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Administrator and Co-ordinator required at Smethwick CAN

Smethwick (CAN) Church Action Network, is seeking to recruit two new staff members to join their dedicated team. Alongside the existing food bank, allotment, Community Café and Places of Welcome, Smethwick CAN is launching Smethwick ChangeSpaces (a new co-working space) and a food hub (incorporating a community owned food pantry).

Smethwick CAN Administrator
Hours: equivalent to 3 days per week)
Salary: £10,800 per annum (equivalent to a full-time salary of £18,000)

The post holder will provide administrative, financial and operational support for Smethwick CAN, with the main focus being the set up of the new Food Hub.  You will also be responsible for volunteer recruitment and support for the new co-working space.

This is an exciting, varied and key role for the charity and associated social enterprises / cooperative businesses.

Smethwick Food Bank Coordinator
(Hours: equivalent to 2 days per week)
Salary: £7,200 per annum (equivalent to a full-time salary of £18,000)

Smethwick food bank provides an essential service feeding families in crisis. Although it is hoped one day to be able to close or significantly reduce this service, there is sadly still a huge need to provide support to individuals and families facing hardship. Your role will be to oversee the operation of food bank providing support to staff, team leaders and our amazing volunteers.

Both posts will be based at Smethwick ChangeSpaces (Trinity Street, Smethwick)  the new co-working hub, to be launch next month.

Job descriptions and person specifications forms for both roles are available by emailing or can be downloaded from the Smethwick CAN or Smethwick Food Bank Facebook page. You can also download them from

Please email your CV and a covering letter (indicating which post(s) you are applying for) to outlining your suitability for the role based on the job description and person specification. Exceptional candidates may be considered for a full time role that combines both posts.

The closing date for application is 5:00 pm on Monday, 3 June 2019.

Interviews will take place on 10 & 11 June 2019.

Opportunities for employees within the Voluntary Sector to support a new Youth Programme

Could you support children and young people vulnerable to involvement in gangs?  The Supporting Families against Youth Crime Programme runs until March 2020.  Sandwell Council is looking to fill three project team vacancies.

Individuals within the Sector can apply for a secondment to fill these vacancies. See details.

For further information, please contact Denise Hooper, Lead Community Safety Co-ordinator.  Telephone 0121 569 3352 or email

The closing dated for applications is Thursday, 30 May 2019.

Community posts for Partner Organisations in Smethwick

Friends and Neighbours in partnership with St Albans Community Centre, seeks to recruit a Community Co-ordinator and Outreach Worker.

The partners are looking for a confident team of staff to work on an innovative project over an 18 month period. It starts from the basis that if residents are facilitated to come together and look at changes they want to see, and then, with practical support they can lead the change process to benefit individuals, groups and neighbourhood, and, at the same time, develop toolkits, a set of practical everyday life resources, with the community that can be used by others to improve their lives & build community resilience.

Community Co-ordinator (20 months fixed term contract)
To ensure that the results of outreach work with groups of local residents is turned into marketable toolkits and workshops, which residents, partners and local organisations can use to improve their lives & build community resilience.
See Job description and personal spec

Community Outreach Worker (16 months fixed term contract)
To create a programme of outreach work, which draws in local residents and enables them to articulate issues and concerns they would like to address through a series of workshops, designed to result in usable tools and approaches to problem solving, which improve their lives and build community resilience. See job description and personal spec.

A Car Driver is essential both posts

Please send CV via email to by Thursday, 6 June. Please state the position applying for in subject bar.

Successful CV applicants will be e-mailed an application form by 10th June. The closing date for the return of application forms is 12 noon on Wednesday 26th

Interviews will be on:

Monday 1st July for Community Co-ordinator
(Anticipated start date Monday 5th August 2019)

On Thursday 25th July for Outreach Worker
(Anticipated start date Monday 2nd September 2019)

Part-time opportunities at Yemeni Community Association

The Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell Ltd (YCA) are pleased to announce they have secured funding from the Big Lottery Fund – Reaching Communities, to deliver its ‘Wellness for All’ programme and as a result are recruiting to fill three vacancies.

Two Part-Time Community Development Officers (22.5 &15hrs p/w)
£24.377 per annum (pro-rota)

One Part-Time Administration worker (16 hrs p/w)
£8.320 per annum

The ‘Wellness for All’ programme aims to deliver a programme of activities with the overall aim of promoting English language skills, employability abilities and enhanced mental wellbeing. The successful candidates will be available to work three set days a week (on occasion some weekend and evening working may be required).

For Job description and person specification please email Ragih Muflihi at specifying the vacancy you wish to apply for.

The closing date for applications is 31 May, 2019

Holiday Playscheme Funding 2019-20 now open for Applications

There is a Council grant available from the “Creating a Playable Sandwell” Holiday Grant Programme 2019-20. The grant is to support the Voluntary and Community Sector (not for profit) organisations, that can offer open access, inclusive, quality, free of charge play experiences to children and young people aged 5-14 years in Sandwell, during school holiday periods between July 2019 to March 2020.

The Council would particularly welcome new applicants from Rowley Regis and Wednesbury areas.

The closing date for applications is 4 pm on Friday 14 June 2019.  Applications received after this date will not be processed.

Application forms and Guidance notes can be found on the Sandwell Council website. Simply follow the link below.

Near Neighbours Small Grants Now Open

Near Neighbours’ Small Grants is an easy-to-access funding scheme supporting local projects that bring people together from different communities and promote social action and transformation.

In the last round of funding, in March 2019, the Small Grants have supported 72 new projects and given additional funding to 61 existing projects, mainly focusing on the three priority areas: empower marginalised women, support new migrants and refugees, and promote meaningful social mixing

Near Neighbours scheme awards small grants between £250 and £5,000 to projects that enable people of different faiths (or none) to work together to the benefit of the community.

For further information email

Near Neighbours Small Grant application form, criteria and guidance notes can be found on the website.

Holiday Grants for Disadvantaged and Disabled Children

Schools, youth groups, not for profit organisations and charities have until the 2nd July 2019 to apply for grants of £500 to £2,500 to support recreational trips or holidays within the UK between the 1st July and 31st August 2019, for groups of children experiencing disadvantage or who have disabilities. Children need to be aged 13 or under to qualify.

Although the deadline is the 2nd July 2019, decisions are made on a first come-first served basis until all the funds have been allocated. Applications must be made at least six weeks before the trip or holiday is due to take place.

Priority will be given to applications coming from the 20% most deprived areas in the UK. Funded by the Henry Smith Charity, grants can cover up to two-thirds of the cost of a holiday or trip lasting one to seven days. In this round, trips must be taken before the end of August 2019. For more details and to apply, complete the eligibility quiz on the website and submit the application form online at least 6 weeks before the trip is due to take place.

Previous visits supported include:

All Saints Catholic Primary School which received a grant of £1,500 towards a two-night trip to Wales for a group of disadvantaged children from Merseyside;

Bridgewater School which received a grant of £1,900 towards an overnight trip to London for a group of disadvantaged children from Newcastle; and

The Sixth St Helens (Parr) Scout Group received a grant of £1,100 towards a two-night trip to an activity centre in Lancashire for a group of children from a disadvantaged area of Merseyside.

Details on website

Free English Courses and Free Teacher Training through Talk English

Talk English is a community based volunteer led project which delivers free beginner English classes to local communities. Classes are 12 – 15 weeks long and can be delivered in one and a half to two and half hour sessions per week.  Certificates are issued to learners once their course has been completed.

Fircroft College is currently looking to expand provision into Sandwell from September 2019 onwards and is looking for:

* Partner organisations who are working with beneficiaries who can host a course.

* Volunteer teachers can attend a free two-day teacher training course available at Fircroft College during May and June 2019. Please visit for more information.

You can read more about the Talk English Project at

Please feel free to contact Neena Chauhan (Project Manager) at or on 07719 257 319.

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust – Rights and Justice

The next round of the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust’s Rights and Justice Programme is now open and will close on the 2nd September 2019.

he Funding priorities for this scheme are the protection and promotion of human rights and their enforcement in the UK; promoting rights and justice for minorities who face the most severe forms of racism; and the promotion of rights and justice for refugees and other migrants by identifying and tackling structures and systems that may deny them their rights.

The Trust makes grants to a range of organisations including registered, excepted or exempt charities across the UK.

More information

Spring Housing Association seeks Arabic Speaking Coordinator

Spring Housing Association has an ideal opportunity for a refugee/asylum seeker support worker, or similar, with some experience and wishing to develop competency in training, partnership work and project coordination. Spring is committed to supporting the post holder to develop and succeed through consultancy inputs, mentoring and training.

Role: Lifehacks Coordinator (Arabic Speaking)
Salary: Up to £26,000 per annum
Hours per week: 37.5 (job share and secondment considered)

You will take ownership of the pilot Life Hacks learning programme and drive it forward. You will co-ordinate the programme day to day and personally deliver training across one site in Birmingham and one other site to be agreed (West Midlands). We expect up to 20 learners to participate during the pilot. Most will be Arabic speakers and so an ability to speak and understand basic Arabic is essential. The programme will run initially for one year and we are offering a 12 month contract. Continuation will be conditional on performance and funding.

The Life Hacks (Foundation Life Skills) programme is focused on mental and physical wellbeing, beliefs and values, rights and responsibilities, personal safety and risk (drugs and alcohol, e-safety, anti-social behaviour, consent, hate crime, knife crime, CSE, county lines), Asylum and status.

The Life Hacks (Practical Life Skills) programme is focused on various practical areas of personal safety, wellbeing, tenancy and work readiness: housing and tenancy; nutrition and food; healthy life styles; sexual health and relationships; money management; household skills; making a home; security and safety; community; preparation for work; phone calls & appointments.

Development of the Life Hacks training resources themselves is being commissioned separately, but you will have opportunity to input into content, approach, testing and revision and particularly as the programme rolls out and may require changes.

As part of the commitment to make Spring a great place to work, a comprehensive reward and benefits package is offered.

Spring Housing Association takes safeguarding of vulnerable people seriously. Applicants will be subject to Safer Recruitment Checks.

Please read carefully through the comprehensive application pack and contact Spring on 0121 663 1443 if you have further questions.

Application pack available at

Closing date: 9:00 am on Wednesday, 29th May 2019

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