Bearwood Gardeners – Gardening Competition

Wow – the entries for 2019 Bearwood’s Front Garden Competition are really coming in thick and fast now, and things are building up to make this their best year ever for their front gardens competition!

The aim of the Competition has always been to encourage and inspire everyone with a front garden, however small, to make that space as green and beautiful as it can be, both for yourself and everyone else walking past. Since the Competition started in 2013, more and more people have been joining in, making walking around Bearwood roads a real pleasure, with so many different and imaginative styles of front garden to admire.

If you haven’t put your entry in yet, please do!

You can enter the competition by emailing bearwoodfrontgardens@gmail.com, or by dropping your completed entry form off at Thimblemill Library or the Warley Woods shop.

If it’s your first time, don’t forget, they have a special First Timer Award this year, as well as Awards for Most Sustainable and Young Green Fingers (under 16s.)

Entries close on 21 July 2019.


Administrator and Co-ordinator required at Smethwick CAN

Smethwick (CAN) Church Action Network, is seeking to recruit two new staff members to join their dedicated team. Alongside the existing food bank, allotment, Community Café and Places of Welcome, Smethwick CAN is launching Smethwick ChangeSpaces (a new co-working space) and a food hub (incorporating a community owned food pantry).

Smethwick CAN Administrator
Hours: equivalent to 3 days per week)
Salary: £10,800 per annum (equivalent to a full-time salary of £18,000)

The post holder will provide administrative, financial and operational support for Smethwick CAN, with the main focus being the set up of the new Food Hub.  You will also be responsible for volunteer recruitment and support for the new co-working space.

This is an exciting, varied and key role for the charity and associated social enterprises / cooperative businesses.

Smethwick Food Bank Coordinator
(Hours: equivalent to 2 days per week)
Salary: £7,200 per annum (equivalent to a full-time salary of £18,000)

Smethwick food bank provides an essential service feeding families in crisis. Although it is hoped one day to be able to close or significantly reduce this service, there is sadly still a huge need to provide support to individuals and families facing hardship. Your role will be to oversee the operation of food bank providing support to staff, team leaders and our amazing volunteers.

Both posts will be based at Smethwick ChangeSpaces (Trinity Street, Smethwick)  the new co-working hub, to be launch next month.

Job descriptions and person specifications forms for both roles are available by emailing director@smethwickcan.org or can be downloaded from the Smethwick CAN or Smethwick Food Bank Facebook page. You can also download them from  http://bit.ly/scanjobs19

Please email your CV and a covering letter (indicating which post(s) you are applying for) to director@smethwickcan.org outlining your suitability for the role based on the job description and person specification. Exceptional candidates may be considered for a full time role that combines both posts.

The closing date for application is 5:00 pm on Monday, 3 June 2019.

Interviews will take place on 10 & 11 June 2019.


Opportunities for employees within the Voluntary Sector to support a new Youth Programme

Could you support children and young people vulnerable to involvement in gangs?  The Supporting Families against Youth Crime Programme runs until March 2020.  Sandwell Council is looking to fill three project team vacancies.

Individuals within the Sector can apply for a secondment to fill these vacancies. See details.

For further information, please contact Denise Hooper, Lead Community Safety Co-ordinator.  Telephone 0121 569 3352 or email denise_hooper@sandwell.gov.uk.

The closing dated for applications is Thursday, 30 May 2019.


The Gateway Programme

The Gateway Programme supports congregations and local communities to look after and build a sustainable future for their church buildings.

Preference is given to projects from Churches that can demonstrate strong community engagement and sound plans for economic viability. Priority is given to projects that demonstrate support beyond the congregation, and into the future.

Gateway Grant Programme grants can be used for project development and investigative work up to RIBA planning stage 1, to support churches preparing for a major project, and in developing their project to the point at which they can approach a major grant funder.

Grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 for up to 50% of the project costs are available.
Applications are excepted from listed and unlisted Christian places of worship, of any denomination, across the UK. The Trust particularly encourages applications from priority areas i.e. North East England, Northern Ireland and Wales.

The first deadline to apply for a Gateway Grant is the 12th September 2019.
More information at: https://www.nationalchurchestrust.org/gatewaygrants


Therapeutic Drumming Sessions – Beat It Percussion

Beat It Percussion is a small Community Interest Company founded in 2013 with the aim of bringing music based activities to people in the community. They would like to invite you to attend their Therapeutic Drumming Sessions starting Tuesday 11 June 10-11.30am at Myra Harris Community Room, Brickhouse Lane, West Bromwich, B70 ODZ.

These sessions include simple rhythm and group rhythm building activities for you to enjoy the healing nature of ancient rhythms.

Benefits to health and well-being can include:

  • reduced stress and anxiety
  • Reduced muscle tension and physical pain
  • Increased well-being and positive mood
  • A chance to recharge for those with busy lives and caring responsibilities

Hand drums and percussion instruments are provided for participants with no prior knowledge or experience needed.

Dementia friendly.

Booking is essential as spaces are limited, to book call Lynn 07875 090946 or email beatitpercussion@gmail.com


Community posts for Partner Organisations in Smethwick

Friends and Neighbours in partnership with St Albans Community Centre, seeks to recruit a Community Co-ordinator and Outreach Worker.

The partners are looking for a confident team of staff to work on an innovative project over an 18 month period. It starts from the basis that if residents are facilitated to come together and look at changes they want to see, and then, with practical support they can lead the change process to benefit individuals, groups and neighbourhood, and, at the same time, develop toolkits, a set of practical everyday life resources, with the community that can be used by others to improve their lives & build community resilience.

Community Co-ordinator (20 months fixed term contract)
To ensure that the results of outreach work with groups of local residents is turned into marketable toolkits and workshops, which residents, partners and local organisations can use to improve their lives & build community resilience.
See Job description and personal spec

Community Outreach Worker (16 months fixed term contract)
To create a programme of outreach work, which draws in local residents and enables them to articulate issues and concerns they would like to address through a series of workshops, designed to result in usable tools and approaches to problem solving, which improve their lives and build community resilience. See job description and personal spec.

A Car Driver is essential both posts

Please send CV via email to community@friendsandneighbours.org by Thursday, 6 June. Please state the position applying for in subject bar.

Successful CV applicants will be e-mailed an application form by 10th June. The closing date for the return of application forms is 12 noon on Wednesday 26th

Interviews will be on:

Monday 1st July for Community Co-ordinator
(Anticipated start date Monday 5th August 2019)

On Thursday 25th July for Outreach Worker
(Anticipated start date Monday 2nd September 2019)


Part-time opportunities at Yemeni Community Association

The Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell Ltd (YCA) are pleased to announce they have secured funding from the Big Lottery Fund – Reaching Communities, to deliver its ‘Wellness for All’ programme and as a result are recruiting to fill three vacancies.

Two Part-Time Community Development Officers (22.5 &15hrs p/w)
£24.377 per annum (pro-rota)

One Part-Time Administration worker (16 hrs p/w)
£8.320 per annum

The ‘Wellness for All’ programme aims to deliver a programme of activities with the overall aim of promoting English language skills, employability abilities and enhanced mental wellbeing. The successful candidates will be available to work three set days a week (on occasion some weekend and evening working may be required).

For Job description and person specification please email Ragih Muflihi at info@yca-sandwell.org.uk specifying the vacancy you wish to apply for.

The closing date for applications is 31 May, 2019


Holiday Playscheme Funding 2019-20 now open for Applications

There is a Council grant available from the “Creating a Playable Sandwell” Holiday Grant Programme 2019-20. The grant is to support the Voluntary and Community Sector (not for profit) organisations, that can offer open access, inclusive, quality, free of charge play experiences to children and young people aged 5-14 years in Sandwell, during school holiday periods between July 2019 to March 2020.

The Council would particularly welcome new applicants from Rowley Regis and Wednesbury areas.

The closing date for applications is 4 pm on Friday 14 June 2019.  Applications received after this date will not be processed.

Application forms and Guidance notes can be found on the Sandwell Council website. Simply follow the link below.

http://www.sandwell.gov.uk/holidaygrant


Co-operative Bank

Organisations such as Registered Charities, Community Interest Companies, Co-operatives and Credit Unions; etc. that have a Community Directplus account with the Co-operative Bank have until the 30th September 2019 to apply for funding of up to £1,000 from the Customer Donation Fund.

Since 2003 the Co-operative Bank Donation Fund has donated over £750,000 to 866 organisations. The money can be used to support special projects and fundraising activities; and all Community Directplus account holders are eligible to apply.

Previous projects supported include:

  • Theatre company 20 Stories High which received funding towards three dictaphones, 12 MP3 players and the work of an experienced Technical Manager to help develop and stage a new production.
  • Wiltshire Wood Recycling, a not for profit organisations, which received funding towards new tools, boots, hard hats and high-viz jackets for the workers.

More information at: https://www.co-operativebank.co.uk/business/community


Hilden Charitable Fund

The Hilden Charitable Fund’s Summer Play Scheme is now open for applications. The Fund supports community groups and voluntary agencies with an income of less than £150,000 that run summer play schemes for children between the ages of 5 and 18 in disadvantaged communities.

Supported schemes should be:
• For children aged 5 to 18 years
• Locally based and lasting between two and six weeks
• Have strong volunteer support.

Some priority will be given to projects which show that they are inclusive of children from refugee families and have BME involvement. Schemes supported will have a budget of under £12,000.

The average grant awarded in 2018 was £1,071. A total of 21 schemes were supported representing £22,500 in total.
The closing date for applications is Tuesday June 4th 2019
More information at: http://www.hildencharitablefund.org.uk/


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