October 2014

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Volunteer Centre Sandwell – Annual General Meeting

posts - Volunteer Centre Logo2The theme for Volunteer Centre Sandwell’s AGM this year is “Looking to the Future – Seizing Opportunities”.  Volunteering dialogue this year has told the Centre that residents need small and regular steps to help them get more involved in their community.  Giving practical and emotional support to residents enables them to contribute positively to things around them and has astounding consequences on their lives.

The AGM will be taking place on 28 November from 10.30am – 11.15am and followed by a Mini Conference from 11.30am – 12.45pm at Sandwell Council House Chambers, Oldbury, B69 3DB.  A light buffet lunch will be available after the Mini Conference.

Rose Vakis, former Chief Executive Officer of Lichfield & District Community and Voluntary Sector will be the key note speaker.  Rose is a professionally qualified experienced coach and Leadership Mentor and has worked for over 20 years with senior managers in local authorities, the NHS and the Voluntary Sector, supporting them to achieve things they often had previously thought were beyond their reach.

To book a place, please e-mail: volunteer@volunteercentresandwell.co.uk or call 0121 544 8326

Sandwell Public Health Stakeholder Engagement Consultation

Healthy LifestylesSandwell Public Health is holding a Stakeholder Engagement Consultation event on 17 November as part of the review process for the Sandwell Lifestyle Choices “one number” service.

The Lifestyle Choices “one number” service provides a single point of access to a range of health promotion and lifestyle changing programmes; and its main aim is to improve the health and wellbeing of the residents of Sandwell.  The service acts as a source of health information and advice to both members of the public and health professionals.  It supports the core values of the Public Health outcomes framework, in particular, the Health Improvement domain.  It does this by helping people to access lifestyle programmes that are designed to encourage them to live healthy lifestyles, making healthy choices and increase their life expectancy.

Sandwell Public Health is committed to providing the best possible services, as such they are reviewing what they offer and the way they work.  They would like to invite you to attend this event as your views are an important part of the review of the service and will help them to improve how they can promote healthier lifestyle services to local people.

There are two sessions for your to choose from on the 17 November 2014 – 10am – 12.30pm (lunch 12.30pm – 1.00pm) or 12.30pm – 3.00pm (lunch 12.30pm – 1.00pm) the sessions are being held at the National Metal Forming Centre, 47 Birmingham Road, West Bromwich, B70 6PY.

To book a place please e-mail Lisa Thompson – lisa_thompson@sandwell.gov.uk no later than 7th November.  For further information call Lisa on 0121 569 5552.

Rough Sleeper Estimate – 6 November 2014

FAQAll local authorities must submit an annual figure to Central Government indicating the number of people sleeping rough in their area.  Following an initial assessment Sandwell Council will be conducting an estimate of rough sleeping in the Borough.  This year the four Local Authorities that make up the Black Country Region (Sandwell, Wolverhampton, Walsall and Dudley) have selected the 6 November to do the estimate.

To make this figure as robust as possible, they are asking local agencies that may encounter people who are sleeping rough to participate in their estimate.  On this night (6 November) they would like to know all the people you or your organisation encounter either sleeping rough or who claim they slept rough.

If you feel you can contribute to the estimate, please view for further information and details for recording your estimate.  Please also note that the criteria for the estimate is:

people sleeping, about to bed down (sitting on/in or standing next to their bedding) or actually bedding down in the open air (such as on the streets, in tents, doorways, parks, bus shelters or encampments).  People in buildings or other places not designed for habitation (such as stairwells, barns, sheds, car parks, cars, derelict boats, stations, or “bashes”)

If you would like to discuss this matter or require further information, please contact Pam Mander-Masonde on 0121 569 5224 or email pam_mandermasonde@sandwell.gov.uk.

Please submit your responses by 11 November 2014 to Pam.

Mytime Active Vacancies – Healthy Lifestyle Specialists

post - Jobs & Opps - signpostMytime Active is looking to recruit a number of Healthy Lifestyle Specialists located either in the Sandwell or Worcestershire area with an interest and experience in Stop Smoking, Health Trainer/Health Checks and/or Weight Management, Physical Activity or Nutrition.

Mytime Active provides a range of healthy lifestyle community based programmes as part of community health care across the country.  An exciting opportunity has arisen for a number of enthusiastic, experienced, self-motivated individuals, with an interest and commitment to promotion of healthy lifestyle services.  The appointed candidates will have experience of delivering similar services.  They will be highly motivated, driven and have a good track record of working to targets.

For more information please e-mail or speak to Anna Skeats anna.skeats@mytimehealth.co.uk or Paul Westerby paul.westerby@mytimeactive.co.uk or telephone 0121 366 0966.

Salary: £15,000 – £20,000 PA Pro Rata (Fixed term until July 2015)

Please note that this role requires flexibility to ensure the needs of the service are met and may require evening/weekend work.

Full time/Part time/Hourly Paid will be considered.

Appointment is subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS disclosure.

CLOSING DATE: 9 November 2014
Interviews will be held week commencing 10 November and 17 November

CVs and covering letters of application to be sent to Pippa Badger via e-mail phillipa.badger@mytimeactive.co.uk

Mytime applies its Equal Opportunities Policy at all stages of recruitment and selection.  Shortlisting, interviewing and selection is carried out without regard to gender, sexual orientation, marital status, colour, race, nationality, ethnic or national origins, religion or belief, age or trade union membership.  Those with disabilities meeting the minimum requirements for the post will be shortlisted and reasonable adjustments will be made to ensure that they are not disadvantaged during the interview process

Community Transport Volunteering Opportunities

VolunteeringCommunity Transport provides an affordable and reliable transport fleet with specially adapted vehicles for use by voluntary organisations or community groups, providing services for people unable to use existing transport because of deprivation or disability in order to assist them in their essential activities.

Community Transport currently have the following Volunteering opportunities available:-

Volunteer Mini Bus Driver
Transporting community groups to activities using Community Transport vehicles and assisting clients as required.  Based in Great Bridge travelling to various locations across Sandwell and Dudley – day times – Monday to Friday.  Full driving licence required.  Good customer skills required/ability to manage work schedule and team player.  Volunteer commitment is 1 day per week minimum – to suit individual’s availability.  Midas Mini Bus training and full induction training will be provided provided.  Expenses will be paid and DBS check is required.

Car Scheme Driver
Transporting individuals to activities using their own vehicle and assisting clients as required.  Working from home travelling to various locations across Sandwell and Dudley – day times – Monday to Friday.  Full driving licence required.  Good customer skills required/ability to manage work schedule and team player.  Volunteer commitment is 1 day per week minimum – to suit individual’s availability.  Midas car driver training and full induction training will be provided.  Expenses will be paid and DBS check is required.

If you are interested in either of the above, or would like further information, please contact John Sanders – john.sanders@communitytransport.org or telephone 0845 209 0191

Free Basic Training Available for Groups of People Working In the Community

ApprenticeshipsIf your staff work with people facing a wide range of problems and try to help by sign posting them into the right service, then this training will be of use to you.  Training is available on a wide range of topics.




These include:-

  • Welfare rights
  • Debt
  • Dealing with angry clients
  • Housing issues
  • Supporting people into work
  • Loan sharks
  • Money Management

Organisations are able to select the topics they would most like to receive training on.  This will then be provided in manageable chunks, free of charge and delivered in community locations.  These are introductory sessions giving basic information, after that if people require more in-depth training on a topic, they will be directed to the people who can provide this.  Training can be provided to any number of people, dependent upon the venue, and can also be provided to more than one organisation.  To view the full range of topics please following link

To request a free training session on any combination of the topics then please contact: Ian Dunn ian_dunn@sandwell.gov.uk or telephone 0121 569 6678

Creative Black Country: Website Developer Wanted

InternetCreative Black Country are seeking responses from Web Developers interested in developing their website.  The website will host all digital activity and communication related to the Creative Black Country Programme.

The site should present the work of the programme and the consortium to a variety of stakeholders including public users, Arts Council England, Voluntary Sector Organisations and the professional art sector in an attractive, clear and professional manner.

Please view for further information and details of the Web Brief

To apply, please respond to info@creativeblackcountry.co.uk by 5pm on 7 November 2014 with a proposal that contains the following:-

  • Your response to the brief and how you would approach the work
  • Previous experience and examples of similar work for other clients
  • Budget breakdown
  • Two referees for similar projects carried out within the last 5 years


“Caring for Other” – Carers Survey

Online SurveySandwell Council will shortly undertake a survey of adult carers who have received a Council assessment of their needs, leading to information and advice or services funded by Social Services over the past year.  The survey will be sent to carers who care for adults in their own homes, the community or in residential/nursing care, and adults from all client groups.

All local Councils with Social Services responsibilities are required to take part in this survey, using a questionnaire produced by the Department of Health, and the results will be used by the Care Quality Commission, the Health and Social Care Information Centre and by the Council to look at what carers think about the help provided to them, and how the Council can improve the services they receive.

The questionnaire will be sent out in two separate batches over two weeks.  The first batch will go out the week commencing 3 November 2014, and the second will be sent out the following week.

Please raise awareness of this survey with your staff and encourage carers to complete the survey if they receive this.  Carers will receive details with the questionnaire on who to contact if they require assistance with completing the survey or need a different format.

If you would like to know more about the survey please contact Beverley Stevens, Commissioning Manager – Adult Social Care – beverley_stevens@sandwell.gov.uk or Sonia Cookhorn, Senior Information Officer on 0121 569 5756 or sonia_cookhorn@sandwell.gov.uk

Looking for Local Funding? – Health Lottery now open in Sandwell

post - Funding Opps - Cash5Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities even better places to live are now invited to apply for funding to turn their ideas into reality.

Using money raised by society lotteries through The Health Lottery, People’s Health Trust has opened Active Communities in HealthDesire – Sandwell, Dudley, Walsall and Wolverhampton. Active Communities is a funding programme for community groups and not-for-profit organisations, with an income of less than £350,000 a year, that are seeking investment of between £5,000 and £50,000 for projects lasting up to two years. The projects should take place within a small area for a small group of people such as 20 or 30 streets or a couple of villages.
Applying couldn’t be easier. It’s an online process with a step by step guide from start to finish. The deadline for applications is 1pm on Wednesday 19 November 2014. We are offering grants of between £5,000-£50,000 for projects lasting up to two years. People’s Health Trust is an independent charity which funds local groups with great ideas in order to create fairer places to grow, live, work and age. Our funding newsflash can be seen at this link, and tells you all you need to know about Active Communities. The Guidance Notes can also be found here

Preventing Violence Against Vulnerable People – Funding Event

post - Funding Opps - Cash4This is a practical and dynamic event with all the components to build a successful funding bid for projects that prevent violence against vulnerable people (PVVP) – either as the main focus of your project or as a spin-off benefit.  The Preventing Violence against Vulnerable People Programme is a West Midlands wide initiative, to embed across public services a commitment to tackle and respond to violence and abuse.  In particular child sexual exploitation, domestic violence, sexual violence and forced marriage.

The event is taking place at BVSC Conference Centre, 138 Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 6DR on 17 November 2014 from 1.45pm – 4.00pm.

The event will include:-

  • A program of rolling presentations
  • Partnership brokerage and networking
  • A market hall with advice, guidance and information
  • Information and evidence factsheets on PVVP

This event is free to attend, but places may be limited subject to demand.  The event is aimed at the West Midlands voluntary and community sector.  During registration you will be asked to complete a short survey about your organisation and project, this information will then be shared with other attendees.  To book a place please click here


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