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Immigration Adviser required in Smethwick

The Brushstrokes project is well established with a proven track record in supporting refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in Sandwell and surrounding areas. Working with Sandwell Council, Sandwell Citizens Advice and Sandwell Advice Providers Network, this post will enable Brushstrokes to increase access to free immigration advice in this area.

Hours: 33.5 per week
Salary: SCP 26-28 £24,034.00 – £25,628.00 per annum, pro rata.
Duration: Fixed Term Contract until March 2023

The project requires an experienced Immigration Adviser to deliver immigration advice to OISC standards and casework support service to individuals whose status affects access to housing, health, welfare benefits and social care. Delivering advice at our centre and outreach locations you will also support other advisers delivering immigration advice at a drop-in service in Oldbury.

Successful candidates will be either a qualified solicitor or have OISC level 2, have knowledge of current asylum and immigration law and entitlements to welfare benefits, housing, health and social care. You should understand the issues faced by recent migrants and be able to work with individuals from differing social and cultural backgrounds. You will be familiar with casework management systems, OISC audit requirements with experience of supervising paid or volunteer advisers and a commitment to work to the project’s ethos of ‘Welcoming the Stranger’.

An enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service will be requested by FHS if appointed.

For a discussion about the role and the hours you can call Dave Newall direct on 0121 565 2234.

Visit www.fatherhudsons.org.uk for an application form or e-mail personnel@fatherhudsons.org.uk quoting post reference number P1344.

The closing date for applications is 26 January 2020.  Interviews are to be held on 31 January 2020.


Sandwell Young Carers seeks Short Breaks Co-ordinator

Sandwell Young Carers is a registered charity providing services to children and young people, aged 5-18 years, living in Sandwell, whose lives are affected as a result of caring for a dependent family member.

If you would like to make a real difference to the lives of the young carers of Sandwell then please take a look at the vacancies below to see if you have the expertise, knowledge and skills to join us.

The following post is part of the Positive Activities contract with SMBC.

We are looking to recruit:-
Short Breaks Co-ordinator – Maternity cover – £22,669 (37 hours per week)
The post holder will be required to manage the team of sessional workers, the onsite and offsite activities in line with Ofsted registration, be responsible for risk assessments and hold a suitable qualification in youth and community and/or child care development.

The above position requires the post holder to be flexible, sensitive, child-centred, trustworthy and reliable, have experience of working with both children and young people and able to work to the organisation’s policies and procedures.

If you would like to apply for any of the above vacancies OR have any queries please email –ellen.hardwick@sandwellyc.org.uk for an application pack, stating the vacancy you are applying for.

You are required to complete an application for each post that you are applying for. As a registered charity we are unable to respond to telephone calls or meet the cost of postage. Anyone requesting a hardcopy of the pack must provide a self-addressed envelope (C4 envelope with large 1st class postage stamp).
Closing date for all applications is 10am on Thursday 16th January 2020.


CVT Shared Lives looking to recruit Paid Carers to an innovative new Scheme across the Black Country.

National charity, Camphill Village Trust, has recently been awarded the contract to deliver a Shared Lives Scheme on behalf of Dudley MBC, and are looking to recruit paid Carers to significantly expand this innovative service across the wider Borough and surrounding Black Country areas over the coming years.

As a starting point, Shared Lives is sometimes described as being similar to providing ‘foster care for adults with additional/complex needs’…but it’s so much more than that, as you support the Person to make choices and decisions, maximise independence and lead an ordinary life at the heart of the community just like you and me. Being a Shared Lives Carer, you encourage the Person to develop practical skills, build self-esteem and develop new friendships and social networks in the neighbourhood, which creates a sense of belonging.

CVT Shared Lives will provide a comprehensive induction programme and on-going support to ensure that the highest quality of care is maintained throughout each Shared Lives Arrangement. An Enhanced DBS Check and references are also required. Training will take place in your own home, via e-learning and also as a group at our community hub in Stourbridge. The Assessment process can take between 3-6 months. Once approved by an Independent Panel, you are carefully matched with a Person who comes to stay/live with you on either a live-in, short-break or day-support basis…it’s such a rewarding role!!!

96% of all Shared Lives Schemes inspected by the Care Quality Commission are rated as Good or Outstanding as people are known to lead longer, healthier, happier lives when living in the community. Not only is Shared Lives more cost effective but it also provides a viable alternative to other long-term settings such as hospital or residential care.

Registered Manager for CVT Shared Lives, Kate Morgan, said “We already have 38 households in the area supporting people with a learning disability, mental ill health, autism and physical disability. The recent demand for the service, means there is a continual need to recruit dedicated Carers and by joining our Scheme, caring people can build a paid career from their own home, doing a role they love and which is very much valued by all those involved.”

You must be over 21 years of age and don’t need any qualifications or experience, just the right values, commitment and of course…..a spare bedroom. If you don’t own your own home, you will need to ask your landlord’s permission to use your property as a Shared Lives Arrangement.

As a Shared Lives Carer you can be paid from £370 – £560+ per week, depending on the level of support you provide to the Person who comes to stay/live with you. That works out between £19-29K annually, as well as qualifying for tax relief and receiving four weeks respite.

To find out more about becoming a Shared Lives Carer , please go to www.cvt.org.uk/sharedlives Call 01384 441505. Email sharedlives@cvt.org.uk or follow us on Twitter: @CVTSharedLives


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