Young Carers Promotion Officer


Sandwell Young Carers is a registered charity providing services to children and young people, aged 5-18 years, living in Sandwell, whose lives are affected as a result of caring for a dependent family member.

If you would like to make a real difference to the lives of the young carers of Sandwell then please take a look at the vacancy below to see if you have the expertise, knowledge and skills to join us.

We are looking to recruit:-

The following post is part of the Positive Activities contract with SMBC and is a fixed term contract until
31st March 2020.

Young Carers Promotion Officer – £19,077 (37 hours per week)
The post holder will be required to undertake development work with schools, colleges and other educational settings. This post will also include working with GP’s, Primary Care Teams and other health and social care settings, all to help them identify and offer support to young carers within Sandwell.

The above position requires the post holder to be flexible, sensitive, child-centred, trustworthy and reliable, have experience of working with both children and young people and able to work to the organisation’s policies and procedures.

If you would like to apply for the above vacancy OR have any queries please write to the address above or email; for an application pack, stating the vacancy you are applying for. You are required to complete an application for each post that you are applying for. As a registered charity we are unable to respond to telephone calls or meet the cost of postage. Anyone requesting a hard copy of the pack must provide a self-addressed envelope (C4 envelope with large 1st class postage stamp).

Closing date for all applications is 10am on Monday 3rd June 2019.

Les Mills Fund for Children

Grants of up to £1,000 are available to registered charities and non-profit organisations who work to improve the education and physical and emotional wellbeing of children.

Applicants applying for funding may focus on one or more of these areas:
• Living in Poverty
• Physical & Mental Health Problems
• Health & Wellbeing
• Living With Disability

The next closing date for applications is 5pm on the 1st June 2019.
More information at:

Spring Housing Association seeks Community and Digital Support Coach

Spring Housing Association is looking to recruit a full-time Community and Digital Support Coach, to form part of a new core staff team of three, plus volunteers. Together, you will provide high quality support to our tenants and local community members around all aspects of digital and finance inclusion and through volunteering and community action projects.

Salary: Up to £25,000 per annum
Hours per week: 37.5 (job share & part-time considered)

You will need to be a people person who wants to make a difference, promoting opportunities and sharing your skills and experience with a passion to see others learn and move forward in their own understanding. You will have lots of scope to create different, impactful activities.

If you feel excited by the opportunity and have the attitude and related know how needed to build something to be proud of, then you are encouraged you to apply.

As part of the commitment to make Spring a great place to work, a comprehensive reward and benefits package is offered.

Please read through carefully the comprehensive application pack and contact Spring Housing Association on 0121 663 1443 if you have further questions, or if you require a printed version.

Download the Application Pack from

The closing date for applications is 9:00 am, on Thursday, 23rd May 2019.

Funded by The National Lottery Community Fund.

Raold Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity

Marvellous Family Grants are awarded to families facing financial hardship whilst caring for a child with a serious illness.

Grants of up to £1,000 per child can fund a variety of essential items and services including (but not limited to) specialist equipment, creative therapies, hospital travel expenses, everyday items to improve the child’s quality of life, attending medical/support group conference, social activities and memberships.

Marvellous Family grants are open to any family residing in the UK with a child who has a serious illness that could be life-limiting as described by the following criteria:
• Group 1 – Life threatening conditions for which curative treatment may be feasible but can fail (e.g. epilepsy, irreversible organ failures of heart, liver, kidneys.)
• Group 2 – Conditions where premature death is inevitable (e.g. cystic fibrosis.)
• Group 3 – Progressive conditions without curative treatment options (e.g. Batten disease, mucopolysaccaridoses, muscular dystrophy.)
• Group 4 – Irreversible but non-progressive conditions causing severe disability leading to susceptibility to health complications and likelihood of premature death (e.g. sickle cell disease, cerebral palsy, multiple disabilities such as brain or spinal cord insult.)
• Group 5 – Syndromes without a name (SWAN) causing severe, chronic disability or illness.

Applications must be completed by health or social care professionals on behalf the family and are considered at monthly meetings.

The application deadline for the next meeting is 5pm on the 31st May 2019 followed by the 28th June 2019.
More information at:

Alzheimer’s Research UK

Alzheimer’s Research UK has launched a new funding programme to tackle misconceptions around dementia and promote the importance of dementia research.

Grants are available to organisations and people with ideas, passion and ability to realise innovative public engagement projects – from those within or outside the research community, those with a track record in dementia engagement and those looking to apply their skills to this important issue for the first time. This could include utilising digital technology,storytelling, art-science collaborations, performances, workshops or other events. Projects must be completed and funding awarded within 1 year of the award being made.
The grants are being made available through three funding tiers:
• Bronze up to £5,000
• Silver up to £15,000
• Gold up to £30,000

The closing date for applications is 11.59 pm on the 31st May 2019.
During the application process, applicants are invited to contact the Engagement team for informal advice prior to submitting an application. Please email with questions or to arrange a discussion over the phone.

More information at:

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust

The next round of the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust’s Rights and Justice programme is now open and will close on the 2nd September 2019.

The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT) is interested in funding work which is about removing problems through radical solutions, and not simply about making problems easier to live with; that has a clear sense of objectives, and of how to achieve them; and is innovative and imaginative and where the grant has a good chance of making a difference.

JCRT makes grants to a range of organisations including registered, excepted or exempt charities based in the UK for work that seeks to make positive change across the UK as a whole, or across one or more of its member countries – England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

The Funding priorities for the Rights and Justice theme are:
• Protection and promotion of human rights and their enforcement in the UK
• Promoting rights and justice for minorities who face the most severe forms of racism
• Promotion of rights and justice for refugees and other migrants by identifying and tackling structures and systems that may deny them their rights.

JRCT focuses on work at both a national and European level, although work at a European level is limited and must have direct relevance to communities living in the UK.

Whilst the focus is to support national advocacy and campaigning, JRCT is open to applications which aim to effect structural change at local and regional levels of policy-making, provided the applicant can demonstrate the wider significance of the work.

Across the policy, JRCT places an emphasis on supporting those who have direct experience of racism and oppression.

Applicants are encouraged to apply for a grant for unrestricted or core support, although support for specific programme or project funding is also available.

More information at:

WHSmith Trust

Voluntary organisations, charities schools and pre-schools can apply for grants of up to £500 from the WHSmith Trust.

The WHSmith Trust is an independent registered charity that uses the proceeds of the compulsory carrier bag charges across the UK to offer the grants to support good causes in the local communities where WHSmith operates and also to promote literacy and a love of reading.

There are two application rounds each year.
The deadline for the current funding round is the 30th September 2019. Applications can be submitted via an online applications form on their website.

The Trust also makes donations to hundreds of schools across the UK and funds large scale literacy projects through its long-standing partnership with the National Literacy Trust.
More information at:

Veterans’ Foundation

Armed Forces charities and other organisations can apply for grants of up to a maximum of £30,000 for projects and activities supporting serving or veteran members of the Armed Forces and their families. The funding can last for up to three years.

In the last year the Foundation awarded almost £500,000 by way of grants and donations to over 50 small charities. Many of the charities supported are smaller bodies that cannot afford marketing teams and urgently need funds to continue their good work. The type of activities supported include projects that reduce homelessness, increase employment, provide welfare and medical support, increase confidence and social integration, as well as reduce dependence on alcohol and drugs.

The funding is being provided through the Veterans Foundation.
The Grants Committee sits four times a year in July, October, January and April. Grant applications need to be submitted with supporting documentation and should arrive by the end of the month preceding the Grant Committee meeting.

More information at:

ASDA Foundation

The Asda Foundation is committed to developing stronger, better connected, sustainable communities across the UK.

The Significant Local Community Projects programme allows colleagues to nominate initiatives which will make a real long-term difference, benefiting the wider community and transforming communities to improve lives locally.

Awards are typically made to projects where:
• The charity or good cause has developed a relationship with local the local store or home office at a grassroots level
• The work will tackle the underlying problems in the local community
• Community needs and aspirations are evident in the development of the project
• The project benefits the wider community not just a single user group
• There is a need for this facility locally
• It will make a real long-term difference and will transform the community, improving the lives of those who live there

Any charity/good cause wishing to apply should first approach their local store or home office to see if their project is something that the Community Champion would be willing to support. Applications can be submitted at any time. (Grants awarded previously have ranged from £2,600 – £32,000 (2017) although no minimum/maximum amounts are published).

More information at:

Funding Available to Encourage Collaboration between Community Organisations

Not for profit organisations in England can apply for grants of over £10,000 for up to five years to the Big Lottery Funds £40 million Partnership Fund. The aim of the fund is to help local organisations develop a more strategic approach to improving their community by developing and growing new and existing partnerships with other organisations.

The funding can support many different types of partnership, including:
Cross-sector partnerships, local place-based collaboration, local and national organisations working together around a particular theme.

The grants can be used to fund project activities, operating costs, organisational development and capital costs. A total of £40 million is available this year.

The Big Lottery Fund will support ideas that meet one or more of their three funding priorities:
• Bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities
• Improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
• Enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.

Organisations eligible to apply include:
Voluntary and community organisations
Registered charities
Social enterprises
Groups of organisations, as long as they are led by a voluntary and community organisations or social enterprise
Statutory bodies (including town, parish or community councils)
Community interest companies (with two or more directors).

The funding is being made available through the Big Lottery Fund’s Partnership Fund and applications can be submitted at any time.

Further information

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