HR Legal Update: Employment Law, The Taylor Review, Equal Pension Rights

Welcome to the July edition of the HR Newsletter. In this issue we will be looking at employment law and the discussion around The Taylor Review in respect of employment status. Also covered is equal pension rights for same sex spouses and civil partners, plus much more.

Invitation to briefings on new ‘Family Offer’ service for children and families

SCVO, working in partnership with Murray Hall Community Trust and Action for Children, are running two briefing events about the new ‘Family Offer’ service which will be of interest to agencies and organisations supporting children and families in Sandwell.

The Family Offer is a development of the support delivered over many years through Children’s Centres across the borough, and offers town-based ‘universal’ and ‘universal plus’ help and advice to children and young people aged 0-25 and their parents.

The wide range of services provided include an information point for local parents, health promotion, a universal/ universal plus family support service for children and young people 0-19 years (25 for SEND) and their families, a universal Antenatal Education Programme, and a limited Employment and Training role dovetailing with other elements of the service.

The two briefing events will provide local agencies with the opportunity to meet Family Offer staff, gain more information about how to access or link in with the services provided, network with other local providers and take a tour of one of the Family Offer centres and facilities.

The first event will be hosted by Action for Children at their Cape Hill and Bearwood Children’s Centre, Corbett St, Smethwick B66 3PX on Tuesday 19th September, 11.45 am to 1 pm, with tours of the building until 4 pm. Book your place via Eventbrite

The second event will be hosted by Murray Hall Community Trust at their Rowley (Springfield) Children’s Centre, Dudley Road, Rowley Regis B65 8JY on Monday 9th October, 12.45 pm to 2 pm, with tours of the building until 4 pm. Book your place via Eventbrite

Please note numbers for both events are limited and bookings are made on a first come first served basis. For further information on these events please contact Stuart Ashmore at SCVO on 0121 525 1127, email


Carers support at Sandwell Hospitals

CARES Sandwell has been awarded a grant by the Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust Charity to provide a Carers Information and Support Service for unpaid family Carers of Hospital Patients in Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust.

Safia Sawal is the Support and Development worker for this project.

Safia will work closely with NHS staff and volunteers to raise awareness of unpaid family Carers and the benefits of identifying carers early on in the discharge planning process.

Safia will also provide support to Carers around discharge planning, care plans, access to health and social care services. She can give information and advice for example, on benefits, carers assessments, mental capacity and carers rights under the Care Act. Safia will also sign-post carers to specialist support services when needed, and to local carer support services for groups and activities that may help to improve health and wellbeing.

To contact Safia for more information call CARES on 0121 558 7725/7003 or email

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

Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust

The Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust was set up in 1982, by Mrs Jean Beryl Lilian Sainsbury, and is a registered charity (No. 326358). Since then, the Trust has given over £8.6 million to animal welfare charities.

The Trust has seven Trustees including two practising veterinary surgeons, one of whom is a partner in a mixed small animal, farm animal and equine practice and the other specialises in birds and wildlife.

The objectives of the Trust are to donate to UK registered charities whose purposes encompass one or more of the following:

• to benefit or protect animals
• to relieve animals from suffering
• to conserve wild life
• to encourage the understanding of animals

The Trust invites applications for funding, which are then reviewed against specific criteria, as set by the Trustees in accordance with the objectives of the Trust. The deadline for applications is 1 September 2017.

More information

The Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust is not in any way connected to the Sainsbury family or retail group.


Something amazing is happening this summer at Out To Play’s Big Play Warehouse.

In order to make room, Big Play Warehouse is offering free resources to school nurseries early years and free community play providers in Sandwell, via the Big Play Warehouse Facebook page


Like our face book page Big Play Warehouse/ Sandwell to get weekly updates on what resources are being offered that week.


Each Monday Out To Play will publish items that are free to collect. We will draw names from a hat on Friday’s and inform the lucky organisation(s). You must arrange collection with a member of staff and you will only be able to take what has been offered that week.


The Big Play Warehouse is situated at Unit 1 Oldbury Road Industrial Estate B66 1JE

For more information, you can call the team on 0121 569 6992. Email or


Workshop – Operational Models, Costs and Value Proposition for Funding

This workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to think about how modelling service provision can impact on costs and, therefore, influence value as seen by funders.  The workshop is on Thursday, 21 September, 9.45 am – 12 noon.

Using two case study examples of the same projects, participants will learn how value proposition can be enhanced.

The workshop is to develop the capacity of Sandwell’s voluntary and community sector by approaching project development and funding applications in a thoughtful way, without sacrificing the quality of service delivered to clients in an environment where value proposition is becoming more important.

The workshop also offers a one-to-one follow-up service to those wishing to collaborate with others to develop their own models for improving value propositions.

This workshop is FREE to groups that deliver all, or part, of their services to Sandwell residents.
For all other groups/attendees there is a £10.00 fee.

To book your ticket, visit our Eventbrite page.

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.


Looking for somewhere to meet?

Are you looking for somewhere to meet, run a community activity or need somewhere to hold your committee meetings?

If you are located or operate near to one of the Extra Care Schemes in Sandwell, then they may be able to offer you space in their building for a nominal fee.

Click here to find out what is available.  Please contact the Extra Care Scheme directly.

Organisations Failing to Measure Cybersecurity Effectiveness

Charities are being encouraged to measure the effectiveness of their cyber security investment after new research suggested organisations are failing to check if they’re spending money well.

Thycotic’s first annual 2017 State of Cybersecurity Metrics Report found that more than half respondents in the survey (58%), scored an “F” or “D” grade when evaluating their efforts to measure their cybersecurity investments and performance against best practices.

The survey, which analyses key findings from a Security Measurement Index (SMI) benchmark, is based on internationally accepted standards for security embodied in ISO 27001, as well as best practices from industry experts and professional associations.

With global companies and governments spending more than $100 billion a year on cybersecurity defences, a substantial number, 32% of companies are making business decisions and purchasing cyber security technology blindly. Even more disturbing, more than 80% of respondents fail to include business users in making cybersecurity purchase decisions, nor have they established a steering committee to evaluate the business impact and risks associated with cybersecurity investments.

Additional key findings from the report include:
• One in three companies invest in cybersecurity technologies without any way to measure their value or effectiveness.
• Four out five companies don’t know where their sensitive data is located, and how to secure it.
• Four out of five fail to communicate effectively with business stakeholders and include them in cybersecurity investment decisions.
• Two out of three companies don’t fully measure whether their disaster recovery will work as planned.
• Four out of five never measure the success of security training investments.
• While 80% of breaches involve stolen or weak credentials, 60% of companies still do not adequately protect privileged accounts—their keys to the kingdom.
• Small businesses are targeted in two out of three cyberattacks.
• Sixty percent of small businesses go out of business six months after a breach.

“It’s really astonishing to have the results come in and see just how many people are failing at measuring the effectiveness of their cybersecurity and performance against best practices,” said Joe Carson, Chief Security Scientist at Thycotic. “This report needed to be conducted to bring to light the reality of what is truly taking place so that companies can remedy their errors and protect their businesses.

“We put out this report not only to show the errors that are being made, but also to educate those who need it on how to improve in each of the areas that are lacking. “Our report provides recommendations associated with better ways to educate, protect, monitor and measure so that improvements can be implemented.”

To download the full 2017 State of Cybersecurity Metrics Report and view all the findings from the Security Measurement Index benchmark survey, click here.

Source: Charity Digital News

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