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Call out to Food Banks and Pantries

January can be a draining month for some people, often leading to longer than usual queues at Sandwell Food Banks and Pantries. Together with the ongoing impact of the pandemic, this in turn can have a draining effect on staff, volunteers and supplies at these much-needed hubs.

That’s why we’re throwing a spotlight on this vital service between January 26th and 31st, to not only bring attention to the ongoing need for support from the general public and business sector, but also to celebrate the incredible work they do.

Janine and Sarah at Smethwick Food Bank organise support in the form of three-day food and essentials parcels for 160 nearby households every week. Part of the Trussell Trust and Sandwell Food Banks networks, they prioritise signposting their beneficiaries to services which can help move them on from needing the Food Bank in the future. But that doesn’t alter the fact that they need food…today.

“Some days it’s like a domino effect if our volunteers can’t come in for whatever reason,” said Janine. “One gets ill, then another tests positive, then another has a family crisis – we end up without help and we miss them so much.

“Even if people can’t commit to helping us regularly it would be great to have a few ‘back up’ volunteers we can call in from time to time to help out.”

Our campaign at the end of the month aims to raise awareness of such opportunities, listed on our volunteering web site www.letsgosandwell.info as well as encouraging residents, and businesses, to donate what they can to their local hub.

To promote your opportunities and get involved in the campaign email kim@scvo.info



Youth Mentoring Course for Volunteers

A few spaces are available for our Introduction to Youth Mentoring course taking place in January 2022.

The free course is primarily for volunteers helping out with children and young people and will be delivered by Mentoring West Midlands on Thursday January 13th from 9.30am-3.30pm at a venue in Smethwick.

The course focuses on progressing conversations with youngsters to help them find their feet, and covers topics such as safeguarding, confidentiality and the importance of accuracy in reporting.
Participants on previous courses said it was very relevant to their roles in supporting young people and gave them a better insight into how to help them stay on track.

For more information and to book a place contact kim@scvo.info

KeyRing are looking for Community Connection Volunteers In Sandwell

Do you have an interest in supporting a diverse group of people in your local area to live independently and build the life they want?

As a KeyRing Volunteer, your time can be flexible, from 1 – 3 hours per week, that work around you and your commitments. In return KeyRing will provide you with an invaluable experience to enhance your C.V, meet new people and learn new skills.

Keyring can help to unlock your future career in Health and Social Care.

Find out about KeyRing here.

For further information, please call Lucy Downing on 07534 350 167 for an informal chat.


Midland Mencap is looking for new Trustees

Midland Mencap is the region’s leading disability charity. Originally established in 1949, Midland Mencap is a registered charity providing a wide range of support and wellbeing services to citizens and family carers.

The charity is looking for new Trustees to join the existing board and work alongside a skilled, experienced, and talented leadership team to help steer the organisation through a time of change, growth and organisational development. They want trustees who will share their skills and experience appropriately, through communication with staff and other trustees.

The trustees are the custodians of Midland Mencap and are legally responsible for ensuring that resources are used effectively in pursuit of our main objectives.

In practice this means, among other things, you will:

  • Uphold and adhere to the highest standard of charity governance as set out by the Charity Commission.
  • Contribute to the strategic direction of the charity.
  • Monitor the performance of the executive against the organisation’s strategic and operational plans.
  • Contribute to the identification and monitoring of risk.
  • Participate in meaningful discussions at Board (and committees) with your expertise, skills, knowledge, and experience.

See the recruitment pack.

For more information or an informal chat, please feel free to contact CEO, Dave Rogers, on Dave.Rogers@midlandmencap.org.uk



Pact seeks volunteers to support people with convictions

Pact is a nationwide prison charity that provides support to prisoners, people with convictions, and their families, in the Black Country. Pact is canvassing for volunteers for a project just starting up, the ETE Mentoring service.

The Employment Training and Education (ETE) Mentoring service is responsible for providing support, guidance, training and development opportunities to those referred into the service for help. Pact is looking for volunteers to assist service users to successfully engage with education, training, volunteering and/or employment. Mentoring opportunities take place Monday to Friday, between 9 am and 5 pm; a minimum of 4 hours per week for a minimum of 6 months.

The role, includes
Researching and developing links with local services
Meeting service users and supporting with ETE activities
Involvement in group interventions and 1:1 mentoring

Talking to people face to face or via telephone in a professional capacity
Handling Sensitive data

Skills / Abilities:
Verbal and written communication skills
Being friendly and approachable
Non judgemental

What is offered?
Volunteers will be fully trained and will be paid travel costs, via public transport or private car (mileage) will be reimbursed, including travel to attend training. Lunch may also be reimbursed, according to Pact’s expenses policy.

For more information about Pact or to apply to become a volunteer please visit www.prisonadvice.org.uk or email volunteering@prisonadvice.org.uk

Volunteers will be subject to two references and a DBS check (Disclosure & Barring Service).

Visit the website.

Training company looking for volunteers with digital and social media skills

Building Bridges Training is an independent social enterprise helping to makes a difference to people with a learning disability, to be included and have full and valued roles in their local community, through delivering training, research and resources.

Building Bridges Training is looking for volunteers who are familiar with using Android tablets and social media, particularly Facebook.

Your role will be to support people with a learning disability to learn:
• How to use a tablet – to turn on and off and use a touch screen.
• Recognise familiar apps
• Search the internet using search engines and voice option, for helpful information e.g. weather, travel plans
• Use Facebook to send and receive messages
• Take photos and upload to Facebook
• Use the Able to Include app

Volunteers will also be expected to assist people to:
• Use a laptop and a mouse, Make personal PowerPoint presentations etc.
• Use the internet
• Use the pictogram translations and record their feedback in Word.

For further information, please get in touch with Liz Tilly at liz@building-bridges-training.org or call 0121 559 9197.

Visit the website

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.

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