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Community Conversation: From Wednesbury to Wolverhampton

Business in the Community and Midland Metro Alliance would be delighted if you could join them for a virtual Community Conversation, where they will explore how people from all sectors can support the recovery and strengthening of the Wednesbury to Wolverhampton economy. They believe that resilient communities are made up of collaborative partnerships that are willing to work together and build on local knowledge resulting in long term change.

This is a two-part Event. Session 1 on Thursday 24th June 2021 and Session 2 on Thursday 8th July 2021. The sessions are from 10.30 am – 12.00 and you will need to register for both sessions

Midland Metro Alliance
Midland Metro Alliance (MMA) is a team of planning, design and construction experts delivering a number of light rail extensions across the region on behalf of Transport for West Midlands, who have embarked on an ambitious plan to regenerate the region by providing easy access to public transport.

MMA, formed in July 2016, consists of the West Midlands Combined Authority, which owns the West Midlands Metro; a consortium of design experts from Egis, Tony Gee and Pell Frischmann; and rail construction specialists Colas Rail – supported by Colas’ sub-alliance partners Colas Ltd, Barhale, Bouygues UK and Auctus Management Group.

The alliance works hard to be a best practice organisation and delivers customer-focused liaison services for Metro projects across Birmingham and the Black Country, helping to keep the region moving during construction.

Business in the Community
Business in the Community (BITC) is the oldest and largest business-led membership organisation dedicated to responsible business.

BITC inspire, engage and challenge members and mobilise that collective strength as a force for good in society to:

• Create a skilled, inclusive workforce today and for the future
• Building thriving communities in which we live and work
• Innovate to repair and sustain our planet

Community Conversation
Community Conversation is a cross sector networking event exploring working collaboratively. A forum for community, business and public sector to share opportunities, discuss priorities and highlight areas of need to help build a healthier sustainable community.

A key outcome from a Community Conversation is a commitment amongst participants to continue to work together and agree on collaborative actions that can make a real difference in a place. BITC will assess actions / pledges / offers after the event and plan for further action.

This Community Conversation will focus on the benefits of improved connectivity with areas of opportunity and major employment sites. To complement this, we would like to explore wider social and environmental issues that all three sectors can address in a collaborative fashion. In session two, local community organisations have been invited to present a current challenge or idea.

Outline of session one – 24th June
• Welcome and overview – Business in the Community. Click here to register
• Opening speaker – Midland Metro Alliance
• Working together to ‘Build Back’
• Cross sector breakout rooms
• Report back and wrap up
• Close

Outline of session two – 8th July
• Welcome back and recap from previous session – Business in the Community.  Click here to register
• Local Community Presentations x 3 – presenting priorities / opportunities for engagement
• Cross sector breakout rooms
• Report back and actions
• Wrap up / close

The break-out sessions are designed to discuss challenges and ideas and workshop collaborative solutions as a group. This will provide an opportunity for participants to work as part of a cross-sector team, sharing their knowledge to provide real support to local communities.

For questions or to book a place, please email Kelly Stackhouse at You will need access to Zoom to attend this meeting, please click on the links for both sessions above to book your place.

Omega have opportunities for a General Manager and Grant Fundraisers

Omega, the National Association for End of Life Care, work hard to raise standards in end of life care by supporting caregivers looking after someone with a terminal illness, people who are themselves end of life, and those who have been bereaved. Omega would like to invite applications for the following:

General Manager 
Salary £25,000-£30,000

This is a fantastic, full-time opportunity for a versatile, experienced Office Manager with strong people and project management skills.

Equally, the role might be suitable for someone wishing to consider a Chartered Manager degree (Level 6) or an Operations of Departmental Manager (Level 5) apprenticeship.

You will provide executive assistance to the Director and will work closely with the Finance Officer and the Director of Programmes. This a varied role working with colleagues from across the organisation on a range of different projects. You must therefore, be someone who enjoys being at the heart of everything, who can lead and inspire an enthusiastic, experienced admin team co-ordinating the work of a growing national charity.

You will be resourceful, thoughtful and collaborative and must have strong ICT skills, experience of supporting colleagues working remotely and be able to plan and efficiently implement change. Communications skills and business acumen would also be useful.

Based in Shrewsbury you will be responsible for three offices on two sites and will also provide support for colleagues working from home and help to organise events and activities across the West Midlands and beyond.
Like to learn more about this position?

To apply for this opportunity, please send your CV and a letter setting out what motivated you to apply to Alternatively, for a confidential preliminary discussion, call Thomas Memery on 01743 245088.  Applications close at 5.00 pm on 20th July 2021.


Grant Fundraiser (up to 3 posts)
£21,000 – £30,000

Could you help Omega communicate the change they make to people’s lives? Do you have a passion for writing, and can you adapt your message for your intended audience of grant-making foundations and other funders?

Could you help Omega tell its story using words and data?

Are you target-driven and could help the organisation to grow?

Omega welcome applications from candidates with grant fundraising, copy-writing or technical report writing experience or relevant commercial, academic, communications or marketing backgrounds.

The starting salary is dependent upon experience and will be subject to regular review. Omega intend to make a full-time appointment and create up to two part-time vacancies based in their Shrewsbury office.

There may be an opening for an exceptional candidate with limited grant fundraising experience but who can demonstrate that they are a good team player and have what it takes to make progress quickly. Omega may also be able to accommodate an element of flexible working; geography need not be a barrier.

Send a detailed CV and a covering letter describing your motivation to apply and details of your current salary. Please contact Thomas Memery, Director, on 01743 245 088 or, for an initial conversation.  Applications close at 5.00 pm on 20th July 2021.



Fully Funded Free Level 3 Business Administration and Customer Service qualifications

Aone Training, a Shrewsbury based training provider which work with people all over the UK, are offering free courses to benefit Birmingham, Sandwell and Wolverhampton.

Aone Training have secured a pot of funding to support anyone aged 19-23 to give a fully funded accredited Level 3 qualification in business administration or customer services. This is to support local businesses to recover from the pandemic and also to support people to develop their skills and careers, to sustain long term employment and increase performance.

The funding is available for the next six weeks only, so nominations and enrolments need to be completed as soon as possible.

If you wish to take advantage of the training, please register your interest on the website and complete the attached nomination form.  Alternatively, you can email who will be happy to help.

Development Manager position at wMUCH

Looking for a new challenge in an exciting role that will contribute to new housing solutions for the West Midlands? West Midlands Urban Community Homes (wMUCH) is a hub for knowledge and expertise that exists to inspire and support a new wave of community led housing and is seeking a Development Manager

The Development Manager will lead the organisation and help to deliver on the organisation’s ambitious objectives over the next couple of years. This person will be the Lead Officer, part of a two person staff team and overseeing a pool of associate Community Led Housing Advisers.

The individual will play a vital role in continuing to establish the advice service and wMUCH as the go-to hub for community led housing support, nurturing and building our network and securing a sustainable future for the organisation.

This is a diverse role, leading a small, young and ambitious organisation. This work would suit an enterprising, adaptable and resilient candidate with a proactive and can-do approach to their work.

Salary: £40,600

Contract: This is a full time role, but we are keen to consider a range of options that might work for great candidates, which could include part time, job share and secondment opportunities.

Term: The role will be on a fixed term basis to December 2022 initially, with a possibility of extension.

Location: wMUCH works on a home working/ agile working basis. There may be opportunities to spend some time working at the office locations of founding members in Birmingham. wMUCH works primarily across Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall, Wolverhampton and can also work in the surrounding areas. Staff should be flexible to travel to different locations across our areas of operation and the ideal candidate will have knowledge these areas.

Apply: Application is by cover letter and CV. wMUCH welcomes applications from people of all backgrounds, ages and identities.

Full details of the role and the application process can be found here.

Applications close 12 noon on Monday 5th July, 2021.

An evening of Music and Magic online for the over 65s!

Creative Active Lives is running an online social event for over 65s on Thursday, 8th July 2021, 6.30 pm – 8.00 pm. This time around the theme is ‘Music & Magic’.

There is a very special guest all the way from California: Tom Noddy, ‘The Bubble Man’, who performs worldwide with his legendary Bubble Magic act. Tom has performed his mesmerising Bubble Magic act on the Paul Daniels show. The organisers are excited to have him perform for the social club, tell stories from his incredible life and career performing around the world, and answer questions from the audience.

Also appearing is The Impossible Mr Goodwin, with his mind-bending magic and mind reading act.

The music will be by courtesy of the most wonderful Miss Jones Duo, returning to the Happy Days Social Club after rave feedback from the last cabaret show.

With three fabulous acts to astonish and entertain, Creative Active Lives would like to extend an invitation to anyone  who would enjoy this evening social event.  Attendees are encouraged to chat using Zoom chat function. For those not comfortable with Zoom chat, there will be a group telephone call, kindly provided by Age UK Sandwell, so that people can dial in and chat and not watch alone.

Performers can sign ‘Happy Birthday’ or give a shout out to anyone watching, so please let Creative Active Lives know if you want someone to be mentioned.

Book here for individuals and groups.

If you would like to know more, please contact Rachel Conlisk on 07790 443 007 or email

Social Care Event – Monday 14th June 2021

This Social Care event is for anyone wishing to know more about a role in Social Care across the whole of the Black Country and West Birmingham. There are various social care organisations recruiting across the BCWB at the moment and this is a chance to know more, as well as apply for roles following the webinar, from 1.00 – 2.30 pm on 14th June 2021.

This event will focus on recruiting for Care Support Workers and other similar roles.

To see what roles are available, details of the organisations which are recruiting and to RSVP for the virtual hiring webinar, please click here.

For anything else, please contact Paige Massey, Programme Facilitator, at or contact 07770 585 433

Free Story telling Workshop on Zoom

Have you always wanted to tell stories and perform? Do you want to be part of the 2022 Commonwealth Games Cultural Festival? Would you like to write and give your words to another person to perform?

Join Jasmine Gardosi and Kuli Kohli from Deaf Explorer for a workshop about storytelling and performance. Find out about a brand new creative project that aims to be fully accessible, and bring people together

Tickets are free and no experience necessary – everyone is welcome.  This event will have a BSL interpreter

The date of workshop is Thursday, 17 June 2021, 6 pm – 7 pm, via Zoom.

Link to booking workshop on Zoom

Thrive into Work Webinar on 21 June 2021

A new, fully funded, employment support service is being launched in the West Midlands from 1 July 2021. Come to this free webinar, on Monday, 21 June: 10.00 am to 11.30 am, to find out more.

The webinar will help you understand what employment support resources are available and how to access them. The event is for individuals who want to find employment support for themselves, or organisations who support individuals to find employment.

The Thrive into Work employment service is based on Individual Placement and Support (IPS) principles. The West Midlands Combined Authority are excited that they are now able to expand the service, so that more people can benefit from this type of employment support.

Who should attend?

Register your attendance here.

YMCA looking for Young People’s Volunteer Mentors

YMCA are looking for volunteers who are eager to make a difference in the life of a young person. The mentors will regularly meet up with a young person, offering a friendly ear, support, guidance and advice on making positive life choices. In this instance, to engage with girls in the 9 -14 age group.

Volunteer Mentors will also need to build a relationship with the young person’s parent or guardian, but the main focus is the young person.

Full training will be given. A comprehensive DBS check will be undertaken.

To find out more about the Y’s Girls Mentoring role, click here.

Applications close on Monday, 21st June 2021.

The Plunkett Foundation – Helping Communities to Save Their Pubs

The Plunkett Foundation has been commissioned by the West Midlands Combined Authority to deliver a package of funded support to help community groups of residents take control of their local pubs, where they have closed or are at risk of being lost.

Plunkett, a UK-wide charity, has run its More Than a Pub Programme over the last three years, working with hundreds of communities to achieve community ownership or leasehold of their local pub when it was in danger of being lost.

Community ownership means pubs (where residents buy shares to collectively own the Freehold or leasehold) can put all sorts of activities and services into their buildings as well as being the local place to have a drink. There are community pubs hosting shops, post offices, health services, dementia groups, knitting circles and all sorts! Pubs combat poor mental health and isolation, and provide work experience, volunteering opportunities and employment locally to all ages.

The Plunkett Foundation would like to hear from any community groups or residents that may benefit from their support in saving a local pub. The charity want to help to put the pub in the best possible position, ahead of the forthcoming Government Community Ownership Fund to be able to make an offer for the pub Freehold or taking a Leasehold out as a community.

If you have questions about this support, please contact Diane Cameron, Project Support Officer, on 01993 630239.

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