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Youth Mentor Training for Volunteers

By popular demand, we’re repeating our ‘Introduction to Youth Mentoring’ short course in September, for volunteers helping out with children and young people.

We have a limited number of spaces available for the free course, taking place on the mornings of September 8 and 9.

Delivered online by Mentoring West Midlands, the course covers a variety of useful, thought-provoking subjects from safeguarding to starting conversations with ‘troubled’ youngsters.

Participants on the July course said:

  • It was great, I learned a lot
  • Useful, interesting and very respectful
  • Brilliant trainer, very insightful
  • Thank you – it was informative and there was a lot to take in. I’ve actually realised how serious mentoring is, and it’s helped joined the dots with the work I do.
  • I can totally see now how I use this as a volunteer.
  • The topics were very relevant

For more details and to register an interest please contact kim@scvo.info

Health & Care Volunteers Training Needs Research

NHS Health Education England’s National Volunteering Unit would like to invite health and care volunteers to complete a survey. Through this survey the Volunteering Unit will learn about the training you have received as a volunteer, how they can better support health and care volunteers through the provision of education, training, and development resources.

This is a chance for you to have your say. The results of this survey will be used to inform the production of relevant and useful learning for health and care volunteers

Please complete the short survey here.

If you have queries, please contact volunteering@hee.nhs.uk.

Free Training for Volunteers

Volunteers working with young people are invited to join SCVO’s training event ‘Introduction to Youth Mentoring.’

The free, online course runs over two morning sessions on July 20/21 and covers the basics of professional mentoring. Any volunteers aged 16+ who are linked to a youth organisation can sign up to help get a better understanding of how to support and signpost young people.

Delivered by West Midlands Mentoring, we will cover key tenets of professional mentoring practice:

  • planning and preparation for change
  • conflict management and resolution
  • personal solutions (thoughts and beliefs)
  • safeguarding
  • ethical capture of information, the importance of accuracy, confidentiality etc

All attendees will receive a personal completion certificate. Early booking essential as places are limited, but if the Eventbrite bookings are full please join the waiting list to be considered for additional dates.

You can book directly here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/introduction-to-youth-mentoring-tickets-159417697625

For more information please contact kim@scvo.info

Commonwealth Games Volunteer Workshop

Not quite ready for the Games? Help is on hand if you want to try your luck at being part of the Commonwealth Collective and volunteer for Birmingham 2022.

Sandwell Adult and Family Learning Service (SAFL) is hosting free workshops to help you

• Identify roles related to your interests
• Gain information about the requirements for volunteering
• Register and complete an on-line application form to volunteer for Birmingham 2022.

This course is available in the following location(s):

Tipton College, Thursday 9.15am – 12pm 30/06/2021
Online Tuesday 9.15am – 12pm 23/06/2021

For more information contact_safl@sandwell.gov.uk and for lots more volunteering opportunities check out www.letsgosandwell.info

YMCA looking for Young People’s Volunteer Mentors

YMCA are looking for volunteers who are eager to make a difference in the life of a young person. The mentors will regularly meet up with a young person, offering a friendly ear, support, guidance and advice on making positive life choices. In this instance, to engage with girls in the 9 -14 age group.

Volunteer Mentors will also need to build a relationship with the young person’s parent or guardian, but the main focus is the young person.

Full training will be given. A comprehensive DBS check will be undertaken.

To find out more about the Y’s Girls Mentoring role, click here.

Applications close on Monday, 21st June 2021.

Become a Governor of Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (BCHFT)

Are you 16 years or over and live in either Sandwell, Wolverhampton, Dudley or Birmingham and the wider West Midlands? Are you passionate about the NHS and want to make a difference by helping shape the future of mental health, learning disability and children’s services?

If so, why not nominate yourself in this year’s governor elections to become a Governor of Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (BCHFT). As a Governor, you will sit on our Assembly of Governors and represent your own views and the views of local people, as well as have the opportunity to shape the future and delivery of services that better meet the needs of the people that we serve.

To be a governor, all you need to have is enthusiasm and commitment for the role and an interest in your local NHS services. Whilst the role of the governor is a voluntary one, you will receive on-going training and support to give you the confidence and skills as well as the right knowledge to enable you to take on this important role.

If this is an opportunity that you have been looking for, don’t delay in submitting your application online, from Wednesday 2 June.  Nominations close at 5 pm on Wednesday 30 June.

For more information about being a Governor, see how to apply, details of drop-in Zoom sessions, contacts and useful links, click here.

If you have any queries or would like to request a hard copy nomination form, contact Ciara Hutchinson at Civica Election Services on 020 8889 9203 at ftnominationenquiries@cesvotes.com


Happy Volunteers’ Week!

This week (June 1-7) we officially say a heartfelt thanks to Sandwell’s huge ‘army’ of helpers, giving their time freely for the benefit of the community.

We will be sharing ‘Happy to Help’ stories all week on our social media. Join us by sharing yours, and link us in with @LetsGoSandwell #LetsGoSandwell #VolunteersWeek

Of course we show our gratitude to volunteers all year round, whether they’re our friends and neighbours doing a bit of shopping for us when we can’t, or the chairman of the charity sharing their expertise to provide a valuable service to hundreds. But this week, National Volunteers’ Week, we really put them in the spotlight with a proper show of support.

This week also sees the launch of the appeal for more than 13,000 volunteers to support Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022. Follow the link – and find dozens more opportunities to get involved – at www.letsgosandwell.info

Our latest report Reset ’21:Sandwell Volunteering is available here Report (scvo.info)

West Midlands Police and Crime Panel seeks Independent Panel Member

The West Midlands Police and Crime Panel are looking for a community-minded individual to become a member. You will act as an independent voice, sitting alongside Councillors from the seven local councils in the West Midlands area, to scrutinise the work of the elected Police and Crime Commissioner.

The West Midlands has recently elected a new Police and Crime Commissioner whose job it is to make sure West Midlands Police is run effectively and community needs are met. They set the police budget and priorities and bring together community safety and criminal justice partners to fight crime and help victims.

The Panel is an independent body that publicly scrutinises the activities and priorities of the Commissioner – acting as a critical friend by providing both constructive challenge and support. The Panel is an integral part of the governance structures for policing by promoting open, accountable and transparent decision-making.

This is an exciting opportunity for a member of the public with community-based experience and an interest in policing, community safety and victim support, to apply their insight and skills to reviewing the strategic plans, budget and performance of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Term of appointment:
Fixed three-year term, starting in July 2021.

This is a voluntary role but travel and carers expenses can be claimed.

Induction and other appropriate training will be provided.

Time commitment:
Attendance at approximately six meetings a year plus preparation time. Meetings are usually held on Mondays 1 pm – 5 pm, across the West Midlands. Dates for the year are set in advance. More information about the Police and Crime Panel and the Independent Panel Member role is in our Recruitment Pack

See details on how to apply at www.westmidlandspcp.co.uk.  Applications forms should be returned to wmpcp@birmingham.gov.uk.

The closing date for applications is 6 June 2021. Interviews will be week commencing 28 June 2021. The first Panel meeting will be on 12 July 2021.

For informal inquiries please contact the Panel Officer on email at wmpcp@birmingham.gov.uk.

Applicants must be over 18 and live or work in the West Midlands. Please see full eligibility criteria in the recruitment pack. The Panel welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, including those with caring responsibilities.


Let’s Go…

There are more than 80 volunteering opportunities now on display at www.letsgosandwell.info

Latest additions include calls for a minute-taker at Sandwell Churches Link; a trustee for the homeless support charity SHARP and Champions to further the work of an organisation building better futures for blind children.

If you know someone who would like to make friends, build confidence or boost their CV through volunteering, steer them in the direction of the site.

To chat about volunteering and get your opportunities listed email kim@scvo.info

Community Transport urgently seek volunteers!

With stores on the high street now open again, the long-established charity, CT Furniture, are launching an appeal for a new wave of volunteers to help, in their three retail stores across the West Midlands.

CT Furniture stores can be found across the region, with a large store locally based on Kings Square, West Bromwich. There is a further store in Bilston and a brand new store just opened in Northfield. The self-funded charity needs help with background activities such as office administration and social media. Plus, more customer focussed roles going out on the delivery and collection vans and providing retail assistance in the stores.

The CT Furniture stores aim to provide local people and communities with affordable furniture, which has been generously donated by members of the public. All surplus funds go towards the Community Transport charity, CT Passenger, which runs a fleet of 29 accessible and 14 non-accessible minibuses across the West Midlands. Since 1964, the Community Transport charity has been supporting those in need, supported by a loyal team of employees and volunteers.

To enquire about volunteering ask in store, call: 01902 496010 or apply via the website.

All staff and volunteers are adhering to the government’s latest COVID-safe guidelines and are looking forward to welcoming customers into store as soon as possible.

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