Rough Sleeper Provisions Survey

Sandwell Council are reviewing all provision for rough sleepers across the borough to understand what additional provision may be needed and to understand how our developing model can integrate with existing services and support. We are looking at the whole end to end system and are focused on intervening at the earliest opportunity with a holistic offer of support.

Sandwell Council are working with partners to develop a multi-agency network through the Sandwell Homeless Forum, which your response will directly feed into and help shape future decisions, in particular future service development and commissioning decisions. The information we collect will be compared against the demand data we hold for each person which focuses on the real issues to solve and not just meeting immediate housing or essential needs. This will allow us to understand the gaps.

The aims of this exercise are:
• To be better equipped to effectively signpost individuals to support, services and provisions
• To build better networks and relationships with, and across, wider community organisations
• To better shape future provisions by identifying current needs and gaps
• To enable SMBC to better support organisations across the borough

To complete the survey please go to – https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=m_jApLkj60movyRPsKTP_M5LMtJiXTtCtRvrDIR_n-1UN0xMUDROWFE5V1c2OE02V1U4SEYwVVBEOS4u

If you have any queries, please contact: jennifer_collins@sandwell.gov.uk


The Bigger Picture in Oldbury and Smethwick

These last few months have been difficult for us all.  Bringing many changes to organisations, groups and activities. We have all been committed to doing our best to support children, young people and families in Sandwell, and now with steps being made to try and get back to some normality.

In this vein, the Early Help Partnership thought it would be a great time to come together and have some conversations about what the ‘Bigger Picture’ looks like around activities for children and young people in Oldbury and Smethwick. The events, through Microsoft Teams, will provide the opportunity for attendees to:

 find out what services are currently available in their local area
 share concerns going forward and ideas of what has worked for them
 share information about what support you currently offer and what you have planned for the near future
 link in with each other and build new partnerships.

If you work, volunteer or offer activities in Oldbury and would like to join Early Help on Tuesday, 10 November, 2.00 pm – 3.30 pm please book here.

If you work, volunteer or offer activities in Smethwick, and would like to join Early Help on Monday, 16 November, 1.00 pm – 2.30 pm please book here.

Joining details will be sent when you book your place.

For further information contact Angel, Early Help Partnership Co-ordinator, at earlyhelp@scvo.info or call 07587 136072.

 

 


Openings for Project Officer and Project & Performance Officer at Sandwell Consortium

Sandwell Consortium is company limited by guarantee and Community Interest Company that will carry out activities that benefit the people of Sandwell and its environs.

The organisation, based in the Greets Green Access Centre, Tildasley Street, West Bromwich, is looking to recruit to two vacancies: Project Officer and Project and Performance Officer. The salaries are £8,324.32 and £23,000 per annum, respectively.

For full job descriptions and how to apply, click here.

Applications for both posts close at 12:00 pm on Monday, 2nd November 2020.


The Lions of the Great War, Smethwick, wins Green Flag Community Award

This year more than 2,000 parks and green spaces across the country will be raising their Green Flag Award with pride, in a year when millions of people have seen the value of having great quality green spaces on their doorstep. Among them will be Lions of the Great War in Smethwick, which is raising a Green Flag Community Award for the first time.

The Lions of the Great War was unveiled in 2018 and the site has since been maintained by volunteers from Guru Nanak Gurdwara Smethwick with the support of Sandwell Council. The site is home to the Lions of the Great War monument, the Boulton and Watt governor memorial, a water feature and green space.

The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for their management across the United Kingdom and around the world.

Jaswinder Singh, President of Guru Nanak Gurdwara Smethwick said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be awarded the green flag community award. I would like to thank all the volunteers from Guru Nanak Gurdwara Smethwick who have worked hard to keep the green space looking beautiful. Thanks also to Sandwell Council who have supported us since the inception of the Lions of the Great War site.”

 


Funding to Improve Homes & Community Spaces

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to registered charities across the UK & Ireland for projects that support people experiencing bad housing or homelessness, as well as community projects looking to improve their spaces. This could be a community hall or care centre, hostel or hospice.

The B&Q Foundation provides funding to support people in need including those suffering financial hardship, sickness, disability, or other disadvantage or distress.

The Foundation has previously awarded grants to charities ranging from homelessness and abuse charities, to children’s hospices and rehabilitation centres. Funding can be used for projects including creating community gardens, redecorating properties, and converting rooms at hostels to additional bedrooms.

Applicants are required to submit expressions of interest and funding will be awarded before the end of the year.

For further information please view – https://www.diy.com/corporate/bandq-foundation/


Esmee Fairbairn Foundation Launches New Strategy

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the effects of climate change, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation is launching a new strategy, which will focus on three interdependent aims:

• Improving the natural world:
• Tackling injustice to deliver a fairer future;
• Creative, confident communities.

Under the new strategy, the Foundation will be providing larger and longer-term grants of over £30,000, as well as social investments of between £100,000 and £2 million to charities or initiatives with ideas working towards these aims. The new strategy is supported by the need to tackle structural inequality, racism and the causes and impacts of climate change.

Funding can be used to cover core or project costs, including staff salaries and overheads. Collaborative approaches are encouraged.

Expressions of interest can be submitted at any time

For further information please view – https://esmeefairbairn.org.uk/


Funding to Tackle the Disproportionate Impact of Covid-19 on BAME Communities

Small Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) -led charities, voluntary and community groups, and social enterprises in England can apply for support to help tackle the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities.

Voice4Change England’s Covid-19 Partnership Fund will provide organisations with grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 to deal with emerging issues in the community, as a result of the continuing threat of coronavirus, the need for self-isolation, and potential for further exacerbation of loneliness and isolation.

Funding can be used to cover running costs and small capital costs, and support for services such as foodbanks, domestic abuse and violence groups, tackling homelessness, and providing access to technology.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on the 3rd November 2020.

For further information please view – https://voice4change-england.com/covid-19-grants-programme/


Find Out More About Community Advocacy

Community Advocates speak up for people who, for reasons such as illness or their age, might find it difficult to be heard regarding their rights and issues.

On Wednesday October 21st at 3pm, Community Advocates from POhWER host an open event on Facebook to explain more about the free, confidential service and how you can get involved.

Whether you are interested as someone who may like to use the service, or as a potential volunteer, you can join the event via Empohwer West Midlands Facebook page www.facebook.com/EmpohwerWestMidlands

To find out more about helping out at POhWER search for it on www.letsgosandwell.info


Free training on Hate Crime

The Sandwell Safeguarding Adults Board has launched a new eLearning package on Hate Crime. Introduction to hate crime Level 1 is a basic awareness course developed in partnership with Dudley Safe and Sound and Sandwell Safeguarding Adults Board.

This awareness package has been designed for multi-agency staff and volunteers who have contact with people who may need support around hate crimes. It is important that everyone is able to understand the basics of hate crimes and how to raise a concern so that appropriate actions can be taken.

Course aims
• To define Hate Crime
• Raise awareness of different types of Hate Crime
• To understand what indicators to look for
• To understand how to respond to it.

The free training is available via this link.


Debt Adviser Required – Sandwell and Walsall Citizens Advice

This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of a charity that is a member of a national brand. Join a growing organisation that excels in delivering a great service to clients and cares about employees. Become a part of a team that puts excellence and clients at the forefront.

Citizens Advice Sandwell and Walsall are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and experienced Debt Adviser, to work in a busy office and across local outreach sites. The ideal person will have knowledge of undertaking in-depth debt advice work for clients with multiple debts and providing comprehensive specialist debt advice.

The Debt Adviser must be flexible with their approach to work, target driven, able to work well under pressure while maintaining high quality and standards in all aspects of their work.

A positive manner in addition to good organisation and time management skills is important. The ideal person must have excellent communication skills to enable them to advocate for clients with the aim to achieve results. The candidate must be willing to work as part of a team, use their initiative to work independently and develop external partnerships.

It is vital they can carry out and monitor their own casework and related administrative tasks, with minimal supervision. Accuracy is essential, as well as meeting deadlines. Travel across Sandwell and Walsall will be required.

Hours: 37 hours per week – full time
Salary: £25,335 pa.
Contract: Permanent
Closing date: Monday, 2nd November 2020 at 5.00pm
Interview date: Tuesday, 10th November 2020

Interview and Test: – Please note there will be a test on the day of the interview.

Please note that due to the volume of applications we will only respond to applicants who are shortlisted for interview.

If you enjoy a challenge and think you have the skills in addition to knowledge to do this role, then please contact us to obtain an application pack for this post. Please email: recruitment@citizensadvicesandwell.org.uk


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