July 2014

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Prince’s Trust Recruitment for Team Programme

Princes TrustThe Prince’s Trust Team Programme is a 12 week full time course involving approximately 15 young people in the team to carry out tasks to benefit their local community, gain nationally recognised qualifications and aims to get young people into either further education or employment.

Do you know a young person aged between 16 – 25 who is not in education or employment?  They must been either, unemployed, educational under achievers, leaving care or an offender or ex-offender?
The advantages for the young person:-

  • A free bus pass and Wolverhampton College student pass for 12 weeks.
  • 5 day outward bound residential course fully paid for.
  • Certificates in: first aid, basic food hygiene, Prince’s Trust qualification in Employment, Teamwork and Community Skills.
  • Gain references and a CV for future employment opportunities.
  • Two weeks work experience.
  • They will still be able to claim JSA and Benefits while on the course.

If you know of anyone interested or want to find out more:-

PC Andy Peters – 07771 388596 – a.peters@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk or PCSO Parveen Kumari – 07909 550328 – p.kumari@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk

Do You Have A Community Space That Needs An Overhaul?

Princes TrustThe Prince’s Trust is looking for a project that would occupy 15 young people (16 – 24 year olds) for 7 – 10 days in mid September (15th – 26th September 2014) and give them a positive opportunity to help others in a community setting.  The Volunteers will also fund raise to buy any materials.

Previous projects have included:-

  • Decorating rooms at St John Ambulance, Oldbury
  • Allotment clear up – Devonshire Infant School, Smethwick
  • Created allotment at Sharpe Hostel, Smethwick on behalf of Centepoint Soup Kitchen, West Bromwich
  • Playground refurbishment at St Michael’s Day Nursery, Smethwick
  • Refurbishment of 2 classrooms at St Michael’s Day Nursery
  • Cemetery clear up at All Saints Church, Stone Cross, West Bromwich

If you have a suitable project, then please get in touch with the Prince’s Trust by 15 August 2014.  Contact Andy Peters, Smethwick Prince’s Trust Team Leader – 0345 113 5000 ext 7913 6003 or e-mail:  a.peters@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk

Talent Match Opportunity – Preferred Supplier Network

talent match logo 2Talent Match Black Country is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and focuses on youth unemployment and especially long-term youth unemployment.  The national fund is £100 million and aims to create a significant shift in how the entrenched issues young people face are tackled, building on the lessons learnt from previous approaches. 

Talent Match will target young people aged 18 – 24 who have been out of work, training or education for at least 12 months and who require additional support to overcome specific barriers to employment.  Talent Match will also work closely with employers in order to open up opportunities for the Talent Match cohort and provide a motivated workforce with generic work based and other skills.

There is currently an opportunity for your organisation to get involved if you wish to apply to be included on the Preferred Supplier Network.  Please view for further information which provides more details about Talent Match Black Country and sets out the process to follow if you want to be included on the Network.  Please also view for the Delivery Application Form.

Organisations submitting an application which meets the minimum requirements set out in the specification will be accepted onto the Preferred Suppliers Network, this is not a guarantee of funding.  Funding will be allocated following a second stage process, which will involve organisation’s applications being considered by young people on the Talent Match programme, supported by a commissioning group.

Please note the deadline for submission of tenders is 29th August 2014.  PLEASE NOTE that applications received after this deadline will not be considered.

Completed application forms should be returned to Clair Fitzgerald by e-mail: TalentmatchPSN@wolverhamptonvsc.org.uk

Recognise The Groups Volunteering In Your Community

Queens Award for Voluntary ServiceSince Her Majesty’s Golden Jubilee, the Queen has awarded the prestigious national honour to hundreds of volunteering groups across the UK.  The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for volunteer groups, recognises the outstanding contribution that volunteers make to their local communities.

If you know of a volunteer group that devotes its time to helping others in your local community and deserves recognition, nominate them for an Award.

You can make an online nomination by going to the following website or your can e-mail queensaward@cabinet-office.gsi.gov.uk or call 0207 271 6206.

Nominations can be made at any time during the year, but for those wishing to be considered for the 2015 award, on-line nominations must be received by the national awards office by Tuesday 30 September 2014.  On the 2 June 2015 the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service winners are announced.

Honours Nominations Sought

In addition to the Queen’s Award, the Lord-Lieutenant of West Midlands, Paul Sabapathy CBE is seeking nominations for outstanding individuals for an Honour for those who work or live in the Birmingham Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall or Wolverhampton areas.  You can find out more about the Honours and how to nominate from the following website

New Accounting Rules Published for UK Charities

Resources & ToolsTwo new Statements of Recommended Practice (SORP) have been published this week and are to be used for financial years beginning 1 January 2015.

Following feedback from a public consultation last year, the Charity Commission for England and Wales and the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator which comprise the joint SORP making body have formally published two new Statements of Recommended Practice (SORP). The new SORPs were approved by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) on 22 May 2014.

The new SORPs are intended to make charity accounting more transparent. They provide a comprehensive framework for charity accounting that all charities that prepare accrual accounts must follow. They were designed to meet changes in accounting requirements following the introduction of FRS102 (the Financial Reporting Standard applicable in the UK and Republic of Ireland). They apply to financial years beginning on or after 1 January 2015.

In addition to FRS 102, there is a separate SORP available to smaller charities working with the Financial Reporting Standard for Smaller Entities (FRSS). This is for charities that meet two of the following three criteria: an annual income of less than £6.5 million, total assets of less than £3.26 million or fewer than 50 employees.

Help sheets are available to support charities in choosing which accounting framework to follow and to help them in using the SORPs. They can be found on the new dedicated SORP microsite.

The SORPS can be viewed on the SORP microsite

Give Volunteers Council Tax Discount, Local Government Association Says

LGAHalf a million people who volunteer in their local community should be given Council Tax rebates, the Local Government Association has recommended.

The LGA, which represents Councils in England and Wales, has called on all political parties to pledge in their election manifestos to create a fund to help Councils to reward “community heroes” who help run local libraries, museums and other local resources.  It said some volunteers already receive a discount, but that Councils cannot afford to reward everyone they want to. It recommended a £50m start-up fund to allow councils to give 500,000 people a 10 per cent discount.

“The subsidy would reward the thousands of people who currently volunteer, while also encouraging a new generation to step forward,” the LGA said in a statement. “It would be targeted at those who demonstrate a sustained commitment to improving life in their local areas in a way which saves other Council taxpayers’ money.” It said Councils would work with charities and community groups to identify deserving people.

Community infrastructure body NAVCA said it supported the idea. “So many of the things we value most in our community are made possible by volunteers, whether it is running sports clubs, friends of local parks groups or lunch clubs,” said Neil Cleeveley, acting Chief Executive of NAVCA. “It would be good to see the value of all that great work that volunteers do being recognised in this way.”

But NCVO said the scheme would be hard to administer and would undermine the spirit of volunteering. To see full article, follow this link.



Invite to Police and Crime Commissioner Husting – 13 August

WMPCCAhead of the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner by-election on August 21 a Victim Support Police and Crime Commissioner Husting is being held on 13 August at BVSC in Birmingham.

The aim of the event is to provide the candidates with an opportunity to set out their plans and priorities, and to give you a chance to question them on the issues that are most important to you.  There will be particular focus on the PCC’s duties towards victims of crime.

It is important that agencies and individuals that work with victims of crime as well as victims themselves ensure that the candidates fully understand this important element of their responsibilities, therefore your attendance and participation will make this event stimulating and informative.

If you wish to book a place, please contact Nicola.biggs@victimsupport.org.uk by Thursday 7 August 2014.

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner By-Election – Thursday 21 August

WMPCCFollowing the death of West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Bob Jones on 1st July, there will be a by-election on Thursday 21 August, across the seven local authority areas of the West Midlands for a new Police and Crime Commissioner for West Midlands Police.

The candidates are:-

  • David Charles Jamieson – Labour Party
  • Les Jones – Conservative Party
  • Ayoub Khan – Liberal Democrats
  • Keith Alexander Rowe – UK Independence Party (UKIP)

Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm on the day.

If you want to have your say and vote in this election, you need to make sure you have registered to vote with the Elections Office by no later than Tuesday 5 August and you can do this quickly online here

If you have any doubt as to whether you are on the register you need to check with the Elections Office as soon as possible.  If you are not registered, then you cannot vote.

If you are unable to attend a polling station to vote in person due to holidays, or for any other reason, you can apply for a postal vote by Wednesday 6 August at the latest but you must already be registered to vote. Alternatively you can appoint someone who can vote on your behalf and the deadline is Wednesday 13 August.

Voluntary Sector Get Together

Governance - TeamworkSCVO invites you to come along to an informal networking meeting to meet other voluntary and community organisations who work across Sandwell, to share ideas, information and knowledge about what services and support is available across the Borough.

The meeting is being held on Thursday 11 September from 7.30am – 9.00am at The Dorothy Parkes Centre, Church Road, Smethwick, B67 6EH.  If you would to come along just let us know so we can make sure we get a croissant ordered!  Contact Mazeline Hemmings – mazeline@scvo.info or telephone 0121 525 1127 to confirm.

Call For Evidence Launched On Financial Sustainability Of Voluntary Sector

Online SurveyThe National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has launched a call for evidence as part of a review into the voluntary sector’s finances, alongside its partners Charity Finance Group, the Institute of Fundraising, NAVCA and Small Charities Coalition.

The call for evidence, which is open to all voluntary organisations, provides the opportunity for respondents to tell their story about the impact of the recession on their organisation and how they have adapted to the changing funding environment.

The call for evidence will be used to inform the work of the review, which was launched last month, and highlight potential case studies to demonstrate approaches that voluntary organisations have taken to cope with the tough financial climate.

The call for evidence will close on Tuesday 30 September 2014

The review, led by NCVO, is directed by a steering group comprised of the chief executives of Charity Finance Group, the Institute of Fundraising and NAVCA, as well as a representative of the Small Charities Coalition, and Andrew Hind CB, editor of Charity Finance.

The review aims to assess the financial sustainability of voluntary organisations, identify trends that have emerged in the income, expenditure and assets of the voluntary sector since the recession and provide analysis to enable the voluntary sector to plan for the future.

It will also make recommendations to policymakers on how to improve the financial sustainability of the voluntary sector and provide practical advice and support to help voluntary organisations become more financially sustainable.  The review is due to publish a final report in early 2015.

To complete the call for evidence online please view

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