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Help improve Volunteering in Health

Health and Care volunteers are invited to join in some vital research to help improve future services.   NHS Health Education England’s National Volunteering Unit wants to 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 by following this link.

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

Volunteers sought for Arts Charity

Persona Arts are looking for volunteers with experience or a knack for admin, community engagement, leafleting and advertising. Persona Arts will be a brand-new West Midlands Arts charity, staging high quality opera, classical and choral music, workshops, performances and productions for the benefit of communities in the West Midlands and the UK.

Persona Arts grew out of BJ Music Events

From community venues to schools, Persona Arts aim to encourage and inspire new audiences across a wide and diverse demographic. The organisation are committed to providing opportunities for singers, musicians, orchestras and creative artists to perform and develop their craft in a supportive and educational environment.

The charity want to showcase the wealth of urban and community talent to the highest level and to champion diversity, equity and inclusion for children, young people and adults.

Over the next five to 10 years, Persona Arts aim to deliver a programme of events to fulfil this mission in collaboration with existing local and national arts organisations.

For further information, please email Byron Jackson at byronjackson68@hotmail.com.


Ingeus looking for local partners to assist with Voluntary Work Placements

Ingeus is a government project to help people back into work who have been affected by COVID 19. Since 2002, the employment service has helped find meaningful jobs for over 400,000 people.  Ingeus is looking for partners able to assist them with voluntary work placements and job opportunities in all sectors, including administration, retail, hospitality, cleaning, warehousing, industrial, care, customer service.

The Restart Scheme staff include an experienced and expert frontline team of Advisers, Employment Psychologist, Career Coach – Self Employment, Debt Advisers and Employability Trainers who provide one-to-one advice and support to clients.

Ingeus can provide:
• participants who are carefully screened as per requirements of a role
• interview facilities
• the opportunity for you to meet suitable candidates face to face at their premises.
The local Ingeus office is based at Kingston House, High Street, West Bromwich.

If you have a voluntary work placement or would like to a have discussion on work experience / job placement support for local participants, please call Jeff on 07443 194174 or email jjames@ingeus.co.uk

For further information regarding Ingeus and the Restart Scheme, please visit https://ingeus.com/uk and
Restart scheme – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

NHS Cadets Opportunity with St John Ambulance

NHS Cadets is a new programme created by St John Ambulance in partnership with the NHS, providing opportunities to explore skills, knowledge and volunteering roles within healthcare. It is aimed at young people aged 14 to 18 who are from communities currently under-represented within the NHS and St John Ambulance.

The programme offers young people health awareness sessions, courses to develop their leadership and communication skills and insight or experience in volunteering within the NHS.

This is a great opportunity for the young people to build on invaluable life skills as well as enhancing the chances to progress further in health/social care.

Find out more

Chair and Trustees sought for Board

A registered Sandwell charity is looking to recruit Trustees and new Chair of Board. The established social care provider cares for approximately 600 vulnerable adults providing the following care services:

• Residential care for older people with dementia
• Residential care for older people with dementia
• Respite care for adults with learning disabilities
• Day care for adults with learning disabilities.

The charity is looking to supplement its existing Board in preparation for the next phase of their development and are seeking to recruit people with experience in one of more of the following areas:

• Financial management
• HR management
• Regulatory experience or operational experience within a successful social care setting
• Social housing management.

If you feel that you have the requisite experience to become a member of the board, and wish to express your interest, please contact Andrew Coley, Financial Director on 0121 500 1253.

The organisation is also looking for a new Chair of the Board, so please indicate, when expressing an interest, if you wish to take on this additional responsibility.



Deadline for Birmingham 2022 volunteer applications is announced … don’t miss out!

Do you know someone who would like to be part of Birmingham 2022?

Please help us to get the message out to Sandwell residents as Birmingham 2022 announces deadline for volunteer applications.

 Applications to volunteer at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will close on Tuesday 17 August at 7pm.

  • 13,000 volunteers will form the ‘Commonwealth Collective’ – and will be based across the region during the Games.
  • Following the closing dates, successful applicants will be invited to attend an interview in the autumn.
  • Apply by 7pm on 17 August at birmingham2022.com/get-involved/volunteering/

Birmingham 2022 is the “Games for Everyone” and they are looking for volunteers that reflect the diverse communities of Birmingham, the West Midlands and the UK.

You don’t need any formal qualifications or experience to apply to be a volunteer. If you have any specific skills or qualifications, you can let them know in your application and they’ll do all they can to assign you to a role that’s relevant to your experience. Volunteering looks great on your CV and gives you the chance to learn some new skills.

Volunteers must satisfy the following criteria:

  • You must be at least 18 years old by 1 January 2022.
  • You must be available to volunteer for the full duration of the Games (28 July – 8 August 2022) period and commit to complete a minimum of eight volunteer shifts;
  • You must be able to speak and read English or communicate using British Sign Language (BSL);
  • You must be eligible to volunteer in the UK;
  • You must agree to, and pass, relevant security risk assessment checks;
  • You will be required to accept the volunteer role and venue you are offered;
  • You must complete and attend all required training.

Birmingham 2022 welcome applications from people who also speak additional languages, and you can let them know about this in your application.

Don’t miss the chance to join the #CommonwealthCollective and be part of something truly special.

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.

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