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A Smethwick pre-school has a great opportunity for a helper who likes the fresh air.

Two Steps in Price Street is hoping for help to maintain the garden where the youngsters spend hours having fun.

Early Years and Quality Practice Manager Zara Hill said: ‘This is a fantastic opportunity to volunteer and maintain our much loved garden. We are looking for a helpful helper to come and join in the fun, planting, weeding and preening.  We are kind, caring and passionate – a person of any age and ability welcome.’

If you would like to know more contact Zara on 0121 558 3475 or email z.hill@wsenterprise.co.uk

Experts by Experience

National charity, Diabetes UK, are looking for local people to spare a little time sharing their experience to help others. Diabetes UK recognises that people with diabetes are the experts on their own lives and condition, and the best people to help them develop support, services and information for others.

Diabetes UK need help with the new ‘Live Well, Move More’ programme. The initiative targets people living with diabetes in England who do less than 30 minutes of activity per week. They particularly need input from people who are:

• living with type 1 diabetes
• living with diabetes who are of South Asian heritage
• newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

Other requirements are participants must be available for a monthly online meeting, and feel comfortable sharing their experience and understanding of Diabetes. As advisers, their contribution will help create resources for other people living with the condition.

To find out more about how contributing your experience could really make a difference, contact Sally.Smith@diabetes.org.uk.



Transforming Communities Together seeks BAME Trustee

Are you interested in creating change in your community? Does your faith create a strong desire for social action and tackling injustice? Transforming Communities Together (TCT) seeks to support people and communities to thrive and flourish and is looking to recruit a trustee from within the BAME Communities.

Transforming Communities Together was formed in 2014, as a joint venture between a local church and a national Christian charity. The organisation works across the four Black Country boroughs, as well as the whole of Staffordshire and northern Shropshire.

Their mission is to partner with others, seeking the common good. They work for justice as people of hope, so that communities may flourish and those who are vulnerable, isolated, and disadvantaged might enjoy life in its fullness.

Transforming Communities Together’s goal is to empower churches and other faith groups, individuals, groups and communities to respond effectively to the issues of poverty and social justice that they encounter.

This ethos begins with staff, volunteers, and trustees, who seek to support and nurture all team members to fulfil their vocations to reach out and make a difference.

The staff team at TCT is diverse with BAME communities well represented, but they would also like to improve the diversity of the Board of Trustees.

If you have skills and experience that could help develop TCT’s work, please get in touch with the CEO (David Primrose – ceo@tctogether.org.uk or call 07975 644044) for an informal chat.

There is more information on TCT’s current work and impact at www.tctogether.org.uk.


Helping from Home

A little bit of patience and a listening ear are the main requirements of a telephone befriender. From the comfort of your own home you could really make a difference to the life of someone who is lonely and in need of a chat.

One organisation currently looking for trainee befrienders is Murray Hall Community Trust, based in Tipton. The organisation promotes health and wellbeing by enabling and supporting people in need to overcome the challenges of inequality; by advocating on their behalf; facilitating empowerment; pioneering new solutions and delivering innovative services and stronger communities.
If you would like more details contact Paul.dodd@murrayhall.co.uk

They need your wheels for meals!

If you can spare an hour on a Friday lunchtime you could be a great help in Warley, delivering meals to those most in need.

Warley Baptist Church runs a weekly meal project but has lost many drivers who have had to return to work post-furlough.

If you have a car and would like to help, the meals need to be delivered from 12 noon to 1pm on a Friday.

For more information, contact Community Development Worker Carrie Pearson
on 07762 303374 warleyfamilywbc@gmail.com

Use your talents in Tividale

Creative helpers are needed to support the promotion of upcoming activities in Tividale Park.

Friends of the park seek volunteers with social media or design skills to help publicise the re-launch of community group activities.

Max Robinson, speaking for Friends of Tividale Park, said: “We’re looking for helpers with social media and people skills. Additionally, creative skills would be useful as we need help to create logos / banners and signs for our community walking and exercise group.”

Anyone interested (must be over 18) can contact Max and the team at hub@tividale-park.org.uk

Could You Help ROSA Support Women and Girls in the UK?

Rosa is looking for four Trustees who share our passion for making the UK a fairer, safer place for women and girls. We are committed to being representative of our society and bringing together those with a variety of skills and experiences to shape what we do and how we work.

They’re keen to hear from those who might not have previous trustee experience, or who aren’t sure their experience fits the role in a ‘traditional’ way. Most important to them is who you as a person – your values, thoughts, and knowledge of the people and issues we care about.

Having a board of trustees that reflects the communities they serve is incredibly important to them – so they’re keen to reach people from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences. You might have experience in communications, research and knowledge management, fundraising, employment law or HR.

See link  https://rosauk.org/2020/08/13/rosa-is-looking-for-new-trustees/ for the full role description.

To apply, please send a cover letter and a CV to Angela Todd Drake, angela@rosauk.org, by Friday 28th August2020. The cover letter should include your interest in the role and a brief description of the skills and experience you can bring to our Board.

If you have any queries or want to discuss the role further, please email ROSA directly with your contact details and they will get back to you.


Virtual Volunteering Opportunity for FareShare

FareShareSince the beginning of lockdown, FareShare has seen the demand for its services skyrocket. The number of charities who have applied to receive food has more than tripled in the last few months.

To help FareShare meet this increased need for food, Tesco is running an additional Summer Food Collection in stores across the UK  from 20-22 August in support of FareShare and Trussell Trust.

The collection will support FareShare in delivering vital food supplies to frontline organisations providing a lifeline to those most affected by the coronavirus pandemic. However, due to social distancing rules, there won’t be any volunteers in store for this collection to help with handing out shopping lists and collecting donated items.

This is why your help is needed, to help raise awareness of the collection to encourage shoppers to donate in store if they are able to.

Virtual Volunteers can pledge their support for FareShare in a number of ways – every small action can have a big impact!  You can download a Virtual Volunteer pack here.

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Volunteer Treasurer required at Smethwick Community Sponsorship Group

Pixabay Free ImageSmethwick Community Sponsorship Group (SCSG), is looking for a Volunteer Treasurer. The Group was set up to welcome a refugee family to Smethwick and support them to integrate during their first year through the Home Office community sponsorship programme. This is an exciting new way of settling refugees with greater community involvement. The Group was started in the UK in the last few years, having previously helped one family in the West Midlands. 

As part of this scheme, the Group manages a budget for planned and ad-hoc expenses over the course of the family’s first year in the UK. This includes costs associated with travel, setting up house (but not rent) and school costs.

The responsibility of the Treasurer will primarily be to ensure that actual spending is in line with the budget and to report to various stakeholders including SCSG, the lead sponsor charity and funders. This is expected to take the form of a one-page summary every 1-2 months and occasional verbal presentations. The Treasurer will would also need to attend team meetings, currently every six weeks.

The budget itself is being agreed among the SCSG, so no prior knowledge of refugee resettlement is required. Experience in finance may helpful but is certainly not required. Beyond this, there is scope for as much or as little involvement in the wider project as the Treasurer would like!

For more information please contact SCSG Secretary Jennifer Newingham at jennifer.newingham@gmail.com.

Join flow at Riverside

If you live on Millfields or Harvills Hawthorn estates, there’s a chance to really make a difference in your local community.

Riverside Housing Association would like any residents aged 14+ to consider becoming part of the team, helping out with social events and maintaining the estates as safe, inviting communities.

As a social landlord Riverside provides support to people of all ages and circumstances, acting as managing agents for Sandwell Council.

For the first time they’re looking for Volunteer Youth Reps as well as adult representatives to join in, or even initiate, a wide variety of activities.

Community Engagement Officer Denise Heginbotham said: “We’re looking for helpers at our events such as celebrations, our film club, exercise classes. We also have funds available to spend on our estates, so they can collect ideas and make suggestions for improvements, and help residents to apply for funding. We provide full training for the role, with other opportunities to take courses in first aid, fire marshalling and dementia for example. We provide passes and uniforms, so they really do become part of our team.”

If you require further information please call or email Denise on 07870 809387 Deniseann.heginbotham@riverside.org.uk

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