Out of School Activity Lead Worker

Murray Hall Community Trust is looking to appoint an out of school activity worker to plan and implement park based physical play activities across the Rowley area. Sessions will be based in local community centre’s and parks in a bid to encourage children to play together locally, be more physically active and enjoy the outdoors.

Location: Rowley ‘Go Play’ service
Hours: 16 term time (18 hours during school holidays)

The sessions are aimed at children aged between six and twelve years old (up to the age of 16 if children have special educational needs or disabilities). They will take place after school Mon-Thurs in term-time and during the day 3 days per week throughout school holidays.

Applicants should have a full and relevant qualification – minimum Level 3 NVQ (or equivalent), in Childcare / Playwork / Youth Work. You will have experience of working with children in a similar environment and will hold a full clean driving licence with use of a car.

For further information please contact Lynsey Matthews at

Closing date for applications Friday, 3 November 2017. Interviews will take place week commencing 6 November.

Macmillan Cancer Support Grants

The next closing date for the Macmillan Cancer Support Grants scheme is the 10th November 2017.  The grants scheme aims to fund individuals and groups that support people affected by cancer or campaign to improve cancer care. The grants available include:

  • Start-up funds of up to £500 to support new self-help and support project for people affected by cancer
  • Development funds of up to £3,000 to support the ongoing activities and development of self-help and support projects for people affected by cancer
  • User involvement grants of up to £3,000 to encourage the involvement of people affected by cancer in the design and improvement of cancer services
  • Individual development grants of up to £500 to enable people affected by cancer to develop their skills and use their cancer experience to help support others affected by cancer. Applications will be accepted from individuals or groups of people affected by cancer and organisations and professionals working in partnership with people affected by cancer.

More information at

Over 100 UK Charities Jump On Board Ecard Platform

UK charities are joining a social enterprise that provides them with a new income stream using an innovative take on the £1.7bn greeting card market1. provides a comprehensive fundraising toolset for charities to encourage supporters to send digital cards and donate the cost of printed cards to their cause.

Over 100 UK charities have joined the venture including names such as Headway, Sumatran Orangutan Society, the British Deaf Association and the Royal Life Saving Society.

The platform offers charities a high level of customisation including the uploading of custom ecard artwork and the creation of fundraising pages for different occasions.

Individual and corporate supporters can then donate the cost equivalent of cards and stamps, and send ecards via email or share to Facebook.

“The system is built for charities – and with a host of tools and promotional materials at their disposal – they can very easily start fundraising after joining. We’ve seen generous individuals give as much as £200.00 in lieu of cards and stamps, making it a great source of additional charitable income this Christmas,” says Alex Furness, Founder.

Charities can join at

Source: Charity Digital News

Government Details Plans to Align Data Laws with GDPR

The UK government has outlined more details of its Data Protection Bill, which it said will update existing law to make it fit for the digital age.

The UK Data Protection Bill is the result of a commitment to align data protection laws in the UK with the European Union’s (EU’s) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

People in the UK will have greater control over their personal data and will be able to ask social media channels to delete information they posted in their childhood. There will also be the right to be forgotten and crucially for charities, the reliance on default opt-out or pre-selected ‘tick boxes’, which are largely ignored, to give consent for organisations to collect personal data will also become a thing of the past. This is prompting many charities to adopt ‘opt-in only’ policies.

The Bill is a complete data protection system, so as well as governing general data covered by GDPR, it covers all other general data, law enforcement data and national security data. Furthermore, the Bill exercises a number of agreed modifications to the GDPR to make it work for the benefit of the UK in various areas.

This includes making scientific and historical research organisations such as museums and universities exempt from certain obligations which would impair their core functions.

Matt Hancock, Minister of State for Digital, said: “We are strengthening Britain’s data rules to make them fit for the digital age in which we live and that means giving people more control over their own data.

“There are circumstances where the processing of data is vital for our economy, our democracy and to protect us against illegality. Today, as we publish the Data Protection Bill, I am offering assurances to both the public and private sector that we are protecting this important work.”

Source: Charity Digital News

What It Means to Be a Digital Charity Leader

Zoe Amar discusses why digital leadership is so important for charities and looks at the role digital leaders play in driving transformation.

Is digital leadership the new digital transformation? It certainly seems to be one of this year’s buzzwords. A total of 20 individuals and organisations from the non-profit sector made it into the 100 finalists for Digital Leaders earlier this year. Meanwhile, Julia Unwin, chair of Civil Society Futures, recently blogged about how social change is now driven by networks and movements, asking whether we need new styles of leadership to drive this. #Icebucketchallenge was a case in point, an organic campaign that came from nowhere and raised more than $115m (£88m) for motor neurone disease in a single month.

Yet such events rarely happen in isolation. Behind every amazing campaign or digital initiative is a great leader – and it doesn’t always have to be the CEO.

So, what is digital leadership? Is it really more than a passing fad? And why does it matter?

Leadership Has Changed
Digital is a fundamental part of the way the modern leader operates. It’s not just being on the channels – it’s using them to build networks, be more collaborative and respond quickly. The command and control model of leadership feels increasingly analogue, clunky and old fashioned. Your charity may have run the same services for decades but the world in which it operates has changed radically.  That’s why we’ve decided to recognise digital leadership for the first time this year as part of the Social CEOs awards.
David McNeill, Director of Digital at Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations, defines digital leadership as “leadership that’s fit-for-purpose in a modern world. We perhaps too often deliver the same services, in the same way as we always have. We need to take more time to reflect on whether our services still meet the needs and expectations of our users, as well exploring whether there are more efficient and effective ways of working to achieve the same outcomes.”

Remember the brands that were once household names but failed to adapt to the times, such as Kodak. A forward-thinking leader, quick enough to respond to change, would have spotted that their organisation had to modernise and go digital if it was to thrive.

To read the full Charity Digital News article click here.

Spotlight on My Time Active

1. Tell us what you do.
Mytime Active a are a social enterprise commissioned by Sandwell Public Health to deliver a 24week Healthy Lifestyle and Weight Management programme for Adults and Families who want to learn about healthy eating, physical activity and weight management. We offer a variety of support pathways for individuals, including access to our weight management packages (free for the first 12 weeks), discounts to local gyms and leisure centres and 12 weeks of free weight watchers vouchers (subject to eligibility). Alongside this, we offer all individuals tailored 1:1 support.

2. What is your proudest achievement?
Every day we help people to make long-term positive changes to their, supporting individuals to lose weight and keep it off for good.

3. What is your experience of support received from SCVO
We have found SCVO to be invaluable in supporting the growth of our programmes, through attending both network events and using their various platforms to advertise our service.

4. What is the most valuable lesson you have learnt about working with people in Sandwell?
Everyone person, town and community in Sandwell is unique. We have dedicated town teams who work within the local area, in local GP practices, community centres and libraries to support individuals to access the service locally.

5. What are your plans for the future and some of the challenges you face?
We want to continue to grow our groups and provision, ensuring we have a vast presence across the whole of Sandwell. It is a challenge; however our team are committed to improving the health of Sandwell residents.

6. How can SCVO help to support your organisation in the future?
With continued promotion and networking opportunities!

For further information please contact Louise Pickard the Senior Healthy Lifestyle Specialist on 0121 366 0966 or view their website to see what other services are available at 

Transform Foundation

The Transform Foundation has announced that its Transform Foundation’s 2017 Charity Website Grant Programme is open for applications.  Any type of non-profit organisation may apply.

Grants of up to £18,000 are available to not for profit organisations to fund the redevelopment of their websites in order to:
Increase their ability to raise funds
More effectively serve their beneficiaries
Raise broader awareness of their cause.

A successful applicant will typically have an income of between £350,000 and £30 million (although smaller charities with ambitious plans can apply and larger charities can apply for specific campaigns). The £18,000 grant covers the bespoke strategy, design, build, training and launch of a new site and successful applicants must cover ongoing fees for the first year.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. There are no application deadlines.

More information

GDPR: An Explanation of Data Retention And Why It Is Important for Charities

After outlining what GDPR means for charities in the first of a series of posts, Andrew Cross, Data and Insights Lead at Lightful, delves specifically into data retention and subject access requests, how rules around these will alter under GDPR, and how best to prepare for it.

Data Retention is defined by the ICO as: “Data kept in a form which permits identification of data subjects for no longer than is necessary for the purposes for which the personal data are processed; personal data may be stored for longer periods insofar as the personal data will be processed solely for archiving purposes in the public interest, scientific or historical research purposes or statistical purposes subject to implementation of the appropriate technical and organisational measures required by the GDPR in order to safeguard the rights and freedoms of individuals”.

In plain English, data retention means that if data is no longer in use or required to be kept for a specific purpose then you should either delete it altogether, or anonymise all parts of the information that would give away the identity of the individual. By dealing with data in this way you are adhering to the organisational and technical safeguards stipulated by the GDPR.

What does this mean for my charity?
Non-profits are usually in possession of personal data that they gained when they were founded (which could be many years ago) and most of this pertains to historical donations or engagements with the organisation. However, if the supporter has not interacted with the charity within a reasonable time frame, then we can assume their information is probably not needed for analysis purposes and it should therefore be discarded or altered as explained above.

Unfortunately, most organisations lack clear retention polices and their CRM systems often do not have the functionality to perform these deletions or anonymisations adequately through the front end or administrative areas. Technical workarounds are an option but that either requires having the skilled staff in-house or hiring expensive consultants.

To read the full Charity Digital News article click here.

Faith Organisations Governance Training

Near Neighbours is running a half-day workshop that will explore topics of interest including: What is an Accountable Body, Understanding Organisational Language, Choosing a Legal Structure, The Charitable Context and Operational Planning Policy & Procedure. The training will be supported by examples and good practice handouts using real life experience of national and local situations from a wide range of organisations and communities.

The workshop is suitable for anyone who wants to fully understand their organisation and help it to achieve better governance and practice. John McCallum, the facilitator, is the Near Neighbours East Midlands Coordinator. John has 30 years of experience in the faith based voluntary sector and has worked across the UK with local and national organisations.

The  date is Wednesday, 1 November 2017, 10 am to 2 pm.  The venue is Brasshouse Community Centre, Smethwick.

There is a charge of £10.  Please register for the training via Eventbrite

Lunch will be provided.

Family Matters Finance Officer

Black Country Together CIC, a young and vibrant organisation, seeks to recruit a highly organised Finance Officer to join their small project management team.

Salary:   £27, 668
Location:  Dudley, with travel across all areas of the Black Country.
Job Type: Fixed term until 31 December 2019
Category: Finance/project management

Family Matters is one of the four projects making up Building Better Opportunities in the Black Country, funded by the European Social Fund and Big Lottery.  It represents a huge opportunity for the Black Country, and the 18 strong partnership delivery team will work with 1,600 Black Country people and their families to develop a journey that is right for them and can move them closer to the mainstream labour market.

About the Role
The ideal candidate will have experience of projects, preferably ESF/ERDF and will be comfortable coordinating all aspects of preparing and submitting financial claims, ensuring compliance with the funder’s requirements.  You will work closely with the Partnership Manager to effectively manage spend, ensuring the project is delivered within budget and that procurement rules are adhered to.   You will liaise with delivery partners, to ensure full compliance and work with them to reprofile project budgets when required.  You should be able to manage a wide and varied workload and provide a high level of customer service to both internal and external stakeholders.

Applying for the role
For further information on how to apply and to complete the Black Country Together application form please click here.
For further information about the role please contact Tracey Quirk on 01384 573381.

Black Country Together is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

Applications should be submitted by 11.59 pm Wednesday 25 October 2017.  Late applications will not be accepted.

Interviews will be held on Tuesday, 31 October 2017.


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