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Out of School Activity Lead Worker

Murray Hall Community Trust is looking to appoint an out of school activity worker to plan and implement park based physical play activities across the Rowley area. Sessions will be based in local community centre’s and parks in a bid to encourage children to play together locally, be more physically active and enjoy the outdoors.

Location: Rowley ‘Go Play’ service
Hours: 16 term time (18 hours during school holidays)

The sessions are aimed at children aged between six and twelve years old (up to the age of 16 if children have special educational needs or disabilities). They will take place after school Mon-Thurs in term-time and during the day 3 days per week throughout school holidays.

Applicants should have a full and relevant qualification – minimum Level 3 NVQ (or equivalent), in Childcare / Playwork / Youth Work. You will have experience of working with children in a similar environment and will hold a full clean driving licence with use of a car.

For further information please contact Lynsey Matthews at

Closing date for applications Friday, 3 November 2017. Interviews will take place week commencing 6 November.

Macmillan Cancer Support Grants

The next closing date for the Macmillan Cancer Support Grants scheme is the 10th November 2017.  The grants scheme aims to fund individuals and groups that support people affected by cancer or campaign to improve cancer care. The grants available include:

  • Start-up funds of up to £500 to support new self-help and support project for people affected by cancer
  • Development funds of up to £3,000 to support the ongoing activities and development of self-help and support projects for people affected by cancer
  • User involvement grants of up to £3,000 to encourage the involvement of people affected by cancer in the design and improvement of cancer services
  • Individual development grants of up to £500 to enable people affected by cancer to develop their skills and use their cancer experience to help support others affected by cancer. Applications will be accepted from individuals or groups of people affected by cancer and organisations and professionals working in partnership with people affected by cancer.

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Transform Foundation

The Transform Foundation has announced that its Transform Foundation’s 2017 Charity Website Grant Programme is open for applications.  Any type of non-profit organisation may apply.

Grants of up to £18,000 are available to not for profit organisations to fund the redevelopment of their websites in order to:
Increase their ability to raise funds
More effectively serve their beneficiaries
Raise broader awareness of their cause.

A successful applicant will typically have an income of between £350,000 and £30 million (although smaller charities with ambitious plans can apply and larger charities can apply for specific campaigns). The £18,000 grant covers the bespoke strategy, design, build, training and launch of a new site and successful applicants must cover ongoing fees for the first year.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. There are no application deadlines.

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Faith Organisations Governance Training

Near Neighbours is running a half-day workshop that will explore topics of interest including: What is an Accountable Body, Understanding Organisational Language, Choosing a Legal Structure, The Charitable Context and Operational Planning Policy & Procedure. The training will be supported by examples and good practice handouts using real life experience of national and local situations from a wide range of organisations and communities.

The workshop is suitable for anyone who wants to fully understand their organisation and help it to achieve better governance and practice. John McCallum, the facilitator, is the Near Neighbours East Midlands Coordinator. John has 30 years of experience in the faith based voluntary sector and has worked across the UK with local and national organisations.

The  date is Wednesday, 1 November 2017, 10 am to 2 pm.  The venue is Brasshouse Community Centre, Smethwick.

There is a charge of £10.  Please register for the training via Eventbrite

Lunch will be provided.

Family Matters Finance Officer

Black Country Together CIC, a young and vibrant organisation, seeks to recruit a highly organised Finance Officer to join their small project management team.

Salary:   £27, 668
Location:  Dudley, with travel across all areas of the Black Country.
Job Type: Fixed term until 31 December 2019
Category: Finance/project management

Family Matters is one of the four projects making up Building Better Opportunities in the Black Country, funded by the European Social Fund and Big Lottery.  It represents a huge opportunity for the Black Country, and the 18 strong partnership delivery team will work with 1,600 Black Country people and their families to develop a journey that is right for them and can move them closer to the mainstream labour market.

About the Role
The ideal candidate will have experience of projects, preferably ESF/ERDF and will be comfortable coordinating all aspects of preparing and submitting financial claims, ensuring compliance with the funder’s requirements.  You will work closely with the Partnership Manager to effectively manage spend, ensuring the project is delivered within budget and that procurement rules are adhered to.   You will liaise with delivery partners, to ensure full compliance and work with them to reprofile project budgets when required.  You should be able to manage a wide and varied workload and provide a high level of customer service to both internal and external stakeholders.

Applying for the role
For further information on how to apply and to complete the Black Country Together application form please click here.
For further information about the role please contact Tracey Quirk on 01384 573381.

Black Country Together is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

Applications should be submitted by 11.59 pm Wednesday 25 October 2017.  Late applications will not be accepted.

Interviews will be held on Tuesday, 31 October 2017.


Carer Support Worker (HPLC)

CARES, the Sandwell based charity which gives information, advice and counselling support service for carers and their dependents, is seeking to recruit a Carer Support Worker to work with other members of the CARES Staff Team.  The Worker will be required to identify, offer, or access appropriate support for carers who are resident in the designated areas of Smethwick and Bearwood and are previously unknown to CARES.

18.5 hours per week
APT + C Scale 6 pt. 26  £23,398 p.a. (pro-rata) – paid monthly
Fixed Term Contract to 30 September 2018

You will be required to undertake the identification and assessment of carers in need of support.

You will be responsible for the development of future Carer Support Initiatives in the designated area and to identify, recruit, support and encourage volunteers to assist with the programmes of carer support offered in the designated area.

You must have the appropriate knowledge and experience of working with and supporting carers and must be fully conversant with the work of  CARES to enable appropriate support activities to be developed. Knowledge and experience of working in the voluntary sector essential.

The successful applicant must be able to demonstrate an ability to work in partnership with other employees, agencies, carers and volunteers.

For further details and application form please contact:

Geoff Foster (Chief Executive Officer)
The Carers’ Centre
2 Bearwood Road
West Midlands, B66 4HH

Telephone: 0121 558 7003   Email:

Please note CVs will not be accepted.

The closing date for applications is 9.00 am on Wednesday, 25 October 2017.

Shared Lives Carer needed to join Independent Panel for CVT

Camphill Village Trust is currently in the process of putting together an Independent Panel for its innovative Shared Lives Scheme, being developed across the Borough of Dudley and the surrounding areas. The Panel which meets in Stourbridge, will sit for half a day on a quarterly basis and ‘approve’ the status of all Shared Lives Carers involved with the CVT Scheme.

The Panel is made up of local social care professionals who have an interest in Shared Lives and wish to ensure there is fairness and consistency to the assessment and approval process. To bring a specific knowledge and skill-set to the Panel, CVT is looking for a current or retired Shared Lives Carer from a neighbouring Scheme to join as a member.

The post is voluntary but CVT will cover travel expenses and the Registered Manager is known to make a mean cup of tea and even provide a plate of biscuits from time to time.

If you are interested, please call Dean Barnshaw on 01384 597264 or 07984 896010 or email
To find out more information about CVT Shared Lives, please go to or follow CVT on Twitter @CVTSharedLives.


A runner sought to represent CARES in the 2018 London Marathon

CARES, the Sandwell based charity which works with, helps and supports unpaid family carers throughout the borough of Sandwell, is appealing for a keen marathon runner to represent the Charity in the 2018 London Marathon on 22 April next year.

Places in the Marathon are always hugely oversubscribed and the General Ballot for 2018 is now closed. CARES, however, has gained a place through the Charity Ballot and is now looking for a runner to raise funds for the charity in next years’ race.

Geoff Foster, Chief Executive Officer of CARES said “This is a great opportunity for a local runner to fulfil a once in a lifetime opportunity, running in the London Marathon. Places in the marathon are often said ‘to be like gold dust’ but CARES has a place in the 2018 race”.

He continued “CARES will pay the entry fee for the runner and will help towards the costs of training and kit. In return we could expect the runner to raise a minimum of £1500 for the Charity”.

Anyone interested should contact CARES on 0121 558 7003 or at

Volunteer and Community Development Co-ordinator

An exciting new opportunity has arisen with North Smethwick Development Trust (registered charity number 1035308), for a Volunteer and Community Development Co-ordinator.   As a small local charity, the Development Trust is developing its work with volunteers as part of a new volunteering strategy developed by the Board of Trustees.

About NSDT 
NSDT has been acting as a community hub and local enterprise since 1992. Since the transformation of the Brasshouse in 2014 following a major redevelopment, it now provides local people with access to a significantly wider range of community services and activities resulting in greater use of the centre. There is also increased demand for volunteering opportunities as people want to gain valuable work experience through volunteering and see this as a route into employment.

About the Post
The post is offered on a 35-hour week for a one year fixed term period.
Salary is £23,750 per annum.

The post holder will be responsible for delivering an effective volunteer strategy engaging with a range of people and developing a community led activity programme.

This is a pilot project where the post holder will ‘hit the ground running’. This will be possible by the work undertaken to date by our board and partners to ensure its success. The post holder will implement the volunteer strategy of NSDT engaging people from the local and surrounding areas who wish to volunteer. The post holder will identify volunteer opportunities, recruit volunteers and develop a sustainable volunteer succession strategy as well as develop and administer social impact reporting.

The successful applicant will be based at Brasshouse in North Smethwick with outreach work with partner organisations. Some evening and weekend work will also be required from time to time.  Job Description and Person Specification.

To apply please send your CV together with a covering letter of no more than 2 sides of A4, demonstrating clearly how you meet the requirements of the post and email to or post to Brasshouse, Brasshouse Lane, Smethwick B66 1BA.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 5 pm on 23 October 2017.  The post is subject to a DBS check

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Digital Promotions for Business Employability Course

A one-of-a-kind programme is being launched to help teenagers and the unemployed boost their digital skills and find sustainable work.

Digital Me is offering young people, aged 16-18, the opportunity to sign up for a digital employability course, where they can learn everything from setting up an email address and storing data on a device in the cloud to creating digital marketing campaigns for business, developing a mobile app and producing exciting top quality videos for channels including YouTube.

You will also learn business administration and customer service skills to provide you with core skills employers are looking for, as well as assist you to write an impressive CV, apply for jobs and give top tips on how to perform in an interview.

Digital Me is a Bsmart Training initiative and the flexible course has been developed to help attract the hard-to-reach NEETs with subjects that may generate more interest than normally may be the case. More importantly, however, it will give you the skills that employers are desperately short of.

Successful learners will receive a Level 2 nationally accredited qualification in Digital Promotions for Business, as well as more knowledge and new skills to help in their job-hunt.

Digital Me is now looking to work with partners nationwide who have secured funding to help NEETs back into work, and also learners to sign up to this unique and exciting course.

To find out more about signing up, please contact 0121 501 2243 and ask for Lori, or visit Digital Black Country’s website.




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