The Gap Centre would like to appoint a Company Secretary

The Gap Centre is a vibrant, thriving church-related charity at the very heart of West Bromwich. The Centre offers child care and other children-related facilities, together with youth and community work.

The role of Secretary is to support the Chair and is primarily an administrative role. It will be your responsibility to ensure the Board of Directors conducts itself professionally and effectively and provides sound governance of the charity.

This is a voluntary position with expenses paid, where required.

Main Responsibilities include:
• Responsible for the smooth and efficient running of meetings
• Work collaboratively with the Chair to plan, produce and circulate agendas and supporting papers for Directors meetings.
• Taking minutes and circulating to all Directors
• Checking that Directors and staff have carried out actions agreed at meetings
• Support members in fulfilling their duties and responsibilities, organising induction and ongoing training.

Person Specification:
• Experience of undertaking administrative tasks and minute-taking
• Excellent organisational ability and the ability to work collaboratively and provide support to other committee members&
• Knowledge or experience of business and committee procedures
• Experience of senior management or leadership
• Good independent judgement and ability to think creatively
• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate clearly both in person and in written form and provide timely advice
• Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of Directors

Time Commitment and Location:
• To attend a quarterly Board Meeting at The Gap Centre in West Bromwich, or the occasional away day at alternative sites.
• Pre and post board meeting administration.

For further information or to discuss the role, please email Les Trumpeter at ltrumpeter@selectlifestyles.co.uk.


Funding Opportunity – Black Country Community Grants 2019-2021

What are Community Grants? The ESF Community Grants Programme is jointly funded by the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and the European Social Fund (ESF) and provides small grants to be distributed in the Black Country region between 1 April 2019 and 31 July 2021. The aim of the Programme is to engage with local communities and enable people to make progress towards and enter the jobs market. The administration of the Programme is managed by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council (WMBC) who has been selected by the ESFA to act as the Grant Co-ordinating Body.

How much can I apply for? Grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available. The grant will need to be fully accounted and evidenced against the costs of delivery and cannot be used to match any other funding source.

Who can apply? The Programme is designed to assist small community and voluntary groups, charities or not-for-profit organisations based in and providing services in the Black Country (Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton). The eligibility criteria is outlined in the guidance (the link is at the bottom of the page).

What kind of activities will Community Grant Fund? Any activity that will help an individual’s progress towards employability/access to employment will be considered.

How to apply: Before considering an application, please fully read our Application Guidance which can be accessed along with the application form on the BCTA Website

Should you need any further assistance or wish to discuss your initial proposal then please contact ruth.burgess@walsall.gov.uk deadline for the next round is 6th September.

A workshop for organisations wanting to know more about Community Grants and how to apply will be held at SCVO Monday 15th July 10am-12pm: please email Ruth.Burgess@walsall.gov.uk to book a place.

Venue: SCVO, 1st Floor, Landchard House, Victoria Street, West Bromwich, B70 8ER.


Over 20? Seeking a New Challenge? Volunteers Required

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888 Squadron Air Cadets are based in Oldbury and are currently looking to recruit some new volunteers.

RAF Air Cadets Civilian Instructor’s are integral to the success of our organisation and will help the development of young adults as they experience Air Cadet life.

You would help manage, control and organise various activities for our squadron such as teaching, camping, fund raising, sports and any number of available projects. There’s always something to do and the more we do, the better our cadets do and the more you grow!

As the backbone of our organisation we’re always on the look out for high-calibre individuals to become volunteers, helping to run the activities that play such an important role in the lives of our young members.

All kinds of people make up our volunteer staff, coming from a range of backgrounds and interests. Obviously if you have direct experience of working with young people, or any relevant skills such as van driving, flying or rifle shooting, you would be particularly welcome. These aren’t essential though, as we will train and support you at every stage.

That said, you’ll have some personal qualities that are essential, such as patience, maturity and responsibility along with an understanding of young people and their needs. We will aim to develop your own transferable teamwork, teaching, leadership and management skills so you can help us continue our amazing work at 888 Squadron Air Cadets!

You as a staff member will teach by example so we can help you be the best you can be, to motivate, inspire and help the future leaders of our country.

For further information, please contact – training.888@aircadets.org


Volunteers Urgently Needed!

Special Olympics Sandwell provides sport and leisure opportunities for local people with learning disabilities. They are looking for volunteer to help them as part of their Special Olympics Regional Athletics Competition being held on Sunday 14th July 2019, 10am till 5pm at Hadley Stadium.

They are offering opportunities for Volunteers to help out at this event. Don’t worry you do not have to be sporty, as they need people to help to register athletes and present medals as well as take the names of winners from one end of the track to the other!

Even if you can only volunteer for half the day it would be a great help to their organisation and them being able to run this competition. Refreshments will be made available to those who register to volunteer for this event.

For more information or to register as a volunteer please email Norma Hyde – Chair on norma.freeman@talk21.com


ERDF Call for Proposal Session

The next round of European Regional Development Fund call for proposals are due to be published soon, so the Black Country Technical Assistance Team has organised a briefing session.

The session will take place on Friday 28th June 2019 from 10.00am – 11.30am and will take place at University of Wolverhampton Science Park, Business Centre Solutions (PB), Glaisher Drive, Wolverhampton, WV10 9RT.

The briefing session will provide you with an opportunity to find out more about the priorities, call requirements, timescales and application process.

If you are interested in attending please e-mail: BCTA@Walsall.gov.uk

Places are limited so early booking is advisable.

For further information, please contact Craig Perry, Black Country ERDF Programme Manager – craig.perry@walsall.gov.uk or telephone 01922 652544


Child Charitable Trust

The Childs Charitable Trust is a grant-making trust, supporting Christian UK registered charities and organisations both in the UK and overseas. During 2017 the Trust awarded grants to 81 different organisations all based in the UK but operating in more than 100 different countries worldwide.

Projects will be considered that fall into the following categories:
• Youth – the trust looks to support projects working in schools and with vulnerable and disengaged young people in the UK. Supported activities may include RE Lessons; School Assemblies; Lunchtime/After school clubs; Evangelism; Personal Development Programmes; Homelessness Prevention.
• Outreach – the trust works to share the gospel of Christ by supporting all aspects of Christian outreach both in the UK and overseas and can fund, for example, Church Plants; Overseas Mission; Training in Evangelism; Chaplaincy.
• Society – the trust believes people of faith bring a valuable contribution to social action and justice and support initiatives that have a positive impact in their society. Grants could support, for example: Counselling; night shelters; alcohol/drug rehabilitation; homelessness; or prison/ex-offenders work.
• Education – the trust supports initiatives involved in all areas of Christian education including Bible Translation; Media Initiatives; Bible Colleges; Literature; Apologetics.

Applicants must be registered with the Charity Commission of England and Wales, the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator or the Charity Commission of Northern Ireland or be ‘excepted’ charities. Organisations with a turnover in excess of £5,000,000 should contact the office prior to submitting an application, to check eligibility.
The deadline for applications is the 31st August 2019.
More information at: https://childscharitabletrust.org/


MSE Charity

The MSE Charity has announced that its grants programme will re-open for applications on the 2nd September 2019. The charity gives grants to not for profit organisations that deliver activities which make a lasting impact on how people think, behave and manage their money.

The MSE Charity is dedicated to supporting UK voluntary groups delivering financial life skills which make a lasting impact on the way people think, behave and manage their money. Grants of up to £5,000 are likely to be available for projects that aim to make people in ‘Life Changing Transitions’ become more financially capable. Grants will be offered to build financial capability by assisting groups who support:
• Bereavement
• Redundancy
• Retirement
• Relationship breakdown
• Homelessness
• Offenders
• Resettlement

Eligible applicants will be registered charities, Community Interest Companies (CICs) and other not for profit companies and Credit Unions. Preference is given to projects that break new ground in approach, delivery or in audience and are either capable of replication to a wider audience and/or are collaborative i.e. working with other organisations in the field, or geographical area as appropriate.
The programme opens on 2nd September 2019 and closes on the 30th September 2019.
Potential applicants are asked to complete an Eligibility Quiz and read the Guidance Notes prior to application.
More information at: https://www.msecharity.com/how-to-apply


Celebrate Sandwell and Discover Community and Voluntary Organisations

Come along to the Celebrate Sandwell event in West Bromwich on Friday 28 June to find out what community groups and organisations have to offer you and your family.

Following the success of the first two annual Celebrate Sandwell events, organisers have planned an even bigger and better event for 2019 with more than 40 organisations taking part.

The free event runs from 11am to 3pm at West Bromwich Town Hall, High Street, with music, workshops, information stalls, fitness sessions and much more. Free food and refreshments will be available throughout the event kindly provided by volunteers and donations.

Stalls will be themed into three areas – community groups; health and therapy groups; and arts and museums organisations.

It will be a real celebration of community and an opportunity to find out about volunteering opportunities too.
Entertainment includes The Lollipop Ladies comedy trio, a hula hoop dancer, storytelling, musicians, poets and much more.

Community Star Awards will be presented around mental health, disability and community engagement.

Co-op has supplied food, drink and volunteers for the event. Local shops and restaurants have supported it too. Black Country Touring and Multistory have been central to planning and organising the event.


‘There is No More Room for Excuses on Social Value’

Earlier this week the government concluded a consultation into how social value can be used to make government procurement more effective. It might sound dull, but this is actually one of the biggest steps that the government has taken forward from its Civil Society Strategy last year.

Effectively, the central government is going to extend the Social Value Act to all goods and services across Whitehall procurement. This will affect over £100bn of public spending – a huge sum of money.

The more that social value is taken into account, the better chance that social enterprises will have in winning contracts. It will also encourage big strategic suppliers to work with social enterprises and voluntary organisations within their supply chains.

This move has come about thanks to the continuous campaigning of organisations such as Social Enterprise UK but also the leadership of the VCSE crown representative Claire Dove, who has been tireless in her efforts to get this at the top of the government agenda.

Social value in practice

The government is proposing two big moves to make social value a reality within its procurement systems.

Firstly, it wants to have a minimum weighting of 10 per cent social value within all contracts. This means that when awarding a contract, social value will account for 10 per cent of the points given to those tendering. This means that every contract will have some element of social value within it. This is a bold step forward and follows best practice in a number of councils across the country, as Social Enterprise UK identified in our latest research, Front and Centre.

Secondly, they will be creating a new framework for social value so that government buyers know what the government’s objectives area when it comes to maximising social value. This has been a barrier in the past because social and environmental impact can be hugely varied, leaving procurement officers in a difficult position when it comes to deciding what to focus on within tenders. Again, this follows best practice at town hall level, where the best councils have outlined their strategic priorities and used these to maximise social value.

To read the full Civil Society News article click here.

Source: Civil Society


Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust

The objectives of the Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust are to donate to UK registered charities whose purposes are to:

• Benefit or protect animals
• Relieve animals from suffering
• Conserve wild life
• Encourage the understanding of animals

Eligible applicant organisations will be a UK registered charity; have independently examined up to date annual accounts and an active re-homing and rehabilitation policy for animals taken into care.

Organisations involved with conservation of wildlife, the rescue, rehabilitation and (where possible) release of animals are also eligible to apply. The funding can be used for general running costs or capital purchases.
Donations usually range from £1,000 to £10,000. Smaller donations may be awarded between the meetings at the discretion of the Chairman and Administrator of the Trust. Larger donations have exceptionally been made.

Repeat applications from charities are encouraged, when further financial support might be given if funds allow.
The next deadline to apply is the 1st September 2019.

Applications must be made in writing only to:
Mrs Madeleine Orchard, Administrator, Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust, P.O.Box 469, London, W14 8PJ.
More information at: https://www.jeansainsburyanimalwelfare.org.uk/


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