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Calling ALL Volunteers & Volunteer involving Organisations

The 1 – 7 June is National Volunteers Week and North Smethwick Development Trust will be celebrating the impact and contribution of volunteers by organising a photography exhibition, from 2 – 30 June at Brasshouse.  The exhibition is in partnership with Brushstrokes, St Albans, Friends & Neighbours, Tipton Litter Watch and Smethwick Foodbank.

NSDT want as many volunteers as possible to get involved in the exhibition.

If you’re a volunteer and want to get involved, then please send us a video following the requirements. We would love to hear from as many of you as possible to be demonstrate the different reasons people have for volunteering, and how it has impacted on your life, or those you have helped.

Please see below video and instructions on how to take part. The deadline for submissions is on 22 May 2017. Yes, it is soon, but it is simple to take part and NSDT are able to help with support.

Click here for video link and instructions on how to take part on #iVolunteer exhibition.

In the recording, we ask the volunteer to simply answer the question: Why do you volunteer?

The requirements are:
1. You must start the video with the phrase “I volunteer because…”
2. Video should be no longer than 30 seconds (max.)
3. Behind a clear wall
4. Send it to the email BrasshouseEvents@nsdt.org.uk with the subject #IVolunteer
5. Deadline for submission will be 22 May 2017

There is no limit to the number of volunteers participating.

Disclosure – Videos will be used on social media, website and at the volunteer exhibition which will be running at Brasshouse from 2 – 30 June 2017. By sending NSDT a video recording you agree to the above terms.

To find out more information email BrasshouseEvents@nsdt.org.uk or call 0121 555 5672 to speak to Hanna or Esther.

For Social Media please use #BrasshouseEvents #iVolunteer #VolunteersWeek.

Volunteers wanted for Bearwood Street Festival

On Sunday 11 June 2017, We are Bearwood, will be hosting the first ever community lead music and arts festival on Bearwood High Street from 11.30 am to 5.30 pm.

Highly Sprung’s innovative blend of physical performance and animated storytelling is sure to excite audiences. There’ll also be cultural and audio feasts provided by the Community Stage.

Younger visitors will have plenty to keep them busy with futuristic themed crafts, games, and street art workshops. Live music on the main stage will reflect Bearwood’s eclectic musical heritage with something to suit all tastes. Headliners, The Electric Swing Circus, bring an explosive sound fusion that reverberates back through time.

There will be some of the best in regional street foods in the Food Parade, and a host of local entrepreneurs and crafters showcasing their goods in Bearwood Indoor Market.

We are Bearwood are in need of art and non-art volunteers.  If you would like to be a volunteer and be part of this exciting Street Festival, please click on the relevant link to register your interest.

Art volunteer

Non-art volunteer

Visit the We are Bearwood website


Building Blocks Charity seeks Trustees

Building Blocks is the charitable organisation of the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner.  It aims to provide support to children and young people in order to prevent crime, substance misuse and anti-social behaviour.  It also includes supporting children and young people into education and employment and promoting or supporting activities which allow children and young people to develop their personal and social skills to create confidence and independence.

The PCC is now relaunching Building Blocks to ensure it meets the needs of local young people and also, importantly, attracts further funding that can be used to support local activities.  The Charity is looking for Trustees who have skills in fund raising and bid writing, media and communications, youth services and youth provision.  You will also need to have an understanding of the issues affecting young people.

There are three positions to be filled:

–       Chairman

–       2 Independent Trustees

The Charity is looking for exceptional individuals with the skills and expertise to make a significant contribution, providing guidance, leadership and the skills that will support the Charity and ensure its continued development.  If you are passionate and proactive about ensuring that young people have the support they need to prevent them getting involved in crime, then the Police and Crime Commissioner would like to hear from you.

Please submit your curriculum vitae and a brief supporting statement that details your experience to Karen Dawes at wmpcc@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk.

Please state very clearly on your supporting statement which vacancy you wish to be considered for (either independent chairman or independent trustee).

Further information about the Building Blocks charity is available through the following link.

Closing date for applications is 12 noon Friday 5 May 2017.

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.


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