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Tipton Town FC – All Inclusive Disability Football

Tipton Town Football Club invites you to join their all inclusive disability football which will be commencing on:

Thursday 28 September 2017,  5.30pm till 6.30pm at the RSA Academy, Tipton, DY4 0BZ.

This new opportunity is aimed at ages 7 to 16 years of age. Providing them with the opportunity to make new friends, increase confidence, learn new skills and much more.

The sessions are being delivered by experienced coaches. Please note that these sessions are not turn up and play sessions you will need to register your interest with either Matt on 07896661257 or Jon on 07874976416.

Parkrun planned for Sandwell

Parkrun is heading to Sandwell and the hunt is on for volunteers and runners to step in and make it a hit. Parkrun is a timed five-kilometer run which takes place every Saturday morning. Staffed by volunteers, it is free of charge for runners of all abilities to turn up and enjoy running together safely.

The free weekly event is planned for Sandwell Valley, which will join thousands of Parkrun events up and down the country and across five continents. Each Parkrun event is mainly organised by volunteers and Sandwell Council need more people to sign up to help so it can launch the event.

The Sandwell Valley Parkrun will start at 9.00 am every Saturday. Volunteers will be required from 8.30 am -10.30 am for duties including marshalling, timing, result recording and some PR.

Sandwell Council Sport and Leisure staff are leading on the planning of the event but they need your help with the weekly organisation of the run. You don’t have to attend every week, just when you can. Sandwell Council Sport hope to have a pool of volunteers so you can decide on a weekly basis if you can help out. To register your interest to volunteer contact Gemma Ryan at gemma_ryan@sandwell.gov.uk for more information.

Councillor Richard Marshall, cabinet member for leisure, said: “The Parkrun movement is hugely popular and we are happy to help launch one in Sandwell Valley. It gives people of all abilities the chance to run together safely on a Saturday morning and see each week how their times improve. The valley is a great place to hold a Parkrun but we need both runners and volunteers to make it happen.”



Volunteers wanted to take part in a public art project

Creative Black Country is looking for volunteers to be part of the Joke Exchange at the Funny Things Festival, by holding up placards that tell jokes that have been collected from the people of Wolverhampton.

The Joke Exchange is a public art project by Redhawk Logistica, commissioned by Creative Black Country as part of the Funny Things Festival, a new comedy festival for Wolverhampton and the Black Country which takes place on 23 October to 7 November, in venues across Wolverhampton.

There are plenty of other opportunities to volunteer to be part of the Funny Things Festival, handing out flyers during the month before the festival, stewarding events and supporting participatory activities. All volunteers will get their travel expenses covered and get the opportunity to attend events for free or at special reduced ticket prices during the festival.

Click here to find out more and to sign-up to be a volunteer.


KeyRing Support seeks Community Living Volunteers

KeyRing Support seeks to recruit Community Living Volunteers.  The role of Community Living Volunteer includes 14 hours of support to vulnerable adults within the Sandwell area. Volunteers assist with a wide range of tasks such as housing, bills, benefits and community activities.

The role requires no experience as training will be given.  KeyRing Support can offer free accommodation.  Successful candidates are subject to a DBS check.

For further information please contact Lucy on 07534 350 167, email lucy.haddon@keyring.org or Michelle on 07974 673 154, email michelle.lloyd@keyring.org


Emconet seeks Volunteers

Emconet is a Smethwick based registered charity, led by migrants and aimed on improving Eastern European migrants’ economic and social aspects of integration in the UK.

The goal of Emconet is to help East-Europeans regain their confidence, learn about their rights and responsibilities within the UK job market and be able to live, work and become fully integrated in the community without the fear of being excluded due to their cultural background.

The group is looking for volunteers to work in a variety of roles. Please click on link
to find out more about the role and how to register your interest.

Administrative Assistant
Information and Advice
Befriender – Coach
Community Support Worker

Invitation to the Launch of The Legacy of Industrial Textiles Enterprise (LITE)

Community Education Academy of Leadership (CEAL) is pleased launch The Legacy of Industrial Textiles Enterprise (LITE) project.  The LITE project is funded by Heritage Lottery Funds, its purpose is to document, collate and publicise the heritage of the textile sector from 1960s to the end of the last century. Our demographic areas are Birmingham, Sandwell and Wolverhampton. We are looking at almost 50 years of invaluable history in the social, economic and cultural contexts.

This ground breaking project involves, inter-generational Interviews from South Asian, African and Caribbean ethnic communities, former Textile employers and employees Interviews, publication production, digitisation of artefacts, Heritage textile skills training and development and touring exhibition in Birmingham, Sandwell and Wolverhampton.

The launch is open to all interested members of the public and is taking place on:
Date: 6 September 2017
Time: 11-1pm
Venue: Hawthorns House, Halfords Lane, West Bromwich, West Midlands B66 1BB.

The Launch Programme:
11.00- Registration/Refreshments
11.20- Welcome/Introductions- Dr. Christopher A Johnson (Chair of CEAL)
11.30- Why the LITE Project? (Harminder Kaur Bhogal)
11.40- Former Employees Live Interviews
12.00- Former Employers perspectives
12.10- Live Musical Performance
12.20 Special Guest Speaker- Professor Monder Ram OBE (Birmingham University)
12.30: Sue Beardsmore Chair of HLF (West Midlands)
12.35 Closing remarks
Lunch and Networking

We look forward to hearing from you.

For further information contact:
Harminder Kaur Bhogal (Project Manager)
Email: harminder@ceal.org.uk
Tel: 07891479255

Rupinderjit Kaur (Field Officer)
Email: rupinder.ceal@outlook.com
Tel: 07378766776

Queen’s Awards for Voluntary Service

The Queen’s Awards for Voluntary Services is a prestigious UK National Honour, with an equivalent status to the MBE. It recognises the exceptional contributions made to local communities by groups voluntarily devoting their time for the benefit of others.

Volunteering groups in the West Midlands make a huge contribution to people’s lives, often without praise for the incredible work they do. A prestigious National Honour such as The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service can prove invaluable in so many ways to their on-going success.

Nominators will be required to sign up to complete and submit a nomination form. It is recommended the guidance notes are read before completing the online nomination form, as there is no facility to save partially completed forms.

A number of Deputy Lieutenants are available to provide guidance on submitting a nomination for a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Nominators wishing to take up this offer should contact the West Midlands Lieutenancy office on 0121 222 5040.

Information on how to nominate can be found here or you can go directly to the online nomination form.

Nominations can be made at any time during the year, but for those wishing to be considered for the 2018 award, on-line nominations must be received by the national awards office by Friday, 15 September 2017.


What Makes Some People More Likely to Volunteer Than Others?

While the benefits of volunteering are well known – making a difference, giving back to the community, and developing new skills, for example – there is less clarity about what psychological aspects make a volunteer and how charities can use this knowledge to attract more people to their cause.

These insights could prove invaluable. In the last 15 years, the overall number of volunteers has stayed largely the same, with the exception of spikes in 2012 (during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games), and in 2005, which experts suspect is linked to protests against the Iraq war.

Starting Young
Emily Dyson is the evidence and strategy manager for the #iwill campaign, which aims to drive youth participation in volunteering in the UK. The charity publishes an annual report, monitoring social action among 10-20 year olds and providing recommendations to improve engagement with this group.

“We have an ambitious goal to increase the number of young people taking part in social action by 1.5million by 2020,” Dyson says.

The latest findings showed that 70% of the 2021 young people surveyed were likely to participate in social action in the future, but 41% said that they weren’t sure how to get involved – a clear opportunity for organisations to improve communications with this group.

The analysts also classified the respondents into three groups based on their current, previous and intended participation in social action – committed, potential and reluctant – and identified a recommendation for each. The goal for the committed group is to encourage them to do more by celebrating the impact they have; the reluctant group could be engaged by promoting volunteering opportunities to their parents and teachers; and the reluctant group may participate if introduced to social action while they’re still young. The survey found that those in the committed group had their first volunteering experience before they turned 11.

To read the full Guardian Voluntary Sector Network article click here.

Volunteering is good for people – how can we encourage those who would benefit the most?

Recent years have seen a huge push by the government and voluntary sector to encourage youth volunteering. Rates of volunteering among 16-25 year olds rose by 50% between 2010 and 2015. Millions of young people have been mobilised. It’s a great success story.

But at the same time, and without any of the same kind of attention, people at the other end of the age spectrum have continued to do their bit. Those aged over 75 are just as likely to volunteer once a month as people aged 16-49.

That is vital, because volunteering has always been an important way of combating the loneliness epidemic currently besetting older people in this country. People over 50 tell the Centre for Ageing Better that social connections and a sense of purpose matter just as much to them as health or financial security. Consistent evidence has been found that older people who make a contribution to their community are happier as a result. They are less likely to be depressed and there’s even evidence that people who volunteer regularly are likely to live longer. By meeting new people and doing something that matters for others, they gain increased self-esteem and a sense of purpose.

Yet older volunteers tend already to be healthier and wealthier than non-volunteers, and they already have stronger relationships and social networks. People who have the most to gain from volunteering in later life – because they are lonelier, for instance, or don’t feel much sense of meaning and purpose in their lives – are actually less likely to take part.

From the Guardian Voluntary Sector Network.

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Microvolunteering: what is it and why should you do it?

Solving the mystery of the Loch Ness Monster would constitute a good deed, right? Well on that basis a webcam has been set up overlooking the Scottish loch for anyone to tune in and try to catch a glimpse of the elusive creature. If you see something that looks suspiciously serpentine, you simply click the “Snapshot” button to submit a picture for further analysis by researchers. It’s free, easy, and you can do it for as little or as long as you like with no login or signup required. What you’re doing is microvolunteering.

Microvolunteering takes a simple idea – that people are more likely to volunteer their time in short and convenient, bite-sized chunks – and turns it into a new approach to community action. It offers volunteers a series of easy tasks that can be done anytime, anywhere, on your own terms.

Microvolunteering could involve anything from signing a petition or retweeting a message to taking part in a flashmob or counting birds in your garden. The only requirements are that volunteers don’t need to go through an application or training process, the tasks take only minutes to complete, and it doesn’t require any ongoing commitment.

From The Guardian Voluntary Sector Network

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