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Calling ALL Volunteers & Volunteer involving Organisations

The 1 – 7 June is National Volunteers Week and North Smethwick Development Trust will be celebrating the impact and contribution of volunteers by organising a photography exhibition, from 2 – 30 June at Brasshouse.  The exhibition is in partnership with Brushstrokes, St Albans, Friends & Neighbours, Tipton Litter Watch and Smethwick Foodbank.

NSDT want as many volunteers as possible to get involved in the exhibition.

If you’re a volunteer and want to get involved, then please send us a video following the requirements. We would love to hear from as many of you as possible to be demonstrate the different reasons people have for volunteering, and how it has impacted on your life, or those you have helped.

Please see below video and instructions on how to take part. The deadline for submissions is on 22 May 2017. Yes, it is soon, but it is simple to take part and NSDT are able to help with support.

Click here for video link and instructions on how to take part on #iVolunteer exhibition.

In the recording, we ask the volunteer to simply answer the question: Why do you volunteer?

The requirements are:
1. You must start the video with the phrase “I volunteer because…”
2. Video should be no longer than 30 seconds (max.)
3. Behind a clear wall
4. Send it to the email BrasshouseEvents@nsdt.org.uk with the subject #IVolunteer
5. Deadline for submission will be 22 May 2017

There is no limit to the number of volunteers participating.

Disclosure – Videos will be used on social media, website and at the volunteer exhibition which will be running at Brasshouse from 2 – 30 June 2017. By sending NSDT a video recording you agree to the above terms.

To find out more information email BrasshouseEvents@nsdt.org.uk or call 0121 555 5672 to speak to Hanna or Esther.

For Social Media please use #BrasshouseEvents #iVolunteer #VolunteersWeek.


Spotlight on Beanstalk

1. Tell us what you do.
Beanstalk is a literacy charity working with Schools to offer a service of trained ‘Reading Helpers’, who on average work with three children, to provide constant support on a weekly basis, for a whole school year.

We recruit, train and support volunteers to provide consistent, one-to-one literacy support to primary school children who may have fallen behind with their reading, lack confidence, or struggle with their fluency, comprehension or vocabulary.

Our aim is to develop their love of reading and improve their confidence levels.

Why not visit our website at www.beanstalkcharity.org.uk to find out more about us.

2. What is the most valuable lesson you have learnt about working with people in Sandwell?
The most valuable lesson we have learnt is that connecting our volunteers with the children is a great way to inspire confidence.

Jack Ogalbe, a Reading Helper said, “The joy on their faces when they discover a new word is hugely rewarding”.

Being a part of Beanstalk is a great way to make a difference to a child’s life and is a satisfying volunteering experience.

3. What are your plans for the future and some of the challenges you face?
Our future plans are to break into Nursery Schools with a view of supporting children aged 3 upwards. Our challenge to turn this dream into reality is for us to recruit new Reading Helpers to support our growth into Nursery Schools.

4. How can SCVO help to support your organisation in the future?
In the future, we’d like SCVO’s support to help us to promote our activities and attract new volunteers’. This would enable us to continue to provide the simple yet highly effective service.

For more information or to become a volunteer with Beanstalk please contact us on 0121 7712922 or by email at westmidlandsapplications@beanstalkcharity.org.uk


NCVO Almanac 2017

The charity sector is unlikely to experience an increase in donations or income from the government over the next few years, NCVO has warned. They made the prediction alongside the release of their  UK Civil Society Almanac 2017, which covers the 2014/15 financial year and is based on analysis of financial data from a sample of more than 7,800 charities.

NCVO said earned income was the best prospect for future growth and that money from dormant assets, such as shares or bonds, should be used to help local charities.

It says that 90 per cent of the sector’s £112.7bn of total assets – such as property, cash and investments – are held by just 3 per cent of charities, with the top 100 asset owners accounting for half of the sector’s total. It says the vast majority of charities “have little reserves to speak of”, which it describes as a “long-standing challenge”.

Approximately 48 per cent of all charities are described as “micro”, defined as those with annual incomes of less than £10,000, the almanac says. Another 34 per cent it categorises as “small”, with annual incomes of between £10,000 and £100,000.

The almanac says that 14 million people volunteered at least once a month that year, with the highest rate in the 16 to 25-year-old group.


Building Blocks Charity seeks Trustees

Building Blocks is the charitable organisation of the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner.  It aims to provide support to children and young people in order to prevent crime, substance misuse and anti-social behaviour.  It also includes supporting children and young people into education and employment and promoting or supporting activities which allow children and young people to develop their personal and social skills to create confidence and independence.

The PCC is now relaunching Building Blocks to ensure it meets the needs of local young people and also, importantly, attracts further funding that can be used to support local activities.  The Charity is looking for Trustees who have skills in fund raising and bid writing, media and communications, youth services and youth provision.  You will also need to have an understanding of the issues affecting young people.

There are three positions to be filled:

–       Chairman

–       2 Independent Trustees

The Charity is looking for exceptional individuals with the skills and expertise to make a significant contribution, providing guidance, leadership and the skills that will support the Charity and ensure its continued development.  If you are passionate and proactive about ensuring that young people have the support they need to prevent them getting involved in crime, then the Police and Crime Commissioner would like to hear from you.

Please submit your curriculum vitae and a brief supporting statement that details your experience to Karen Dawes at wmpcc@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk.

Please state very clearly on your supporting statement which vacancy you wish to be considered for (either independent chairman or independent trustee).

Further information about the Building Blocks charity is available through the following link.

Closing date for applications is 12 noon Friday 5 May 2017.


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.


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