May 2018

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Welfare Benefits Caseworker Vacancy

Citizens Advice Dudley Borough is a charity that offers free, impartial and independent advice to over 15,000 people per year, resolving 55,000 advice issues to diverse communities across the borough, many of whom often have complex support needs or complex casework issues.

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced advisor to join our existing team of Macmillan caseworkers working across Dudley, Sandwell and Walsall hospital settings providing advice and casework to cancer patients.

This position is to work in Walsall Manor Hospital and Goscote Palliative Care Centre. You will need to have a minimum 12 months knowledge and experience, or for part time, the equivalent, of providing generalist advice specialising in welfare benefits and be able to demonstrate the ability to undertake casework.

If you are enthusiastic, committed to making a difference to the lives of patients with Cancer and interested in the post, please contact Citizens Advice Dudley Borough for an application pack via email on or if you would like to position in more detail please contact Nikki Saunders, Advice Service Manager on 07929 343025

Hours: 37 per week – Part time hours would be considered.
This is a fixed term contract until 30th June 2019 (contract may be extended past this date)

Salary: £24,184 to £25,984, depending upon experience
SCP28-30 (pro rata)

Location: Position available in Walsall
Closing Date: Friday 8th June 2018 by 4:00pm
Interview dates: Thursday 14th and Friday 15th June 2018
Contract start date: ASAP


Cradley Heath Portrait Project Commences

Midland Film and Art in partnership with the Art Yard have successfully secured £15,000 from the Arts Council for their portrait project. The project seeks to capture local personalities within Sandwell using a variety of different art mediums.

The first character portrait of Trevor Purcell, from Rowley Community Group, will be undertaken on Friday 1st June 2018, 10am till 1pm at Cradley Heath Library by Warren McCabe-Smith (Wozart). You are invited to come along to the event to view the creation of the artwork and to speak to either the artist or model about the experience.

If you would like to find out more about this project or the event please contact Harry Bloomer via email at

Voluntary Groups Sought for Queens Award Recognition

The Queens Awards for Voluntary Service (QAVS) is the highest civil award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise the outstanding work carried out within local communities. It is the MBE for Volunteer groups. Expressions of interest are now being sought from voluntary groups who make a real difference to communities in Sandwell.

Does your group go beyond what is expected and have a specific benefit in the local area? If so, you could be put forward for the QAVS. Nominated organisations need to:

  • be a group of two or more people doing volunteering work – if the organisation also employs staff the number of volunteers must exceed the number of paid employees
  • have been running for three years or more
  • have provided a local service and be meeting the needs of the local community
  • have significantly benefited others and able to demonstrate excellence in volunteering

At this stage we are looking for expressions of interest only by no later than Friday 8th June 2018. Please contact Bal Dhillon Communities Partnership Project Officer for SMBC on 0121 569 5177 or email for further information.

If you feel that you would like the opportunity to go for this award then please read the guidance notes by clicking on the links below.

Data Protection and GDPR…beyond 25th May 2018

As you will no doubt be aware, 25th May 2018 saw the commencement of new legislative changes regarding Data Protection in the UK (and across the European Union) – enshrined in the UK’s ‘Data Protection Act 2018‘ and the EU’s ‘General Data Protection Regulation‘ (GDPR).

So, what does that mean in practice? Well, post 25th May 2018, you can be sure that the sun will still rise/set and the world will continue to turn…but in terms of what SCVO does with any personal data that it holds, let me set out the following:


SCVO is committed to protecting personal information (data) and being transparent about what information we hold about individuals and what we do with it (know as ‘processing’ within the terms of the legislation). As a result of the changes, we are updating our Privacy Policy and Privacy Notice(s) that set out how we collect, store, and handle personal data.

Why we collect personal data

Using personal data allows us to provide relevant and timely information about the work we do and to give the best possible experience of our services.

How we collect personal data

This is achieved in a number of ways – for example, when sharing information via booking on a training event or meeting, accessing our services or submitting an application for SCVO membership. We treat ALL such data in a responsible and trustworthy manner (in accordance with the DPA and GDPR regulatory principles) and take appropriate steps to keep it secure.

When we’ll share your data

There may be some occasions when we share data with third parties in order to provide a better service – for example, when working with funders or partners. Generally, such data will be on an anonymised basis, but where it needs to identify an individual or individuals, this will be clearly stated in the associated data capture Privacy Notice.

How long do we keep information?

SCVO keeps personal data for as long as it is needed for the purpose for which it was originally gathered. We will also ensure that such information remains up-to-date and relevant (where appropriate) and the time periods for retention are set out in the relevant Privacy Notices.

Know your rights

The new legislation enhances the rights of data subjects in respect of their personal data – including the right of ‘access’ (to their own data), the right to ‘rectification’ and the right to ‘object’.

With all that in mind, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s nothing you need to do right nowwe’re simply letting you know of our response to the legislative changes. However, if you’d like to find out more about how we process data or how a data subject’s rights can be exercised, for example, please contact us at or call 0121 525 1127 and speak with a member of the SCVO Team.

Friday 25th May 2018 is not simply the ‘end point’ as far as legislative data protection compliance is concerned, but rather the start of a journey towards ‘data protection by design’ – making data protection awareness, understanding and compliance an integral part of everything we do.

Happy travelling!

iSandwell Camp 2018: Building our Digital Champions Network

Do you want to develop and become involved in networks and digital development in Sandwell?

Come to this one-day event to explore with others about what’s involved in being a digital champion and what difference it can/could make to you and your organisation.

Taking place on Tuesday, 19th June 2018 at KRUNCH, Langley Crescent, Oldbury, B68 8RE  from 10am to 3pm, the event will cover:

  • How digital can make a difference in Sandwell.
  • The importance of promoting digital in the region and how becoming a digital champion can support that.
  • Creating a snapshot of digital skills in the region
  • How you can get involved.
  • Mapping digital champion roles
  • Opportunities for you or your organisation to sign up to the Sandwell Digital Champion Network

Lunch and Refreshments will be provided.

Please register with Eventbrite using the link below.

**PLEASE NOTE** This is NOT an event being delivered by SCVO. Any questions/queries can be directed to the organisers (RnR Organisation) by following the Eventbrite link above.

Local Giving’s Small Charity Week Challenge

To celebrate Small Charity Week 2018 Local giving are delighted to announce their small charity week challenge.

Launching on Monday 18 June and running throughout the weeks, local charities and community groups will be entered into a competition with the chance to win one of 25 financial prizes to support their outline fundraising efforts.

To find out more about how to take part please click here

Free Short Course – Introduction to Bid-writing

With over a decade’s experience of providing grant fundraising for organisations such as sports clubs, charities, community groups, schools and churches, as well as grant giving services and application assessments, GetGrants holds a wealth of experience that is passed to clients through services and workshops.

GetGrants are offering a FREE short course on the subject of bid-writing for charities and community groups as follows:

Date: 18th June 2018

Time: 1.00pm – 3.30pm

Venue: The Moseley Exchange, 149-153 Alcester Road, Moseley, Birmingham B13 8JP.

Bookings can be made by visiting:


Please Note: This course is not delivered by SCVO.   All enquiries should be directed to GetGrants as detailed above.

Dan Maskell Tennis Trust

Grants of up to £1,500 are available to special schools, disability groups and associations etc., for equipment and specialist wheelchairs to enable disabled people to play tennis.

Individuals can apply for grants of up to £500. Individuals can receive support for sports wheelchairs, tennis rackets, coaching lessons with a Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) licensed coach or course fees for official LTA development/coaching courses.

Groups can apply for: Wheelchairs; Court hire; Coaching fees; and equipment packages which will include:
Mini net
Coaching aids such as: cones and throw down marker lines.

In the case of wheelchairs, a deposit will be required.  For individuals, the amount of deposit required will depend on the wheelchair type requested, clubs will need to raise a deposit of £800.

The next closing date for applications is the 2nd July 2018.

More information

Woodward Charitable Trust

The Woodward Charitable Trust primarily funds charitable organisations (charities, social enterprises and community interest companies) in the UK and can make grants for overseas projects, usually via UK charities.

Priority is given to projects that make good use of volunteers, encourage past and current users to participate, ensure that funds awarded are being well used and fall within the following areas:

• Children / young people who are isolated, at risk of exclusion or involved in antisocial behaviour
• Prisoners and ex-offenders and prisoners’ families.
• Disadvantaged women, covering refuges, domestic violence and parenting.
• Disability projects, including rehabilitation and training
• Arts outreach work by local groups involving disadvantaged people.
• Projects that promote integration and community cohesion amongst minority groups, including refugees and travelers.

Three types of grant are awarded following bi-annual meetings in February and October:

• Small grants of £500 – £5,000
• Large grants over £5,000 – these are usually given to charities known by the Trustees
• Children’s summer play scheme grants of £200 to £1,000 for which the applicant charities annual income must be under £100,000.

Preference is given to small to medium-sized charities with an income of less than £300,000 where small grants can have more impact. Most grants made are for one-off projects although some grants fund salaries and running costs.

The deadline for receipt of applications for the October meeting is 31 July 2018.

More information

Bring Your Community Together for the Big Lunch 2018

Great things happen when you bring people together! That’s why we’re inviting you to join The Big Lunch on Sunday 3 June, the UK’s annual get-together for neighbours and communities.

The Big Lunch is an idea from the Eden Project made possible by the National Lottery, to get everyone together to share food, fun and friendship.

It doesn’t matter if your Big Lunch is big or small – whether you’re having a cup of tea with a neighbour or a full-on street party, The Big Lunch is an opportunity to help build the connections that create stronger, happier communities.

Sign up for your free starter pack and join the fun on Sunday 3 June.

P.S We can’t wait to see how National Lottery funded projects celebrate – don’t forget to share your photos using #TheBigLunch!

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