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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 or call Dean Barnshaw, Shared Lives Development Manager on 07984 896010. Email

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.

Small, Local Charities Set to Feel the Benefit of Skills Training

The Foundation for Social Improvement has been awarded a grant totalling £199,580 to run a two year training programme, helping small, local charities and community groups develop their fundraising skills – including digital skills.

The programme run by the FSI in partnership with LocalGiving, the Small Charities Coalition and Charity Finance Group, will provide over 5,000 fundraising training opportunities. It will include face-to-face events across the country, webinars and online learning resources, one-to-one advice and consultancy appointments, fundraising campaign planning support, and intensive mentoring matches. Training will be subsidised, helping organisations to take part who may not normally have the resources to attend.

The training will be for small, local charities and community groups with an annual income of up to £1m, which have a local focus within England.

Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson said: “Small, local charities and community groups provide essential support for local people and are the backbone of our communities helping to build a fairer society that benefits everyone, not just the privileged few.

“I want to help them be more resilient and sustainable, and this training programme will give them valuable skills so they can continue their vital work helping to support people up and down the country.”

Details of the training events will be added to the FSI’s website as they become available, with online resources for those who might not be able to attend the training.

Source: Charity Digital News

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:

More on the individuals schemes are available here: – production apprentices – journalism apprentices

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

Two-Day Paediatric First Aid Course

Community Foundation is a grassroots voluntary organisation supporting people in inner city areas to change their lives by improving their conditions and creating opportunities for people to reach their full potential.

Community Foundation will be running a Paediatric First Aid course on Tuesday and Wednesday, 2 & 3 May 2017, 9.00 am – 3.30 pmThe course fee is £35.

Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid is mandatory for those who work with children, and fulfills the requirements of the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

To register for the course, please email or telephone 0121 238 3282. Places are limited.

The course will be held at Community Foundation’s offices, 20 St Silas Square, Lozells, Birmingham B19 2QW.

Bright Futures

Are you looking for training, jobs or apprenticeships?

Starting 3 April through to 28 June, Connexions Sandwell will have a One Stop Shop at Oldbury Council House, where every Monday and Wednesday, 11 am – 1 pm, different providers will be available to chat with young people aged 16 – 18 about their Bight Future.

For more information please contact Connexions Sandwell on 0121 569 2955. Facebook and twitter address, Sandwell_connexions.

FREE Fully Funded Workplace Training with Rethink

Rethink Resources Ltd is a Birmingham based national training organisation, with assessors all over the country. Rethink offers accredited workplace training. The training is fully funded by the SFA, a Government funded body. There is NO cost to the trainee and no hidden catches. There is also no certification cost, which some organisations charge for.  The government funding ends in April 2017.

To be eligible for any course you must:

Be aged 16 plus and have lived in the UK for the last three years, or an EU National
Not be on any other government funded training
Hold a contract of employment
Not hold a L4 qualification or degree (unless taking a level 5)

Rethink is currently offering fully funded training for the following qualifications:

Health and social care
Children and young people’s workforce
Early Year’s education
Supported teaching and learning
Team leading
Customer service
Business administration

Rethink also has full funding for the CMI L5 Management and Leadership and offer a range of short and mandatory courses.

If you would like further information or would like to sign up, please contact Connor Legg, Development Business Adviser by email on or call 0121 550 5800.

Fact Sheet
Enrolment Form


‘Understanding Outcomes’ Workshop

‘Outcomes’ – What are they? What are they NOT? How can my organisation evidence them? What information do I need to collect in order to evidence and report the outcomes for our activities?

These are just some of the questions (amongst others) that will be addressed in our ‘Understanding Outcomes’ workshop on Thursday, 11th May 2017 at SCVO’s offices in West Bromwich.

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.

For more information and to book your tickets visit our EVENTBRITE page.

Time Is Running Out…

Time is running out to take advantage of fully funded government apprenticeships. From the end of April 2017 apprenticeships will no longer be fully funded by the government…but there’s still time to take advantage of FREE training for your current staff.

Sandwell College provides high quality apprenticeships to small, medium and large companies throughout the West Midlands.

The College is working with a wide range of employers who want to benefit from government funding before time runs out and the apprenticeship reforms change the rules on funding.

Apprenticeships designed to meet the needs of industries and job roles are offered in:

• Auto Maintenance/Body and paint
• Business administration and customer service
• Hospitality
• Hairdressing
• Warehousing
• Health and social care
• Team Leading and Management
• Children and young people
• Dental Nursing
• Construction trades
• Engineering
• Pharmacy
• Supporting teaching and Learning in schools

Apprenticeships are the ideal way to develop talent and improve and update existing employee’s skills.

Take advantage now. Call 0121 667 5018 or visit the website

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