Community Connect Foundation: Part-time Community Engagement Officer

Community Connect Foundation provides a wide range of services to the communities of Smethwick. The charity has secured funding to provide a service aiming to engage and capacity build with disadvantaged people, particularly minority ethnic communities living in the area.

Hours per week: 22.5

Salary: £24,360 Pro rata

Contract: 12 Months

The organisation is seeking a part-time experienced Community Engagement officer to develop and support capacity building activities with BAME communities particularly the Bangladeshi community residing in Smethwick.

The ideal candidate will be a good communicator and have substantial experience of working with hard-to-reach groups.  You will have a good understanding of issues facing disadvantaged BAME communities and preferably be able to speak Bangla (desirable).

For an application pack please contact 0121 565 3311 or email

If you would like further information about the role, contact Soyfur Rahman on the above number.

Applications close at 12.00 pm Monday, 6th June 2022.

Places of Welcome – Want to Find Out More?

Transforming Communities Together is hosting an informal, one-hour, online workshop for anyone interested in joining the Places of Welcome network, starting their own Place of Welcome or just wanting to know.

The Connecting Communities with Places of Welcome event is at 10.30 am on Friday, 24th June 2022.

Click here to register your interest via Eventbrite.

Schools can apply for £500 of free equipment to deliver outdoor learning

Schools in England, Scotland and Wales can apply for up to £500 worth of free outdoor equipment and up to half a day of professional outdoor training to deliver outdoor learning and play.

The funding is being made available through the charity Learning through Landscapes’ Local School Nature Grant Programme and is funded by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Funding will also be open to Early Year’s settings which have their own building and more than five staff.

There will be four funding rounds throughout the year which will support a total of 900 schools.

The next closing date for applications is the 17th of June 2022.

More information


Screwfix grants to repair, maintain and improve community facilities

The Screwfix Foundation has re-opened for applications from charities and not for profit organisations for projects that will fix, repair, maintain and improve the properties and community facilities of those in need by reason of financial hardship, sickness, disability, distress or other disadvantage throughout the UK.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available for all kinds of projects, from repairing buildings and improving facilities in deprived areas, to decorating the homes of people living with sickness and disabilities.

Applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis.

The next closing date for applications is the 10th August 2022.

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Call to Artists:  Open All Media Exhibition – 30th May to 25th June 2022

The Art Yard are pleased to invite artists to submit work for their Open Exhibition. You can submit up to five pieces or work. There are no special requirements on the type of art or subject matter, all work is very welcome.

The exhibition will be at their new venue which comprises of a spacious exhibition space, balcony gallery, three studios and two dedicated tuition rooms, over two floors.

Please see the attached Introduction and Submission Forms on how to enter.

Submission forms are to be returned by Saturday 28th May 2022.

The Art Yard look forward to seeing your art works and supporting the development of Artists and the arts in the community.

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National Lottery Community Fund: Funding Officer

The National Lottery Community Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK.  It supports people and communities to prosper and thrive.

National Lottery players raise an incredible £30 million a week for good causes. This money funds projects and activities that transform communities, protect our heritage and enrich lives through arts, sports and culture. The Community Fund are proud to be one of 12 distributors responsible for awarding this funding across the UK.

The National Lottery Community Fund is looking to recruit a Funding Officer for the Midlands and would like to invite applications.

Salary: £25,282 – £26,282 + generous benefits

Hours: 37 per week

Term:  Permanent

For the full job description and instructions on how to apply, please see here.

Applications close on the 5th of June 2022.

Is it business as usual for you? If not, read on to find out more about grants that can support your organisation

For many of us, it seems as if life is back to normal and returning to how things were before the Pandemic. Others are still nervous and hesitant and have maybe lost their confidence in mixing and socialising. If you are finding your organisation is not able to deliver all you did previously because people are still hesitant to return to groups and activities, then the Covid-19 support funds might be able to help.

The funds are to help voluntary sector organisations with additional costs which they may have as services resume. For example, maybe you need to hire a larger room for activities for a period, or perhaps you need to offer several smaller sessions more locally, so people don’t have to travel. You might want to offer a meal or refreshments to tempt people out and meet again or give them their own pack of mask and hand sanitizer, so they feel safer.

If you have additional expenditure because of adaptions or think extra funds would help you resume services, then why not find out more about the funding? Talk through your idea with either Liz or Barbara who will be happy to advise you and help you through the simple application process.

Contact Liz by email at or call 07923 259821.  Contact Barbara by email at or call 07859 913363.



West Smethwick Enterprise CIC: Chief Executive Officer

West Smethwick Enterprise Family Centre is a community-based organisation with an aim to improve outcomes for children and families.

We currently provide high quality Pre-School facilities for children aged between 2-5, across 5 locations in Smethwick and Ladywood, Birmingham, as well as family support services for children and their families within the local community, stay and play sessions and a supported child contact centre.

We are also building local professional capability for the Early Years sector itself through pioneering partnerships with Higher Education providers. This initiative is primarily driven through our Centre of Excellence, based in Ladywood, Birmingham.

As WSE’s Chief Executive, you will be responsible for leading and growing a sustainable, resilient and agile organisation, capable of delivering an ambitious strategy; growing talent and capability; building successful partnerships with a wide variety of entities and attracting suitable investment.

Reports to: West Smethwick Enterprise (WSE) Board of Trustees (BoT)
Location: A total of 5 sites in Smethwick and Ladywood, Birmingham
Hours: 2 days/week (16 hours)
Salary: £63k/per annum (actual of £26k per annum + pro rata benefits)
Term: Permanent

Principal Accountabilities

• To be a key voice and ambassador for WSE to key stakeholders, existing and potential partners, our families and our communities;
• To lead the organisation internally through high quality guidance, support, challenge and direction setting;
• To develop a robust talent and succession strategy;
• To manage any HR related escalations as required.

• In conjunction with the BoT, to take overall responsibility for setting and articulating strategic direction at WSE.

Partnership and development
• To maintain and develop strategically significant partnership and identify/develop new partnership
opportunities which enables WSE to meet its strategy and objectives;
• To raise the profile, reach and positive impact of WSE through a pro-active approach to business
• To oversee the preparation of bids to obtain funding for both existing and new initiatives.
• To report to the BoT quarterly, providing financial reporting, activity reporting, evidence for key
recommendations, and assurance around highlighted risks;

• To monitor cashflow and projections to ensure that the business remains financially sustainable. Make plans and adaptations accordingly, if our financial position weakens.
• Management of finance outputs, controls & monthly reviews

• Oversee the compilation and delivery of the annual delivery plan and meeting of KPIs which you will agree collectively with the BoT and other commissioning bodies

Governance and compliance
• In consultation with the BoT, to ensure that the WSE overall governance structure, policies and procedures are appropriate, effective and consistently implemented.

Key Features
• Senior Management Team of a Director of Children’s services and 2 Children’s Services Managers;
• 33 staff and a number of volunteers, student placements and kickstart placements;
• Turnover range £500k-£1m;

Application Process
If your skills and experience closely match the principal accountabilities described, please request a full Job description from Laura Richmond at Applications should then be received by Friday 27th May 2022. Interviews on afternoon of 6th June and morning of 8th June 2022

Did You Know That Voluntary and Third Sector Organisations Can Receive Weekly Funding From Supermarkets?

ASDA, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Waitrose, Ocado, and Iceland will give your organisation monetary donations whenever you and your supporters and volunteers shop online with them. For example, Morrisons will donate £1 to you every time a supporter or volunteers shops with them.

To take advantage of this free funding, create a free ‘easyfundraising’ account for your organisation here:

Diabetes UK are running a free 10-week ‘Get Moving’ course

Diabetes UK are running a free 10-week Get Moving 10-week course starting Thursday, 19th May.  The one- hour sessions will be from 11. 30 am to 12.30 pm at Brasshouse Community Centre, Brasshouse Lane, Smethwick B66 1BA.

The Get Moving Programme is for anyone with type1 or type 2 diabetes, who are currently doing less than 30 minutes of physical activity per week, including walking.  The course will start on Thursday 19th May, 11.30 to 12.30 pm at Brasshouse Community Centre, Brasshouse Lane, Smethwick B66 1BA.

Each week participants will take part in low impact physical activities.  The course also will cover different topics around the management of diabetes.  To sign up for the programme please contact Diabetes UK’s Helpline on 0345 123 2399.

Please contact Saima Younas, Physical Activity Team Leader, on 07590 734104, if you have any questions.

Information regarding the course is available in Bengali, Punjabi and Urdu.

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