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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.

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

Training:
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.


Did you participate in the NHS Volunteer Responders Scheme – GOODSAM?

Have you used the GOODSAM app and been involved in the NHS Volunteer Responders scheme?

We would love to speak to you about your experience, whether you’ve offered your time as a Volunteer Responder or accessed help & support via the app.

We are looking to interview several volunteers & residents that participated in the programme between March 2020 and March 2021. Your experiences will be used to inform how future schemes are designed and improve the way national health partners work with local voluntary organisations.

If you can spare a few minutes, please complete our short survey: http://bit.ly/goodsam-cvs


The GAP Centre seeks Board Trustees

The GAP Christian Family Centre is a thriving community centre located in Hargate Lane, West Bromwich.

Established at the turn of the century, the GAP Centre have been working with local individuals and communities to empower, encourage and involve them to raise their aspirations and equipping them to reach their full potential.

The Centre is looking for Board Trustees to fill the role of fundraising director, HR director and marketing director.

If you feel you have the required experience and would like to be considered for one of the volunteer roles, please send your CV with a covering letter/email to Vice Chair, Les Trumpeter at vice@thegaponline.org


Join the Chat – Volunteer Coordinator’s Forum

 Sandwell Volunteer Coordinators’ Forum meets up again in April for a good old chat about all things volunteering.

Recruiting, training and managing volunteers is hugely rewarding, but like all jobs has its ups and downs. The Forum is an informal open space to share the highs and the lows, and discuss how we can work together to raise the profile of helping out in Sandwell.

If you would like more details or are interested in joining the Forum contact kim@scvo.info

Have you seen our Let’s Go website? Why not take a look at www.letsgosandwell.info to see how you might be able to connect with potential new volunteers for your organisation.


BBC Children in Need recruiting Regional Committee Members

BBC Children in Need is looking for new members to join the Central Regional Advisory Committee, which covers West Midlands, East Midlands and the East of England. Applications would be welcome from those who share the commitment to support children and young people across the Central region to be safe, happy, secure, and provided with the opportunities they need to reach their potential.

BBC Children in Need is positively changing the lives of disadvantaged children and young people throughout the UK. They celebrate diversity and positively encourage applications from all parts of the community to join our Central Regional Advisory Committee. Applications from those with experience of supporting children and young people from Black, Asian, and ethnic minority communities; early years, and those with a disability would be especially welcomed. Volunteers are also sought from young adults or individuals who may have benefited from the support of one of the projects we have funded. This is a great opportunity for committed and enthusiastic people to support BBC Children in Need’s assessment and decision-making processes.

Although this is an unpaid role, appropriate support will be offered to enable the full participation of all successful applicants.

Further information is available here

If you are interested and would like further information please contact the Melinda Connelly, Regional Head – Central region, at melinda.connelly@bbc.co.uk or call 0303 081 7805, for an informal chat about what the role entail.

Applications should be received no later than 5.00 pm on 11th March.


Volunteer Radio Broadcast Presenter Opportunity with The Art Yard

The Art Yard (TAY) are inviting individuals to apply to be a volunteer Radio Broadcast Presenter for them, you don’t need to be a practicing artist to apply.

Midland Film and Art is a constituted group that manages The Art Yard  gallery and studio at 59 Reddal Hill Road, Cradley Heath. They are looking to recruit volunteers who are passionate about the arts to join their team to promote all aspects of arts and crafts activity in the wider Black Country area on a new radio channel that will begin broadcasting later this year.

You may have heard that this year Dudley College will be opening a modern education facility at The Waterfront, Brierley Hill. New broadcast studios are being included in the development that will be the base for Black Country Radio, as well as house 2 additional stations; Black Country Hospital Radio and a completely innovative channel, Black Country Extra. TAY have been invited to have a regular broadcast slot on Black Country Extra aimed at entertaining and informing listeners about creative arts activities.

Successful applicants will be the voice of TAY and host (or co-host) programmes transmitted by radio and on-line. Programmes will be recorded in advance and broadcast later as part of scheduled activities. The length and number of regular TAY broadcasts are subject to negotiation and will depend on the volunteers’ availability.

Much of the proposed Black Country Extra radio station is in the early stages of development, so there is a great opportunity for those interested to develop their own skills and experience of broadcasting, and also to influence the station’s creative arts activities and future programming. Click here to view the Description.

TAY volunteers taking part will have access to a large number of professional, educational, practised, community and novice arts and crafts people. They will also be able to reach numerous art societies, clubs and community groups to feed those activities into broadcasts, either by studio or remote recording.

How To Apply
If you are interested in applying for the role of TAY Radio Broadcast Presenter please get back to us by email ASAP to The Art Yard at infoartyard@gmail.com with your name, telephone number and brief reasons as to why you are applying for this.

Do you want to promote a volunteer opportunity for free?
Have you go a volunteer opportunity you’d like to promote then get in touch with Kim Fuller by email at kim@scvo.info to find out how you can get your volunteer opportunity listed on our Let’s Go website.


Please take part in the Volunteering ‘Reset’ Survey

SCVO supports and promotes volunteering throughout the borough. But how has the last year affected your organisation and where the focus is needed?

To enable us to look at how we can best support volunteer organisations, we’re taking a snapshot of the past year of volunteering in Sandwell, and focusing firmly on a post-Covid future. It would be really helpful if you would take a few minutes please to help our research by completing this survey http://bit.ly/VolResetSurvey

The deadline for responses is February 15th 2021.  All your responses will remain confidential within SCVO, with summary findings brought together in a short report that will be shared with the new “Sandwell Volunteer Coordinators’ Forum”.

To find out more about the Forum, or if you have any queries about the survey, contact kim@scvo.info


Let’s Go…

Lots of new volunteering opportunities have been added to our ‘Let’s Go…’ website.

AbilityNet for example seeks helpers to support older or disabled people with everyday technical challenges, like getting online to shop or setting up a social media account to keep in touch with friends and family. And Stepway, the veterans’ support charity, would like a hand reaching out to local heroes as they set up their services in Oldbury.

If you know anyone looking to gain confidence, boost their CV or simply make friends through volunteering, point them in the direction of www.letsgosandwell.info for a browse. If you have volunteering opportunities to promote, get in touch with kim@scvo.info


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