please click on the appropriate link for details about the role,  how to apply and the closing date.

Monitoring Officer – Looking Forward
Administrator – Looking Forward
Children & Young People’s Worker – Looking Forward
Self Employed Therapists/Counsellors – Therapeutic Services

Visit the website to upload your CV.

A Shared Lives Area Co-ordinator for CVT

Camphill Village Trust is seeking a Shared Lives Co-ordinator for an exciting new initiative. The right candidate will be passionate about Shared Lives and displays real insight into the benefits it can bring to people who wish to live within a community setting.

Salary: £21,000 – £26,000 depending on experience
Location: Stourbridge, Dudley MBC and surrounding areas

You will be involved in the continued development of an ever growing scheme, where you will have opportunity to influence its working practices. You should have a sound understanding of the Shared Lives model and knowledge of the local area and its amenities. If you are hard-working, ambitious and want to be part of an innovative new scheme, then this is the post for you.

The Camphill Village Trust (CVT) is an established, well respected and progressive UK charity supporting adults with learning disabilities, mental ill health and other support needs in their home life, work, social and cultural activities, throughout nine urban and rural communities in England. The Camphill philosophy recognises the uniqueness of the individual and we seek to respect, value and enhance the strengths and potential of each person we support in a contemporary context.

This is a challenging but rewarding new role and to succeed you will require a thorough understanding of Shared Lives and its potential. CVT will expect you to be creative, dedicated and have an explicit value base. You will have excellent IT and organisational skills to support you in this dynamic post. You must also be able to develop effective working relationships with care managers and practitioners, be able to recruit, assess, train and supervise carers, as well as having the intuition and practical skills for managing a case load on a day to day basis.

There is some flexibility of working routine around this new position but your base will be at CVT’s offices in Dudley, alongside the potential for working from home.

To find out more about this new role, please take the opportunity to speak with Dean Barnshaw on 07984 896010 before applying on-line at   See job description and main duties.

The closing date for applications will be 12 Noon Wednesday 4 October 2017.

Interviews to be held in Stourbridge, Dudley, on Wednesday 18 October 2017.



Two Job and In Work Support Coaches for Talent Match

Talent Match is a Black Country wide Lottery funded project that has also secured additional funding through the European Social Fund (ESF). The project is led by young people, with significant input from businesses. The project focuses on 18-24 year olds facing barriers to progression and who have been ‘NEET’ for at least 6 months and 25-29 year olds with specific barriers, supporting them to move nearer and into employment. To meet demand, Talent Match is recruiting for the following posts:

Job and In Work Support Coaches £21k pa
2 posts based at 1x Central (Bilston) 1x Wolverhampton

Key delivery partners include; BCTG, Dudley College, Gazebo Theatre, and YMCA Black Country Group (Walsall and Wolverhampton). All posts are subject to funding.

The post holders will operate and work flexibly to ensure that the project delivers its sustained job outcomes (21%) for young people and other stakeholders. Supporting young people to apply and successfully access work experience, volunteering and job opportunities. Providing in-work support to young people securing employment, supporting them to sustain the employment opportunity.

All employees need to work to the ethos and values of the host organisation recruited to.  These posts offer an important opportunity to be part of a project that aims to ensure that all young people are supported to fulfil their full potential, placing them and businesses at the centre of the solution.

For a job description and application pack please download them from the website or telephone 01902 773761 or email

To find out more about the posts please contact Kal Patel on 01902 773761 or email

Please note CVs will not be accepted. Previous applicants who have applied for the posts need not apply.

Talent Match welcome enquiries from everyone and value diversity in its workforce.

The closing date for applications is 2 pm on Friday, 22 September 2017.  Interviews will take place during October.


Three new posts at Options for Life

Options for Life supports people with learning disabilities and/or autism in the West Midlands to live ordinary fulfilled lives.  The Charity is now able to offer three exciting opportunities for the right person.

The posts will play a key role in ensuring the continued success of the organisation and in delivering the next exciting and challenging phase of the strategic programme refocusing the charity’s work.

Options for Life is an established organisation with an excellent reputation working with people with learning disabilities and/or autism to make a real difference to their lives. Undertaking this new role will be an excellent opportunity to utilise and further develop your skills and talents.

If you are a motivated, committed and resilient individual looking for your next challenge to make a real difference to the lives of people this may be the opportunity you are looking for. Options for Life very much look forward to receiving your application.

Quality Manager
Scale PO1 – PO5 pt 33 – 37 £28,605 – £31,689
37.5 hours per week

The Quality Manager will manage quality throughout the organisation. You will ensure excellent standards are achieved through the establishment of systems and processes to support the overall management and development of the organisation.

Business Support Manager
Scale PO1 – P05 pt 33 – 37 £28,605 – £31,689

The Business Support Manager will ensure that all business deliverables are completed to a consistently high standard, within budget, to agreed success criteria, and deliver the expected business benefits. You will work at pace, with flexibility and agility responding to changing business needs and priorities responsively. You will oversee all aspects of business change, in line with agreed priorities, across Options for Life, delivering change initiatives that drive business growth.

Training and Development Coordinator
Scale PO4 pt18 – Sc5 pt 25 £17,624 – £22,106 (pro rata)
21 hours per week

The Training and Development Coordinator will have responsibility for the coordination and administration of all training and development activities and projects. You will ensure quality training and development across Options for Life and support the organisation’s aims and objectives.

Interview dates:
Business Support Manager – 5th October 2017
Training and Development Coordinator  – 9th October 2017
Quality Manager – 10th October 2017

Closing Date for all applications is  5.00 pm on Monday 25th September 2017.

For further details about the vacancies and a job pack, please visit the website.

Army Reserve To Host Job Fair In West Bromwich

237 Squadron based in West Bromwich will be hosting a Job Fair on 24 Aug 17 to better the relationships with the local Community and help decrease unemployment in the local area.

The event will start at 10:00 hours and run until approximately 15:00 hours. Employers outside of the Armed Frorces include, but are not limited to; National Express, Mercury Security, Avon and Tesco’s. The event will be held on MOD property namely Normandy House, B70 9LP.

The event will hope to bring in circa 150 people in the local areas seeking new opportunities. The Reserve Army job can be in addition to any full time careers and this will serve as a great opportunity to explain the new changes in entry standards to possible candidates.

As a reminder the training offered by the Regiment to its members is second to none and currently we have soldiers on car, HGV & forklift driving courses as well as offering logistics, chef and medical courses all of which complement Civilian employment.  All of the training is paid and initial training attracts a number of financial bonus.

Reservists are paid for attending any training they undertake and also gain an annual tax free bounty for meeting a minimum training commitment of 27 days. For further information on the Squadron or joining the Army Reserve, email or search

For more information please contact Captain Samantha Floyd on 02476 854953.

Two positions at Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trusts

The Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trusts works to create a Living Landscape in Birmingham and the Black Country for the benefit of wildlife and people.

With more than 800,000 members, the Wildlife Trusts are the largest UK voluntary organisation dedicated to conserving the full range of the UK’s habitats and species, whether they be in the countryside, in cities or at sea. Collectively we manage over 2,300 nature reserves covering more than 90,000 hectares.

Locally The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country works to conserve biodiversity, improve the environment and raise awareness and understanding of wildlife issues. We have over 7,500 members and have projects, nature reserves and environment centres across the area.

The organisation now invites applications for it latest vacancies. Please click the links for a full job description including Person Specification and salary. The Application Forms (downloadable) are to be returned by email at by 5 pm on Friday 8th September.

CVs will not be accepted.

Fundraising and Development Manager
Senior Administrator and Business Support Officer

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.


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