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Christmas Lights Celebrations In Sandwell

Christmas is just around the corner and people in Sandwell can get in the festive spirit with a series of community events across the six towns.

Sandwell Council is making sure town centres are looking Christmassy and is working together with community organisations to put on a number of Christmas lights celebrations.

Go to www.sandwell.gov.uk/lights for full details of events across Sandwell


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

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We request no contact from recruitement agencies.


Fundraising Manager Vacancy at Creative Black Country.

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

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:

To work with Creative Black Country to develop and increase its fundraising activities, identify further opportunities to grow its work for 2020 and beyond, and to raise the profile of the work that CBC delivers.

Salary :

  • NJC spinal points 20-31 (£32,029- £33,799 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 : 16th December 2019

Downloads:

We request no contact from recruitement agencies.


A consultation on changes to Charity Governance Code

The steering group behind the Charity Governance Code are continually looking to improve the code, taking into account the evolving understanding of what is good governance, and the changing expectations of the sector’s various stakeholders.

As such, they have launched a consultation on how the code can be improved in anticipation of a ‘light refresh’ in 2020, followed by more far-reaching changes taking place in 2023.

You can find out more and take part in the consultation here.


Page to Stage: Music for Mental Health

Passionate about mental health? Want to create new music? As the world is beginning to open up about mental health, The People’s Orchestra and Show Choirs provide a platform to share your experiences and raise the profile of this important issue through the Page to Stage project.

Join The People’s Orchestra for a composition workshop, on Saturday, 16 November, 1 pm to 6 pm. You do not need to have musical training to take part, just an interest in sharing your experiences of mental health and being part of the creative process.

Ideas and soundscapes from the day will be combined into a specially commissioned piece of music for The People’s Orchestra and Show Choirs, to be premiered in a concert next year.

1.00 pm Welcome and Warm up

1.15 pm Poetry Workshop: contribute thoughts and experiences around mental health.

2.30 pm Collaborate and create: a musical composition workshop with Kirsty Devaney

5.30 pm Informal performance to family and friends.

Get in touch on 0121 569 2616 to let The People’s Orchestra know you are coming.

Visit the website on www.thepeoplesorchestra.com


The Art Yard – Call for Artists November Exhibition

 

The Art Yard would like to invite local arts to register their interest in being apart of their Open Media Exhibition. This is an opportunity for the artist to showcase their work regardless of the medium (i.e. paint, photography, ceramics, sculpture, film metalwork, crafts and much more).

Artists should complete the Submission Form listing all works you would like to exhibit stating the Media, size and selling price, please include any digital images of each work.

The Art Yard charge a small fee for exhibiting your works in their gallery and are to be paid when delivering your works.

For more details see the links below:

We very much look forward to seeing your work and hope you enjoy what we believe will be a successful and exciting Exhibition.

For more information or to submit your completed form please email The Art Yard directly at infoartyard@gmail.com or call 01384910968.


Sandwell Blue Light Team Launch

Reaching out to vulnerable people who are alcohol and/or drug dependent, resistant to treatment and who are a burden on emergency services.

Come along to our launch event to meet the new team and discuss how we can work together to improve the health and wellbeing of the vulnerable substance misusers of Sandwell.

Taking place on Monday 11th November 2019 from 10.00am – 12.00pm, Sandwell Council House, Committee Rooom 1, Freeth Street, Oldbury, B60 3DB.

For more information and to confirm your attendance, please contact Blue Light Co-ordinator Gurjit Brring or Assertive Outreach Worker Irene O’Brien on 0121 553 1333 or e-mail bluelightsandwell@cranstoun.org.uk


The Art Yard – November Sale Exhibition

The Art Yard would like to invite local arts to register their interest in being apart of their Open Media Exhibition. This is an opportunity for the artist to showcase their work regardless of the medium (i.e. paint, photography, ceramics, sculpture, film metalwork, crafts and much more).

Artists should complete the Submission Form listing all works you would like to exhibit stating the Media, size and selling price, please include any digital images of each work.

The Art Yard charge a small fee for exhibiting your works in their gallery and are to be paid when delivering your works.

For more details see the links below:

We very much look forward to seeing your work and hope you enjoy what we believe will be a successful and exciting Exhibition.

For more information or to submit your completed form please email The Art Yard directly at infoartyard@gmail.com or call 01384910968.


Sandwell Visually Impaired CIO (SVI) Annual Forum Request for Volunteers

Sandwell Visually Impaired (SVI) CIO’s largest event of the year is fast approaching and they are seeking your help to make the day enjoyable and stress  free for their blind and visually impaired guests.

They do hope you are able to help them this year by being a volunteer as part of their Annual Forum.

Event:  SVI’s Annual Forum – attracts around 100 people every year.
Event date:  Monday 18 November 2019 from 9am to 3pm.  Note, if volunteers are only able to stay for part of the event, please contact the SVI team to discuss.

Venue: Portway Lifestyles Centre, Newbury Lane, Oldbury, B69 1HE

Role description and duties:

Volunteer helpers are needed to assist SVI [Sandwell Visually Impaired] blind and partially sighted members to safely move around while at the event, to escort to seats, offer refreshments i.e. drinks and biscuits on arrival and at morning break, read programmes etc. on request from members, accompany members to exhibit stands, offer sighted guide support to toilets [note there is no personal care requirements, PA’s are available should this be required] and to help with the distribution of a pre packed ‘meal deal’ lunch.  Volunteer helpers also have a key role to enable visually impaired members to make best use of the day and to make every effort to make the event enjoyable and stress free for those present.

A volunteers pre-event meeting and Sighted guide instruction session is taking place at the Portway Lifestyle Centre on Tuesday 5 November 2019 from 1pm to 2.30pm.  If anyone is unable to attend the pre-event meeting, a short briefing session will take place on the day of the event from 9am for a short instruction/refresher session – note sighted guide technique is not difficult and can be easily learned in around 30 minutes.

If volunteers would like to learn more about the role but are unable to attend the volunteers meeting, please ring the SVI office for an informal chat on 0121 525 4810.

Travel expenses are claimable at standard Day Saver pass rate or mileage at 45p a mile.  Volunteer helpers are also provided with a ‘meal deal’ lunch and general refreshments throughout the event.

SVI value their volunteers and as well as supporting SVI we would encourage volunteers to make the most of the event for themselves, it’s a wonderful opportunity to gain greater awareness of visual impairment and to obtain a broad range of information about support and services available to people living with sight loss – a good opportunity for anyone seeking to look for employment in a care and support capacity.

A full volunteer pack is provided following the volunteer meeting.

If you are able to help SVI, they look forward to hearing from you and to meeting you either at the pre-event volunteers meeting, or on the day of the Annual Forum.

 


Sandwell Launches New Language Network

Sandwell Consortium are launching the Sandwell Language Network (SLN) programme, providing a unique opportunity to work closely with our voluntary and community sector partners to develop the offer of  English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) provision in Sandwell.

How to get involved?
We want to promote the great work already happening so please get in touch to give us an overview of your current provision.

We have an exciting opportunity to provide training to your volunteers to enable them to assist in delivering ESOL programmes – in partnership with Sandwell College, volunteers can access a training programme that offers:
• City & Guilds Award in Education & Training
• a work placement to hone new skills
• mentoring support
• travel expenses

We are asking organisations with volunteers who would like to deliver more ESOL to express an interest by emailing english@sandwellconsortium.co.uk


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