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Early Help Partnership ‘The Bigger Picture’ Events

These last few months have been difficult for us all, bringing many changes to organisations, groups and activities. We have all been committed to doing our best to support children, young people and families in Sandwell. Now with steps being made to try and get back to some normality, we thought it would be a great time to come together and have some conversations about what ‘The ‘Bigger Picture’ looks like around activities for children and young people.

These EHP Wednesbury and Tipton events will focus on how we work more effectively to help one another.

We will provide the opportunity for attendees to:

• find out what services are currently available in their local area
• share concerns going forward and ideas of what has worked for you
• share information about what support you currently offer and what you have planned for the near future
• link in with each other and build new partnerships.

If you work, volunteer or offer activities in Wednesbury, and would like to join us on Monday 3 August, 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm, please book here.

If you work, volunteer or offer activities in Tipton, and would like to join us on Wednesbury 5 August, 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm, please book here.

Joining details will be sent when you book your place.

For further information contact Angel, Early Help Partnership Co-ordinator.  Email: earlyhelp@scvo.info or call 07587 136072.


Nominations Sought for SCVO’s Board of Trustees

SCVO will be holding their Annual General Meeting 2020 on Tuesday 29th September. Nominations are now being sought for individuals who wish to serve as Trustees on SCVO’s Board.

Any board committee member, staff member or volunteer of an organisation which is a member of SCVO who has the the approval of that organisation may be eligible for nomination.  SCVO members will be invited at the AGM to elect new trustees from those nominated.

The deadline for nominations is 9.00am Monday 17th August 2020.

The nomination form can be found here.


August Coffee Time Conversations Session

‘Coffee Time Conversations’ seeks to bring like-minded individuals from across Sandwell together, to chat about different concerns that have arisen primarily as a consequence of COVID-19. The aim of these conversations is to share experiences, good practice and help others to problem solve around a concern they may have currently.

Our next session is being held on Thursday 13th August 2020, 10am till 11.30am via a Zoom conference call. The topic for this ‘Coffee Time Conversation’ will be the current fundraising challenges organisations are facing to enable them to continue or adapt their much needed service provision.

Future conversations will be steered by participants during the session which gives you the chance to talk with others working in similar areas and decide upon the topics that are most important to you as a collective.

You are welcome to register for any / all of these conversations, which will be hosted as a Zoom Conference Call. Please use this Eventbrite link to register your attendance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the conversation nearer the time.

We look forward to seeing you all in August.


Free Virtual Introduction to Writing an Elevator Pitch Webinar

You never get a second chance to make a good first impression! Whether you are raising funds, promoting your services, seeking participants or trying to attract new volunteers to your organisation. It is important that you communicate effectively who you are and your values to your intended audience. An elevator pitch is meant to do just that, by instilling enough intrigue to get the prospect to ask you to tell them more.

SCVO’s introduction to writing an elevator pitch webinar will explain this concept, enabling you to write and develop your own elevator pitch in our free one-and-a-half-hour long webinar, being held on Thursday 30th July 2020, 10am via a Zoom Conference call.

This webinar is aimed at Community Groups and Charities who are interested in learning how to craft their own elevator pitch with confidence and increasing their income through being able to effectively sell themselves to a variety of audiences.

The aims of the webinar are to:

  • introduce the concept and potential uses of an elevator pitch
  • understand the essential principles of an effective elevator pitch
  • explore the different approaches to crafting your elevator pitch
  • provide hints and tips that enable you to develop your own elevator pitch based on the principles discussed in this webinar

There is a maximum of 20 places available for this virtual webinar and all places must be booked through Eventbrite by clicking here.

Why not go to our website at www.scvo.info to subscribe to our free weekly e-bulletin, so you get information automatically on SCVO webinars and training news straight to your inbox.


Save the Date – SCVO’s 2020 AGM and Conference

SCVO Members, local voluntary sector organisations, stakeholders and strategic partners are invited to SCVO’s Annual General Meeting taking place this year on Tuesday 29th September.

This will be an opportunity to reflect on an eventful year for Sandwell’s voluntary and community sector and learn about new developments and changes at SCVO. Further details on the programme and agenda for the event will follow nearer  the time.

The event is taking place on Tuesday 29th September 2020 from 9.30am – 12.30pm. Given the current situation, it will be held virtually and joining instructions will be sent to ticket holders in advance of the event.  The timing of the event may alter slightly, but again we will give you advance notice.

We do hope that you can join us and many others from across Sandwell for what we hope will be an enjoyable and informative occasion.

In order to book your place please go to – https://scvoagm2020lookingtothefuture.eventbrite.co.uk


SCVO is recruiting…

Are you someone who has a real passion for developing business support systems, has a competence and confidence in advanced use of a range of IT packages and who is able to demonstrate experience to that effect?

Are you an effective communicator and able to relate effectively to a wide spectrum of stakeholders?

Are you looking for a satisfying role within a fast-paced and dynamic charity making a real difference within the local community?

Then YOU might be just who we are looking for!

SCVO seeks to appoint a high-calibre individual who will play a key role in supporting the SCVO team by providing a range of business support functions that enable the development and growth of SCVO’s activities. 

The role is a key point of contact for communications; including an effective and welcoming front-of-house function and daily administrative support to the Chief Executive Officer, SCVO senior management team and the Board of Trustees.

SCVO is looking for a self-confident, self-motivated and adaptable individual, who has excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, and can evidence a strong attention to detail. We’re also looking for someone who can take a lead on key business support functions, developing existing and new systems/approaches and supporting colleagues with their implementation.

The successful candidate will be able to work to tight deadlines, and adaptable to changing priorities and circumstances.

Remuneration: a competitive package that includes:

  • Salary: £13,746 – £14,587 per annum(depending upon experience) plus contributory pension scheme to which eligible employees will be auto-enrolled.
  • Working hours: 25 hours per week(5 hrs per day Mon-Fri – within the scope of 9.15am – 2.45pm)
  • Holidays: 28 days per annum, plus bank holidays (pro rata)

If you would like to have an informal discussion about this opportunity, please call Stuart Ashmore (Operations Manager/Deputy CEO) on 07703 823226.

Deadline for applications:      Monday, 10th August 2020 at 12 noon.

Interviews to be arranged during the period w/c 17th August 2020 and beyond.

Click HERE to download the Job Description and Person Specification (pdf format)

Click HERE to download the Application Form (Word doc format)

Click HERE to see SCVO’s 2019 Annual Review

Click HERE to download SCVO’s 2018/19 Annual Report & Accounts

Please email applications to SCVO at: stuart@scvo.info

**Please Note** – we are unable to accept postal applications as our offices are currently closed and the SCVO Team is working remotely. If this is likely to cause difficulties with submission of your application, please contact Stuart Ashmore on 07703 823226.

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Report Recognises Key Role of Sandwell VCS During Lockdown

A new report published by SCVO has outlined the extent to which Sandwell’s Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) has had to adapt to the challenges posed by the Covid 19 lockdown, and has highlighted the immense role played by local organisations in supporting residents through the crisis.

The ‘Covid 19 Impact on Sandwell’s Voluntary and Community Sector’ report draws on the views and experiences of a wide range of local VCS leaders during April and May 2020 as organisations found themselves navigating the uncharted territory of the emerging pandemic.  More than three-quarters of organisations contributing to the report were able to keep operating and adapting to new ways of working, providing vital help to their communities.   The report also acknowledges the challenges ahead for communities and those organisations that serve them.

Mark Davis, SCVO’s Chief Executive Officer, commented “This report highlights the crucial part that our local voluntary sector plays in the life of our borough.  VCS leaders, staff and volunteers have once again gone to extraordinary lengths to ensure that those adversely affected by the lockdown have received the practical and emotional support that they need.  Their skill and commitment in a period of real adversity is to be commended, and we should be especially proud of our voluntary sector at this time.”

A copy of the report is available on SCVO’s website here.


“Coffee Time Conversations” Launches!

SCVO is pleased to announce that we are launching our ‘Coffee Time Conversations’, which seek to bring together individuals from across Sandwell, to chat about different concerns that have arisen primarily as a consequence of COVID-19. The aim of these informal conversations is to share experiences, good practice and help others to problem-solve around a concern they may currently have. It’s not a formal workshop, briefing or seminar … just the opportunity to chat with others who might be in similar situations.

The topic for our first ‘Coffee Time Conversation’ being held on Wednesday 15th July 2020, 10am till 11.30am, via Zoom will be the current challenges that organisations are facing in being able to continue to provide their much-needed services, including how service delivery can/might need to be adapted.

Future conversations will be steered by input from participants. During the session you’ll have the opportunity to talk with others working in similar areas and decide upon the topics that are most important to you as a collective.

You are welcome to register for any / all of these conversations, which will be hosted as a Zoom Conference Call. Please use this Eventbrite link to register your attendance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the inaugural conversation.

We look forward to seeing you all soon.


Free Introduction to Writing Charity Letters Webinar

Are you just starting on your fundraising journey/career and would like some guidance on how to go about raising money for your organisation using a charity letter?

If so, why not come along to SCVO’s ‘Introduction to Writing Charity Letters’ virtual webinar on Wednesday 17th June 2020 at 2pm via a Zoom Conference Call. An email invitation to join the virtual webinar will be send out by SCVO prior to the commencement of the workshop. We would ask all attendees to arrive 5 minutes prior to the start.

This virtual webinar is aimed at those community, voluntary and social enterprise organisations new to the art of fundraising and will present a basic understanding and knowledge of what you need to know to get started with raising money for your project, activities or organisation.

The webinar aims to provide:
• Introduction and basic principles of writing a charity letter to raise funds
• Better understanding on how to construct your charity letter
• Hints and tips, together with reasons why some letters fail

There is a maximum of 20 places available for this virtual workshop. All places must be booked through Eventbrite by clicking here.

Why not go to our website at www.scvo.info to subscribe to our free weekly e-bulletin, so you get information automatically on SCVO workshops and training news straight to your inbox.


Free Virtual Introduction to Fundraising Workshop

Are you just starting on your fundraising journey/career and would like some guidance on how to go about raising money for your organisation?

If so, why not come along to SCVO’s ‘Introduction to Fundraising’ virtual workshop on Thursday 21st May 2020 at 2pm via a Zoom Conference Call. An email invitation to join the virtual workshop will be send out by SCVO prior to the commencement of the workshop.

This virtual workshop is aimed at those community, voluntary and social enterprise organisations new to the art of fundraising and will present a basic understanding and knowledge of what you need to know to get started with raising money for your project, activities or organisation.

The workshop aims to provide:

  • Introduction and basic principles of fundraising
  • Better understanding on how to construct your responses within a funding application, with some funding do’s and don’ts
  • Hints and tips, together with reasons why some applications fail

There is a maximum of 20 places available for this virtual workshop. All places must be booked through Eventbrite by clicking here.

Why not go to our website at www.scvo.info to subscribe to our free weekly e-bulletin, so you get information automatically on SCVO workshops and training news straight to your inbox.


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