December 2015

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Summit House Supports seeks Project Coordinator

Summit House SupportSummit House Support has been delivering services to vulnerable adults across the West Midlands since 1992. Working in the areas of Well-Being, Recovery and LGBTQ they have built up a successful reputation locally, regionally and nationally.

Summit House is recruiting to the post of Project Coordinator for The Bridge Employment Hub, an exciting project funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund.

Working as part of an established team the Project Coordinator will offer information, guidance and support, ensuring everyone who accesses the project is assured of a welcoming friendly environment with outstanding customer service. The aim of the project is to improve the confidence of vulnerable groups and by doing so improve their employment prospects.
The salary will be £25,440 – £27,123 per annum for a 37 hour week (7 day cover on a 5 day rota basis) with 25 days annual leave, plus 10 days Bank Holidays.

This is an excellent opportunity to work with a rewarding customer group. The role would be ideally suited to someone who is able to work within a structured framework and who is willing to take on new skills with an empathic attitude towards the challenges faced by disadvantaged communities.

Applicants must submit a completed SHS application form. CV’s will not be accepted.

An enhanced DBS check and references are required for all posts.

Closing date Friday 8 January 2016

Interviews: week commencing 19 January 2016

Co-Production Competitive Grant

Funding2Applications for grant funding are now being sought by Sandwell MBC for Third Sector partners Council’s third sector definition to deliver co-production opportunities in Sandwell.

The Co-production delivery partner will actively involve and engage with adults with disabilities including, but not restricted to, Learning Disabilities, Autism and Mental Ill Health. The partner will facilitate a range of co-production opportunities to influence the identification, design, delivery, monitoring and review of Adult Social Care funded services, Adult Social Care and corporate policy areas in order to improve outcomes for individuals with disabilities and the wider disabled customer population.

A maximum of £99,090 per annum will be available from 1st April 2016 for three years. (subject to compliance with the grant conditions and satisfactory annual review against the performance measures).

Please view the Partner Briefing Document which outlines the grant requirements and timescales. Bid submissions should be received by Friday 29th January 2016 4pm.

For further details please contact the Adult Social Care Commissioning Team on 0121 569 5764 or e-mail

Or contact Ria Palmer on 0121 569 5934

Wellbeing at work – a union guide

Resources & ToolsThe Trade Union Congress (TUC) has published new guidance on well-being at work. It sets out the importance of healthy workplaces and provides advice on how to handle specific issues such as smoking, obesity and stress.

Well-being’ has become one of the most over-used phrases in the English language. It helps sell anything from yoghurt to holidays, pillows to pills. For some people the phrase refers to levels of happiness, while others think of it as a healthy body and mind. There is even a national well-being index intended to gauge the quality of life of people in the UK, as well as environmental and sustainability issues and even the country’s economic performance.

The TUC guide emphasises that healthy work must lie in prevention of injuries and illnesses, and changing the workplace through encouraging better working relationships, greater respect for workers, and improved involvement of unions.  Download the guide here.


Sports Clubs and Community Assets

InternetNew on Sport England’s Club Matters website is ‘Community Assets Guidance‘, an interactive guide on how community rights can help sports clubs take on or protect local assets.

Taking control of sports assets can help clubs grow; develop new opportunities; secure their future and be more engaged with other local people and organisations, placing clubs at the heart of your communities.

An interactive guide has been developed to help clubs understand their community rights. The guide is based on a written report authored by Dr. Adam Brown, Substance and Tom Hall, Sporting Assets. Clubs can access the individual sections of the guide or download the full guide.

For more information please click here.




Free Training for Small Charities

TrainingThe Foundation for Social Improvement is delivering a free training event in Solihull on 3rd February 2016, offering small charities full day courses on key fundraising skills and governance topics.

Sponsored by Blackbaud, and with support from the Cabinet Office, training courses include Fundraising Strategy, Trusts & Foundations as well as half day masterclasses in Major Donors and Corporate Partnerships. Places fill up fast, so book your free place now to access this fantastic training opportunity.

Challenge Yourself to Lead and Mentor Young People

NCISThe Challenge is a fast-growing social enterprise that connects and inspires people across England to strengthen their communities. Our NCS programme brings together young people from different backgrounds, builds their confidence, and challenges them to make a difference in their local community. In summer 2015, 24,000 young people took part across England.

We have 4500 paid roles to offer in 2016.
We are looking for:-
1. Senior Mentors to lead teams of sixteen-year-olds during our summer programme, working both residentially and in the local community. The Senior Mentor is responsible for leading, inspiring and developing a team of twelve sixteen-year-olds whilst on the NCS programme. This will be a mix of both residential and non-residential work.

2. Programme Leaders to oversee the intensive programme of up to 84 young people and 13 staff. This will be a mix of both residential and non-residential work.

3. Assistant Programme Leaders to support the Programme Leader with the pastoral care of all young people on the programme and lead on behaviour management. This will be a mix of both residential and non-residential work.

Salary – Up to £1540 per 14 day role

Location: Wolverhampton, Sandwell, Dudley, Walsall, Birmingham, Solihull, Coventry and Warwickshirethe young people make the most of every moment.

For many of our young people, our summer programme will be a life-changing experience.  Everyone we recruit will need to be committed to helping the young people make the most of every moment.

Applications Now Open. To see timing and location options and to apply, please visit

Pink Ribbon Foundation Grants

Pink Ribbon Foundation2The Pink Ribbon Foundation Charity is a grant making trust with a mission to fund projects and provide financial support to UK charities which relieve the needs of people who are suffering from, or who have been affected by breast cancer or who work to advance the understanding of breast cancer, its early detection and treatment.

The Pink Ribbon Foundation has very little infrastructure. It relies on the hard work freely given by Trustees (who don’t claim expenses), interested parties and its Patrons. This is done in order to maximise the amount, which goes to the charities that benefit from the funds raised.

Almost two-thirds of women diagnosed with breast cancer today now survive their disease beyond 20 years.

The Foundation is a grant making trust that provides financial support to UK charities which relieve the needs of people who are suffering from, or who have been affected by breast cancer or who work to advance the understanding of breast cancer, its early detection and treatment. Any charity working in the field of breast cancer can apply for a grant. Applications from general cancer charities must demonstrate that the grants requested will be applied to benefit those affected by breast cancer. Where applications relate to general services, details must be given of how many (and what proportion) of the total number benefiting from the charity’s work are affected by breast cancer.

The Pink Ribbon Foundation has announced it is now accepting applications for its 2016 funding round.

The closing date for all applications will be the 27th May 2016.


Awards for Young Musicians

Award for Young MusiciansAwards for Young Musicians (AYM), which support the UK’s most talented young musicians (aged 5 to 17) who, because of financial need, may be prevented from fulfilling their creative potential, has announced that it is seeking applications for its 2016 Awards Scheme.

AYM supports young instrumentalists, who make music in any genre, who can clearly show that they are really talented and committed and that they need financial help with their music expenses. Each year AYM make awards of between £200 and £2000 (in total up to £100,000), based on evidence of musical talent and financial need.

The Awards cover:
The purchase or hire of musical instruments and accessories
• Music lessons
• Weekend music schools
• Music courses
• Orchestra fees
• Travel

The awards are open to 5 to 17 year olds who have achieved distinction in their last music exam, or, if they haven’t taken exams, show evidence of this level of ability; be recommended by their music teacher; and have evidence of financial need.

The deadline for applications is the 18th March 2016.

BBC Children in Need – Small Grants

BBC Children in Need

BBC Children in Need provide grants to projects in the UK which focus on children and young people who are disadvantaged. The BBC are local to people in all corners of the UK and support small and large organisations which empower children and extend their life choices.

The BBC grant programmes are open all year round for applications. They give small grants awards four times a year and main grants three times a year.

Not for profit organisations such as such schools, registered charities, voluntary organisations, churches and community interest groups etc., can apply for grants of up to £10,000 through the BBC Children in Need Small Grants programme.

The grants are available for projects that:
• Help children and young people experiencing illness, distress, abuse or neglect
• Any kind of disability
• Behavioural or psychological difficulties and / or living in situations of deprivation.

The closing date for applications is 1 March 2016.

The Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation

Polden PuckhamThe Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation (PPCF) is a grant giving trust with Quaker family roots in the United Kingdom. They aim to contribute to the development of a just society based on a commitment to nonviolence and environmental sustainability.

In order to do this, they support projects that seek to influence values and attitudes, promote equity and social justice, and develop radical alternatives to current economic and social structures.

Funding is available for Third Sector Organisations in the UK for projects that contribute to the development of a just society based on a commitment to nonviolence and environmental sustainability. Grants are usually made between the values of £5,000 and £15,000 and are provided for between one and three years. Priority will be given to small, pioneering organisations.

The next closing date for applications to the Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation is the 15th February 2016.

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