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Holiday Playscheme Funding 2019-20 now open for Applications

There is a Council grant available from the “Creating a Playable Sandwell” Holiday Grant Programme 2019-20. The grant is to support the Voluntary and Community Sector (not for profit) organisations, that can offer open access, inclusive, quality, free of charge play experiences to children and young people aged 5-14 years in Sandwell, during school holiday periods between July 2019 to March 2020.

The Council would particularly welcome new applicants from Rowley Regis and Wednesbury areas.

The closing date for applications is 4 pm on Friday 14 June 2019.  Applications received after this date will not be processed.

Application forms and Guidance notes can be found on the Sandwell Council website. Simply follow the link below.


Free English Courses and Free Teacher Training through Talk English

Talk English is a community based volunteer led project which delivers free beginner English classes to local communities. Classes are 12 – 15 weeks long and can be delivered in one and a half to two and half hour sessions per week.  Certificates are issued to learners once their course has been completed.

Fircroft College is currently looking to expand provision into Sandwell from September 2019 onwards and is looking for:

* Partner organisations who are working with beneficiaries who can host a course.

* Volunteer teachers can attend a free two-day teacher training course available at Fircroft College during May and June 2019. Please visit https://www.fircroft.ac.uk/esol-teacher-training for more information.

You can read more about the Talk English Project at https://www.fircroft.ac.uk/talk-english

Please feel free to contact Neena Chauhan (Project Manager) at neena.chauhan@fircroft.ac.uk or on 07719 257 319.

Spring Housing Association seeks Arabic Speaking Coordinator

Spring Housing Association has an ideal opportunity for a refugee/asylum seeker support worker, or similar, with some experience and wishing to develop competency in training, partnership work and project coordination. Spring is committed to supporting the post holder to develop and succeed through consultancy inputs, mentoring and training.

Role: Lifehacks Coordinator (Arabic Speaking)
Salary: Up to £26,000 per annum
Hours per week: 37.5 (job share and secondment considered)

You will take ownership of the pilot Life Hacks learning programme and drive it forward. You will co-ordinate the programme day to day and personally deliver training across one site in Birmingham and one other site to be agreed (West Midlands). We expect up to 20 learners to participate during the pilot. Most will be Arabic speakers and so an ability to speak and understand basic Arabic is essential. The programme will run initially for one year and we are offering a 12 month contract. Continuation will be conditional on performance and funding.

The Life Hacks (Foundation Life Skills) programme is focused on mental and physical wellbeing, beliefs and values, rights and responsibilities, personal safety and risk (drugs and alcohol, e-safety, anti-social behaviour, consent, hate crime, knife crime, CSE, county lines), Asylum and status.

The Life Hacks (Practical Life Skills) programme is focused on various practical areas of personal safety, wellbeing, tenancy and work readiness: housing and tenancy; nutrition and food; healthy life styles; sexual health and relationships; money management; household skills; making a home; security and safety; community; preparation for work; phone calls & appointments.

Development of the Life Hacks training resources themselves is being commissioned separately, but you will have opportunity to input into content, approach, testing and revision and particularly as the programme rolls out and may require changes.

As part of the commitment to make Spring a great place to work, a comprehensive reward and benefits package is offered.

Spring Housing Association takes safeguarding of vulnerable people seriously. Applicants will be subject to Safer Recruitment Checks.

Please read carefully through the comprehensive application pack and contact Spring on 0121 663 1443 if you have further questions.

Application pack available at https://springhousing.org.uk/jobs/

Closing date: 9:00 am on Wednesday, 29th May 2019

Company staff seeking opportunities to volunteer

Staff from from a pharma company are looking to engage in volunteering. They would prefer smaller community based services that have a strong interest in homelessness or children / young people, but really are open to any community service who could benefit.

There may be a very small budget to support.  The company is largely looking to donate skills, manpower and enthusiasm whether that is manual DIY or something softer such as admin.

If you feel your organisation could benefit from this offer, please contact Sharon Preston direct at sharon.preston@merck.com.

Company Secretary required at The GAP Centre

The GAP Christian Family Centre is a friendly community centre in Hargate Lane, West Bromwich, from which many services are run.  The Centre is seeking to recruit a Company Secretary.

This is primarily an administrative role. You will organise the agenda for Directors’ meetings, take minutes and ensure all relevant compliance information is accurately maintained, and action points followed up. One of your main tasks will be to support the Chair, as you make sure the Board of Directors conducts itself professionally and effectively and provide sound governance of the Charity.

To see the person spec and a comprehensive list of the main responsibilities, click here. Interested? Please email Les Trumpeter on l_trumpeter@hotmail.com.

This is a voluntary position with expenses paid, where required.

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

Revenues and Benefits Spring newsletter

Sandwell Revenues and Benefits service have released their Spring 2019 newsletter. This includes important information on the new rules for Council Tax Reduction (help for Sandwell residents with their Council Tax bills), Discretionary Housing Payments, private sector housing news and Universal Credit.

For more information about the Revenues and Benefits Service, please contact Oliver Wright at oliver_wright@sandwell.gov.uk

Suicide Bereavement Support Service

The Kaleidoscope Plus Group facilitates a Suicide Bereavement Support Service, funded by money raised for the organisation for this purpose.

The service provides a safe space for people who have been bereaved by suicide, to come together and talk openly about their experiences. Groups are led by trained professionals who bring with them skills and knowledge around coping with grief, loss and bereavement.

The Suicide Support Service meet, 2 pm to 4 pm on the second Thursday of the month. The next meeting will be on Thursday, 9th May 2019.

If you have been bereaved by suicide, and would like to access support, please call Gillian Reeves on 0121 565 5605 or email Gillian.Reeves@kaleidoscopeplus.org.uk prior to attending.

The Kaleidoscope Plus Group have recently moved to:

153 Dartmouth Square
West Bromwich
B70 7QX

Happy Birthday Black Country Touring!

Black Country Touring (BCT) is turning 21 this year! To celebrate their big birthday, they are undertaking a sponsored 21 mile walk along the region’s canals on 25th May 2019, from Dudley Port to Wolverhampton and then all the way back to Birmingham via Smethwick. They’ll be joined by artists, performers and board members.

Black Country Touring was established in 1997 as an arts charity, to address the lack of opportunities for local people to access theatre, dance and film, in an area with some of the lowest levels of arts engagement in the UK. The arts have the potential to change lives – they allow us to see new possibilities, develop new skills and strengthen our communities and the places where we live.

They work with local people in the Black Country to programme professional touring theatre and dance into places where the local community can get to see it – this might be a school, community centre, the local library or high street. Through our Young Promoters project, children and young people go behind the scenes of how live theatre happens by transforming their school into a venue. We also make new theatre productions based on the lives and stories of diverse local communities.

Every £1 they raise will be doubled by Arts Council England via their Catalyst: Evolve funding.

More information or to sponsor BCT click here.

For more of their work, please visit bctouring.co.uk or follow them on Twitter @bct_us. You can get in touch via us@bctouring.co.uk or 0121 533 7129.


Dying Matters Awareness Week: 13 – 19 May 2019

Dying Matters, aims to bring conversations and talk about the subject of death and bereavement into the national agenda.

On Tuesday, 14th May, 10.30 am to 11.30 am, Oldbury Library aims to increase awareness of  dying, death and bereavement  to help people make the most of their finite lives.

Go along and gain advice and information from a variety of organisations.  Drink tea, eat cake and discuss death.

Death happens to everyone. It is a normal part of nature’s order. Being aware of it, but not dwelling on it, is a key aspect of living a happy, full and productive life.

Oldbury Library
Jack Judge House
Halesowen Street
B69 2AJ

Telephone: 0121 569 4955

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