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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.


Hip Hop Heritage

Tell us about yourself and your affiliation to the organisation you are involved in.

My name is Martin Jones, and I’m currently the Treasurer of Hip Hop Heritage. My main claim to fame is that I was an entertainment agent in the 1980s, and actor/musician/celeb Goldie’s manager and agent from 1984-90.

Tell us about your organisation and what it does for your local community.

We are an unincorporated charitable association. Our mission is to document and promote the work of Hip Hop’s early pioneers in the UK.

We ran a successful Heritage Lottery Fund ‘Our Heritage’ programme in 2014-15, called ‘The Early Years of UK Hip Hop Archive Project’, based on my photo collection from the 1980s.

What is your organisation’s proudest achievement?

We created and catalogued a 1,500 image record called the ‘Zulu Dawn Archive’, which is based at Dudley Archives and can be viewed at blackcountryhistory.org

In our early days we staged two exhibitions at The Public arts centre in West Bromwich.

Our dancers also hold the Guinness World Record for the most performers motion-captured in real time (19), surpassing the previous record set during filming for Lord of the Rings (15).

What is the most valuable lesson you have learnt about working with people in your local community?

It took us a while to find the right people for our committee. It’s not easy, and takes time to find people who are genuinely committed to your goals and who are in it for the right reasons – however now we have an excellent committee.

What is your experience of support received from SCVO?

We were delighted with the help and advice we received from the SCVO Small Groups Advisor when we were setting up the organisation.

What are your plans for the future and some of the challenges you face?

Our plans include an exhibition called ‘Afterlife’, which we hope to stage at Wolverhampton Arena Theatre’s Artsfest. The show uses the motion capture files of top B Boy breakdancers of the 1980s that we recorded in 2015, and turns them into animated avatars, which will then form part of our archive.

We will also document the technical design process of how the dance figures are modelled and animated.

They will become a permanent, detailed record of the dancers’ trademark moves from the early era of B Boying, recorded while the dancers were still able to perform their moves.

How can SCVO help support your organisation in the future?

We have found the SCVO Meet the Funders events very useful, to identify potential funding sources and to meet others who are in the same position and encountering the same issues as us.


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.


Spotlight on Make, Move And Munch Club Sandwell

1. Tell us what you do.

Accord Group Housing Association are working with the National Charity Partnership, to inspire hundreds of people in Sandwell to eat better, get active and reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Make, Move and Munch Clubs are the National Charity Partnership’s intensive support programme being delivered in Sandwell by Kaleidoscope Plus Group, Complete Kidz, Ideal for All and Groundwork.

The free eight session programme is running in Schools until December 2017 and motivates participants to improve health behaviours in relation to physical activity and food consumption. Participants have the opportunity to cook and eat a free healthy meal as well as receiving a goody-bag.

For a video introducing Make, Move and Munch click here.

2. What is your proudest achievement?
We are proud of every life changed through this programme and every single step people in Sandwell take to having better health.

A participating Mum said, “I always add salt to my cooking, these sessions have taught me that I must try my food before thinking about adding salt to flavour the food.”

3. What is your experience of support received from SCVO
SCVO’s Breakfast Meetings are a really effective way of getting to know people in the voluntary sector and an opportunity for information sharing and support.

4. What is the most valuable lesson you have learnt about working with people in Sandwell?
We have learnt that the best places to engage with Mums are where they are already gathered – at Schools. Now working in partnership with Sandwell Schools to deliver Make, Move and Munch is a real asset to the work, and we are delighted to be complementing the hard work Schools are already doing to support families into better health.

We have also seen that despite the negative press about the rise in obesity, Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. When offered a fun, interactive programme, families of all cultures and backgrounds are embracing trying new recipes and, with encouragement and support, are enjoying doing a little bit more physical activity.

5. What are your plans for the future and some of the challenges you face?
We are looking for more Schools to work with in the summer term and autumn term as part of our programme and we are looking forward to celebrating all that the programme has achieved

6. How can SCVO help to support your organisation in the future?
We value the opportunity to use SCVO’s promotional networks moving forward, to assist us to book more School venues for the summer term.

If you’re interested in hosting a club or for more information please email helen.tomblin@accordgroup.org.uk.


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.


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.

 


Big Spring Clean Back for 2017

Sandwell’s ever-popular Big Spring Clean campaign is back for 2017 – and local people and organisations are invited to get involved with litter picking, graffiti removal, planting and painting.

The campaign will launch with a community litter-picking event at Victoria Park, Smethwick, on Friday 3 March 2017.

Sandwell Council has teamed up again with waste partner Serco and local charity Litter Watch to recruit volunteers for the 11th annual Sandwell Big Spring Clean.

Sandwell’s campaign this year ties in with a national Great British Spring Clean and will run until the end of September. It will also help celebrate Litter Watch’s 20th birthday.

Residents are also asked to help identify pieces of land that, subject to the owners’ permission, could be transformed into wild flower areas, herb gardens or potato patches.

Email bigspringclean.sandwell@serco.com or call 0121 544 3916 to register your interest.

Councillor David Hosell, the council’s cabinet member for highways and environment, said: “The Big Spring Clean is always popular with local people and organisations, and we thank the thousands of people who’ve taken part in our previous campaigns.
“It’s a great way to get people together – with residents, community groups, faith groups, schools and businesses all supporting the campaign.

“Volunteers can decide what they’d like to do on their Big Spring Clean event including litter picking, graffiti removal, planting or painting.

“This campaign builds on our regular cleaning and upkeep of streets and parks, and encourages volunteering and community partnerships.”

Jason Holtom, partnership director for Serco in Sandwell, said: “We are very pleased to be getting involved in such a positive campaign for another year running.

“The campaign continues to go from strength to strength and it’s really great to see the enthusiasm for the Big Spring Clean and what can be achieved when members of a community come together.

“Pledging a small amount of time can make a big difference to a local area and we encourage volunteers to get involved to help improve their neighbourhoods.”

Go to our Big Spring Clean webpage for more information.


Spotlight on Creative Black Country

1. Tell us what you do.

Creative Black Country (CBC) is a three year campaign, funded by Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places project, which aims to make the most of creative talent in the Black Country.

We work with local people to discover, explore and grow an exciting and meaningful programme of arts activity in Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton. We have a range of projects where we engage with communities putting them at the heart of each idea. In 2016, two of the major projects included Imagine That! and Desi Pubs.

Open Access Awards
We have Open Access awards which supports activities that build audiences and is open to individuals, groups and organisations in Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton. If a project builds audiences, connects local people with professional artists and brings great performance, art and creativity to the Black Country, Open Access could help make that project happen.

To apply or for more information click here.

Groundwork Groups
We work with community groups as ‘Groundworks‘ which offers local community groups the opportunity to start an exciting creative journey, supported by an Arts Advisor to help develop and shape the groups creative ideas and a Development Worker who offers support in areas such as:  governance, funding, training and information.

Groundworks groups, as part of the journey, have the opportunity for their members to Go and See a wide range of performance and visual arts to spark off ideas of their own.

2. What is your proudest achievement?

In our short time, CBC has had many proud moments but programming and organising the 2016 Sandwell Arts Festival was a brilliant one!  Two fantastic days of performances, workshops, pop up cinema, music and the famous Ceramic Garden were offered to the Sandwell public. We worked with volunteers whose enthusiasm helped to make the festival really special!

3. What is your experience of support received from SCVO

CBC makes the most of SCVO’s connections particularly around knowledge of local relationships which connects the voluntary, the arts and cultural sector.

4. What is the most valuable lesson you have learnt about working with people in Sandwell?

One of the most valuable lessons has been listening to what people wish to see in their area and working with Sandwell individuals and groups to help turn their arts and cultural ideas into reality.

5. What are your plans for the future and some of the challenges you face?

We have an exciting year ahead, keep an eye on our website, as we are currently firming up future events or better still sign up to our newsletter.

The challenges are no different to other organisation i.e. around funding and sustainability.

6. How can SCVO help to support your organisation in the future?

SCVO can carry on supporting groups that CBC connects with and help us to spread the word about what’s happening in Sandwell which are linked to the activities that we are developing in partnership with others.

For more information on how to get involved please contact Creative Black Country on 0121 525 1127 or alternatively drop us a line via email at info@creativeblackcountry.co.uk


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