November 2020

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Sandwell Community Hubs seeks to appoint Chief Executive Officer

In 2011, several community centres came together to discuss the possibility of working in a more collaborative and dynamic way which led to the formation of the Sandwell Community Hubs.

Sandwell Community Hubs is seeking to appoint a CEO to lead the work to ensure its vision, aims and objectives, set out by the Sandwell Community Hubs Board are met. You will also ensure that staff, members and partners deliver quality services that meet the needs and for the benefit of local communities, and the needs of funders.

The post holder will be expected to identify and secure additional funding to ensure the short and long–term sustainability of Sandwell Community Hubs and its members.

A salary of £35K – £40K per annum is offered (depending on experience), for a 37 hours per week with statutory pension contributions and five weeks annual leave.

For full job description see hereThe closing date for applications is Friday, 13th November 2020.

In the first instance, please send CV to  For further information, please call Carol on 0121 558 0018.

Visit the website.

Early Help Partnership Invitation: Support Children and Young People’s Health and Wellbeing

For some time now, concerns around the emotional health and wellbeing of children and young people have registered as a serious concern for many of us across Sandwell.

The Covid 19 pandemic over recent months has only heightened these worries, and although ingenuity and innovation has helped maintain the great support provided in our borough, many of us still some lack knowledge about what emotional health and wellbeing services are available.

Our event will:

– increase awareness of local activities and services, so children and young people can be signposted to access early intervention support that best meets their needs

– enable delegates to share experiences and best practice – including ‘what works well for you’ and how wellbeing challenges can be overcome

– explore ideas to enable children and young people to develop coping skills and resilience when faced with challenges

– help volunteers and professionals who work with children and young people from all sectors to make new connections and work better together

Friday 20th November 2020, 10.00am – 12.00pm
(event will take place through Zoom)
Introduction by Dr Lisa McNally, Sandwell Director of Public Health

Book your place(s) here (maximum of 3 per organisation).

We look forward to welcoming you to our event.  Once you have booked your ticket(s) through Eventbrite you will receive an e-mail with the joining instructions nearer the time of the event.

For more information about the Early Help Partnership or joining the Partnership, please contact Angel, Early Help Partnership Co-ordinator on or 07587 136072

Funding for Organisations Tackling Food Poverty

Charities, community and voluntary groups, parish and town councils, parent-teacher associations and other not-for-profit organisations tackling food poverty can apply for a share of £1.5 million in funding raised through sales of the Co-op’s summer picnic range and donated to the National Emergencies Trust.

The emergency funding will be distributed by forty-six community foundations across the UK.
The grant amount that organisations can apply for will be set at a local level so applicants will need to check with their local community foundation before applying. The vast majority of grants awarded will likely to be between £2000 and £10,000 but in some cases a community foundation might award a larger grant to an organisation that is covering a larger geographic area or leading on a coordinated partnership response.

Local organisations best placed to support people and communities affected by food poverty during the Covid-19 pandemic such as food banks, volunteer centres, food delivery services, programmes that tackle food waste, and holiday hunger schemes can all apply for support.

The deadline for applications is the 13th November 2020.

For further information please view –

Getting the Most from Digital Volunteers

In Charity Digital News how to get the most from your digital volunteers they review NCVO and the centre for Aging better’s findings, hints and tips. Together with the challenges of attracting and managing volunteers to harness their skills to best effect for the organisation. Suggesting the strongest motivator for volunteers was how they are treated within the organisation so they feel valued, supported and got the recognition for their hard work on behalf of the organisation.

Within the article they go on to suggest that creating a digital system can create a sense of community and transparency enabling the organisation to focus more on the cause or campaign being undertaken. Taking the reader through their tips on how to use digital skills to support, motivate and develop both staff and volunteers.

Find out more by reading their article here.

Source: Charity Digital News

Corporate Volunteering and How This Can Help Charities

Corporate volunteering can be mutually beneficial for both companies and charities as they access skills, tools or manpower to support their activities. Charity Digital News in their guide explain and explore the benefits of accessing corporate volunteers and what this could mean for the charity.

Charities taking advantage of skills-based corporate volunteering have a unique opportunity to upskill their own workforce whilst tapping into the professionalism and experience of the corporate volunteer in their activities rather than just using them for the more traditional method of volunteering. It also brings the advantage of enabling the charity to save money and resources from not having to purchase these services that can then be re-invested in other areas of the charities activities or service delivery.

To explore corporate volunteering further take a look at Charity Digital news article by clicking here.

If you’d like to find out more about volunteering opportunities in Sandwell then give Kim Fuller, our Growing Participation and Volunteering Mentor, a call on 07519 120711, email or you can visit the Let’s Go website at to find out more.

Source: Charity Digital News

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