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Understanding Safeguarding within Sandwell’s Voluntary and Community Sector

SCVO are undertaking a short survey into how charities, voluntary organisations and community groups understand and respond to safeguarding issues or concerns within their organisations and in the community.

The aim of this survey is to bring together an accurate and up-to-date picture of the knowledge and capacity within Sandwell’s Voluntary and Community Sector around safeguarding for children and vulnerable adults that they support and/ or have contact with.  A vulnerable adult is described as a person who is aged 18 or over who may need care support because of a disability (mental or other), age or illness and is someone who could be unable to look after themselves, or protect themselves from harm or exploitation.

This report is not a review of your organisation and can be completed anonymously; we encourage you to be as honest as you can be about your organisation’s or group’s current practice and culture around safeguarding. All findings will be brought together in summary form and individual contributions will not be shared.

The survey can be completed directly using survey monkey or with the assistance of someone in the SCVO team. If you would like assistance or have any questions relating to the survey please contact Leona Bird via leona@scvo.info 

The survey can be completed from the following link – https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/safesandwell2020

Once the survey is closed the findings will be brought together by SCVO into a report which will be shared with the Sandwell Safeguarding Adults Board (SSAB) and the Sandwell Children’s Safeguarding Partnership (SCSP) and will include any recommendations for how these Boards, or local strategic partners, might better engage and support Sandwell VCS organisations to improve safeguarding.

Many thanks for your assistance with this important project.

Carers Assistance Line

Do you care for someone living in Sandwell? A carer can be anyone of any age who provides regular and on-going care and emotional support to another person. You could be a family member, friend, neighbour, or you may be a foster carer.

Caring can make you feel isolated and worried, as well as putting a lot of pressure on you, so we are very pleased to introduce the Crossroads Carers Assistance Line (CAL), thanks to funding from the Community Lottery Fund.

The service is free to access and open to carers of any age living in Sandwell. A carer may live in Sandwell, but care for someone within a nearby local area.

The Crossroads Carers Assistance Line provides a caring, listening ear and can support you in many practical ways –

• Confidential, one-to-one support
• Advice, information and guidance over the phone or face-to-face
• Signposting to other specialist support services and/or groups provided by Crossroads and other organisations based within Sandwell
• Help to reinstate previous/pre-COVID care arrangements or facilitate new arrangements
• Advice on how to gain a Carers Assessment from the Local Authority
• Wellbeing support, coaching/mentoring
• Support and practical training provided in the home, by our in-house trainer, for carers of people with complex needs
• Access to Carers Trust Emergency Fund

You can refer into the CAL service by accessing the Sandwell Crossroads website http://www.sandwellcrossroads.org/services/carers-assistance-line/ you can either fill out the PDF referral form and send this to CAL@sandwellcrossroads.org, fill out the online enquiry form or call us on 0121 803 6830 and one of our advisors will help you.

Cameron Grant Memorial Trust Funding

Individuals; Charities; Social Enterprises/CIC; Schools; Colleges; Universities; Pre-registration start-ups; Voluntary Groups; Community Groups and other not-for-profit entities are invited to apply. The applicants and the project must be UK based.

We cannot accept applications from companies that are aimed at generating profits for
private distribution.

Applications for a grant of between £100 & £2,500 will be considered. The grant can be used
to trial a new service, create an asset, a technology, a performance, fund research, or
otherwise experiment in any way that supports the treatment mental health. The emphasis
will be on innovation – using new methods, channels, technology, ideas or approaches to
reach out and effect change. Ideas should typically fit into one of the following categories:

• Destigmatising Mental Health
• Reducing Barriers to Mental Health Care
• Improving Mental Well Being

Note the grants are for project-based activities that demonstrate clear innovation. They will
not be made to fund ongoing operational expenses or salaries.

The innovation can involve technology though it doesn’t have to.

The need for mental health support has never been greater and will be driven higher by this

Applications will be accepted from 11th January 2021.

This programme is centred on the idea of innovation – trying things that are new, progressive
and explore new ways of doing things. Innovation, by its very nature does not always succeed.
We are always open to discussing a change of focus throughout any project as learnings arise,
and we encourage open and positive dialogue on things that have not been as successful as
hoped so we can benefit from the project’s learning overall.

In the first instance, send an email with a brief outline of your idea and the amount you will
be requesting to innovate@camgrant.org.uk.

We will review you request and get back to you within two weeks with an initial assessment.
If this is positive, we will invite you to complete a formal application online via a Google Form.
This should take between 20 & 30 minutes to complete.

Please contact us at the above email address if you have any questions.

Youth Participation Green Mentor Vacancy

Handsworth Association of Schools (HAOS) are looking for an inspiring and engaging youth leader with an ability to motivate and empower young people across Handsworth.

With your encouragement, groups of young people aged between 10 and 14 years old (Green Influencers) will engage with their peers and others in their local community and lead on environmental action projects. They will learn engagement techniques, project and budget management and project delivery skills while making a difference to the environment and connecting to their local community.

Salary: £14,040 pro rata (£24, 403 – FTE)

Hours: Part-time hours: 21 hours / days and time to be negotiated

Location: Based at HAOS Office, Welford Road, Birmingham, with flexibility to travel schools sites and other relevant venues (post Covid 19)

Job Type: Two-year fixed term contract

Deadline for Applications: Friday 22nd January 2021

Interviews: Monday 1st Tuesday 2nd February 2021 via Zoom

Start Date: WC 8th February 2021

We are looking for an inspiring and engaging youth leader with an ability to motivate and empower young people across Handsworth. With your encouragement, groups of young people aged between 10 and 14 years old (Green Influencers) will engage with their peers and others in their local community and lead on environmental action projects. They will learn engagement techniques, project and budget management and project delivery skills while making a difference to the environment and connecting to their local community.

About us:
Handsworth Association of Schools (HAOS) is one of the host organisations for the Green Influencers Scheme. Handsworth Association of Schools is a charitable network of over 20 primary and secondary schools which exists to improve the life chances, family health, well-being and social integration of multi-ethnic families in Handsworth Birmingham. Our member schools are in the wards of Handsworth, Handsworth Wood, Lozells, Birchfield and Soho, all in Perry Barr Constituency Locality. We work with schools to support them with citizenship programmes, children’s learning projects, for over 10,000 families. We also provide conference facilities, staff training and transport services, as well as developing family support projects to support families in poverty, to overcome barriers to their progress, and help build stronger relationships between communities and lead to community action. Like many organisations since the Covid 19 crisis began we have been unable to offer the same services, so we have adapted to meet the current needs of our children and families and now also provide a foodbank service to support our most vulnerable families.

To learn more about HAOS please visit our website: haos.org.uk

The role:
To engage and empower young people through building up community links and networks, and promote the Green Influencers Scheme to young people across Handsworth. This is a fantastic opportunity for a person who is passionate about getting children and young people to work together to enable environmental action through youth empowerment. You will have the opportunity to work with primary and secondary school pupils across Handsworth through assisting with the delivery of this exciting project.

This role is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund and the Department of Culture, Media & Sport are each investing £25 million seed funding to create the #iwill Fund. The Ernest Cook Trust is acting as a match funder and awarding grants on behalf of the #iwill Fund

About you:
The post holder will be highly organised and have good relationship skills to assist building relationships with children, young people, teachers, and school stakeholders. You will be engaging, enthusiastic and have the ability to problem solve to ensure the project runs smoothly. This is an all year round post and will involve working afterschool, during school holidays and some weekends.
Candidates should have the following skills and experience:
• Minimum of two years’ experience of community and education outreach work with a particular focus on young people.
• Organising outdoor visits and resources
• Communicating across broad audiences, but in particular with young audiences.
• Demonstrable skills to create dialog and co-design solutions with communities and young people
• Experience of managing relationships and influencing a diverse range of stakeholders.
• A commitment to environmental change
• Valid UK driving licence and access to your own vehicle (mileage to be reimbursed)

We welcome applications from people who identify as being from under-represented groups in the environmental change field.

In return, you benefit from excellent working conditions, Pro Rata holiday per annum, flexible hours, contributory pension scheme and a welcoming and friendly environment in which to work.
For more details email: adminhas@handsworth.bham.org.uk for an application pack.

Please note that applications received after the closing deadline will not be considered. As part of our recruitment and selection process and commitment to safeguarding any offer of employment will be subject to receipt of a satisfactory disclosure report which will be provided as part of a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

HAOS believe that it is important to recognise individual differences and identities, where everyone is able to be themselves and to reach their full potential. We value diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive culture

Zooming in on Diabetes

Diabetes UK has switched to Zoom to deliver a new course in Sandwell.

The free, 10-week course is on offer to anyone aged over 18 who has been diagnosed with diabetes within the last two years.

‘Live Well, Move More’ was originally planned to take place at West Bromwich Leisure Centre but will now begin online on January 19, 2021.

Participants will be introduced to gentle exercise and wellbeing info to improve their lifestyle whilst living with diabetes.

If you meet the criteria and want to find out more call the Helpline Team on 0345 123 2399, Monday to Friday 9am – 6pm, or email helpline@diabetes.org.uk

Making Safeguarding Personal

Research in Practice are hosting two webinars to support the implementation of Making Safeguarding Personal. This work has been commissioned by ADASS and the LGA.

The aim of the webinars is to raise awareness of the resources available to support Making Safeguarding Personal.

The first webinar (27th January, 2pm-4pm) is an overview of the resources available to support MSP, this includes

• The MSP toolkit
• Case Study Resources
• Myth busting resources

This webinar will give a refresh of the MSP approach, and will give delegates the opportunity to see the resources and think about how they will use them in their own practice.
You can book here

The second webinar on 3rd February is aimed at people who are responsible for the learning and development of other professionals. The webinar will unpack the resources introduced in the first webinar, and give ideas and suggestions for delivering learning & development sessions using the resources.
You can book here

It is not necessary to watch the first webinar in order to join the second, but you will need to book a place on each if you would like to attend them both.

Good Deal for Volunteer Management Course

Fircroft College in Selly Oak is launching a new cut-price Volunteer Management course.
Starting in January 2022, the Institute of Leadership and Management Level 3 Certificate in Management of Volunteers will be a combination of residential and online learning. Cost ranges from free to £150, depending on your circumstances and postcode.

There are no formal entry requirements for the course, funded by West Midlands Combined Authority. Applicants need to be either working as volunteer managers and co-ordinators with a hands-on role in supporting volunteers, or have had previous experience of working with and managing/supervising volunteers and who may not currently be in employment or a volunteering role.

Four key areas covered will be: Promoting volunteering and recruiting volunteers; Supervising and supporting volunteers; Managing volunteer agreements; Managing risk in relation to volunteers.
Residential Dates 2021 (3 days, 2 nights, Friday to Sunday): 22nd January – 24th January; 5th March – 7th March; 23rd April – 25th April. Online sessions are Friday mornings.

Go to www.fircroft.ac.uk/level-3-certificate-in-management-of-volunteers and apply online or contact the Admissions Team on 0121 472 0116/ email admissions@fircroft.ac.uk for further information.

Urgent Message from Brushstrokes

We are aware that a high number of residents have not applied for either Pre Settled or Settled status or having secured Pre-Settled Status have not applied for Settled Status. Current rules that will come into force on 1st January 2021 mean that residents with Pre Settled Status will no longer be entitled to Universal Credit, Child Benefit, Income Support and a number of other benefits.

We would like you to go through your client records to identify people who may be EU nationals and contact them by phone to encourage them to submit their applications as soon as possible (and ideally before 31st December 2020).

Could you please ask them the following:

“We recently helped you with some advice and wanted to make sure that you do not miss out on an opportunity to safeguard your immigration status and possible entitlement to benefits
• Are you an EU National?
• How long have you been in the UK?
• Have you applied for Pre Settled Status
• Have you applied for Settled Status?

31st December 2020 is an important date because after that your right to claim certain benefits will be affected.

If you are happy to complete the application form on-line we can send you the link https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families/applying-for-settled-status
If you need help to apply we will send your details to Brushstrokes info@brushstrokessandwell.org.uk

Help for households struggling financially this winter in Sandwell

A grant scheme has been launched by Sandwell Council to help households who have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

A total of £1.4 million has been made available to Sandwell Council from the government to help those most affected by Covid-19.
The grant is available for food and utilities – to buy food or help pay household energy and water bills – as well as other essentials like warm clothing, toiletries, sanitary products, blankets and sometimes towards other essential household equipment.

Applications for the grant can be made online at www.sandwell.gov.uk/wintergrant or those with no access to internet can call 0121 569 2266 to apply.

The grant is available throughout the winter until March and households can apply a maximum of twice during that period.

Anyone struggling financially can go to www.sandwell.gov.uk/emergencyhelp and should only call the team if they have no access to the internet on 0121 569 2266.

Harvesting Success – Invitation to Black Country Women’s Aid’s AGM

Black Country Women’s Aid would like to invite you to our AGM.  The AGM is taking place on Wednesday 9th December 2020 from 11.00am – 12pm via Zoom. where we’ll be sharing insights and talking about harvesting success.

Guest speakers include:

Robin Brierley, CEO of West Midlands Anti Slavery Network.

Louise Brown, Engagement and Partnerships Manager at Black Country Women’s Aid who will be talking about modern slavery.

To book a place please view – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/harvesting-success-black-country-womens-aid-agm-tickets-130388352071 

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