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Brushstrokes seeks Senior Advice Worker in Housing

Brushstrokes is a well-established project with a proven track record in supporting refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in Sandwell and surrounding areas. The organisation would like to invite applications for a Senior Advice Worker.

Salary: SCP 23 – 27 £22,302.00 to £25,320.00 per annum, pro rata
Hours: 30 per week
Term: Fixed for 2 years
Location: Smethwick

The successful applicant will provide specialist housing and welfare support for migrants from new communities in the Sandwell. Help will be via group sessions and one-to-one casework. Experience of providing housing advice and casework through centre based, drop-in or outreach services is essential.

You will work with the Sandwell Housing Department, local housing providers, landlords and small community groups, creating relationships and delivering workshops. You will also support a team of volunteer housing mentors. The ability to speak a Central or Eastern European language or Arabic, Farsi or Kurdish would be an advantage but is not essential. The role requires flexibility, as evening and weekend work may be undertaken.

Applicants must hold a full UK driving license and have the use of a car.
An Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure & Barring Service will be required for the successful applicant (requested by FHC if appointed).

If you are interested in this role, please visit the website to download a recruitment pack or contact Ali Evans, HR Adviser, to request an application form. Email or call 01675 434000, quoting post reference number P1389.

Applications must to be submitted by 5.00 pm on Monday, 25th January 2021. Interviews will be held on Monday, 1st February.



Youth Participation Green Mentor Vacancy

Handsworth Association of Schools (HAOS) are looking for an inspiring and engaging youth leader with an ability to motivate and empower young people across Handsworth.

With your encouragement, groups of young people aged between 10 and 14 years old (Green Influencers) will engage with their peers and others in their local community and lead on environmental action projects. They will learn engagement techniques, project and budget management and project delivery skills while making a difference to the environment and connecting to their local community.

Salary: £14,040 pro rata (£24, 403 – FTE)

Hours: Part-time hours: 21 hours / days and time to be negotiated

Location: Based at HAOS Office, Welford Road, Birmingham, with flexibility to travel schools sites and other relevant venues (post Covid 19)

Job Type: Two-year fixed term contract

Deadline for Applications: Friday 22nd January 2021

Interviews: Monday 1st Tuesday 2nd February 2021 via Zoom

Start Date: WC 8th February 2021

We are looking for an inspiring and engaging youth leader with an ability to motivate and empower young people across Handsworth. With your encouragement, groups of young people aged between 10 and 14 years old (Green Influencers) will engage with their peers and others in their local community and lead on environmental action projects. They will learn engagement techniques, project and budget management and project delivery skills while making a difference to the environment and connecting to their local community.

About us:
Handsworth Association of Schools (HAOS) is one of the host organisations for the Green Influencers Scheme. Handsworth Association of Schools is a charitable network of over 20 primary and secondary schools which exists to improve the life chances, family health, well-being and social integration of multi-ethnic families in Handsworth Birmingham. Our member schools are in the wards of Handsworth, Handsworth Wood, Lozells, Birchfield and Soho, all in Perry Barr Constituency Locality. We work with schools to support them with citizenship programmes, children’s learning projects, for over 10,000 families. We also provide conference facilities, staff training and transport services, as well as developing family support projects to support families in poverty, to overcome barriers to their progress, and help build stronger relationships between communities and lead to community action. Like many organisations since the Covid 19 crisis began we have been unable to offer the same services, so we have adapted to meet the current needs of our children and families and now also provide a foodbank service to support our most vulnerable families.

To learn more about HAOS please visit our website:

The role:
To engage and empower young people through building up community links and networks, and promote the Green Influencers Scheme to young people across Handsworth. This is a fantastic opportunity for a person who is passionate about getting children and young people to work together to enable environmental action through youth empowerment. You will have the opportunity to work with primary and secondary school pupils across Handsworth through assisting with the delivery of this exciting project.

This role is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund and the Department of Culture, Media & Sport are each investing £25 million seed funding to create the #iwill Fund. The Ernest Cook Trust is acting as a match funder and awarding grants on behalf of the #iwill Fund

About you:
The post holder will be highly organised and have good relationship skills to assist building relationships with children, young people, teachers, and school stakeholders. You will be engaging, enthusiastic and have the ability to problem solve to ensure the project runs smoothly. This is an all year round post and will involve working afterschool, during school holidays and some weekends.
Candidates should have the following skills and experience:
• Minimum of two years’ experience of community and education outreach work with a particular focus on young people.
• Organising outdoor visits and resources
• Communicating across broad audiences, but in particular with young audiences.
• Demonstrable skills to create dialog and co-design solutions with communities and young people
• Experience of managing relationships and influencing a diverse range of stakeholders.
• A commitment to environmental change
• Valid UK driving licence and access to your own vehicle (mileage to be reimbursed)

We welcome applications from people who identify as being from under-represented groups in the environmental change field.

In return, you benefit from excellent working conditions, Pro Rata holiday per annum, flexible hours, contributory pension scheme and a welcoming and friendly environment in which to work.
For more details email: for an application pack.

Please note that applications received after the closing deadline will not be considered. As part of our recruitment and selection process and commitment to safeguarding any offer of employment will be subject to receipt of a satisfactory disclosure report which will be provided as part of a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

HAOS believe that it is important to recognise individual differences and identities, where everyone is able to be themselves and to reach their full potential. We value diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive culture

Dementia Support Adviser required at St Albans

St Albans is a very busy and vibrant community centre providing a wide range of services to the local community. One of the services the Centre provides is a lunch club and day care facility for elderly clients of Smethwick and surrounding areas.

To support its prevention agenda and desire to support a wider network of people in need, St Albans wishes to recruit a Dementia Support Adviser.

Salary: £12.00 – £15.00 per hour depending on experience (£23,088 – £28,860 per annum pro-rata)
Hours: 30 per week – hours to be agreed (Monday 8:30 – Friday 5:00)
Based at: St Albans Community Centre, St Albans Road, Smethwick, B67 7NL
Responsible to: CEO

The Adviser will provide support, information, and guidance to people with dementia and their carers to help maintain independence, create a sense of well-being, and to give individuals more control of their lives. You will assist people with dementia and their carers to identify their needs and help with access to services. Furthermore, you will promote and support dementia friendly venues and have a good understanding of what dementia means to individuals, families, and carers.

If you feel you have the relevant track record, skills and qualifications to fulfil this role, please contact Martine or Carol for an application form, or further details, on 0121 558 0018 or email

Applications close on 5th December 2020.

The interview date is to be confirmed, but will be in January 2021.

Exciting openings at Murray Hall Community Trust

Murray Hall Community Trust started in 1994 with a small pot of funding in Sandwell, which has grown to become an established charity providing support across Sandwell and the Black Country.

Murray Hall has responded to many of the needs in the community and over the years co-designed new solutions with community members and other stakeholders. The organisation provides a range of innovative services for children, families, young people and adults, from early years to end of life care.

Murray Hall is seeking to recruit to two exciting vacancies and invite applications for:

A Business and Fundraising Executive
£39,740 per annum FTE, 32 hours per week

Service Development Manager (Children and Young People)
£35,240 per annum, 37 hours per week to be worked flexibly

For further information about these posts, please click here.

The closing date for applications is Thursday, 19th November 2020.



Sandwell Community Hubs seeks to appoint Chief Executive Officer

In 2011, several community centres came together to discuss the possibility of working in a more collaborative and dynamic way which led to the formation of the Sandwell Community Hubs.

Sandwell Community Hubs is seeking to appoint a CEO to lead the work to ensure its vision, aims and objectives, set out by the Sandwell Community Hubs Board are met. You will also ensure that staff, members and partners deliver quality services that meet the needs and for the benefit of local communities, and the needs of funders.

The post holder will be expected to identify and secure additional funding to ensure the short and long–term sustainability of Sandwell Community Hubs and its members.

A salary of £35K – £40K per annum is offered (depending on experience), for a 37 hours per week with statutory pension contributions and five weeks annual leave.

For full job description see hereThe closing date for applications is Friday, 13th November 2020.

In the first instance, please send CV to  For further information, please call Carol on 0121 558 0018.

Visit the website.

Matching skilled refugees to vacant NHS posts

NHS Employers is working with DHSC and refugee organisations to develop a pilot programme to match skilled healthcare professional refugees and displaced people in the UK and overseas to suitable vacant NHS posts.

If your organisation is interested in taking part, would consider it as an alternative source of recruitment, or can share best practice on the recruitment of refugees in the NHS, please email

The closing date for expressions of interest in the pilot is Saturday 31 October.

Citizens Advice Sandwell and Walsall Seek Finance Assistant

This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of a charity that is a member of a national brand. Join a growing organisation that excels in delivering a great service to clients and cares about employees. Become a part of a team that puts excellence and clients at the forefront.

Citizens Advice Sandwell & Walsall are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and experienced Finance Assistant.

Job Title: Finance Assistant
Salary £20,000 – £23,000
Reports to: Finance Manager
Hours 37hrs Full Time
21 hours – To be solely worked on the BBO Click Start Project through until 30th June 2022
18 hours – To be worked on other duties within the organisation.
Location Black Country
Contract type Permanent

This role is partly funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund.

To provide administrative and clerical assistance to the Finance Manager, working to deadlines, policies and procedures as set out in the Staff Handbook.

The Finance Assistant must be flexible with their approach to work, target driven, able to work well under pressure while maintaining high quality and standards in all aspects of their work.

A positive manner in addition to good organisation and time management skills is important. The ideal person must have excellent communication skills. The candidate must be willing to work as part of a team, and be able to use their own initiative to work independently.

It is vital they can carry out and monitor their own workload and related tasks, with minimal supervision. Accuracy is essential, as well as meeting deadlines. Travel across Sandwell and Walsall will be required.

Please note that due to the volume of applications we will only respond to applicants who are shortlisted for interview.

If you enjoy a challenge and think you have the skills in addition to knowledge to do this role, then please contact us to obtain an application pack for this post. Please email:

The closing date for this appointment is Wednesday 28th October at 5.00pm

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


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

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