January 2014

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Voluntary and Community Sector Strategic Lead Opportunity

Consultations - Leaders ForumSCVO is inviting professionals from Voluntary and Community Sector organisations providing services to children, young people and families to put themselves forward to take on a Strategic Lead representative role on behalf of the wider Voluntary Sector.

This role will help to enable the Voluntary Sector to both inform  decision making and also the delivery of key interventions through the Early Help and Community Operating Group (COG) initiatives.

Please view for further information and also the application form.

Applications need to be completed and returned to Leona Bird, Strategic Engagement Officer, SCVO, 1st Floor, Landchard House, Victoria Street, West Bromwich, B70 8ER or e-mailed to: leona@scvo.info or Fax: 0121 525 4777 by Friday 21 February 2014.


£10m To Help Jobless Young People In The Black Country

BigThe New Year is looking a lot brighter for young job seekers in the Black Country as the Big Lottery Fund announces the area is to receive £10.2m from Talent Match, its £100m youth unemployment initiative.

The Big Lottery Fund, the largest distributor of good causes money from the National Lottery, has launched Talent Match, a scheme designed by young people for young people and with the aim of helping those aged 18-24 who are struggling the most to find career opportunities.  Now the Fund has awarded Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council and its partners £10,270,938 to help young people in the Black Country who have been unemployed or out of education for at least 12 months.

Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council will  use the money, working alongside young people, businesses and other stakeholders to work up local solutions to a nationwide problem that threatens serious consequences for an entire generation of young people and the wider economy.

The project will include the development of local talent match hubs, including a communication hub run by and for young people, the provision of intensive mentoring support for all talent match customers and the development of new areas of support as identified by young people.

SCVO will  maintain a presence within the partnership advisory group for Talent Match and will seek to ensure local delivery in Sandwell.  Please keep an eye on our website and e-bulletin for future updates.



VCS Representative Opportunities on Community Operating Groups

Governance - TeamworkSCVO is inviting professionals from Voluntary and Community Sector organisations providing services to children, young people and families to put themselves forward to take on representative roles on behalf of other VCS providers within local Community Operating Groups.

An application pack providing information about what Community Operating Groups are together with the criteria for becoming a representative and details of the role can be viewed here

Completed Applications need to be returned to Leona Bird, Strategic Engagement Officer at SCVO, 1st Floor Landchard House, Victoria Street, West Bromwich, B70 8ER or e-mail: leona@scvo.info or Fax: 0121 525 4777 by Friday 21 February 2014

SCVO will shortly be finalising an application process for a Strategic Lead, which will be an overarching representative role on a number of Children’s Services strategic boards, further details will be finalised and publicised shortly.

Important new Opportunity to Promote your Services

Community Health PortalSCVO, in partnership with BVSC and Sandwell & West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group have developed a new online Route2Wellbeing Portal which is becoming the definitive guide to local voluntary and community health and care services in Sandwell and West Birmingham. 

By getting your organisation listed, you can join hundreds of other not-for-profit organisations listing services provided for local people.  The portal will help clinical practitioners, health professionals and a range of other service providers, as well as the general public themselves, signpost and find the help that’s needed.

This is a great opportunity to get on the radar of GP commissioners and publicise what you do more widely.  You can view the portal here.

To get yourself listed, if you are not already, please contact Mazeline Hemmings at SCVO 0121 525 1127 – mazeline@scvo.info

Shaping The Future of Sandwell – An Evaluation of VCS Strategic Engagement

Consultations - OpinionSCVO are interested in gaining your feedback in relation to the strategic engagement support it has provided to voluntary and community groups through the facilitation of a Health and Social Care Forum, Children and Young People’s Forum and Leaders’ Forum.


We would really value your input in order that we can establish what has worked well, what could be improved, and the areas to focus on in the future.  The survey will only take you a few minutes to complete.  The deadline for responses is Friday 28 February 2014.

You can access the survey from this link



Sandwell Library and Information Service Consultation

Consulations - Call for AssistanceSandwell Library and Information Service is currently consulting on their service offer – ” Our Promise To You”.  Please see below for further information and details on how you can feed back you views.

“Our Promise To You” sets out the service and facilities that customers can expect to be provided.

They also ensure that the service is continuing to:

  • Be responsive to customer expectations
  • Provide a best value service
  • Be forward thinking and able to respond to new developments in a changing world.

The Library Service are currently consulting with partners, customers and staff and would like to invite you to take part in this process.

Please view links  for the Draft Proposal and Partners Response Form

Your response can be emailed to information_service@sandwell.gov.uk by Monday 27 January 2014