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Healthwatch Sandwell: Board Members and Volunteers sought

Healthwatch Sandwell is the independent consumer champion for health and social care in the borough, delivered by Engaging Communities (ECS). The Healthwatch network is made of up of local Healthwatch across each of the 152 local authority areas and Healthwatch England, the national body.

Healthwatch champions the views of patients and social care users across Sandwell. It works to help local people get the best out of their local health and social care services and provide information and signposting, so they understand what services are available and be able to access the right services.

• An Advisory Board member will need to have a good understanding of health, social care and well-being policy issues and challenges facing the NHS and Local Authorities, together with a good awareness of the local environment in Sandwell and how health and social care services are delivered. Please note this is a voluntary position.

If you would like to play a leading part in shaping the future of a vital organisation as a Board member, then Healthwatch would welcome your application. Recruitment packs are available from Aileen Farrer at aileen.farrer@ecstaffs.co.uk or 01785 887809. If you would like an informal discussion about the role, please call Elizabeth Learoyd on 07776090003.

• There is also a range of opportunities for general volunteering. From helping to spread the word about the work, to representing the organisation at meetings, reading and reviewing information and visiting health and social care services on its behalf.

The people that Healthwatch help and support come from a variety of different backgrounds and cultures with a wide range of needs. That is why the organisation seeks volunteers with varying experiences and skills.

For more information or if you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact Healthwatch Sandwell on 0121 569 7210.


Volunteer to help improve public access for walking and cycling

People can join a volunteer group to help improve public access to land and sites across Sandwell for walking and cycling.

Sandwell Local Access Forum (LAF) provides advice to the council on access and rights of way issues and responds to consultations and draft policy documents.

LAF members are volunteers and include a range of local people, including land owners and land managers, walkers, cyclists and horse riders and those representing other interests, such as health and conservation.
Sandwell LAF meets twice a year at Sandwell Council House in Freeth Street, Oldbury. The next meeting will be on Wednesday 3 July at 5.30pm in Room G5. Email transport@sandwell.gov.uk or call 0121 569 4151 if you want to come along.

Councillor Jackie Taylor, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for sustainable transport, said: “This is an opportunity for people to get involved with improving public access for walking and cycling, which are both good for the environment as well as boosting health and fitness. I encourage people to get involved with the forum and make their voices heard.”

For more information, go to our www.sandwell.gov.uk/localaccessforum webpage


Volunteers Needed at Friends of Tividale Park

The Friends of Tividale Park Group are seeking new volunteers to join their management committee and to help them plan and deliver community events, come up with new ideas on how to improve the facilities at the park, help to raise the parks profile and a number of other opportunities within the group.

Don’t worry no prior experience of being on a community committee is necessary, as access to training and support will be provided and you can give as little or as much time as you can spare (as a guide you need to be prepared to spare approximately 1-2 hours every week for attendance at meetings and on an occasional basis a few hours in between meetings as required).

The friends of Tividale Park are a residents’ community group who work to improve the park in various ways, including fundraising for new play equipment or improvements to the park, volunteering at community and social events held in the park. So why not get involved and help them to make Tividale Park a real hive of community activity.

If you would like to become a friend or for more information, please email secretary@friendsoftividalepark.org.uk

They would love to hear from anyone who is interested in making a positive difference within their community or would just like to find out more about what is involved.

The Friends of Tividale Park want to bring Tividale Park back into the heart of their community making it a community facility that everyone can be proud of!

Why not take a look at their website at http://www.friendsoftividalepark.org.uk


Volunteers Wanted For Exploring The Heritage of Humour In The Black Country

Creative Black Country is looking for people to get involved with its project Finding Our Funny Roots, which explores how humour in the Black Country is rooted in the heritage of comedians from the past.

Volunteers will support the project by helping to identify research and record the heritage of humour in the Black Country from 1950 -2000 and will work with Creative Black Country, the artists Poets, Prattlers and Pandemonialists and archives & museums in the Black Country to research and develop four heritage humour tributes celebrating the lives of the Black Country’s forgotten stars.

If you have any questions about this volunteering opportunity, please call me on 0121 525 1127 or email on info@creativeblackcountry.co.uk


The Gap Centre would like to appoint a Company Secretary

The Gap Centre is a vibrant, thriving church-related charity at the very heart of West Bromwich. The Centre offers child care and other children-related facilities, together with youth and community work.

The role of Secretary is to support the Chair and is primarily an administrative role. It will be your responsibility to ensure the Board of Directors conducts itself professionally and effectively and provides sound governance of the charity.

This is a voluntary position with expenses paid, where required.

Main Responsibilities include:
• Responsible for the smooth and efficient running of meetings
• Work collaboratively with the Chair to plan, produce and circulate agendas and supporting papers for Directors meetings.
• Taking minutes and circulating to all Directors
• Checking that Directors and staff have carried out actions agreed at meetings
• Support members in fulfilling their duties and responsibilities, organising induction and ongoing training.

Person Specification:
• Experience of undertaking administrative tasks and minute-taking
• Excellent organisational ability and the ability to work collaboratively and provide support to other committee members&
• Knowledge or experience of business and committee procedures
• Experience of senior management or leadership
• Good independent judgement and ability to think creatively
• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate clearly both in person and in written form and provide timely advice
• Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of Directors

Time Commitment and Location:
• To attend a quarterly Board Meeting at The Gap Centre in West Bromwich, or the occasional away day at alternative sites.
• Pre and post board meeting administration.

For further information or to discuss the role, please email Les Trumpeter at ltrumpeter@selectlifestyles.co.uk.


Over 20? Seeking a New Challenge? Volunteers Required

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888 Squadron Air Cadets are based in Oldbury and are currently looking to recruit some new volunteers.

RAF Air Cadets Civilian Instructor’s are integral to the success of our organisation and will help the development of young adults as they experience Air Cadet life.

You would help manage, control and organise various activities for our squadron such as teaching, camping, fund raising, sports and any number of available projects. There’s always something to do and the more we do, the better our cadets do and the more you grow!

As the backbone of our organisation we’re always on the look out for high-calibre individuals to become volunteers, helping to run the activities that play such an important role in the lives of our young members.

All kinds of people make up our volunteer staff, coming from a range of backgrounds and interests. Obviously if you have direct experience of working with young people, or any relevant skills such as van driving, flying or rifle shooting, you would be particularly welcome. These aren’t essential though, as we will train and support you at every stage.

That said, you’ll have some personal qualities that are essential, such as patience, maturity and responsibility along with an understanding of young people and their needs. We will aim to develop your own transferable teamwork, teaching, leadership and management skills so you can help us continue our amazing work at 888 Squadron Air Cadets!

You as a staff member will teach by example so we can help you be the best you can be, to motivate, inspire and help the future leaders of our country.

For further information, please contact – training.888@aircadets.org


Healthwatch Sandwell seeks Advisory Board Members

Healthwatch Sandwell is the independent champion for local people’s voices in health and social care in Sandwell.

Healthwatch Sandwell is looking to recruit a number of Advisory Board members who have a passion for developing the organisation as the “consumer champion” for the NHS, public health and adult and children’s social care services across the Borough.

Board members will need to have a good understanding of health, social care and well-being policy issues and challenges facing the NHS and Local Authority, together with a good awareness of the local environment in Sandwell and how health and social care services are delivered.

If you would like to play a leading part in shaping the future of a vital organisation, then Healthwatch Sandwell would welcome your application.

Recruitment packs are available from Aileen Farrer – aileen.farrer@ecstaffs.co.uk or 01785 887809; or online here.

If you would like an informal discussion about the role, please call Elizabeth Learoyd on 07776090003.

To apply for this role, please submit your application to Aileen Farrer at the email address shown above.


Free English Courses and Free Teacher Training through Talk English

Talk English is a community based volunteer led project which delivers free beginner English classes to local communities. Classes are 12 – 15 weeks long and can be delivered in one and a half to two and half hour sessions per week.  Certificates are issued to learners once their course has been completed.

Fircroft College is currently looking to expand provision into Sandwell from September 2019 onwards and is looking for:

* Partner organisations who are working with beneficiaries who can host a course.

* Volunteer teachers can attend a free two-day teacher training course available at Fircroft College during May and June 2019. Please visit https://www.fircroft.ac.uk/esol-teacher-training for more information.

You can read more about the Talk English Project at https://www.fircroft.ac.uk/talk-english

Please feel free to contact Neena Chauhan (Project Manager) at neena.chauhan@fircroft.ac.uk or on 07719 257 319.


Company staff seeking opportunities to volunteer

Staff from from a pharma company are looking to engage in volunteering. They would prefer smaller community based services that have a strong interest in homelessness or children / young people, but really are open to any community service who could benefit.

There may be a very small budget to support.  The company is largely looking to donate skills, manpower and enthusiasm whether that is manual DIY or something softer such as admin.

If you feel your organisation could benefit from this offer, please contact Sharon Preston direct at sharon.preston@merck.com.


Company Secretary required at The GAP Centre

The GAP Christian Family Centre is a friendly community centre in Hargate Lane, West Bromwich, from which many services are run.  The Centre is seeking to recruit a Company Secretary.

This is primarily an administrative role. You will organise the agenda for Directors’ meetings, take minutes and ensure all relevant compliance information is accurately maintained, and action points followed up. One of your main tasks will be to support the Chair, as you make sure the Board of Directors conducts itself professionally and effectively and provide sound governance of the Charity.

To see the person spec and a comprehensive list of the main responsibilities, click here. Interested? Please email Les Trumpeter on l_trumpeter@hotmail.com.

This is a voluntary position with expenses paid, where required.


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