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The Stroke Association seeks Volunteer Office and Administration Support

The Stroke Association is looking for a volunteer to provide office and administration support at their Sandwell Information, Advice and Support Service based in West Bromwich. On average, the hours will be between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm Monday-Friday but details will be discussed and confirmed during the application process.

The volunteer will undertake general office duties such as answer the telephone, take messages, file, type and help to organise the office so that it runs efficiently. You will produce and prepare mailings, information packs and resources for services, events or meetings and carry out data input and other computer based administrative tasks. You will conduct internet based research as well as assist the Administrator with delivery information to Sandwell General Hospital.

The role might be for you if:
• You are able to use office equipment and relevant computer software.
• You are able to communicate effectively in writing, over the phone and in person.
• You have an ordered approach to administrative functions.
• You are thorough, with a good eye for detail.
• You are able to work without direct supervision.

If you are interested in the role please contact Karen Lethbridge on Tel: 01527 903903 or email Karen.lethbridge@stroke.org.uk.

Visit the Stroke Association’s website.

News Update from the BBC Academy’s New Talent Team

Who are BBC Academy’s New Talent Team?
Based at BBC Birmingham, we lead the BBC’s entry level talent schemes across the UK including; Apprenticeships aimed at school leavers and Traineeships aimed at graduates, working across the BBC’s Production, Technology, Business and Journalism Departments. These are paid contracts of employment with a salary, fully paid training fees and fantastic work placement opportunities.  Some are formally recognised Apprentice qualifications up to Degree level. We expect everyone who completes our programmes to be equipped with the skills and experience to take up a career in BBC or the wider media sector and we’re passionate about opening up our opportunities to all.

What opportunities are we currently offering?
On 13th March 2017 we open applications for our Production and Journalism Apprenticeship.  The schemes start in September and are based across the UK. They are open to anyone with the passion and raw talent to succeed.

Who are we looking for?
Applicants need to be bursting with ideas.  They need to be creative and able to bring a fresh, new perspective to our output. If you know someone who fits this profile, someone who dreams of a career in the media, then we want to hear from them.

But this doesn’t mean we just want people with bags of experience and confidence. Sometimes, applying for a job in the media can be daunting. If your organisation engages with young people who lack a bit of self belief – but nonetheless have the underlying potential – we’d love to hear from them – please tell them that potential not polish is what we’re looking for!

How do I find out more?
We are running a series of three hour open sessions where potential applicants can meet the Apprenticeship and Traineeship scheme managers and some of our current trainees and apprentices. Sign up here:  www.bbc.co.uk/getinevents.

More on the individuals schemes are available here:
www.bbc.co.uk/pas – production apprentices
www.bbc.co.uk/dja – journalism apprentices

Extend Hub
The BBC is keen to widen participation in its schemes so please direct candidates with a disability to www.bbc.co.uk/extend  to find out what support we offer.

Staying in touch
Remember please follow us on social media for latest updates and chats with the team @bbcgetin  www.bbc.co.uk/getin to find out what support we offer.

Creative Arts Launches the Pull of Wool Knitting Project

Creative Arts, part of the team behind the award-winning Ceramic Garden, is looking for people to get involved in their latest community project – The Pull of Wool.

The team wants to collect interesting photos of people knitting in unusual locations as well as photos of people who don’t normally knit.

People are also encouraged to donate unwanted wool or woollen items, and get involved with the team at Creative Arts to help knit items for display.

These are all set to be displayed to the public later this year to raise awareness of Creative Arts and its positive contribution to the local community.

Creative Arts is a council-run team that provides day opportunities for people with a range of physical and learning disabilities, as well as bringing together local people ranging from four-year-old pupils to 92-year-old pensioners.

This latest project by Creative Arts follows the award-winning Ceramic Garden project, which is due to feature in the Royal Horticultural Society’s Malvern Spring Show from 11 to 14 May.

Councillor Ann Shackleton, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for social care, said: “They did some amazing work on the Ceramic Garden initiative and deserve support to come up with another interesting piece of creative work.

“I would hope that anyone who can help this excellent organisation on their latest exciting project will get in touch.”

Richard Flatley, from Creative Arts, added: “We’re after photos of people knitting in unusual places, or just photos of people who you would not expect to be knitting. We hope to make an exhibition of these photos to accompany the knitting when it is on display.”

Anyone who wishes to find out more, provide photos, get involved or donate some woollen items can visit Creative Arts, 37-39 Cyprus Industrial Park, Cyprus Street, Oldbury, call 0121 552 8095 or visit the Creative Arts Project Facebook page.

Creative Arts set up the Ceramic Garden project last year with arts organisation Creative Black Country. The garden won a top award from the Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom Award for the It’s Your Neighbourhood category. The project received a Level 3 award.

Wanted: Chair of Board and Trustee for Relate Birmingham

Relate Birmingham is a local independent charity and leading provider of relationship support. They aim to help individuals, parents and families build better relationships by delivering a range of services, including counselling, groups, education and training and professional development.

Relate Birmingham have recently grown and diversified its services and now operate across most of the West Midlands and South Staffordshire.

The charity is seeking to appoint a Chair and Trustee. Please click here to download a pack. Applications for both posts will close on Friday, 7 April 2017.

For more information about this role contact Ruth Levesley, Chief Executive at ruth.levesley@relatebirmingham.co.uk or call on 0121 643 1638.

For more information about Relate Birmingham visit www.relatebirmingham.co.uk or www.relate.org.uk

Volunteers sought for school in Wednesbury

Homeschool Social Enterprise is a registered Christian Charity based in Wednesbury. It runs an inclusive Independent Christian School and educate children aged 5-11 and 11-16. Homeschool offers a unique learning experience, with the central aim to educate and support children with a rich and varied education along with strong Christian Values, within a caring and nurturing environment.

The school is looking for enthusiastic and passionate volunteers who can offer a few hours of their time each week. Tasks will be varied and interactive. Desirable skills include reading, writing, ICT skills, good listening, honesty. A clean record/ DBS check is essential.

Opening hours term time are 9 am -3:30 pm Monday to Friday. (Volunteer slots can be flexible within these hours)

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact the Head Teacher on
01216491599 or 07500416635. Email homeschool@live.co.uk.

Visit the website.

Volunteering opportunities at the new Midland Metropolitan Hospital

Two students studying Geography at the University of Birmingham are in need of your help! As part of a research placement on behalf of Brushstrokes, they are researching into the possible volunteering opportunities that could be available at the new Midland Metropolitan hospital.

This involves them analysing the current opportunities available at City hospital and coming up with new ideas that could be implemented at the Midland Metropolitan, in order to best improve patient experience. They are particularly interested in how they can get the community involved with the hospital, to ensure the creation of longer lasting, sustainable benefits from the new hospital for the local community.

This could be done through members of the community volunteering within the new hospital and community ideas to change its current volunteering structure, therefore creating a higher level of community engagement with the Midland Metropolitan. They are interested in the skills already available amongst local people and how these could be used in volunteering, alongside the community desire to be involved in the hospital and in what way organisations would like to engage with the Midland Metropolitan hospital.

The students would grateful if local organisations could complete a very short survey on attitudes towards volunteering and engaging with the Midland Metropolitan Hospital.

If you have any questions or would like further information about the project, please contact Kelly Brisk at KLB366@student.bham.ac.uk


BBC Children in Need is Currently Recruiting Volunteer Committee Members

BBC Children in Need is currently recruiting volunteer committee members, for its Regional Advisory Committee in the Central region, which covers West Midlands, East Midlands and parts of the East of England.  Please click here to see the advert and job description for more details.

BBC Children in Need is positively changing the lives of disadvantaged children and young people throughout the UK. We celebrate diversity and positively encourage applications from all parts of the community to join our Central Regional Advisory Committee.  This is a great opportunity for committed and enthusiastic people to support BBC Children in Need’s assessment and decision-making processes.

Anyone interested in the committee roles can contact the Melinda Connelly, Regional Head, on 0303 081 7805 or 07720 671423, or email at melinda.connelly@bbc.co.uk for an informal chat about what the roles entail.

Please feel free to circulate this opportunity using your own communication networks.


Big Spring Clean Back for 2017

Sandwell’s ever-popular Big Spring Clean campaign is back for 2017 – and local people and organisations are invited to get involved with litter picking, graffiti removal, planting and painting.

The campaign will launch with a community litter-picking event at Victoria Park, Smethwick, on Friday 3 March 2017.

Sandwell Council has teamed up again with waste partner Serco and local charity Litter Watch to recruit volunteers for the 11th annual Sandwell Big Spring Clean.

Sandwell’s campaign this year ties in with a national Great British Spring Clean and will run until the end of September. It will also help celebrate Litter Watch’s 20th birthday.

Residents are also asked to help identify pieces of land that, subject to the owners’ permission, could be transformed into wild flower areas, herb gardens or potato patches.

Email bigspringclean.sandwell@serco.com or call 0121 544 3916 to register your interest.

Councillor David Hosell, the council’s cabinet member for highways and environment, said: “The Big Spring Clean is always popular with local people and organisations, and we thank the thousands of people who’ve taken part in our previous campaigns.
“It’s a great way to get people together – with residents, community groups, faith groups, schools and businesses all supporting the campaign.

“Volunteers can decide what they’d like to do on their Big Spring Clean event including litter picking, graffiti removal, planting or painting.

“This campaign builds on our regular cleaning and upkeep of streets and parks, and encourages volunteering and community partnerships.”

Jason Holtom, partnership director for Serco in Sandwell, said: “We are very pleased to be getting involved in such a positive campaign for another year running.

“The campaign continues to go from strength to strength and it’s really great to see the enthusiasm for the Big Spring Clean and what can be achieved when members of a community come together.

“Pledging a small amount of time can make a big difference to a local area and we encourage volunteers to get involved to help improve their neighbourhoods.”

Go to our Big Spring Clean webpage for more information.

Volunteers sought to train as RAF Air Cadets Civilian Instructors

888 (Squadron) Air Training Corps based Oldbury, seeks to recruit volunteers to train as Civilian Instructors. RAF Air Cadets Civilian Instructors are integral to the success of the organisation and will help the development of young adults as they experience Air Cadet life.

You would help manage, control and organise various activities for the squadron such as teaching, camping, fund raising, sports etc. Full training and support is provided as the Air Training Corps aims to develop their staff skills and experience in order to give the best cadet experience possible.

The role as a Civilian Instructor is vital to the success of cadets. You’ll see your dedication and effort pay-off in the achievements you inspire amongst members. But it isn’t just the cadets that benefit.  You will get involved in many squadron activities and have the same kinds of opportunities as cadets to develop your leadership skills and gain qualifications in things such as mountain leadership, First Aid and NVQs that may be useful to you in your career. You’ll also have as much fun as the cadets do!

And it doesn’t stop there. If you choose, you may apply to become a sergeant or an officer in the Training Branch of the RAF Volunteer Reserve. As an Air Cadet officer you can claim up to 28 days’ volunteer allowance per year and work your way up through the ranks in a similar manner to the RAF.

Potential volunteers would be expected to have a positive attitude, and undergo a DBS check, combined with several interviews to consider suitability. You should also be over 21 years of age. Volunteers say they gain a huge sense of achievement from helping young people realise their potential. Why not give it a try?

For more information email Arjang Baig at training.888@aircadets.org.

Brasshouse seeks Cafe & Catering Volunteers

North Smethwick Development Trust delivers a variety of activities and services that include a combination of social enterprises and community projects and services to improve the lives of local families, adults, children and young people.

The Trust is recruiting volunteers to work as Cafe and Catering Assistants in the Community Cafe at Brasshouse. Morning, evenings and weekend shifts are available.

Please click here to read about the role. Contact Hanna Nadershani, the Volunteering Engagement Co-ordinator by email at Hanna.Nadershahi@nsdt.org.uk, or call 0121 555 5672.

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