Kaleidoscope seeks Creative Arts Practitioner

Kaleidoscope are looking to recruit a Creative Arts Practitioner to support children and young people with low level mental health needs across Sandwell by delivering co-produced structured arts project which helps build resilience and contributes to positive emotional wellbeing.

Salary: £21,142 per annum, pro rata
Hours: 37.5 per week
Contract: Temporary (until 28th February 2022)

The successful candidate will manage the day to day running of the creative arts project B-Cre8tive, including allocating referrals, running workshops and liaising with schools, children and young people. The post holder will also be required to recruit and support volunteers in liaison with the charity’s Volunteer Co-ordinator.

For the full job description and person specification, click here.

To download the application form and to apply click here.

Applications close at 3 pm on 27th September 2021.

Things to Consider When Managing Fundraising Risks

UK Fundraising, in their article, explain what their 10 key fundraising risks are and what trustees can do to mitigate against them. As trustees know fundraising can be a risky business and it is important for organisations be aware of whet theses are and take the necessary actions.

The risks they discuss include:

  1. Lack of a robust fundraising strategy – so that fundraising is conducted ad hoc with no real targeting of investment in the most promising areas. The answer here is to develop and maintain a costed fundraising strategy, linked to your organisational business plan, that focus on the future growth areas you have identified as your best future opportunities.
  2. Over reliance on a few income sources – such as too much funding from statutory sources. The answer to this is diversification, which can take time but is usually possible and makes your organisation more sustainable. The risks of not diversifying are financial decline and even organisational closure.
  3. High staff turnover – This can be very damaging for your income, as new staff take time to learn about the organisation and possibly to develop their skills. Departing staff can also take their contacts with them. If your organisation is affected, find out why people are leaving and seek to win greater loyalty – it will pay for itself in the long run. If you have an effective fundraising team, try to keep them at all costs.
  4. Compliance issues – In recent years especially, data protection has been a major hygiene factor for fundraising charities, so it is imperative to have someone who understands your obligations in handling personal data – GDPR is here to stay, Brexit or no Brexit. Other compliance risks include late filing with the Charity Commission, which funders will notice, so ensure your finance team is on track to file on time.

To read the full article click here.


Service Development Manager (Adult Services) at Murray Hall

Murray Hall Community Trust is undertaking ambitious transformation and quality improvement initiatives. These support the drive for improvements in quality and efficiency across both the operational and support functions of the organisation. In this regard, Murray Hall is looking to appoint a Service Development Manager (Adult Services). This is an exciting opportunity to work in a dynamic and high profile role.

Salary: £23,810 per annum (£35,240 FTE)
Hours per week: 25 – to be worked flexibly
Contract: Fixed term contract to March 2023

The post holder will provide expertise, advice and change leadership skills to operational services to facilitate service-led transformational change. There is significant focus on representing the Trust in development of its Adult services, and the opportunity to support other service improvement programmes and projects linked to the Trusts operational delivery. The role will also be pivotal in supporting the Trust at a partnership level building key relationships with local authority, CCG and other locality based stakeholders.

The post holder will be required to work with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders, including the executive management team, team managers, front line staff, service users and carers, service leads, funders and commissioners.

Key to success will be the ability to actively engage with stakeholders across all settings and utilise Quality Improvement methodologies. The post holder must also be able to negotiate, develop and implement workable plans that will result in innovative changes that are sustainable for the future and support the delivery across Sandwell and the surrounding boroughs.

Benefits include:
28 days holiday plus bank holidays
Flexible working
Free parking
Free access to the Employee Assistance Programme

For further details and instructions on how to apply, please see here.

Applications close on Friday 8th October 2021.
Interviews are scheduled to take place on Thursday 30th September 2021

For an informal discussion, please contact Tracey Medlyn, Operations Executive, on 01902 826342



Community Offer Project Coordinator at Murray Hall

Murray Hall is looking to recruit a Project Coordinator (Adult Services) to assist the Health and Social Care Manager in the effective operational delivery of the Community Offer service across the Tipton and Rowley Regis areas.

Salary: £23,471 per annum
Hours worked: 37 hours per week
Contract: Fixed term contract to 31st March 2023

The supervisory element of the role is to be responsible for line managing the Community Offer team. The successful candidate will support and line manage the Community Offer team, including Navigators and Administrators, providing support and supervision on a regular basis.

The Project Co-Ordinator will assist the Health and Social Care Manager in the operational delivery of the service, ensuring effective delivery of a service offering support and advice to people aged 18, with a range of needs and disabilities such as physical, mental health, learning disabilities and dementia. This will be done by scoping and working with existing support and information providers already available; working in partnership with other Community Offer delivery organisations to effectively deliver a practical, flexible, coordinated, and friendly scheme and understanding the needs of local community members

Benefits include:
28 days holiday plus bank holidays
Flexible working
Free parking
Free access to the Employee Assistance Programme

For further details and instructions on how to apply, please see here.

Applications close at 11.59 pm on Friday 8th October, 2021.
Interviews are scheduled to take place w/c: 11th October 2021

For an informal discussion, please contact Debbie Robinson, Health and Social Care Manager: 0121 612 2934

New Inclusive Choir Launching in Sandwell

A choir without barriers, accessible to all young people, including those with severe and profound learning disabilities, launches this month in Sandwell.

Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) and national music education charity, Soundabout, will launch the new inclusive choir for children and young people of all abilities at Cradley Heath Community Centre. The choir is free to join and rehearsals are designed to help young people of all abilities share their voice.

The Sandwell group will be part of a wider musical community called the West Midlands Inclusive Choir, open to young people of all abilities up to the age of 25 and their families and carers. The choir will meet and sing together once a month at Cradley Heath Community Centre, and join the rest of the West Midlands Inclusive Choir online once a month.

There will be lots of opportunities to help choose songs, create your own music, and make new friends. You can also apply to be a volunteer at LetsGoSandwell and help run rehearsals with the West Midlands Inclusive Choir team.

Parking is available at the Community Centre. There is a ramp access and an accessible toilet.

For more information and to sign up, see here.

Youth Mentor Training for Volunteers

By popular demand, we’re repeating our ‘Introduction to Youth Mentoring’ short course in October, for volunteers helping out with children and young people.

We have a limited number of spaces available for the free course, taking place on the mornings of October 6 and 7.

Delivered online by Mentoring West Midlands, the course covers a variety of useful, thought-provoking subjects from safeguarding to starting conversations with ‘troubled’ youngsters.

Participants on a previous course said:

• It was great, I learned a lot
• Useful, interesting and very respectful
• Brilliant trainer, very insightful
• Thank you – it was informative and there was a lot to take in. I’ve actually realised how serious mentoring is, and it’s helped joined the dots with the work I do.
• I can totally see now how I use this as a volunteer.
• The topics were very relevant

For more details and to register an interest please contact kim@scvo.info

Ingeus looking for local partners to assist with Voluntary Work Placements

Ingeus is a government project to help people back into work who have been affected by COVID 19. Since 2002, the employment service has helped find meaningful jobs for over 400,000 people.  Ingeus is looking for partners able to assist them with voluntary work placements and job opportunities in all sectors, including administration, retail, hospitality, cleaning, warehousing, industrial, care, customer service.

The Restart Scheme staff include an experienced and expert frontline team of Advisers, Employment Psychologist, Career Coach – Self Employment, Debt Advisers and Employability Trainers who provide one-to-one advice and support to clients.

Ingeus can provide:
• participants who are carefully screened as per requirements of a role
• interview facilities
• the opportunity for you to meet suitable candidates face to face at their premises.
The local Ingeus office is based at Kingston House, High Street, West Bromwich.

If you have a voluntary work placement or would like to a have discussion on work experience / job placement support for local participants, please call Jeff on 07443 194174 or email jjames@ingeus.co.uk

For further information regarding Ingeus and the Restart Scheme, please visit https://ingeus.com/uk and
Restart scheme – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

An Invitation to SCVO’s AGM 2021 – Creating Positive Change

SCVO members, other local voluntary sector organisations, stakeholders, and strategic partners are invited to SCVO’s Annual General Meeting taking place, this year, on Tuesday 12th October 2021 from 10.00am – 12.30pm.

This will be an opportunity to reflect on an eventful year for Sandwell’s voluntary and community sector and learn about new developments and changes at SCVO. We will also be considering the post-pandemic challenges and opportunities for the Sector.  You will have a chance to hear from speakers on a range of topics, to include how to promote positive health and wellbeing in the workplace to both your staff and volunteers.  The role your organisation can play to help to contribute to a greener environment and also how we can all take positive action around the issues of equality, diversity and inclusion.

The event will take place through Zoom and access details will be sent to you once you’ve confirmed your attendance.  Please note, if you don’t have internet access or suitable equipment to access the video content, you will still be able to ‘dial in’ from a standard landline (to a ‘local rate’ number).

To secure your place, please book via our Eventbrite page – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/scvos-agm-2021-creating-positive-change-tickets-161453328251

SCVO are currently undertaking a 5 Minute Leaders Survey for you to tell us about your recent experiences, your thoughts on what opportunities and challenges you face and how you see the future working out.  A summary of the findings will be presented at the AGM.  If you haven’t already completed the survey, we would welcome your input – the survey can be accessed here –https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/XSTLLR3

Black Country Women’s Aid Go Purple Campaign

Go Purple campaign, is Black Country Women’s Aids (BCWA) annual event in October where they ask organisations, residents and business for their support to help them raise much needed funds by Going Purple, as part of October’s National Domestic Violence Awareness month. The colour Purple is worn to show you care for women and children going through this traumatic time.

It’s easy to get involved, you choose a day in October and ask staff, friends and family to each put a £1 into BCWA’s purple collection tin and wear something purple on that day such as spraying your hair purple, painting your nails purple or bake and sell purple cakes or of course your own idea, or simply make a donation.

Last year they supported over 9,000 adults [10% Male] with their children to escape violence, overcome trauma and get these families back on their feet.

Domestic Violence is a massive problem in our area and we need your help to raise awareness and to help us to continue to supply our vital services. BCWA currently receives 24 calls every hour.

For more information or to obtain a fundraising pack get in touch with Deborah Slater by emailing her at Deborah.Slater@blackcountrywomensaid.co.uk

NHS Cadets Opportunity with St John Ambulance

NHS Cadets is a new programme created by St John Ambulance in partnership with the NHS, providing opportunities to explore skills, knowledge and volunteering roles within healthcare. It is aimed at young people aged 14 to 18 who are from communities currently under-represented within the NHS and St John Ambulance.

The programme offers young people health awareness sessions, courses to develop their leadership and communication skills and insight or experience in volunteering within the NHS.

This is a great opportunity for the young people to build on invaluable life skills as well as enhancing the chances to progress further in health/social care.

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