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Help make Sandwell a Place of Sanctuary

Join Brushstrokes and Bearwood Action for refugees to find out more about making Sandwell a ‘Borough of Sanctuary’ and how you can support a local community sponsorship project – welcoming a refugee family into our local community.

When: Tuesday, 28th January 2020 from 6pm

Where: Brushstrokes, 253 High Street, Smethwick, B66 3NJ

For more information and to register your interest, please email: bearwoodactionforrefugees@gmail.com


Can You Help Mesty Croft Allotments?

Mesty Croft Allotments are wondering if there’s anyone out there who might be able to help them with some ‘building’ requirements?

They’re looking for some roofing materials to construct a roof on their steel-structure gazebo, together with  an outdoor-type table(s) – for example, like a wooden picnic table (or similar).

If you’re able to help, then let us know and we’ll put you in touch with the relevant person at the allotments – ‘thank you’.


Project Aspie – Open Space Initiative meetings in January 2020

Project Aspie is an award winning organisation geared towards raising the profile of people with Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism within the community.

Project Aspie was created and developed to improve and inspire people with Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism to live healthy and independent lives within the community.

Project Aspie also delivers Campaign Events and Community Projects including the Community Initiative The Open Space Initiative, which is geared towards offering Confidence, Motivation and Opportunities for people with Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism.

National Lottery Community Fund kindly funds The Open Space Initiative.

The next TWO Open Space Initiative events are open for bookings:

15th January 2020 – visit – https://projectaspie.org.uk/news/project-aspie-open-space-initiative-mid-week-event-15-jan-2020 – for more information.

25th January 2020 – visit – https://projectaspie.org.uk/news/project-aspie-open-space-initiative-event-25-jan-2020 – for more information.


Office furniture (and other stuff) giveaway!

We have been approached by BMV (the company responsible for the M5 Oldbury Viaduct Major Renewal Scheme) who are beginning to close down operations following successful completion of the project.

I am told that they have quite a bit of ‘kit’ that is available FREE OF CHARGE to anyone who can make good use of it (and there’s even the potential for local delivery) – what’s not to like!!

STOP PRESS – I have been notified by the BMV representative that, due to overwhelming demand, they now have sufficient requests from which they can distribute all of what’s on offer – sorry if you’ve ‘missed out’ on this occasion.


CT Furniture: Volunteer Roles Available – Driver and Retail/Warehouse Assistant

Are you looking to develop and discover new skills, explore a new field, get more life experience?

If so, volunteering your time to CT Furniture will not only look great on your CV, but will increase your:

  • Customer service skills
  • Driver skills and experience
  • Retail experience
  • Personal and professional development

You’ll also gain satisfaction and increase your confidence by:

  • Supporting your community
  • Meeting new people and making new friends

Roles available: Furniture Driver Assistant and Retail/Warehouse Assistant Volunteer

Location: Sandwell

Role Purpose:To collect and deliver donated furniture from customers across the Black Country area and beyond, providing excellent customer service. Collected items are delivered in good condition and therefore sold at affordable but sustainable prices to a diverse customer base.

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To apply: call 0121-773-2858 or email Marieanne.delaney@communitytransport.org

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Community Transport (CT) comprises of the charitable company ‘Community Transport’, and its trading subsidiary ‘Community Minibuses Limited’. We have four brands: CT Furniture, CT Home, CT Passenger Services and CT Training and we help the community by providing accessible transport, low-cost furniture and professional training.


CT Furniture: Volunteer Roles Available – Sales and Customer Service

Are you looking to develop and discover new skills, explore a new field, get more life experience?

If so, volunteering your time to CT Furniture will not only look great on your CV, but will increase your:

  • Sales, social media and customer service skills
  • Sales and customer service experience in a retail environment
  • Personal and professional development

You’ll also gain satisfaction and increase your confidence by:

  • Supporting your community
  • Meeting new people and making new friends

Roles available: Sales and Customer Service Assistant

Location: Sandwell

Role Purpose: To provide an efficient, effective and supportive service of promotions for CT Furniture  store managers; using Facebook, Gumtree and additional promotional platforms as required.

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To apply: call 0121-773-2858 or email Marieanne.delaney@communitytransport.org

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Community Transport (CT) comprises of the charitable company ‘Community Transport’, and its trading subsidiary ‘Community Minibuses Limited’. We have four brands: CT Furniture, CT Home, CT Passenger Services and CT Training and we help the community by providing accessible transport, low-cost furniture and professional training.


Annual Conference 2020: Working Together Differently – Book now

The WM Funders Network in partnership with One Walsall and SCVO have organised a conference to enable funders and the VCSE to step back, reflect, share thinking and practice, experience, knowledge and approaches.

The voluntary and community and social enterprise sectors have faced challenging times with an economic downturn, government policy of austerity measures and local public sector cuts. Media coverage of recent governance and fundraising scandals have cast a spotlight on the charity sector and influenced public perception of the work of charities. The progress of Brexit has raised implications for the future of the sector as well as creating increasing divisions within society. Parallel to this has been the launch of the Government’s civil society strategy and the Independent Inquiry on the Future of Civil Society’s report on their 2 year consultation setting out current issues and ways forward for a stronger civil society. Other factors such as technological and digital advancements can be seen as opportunities for the sector to operate more efficiently and effectively, but have struggled to take advantage of.

So how does the sector continue to adapt and respond to this changing landscape in a climate of reducing funds and increasing demand? How can we re-imagine what we do and how we do it? What could be new ways of thinking and approaches to the challenges and opportunities?

Date: Thursday, 12th March 2020

Location: The Banks’s Stadium, Bescot Crescent, Walsall, West Midlands, WS1 4SA

Book your tickets at EVENTBRITE.


Charity Trustee Responsibilities – Workshop: 11th December 2019

Are you thinking of becoming a Charity Trustee and want to know what’s involved?

Are you an existing Charity Trustee and just want to refresh your knowledge?

Join us for this short workshop that will look at the duties and responsibilities of charity trustees.

We’ll be considering (amongst other things):

  • the six main duties of Charity Trustees;
  • exploring the  safeguarding responsibilities – including an overview of the DBS system;
  • resources available to support Charity Trustees.

Outline Agenda – Wednesday, 11th December 2019

From 9.30am – Arrival, networking and refreshments

10.00am – Workshop starts promptly

12 noon – workshop closes…but please stay for networking if you have time.

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This workshop is FREE to attend for representatives of groups that support Sandwell residents (being 100% of their work or the significant majority)

For ALL other groups there is a £10 fee.

Book your tickets at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/charity-trustee-responsibilities-tickets-82989296219


Project Aspie – Open Space Initiative Event

Project Aspie – Open Space Initiative Event takes place 30 November 2019 at Somerset House between 13.00 – 16.00 pm.

Arrival / Registration takes place between 12.30 – 12.50 midday.

This event will cover various subject themes hosting includes education, employment, health and wellbeing in Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism and specialist guest speakers to share experiences and initiatives on Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism as well as sign posting and opportunity networking.

This event will include ‘Alphabet 12’ project session and PAPS project session.

‘Alphabet 12’ Project takes place 13.00 – 14.00 pm.

PAPS Project takes place 14.00 – 15.00 pm.

Refreshments and Networking will take place at the event.

This event will also feature preparations for an up and coming ‘Alphabet Quad’ Social Activity which will be taking place in December 2019.

For more information and to reserve your place, visit: https://projectaspie.org.uk/news/project-aspie-open-space-initiative-event-30112019


Project Administrator Vacancy at Creative Black Country.

Creative Black Country (CBC) on behalf of Black Country Together is looking to appoint a Project Administrator.

This is an exciting time of development for Creative Black Country as it expands its programme beyond Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton into the borough of Dudley following a four-year funding award from Arts Council England. The successful applicant will be part of small, dynamic, talented and well networked team delivering high impact projects to a region of 1.1 million people.

CBC is led by a Core Consortium of Sandwell Council of Voluntary Organisations, Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council,  One Walsall and Dudley Council for Voluntary Service (working as Black Country Together CIC) Multistory, Black Country Touring and Black Country Living Museum (which are all Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisations). This consortium brings together the community and voluntary sector and the expertise of professional arts producers with a long-standing commitment to the Black Country’s creative and cultural ecology and a depth and breadth of knowledge of leading contemporary arts practice.

Key principles of the role:

The postholder will provide administrative support to the Directors and CBC team, specifically in Dudley, for the development and delivery of a programme of work with and for communities across the Black Country. The role will include creation of online content to increase CBC’s profile.

Salary :

  • NJC spinal points 12-17 (£21,589-£23,836 per annum) pro rata at 3 days a week and depending on experience; 6% employer contribution pension

For an informal conversation, contact Jenny Smith (Creative Director – Maternity Cover) 07967 187 822 or Sajida Carr (Director of Operations and Development) 07793 244 031.

Timeline:

  • Closing date: 2nd December 2019 at 12 noon.
  • Interviews : 17th December 2019

Downloads:

We request no contact from recruitement agencies.


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