February 2020

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Brushstrokes seeks Immigration Adviser

Brushstrokes Community Project, based in Smethwick, is looking to recruit an experienced Immigration Adviser. You will deliver immigration advice to OISC standards and provide casework support service to clients whose status affects access to housing, health, welfare benefits and social care.

Salary: SCP 26-28 £24,034.00 – £25,628.00 per annum, pro rata.
Hours per week: Up to 33.5
Term: Fixed contract until March 2023

The post holder will be located in Smethwick but will frequent outreach locations, as well as support other advisers delivering immigration advice at a drop-in service in Oldbury.

The successful candidate will either be a qualified solicitor, or have OISC level 2, with knowledge of current asylum and immigration law and entitlements to welfare benefits, housing, health and social care. You will understand the issues faced by recent migrants and be able to work with individuals from differing social and cultural backgrounds.

You should be familiar with casework management systems, OISC audit requirements with experience of supervising paid or volunteers advisors and a commitment work to the project’s ethos of ‘Welcoming the Stranger’.

On appointment, an enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure & Barring Service will be undertaken. For a discussion about the role please contact Dave Newall direct on 0121 565 2234.

Visit www.fatherhudsons.org.uk for an application form or e-mail personnel@fatherhudsons.org.uk quoting post reference number P1347

Applications close on Sunday, 23 February 2020. Interviews take place on Friday, 28 February 2020.


Launch of Longleigh Foundation Community Fund

Heart of England Community Foundation has launched the Longleigh Community Fund! It aims to improve hate related and discriminatory behaviour in the Black Country.

The Longleigh Foundation Community Fund aims to support registered charities, community and voluntary organisations making efforts to improve discriminatory and hate-related behaviour in communities across the Black Country.

Applications may provide:

  • Better understanding of discriminatory/hate-related behaviour and propose solutions/recommendations.
  • Delivery of new/existing services/activities that address discriminatory/hate-related behaviour.
  • Educational and awareness raising programmes with specific/diverse groups in the community.

There’s grants of £5,000 available for organisations based in the Black Country, specifically the boroughs of Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton.

For more information click here.

Source: Heart of England Community Foundation


Tampon Tax Fund Hits 6.9m

Grassroots groups working in the West Midlands will get much-needed grants worth £167,530 to help support local women and girls facing a range of challenges!

19 projects will receive grants of between £5,000 – £10,000. This is the second time the Foundation has awarded groups money from the Tampon Tax Community Fund to help women and girls experiencing issues such as period poverty, domestic and sexual abuse and mental health.

Collectively as a network, UK Community Foundations is one of the UK’s largest grant-makers and was asked by government to distribute the largest share of the funding raised through the levy on sanitary products through its network of community foundations. A total of £6.9 million has been awarded nationally to grassroots groups in the two rounds of funding.

Tina Costello, Foundation Chief Executive, said:

“This funding supports the groups on the ground that are making a huge difference to the lives of women and girls. We know there is huge demand out there for these services and are proud to help small organisations working in our community to access vital public funding, which otherwise they may miss out on.”

Some of the projects being funded (include local examples):
Street Teams have received a grant of £9675 to employ a part time Recovery & Reintegration worker as they provide daily support to homeless sex workers and vulnerable young people.

Birmingham Crisis Centre have been awarded £7082 to provide extra support, equipment and resources to enhance their Freedom Project, providing security and comfort to women who have suffered trauma.

Coventry Haven Women’s Aid have received £8962 which will allow them to set up, and run, a closed survivor group for women who have been victims of abuse.

Community Foundations are local champions, connecting people and organisations that want to improve their communities. They invest in local people and organisations tackling some of the biggest issues facing communities today and supporting some of society’s most disadvantaged people. They provide help and advice to those who want to give at the heart of their communities, both now and in the long-term, by matching donors to important local causes.

Source: Heart of England Community Foundation


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