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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 ww.cvt.org.uk/sharedlives or call Dean Barnshaw, Shared Lives Development Manager on 07984 896010. Email dean.barnshaw@cvt.org.uk


Pilot Study – Participants Wanted!

Managing cases and measuring impact

• Are you part of a not-for-profit organisation?
• Do you have a turnover of less than £500,000 pa?
• Do you provide services for individuals or other organisations?
• Would you like to improve the way you record and manage information about your service users and the work that you do?
• Do you struggle to effectively demonstrate outcomes and impact to funders and commissioners?

If the answers to these questions are yes, then you could be eligible to join an exciting new initiative being delivered in partnership between and commercial tech company Iizuka and social enterprise capacity4change.

It has never been more difficult and competitive to generate funding for delivering essential services or establishing new initiatives in communities. Increasingly, funding is only attracted by proposals that contain evidence-based data that unequivocally demonstrates how services or initiatives provide social value or impacts positively the community they serve. The onus is on organisations to prove that they have the capacity and track record to deliver tangible returns on investment. It would seem therefore that outcomes-based commissioning is here to stay, so naturally, managing data and relationships is a challenge that is essential for not-for-profits to overcome. But how?

Capacity4change and Iizuka have teamed up and intend to support a small cohort of up to 10 organisations to trial and test a free version of relationship and outcomes management system, Case Manager. Amongst other things, they want to learn is exactly what third sector organisations need in order to self-configure their system and manage their data efficiently and strategically.

Case Manager is an online system which manages information, processes activities and generates management information quickly, simply and efficiently. It’s scalable, flexible, easy to implement, intuitive and simple to use. The system is currently used by a variety of public, private and voluntary organisations and several case studies can be viewed here.

What’s in it for me?
• Each participating organisation will receive Case Manager completely free of charge
• This study is an opportunity to improve your organisation’s data management systems
• It is also an opportunity to improve your organisation’s ICT skills and competence

What is my commitment?
• We ask that you participate fully in the scheme
• We also ask that you provide a key contact from your organisation with responsibility for data management
• You would need to commit to attend up to 6 meetings and provide feedback via focus groups, interviews and questionnaires (the total time commitment is estimated at 20 contact hours)

It is  anticipated the process will last around 6 months. The evidence gathered will be collated and considered and used to design and launch an innovative free product for the third sector that enables charities to cheaply and efficiently manage and track their service provision. This will enable users to provide outcomes and impact information to all their key stakeholders including funders.

However, please note numbers are very limited on this study so please act now!

The deadline for applications is Wednesday, 3 May 2017

The first meeting will be hosted by Iizuka on Tuesday 23rd May 2017, 10 am-12 pm at their new headquarters in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham. If you would like to find out more or apply for a place in this study, please call Georgina Watts on 07870 620909 or email georgina@georginawatts.co.uk


Providers Event for Victims Fund

The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner will be running a Providers Event for a Victims Fund workshop on Wednesday 26 April 2017. The workshop will run from 3 pm to 5 pm. The venue is SCVO, First Floor Landchard House, Victoria Street, West Bromwich B70 8ER.

The purpose of the workshop is give guidance to those voluntary sector groups that wish to apply for up to £15,000 funding from the Victims Fund which will open in April 2017. Potential applicants will learn more about:

  • Differences between outputs and outcomes
  • Financial information and monitoring
  • Evidencing need
  • Collaborative working
  • Quarterly monitoring returns
  • Explaining your project

The PCC welcomes applications from voluntary and community sector organisations which support victims and help them to cope and recover from their experiences of crime. Individual applications can be made or organisations can apply together as a partnership.

To book your FREE ticket visit the Eventbrite page.


Black Country Impact

Black Country Impact is aimed at 16—29 year olds not in education, employment or training (NEET).

The scheme will support you through training and activities that will not only help build self-confidence but have a positive impact in your future.

So if you need help with:

Employment: Training ∙ Support ∙ Life Skills ∙ Interviews ∙ Apprenticeships ∙ Employability Skills
Access to work experience
Careers Advice & Guidance: Improve your skills and education
Help with expenses: clothing ∙ equipment
Specialist interview advice

Please contact Connexions Sandwell on 0121 569 2955.


Lobbying and the Election – what charities can and can’t do

With a general election now scheduled for 8 June, many charities will be wondering how they can engage with the public and politicians to raise awareness of their work and the issues that matter to them. Charities can play an important role during elections, helping to facilitate and inform public debates, and they should feel confident in doing this, as long as they heed relevant guidance.

Importantly, in this general election period, special guidance from the Charity Commission applies. It can be found here. While many charities say they have felt deterred from campaigning in recent years, this guidance is actually fairly enabling. It should not unduly hinder charities campaigning in a responsible and non-partisan way.

For example, five things that charities can do are:

Continue campaigning on issues
Reach out to the candidates and ask their views on issues
Publish candidates’ views on issues
Host a debate between candidates or invite them to issue-focussed events
Publish a manifesto or briefing materials on issues

From Civilsociety.co.uk. Read the full article


Business in the Community Event

Overview
Business needs resilient and prosperous communities in order to succeed and grow. One cannot succeed without the other. Communities are at the heart of everything we do in responsible business.
A key way for businesses to connect with their communities is through employee volunteering; sharing time, skills and expertise to address key social challenges, and in return developing knowledge and insights of the perceptions and values of communities amongst employees.

Give & Gain 2017
Give & Gain is Business in the Community’s day for celebrating the incredible power of employee
volunteering. In 2017, Give & Gain will celebrate the on-going support provided by businesses through
employee volunteers across the year, not just one day. Businesses will be able to Give & Gain at the
most suitable time to effectively address the needs of their community in a way that is relevant to their
business.
Community Conversations
Community Conversations bring together local businesses, community organisations and government
representatives to explore the issues affecting their communities and how they can build a connected
society together. A Community Conversation is a cross-sector networking event, encouraging fruitful
conversations and tri-party collaboration. Our event on 27th April will form part of Business in the
Community’s Responsible Business Week

Community Challenge
We want to invite local community organisations to present a current challenge they are facing and to
network as a participant offering knowledge and expertise to some of the challenges our local
communities are facing. Participants will be divided into break-out sessions to unpack one community
challenge and to workshop collaborative solutions as a group. This will provide an opportunity for
participants to work as part of a cross-sector team, sharing their knowledge to provide real support to
local communities.

Thursday, 27th April 2017 – 9am to 12;30pm – One Snowhill, Snowhill Queensway, Birmingham B6 4GA

Pre-Thinking
It is useful for community organisations attending to think about their business engagement, what are your priorities? How could a business support your organisation and what do you have to offer business? This will help you get the most out of the event, rather than thinking about it on the spot.
BITC will ask you to complete a Pre-Thinking document prior to the event, this will help us group participants for the breakout sessions and also help us to understand your organisation and priorities which may help nus to sign post you to certain businesses.
For further information or to RSVP, please contact Kelly Stackhouse Kelly.stackhouse@bitc.org.uk 07921 493274 or Frances Kenwrick frances.kenwrick@bitc.org.uk 07786 336246


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.


Local company wish to donate free office furniture

Steel and Alloy Gonvarri Steel Services, West Bromwich, have a number of office desks in excellent condition and a few office chairs, which they would wish to donate to the voluntary sector. Steel and Alloy is based at Trafalgar Works, Union Street, West Bromwich B70 6BZ.

The company need to clear their office of these items of furniture by Friday, 21 April at the very latest. If you are interested please contact Kate Bonsor via email at kbonsor@steelalloy.co.uk, or telephone 0121 500 0624.


Changes to Heritage Lottery Fund Grants for Churches

From September 2017, the Heritage Lottery Fund’s (HLF) Grants for Places of Worship programme will close to new applications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

In its place, funding for repairs to places of worship will be available through HLF’s existing Our Heritage (up to £100,000) and Heritage Grants (up to £5million) programmes.  These grants will be available to both listed and unlisted places of worship.

Under the new arrangements, 100% of works and activities could be funded with no requirement for partnership funding, through the Our Heritage Programme. For larger schemes, more money will be available for individual places of worship. The Grants for Places of Worship awards were limited to £250,000 per application. Under Heritage Grants, applicants can apply for up to £5m per application.

Full details of the changes, together with details of HLF grants available for churches, can be found on the Historic Religious Buildings Alliance website. Alternatively, go directly to the Heritage Lottery Funds Website by clicking here to find out more.

Source: National Churches Trust


Tipton Library – “For Shakespeare and St George Fun Day”

Tipton Library is holding a “For Shakespeare and St George Fun Day” in honour of the birthday of William Shakespeare and of course St George. It’s a free event for all the family to enjoy with opportunities to get creative with children’s crafts, eat cake or just simply listen to Tipton Community Choir.

The fun day will be held at:

Tipton Library, 17 Unity Walk, Tipton, DY4 8QL on
Saturday 22nd April 10.30am—12.30pm

Activities include:

Free face painting and children’s crafts
Games
Toy sale
Community stalls
A special performance from the Tipton Community Choir
Home-made cakes and refreshments by Sally Gutteridge

For more information on the fun day please contact Tipton Library on 0121 557 1796.


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