February 2020

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Play amongst the potatoes!

How do you fancy playing out in the fresh air this summer?  The Dorothy Parkes Centre in Smethwick is recruiting a brand new Play Team. The new members will help run summer sessions with youngsters at the DPC Community Allotment.

In conjunction with Sandwell Council’s ‘Go Play’ team, volunteer play leaders will be fully trained in statutory guidance for working with children and the more fun stuff around engaging young people in a variety of activities.

It’s an exciting development for the Community Allotment project, which managers hope will become a host for arts and cultural activities as well as for gardening and growing.

Would-be play leaders could be parents, carers, grandparents or even students and artists looking to gain experience of working with children for future career development.

The team will also get the chance to shape the appearance of the play area on the allotment, which is still in the design stages.

A meeting of potential play leaders is planned for 10 -11 am on Tuesday, 24 March 2020. If you are interested and would like to know more, please register by email to allotment@dorothyparkes.org.

Applications are open to all, subject to the usual checks and regulations in place for working with children.


Digital Money Coach with Citizens Advice Sandwell

Black Country Click Start is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund.

This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of a charity that is a member of a national brand. Join a growing organisation that excels in delivering a great service to clients and cares about its employees. Become a part of a team that puts excellence and clients at the forefront.

Citizens Advice Sandwell is seeking to recruit an enthusiastic Digital Money Coach to work on a busy project. This person will be required to provide ‘digital support’ for learners/clients using services and carrying out activities online.

Job Title:                Digital Money Coach– Black Country Click Start (Solely on this project)
Employer:              Citizens Advice Sandwell
Hours:                      37 hrs
Contract:                 30/03/2020 – 30/03/2022
Salary:                      £24,472
Closing Date:         09/03/2020
Interview Date:     17/03/2020

The BBO Click Start project is a community-based project that works with members of the public to coach and overcome barriers individuals face to accessing online service.

The Candidate must have the ability and willingness to travel throughout the Black Country.

The candidate must have a good standard of English, numeracy and I.T knowledge. It is essential they can carry out administrative tasks accurately and meet deadlines with minimal supervision.

The client must be able to demonstrate working with members of the public on a 1-2-1 basis and would benefit from experience in a coaching/mentoring/tutoring role.

The candidate will be able to demonstrate experience of working with data and paperwork that require attention to detail and a high level of accuracy.

The candidate would benefit from being able to demonstrate experience of using complex spreadsheets and client management information systems.

To obtain an application pack for this post, please email: recruitment@citizensadvicesandwell.org.uk


Digital Support Worker with Citizens Advice Sandwell

Black Country Click Start is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund. 

This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of a charity that is a member of a national brand.  Join a growing organisation that excels in delivering a great service to clients and cares about its employees. Become a part of a team that puts excellence and clients at the forefront.

Citizens Advice Sandwell is seeking to recruit an enthusiastic Digital Support Worker to work on a busy project. This person will be required to provide ‘assisted digital support’ for learners/clients with using services and carrying out activities online.

Job Title:            Digital Support Worker– Black Country Click Start
Employer:          Citizens Advice Sandwell
Hours:                37 hrs
Contract:            30/03/2020 – 30/03/2022
Salary:                 £17,372
Closing Date:     09/03/2020
Interview Date: 19/03/2020

The BBO Click Start project is a community based project that works with members of the public to coach and overcome barriers individuals face to accessing online service.

The Candidate must have the ability and willingness to travel throughout the Black Country.

The candidate must have a good standard of English, numeracy and I.T knowledge.  It is essential they can carry out administrative tasks accurately and meet deadlines with minimal supervision.

The candidate will be able to demonstrate experience of working with data and paperwork that require attention to detail and a high level of accuracy.

The candidate would benefit from being able to demonstrate experience of using complex spread sheets and client management information systems.

To obtain an application pack for this post, please email: mailto:recruitment@citizensadvicesandwell.org.uk


Lord’s Taverners Accessible Minibuses Grant Programme

The Lord’s Taverners, the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity, has re-opened its Accessible Minibuses grants programme. SEN Schools in the UK can apply to the Lord’s Taverners for specially-adapted, wheelchair-accessible minibuses.

Last year the Lord’s Taverners delivered 40 specially-adapted, wheelchair-accessible minibuses. These vehicles give young people with disabilities access to new places and experiences. Lord’s Taverners minibuses are based on the current Ford Transit model.

Please note that the Lord’s Taverners are unable to support schools that cater for socially disadvantaged children, or mainstream schools for children with behavioural problems.

Applications to the programme can be submitted at any time and are reviewed at the end of each quarter.

Further information


Grants of up to £5,000 available to help repair damage to Sports Pitches and Facilities

Sport England has announced that it has launched a new fund to help repair damaged sports pitches and facilities damaged by storms Ciara and Dennis.

Local authorities and community sports organisations are being invited to apply for a grant of up to £5,000 to pay for emergency repairs. The grants, which will come from Sport England’s Community Asset Fund, can be provided in as little as three weeks.

The grants could typically be used to restore grass pitches, to repair and decontaminate flood or wind-damaged clubhouses, replace damaged electrical systems or dredge blocked drains.

For organisations where football is the main activity, applications for funding can be made through the Football Foundation. Any football clubs affected should first contact their local county Football Association to find out how to access this funding.

More information


Parent Support Officer for Sandwell Young Carers

Sandwell Young Carers is a registered charity providing services to children and young people,
aged 5-18 years, living in Sandwell, whose lives are affected as a result of caring for a dependent
family member.

If you would like to make a real difference to the lives of the young carers of Sandwell then please take a look at the vacancy below to see if you have the expertise, knowledge and skills to join us.

We are looking to recruit;

Parent Support Officer – £8,901 per annum (18.5 hours per week)
Someone who can work with parents, encourage and facilitate participation, support parent forums and work with disabled parent networks. Provide information and support on disabled parents’ rights and care packages. This post is funded through the Big Lottery Fund.

The above position requires the post holder to be flexible, sensitive, child-centred, trustworthy and reliable, have experience of working with both children and young people and able to work to the organisation’s policies and procedures.

If you would like to apply for the above vacancy OR have any queries please email; ellen.hardwick@sandwellyc.org.uk for an application pack.

You are required to complete an application for the post you are applying for.  As a registered charity we are unable to respond to telephone calls or meet the cost of postage.  Anyone requesting a hardcopy of the pack must provide a self-addressed envelope (C4 envelope with large 1st class postage stamp).

Please note that this vacancy does not have a closing date. You are strongly advised to complete and return your application as soon as possible as it will close once filled.


Citizens Advice Sandwell Recruiting a Support Worker

This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of a charity that is a member of a national brand.  Join a growing organisation that excels in delivering a great service to clients and cares about its employees. Become a part of a team that puts excellence and clients at the forefront.

Citizens Advice Sandwell is seeking to recruit an enthusiastic Support Worker to work in a busy office with a relatively large team of volunteers and staff.  This person will be required to appropriately triage clients who visit the office.

The Support Worker will oversee the functioning of the reception area and have excellent customer service skills. The ideal person must, therefore, be well organised, able to work under pressure, while maintaining high standards in all aspects of their work.

The right person will motivate, nurture and support volunteers, as well as apprentices, who will be based in the reception area.

The candidate must have a good standard of English, numeracy and I.T knowledge.  It is essential they can carry out administrative tasks accurately and meet deadlines with minimal supervision.

Hours:   37 hours per week – full time
Salary:   £17,719 pa.
Contract:   Permanent

Closing date:   4th March 2020
Interview date:   18th March 2020

To obtain an application pack for this post, please email: recruitment@citizensadvicesandwell.org.uk


Green fingers? Lend a hand!

There’s a lovely garden space at Lion Farm Action Centre where local people can sit and enjoy the upcoming spring and summer days.  But it’s in need of a little support to keep it lovely, and add those extra features to make it a real haven.

The Oldbury organisation would ideally like a team of gardening volunteers to keep the area looking good, and are happy for the team to be made up of absolute beginners, as well as people with experience.

If you have an hour or two to spare on a regular basis contact kate.lfac@yahoo.co.uk.


The Art Yard – Call for Artists for March 2020 Exhibition

The Art Yard would like to invite local arts to register their interest in being apart of their Open Media Exhibition. This is an opportunity for the artist to showcase their work regardless of the medium (i.e. paint, photography, ceramics, sculpture, film metalwork, crafts and much more).

Artists should complete the Submission Form listing all works you would like to exhibit stating the Media, size and selling price, please include any digital images of each work.

The Art Yard charge a small fee for exhibiting your works in their gallery and are to be paid when delivering your works.

For more details see the links below:

They very much look forward to seeing your work and hope you enjoy what we believe will be a successful and exciting Exhibition.

For more information or to submit your completed form please email The Art Yard directly at infoartyard@gmail.com or call 01384910968.


Tips for Increasing Donations on a Mobile

Think about the last charity website you looked at or even the one you’re looking at now – chances are, you were looking at it through the screen of a mobile device.

Mobile now accounts for accounts for over half of web traffic worldwide. So it’s surprising that many charities still aren’t thinking about their online fundraising with mobile users in mind. Recent analysis from non-profit digital agency Reason Digital found that charities could be missing out on billions each year simply because potential donors were frustrated or put off by the experience of a charity’s website on mobile.

As Matt Haworth, co-founder of Reason Digital said: “These users represent a vast and potentially untapped audience for many charities. It’s therefore vital for charities to not just attract new users, but keep them on the website and encourage them to find out more through a properly optimised design and carefully considered user journey.”

The good news is that designing a mobile-friendly donation journey is easily within the reach of most charities. While these tips are not comprehensive, they could be a good starting point to improving the way your charity fundraises through mobile.

1-Use empathy when considering your user experience

Nowadays, just having a website that is ’mobile-responsive’ (automatically adapts its layout to all mobile devices) is not really enough anymore. Google has been favouring mobile-friendly websites since 2015 when it updated its ranking algorithm, and most website builders nowadays will be making sites mobile responsive as standard. But having this feature doesn’t automatically make for a great experience for donors.

To get the most from your fundraising efforts, you still need to work on removing as many barriers as you can for people to give to your charity via mobile. You really need to assess your website from the point of view of someone scrolling on their mobile and ask:

  • Is our message clear?
  • Is information clear and concise?
  • Is it obvious what to click next?
  • Is the donate button easy to find (always available or one click away)?
  • Could I make this any easier for them?
  • Is it a pleasant experience?
  • Is there enough interesting content?

A decision whether to stay on a website and find out more often happens in a split second and on an emotional level. Sometimes the simplest changes can mean the difference between a user being compelled to keep engaging with your charity or getting bored and clicking off to any number of other distractions.

To read the full Charity Digital News Article click here.

Source: Charity Digital News


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