GDPR / Data protection workshop for Voluntary and Community Groups

As you will all be aware, GDPR regulations came into force in May 2018.   Organisations and individuals who handle or process personal data have received training on how to ensure that they fully comply with the new regulations. However, some organisations may have new employees who have not have received the training.

Murray Hall Community Trust have developed a training workshop which can ensure your staff have all the information they need.  The course takes place on Wednesday, 23 January 2019: 9.30 am to 12.30 pm.

Please see the attached information and booking form if you would like to book a place.

Adult Mental Health First Aid Course

This is a two day, 16-hour, Mental Health First Aid course for adults, which will qualify you as a Mental Health First Aider.   The dates are Thursday and Friday, 7th & 8th February 2019.  The cost of the course is £170.

The training which is delivered by Jay Thompson and Ivy Taylor, who are experienced instructors, will prepare you to take your practical skills and knowledge in mental health to the next level.

To register and for full details please visit Eventbrite

Questions should be directed to Ivy Taylor at the Volunteer Centre Sandwell on 0121 544 8326 or email

Seeking Volunteer Chaplains for West Bromwich

Black Country Urban Industrial Mission is seeking to recruit volunteer Workplace Chaplains to visit with people in the Businesses, Shops and Factories of West Bromwich.

Who Are Workplace Chaplains?
Chaplains are men and women from a range of business, employment and cultural backgrounds who are good listeners.Chaplains wish to bring their faith and understanding to the world of work. Each Chaplain is a member of a church who can count on a reference from their church leader, vicar, minister or pastor.

Do you live in or close to the Black Country? Could you offer a few hours a week to be a workplace chaplain, and be part of an exciting area of the church’s mission?

One volunteer chaplain described being a Chaplain as the best experience in his Christian ministry.

A five week training course in basic Chaplaincy skills is planned for February. Dates, times and location will be decided in discussion with those who respond.

There’s no upper age limit, and workplaces can often accommodate different levels of agility. Chaplains may need to spend long periods on their feet.

Contact Bill Mash at 01902 710407 for more information.

Early Help Partnership Event Invitation

Don’t miss out on our Early Help Partnership Event – taking place on Wednesday 23rd January from 1pm – 3pm at the Yemeni Community Association.

We welcome all who are working with and supporting children, young people and families in West Bromwich, to come together to share, learn and develop new partnerships.

To book your place please e-mail Amelia –

Citizens Advice Sandwell Best Practice Lead – Universal Support Service Opportunity

Citizens Advice Sandwell are looking to recruit a Best Practice Lead

The Best Practice Lead will have:
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills including the ability to deliver presentations and build relationships with staff at all levels.

Proven ability to influence and negotiate with senior managers, executives and external stakeholders.
Experience of analysing , presenting complex information and communicating informed recommendations

Citizens Advice is set to deliver a new service called “Universal Support – Help to Claim” which offers end-to-end support to help people make a new Universal Credit claim and be ready for when their first payment arrives.

As part of this, the organisation is setting up a network of Best Practice Leads to gather and share learning about how Universal Credit and the Help to Claim service is performing, develop relationships with relevant local stakeholders and share ideas and best practice.

The role will work across a Jobcentre Plus district area to improve people’s experience of Universal Credit and Universal Support as well as feed into the wider Best Practice Lead network and work of national Citizens Advice.

Hours: 30 hours per week
Salary: £25,000 (pro- rata)
Contract: Permanent (funding confirmed until March 2020.

For an application pack or more information please email 

Please note CV’s will be not accepted.

Closing date: 12.00 25th January 2019
Interview date: 6th February 2019


Citizens Advice Sandwell Office Manager Job Opportunity

Citizens Advice Sandwell is a busy charity with six offices across the Borough, plus a number of outreach sites. They offer advice and support to around 13,000 people a year and have over 50 staff.

Citizens Advice Sandwell seeks an Office Manager with significant experience of providing administration support to senior management or Board level roles. Applicants should have:

• Experience of running a busy office, managing incoming enquiries and supervising the work of others
• High levels of attention to detail in written communication and practical application.
• Skills in running events, media and recruitment campaigns.
• Skills in establishing good relationships, negotiating contract terms with suppliers.
• Experience in managing facilities and estates functions would be an added benefit.

This is a permanent contract of 37 hours per week and the post carries a salary of £21,500. The successful candidate will primarily be based in West Bromwich, but some travel around the Borough will be involved.

This role will play a key part in the smooth running of the organisation, to make sure that people have the systems, resources and support they need to carry out their roles. Citizens Advice Sandwell have a management team and a Board of Trustees. You will be your responsibility to ensure the Board of Trustees have timely and relevant information to carry out the governance of the organisation.

This is an exciting opportunities to be a part of a great charity and an innovative project.

For an application pack or more information please email Please note CV’s not accepted.

Closing date: 25th January 2019
Interview dates: 4th February 2019


Near Neighbours February Training

Near Neighbours have three training days running in February at the low cost of £5 per day with lunch included, designed with faith groups in mind but is also relevant for those working with community organisation and charities.

All of the workshops are supported by a wealth of tools, examples and written resources that participants can take away for use in their project.

Please email for details on how to book.

Fundamentals of Fundraising

Thursday 7th Feb 9:30am to 3:30pm
Frank F Harrison Community Association
Cost: £5 (lunch included)

Develop Confidence & Skills in Fundraising for Faith Based Social & Community Action.
This training will look at sources of funding for faith based groups, how to apply, how to develop application information and how to fund-raise.

Click here to book your place.

Faithful Applications

Thursday 14th Feb 9:30am to 3:30pm
Frank F Harrison Community Association
Cost: £5 (lunch included)

Making Grant Applications for Social Action in Faith Based Organisations

This session will cover:
– Writing Techniques & Formats
– The Writing You Need Before Applying
– Writing The Application

Click here to book your place.

Faithful Organisation: Governance Training

Thursday 28th Feb 9:30am to 1pm
Frank F Harrison Community Association
Cost: £5 (lunch included)

The roles and responsibilities of Trustees, Directors. Committees, Staff, Volunteers and Membership in the Governance of Faith Based Community Organisations and Places of Worship.

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
• Ensuring Trust & Credibility
• Why Risk Management
• Showing Who’s Involved
• Visionary Thinking
• Operational Planning
• Policy & Procedure
• The Good Committee
• Clear Budgeting
• Involving and Sharing Work

Supported by examples and good practice handouts using real life experience of national and local situations from a wide range of organisations and communities.

Click here to book your place.

Source: Near Neighbours

Brushstrokes is looking for an Immigration Adviser

Brushstrokes is an award winning project in partnership with Father Hudson’s Care, The Infant Jesus Sisters and the parish of St Philip Neri, Smethwick. The project is well established with a proven track record in supporting refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in Sandwell and surrounding areas. Working with Sandwell Council, Sandwell Citizens Advice and Sandwell Advice Providers Network, this post will enable the charity to increase access to free immigration advice in this area.

Brushstrokes is seeking to appoint an experienced Immigration Adviser to deliver immigration advice to OISC standards and casework support service to individuals whose status affects access to housing, health, welfare benefits and social care. Delivering advice at the centre and outreach locations, you will also support other advisers delivering immigration advice at a drop-in service in Oldbury.

Hours worked per week: 37 Hours per week preferred but part time hours considered
Salary: SCP 26-28 £24,034.00 – £25,628.00 per annum.
Term: 1 Year Fixed Term Contract with potential to extend

Successful candidates will be either a qualified solicitor or have OISC level 2, have knowledge of current asylum and immigration law and entitlements to welfare benefits, housing, health and social care. You will understand the issues faced by recent migrants and be able to work with individuals from differing social and cultural backgrounds.

You should be familiar with casework management systems and OISC audit requirements. You should also have experience of supervising paid or volunteer advisers. It is important that you are committed to the project’s ethos of ‘Welcoming the Stranger’. An Enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure & Barring Service will be requested by FHS if appointed.

For a discussion about the role and hours of work, please call Dave Newall direct on 0121 565 2234.

Visit for an application form or e-mail quoting post reference number P1282.

The closing date for applications is 27th January 2019.  Interviews will be held on 4th February 2019.

Recognising and Reporting Serious Incidents – Free Workshop

The Association of Chairs in partnership with the Charity Commission are holding a half day free workshop on recognising and reporting serious incidents – what you need to know.

The workshop will be held on Thursday 14th February 2019, 1.30pm at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, 6 Centenary Square, Birmingham, B1 2EP. Why not go along to test your knowledge about fraud and safeguarding and to learn how to recognise when an incident is serious and what you must do to report it.

The aim of the workshop is to provide an opportunity to hear about the way in which the Charity Commission views serious incidents and how they handle the reports which are made to them. This is about helping you understand the reasons for reporting a serious incident in your charity.

Whilst the circumstances of incidents vary in type and in the impact they have, Chairs and trustees can work to limit the likelihood of an incident happening and to minimise the impact on the charity when they do.

They will take a closer look at fraud and safeguarding as these are areas where serious incidents are most common.

Representatives of the Charity Commission will talk to us about their approach to these issues and lead group discussions on the issues.

To book your place or for more information click here.

See also: Reporting and avoiding serious incidents – blog post.

Source: Association of Chairs

See Beauty and the Beast

Join Dorothy Parkes for a post Christmas ‘pick me up’ as they work in partnership with Black Country Touring.

Multi Story Theatre Company presents Beauty and the Beast – A pre-Disney version of a well-loved tale.

An old woman who claims to be a princess and a reluctant security guard use music, song, puppetry, and projection to play out the traditional tale of Beauty and the Beast. Nothing is quite as it seems in this lively and inventive version of the hugely popular story presented by on one the UK’s most respected children’s theatre companies.

Children and adults alike enjoy both the bravura fun of the storytelling and the genuine drama and pathos of the tale as it unfolds.  The production, for children aged 5 – 11 and their families,on Saturday, 19 January 2019 at 2.30 pm and 4.00 pm.

Tickets are £3.00 adults and £2.00 children and can be purchased online or at the Centre, Church Road, Smethwick B67 6EH.

There will be light refreshments and the chance to enter a raffle.

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