Carer Support Worker (HPLC)

CARES, the Sandwell based charity which gives information, advice and counselling support service for carers and their dependents, is seeking to recruit a Carer Support Worker to work with other members of the CARES Staff Team.  The Worker will be required to identify, offer, or access appropriate support for carers who are resident in the designated areas of Smethwick and Bearwood and are previously unknown to CARES.

18.5 hours per week
APT + C Scale 6 pt. 26  £23,398 p.a. (pro-rata) – paid monthly
Fixed Term Contract to 30 September 2018

You will be required to undertake the identification and assessment of carers in need of support.

You will be responsible for the development of future Carer Support Initiatives in the designated area and to identify, recruit, support and encourage volunteers to assist with the programmes of carer support offered in the designated area.

You must have the appropriate knowledge and experience of working with and supporting carers and must be fully conversant with the work of  CARES to enable appropriate support activities to be developed. Knowledge and experience of working in the voluntary sector essential.

The successful applicant must be able to demonstrate an ability to work in partnership with other employees, agencies, carers and volunteers.

For further details and application form please contact:

Geoff Foster (Chief Executive Officer)
The Carers’ Centre
2 Bearwood Road
West Midlands, B66 4HH

Telephone: 0121 558 7003   Email:

Please note CVs will not be accepted.

The closing date for applications is 9.00 am on Wednesday, 25 October 2017.

Shared Lives Carer needed to join Independent Panel for CVT

Camphill Village Trust is currently in the process of putting together an Independent Panel for its innovative Shared Lives Scheme, being developed across the Borough of Dudley and the surrounding areas. The Panel which meets in Stourbridge, will sit for half a day on a quarterly basis and ‘approve’ the status of all Shared Lives Carers involved with the CVT Scheme.

The Panel is made up of local social care professionals who have an interest in Shared Lives and wish to ensure there is fairness and consistency to the assessment and approval process. To bring a specific knowledge and skill-set to the Panel, CVT is looking for a current or retired Shared Lives Carer from a neighbouring Scheme to join as a member.

The post is voluntary but CVT will cover travel expenses and the Registered Manager is known to make a mean cup of tea and even provide a plate of biscuits from time to time.

If you are interested, please call Dean Barnshaw on 01384 597264 or 07984 896010 or email
To find out more information about CVT Shared Lives, please go to or follow CVT on Twitter @CVTSharedLives.


A runner sought to represent CARES in the 2018 London Marathon

CARES, the Sandwell based charity which works with, helps and supports unpaid family carers throughout the borough of Sandwell, is appealing for a keen marathon runner to represent the Charity in the 2018 London Marathon on 22 April next year.

Places in the Marathon are always hugely oversubscribed and the General Ballot for 2018 is now closed. CARES, however, has gained a place through the Charity Ballot and is now looking for a runner to raise funds for the charity in next years’ race.

Geoff Foster, Chief Executive Officer of CARES said “This is a great opportunity for a local runner to fulfil a once in a lifetime opportunity, running in the London Marathon. Places in the marathon are often said ‘to be like gold dust’ but CARES has a place in the 2018 race”.

He continued “CARES will pay the entry fee for the runner and will help towards the costs of training and kit. In return we could expect the runner to raise a minimum of £1500 for the Charity”.

Anyone interested should contact CARES on 0121 558 7003 or at

Volunteer and Community Development Co-ordinator

An exciting new opportunity has arisen with North Smethwick Development Trust (registered charity number 1035308), for a Volunteer and Community Development Co-ordinator.   As a small local charity, the Development Trust is developing its work with volunteers as part of a new volunteering strategy developed by the Board of Trustees.

About NSDT 
NSDT has been acting as a community hub and local enterprise since 1992. Since the transformation of the Brasshouse in 2014 following a major redevelopment, it now provides local people with access to a significantly wider range of community services and activities resulting in greater use of the centre. There is also increased demand for volunteering opportunities as people want to gain valuable work experience through volunteering and see this as a route into employment.

About the Post
The post is offered on a 35-hour week for a one year fixed term period.
Salary is £23,750 per annum.

The post holder will be responsible for delivering an effective volunteer strategy engaging with a range of people and developing a community led activity programme.

This is a pilot project where the post holder will ‘hit the ground running’. This will be possible by the work undertaken to date by our board and partners to ensure its success. The post holder will implement the volunteer strategy of NSDT engaging people from the local and surrounding areas who wish to volunteer. The post holder will identify volunteer opportunities, recruit volunteers and develop a sustainable volunteer succession strategy as well as develop and administer social impact reporting.

The successful applicant will be based at Brasshouse in North Smethwick with outreach work with partner organisations. Some evening and weekend work will also be required from time to time.  Job Description and Person Specification.

To apply please send your CV together with a covering letter of no more than 2 sides of A4, demonstrating clearly how you meet the requirements of the post and email to or post to Brasshouse, Brasshouse Lane, Smethwick B66 1BA.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 5 pm on 23 October 2017.  The post is subject to a DBS check

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Digital Promotions for Business Employability Course

A one-of-a-kind programme is being launched to help teenagers and the unemployed boost their digital skills and find sustainable work.

Digital Me is offering young people, aged 16-18, the opportunity to sign up for a digital employability course, where they can learn everything from setting up an email address and storing data on a device in the cloud to creating digital marketing campaigns for business, developing a mobile app and producing exciting top quality videos for channels including YouTube.

You will also learn business administration and customer service skills to provide you with core skills employers are looking for, as well as assist you to write an impressive CV, apply for jobs and give top tips on how to perform in an interview.

Digital Me is a Bsmart Training initiative and the flexible course has been developed to help attract the hard-to-reach NEETs with subjects that may generate more interest than normally may be the case. More importantly, however, it will give you the skills that employers are desperately short of.

Successful learners will receive a Level 2 nationally accredited qualification in Digital Promotions for Business, as well as more knowledge and new skills to help in their job-hunt.

Digital Me is now looking to work with partners nationwide who have secured funding to help NEETs back into work, and also learners to sign up to this unique and exciting course.

To find out more about signing up, please contact 0121 501 2243 and ask for Lori, or visit Digital Black Country’s website.




Community Transport looking for Volunteer Drivers

Can you spare some time to help others?  Community Transport is looking for Volunteer Drivers to transport elderly vulnerable people who struggle or are unable to use public transport, to get to medical appointments, shopping or attend social activities.

As a Volunteer Driver you will incur no personal costs as you will receive car mileage and be reimbursed for out of pocket expenses.

If you would like to volunteer or would like to know more about being a Volunteer Driver, please get in touch with CT Passenger on 0845 209 0191,  or email


Feminist Review Trust

Funding of up to £15,000 is available for projects within the UK and internationally that support and transform the lives of women.

Priority is given to projects that promote lesbian and transgender rights,  tackle violence against women and girls and support disabled women and girls.

The funding is being made available through the Feminist Review Trust who are particularly interested in applications for hard to fund projects.

The deadline for applications is 31st January 2018.

More information

O2 /, which is an online digital hub from O2 (O2 Think Big), is inviting applications from individuals to apply for funding of £500 to support social action projects that inspire others to unlock their potential and benefit the local community.

Projects should make use of digital technology and can be based around anything from skills workshops, podcasts, journalism pieces to live events, community initiatives or apps.  To be eligible to apply, applicants should be aged 15-24 live in the UK and have a creative and unique project idea.

Projects need to be completed within 6 months.

The closing date for applications is the 28th October 2017.

More information


Wessex Youth Trust

The next deadline for applications to the Wessex Youth Trust is the 1st November 2017.

The Trust awards grants to registered charities (including schools and PTAs) that help, support and advance the wellbeing of disadvantaged children and young people up to the age of 21 years.  Applications from self-help organisations and charities requiring seed corn funding or pump priming for the development of more extensive fund-raising initiatives are preferred, as are specific project funding requests rather than contributions to broader appeals.

To apply, download an application form and post to the Trust before 1st November 2017.

To see examples of the types of projects funded by the Wessex Trust please click here.


Health Exchange Birmingham seeks new CEO

Following the CEO’s decision to retire, Health Exchange Birmingham is now seeking an exceptional individual to help lead the organisation through the next phase of its journey.

Health Exchange CIC was established in 2007 to deliver a radically different, community-led model of health promotion – initially serving the multicultural and diverse communities living in Birmingham.

Health Exchange was established as a social enterprise, a community interest company, to build on the basic model of a trading company that does its business to improve communities and strengthen community infrastructure; an asset-based approach. By functioning as a trading company, with a social purpose, the CIC has been able to weather the hugely varying and challenging commissioning environment in health and public health over the last 10 years. The company has remained lean at its core with a strong community-embedded infrastructure of full-time and part-time staff and volunteers.

Over the last 10 years Health Exchange has grown and diversified through successful tendering and excellent service delivery to a current turnover of over £3.2 million (including subsidiaries).

The Role
As the CEO you will lead a strong and vibrant “can do” organisation with a committed, motivated and passionate workforce, a reputation for quality and customer service and a commitment to grow in the years ahead. You will be focused on continuous improvement and will be empowered to use novel approaches as you lead the organisation through a complex and ever-changing health and social care landscape, in pursuit of growth and diverse opportunities.

You will supervise and control all strategic and business aspects of the company. You will be the primary officer in the company and responsible for giving strategic direction as well as creating a vision for success.

To thrive as the CEO you must be a prudent manager and an inspiring leader. The ideal candidate will have a business mindset and will be able to see the “big picture” in a variety of settings. You will take actions to enhance the company’s cash flow while keeping the human factor in perspective.

If you would like to view the full Job Description visit
For further information, visit

To apply for this role, please email your CV and covering note to

The closing date for applications is  Monday 23th October 2017.


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