December 2014

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SCVO Recruiting Operations Manager/ Deputy CEO

Jobs and Opps - MazeSCVO seeks to appoint a high-calibre, experienced manager to oversee day-to-day operations, and lead delivery of support to local voluntary and community organisations.

SCVO is an independent charity which takes a lead role in strategic representation on behalf of the local Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector, and provides a range of development support services to Sector organisations within the Metropolitan Borough of Sandwell.

This important role will support the development, growth and management of the organisation, being a member of the organisation’s Executive Management Team and having a strong strategic and commercial focus. The postholder will oversee the smooth running of day to day operations, including but not limited to managing external contracts and suppliers, health and safety, and human resources.

The postholder will lead and co-ordinate support services, working alongside other capacity building staff and contributing directly to the delivery of training and face-to-face activities to local organisations where necessary. The role also entails holding responsibility for ensuring operational and external support activities are delivered to the highest standards.

SCVO are looking for a self-confident and enthusiastic individual, with previous management experience at a similar level and a successful track record of leading and supervising teams. Strong communication skills are essential, as is experience of working with a range of people and partners across a range of sectors. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate their versatility and willingness to be ‘hands on’ as required, to ensure the organisation is run effectively and efficiently at all times.

Salary: NJC SCP 38-42 (£32,788 – 36,571) plus 6% employer contribution stakeholder pension.
Working hours: 37 hours per week, including occasional out of hours working.
Holidays: 28 days per annum, plus bank holidays.
Further details and application packs are available at, by emailing or by calling Debra Hill at SCVO on 0121 525 1127.

Applications can be emailed to SCVO at or sent to: SCVO, 1st Floor, Landchard House, Victoria Street, West Bromwich B70 8ER
If you wish to have an informal discussion about this opportunity, please call Mark Davis at SCVO on 0121 525 1127
Deadline for applications is Monday 19th January, 10 am. First round interviews will take place in the week of 26th January 2015.

Click here to download the job description and personnel specification.

Click here to download the application form (Word version)

Click here to download application form (PDF version)

Click here to download SCVO’s 2013/14 Annual Review.

SCVO strives to be an equal opportunities employer. Registered charity no. 1071514

Right to Rent Evaluation

Home OfficeFrom 1 December 2014, private landlords of properties in Birmingham, Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton will be required to conduct checks to establish that new tenants have the right to rent in the UK.  The Home Office are evaluating the scheme’s impact and will produce a final report in late 2015.

The scheme won’t be relevant to lots of groups and organisations, however, if your group or organisations works within, or represents people who might be affected by the scheme then they can raise awareness that they can complete the survey which can be accessed here

If you work for a housing association, please don’t complete this survey.  A different one will be sent to you in the coming days.  Please contact or if you don’t receive this.

Make Volunteering Your 2015 New Year’s Resolution

posts - Volunteer Centre Logo2If your new year’s resolution is to get more active or involved in your community, why not give an hour a week or a day a month and support one of the many voluntary organisations or groups in Sandwell?

Volunteer Centre Sandwell has a number of new local volunteering opportunities, from administration, advice work, befriending, board membership, caring, catering and hospitality, driving, environmental, health and social care.  They currently hold over 300 volunteering opportunities on their database.

Jean Taylor, Volunteer Centre Sandwell’s Chief Executive Officer said, “we are really excited to extend the range of volunteering roles on offer in Sandwell, and hope that the New Year will bring new volunteers to join the existing community and statutory groups who play a vital role in enhancing our much loved services”.

The call to action also extends to organisations and groups who are seeking to recruit volunteers to support their core service delivery.  Volunteer Centre Sandwell is continually seeking to register new organisations that need to recruit volunteers.

As well as offering support, training and encouragement they also promote an environment of good practice within the volunteering sector.

Call Volunteer Centre Sandwell on 0121 544 8326 or e-mail: or visit their website

Click here to download the Make Volunteering your 2015 Resolution poster.

Ready For Sport

SportFree sports sessions are on offer for young people in Sandwell thanks to an exciting new scheme being launched in January.

Ready for Sport will provide activities including basketball, football and dance training for young people at Jubilee Youth Centre in Tipton.  As part of the scheme, young people will be asked what sport they want to take up, which days of the week they want to do them and for 30 youngsters there will be the chance to complete leadership qualifications.

Funding has been made available through the Sandwell Community Alcohol project which won a Sport England Grant and will be working in partnership with CentreSpot.


Voluntary Sector Breakfast Meeting Invite

post - Partnership Support - discussion2Are you a Voluntary and Community Group based or working Sandwell?  Do you want an opportunity to meet with other people on a very informal basis and promote and share information about the services and activities you offer?

Please join us on Thursday 5 February 2015 at Tipton Muslim Community Centre Wellington Road, Tipton, DY4 8RS from 7.30am – 9.00am.  Tea, coffee and croissant provided!

If you are interested in attending, please confirm your attendance by e-mailing or telephone 0121 525 1127 by Monday 2 February 2015.

Sport England Launches Round Two of Get Healthy, Get Active

Sport EnglandAlongside Public Health England, Sport England wants to drive a step change in the public’s health. A key part of this step change involves tackling inactivity in order to reduce the burden of preventable death, disease and disability while supporting people and communities to achieve their potential.

Get Healthy, Get Active is therefore focused on those who are the least active and currently do not do more than 30 minutes of exercise a week. For Round Two, a further £5 million will be invested into projects that successfully get inactive people aged 14 and above into weekly physical activity or sport participation.

The Get Healthy, Get Active fund aims to:

• Get more inactive people playing sport once a week for at least 30 minutes.
• Achieve a better understanding of sports contribution to improving public health and the prevention, treatment and management of long term conditions.
• Enable sport and physical activity to be regularly commissioned to meet a wider range of agendas but particularly focusing on reducing health and social care costs.
• Achieve a reduction in health inequalities.

Priority will be given to projects that are linked to clearly identified priorities in local council plans, utilise non-traditional locations and venues for their activity, and have a significantly higher level of confirmed partnership funding for the whole life of the project rather than just the first year. Any organisation based in England and eligible to receive National Lottery funding is invited to apply.

All projects should have a strong partnership approach and be able to demonstrate clearly the role of each partner in the overall success of the project. Full guidelines, frequently asked questions and examples of projects funded in Round One can be found online at Sport England’s website.

Influencing Change West Midlands 2015 Now Open

SheilaInfluencing Change is a five day training programme, run by the Sheila McKechnie Foundation and spread over five months, which supports individuals and community organisations based and working in the Midlands in making changes in their lives and communities through improving their campaigning skills.

The course focuses on how to develop a campaigning and influencing strategy, media messages, developing online campaigns, working with a variety of different audiences and tracking and managing the successes and learning of the campaign. The course is also open to a limited number of participants from the East Midlands. Participants will learn about developing a campaign strategy and plan, working with the media, tactically addressing issues and involving stakeholders.

View here for  further information about this programme and detail of how to apply.  Application forms to be returned by 12 noon on Friday 23 January 2015.



Voluntary Sector Engagement with Health and Wellbeing Board Survey

Online SurveyRegional Voices has surveyed the voluntary sector about engagement with Health and Wellbeing Boards regularly over a two year period – to see what is working well, what could work better and what support would help.  The survey has been aimed at voluntary sector representatives on Health and Wellbeing Boards, Healthwatch representatives and the wider voluntary sector.

Please view for further information relating to the previous surveys which have been carried.

Please view for a survey which is currently open for feedback until midday on 23 January 2015.

Regional Voices will use the information from this survey to:

– influence policy makers
– develop support mechanisms for the voluntary sector to influence health and wellbeing boards
– share different practices around the country- what is working well and what needs improving

If you would like any support completing this survey, please either contact your regional network (see or contact

Charity Commission Seeks Views on Guidance for Trustees

Consultations - OpinionThe Charity Commission has launched a consultation on its updated guidance for trustees

The regulatory commission for England and Wales has made some changes to its guide, The Essential Trustee (CC3), in an effort to make the guide as clear as possible and easier for trustees to use so that they are clear on how to comply with their duties as trustees.

The most significant change is a new explanation of what the Commission expects of trustees. The current guidance distinguishes between what trustees ‘must’ do (legal requirements) and what trustees ‘should’ do (good practice). This difference has been unclear for some trustees who considered good practice as optional. The new guidance makes it clear that trustees must comply with specified good practice or be at risk of breaching their legal duties. The exception is when a trustee can justify why they are not complying, such as complying in a different way. The Charity Commission says that the changes will help it deal more effectively with cases of negligence or deliberate wrongdoing.

Other changes include:

• The introduction of the Charitable Incorporated Organisations.
• Better layout for reading online (printable version available).
• Linking to other guidance to avoid repetition.
• Reflecting the commission’s current position and priorities as charity regulator.
• Highlighting what can go wrong and how to avoid it.
• Emphasising that it is for all charity trustees, not just trustees of registered charities.

The consultation can be found on the GOV.UK website Responses are due by 17 February 2015. The final version is expected to be published in spring 2015.

Carers into Employment Adviser

Summit House Support
Summit House Support is seeking to recruit a Carers into Employment Adviser. Promising and enthusiastic candidates who are keen to develop their knowledge, skills and confidence in the area are welcome.


Job Title: Carers into Employment Adviser
Scale: Scale 4 £17333 to £19317
Reporting to: Team Leader (may vary based on location)
Hours of work: 22.5 hours per week – exact days/hours of work to be agreed
Holidays: 25 days A/L plus Bank Holiday and concessionary days pro rata
Based in: Sandwell outreach with Dudley office base

Purpose of Role

The Carers into Employment Adviser will be providing support to carers to manage their caring duties whilst accessing opportunities for employment, training and volunteering. The role will involve developing an innovative and holistic programme of support using various methods including direct support and an online resource.

Duties will include

• To facilitate a welcoming, friendly environment at all times and deliver services in a professional and customer focused manner
• To engage directly with customers and provide Initial Advice and Guidance identifying goals, actions and employment objectives
• To undertake initial assessments to identify required level of support and appropriateness for referral to job club, training, volunteering and where required specialist support
• To prepare and update customer Individual Action Plan/Reviews as the key measure to monitor customer’s activities and progression linking into the weekly job programme
• To organise, support and facilitate workshops and events specifically focusing on the needs of employability for carers
• To monitor, update and develop the project specific website, and promote services using other social media as appropriate
• To promote the work of SHS and develop partnerships with other agencies as appropriate
• Ensure relevant databases are kept up to date and accurate; using data to calculate both output and outcome of services
• Produce progress reports as required and make sure that accurate information is communicated to senior management and relevant team members
• Contribute as a member of the team to local operational development and attend team meetings/events
• Undertake any other duties as required.

The closing date for applications is 9 am on Monday, 15 December 2014.

All applications are via the website.

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