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Did you know SCVO can help Sandwell organisations promote good news stories or put a call out for goods, via Swap Shop, through our weekly e-bulletin?

Are you aware, we use social media channels and connections to raise awareness of community activities, events and launches for organisations?

Have you seen or used or Events Calendar?

These are some of the ways SCVO can help organisations to get their messages out to new and wider community audiences. Minimum effort for groups, possibly yielding maximum results.

If you would like to take advantage of these free services or would like to find out more about how SCVO can support your organisation, please get contact us on support@scvo.info or call 0121 525 1127.


Closure of Volunteer Centre Sandwell

Volunteer Centre Sandwell has announced its closure after 42 years of promoting volunteering in Sandwell.  The Centre has released the following statement.

It is with regret that Volunteer Centre Sandwell and The Hands On Project ceased to operate on 31st October 2019.

On behalf of staff and trustees we would like to thank all of our volunteers and partner organisations for your help and support over the past 42 years! The decision to close was not taken lightly.

We sincerely wish you all the best for the future.

With regards to the future of volunteering in Sandwell, local charity SCVO is currently developing a new service around volunteering which supports community organisations and charities in Sandwell to promote opportunities that they have for Sandwell residents to help out through volunteering.  SCVO will also be launching a volunteer opportunities website in the coming months which will enable would-be volunteers to find the experience they’re looking for from a range of different activities and settings. 

For more information visit www.scvo.info/volunteering and sign up to SCVO’s weekly e-bulletin through the home page.

 

 


The Art Yard – Call for Artists November 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:

We 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.


The Art Yard – November Sale 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:

We 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.


Sandwell Visually Impaired CIO (SVI) Annual Forum Request for Volunteers

Sandwell Visually Impaired (SVI) CIO’s largest event of the year is fast approaching and they are seeking your help to make the day enjoyable and stress  free for their blind and visually impaired guests.

They do hope you are able to help them this year by being a volunteer as part of their Annual Forum.

Event:  SVI’s Annual Forum – attracts around 100 people every year.
Event date:  Monday 18 November 2019 from 9am to 3pm.  Note, if volunteers are only able to stay for part of the event, please contact the SVI team to discuss.

Venue: Portway Lifestyles Centre, Newbury Lane, Oldbury, B69 1HE

Role description and duties:

Volunteer helpers are needed to assist SVI [Sandwell Visually Impaired] blind and partially sighted members to safely move around while at the event, to escort to seats, offer refreshments i.e. drinks and biscuits on arrival and at morning break, read programmes etc. on request from members, accompany members to exhibit stands, offer sighted guide support to toilets [note there is no personal care requirements, PA’s are available should this be required] and to help with the distribution of a pre packed ‘meal deal’ lunch.  Volunteer helpers also have a key role to enable visually impaired members to make best use of the day and to make every effort to make the event enjoyable and stress free for those present.

A volunteers pre-event meeting and Sighted guide instruction session is taking place at the Portway Lifestyle Centre on Tuesday 5 November 2019 from 1pm to 2.30pm.  If anyone is unable to attend the pre-event meeting, a short briefing session will take place on the day of the event from 9am for a short instruction/refresher session – note sighted guide technique is not difficult and can be easily learned in around 30 minutes.

If volunteers would like to learn more about the role but are unable to attend the volunteers meeting, please ring the SVI office for an informal chat on 0121 525 4810.

Travel expenses are claimable at standard Day Saver pass rate or mileage at 45p a mile.  Volunteer helpers are also provided with a ‘meal deal’ lunch and general refreshments throughout the event.

SVI value their volunteers and as well as supporting SVI we would encourage volunteers to make the most of the event for themselves, it’s a wonderful opportunity to gain greater awareness of visual impairment and to obtain a broad range of information about support and services available to people living with sight loss – a good opportunity for anyone seeking to look for employment in a care and support capacity.

A full volunteer pack is provided following the volunteer meeting.

If you are able to help SVI, they look forward to hearing from you and to meeting you either at the pre-event volunteers meeting, or on the day of the Annual Forum.

 


Maximising The Long-Term Return From Your Fundraising Events

Statistically, events fundraising has never been one of the more profitable forms of fundraising. While both special events (e.g. a gala dinner or concert) and challenge events (e.g. a marathon or sporting challenge) can sometimes raise a lot, promotion costs are often high and a lot of staff time is required. For example, while you might expect a return on investment of 10:1 (£10 raised for every £1 spent) from trusts fundraising, or 5:1 from corporate fundraising, events are often closer to 2:1 or 3:1.

Even this figure is decreasing as fundraising events are hit by the current financial climate, market saturation and supporter fatigue (the challenge of keeping on going back to the same limited pool of supporters). If you have a small fundraising team, you’d be forgiven for wondering whether it’s worth your time committing to new fundraising events at all.

So in what circumstances are events still worth your time, and how do you decide whether they’re right for you?

To capitalise on these advantages, you need to be crystal clear what you’re looking to achieve from your fundraising events, and plan accordingly

Maximising The Benefits Of Special Events

Special events are excellent for engaging corporate and major donor prospects, encouraging existing supporters to introduce people from their own network, and recognising the contributions of key supporters. Particularly when your event features stories and speeches from the people you support, or creates an inspiring and celebratory atmosphere, or when senior staff and trustees are on hand to mingle with people.

When planning an event, liaise with people across your organisation to map out who should be invited. Then invite them well in advance, warmly, and with a personal message. Depending on how much you want them to be there, you can consider offering discounted or free tickets where appropriate, particularly if the long-term benefits outweigh the short-term cost.

On the night, make sure key prospects get plenty of time and attention, and take every opportunity to educate and inspire them about your organisation’s work. If you have a long-term plan about how you ideally want them to support your cause, you might be able to cunningly sow some seeds on the night.

Carry on the personal touch after the event, by thanking people and sending any follow-up material promptly, personally and creatively (for example with a handwritten card or colourful social media image). This often requires some advance planning, particularly if staff plan to take some much-needed time off after your event.

Bear in mind that high-value prospects expect ‘senior’ attention, so you need to enlist support from management and trustees at every stage – before, during and after your event. Particularly for corporate and major donor fundraising, it’s rare to be successful without senior level buy-in.

To read the full Lime Green Consulting article click here.

Source: Lime Green Consulting


Job Vacancies – Ileys Community Association

Ileys Community Association have three part time vacancies available.

Volunteer Co-ordinator (Part Time)
Hours: 17.5hrs per week

Salary:  £10.010.00 (£11/hr.) – This post is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund for a period of 3yrs, continuation beyond this will be dependent upon securing further funding

This posted is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund for a period of 3yrs, continuation beyond this will be dependent upon securing further funding.

Ileys Community Association(CA) are seeking to appoint an experienced part time Volunteer Co-ordinator to take the lead on developing a programme of recruitment, training and support for our volunteers. Volunteers are at the heart of everything our organisation does and the running of our community building (Victoria Park Skill Centre).

Ileys CA, is a registered charity, based in Smethwick, Sandwell. Formed in 2008 by members of the local Somali Community to provided much needed support to their community. Today it provides a wide range of support services to people from over 17 different nationalities in and across the Smethwick and surrounding area, from its base at Victoria Park Skills Centre which it leases from Sandwell Council.

For an application form, and job description please email: info@ileyscommunity.org

Closing Date: 8th November 2019, 5pm.

Family Support Worker (Part Time)
Hours: 17.5hrs per week

Salary:  £10.010.00 (£11/hr.)  – This post is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund for a period of 3yrs, continuation beyond this will be dependent upon securing further funding

This posted is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund for a period of 3yrs, continuation beyond this will be dependent upon securing further funding.

Ileys Community Association (CA) are seeking to appoint an experienced part time Family Support Worker to assist in the development and delivery of our ‘Whole Family Matters Project’. The key aim of this project is to work with families struggling with the challenges of adapting to living in the UK, resulting in intergenerational disputes within the family and difficulties dealing with issues related to education. Central to this will be the development of a programme of support and training for parents and their families, in a culturally and linguistically sensitive manner.

Ileys CA, is a registered charity, based in Smethwick, Sandwell. Was formed in 2008 by members of the local Somali Community to provide much needed support to their community. Today it provides a wide range of support services to people from over 17 different nationalities in and across the Smethwick and surrounding area, from its base at Victoria Park Skills Centre which it leases from Sandwell Council.

For an application form, and job description please email: info@ileyscommunity.org

Closing Date: 8th November 2019, 5pm.

Office Administrator (Part Time)
Hours: 17.5hrs per week

Salary £ £8,190.00 (£9/hr.)  – This post is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund for a period of 3yrs, continuation beyond this will be dependent upon securing further funding.

This posted is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund for a period of 3yrs, continuation beyond this will be dependent upon securing further funding.

Ileys Community Association (CA) is seeking to appoint an experienced part time Office Administrator to provide support and co-ordination of our organisations administrative systems & procedures.

Ileys CA, is a registered charity, based in Smethwick, Sandwell. Formed in 2008 by members of the local Somali Community to provide much needed support to their community. Today it provides a wide range of support services to people from over 17 different nationalities in and across the Smethwick and surrounding area, from its base at Victoria Park Skills Centre which it leases from Sandwell Council.

For an application form, and job description please email: info@ileyscommunity.org

Closing Date: 8th November 2019, 5pm.


Talent Match Vacancies

Talent Match is a Black Country wide National Lottery Community Fund and European Social Fund project that has also secured additional funding through the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner. The project supports young adults aged 17-29 who are furthest from the labour market and face additional barriers to progression and moving into employment, education or training. In particular the project focuses on young adults who have a background of offending behaviour, those who left unsupported are most likely to be left behind. To meet demand, we are recruiting the following posts to ensure there is sufficient coverage and support for young adults across the Black Country.

Key delivery partners include; BCTG, Gazebo Theatre, Just Straight Talk, Mentoring West Midlands and YMCA Black Country Group.

All post holders will be pro-active, operate and work flexibly to ensure the project delivers its short and long term outcomes for it’s young adults and stakeholders.

Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council is the accountable body for Black Country Talent Match. They are recruiting for the following posts:

Mentors –£24,345 full time posts (37 hrs per week) – based at the Walsall Hub and employed by Mentoring West Midlands
Mentors provide intensive person centred and transformational mentoring support, guiding the young adult through support mechanisms and into employment or self-employment.   Mentors work intensively and will adopt a solutions focused approach alongside the mentees they work with.

Experience of working alongside young adults with offending behaviours and complex needs would be desirable.

Download the Guidance Notes and Application form by clicking here.

Compliance Officer – £21,000 full time post (37 hrs per week) – based at WVSC in Wolverhampton

Post holder will be responsible for:

  • Processing delivery partners funding claims ensuring accuracy and compliance of all required documentation
  • Conducting compliance checks of participant files identifying any issues and reporting them to the Finance and Monitoring Officer
  • Processing participant documentation, uploading to the funders reporting system
  • Conducting compliance checks of participant documentation identifying any issues and reporting them to the Finance and Monitoring Officer

Download the Guidance Notes and Application form by clicking here.

All employees need to work to the ethos of the project plus the ethos and values of the host organisation they are recruited to.

These posts offer an important opportunity to be part of a project that aims to ensure all young adults, regardless of their start in life, are supported to fulfil their potential, placing them and businesses at the centre of the solution. All posts are subject to funding.

For a job description and application pack please download them from their website at www.wolverhamptonvsc.org.uk or call 01902 773761 or email mailto:recruitment@wolverhamptonvsc.org.uk

We welcome enquiries from everyone and value diversity in our workforce, including applicants with additional language skills.

We have a strong commitment to safeguarding and use approved safer recruitment processes which include appropriate DBS checks.

Please note CV’s will not be accepted.

Closing date: 12 noon Monday 11th November 2019.
Interviews will take place from week commencing: Monday 18th November 2019.


Funding for Capital Projects in Secondary Schools and Sixth Form Colleges

From the 1st December 2019, secondary schools and colleges that have reached a level of excellence will be eligible to apply for a grant of up to £50,000 towards 50% of the cost of capital projects.

Sixth form colleges are eligible to apply for up to £100,000. A total of around £1.75 million will be allocated each year to new build, refurbishment or equipment projects related to the teaching of science and technology or information or communications technology directly related to learning for projects involving libraries, languages, music or the arts.

The funding will be made available through the Wolfson Foundation’s Secondary Education Programme.

The closing date for applications will be the 10th January 2020.

For more information click here.


Funding for Community Gardens

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to community groups in England and Wales to create a garden or similar project (such as an allotment) with a horticultural focus for the benefit of their local community.

These projects should aim to bring a community together by being a space people can share, by the acquisition and sharing of gardening knowledge and skills and by inspiring a love of gardening.

Funding could cover, for example, site preparation (including hire of small mechanical tools such as rotavators), hand tools, plants, trees, shrubs, containers and seating.

The funding is being made available through the National Garden Scheme Community Gardens Award and the closing date for applications is the 31st December 2019.

For more information go to https://ngs.org.uk/who-we-are/community-gardens-award/


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