January 2022

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Project Management Qualification being delivered by CEAL

Community Education Academy of Leadership (CEAL) is delivering an accredited level 3 Project Management Qualification .

Project management skills are critical to the success of developing new enterprise ideas or working within an organisation.  If you are looking to further develop your professional  skills, whilst gaining an accredited qualification, this programme of study is ideal for you.

The qualifications will help you to plan, organise, implement and manage projects successfully.  You will gain an in-depth understanding of the principles of project management whilst undertaking an actual project of your choice.

The course will start on 1st March 2022 and you can contact Harminder K Bhogal to register on an Induction session or to join the course (and find out about the fees involved).

Contact number: 07891479255 Email: harminder@ceal.org.uk

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Induction dates for the Project Management Course (Level 3)

Every Tuesday from 7.00 -8.30 pm.

Tuesday – 1 February 2022

Tuesday – 8 February 2022

Tuesday – 15 February

Tuesday –22 February 2022



Black Country Women’s Aid: Compliance and Quality Administrator & HR Assistant

Black Country Women’s is an independent charity which has supported survivors of abuse and exploitation in the West Midlands for 30 years.  Their sensitive and holistic support helps over 8000 victims of abuse each year to escape from violence, cope with trauma and rebuild their lives.

The charity have two exciting vacancies to fill:

  • Compliance and Quality Administrator
  • HR Assistant.

A full description of the roles are live on the website, where an application pack can also be downloaded.  Please direct any queries to recruitment@blackcountrywomensaid.co.uk

Applications for all three vacancies close on Thursday, 17th February 2022.

Black Country and West Birmingham CCG engagement on Harmonisation of Clinical Policies

The Black Country and West Birmingham CCG would like to raise awareness of engagement activities to harmonise 16 clinical policies across the Black Country areas.

There is a public meeting and also a survey with the clinical policies for each of the areas of Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton.  The surveys are specific to place.  Complete the survey.  The CCG are asking local members of the public, or anyone with an interest in these clinical policies, for their views, by Friday 4 March.

The meeting is 4 pm to 5 pm on Tuesday, 8th February 2022. To register your interest for this meeting and receive the details, or if you have any accessibility requirements such as needing assistance completing the survey, please contact the engagement team on 0121 612 1447 or email bcwb.engagement@nhs.net

More details

Tough Enough to Care?

Contrary to the words of 10cc’s 1975 hit, “I’m not in love”, boys do cry, thank goodness, though it hasn’t always been something to shout from the rooftops.

Now a local charity is offering to facilitate those conversations that enable men to feel a whole lot better about getting things of their chest.

Tough Enough to Care wants men of all ages to feel comfortable talking and opening up about their emotions to those close to them, instead of bottling them up until they reach breaking point. They also want men to be able to spot when others may be struggling.

If you’re interested in hosting a workshop around men’s mental health, gain a better understanding of skills to support men emotionally – and possibly even save a life – find out more by emailing training@toughenoughtocare.org

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From a charity perspective, easyfundraising is great as it is a really easy way to gain additional and much-needed funds. From a shopper’s perspective, it is simple and effective, and you can shop, knowing that a contribution is going to a good cause; at no additional cost to them,” say Smethwick based charity The Dorothy Parkes Centre.

As an online fundraising platform, easyfundraising offers free unrestricted funding to voluntary organisations, charities, and CICS when their members and volunteers shop at over 6,000 online stores, including favourites like M&S, Argos, eBay, Sainsbury’s. Trainline, Tesco, Amazon, Dunelm, H&M, and many more. Low-maintenance, free and easy-to-use, easyfundraising can supplement any existing fundraising activity, ticking along behind the scenes with very-little effort and maintenance.

Get started today easyfundraising is a great way for your members and volunteers to share the love; without it costing them anything at all. Find out more by clicking here

Options For Life: seeks Chair to join Board of Trustees

Options for Life is a not for profit voluntary organisation. They provide opportunities for adults with learning disabilities and/or autism to improve their confidence, develop their skills and live as independently as possible enjoying the same rights and opportunities as everybody else. Options for Life  are passionate in their support for participants to make their own choices about their own lives.

Based in Oldbury in the West Midlands Options for Life work with participants across the West Midlands, we have an annual turnover of £1.6million and employ over 60 staff. As a leading learning disability organisation, they want to recruit new Trustees with a breadth of skills and talent to help them with their ongoing growth and continual improvement.

Options for Life are particularly keen to recruit a diverse board of trustees and welcome applications from all sectors of the community with lots of different experiences. Previous Trustee experience is not essential.

As a minimum the Chair of the Board of Trustees is required to:

  • The Chair will hold the Board and Executive Team to account for the Charity’s mission and vision, providing inclusive leadership to the Board of Trustees, ensuring that each trustee fulfils their duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of the charity.
  • They will act as an ambassador and the public face of the charity in partnership with the Chief Executive and will foster an open and transparent working relationship with the Executive Team.
  • Provide leadership to the charity, the Executive team, and its Board, ensuring that the Charity has maximum impact for its beneficiaries.
  • Ensure that the Board fulfils its duties to ensure sound financial health of the charity, with systems in place to ensure financial accountability.
  • Ensure that the governance arrangements are clearly defined and working in the most effective way for the Charity.
  • Chair meetings of the Board of Trustees effectively and efficiently, bringing impartiality and objectivity to the decision making process.
  • Establish and build a strong, effective and a constructive working relationship with the Chief Executive, ensuring they are held to account for achieving agreed strategic objectives.

Options for Life are committed to inducting their Trustees and supporting them in their ongoing development. It is a requirement they will expect all new Trustees to go on the Understanding Governance stage 1 course if not already completed.

Being a Trustee with Options for Life will:

  • Utilise your extensive skills and talents
  • Allow you to develop new skills
  • Improve personal networks
  • Improve career prospects
  • Get involved in the local community
  • Make a difference

They will pay any reasonable expenses associated with your role as trustee. This may include reasonable travel expenses, the most common of which are travel to/from meetings.

To find out more you can visit – www.optionsforlife.info

Alternatively, contact their Chief Executive, Nicola Thomson for an informal chat on 0121 544 6611 or email sarah.verrecchia@optionsforlife.info and request a Trustee Recruitment Pack

Can You Complete a Survey for Healthwatch Sandwell?

Healthwatch Sandwell are your local voice for the public in the delivery of health and social care services. We champion the views of service users using health and social care services in Sandwell with the goal of making services better and improving health and wellbeing. As such, we are hoping to plan our work priorities for next year by asking local residents what matters most to them.

This survey will ask about the health and social care services in Sandwell to help us understand your concerns. The completed survey will be anonymised to remove any personally identifiable information. These anonymised findings will be published by Healthwatch Sandwell and shared with stakeholders.

Please complete the survey by clicking here.

Paper copies are available and Healthwatch Sandwell team also happy to help people to complete surveys over the phone by calling Melissa Elders on 078852 14547.

Help us choose our work priorities for 2022/23 by telling us what topics are most important to you.

Let’s Talk Good Finance Event

What is the role of social investment and could it make your organisation more financially resilient?

Dudley CVS are pleased to partner with Good Finance to deliver Let’s Talk Good Finance: Resilience, Risk & Social Investment – a free, online event where we take a closer look at the role of social investment in charities, social enterprises and community businesses.

The online event will take place on Thursday 17th February 2022, 1.30pm till 3pm.

The interactive format includes open discussion and Q&As, peer learning from organisations who have taken on social investment, plus discover tools and resources available to empower your organisation to make an informed decision when considering finance options.

Register for free by clicking here.

Community Development and Youth Work Qualification – Information Session

The University of Wolverhampton is developing an exciting new BA course in Community Development Work and Youth Work for those wishing to work with young people and communities to facilitate social change.

The course aims to address the training needs of the sector, so we are seeking the collaboration of practitioners and organisations wishing to get involved in training the next generation of community development and youth workers.

If you are interested in learning about this course and the ways you can contribute to it, join us in an informal gathering through Microsoft Teams on Thursday 10th March from 10.00am – 11.00am.

To book a place please view – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/community-development-and-young-work-course-overview-tickets-254406244927

A link for the session will be sent to you nearer the time.

NHS Question and Answer Session about new Shared Care Record – 25th January 2022

NHS Black Country & West Birmingham CCG will be holding a live question and answer session about the new NHS Share Care Record.

Patients and members of local communities are welcome to join the CCG on Tuesday 25 January 2022 from 10.30 am to 12 mid-day.

You will have the opportunity to ask questions to the doctors and the technicians working on ‘One Health and Care’, the new NHS shared care record for the Black Country and West Birmingham.

Book your place by clicking here


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