Information and Advice Officer opening at Age UK Birmingham

Age UK Birmingham & Sandwell is a dynamic and expanding charity that provides a range of services and programmes for people aged 50 and over to meet our strategic objectives.

The service provides a wide range of information and advice to people aged 50+ across Birmingham and Sandwell. The provision of accurate and up to date information and advice is the cornerstone of services as it is essential that older people have good quality accurate information to make informed choices.

There is a high level of demand for this service which is delivered by a dedicated team of staff and volunteers through multiple channels (telephone, office and community-based venues).

Age UK Birmingham are looking to recruit and develop a skilled advice officer to meet this demand within a quality assured service.

Hours: 21 hours per week
Salary: £11,455 (pro rata plus pension and healthcare scheme benefits)

The deadline for applications is Tuesday, 1st June 2021. Interviews to be arranged on 7th and 8th June 2021.

For more details, including how to apply, click here.

St Albans Community Centre requires Domestic Worker

St Albans Community Centre is a medium-sized charity, based in Smethwick, providing a wide range of services to the local community. The charity prides itself on a warm, welcoming environment, with caring staff, who understand the needs of those who use their services.

St Albans seeks to hire a Domestic Worker on the following terms:

Hours: 16 hours a week. Monday – Friday. 7 am – 10.15 am.
Salary: £9.70 per hour
Length of Contract: Permanent

The successful application will be required to to provide a comprehensive cleaning service in compliance with St Albans Health & Safety Policy and Health and Safety Regulations.

To read the full job summary, see here.

Please send CV outlining experience to

Applications close on Friday, 28th May 2021.

Applications are Now Open for China Plate’s First Bite 2021 Programme!

Applications are now open for China Plate’s First Bite 2021 programme! They are looking for submissions from theatre makers based in the Midlands to develop new work and showcase ideas to audiences and industry at the First Bite online micro-festival in September 2021.

This opportunity will provide 10 artists/companies from the region with the following:

  • £700 towards the development of a new idea/project
  • A chance to share and pitch the work as part of the First Bite online micro-festival
  • Support from China Plate and the First Bite partners to develop the work
  • Two of the programmed artists will be selected to receive a commission of £3000 to further develop the work and present it at its next stage, alongside a showcase of new performance work, during Bite Size festival at Warwick Arts Centre in April 2022.

Deadline for applications is: 10am – Monday 7th June 2021.

More information, including how to apply, is available on our website:

Greets Green Community Enterprise Job Vacancy

Community Development Support Worker, 20 hours per week, usually between Monday and Friday, occasional evening or weekend work may be required.


£10,500 per annum (£21,000 pro rata)
Key responsibility will be to reach out to new and existing users and groups, supporting groups to use the centre. Take bookings, handle enquiries, undertake consultation with residents and users, support users with ensuring their risk assessments are in place and recruit and support volunteers within the community centre.

For an application form please email
Closing date Monday 14th June.

Six Free Chairs Available to a Small Community Group

SCVO has been made aware that a local resident has six good quality conference style chairs available to a small community group who would like them. They aren’t asking for any money for the chair themselves which they will deliver to the interested party on request however, they would like their petrol costs for deliver to be covered by the group wanting them.

If you are interested in having the chairs please email SCVO at with your name, groups name, email and telephone number for us to pass on to Kate for her to confirm details of delivery, etc.

These chairs are very good quality, they look and feel new, please refer to the image.

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.

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

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  Applications forms should be returned to

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

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.


Holiday Activity and Food Grant Funding for Summer Provision

Apply now for Summer delivery

The Department for Education have awarded grant funding to Local Authorities to provide Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) to cover the school summer holiday period for 2021 to support children and young people aged 5-16 years (reception to year 11) including those with SEND who are eligible for benefit related Free School Meals to access healthy food and enriching activities free of charge.

This grant is open to voluntary and community sector / not for profit organisations / schools and other educational settings / private sector organisations / clubs.

Closing date for applications is Friday 18 June 2021 at 4pm.  Applications received after this deadline will not be processed

For further information please view the guidance notes

To apply for the funding please view the application form

‘Building a Stronger Sandwell’ – Introducing Sandwell’s Community Offer

The Sandwell Community Offer was launched in April 2020 with the aim of helping Sandwell residents benefit from the wide range of support available through voluntary and community sector organisations in their area. Lead organisations are inviting local community groups and partners to come and find out more at a Briefing Event to be held on 19th November 2020.

The Community Offer, which has been made possible through long-term investment from the Sandwell Better Care Fund, is being delivered through a strong partnership of local voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations across all six towns in Sandwell. It offers a free wellbeing service with open access for everybody aged 18 years and over from whatever background or situation. This event will showcase the work of the Community Offer and is for local provider organisations and anyone who may wish to promote the service or signpost local residents to it. The briefing will include:-

– The aims and approach of the Community Offer programme

– What support’s being delivered in each area

– Who can benefit from support

– Current activities and focus during the Covid 19 pandemic

– How your organisation can support or connect with the Community Offer both now or in the future

The event will run from 12 noon to 1.00 pm on Thursday 19th November and will include a time to ask questions of Community Offer providers.

The meeting will be held through Zoom, and the joining instructions will be sent to you nearer the time of the meeting.

To book a place view –




Funding available: Supporting People to Recover from Drug and/or Alcohol Misuse

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council has funding available to local community and voluntary organisations to enable them to support people who are aged 18 and over and who are recovering from drug and/or alcohol misuse.

Recovery from drug and/or alcohol misuse is much more than the reduced use of or abstinence from these substances. It also includes improved health and well-being, building self-esteem, creating new social networks, education, voluntary activities and employment. Local organisations can support this through the provision of innovative non-clinical projects which sit beyond the traditional remit of specialist drug and alcohol misuse services. Activities could include but are not limited to:

– Positive and meaningful activities for people in recovery such as walking groups, sports and creative arts
– The development of a visible and sustainable recovery community
– Promoting social inclusion by engaging the wider community in order to reduce stigma against people who experience drug and/or alcohol problems
– Building self-esteem and supporting people to develop new skills

Applications should seek to meet one or more of the following objectives:
1. Improving the health and well-being of people recovering from drug and/or alcohol misuse through the provision of positive activities
2. Supporting people in recovery from drug and/or alcohol misuse to develop new skills
3. Promoting community and social inclusion by reducing stigma related to drug and/or alcohol misuse
4. Supporting the development of a sustainable and local recovery community

Constituted voluntary and community groups within the borough can apply for grants of between £5000 and £10,000 to support activity for a period of up to 12 months from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 11th June 2021.

For further information and a copy of the funding criteria / application form please contact: or

FoodCycle: Feeding Black Country Communities Webinar

As part of the work to support people and communities to thrive and flourish, Transforming Communities Together are hosting a webinar on the national charity FoodCycle, as it prepares to open its first Walsall-based free meals service for local residents. The webinar will be from 10.30 am on Wednesday, 23 June 2021.

FoodCycle is a national charity established in 2009, with the aim of tackling food poverty and social isolation using donated surplus food. There are currently six projects in the West Midlands, all Birmingham-based. The organisation is now working to set up FoodCycle Cooking projects within Walsall and the wider Black Country.

FoodCycle utilises suitable kitchens in which volunteers cook fresh surplus food, which has been donated, to produce healthy, hot vegetarian meals, for anyone who would like one. The meals are completely free and anyone can just turn up. Typically guests include low income families, homeless people, isolated older people, and people struggling to ‘make ends meet’.

FoodCycle would like to hear from you:
• If you could host a FoodCycle local venue, and have capacity to seat up to 30 guests.
• If you are a local organisation or community group through which potential guests may be reached.
• If you would like to be a volunteer at a local venue.

For more information, please contact on 07377 866347 or on 07593 256805.

Book your free place via Eventbrite.


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