May 2015

Monthly Archives

Sandwell Council’s E-Procurement System

The electronic In-tend E-Procurement system is used by Sandwell Council to buy goods, works and services, rather than a paper based system.

The Government is keen to see more business done electronically and the Council encourages companies to take on board E-Procurement and will work only with companies which can trade electronically.

E-Procurement is not just important in dealings with the Council – it will help companies to work more effectively with other customers and suppliers.

Registration is free and all tender advertisements and responses can be carried out via the (In-tend) Sandwell Metropolitan Council Supplier Website.  To register please visit

If you require technical assistance please contact the In-Tend support team on 0845 557 8079.

To view any opportunities or to express interest in a tender please follow the on-screen commands.

Teacher Training Courses

Online SurveyThe 3E’s, a community interest company training provider, delivers a variety of training programmes across the West Midlands to help get people into work. Their courses include teacher training, First Aid, Assessor Award and pre-employment workshop andcourses

The 3Es are now offering training  training in Level 3 Award in Education & Training (formerly known as PTLLS), Level 4 Certificate in Education & Training (formerly known as CTLLS) and Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (formerly known as DTLLS). Prices start at £310.  Courses are delivered in West Bromwich, Smethwick, Oldbury and North West Birmingham.

For further information please telephone 0121 439 2645, email or visit the website.

Get Involved with St Michael’s LINKS Committee

St Michaels SchoolOver the last 18 months students from St Michael’s High School in Rowley Regis have developed a wonderful relationship with local elderly residents. The group, known as the LINKS committee, meet monthly to drink tea, talk, share skills and work together on community events/projects.


Due to the success of the project it has been decided to launch a weekly coffee morning in partnership with Murray Hall (Community Offer). This is an excellent opportunity to further develop inter-generational work and to encourage local residents to socialise with others and take part in activities.

The first coffee morning at Mickies’ Biccies & Brew will take place on Monday 1st June 2015, and Mondays weekly thereafter, from 11 am  – 12 noon, at St Michael’s High School, Curral Road, Rowley Regis B65 9AN.

The students are extremely passionate and want to make a difference to the lives of others. So, if you are over 65 and would like to talk and work with young people, why not go along to St Michael’s where the students cannot wait to meet you!

West Midlands PCC Briefing on Funding for Victims Services in Sandwell

WMPCCFollowing the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner’s successful engagement event in Sandwell last May, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner is holding a second event to update local community groups and stakeholders on the progress made in commissioning services for victims of crime. This second event will also consolidate PCC David Jamieson’s commitment to work with the voluntary sector, originally initiated by his predecessor Bob Jones and will provide information about funding opportunities for 2015/16.

The purpose of the meeting is to:

• Share progress
• Consider the relevance of the Victims’ Code for the voluntary sector
• Strengthen links between local voluntary agencies and local Victim Support services
• Progress our understanding of whether specific groups in the community can/are accessing support
• Scope provision for young victims of crime (other than CSE/CSA)

The outcome of the event will be:

• The Victims Commission is updated on issues specific to geographical areas
• The Victims Commission is updated on what is available for young victims of crime
• Voluntary organisations understand funding opportunities for 2015/16
• That communication is a two-way process between the wider voluntary sector and the Victims Commission

David Jamieson, West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner says “This new approach to commissioning will improve how we respond to victims’ needs. Our inclusive and consultative approach means that victims will be at the heart of the process and will ensure that the work that we do is victim-led. We will be clear about the outcomes we expect for victims and ensure that we get the most from the resources available”.

This meeting will take place on Friday 12th June, from 9.30 am – 1.30 pm, followed by a networking lunch. For further information and to book at place please contact Mazeline Hemmings at SCVO on 0121 525 1127 or email

HLF Offers Funding for First World War: Then and Now Projects

Funding4The ‘First World War Fund: Then and Now’ aims to mark the heritage of the First World War by supporting community projects in the UK which explore, conserve and share the heritage of the First World War.

Not-for-profit organisations in the UK with a bank account and a constitution can apply for grants of between £3,000 and £10,000. This includes a wide range of organisations, such as charities, trusts, clubs, interest groups, faith groups, history groups, community and voluntary groups, social enterprises, youth groups, schools and colleges. The projects should enable communities to understand more about the heritage of the First World War and benefit a wide range of people. In particular, HLF is keen to support projects that help young people (11 to 25 years) take an active part in the Centenary commemorations.

To be eligible, projects should have not started yet, last for no more than two years, and achieve one or more of the following outcomes:
• Outcomes for people – people will have learnt about heritage; developed skills; changed their attitudes and/or behaviour; and volunteered time.
• Outcomes for heritage – heritage will be in better condition; better interpreted and explained; identified and recorded.
• Outcomes for communities – more people and a wider range of people will have engaged with heritage.
HLF is particularly keen that people will have learnt about heritage.

This programme has a short application form which is suitable for everyone, including first-time applicants. Further information can be found on the Heritage Lottery Fund website . Sandwell organisations can also contact Steve Baylis on 0121 525 1127 or e-mail for further advice and support

There are no deadlines. Applications may be submitted at any time until 2019.

Relate Birmingham Vacancies

RelateRelate Birmingham is an independent charity and lead provider of relationship support.  We work to help individuals, parents and families build better relationships by delivering a range of services, including counselling, groups, education and training and professional development. 

We have grown over the last few years to cover most of the West Midlands and South Staffordshire and so are now recruiting for two new posts in our management team.   We are looking for experienced, self-motivated individuals to help us provide excellent services for clients, improved communication and integration across our area of operation, and work with the Management Team to develop services and generate income help us deliver our aims.

Service Manager (Counselling)
Salary: £ 28,000 – £30,000 p.a.
Full Time (37.5 hours)

You will be responsible for managing the delivery and development of Relate counselling and therapeutic services, ensuring operational service and contract targets are met, and leading and co-ordinating the counselling team and supervisors.

The successful applicant will have experience of working in a counselling, health or similar service environment.   You will also have strong people management and project skills and a track record of service delivery or development.  With excellent communication and organisational skills you’ll manage, develop and motivate a practitioner team to achieve agreed targets, ensure that good practice and legal requirements are met and develop effective working relationships with relevant partners and agencies.

Administration and Appointments Manager
Salary: £ 25,000 p.a.
Full Time (37.5 hours)

We are looking for a well-organised and resourceful manager to co-ordinate the smooth running of the main office and satellite centres, manage the appointments service and maintain effective administrative, monitoring and communication systems.  You’ll be responsible for leading the admin and appointments team and regularly liaising with clients, staff and other agencies to ensure operational targets are met and excellent customer service is achieved.

The ideal candidate will have relevant experience, preferably in a service delivery or client focussed setting and excellent interpersonal and problem solving skills.  You’ll have staff management experience and be able lead and develop a team working across several sites.

Both posts require flexibility, with some evening or weekend work to meet the needs of the service.  They are based at our main office in Birmingham but will require working at our other locations and attending external meetings, which will necessitate some travelling.

For an application pack email specifying which post you are interested in or call 0121 633 5524. Previous applicants need not apply.

Deadline for applications: 4.00pm on 12 June 2015  (CVs will not be considered)
Interviews will be held 8 July and 13 July 2015.


Are you a Community Business? The Power to Change Programme might be for you

Funding3The Power to Change Trust, a new independent grant-making foundation that will champion community businesses across England launched its Initial Grants Programme on the 12th May 2015.

The Initial Grants Programme will award up to £9 million during 2015 to help new and existing community businesses become more sustainable. The aim is to help up to 70 community businesses during the next six to eight months. Grants of between £50,000 and £500,000 will be available to community businesses that are in a position to use the funding to become more sustainable. This could include purchasing a building to refurbish rent or sell or to take on more staff in order to compete for more contracts; etc. In order to help organisations assess whether the Initial Grants Programme funding is suited to their current needs and stage of development, there are six criteria which organisations/ projects must meet to be considered for funding through the programme. To view the criteria click here.

So what is a community business?
A ‘community business’ or ‘community enterprise’ is a place-based organisation that is locally rooted and delivers activities for the benefit of a specific, local geographic community.
To meet our definition of a community business an organisation must:
• Be controlled by people living in the community within which it operates and involves local people closely in its ongoing activities. Successful community businesses draw on the passion, vision, acumen and determination of local people, and give them control or ownership so that they have a stake in its success and greater wellbeing and self-worth as a result.
• Be place-based, locally rooted and its activities benefit a specific, local geographical community. Organisations may sell products and provide services outside of a local area, however a specific, local geographic community must benefit from these activities and services.
• Operate for the community’s social, economic and environmental benefit – the business can demonstrate the positive social, economic and/or environmental impact on people living in the community within which you operate.
• Not be operated solely for private benefit – Community businesses reinvest the majority of profits into the business or local economy. Any private individual gain is incidental.

Interested, need further information? click here.

SWEDA Needs Your Vote!

SWEDA image and logoSWEDA, Skills Work and Enterprise Development Agency, based in West Bromwich, are hoping to receive a grant from the Aviva Community Fund in order to provide support and training to lone parents in Sandwell.

With the funding, SWEDA will create a ‘One Stop Shop’ where lone parents can access relevant information, advice, guidance training and mentoring in order to help them reach their potential.

However, this cannot happen without your help! Please take a few minutes to vote for SWEDA using this link. By registering to vote, Aviva will give you 10 votes for you to vote for one or more projects.

Outcomes Star Training for Those Working with Young People and Families

TrainingOutcomes Star is a tried and tested tool for supporting and measuring change when working with young people and families. This tool has been adopted by Sandwell Council.

The first round of Outcomes Star training was highly successful with over 300 employees trained to complete a Star across the children’s workforce.

Don’t be left behind.  The new Outcomes Star training dates are available for all professionals who work with children and/or families. Click link to book your place. If you have any questions or queries regarding the Outcomes Star, please do not hesitate to contact Louise Judge, Learning and Development Delivery Manager on 0845 352 1982 or email



Big Society Capital

Funding5A new financial institution set up by the UK government to finance charities and community groups has been launched.

Big Society Capital will have £600 million, of which the majority comes from unused cash in bank accounts that had been dormant for more than 15 years. The fund will back social enterprises that prove they can repay an investment through the income they generate. It will seek to connect social organisations to financial markets and to revolutionise the funding alternatives available to them. Most importantly, it will provide new investment capital specifically focused on improving lives and supporting communities around the country.

The fund has already agreed investments worth £3.6m in a number of schemes including: Think Forward Social Impact, which helps young people into work and education; Franchising Works, which trains the unemployed how to run a franchise business and the Community Generation Fund, which supports the development of renewable energy infrastructure, such as solar panels and biomass boilers, for local communities.

Applications can be made at any time, further information can be found on the Big Society website.

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