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Princes Trust Team Programme Smethwick

Princes Trust Smethwick are now recruiting for their next 12 week Team Programme for 16 – 25 year olds, starting 7th October 2019. The Programme offers skills such as team building, confidence and leadership. Young people will gain nationally recognised qualifications and certificates in First Aid and Food safety.

Alongside this, young people:
• can build a CV
• will be taught interview skills
• will have two weeks work experience and
• will be introduced to employers and training providers in a field that they wish to progress into.

A bus pass is provided which does not affect benefits.

If you have any questions please get in touch with Jack Dytor, the Prince’s Trust Team Leader, on 07787 245 832 or by email

If a group has an upcoming event which the Princes Trust could attend to aid recruitment, please contact Jack Dytor at Smethwick Police Station on the above number.

Further information

Free period products for young people

Did you know that 49% of girls in the UK have missed an entire day off school because of their period? Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council Public Health team are leading the #GirlCodeSandwell project in response to Period Poverty, with the aim being to provide free products to those who need them, and improve menstrual health and awareness.

The Department for Education (DfE) has recently announced that they will supply schools with products from January 2020, but what happens when young people aren’t at school?  Research tells us:

• One in seven girls (15%) have struggled to afford sanitary wear
• More than one in ten girls (12%) has had to improvise sanitary wear due to affordability issues
• One in ten girls (10%) have been unable to afford sanitary wear

Public Health would like to work with the Voluntary Sector to ensure they can reach young people in the community, in the  evening, at weekends and in the school holidays. As a result Public Heath are offering boxes of products to stakeholders who work with Sandwell young people, and specifically those who may benefit from free accessible products.

If this is something that would benefit the young people you work with and your organisation could host, please email to confirm your organisation would like a red box. Please provide the name of the person who will be happy to receive a box from a member of the team; will be the key contact for any communication; will commit to keep in contact and who will keep Public Health updated

What you will get from Public Heath?
• A box of free period products for your young people/ clients
• Posters to promote the products
• Free training workshops
• Support and resources to deliver the initiative.


Sessional Youth Worker required at Dorothy Parkes Centre

An exciting and unique opportunity has arisen for a Sessional Youth Worker at a local charity supporting children and young people. The Dorothy Parkes Centre is based in Smethwick and offers a place of welcome and opportunity for the local community.

Salary: £8.76 per hours
Location: Smethwick
Hours: Tuesday evenings
Responsible to: Senior Youth Worker
Contract: Three years – starting September 2019

The club will provide young people, aged 11 – 18, with the chance to make new friends and enjoy experiences in a safe environment, whilst enhancing personal and social development.

Applicants will be committed to working with young people and have experience of working with them in variety of settings. They should be enthusiastic, friendly, and approachable and be able to inspire and maintain effective relationships. It is important that applicants have the ability to work as part of a team and be able to use their initiative to carry out tasks independently.

Applicants must clearly demonstrate an understanding of safeguarding and child welfare issues and a commitment to sustain the service and meet objectives and targets.

The post consists of flexible work of unsociable hours, which may include occasional weekends.

Please note that all posts are subject to a satisfactory DBS check and associated references.

To apply for this vacancy please submit a completed application form (available from the Centre or the website to the Chief Executive Officer via email or by post to Dorothy Parkes Centre, Church Road, Smethwick B67 6EH.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Wednesday, 11 September 2019.

If applicants have not heard from the Dorothy Parkes Centre within a week after the closing date, your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Opportunities at Sport 4 Life UK

Sport 4 Life UK provides the opportunity for young people (aged 11 to 29) to prepare for and move into sustained education, employment, or training, by improving their employability and key life skills, through its sports-themed personal development services.

Following the implementation of a new delivery model, Sport 4 Life UK is hiring for a number of operational roles, as well as a new Business Development Manager.

For full details about each role and ‘Job Pack’, please click on this link.  Please note the closing date for submission of applications differ.

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Paul Hamlyn Foundation Youth Fund

Not for profit youth organisations that support young people (aged 14 – 25) facing disadvantage can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £60,000 through the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Youth Fund.

The Youth Fund supports organisations whose main purpose is about helping young people in the most precarious positions, where making the transition to adult independence is most challenging.

The funding is available for up to two years and will support the core operating costs of the applicant organisation.

Organisations may be planning to:
Replicating a programme or service
Widening the reach of an idea or innovation
Spreading a technology or skill
Advancing policy or enhancing its implementation
Influencing attitudes

Applications can be submitted at any time.

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Can You Help Increase the Number of Young Trustees?

Taken on Trust research published by the Charity Commission shows that 92% of trustees in England and Wales have an average age of 55-64 rising to 65-74 in smaller charities.

While older trustees are over-represented in the current landscape of trusteeship the opposite holds true for younger trustees.

This is highlighted by the Charities Aid Foundation, despite making up 12% of Britain’s population, 18-24 year-olds account for less than 0.5% of all charity trustees.

Younger people are a vital part of our society, they offer skills, perspectives and outlook that could give great value to charities and their boards.

This has been recognised by reports published by Roundhouse in 2017 and most recently, in the government’s Civil Society Strategy (2018).

We want to transform the landscape of trusteeship

The Young Trustees Movement was created to challenge and transform the current landscape of trusteeship in England and Wales and to bring new and younger voices to the boardroom.

It aims to catalyse change and to start breaking down the barriers faced by younger people who want to be trustees.

Funded by the Blagrave Trust, this movement takes a systemic approach working with young people, existing trustees, and sector leaders to encourage change so we can grow the numbers of young trustees in England and Wales.

Underlying this is the movement towards fundamentally challenging and changing the perception of what it means to be a leader. What this means is to widen the definition and perception of who a trustee is beyond the traditional view of someone that is at the pinnacle of their career or someone with senior management experience.

This may mean valuing different factors such as age, lived experience, socio-economic background and so on.

To read the full Charity Commission blog click here.

Source: GOV.UK

Free girls only multi-sports sessions at Cradley Heath Community Centre

Cradley Heath Community Centre is to have a series of girls only multi-sport sessions, starting soon. The free sessions are for girls between the ages of 14 and 19 years old.

The sessions kick-off (metaphorically!) with indoor tennis and will be every Sunday from 11 am to 12 noon.

If you (or someone you know) would like to take up this opportunity to take part in female only sports activities and make new friends, please call (or text) Naureen Maan on 07792 020 014, to book a place and find out more. Why not go along and give it a shot!!

Please do not delay, places are limited.

The venue is Sandwell Community Hub, Cradley Heath Community Centre, Reddal Hill Road, Cradley Heath B64 5JG

Active Black Country have an amazing opportunity for Black Country Employers

Active Black Country have an amazing opportunity for Black Country Employers that represents the future of sports coach apprenticeships. In partnership with Royal Foundation, Coach Core is an apprenticeship programme that helps young people aged 16-24 who are not in education, employment or training to build a career.

The aim is to work with a group of Black Country employers to recruit 20 new apprentices who will gain a level 2 community activator coach qualification, across a 15 month employment programme. The apprenticeship will involve 3 – 4 days working with the employer and 1 – 2 days within education, provided by Lifetime Training.

Coach Core will also support employers with a grant to help ensure the right young people are given this opportunity to reach their full potential, be an asset to your business and the wider community. Nearly 450 apprentices have now come through Coach Core and Active Black Country want to make the Black Country part of this legacy.

If you are a Black Country Employer who is interested in this programme, please contact for more information.

Black Country and West Birmingham Perinatal Mental Health Event

This is an opportunity to hear about the newly launched ‘Specialist Community Perinatal Mental Health Service’ and to celebrate the difference it is making to local people.  The event is on Tuesday 11 June 2019, 9.30 am – 3.30 pm at The Stadium Suite, Banks’s Stadium, Bescot Crescent, Walsall, WS1 4SA

Attendees will get an overview of the service model that is supporting new and expectant mothers in the Black Country and West Birmingham, along with updates from the local Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) and the national perinatal programme.

Networking sessions throughout the event will enable attendees to listen to people with lived experience of perinatal mental health problems and talk to staff working within the new service.

Who should attend?
The event is aimed at the workforce supporting perinatal mental health patients, as well as local women and their families. This includes General Practitioners, Midwives, General Nurses, Practice Nurses, Health Visitors, Allied Health Professionals, Social Workers, Adult Mental Health Nurses, Emergency Services staff, Children’s Centre staff, Obstetricians, Psychiatrists and third sector organisations who support women and families.

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BBC Children in Need (Main Grants)

Grants of over £10,000 per project are available, through the BBC Children in Need Main Grants programme, to not for profit organisations and schools that work with young people who are experiencing disadvantage. This may be through illness, distress, abuse or neglect; any kind of disability; behavioural or psychological difficulties; and / or living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

Applications should demonstrate how your project will change the lives of children for the better.

Grants of over £10,000 are available with no upper limit stated, however, BBC Children in Need make very few grants over £120,000.

Organisations eligible to apply will be not for profit i.e. schools; registered charities; voluntary organisations; churches; and community groups, etc. In the case of schools, this must not be for work that they have a duty to fund.

The Fund is open to applications all year round, but there are a number of deadline and award dates throughout the year. The next deadline is 11:59 pm on the 13th September 2019.

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