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Bearwood Community Hub is hiring!

Bearwood Community Hub is a community hub designed by local people but as a minimum the vision includes: co-working space (main income generator) and social enterprise incubator, flexible creche for children of freelancers, community collaboration and connection space, community kitchen, sub-leased office space.


The Hub needs someone who (working with Programme Director Sally Taylor) can:

  • Take responsibility for managing and delivering community projects that:
        • reduce the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on people in our community, especially those who are isolated or excluded

        • support our community to replicate, build on or create initiatives that make Bearwood and wider Smethwick an even kinder and more inclusive place in which to live

  • Help make the creation of Bearwood Community Hub CIC a reality, through meaningful involvement of local people and developing great links with local businesses and stakeholders.

The ideal person will show an understanding of and enthusiasm for Smethwick and will have worked or volunteered in a diverse community setting.

You will have:

  • Amazing people skills

  • Brilliant planning, project delivery and time management skills

  • Working knowledge of community development practices and/or a relevant qualification

  • Volunteer recruitment and management experience

  • A positive attitude and a kind heart

Bearwood Community Hub recognise the positive value of diversity.   It promotes equality and challenge unfair discrimination. They aim at all times to recruit the person who is most suited to the job and welcome applications from adults of all backgrounds, genders, ages, sexual orientations, nationalities, religions and beliefs*.

In addition, if you need support to make a strong application then please get in touch at and let us know what you need – we will do our very best to help. If you have a disability and meet the minimum requirements of the role, you will be guaranteed an interview.

Six months fixed term, full time, home and community based.

We are happy to consider part time job shares and flexible working.

Salary: £22,000pa (pro rata)

Closing date: Thursday 8th October 2020, 5pm

For more information about making an application, visit:

Two Volunteer Coordinators sought at One Walsall

One Walsall provides infrastructure and support for the borough’s voluntary and community sector organisations, and brokerage for people seeking volunteering roles. It is an independent charity providing support to help local voluntary and community organisations develop and sustain their activities and engage residents in voluntary action.

One Walsall are seeking motivated and experienced individuals who share its values to become their first ever, place-based Volunteer Coordinators. The aim of these two new roles is to enhance One Walsall’s offer for both Walsall residents wishing to volunteer and the voluntary and community sector recruiting volunteers.

Salary: £21,000 per annum (plus 3% pension contribution when matched by employee)

The Coordinators will be place-based within respective communities, covering the four geographical areas of the borough between them. They will also work closely with One Walsall’s Development Officers who cover the same territory.

This structure will enable voluntary sector and community groups to forge close working relationships with their designated coordinator; the coordinators, in turn, will develop an in-depth knowledge of their local area’s volunteering needs and opportunities.

The Volunteer Coordinator posts will establish, support and grow the volunteer network across the borough. They will help organisations to understand the importance of robust volunteer recruitment processes and the requirements of different roles (e.g. DBS checks). The coordinators will support organisations to:

– Assess their need for volunteers
– Re-imagine service delivery that effectively utilises volunteers
– Develop processes for volunteer advertising, recruitment, training, induction and retention
– Promote their services and the value of volunteering via a variety of mediums
– Access support via Corporate Social Responsibility opportunities by building relationships with local businesses

The post holders will be responsible for providing advice, practical support and training to organisations involving volunteers, working with business and others to identify and develop resources to support volunteering and managing the staff delivering support to people seeking volunteering roles. Key attributes include:

• Experience of successful volunteer recruitment and coordination
• Experience of working with a wide range of voluntary and community organisations
• Developed knowledge of the law and policy landscape of volunteering in the UK
• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to pass on knowledge to others through training and one-to-one support
• Ability to work under own initiative and a solution-focused approach to achieve results.

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Sarah Taylor, Health and Wellbeing Manager on 01922 619 840 or

Application Packs, including large print copies, may be requested by emailing   See job description and person spec.

The closing date for applications is 5.00 pm on Friday 9th October 2020.  Interviews to be held on Monday 26 October 2020

Further information can be found on the  website.

Due to limited resources, feedback to applicants will only be supplied to those candidates who are interviewed


Active Lifestyle Community Connectors required to work across the Black Country

Black Country Together CIC has two exciting new opportunities for people who are passionate about improving the health and wellbeing of their community and are experienced in grass roots community engagement. Salary: £21,050. Hours: 30 per week. Contract: Fixed Term for 15 months.

The Black Country has some of the highest levels of physical inactivity nationally with the lives of Black Country residents determined by a unique set of characteristics including high levels of deprivation, low skill levels and high unemployment and health inequalities.

This exciting programme, funded by Sport England and Black Country Consortium Ltd, will trial new approaches in eight wards across Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton. The programme seeks to create strong links within and across communities, understand what is needed to remove barriers to physical activity and, as a result, improve residents’ general health and well-being.

These new Community Connectors will carry out a variety of outreach activities to engage with people living within priority areas that evidence the lowest take up of any physical activity. The successful candidates will bring experience of working with a wide range of both voluntary and community organisations and public bodies. The posts will need to test new approaches to encouraging people to becoming more physically active and contributing to a healthier, more prosperous Black Country.

The posts will work across the North Black Country (Walsall and Wolverhampton) and South Black Country (Sandwell and Dudley), focused primarily in the eight priority ward areas, but with a requirement to work and travel across the area.

Closing date: Monday 5th October 2002 (midnight)

Interviews: Monday 19th October

For further information, including job description and person specification and to apply, please visit the website.

Activity Lifestyle Community Connectors x 2 Posts

Due to continued remote working, we are doing all possible to minimise the requirement for application forms to be posted out. If you are unable to download an application pack, please contact One Walsall via email

For more information, please contact Davina Lytton on 01922 619 840.

About Black Country Together CIC:
Black Country Together CIC was founded in 2013 by the four Councils for Voluntary Service in the Black Country with the aim of increasing levels of funding coming into our sub-region and fostering greater co-operation and collaboration between voluntary organisations and local statutory agencies both within and across borough boundaries.



Activity Lifestyle Community Connectors x 2 Posts



Four posts at Rights and Equality Sandwell (RES)

Rights and Equality Sandwell (RES) is a charity that works closely with communities in the West Midlands to bring about changes that improve equality and inclusion outcomes for all people, particularly the most vulnerable.

RES is pleased to announce a National Lottery Grant award to deliver activities that will directly support communities through the covid-19 crisis.

This project will strengthen local communities understanding of the coronavirus pandemic, particularly on issues concerning:

  • Social distancing and what this means in practice
  • Good community and neighbourhood support particularly for groups identified as most vulnerable and at risk
  • Intelligence and information sharing that enables services to respond to community priorities and improves community engagement
  • Phone counselling and support across wide ranging social issues

RES is seeking to recruit for the following qualified and experienced posts for a period of 6 months from 1st October 2020 to 31st March 2021. These are:

• Project Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer to be responsible for communications and reporting activities, including preparation of reports, success stories, press releases, and other internal and external program communications (£14,300 for 6 months at 22hrs per week).

Click here to read full job description.

• Community Adviser working with Eastern European communities, developing outreach and engagement activities with excellent written and verbal communication skills; English speaking and ability to speak a an Eastern European language to a sufficient standard to confidently discuss coronavirus issues in every-day terms, in that language (£12,480 for 6 months at 32 hours per week).

Click here to read the full job description.

• Community Adviser working with Black, Asian and newly arrived communities developing outreach and engagement activities with excellent written and verbal communication skills; English speaking and ability to speak another community language – one of Arabic/Swahili/Punjabi or Urdu (£12,480 for 6 months at 32 hours per week).

Click here to read the full job description.

• IT and Communications Officer requires strong IT knowledge coupled with website management and experience of social media content and messaging (£9.360 for 6 months at 18 hours per week).

Click here to read the full job description.

You will need to:

  • be eligible to work in the UK
  • be available from 1st October 2020 to 31st March 2021
  • be competent in using a mobile phone, tablet and laptop and have access to the internet
  • undertake training and attend meetings as required
  • be willing to work unsociable hours or have the flexibility to work the hours to best support the community (this will include some evening and weekend work)

Closing date for applications 13th September 2020.

Interviews held in the week beginning 21st September 2020.

Please forward your CV with supporting statement on how you meet the person specification criteria outlined above to by 13th September 2020.

For further details, please contact:
Tel: 0121 541 1775

Help to Claim Advisers required at Citizens Advice Sandwell

Citizens Advice presently deliver a project called “Help to Claim” which offers end-to-end support to help people make a new Universal Credit claim and be ready for when their first payment arrives. To this end, Citizens Advice Sandwell is seeking to recruit two Help to Claim Advisers. This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of a great charity and an innovative project.

Hours: Full Time/Part Time
Salary: £20, 000 – £21, 589 (pro rata)
Contract: Permanent (funding confirmed until March 2021)
Location: Sandwell and Walsall

The organisation is looking for enthusiastic and motivated people, who have a good knowledge of the welfare and benefits system and excellent customer care skills, to join the team.

The Advisers will be working directly with people who are submitting Universal Credit claims. You will provide support with form filling, evidence checking, improving digital skills and simple budgeting and payments.

Formal qualification is not required as training will be provided.   However, you will need a good standard of English, a significant level of IT skills and a high degree of accuracy.

You will spend time working in the phone/web-chat team and at local Job Centres across Walsall and surrounding areas.

Applications close at 5 pm on Monday, 31 August 2020.  Interviews will be held on Monday, 7 September.

For an application pack please email

Senior Youth Worker required at the Dorothy Parkes Centre

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

The Centre is recruiting a Senior Youth Worker to lead the Youth Club. The Youth Club provides young people, aged 11 – 18, with the opportunity to make new friends and enjoy experiences in a safe environment whilst enhancing personal and social development. This contract is a fixed term  until 31 July 2022. The pay is £11.46 per hour for a 12 hour week.

For further information and instructions on how to apply, click here.

Recovery Worker and Floating Support positions at Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope is a leading national mental health and wellbeing charity that champions change, promotes positive mental health and wellbeing, and delivers valuable services to the communities it serves.

Kaleidoscope is looking to recruit to the above positions. Please note that CVs will not be accepted.  For full job description, salary details and to download an application form, please click on link.

Recovery Worker

Floating Support Worker

Applications close at 5 pm on Tuesday, 18 August 2020.

Father Hudson’s Care seeks Deputy Community Projects Manager

Father Hudson’s Care (FHC) is the social care agency of the Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham. They require an enthusiastic Deputy Community Projects Manager to assist the Head of Community Projects to lead, manage and support the Community Projects Department. The post holder will be based in Coleshill, Warwickshire.

The Community Projects are local partnerships and collaborations, diverse in provision and size, are delivered by staff and volunteer teams and provide a breadth of services including social support, information and guidance, practical help and accommodation. Father Hudson’s Care reach out to those who need support – asylum seekers, refugees and migrants, older people, people who are homeless, people with disabilities, people suffering poverty, deprivation and those who are marginalised. Projects include Tabor House in Birmingham, Young at Heart in North Staffordshire and Brushstrokes in Sandwell.

Successful candidates will have experience of delivering and managing services in community settings and of line managing staff, including managers and senior staff. An excellent communicator and team player, you will be able to work independently on your own initiative and be responsive and flexible to the constantly changing environment of delivering charitable services in the community.

The post holder will need to have experience and skills in partnership/collaborative working, fundraising, managing budgets and report writing.

With an understanding of the issues faced by the diverse client groups, the successful candidate will be committed to working with the disadvantaged across the Archdiocese of Birmingham, therefore an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure & Barring service is essential for the successful applicant.

For further details and an application form, please visit see Jobs on the website or email quoting post reference number P1365.

Applications for the post close on 16th August 2020. Interviews will take place on the 26th & 27th August 2020.

West Smethwick Enterprise – Business and Finance Administrator Vacancy

West Smethwick Enterprise is a charity set up in 1984 in Smethwick, Sandwell. We are a community-based organisation with an aim to improve outcomes for children and families.

Our services are inclusive to all and we are committed to supporting children and families within the local community. We currently offer Pre-School facilities for children aged between 2-5, two of which are currently Ofsted rated Outstanding, family support services for children and their families within the local community, stay and play sessions for families and children, parenting programmes and a supported child contact centre.

We are looking to recruit a Business and Finance Administrator to join our team. This is an exciting opportunity for someone looking to support the development and growth of a community-based organisation. We are seeking a highly motivated and organised individual with energy and vision to join our dedicated team. We are looking for a strong, proactive candidate who can provide finance administration and business support to ensure the smooth running of the organisation. The candidate must be able to work independently within a supportive team. The successful candidate will be forward thinking; have excellent interpersonal and time management skills; high expectations; excellent numeracy and literacy skills and be able to use their own initiative.

The Business and Finance Administrator will be responsible for all financial accounting associated with West Smethwick Enterprise including budgeting and forecasting reports. They will provide key business and management expertise to the organisation, working with the Director to support the day to day running of the finance department as well as developing systems to drive efficiency and develop business growth.

We can offer the opportunity to work within a welcoming and enthusiastic environment and a commitment to your professional development including access to training.

The post offers 25 days paid holiday plus Bank Holidays and pension.
The position is subject to an enhanced DBS.
Salary: £20,000 – £25,000 depending upon experience
Full time: 37.5 hours per week – 8am – 4pm or 9am – 5pm

Closing date: 31st July 2020
Interview date: W/c 3rd August and W/c 10th August 2020

For an application form please email Laura Richmond:

Community Navigator Openings at Citizens Advice Sandwell

Citizens Advice Sandwell are delivering E.U citizens support project which provides very practical advice and hands-on support to settled migrants that may be affected by the process of the UK leaving the European Union.

Community Navigators will help vulnerable individuals and families to access local services and support agencies. The Community Navigators will be able to assist with processes that may need to be completed in order for individuals and families to remain, work and be an active part of the community. Accessing services can prove extremely difficult for families and individuals who are facing the pressure, stress, and uncertainty that Brexit may cause.

Community Navigator (E.U Citizens Support Project) – Must be able to speak a European Language.

Community Navigators

We are looking for creative, resourceful, enthusiastic and empathetic individuals who have effective written and verbal communication skills. They will need to be motivated and willing to help others and work across the Sandwell Borough

Candidates must have experience of living or working in a diverse community.
Experience of supporting families /neighbours and or friends and have had or still have involvement in community groups and activities.

There will be a requirement for candidates to be able to work on their own and also as part of a team. Candidates may also be required to work flexibly to meet the needs of individuals and families they will be supporting

This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of a great charity and an innovative project.

Salary: £16,835 pro rata per annum
Hours: 16 hours per week Fte
Contract: Fixed Term till March 2021
Closing date: Monday 13th July 12 noon
Interview date: Friday 24th July 2020

For an Application Pack or more information (CV’s not accepted)
please email:

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