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Oscar Sandwell seeks Volunteer Treasurer

The Organisation for Sickle Cell Anaemia Research and Thalassaemia Support (OSCAR) was first set up in the United Kingdom in 1975. OSCAR was developed to provide a direct service to the public and act as a link between Sickle Cell sufferers and the communities that were at risk from the conventional service providers.

OSCAR Sandwell is looking for a Volunteer to undertake the role of the Treasurer to the Board of Directors and to work with the staff team to:

• Oversee the financial affairs of the organisation and ensure they are legal, constitutional and within accepted accounting practice.
• Ensure proper records are kept and that effective financial procedures are in place.
• Monitor and report on the financial health of the organisation.
• Oversee the production of necessary financial reports/returns, accounts and audits.

Specifically, the Treasurer will:

Liaise with relevant staff, committee members and/or volunteers to ensure the financial
viability of the organisation.

Make fellow committee members aware of their financial obligations and take a lead in interpreting financial data to them.
Attend committee meetings (Board and sub-committee)

Regularly report the financial position at committee meetings (balance sheet, cash flow, fundraising performance etc).

Oversee the production of an annual budget and propose its adoption at the last meeting of the previous financial year.

Ensure proper records are kept and that effective financial procedures and controls are in place, ie
Purchasing limits
Purchasing systems
Petty cash/float
Salary payments
PAYE and NI payments
Others as appropriate

Appraising the financial viability of plans, proposals and feasibility studies.

Lead on appointing the liaising with auditors/as independent examiner.

If you would like discuss the voluntary position or have any questions, please contact Rachel McFee on 0121 525 0556 or email rachel.mcfee@oscarsandwell.org.uk

Tividale Park Group Seeks New Volunteers

Are you a Tividale Resident?

The Friends of Tividale Park Group support plans to improve the facilities in the park, organise and develop a range of community activities and events, to bring people of all ages together to have fun and enjoy the park.

The Friends of Tividale Park Group are seeking community minded individuals to join them on their committee (on a voluntary basis). Don’t worry no prior experience 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 equipment, volunteering, and supporting events. So why not get involved and help them to make Tividale Park a real hive of community activity.

You’ll have the opportunity to learn new skills with like-minded individuals, support the development of the facilities and community activities taking place within the park.

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!

Their next meeting being held at:

Gurdwara, Dudley Road West Tividale, Oldbury, B69 2PJ is on Tuesday 5th December 2017 at 6.30pm.

Why not take a look at their website at www.friendsof tividalepark.org.uk

Volunteer ESOL Teachers and Classroom Assistants for Brushstrokes

The Brushstrokes Community Project, based at St Philip’s Parish Centre, Messenger Road in Smethwick, currently have nearly 200 adults learning English and is in need of more volunteer teachers and classroom assistants.

Brushstrokes will take people with little or no experience as classroom assistants as  in-house training and support will be given.

The Project would also like to hear from anyone who has done any ESOL teacher training or is thinking of doing it in the future.   Many volunteers in the past have used the experience gained at Brushstrokes as teaching practice for courses such as DET (was DTLLS) and CELTA.

The students are adults aged from 19 – 70 and are from many different countries and cultures.  If you wish to volunteer as an ESOL teacher or classroom assistant, please contact Jane Alsop, ESOL Coordinator, on 0121 565 2234 for further information.

Volunteers sought from Voluntary Sector to speak at Work Inspiration Days

Sandwell Education Business Partnership is delivering a day activity to Year 9 pupils (aged 13-14) in Sandwell schools this academic year, in partnership with the Aspire to HE programme.

The Partnership is looking for volunteers from a wide range of occupations who have been to university, or who have gained a higher qualification through a different route.  Volunteers will tell pupils their career journey, highs and low, and how and when they gained a higher level qualification (level 4 and above).

Local engineering, constructions businesses, Sandwell Council, Department for Work and Pensions, HMRC are keen on allowing their staff to talk about their career paths.  The Partnership would like to extend an invitation to the Voluntary Sector.   It is also a great way to promote the work of the Sector, as many pupils do not know the range of careers it has to offer.

Depending on the school, a talk may be done at small tables with a rotating group of pupils, with you repeating your career journey story to each group that sits with you, or it may be in front of approximately 70 pupils, repeated 4 times during the day.

After the event, volunteers will receive a report with comments pupils have made regarding what they have learnt.

The first event has been confirmed at ACE Academy, Alexander Road, Tipton DY4 7NR on Wednesday 6 December, 8 am – 3 pm.  Other dates to be confirmed.

If you like to volunteer to do a talk please contact Fiona Burgess on 07531 081641, email fiona.burgess@sipseducation.co.uk  as soon as possible.

Trustees Required at Citizens Advice Sandwell

Trustees Required

Citizens Advice Sandwell are holding their AGM on 7th December and are looking for Trustees to serve on the Board.

Citizens Advice provides free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities. We’re here to make our society fairer.

Citizens Advice Sandwell provides services across the Metropolitan Borough of Sandwell for more than 10,500 people each year, dealing with over 36,000 problems. As a charity, we support some of the most disadvantaged and socially excluded communities in the area, with Sandwell being the 12th highest area of deprivation in the UK.

We are looking for people with strategic vision, independent judgment and a willingness to give time and commitment to being a trustee. We are particularly looking for people with either finance or community experience.

A post of trustee is unpaid, but will provide you with a great deal of experience and satisfaction.  All reasonable expenses are reimbursed.

We are particularly keen to achieve a more diverse board of trustees and welcome applications from all sections of the community

For an information and application pack please email: Jo.beasant@citizensadvicesandwell.org.uk

For more information and an informal discussion on the role of trustee, please contact:

Vicki Fitzgerald (Chief Executive Officer) or Farooq Hussain (Chair)


Vicki.fitzgerald@citizensadvicesancewell.org.uk or


Closing date 15th November 2017

Transport Solutions need Volunteer Drivers

People often struggle to find appropriate transport to attend their  hospital appointments. Transport Solutions Volunteer Drivers make a positive  difference by enabling people to access vital hospital appointments.  Have you got time to give?

If you are interested in volunteering, you will be making an invaluable contribution in supporting people through some of the most difficult times of their lives. You will:

• be volunteering at a time to suit you
• be supported by volunteer co-ordinator and team
• have out of pocket expenses reimbursed
• find it an enriching experience
• meet new people

If you are interested in volunteering, contact the Volunteer  Co-ordinator for more details.   Telephone 0121 612 2939
or fax 0121 612 2934

Review of Sandwell Make a Difference Day Volunteer Recruitment Fair

Staff and volunteers from Volunteer Centre Sandwell and over thirty voluntary and community groups, attended Sandwell’s highly successful Make a Difference Volunteer Recruitment Fair, on Tuesday, 17 October.  Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to meet up with so many people actively seeking volunteering opportunities. It was a real pleasure to be able to have a chat with those interested in finding out more about what we do!

Over 60 individuals expressed an interest in current opportunities, 27 individuals completed registration forms after having a chat with groups recruiting volunteers on the day!

Feedback from 95% of organisations said that the day was extremely well organised. Several  groups took to twitter to spread the word about Make a Difference Day!

Although there were dozens of other organisations keen to recruit new volunteers,  North Smethwick Development Trust based in Brasshouse Lane, seemed to capture the imagination of quite a few of the people who attended the Fair.

Positive reports were from received reports from Sandwell Libraries, Victim Support, Age UK Sandwell, National Memorial Arboretum, all who are seeking to recruit volunteers from diverse communities.

The Volunteer Centre is currently on the lookout for additional volunteers to help out with finance, legal, fundraising, marketing, web design, reception duties, ground maintenance also nursery management.

Jean Taylor chief executive officer said “with over 230 new volunteering opportunities being offered by organisations and groups, we always welcome new volunteers who are interested in bringing new ideas initiatives and skills, to benefit local causes. So if that sounds like you, please be in touch! We’d love to hear from you”!


Community Transport looking for Volunteer Drivers

Can you spare some time to help others?  Community Transport is looking for Volunteer Drivers to transport elderly vulnerable people who struggle or are unable to use public transport, to get to medical appointments, shopping or attend social activities.

As a Volunteer Driver you will incur no personal costs as you will receive car mileage and be reimbursed for out of pocket expenses.

If you would like to volunteer or would like to know more about being a Volunteer Driver, please get in touch with CT Passenger on 0845 209 0191,  or email SWPassenger@communitytransport.org

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Smethwick Library Friends Group – Coffee Morning

Smethwick Library is looking to form a ‘Friends Group’ who will support the development of library events and activities – benefiting our community, fundraising activities and promoting the benefits of library membership all with a view of helping your local community to expand the range of opportunities available to them on their doorstep!

If you have some spare time and are interested in helping in the local community, then please come along to the Friends Group’s Coffee Morning at Smethwick Library on Wednesday 4 October between 11am – 12.30pm. Library staff will be on hand to have a chat about what being part of Smethwick Library Friends Group might involve.

Please feel free to share our invitation with anyone you know who might be interested in getting involved and helping us to support the diverse needs of our community.

For more information please contact Smethwick Library on 0121 558 0497 or email Smethwick_library@Sandwell.gov.uk

Annual Report on Volunteering Supply and Demand Summer 2017

Is this figure changing? The proportion of people formally volunteering at least once a month is now significantly higher than in 2010/11 (29% compared to 25%) and is higher than in all years since 2007-08. The proportion of people who formally volunteered at least once a year over the same period has also significantly increased from 39% in 2010/11 to 44% in 2012/13, and is at its highest level for three years. It is possible that the Olympic and Paralympic Games have inspired more people to volunteer and placed volunteering higher in the public consciousness. Therefore, there may be a dip in volunteering in future years. However, in any event, people are still volunteering in very large numbers.

So who is volunteering? Perhaps surprisingly, people in employment are more likely to volunteer than those who are economically inactive (48% and 40% respectively, and 34% for people who are unemployed). The age range most likely to volunteer is aged 35 to 49 (almost half of these people formally volunteer at least once a year compared to 41% of those aged 26 to 34. However, older people (aged 65 to 74) are most likely to volunteer frequently, at least once a month. Women were slightly more likely than men to volunteer, with 46% of women volunteering compared to 42% of men.

Read the report in full

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