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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 denise_hooper@sandwell.gov.uk.

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


Sandwell Early Help Partnership Event – ‘Supporting our most vulnerable children: Let’s work together’

You are invited to be part of our next Sandwell Early Help Partnership event, taking place on Monday 20th May, 1.45 pm – 4.00 pm at the Brasshouse Community Centre, Brasshouse Ln, Smethwick B66 1BA. The event will, as always, give you the opportunity to meet other agencies from across Sandwell who are working with children, young people and families to provide early support around some of life’s challenges. 

The event will give you the opportunity to …

  • make new contacts and meet with colleagues from other organisations
  • think about and share with others how we can best support vulnerable young people
  • consider how we can make the most of existing holiday provision and activities
  • receive an update on important new local initiatives to support young people, and on the Early Help Partnership

The event is open to staff of organisations which are signed-up members of the Sandwell Early Help Partnership, or which are shortly to sign up as members.  All tickets for this event are free and we encourage members to bring along their colleagues (max 3 per organisation) and of course if you can’t make it feel free to send someone in your place.

Participants are encouraged to bring along promotional information on any services that they are providing to share during the networking time.

To book your place please click here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/supporting-our-most-vulnerable-children-lets-work-together-tickets-61103474136

The Sandwell Early Help Partnership comprises a range of local organisations including schools, health workers, voluntary and community organisations, Sandwell Police and Fire, and Sandwell Council Children’s Services. Membership of the Partnership is free and all member agencies share a commitment to work together to achieve the shared ambitions for children and families in the borough.

For any questions or queries please email: earlyhelp@scvo.info


VCS Mentors sought for new Youth Programme

Sandwell has secured funds to deliver a local programme of the Government’s ‘Supporting Families Against Youth Crime’ initiative. This fund is focused on areas of the country where gang and youth crime is an issue to provide local authorities with additional capacity to help them respond to their local needs.

The aim of this programme in Sandwell is to help our local children and young people to have increased resilience and to feel empowered through accessing support to steer them away from becoming involved in gang and youth crime. The programme also seeks to equip parents and families to better identify and deal with issues at an earlier stage through a network of support.

Local organisations from the Voluntary and Community Sector are now invited to apply to become an approved partner in delivering youth mentoring from June 2019 to the end of March 2020.

Interested and eligible organisations can apply to be an approved delivery partner, the deadline for which is 9.00 am, Monday 3rd June 2019.

There will be a briefing event held on Monday 13th May, 2 – 3 pm at SCVO offices, 1st Floor, Landchard House, Victoria Street, West Bromwich, B70 8ER. This meeting will be an opportunity for potential applicant organisations to discuss and learn more about the programme as a whole and the mentoring element more specifically.

Key documents are as follows:-

Please note that this is a different funding opportunity to the Early Intervention Youth Fund, for which Sandwell Council is currently seeking local youth organisations to deliver targeted interventions with young people.  Details of that opportunity can be found here.


Early Intervention Youth Fund – Grant Funding Available

An exciting opportunity has arisen for providers to bid for grant funding of £26,000 as part of the Sandwell EIYF provision of the wider West Midlands project. The funding is administered by Sandwell Council on behalf of the West Midlands PCC.

Providers would be expected to deliver targeted interventions to provide support to at least 15 young people over until end of March 2020 who have been assessed as Tier 2, and are displaying risk factors associated with violent crime, in particular those at risk of exclusion from school.

Successful providers must be in a position to start working with 5 young people from the cohort immediately.

Tier-2 working with YP that are identified as being at risk due to them being siblings or friends of known gang nominals /YOS families

The aims would be:

  • Equip young people with life skills
  • Divert them from crime
  • Develop resilience and coping skills
  • Raise aspirations

Support would be take the form of:

  • One to one mentoring and group sessions
  • Working with schools to ensure that the young people are receiving the necessary support
  • Working with parents to equip and support them with the necessary parenting skills to sustain the work done with young people
  • Introducing young people to positive role models

For an informal discussion, please contact Denise Hooper or Rebecca Low on 0121 569 3352 or 0121 569 6374

You can download the application form HERE. (Word format)

 Please email completed application forms Community_SafetyTeam@sandwell.gov.uk  by 10th May 2019


Sandwell School Nursing Service

Sandwell MBC is pleased to announce that Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust have been awarded the contract to deliver the Sandwell School Nursing Service from 1st April 2019.

Please find attached official communication letter on the conclusion of the Sandwell School Nursing procurement.


Vulnerable Children Risk Becoming ‘Lost in Digital Space’

A not-for-profit online safety organisation is warning that vulnerable children are becoming ‘lost in digital space’ where they face risks such as cyberbullying, cyber fraud and sexting.

A study by Internet Matters found that around two million vulnerable children, including those with disabilities and mental health issues, are at particular risk online.

Other online safety risks they face include seeing harmful content, such as those that promote self-harm and suicide.

The study, based on the experiences of around 3,000 young people aged between 10 and 16, found that children in care and young carers are almost twice as likely to be cyberbullied than their peers.

One in four (27%) of children with special educational needs view sites that promoting self-harm and 25% view sites that encourage anorexia, compared to 17% of their peers in both cases.

Young people with hearing difficulties are also more likely to be involved in sexting and are five times more likely than their peers to say that the internet upsets them.

Those with learning difficulties are a third more likely to spend more than five hours a day online compared to their peers and also a third more likely to have their social media account hacked.

To read the full Charity Digital News article click here.

 

 


Cash for Kids

Sadly for many children across the West Midlands life is really tough.

They could be living in poverty, with a serious illness or disability or be subject to neglect or abuse. Free Radio Cash for Kids is here to make a positive impact on the lives of these children.

Free Radio helps by awarding grants to families, community projects and small local charities who support these children.

Right now they are looking for applications for grant funding that we hope to be able to fulfill from funds raised during their forthcoming Superhero Day campaign.

Consideration for grants will only be given to those who help children up to the age of 18, who match our eligibility criteria and live within the Free Radio broadcast area (see the map located on their website).

They are looking for applications with a maximum value of £2,000 and in keeping with a timeline whereby funding will be made available in June/July 2019.

They will be looking to showcase some of the applications we’ve received during the Superhero Day campaign, to inspire Free Radio listeners and businesses across the area to donate & fundraise. Please indicate within your application (in Section 5. Other Information) how you would support this.

Finally, if you have a bigger project that you are currently fundraising for (or have ambitions to fundraise for in the near future) please include a 2/3 sentence summary of this also within Section 5. Other Information.

Click here to access our online application form (please note we only accept applications via this online form).

Applications close at 11:59pm on Friday 15th March 2019 to get your copy click here.

Source: Free Radio Website


Safeguarding Duties for Trustees

Safeguarding is a key governance priority for all trustees, not just those working with groups traditionally considered at risk.

You should read the guidance about safeguarding duties for charity trustees.

We advise you to carry out a thorough review of your charity’s safeguarding governance and management arrangements and performance, if you haven’t done in the last 12 months.

It is also important that you contact us about any safeguarding issues, or serious safeguarding incidents, complaints or allegations which have not previously been reported to us.

Find more about what and how to report to the Charity Commission.

Source: Charity Commission Newsletter


See Beauty and the Beast

Join Dorothy Parkes for a post Christmas ‘pick me up’ as they work in partnership with Black Country Touring.

Multi Story Theatre Company presents Beauty and the Beast – A pre-Disney version of a well-loved tale.

An old woman who claims to be a princess and a reluctant security guard use music, song, puppetry, and projection to play out the traditional tale of Beauty and the Beast. Nothing is quite as it seems in this lively and inventive version of the hugely popular story presented by on one the UK’s most respected children’s theatre companies.

Children and adults alike enjoy both the bravura fun of the storytelling and the genuine drama and pathos of the tale as it unfolds.  The production, for children aged 5 – 11 and their families,on Saturday, 19 January 2019 at 2.30 pm and 4.00 pm.

Tickets are £3.00 adults and £2.00 children and can be purchased online https://www.dorothyparkes.org/Event/beauty-and-the-beast or at the Centre, Church Road, Smethwick B67 6EH.

There will be light refreshments and the chance to enter a raffle.


New Year, New Start – Jobs Fair for 14 – 19 Year Olds

Connexions Sandwell, in partnership with The Apprenticeship Works, is hosting the largest Jobs Fair event in the Black Country on Saturday,19 January 2019, 10 am to 2 pm.

There will be advice on careers, apprenticeships, and education and training for 14 – 19 year olds.

Tell your friends and bring the family to this free event.

The Jobs Fair will be at The Town Hall, West Bromwich, High Street, West Bromwich, B70 8DY.


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