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Introduction to easyfundraising: Funding for Community Groups and Charities in Sandwell and Dudley

SCVO and Dudley CVS would like to invite you to attend a free webinar to learn all about easyfundraising which is a free to use fundraising platform that enables your organisation to tap into free funding from online retailers.

Come along to this informal online session being held on Thursday 6th October 2022 between 1pm and 2pm, where easyfundraising’s Community Fundraising Manager, Becky Coleman will demonstrate how the platform works, show you how to get started and answer any questions you have. This is a free, easy and effective way to boost your funds so do come along to find out how! You can extend this invitation to other members of your team too.

easyfundraising is trusted by 180k community groups charities and voluntary organisations around the UK and over £42m has been raised for good causes to date.

Book your free place by clicking here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to join the meeting.

To find out more about easyfundraising and set up a free easyfundraising page for your organisation before this session, visit www.easyfundraising.org.uk/scvo or contact becky@easyfundraising.org.uk


A Decade of Making a Difference

Shahida Aslam is delighted to have worked at the Helena Kennedy Foundation (HKF) charity for the last ten years as Director of Operations. She has a background in supporting people in welfare and employment, the creative sector, and the unique world of Students’ Union, so it seemed only fitting to continue her journey where she can help students become the best they can. She applied for this job because, if nothing else, she knew that she wanted to make a positive difference to people.

Shahida can still remember the day when she turned up for the interview and was initially mistaken as the intern! If she’s honest, once the dust had settled, she was on her own and thought to herself, “What have I let myself in for?” She was a one-person team at the time, and so she did the best she could to start making things happen.

The foundation exists to overcome social injustice by providing financial bursaries, mentoring and support to disadvantaged students from the further and adult education sectors, enabling them to progress into fulfilling careers.

It would be amazing to celebrate Shahida’s 10th anniversary of service with HKF by raising funds for a bursary or even bursaries. You can make a donation or find out more by clicking here.


Regulator changing the data it collects on charities – have your say!

If you are  trustee or in charge of running a charity, especially if you perform a role like Treasurer, Secretary, or Finance Director, the Directory of Social Change is urging you to respond to the Charity Commission’s consultation on the next version of the Annual Return, which is open until 1 September.

Read the report by Jay Kennedy, Director of Policy and Research at DSC, and take part in the consultation here.

 


Charity Banking Survey Results

The Directory of Social Change has reported on the outcome of a survey on charity banking, to which over 1200 voluntary organisations responded from March to May 2022. The results have produced a wealth of detailed information about the issues charities are facing.

Following the survey, a Briefing report has been prepared by NCVO, NAVCA, ACRE, WCVA and CFG.

Read the results of the Charity Bank survey and download the Briefing, here.

The Briefing is the first in a series that will cover the wide range of issues identified.

 


Black Country Women’s Aid: Learning and Development Administrator

Black Country Women’s Aid (BCWA) is an established charity working across the Black Country and wider West Midlands providing accommodation and community support services to victims of domestic abuse, sexual abuse and human trafficking. Services range from advocacy, civil remedies, support in court, individual and group support and access to a range of therapeutic interventions. All services are client and needs led.

Job Title: Learning and Development Administrator
Position available: 1 full-time position (37.5 hours per week), based in Sandwell
Salary: £20,849 – £22,099
Closing date: 4th July 2022

All interviews will be held via Microsoft Teams

Is this you?

We are looking for an organised and efficient Learning and Development Administrator to assist with the day-to-day administration within the team.

This is a great opportunity for someone who has excellent communication skills, a strong attention to detail and the ability to prioritise their workload.

The Role:

You will assist within the administration of the staff intranet, collating and inputting information into news templates, monitoring feedback surveys and reporting functionality issues to the Learning and Development Specialist. The post holder will coordinate internal and external training requests, including booking rooms or scheduling online training links, sourcing trainers and distributing training feedback forms.

Click here for Job Description.

If you are self-driven, conscientious, hardworking with lots of ambition we would love to hear from you. Click here for more information about this role.

Please contact recruitment@blackcountrywomensaid.co.uk if you are interested in applying for this position.

CVs will not be accepted.


Black Country Women’s Aid: IRIS Advocate Educator

Black Country Women’s Aid (BCWA) is an established charity working across the Black Country and wider West Midlands providing accommodation and community support services to victims of domestic abuse, sexual abuse and human trafficking. Services range from advocacy, civil remedies, support in court, individual and group support and access to a range of therapeutic interventions. All services are client and needs led.

Job Title: IRIS Advocate Educator
Position available: 1 full-time position (37.5 hours), based across the Black Country
Salary: £25,590 – £27,671
Closing date: 04 July 2022, however, will close earlier if sufficient suitable applications are received

All interviews will be held via Microsoft Teams

Is this you?

We are looking for a confident, organised and compassionate individual be part of our IRIS service. The post holder will deliver domestic abuse training, work in partnership with health and other agency professionals and provide emotional and practical support, risk assessment and safety planning to standard and medium risk clients.

The Role:

IRIS is a specialist domestic violence and abuse (DVA) training, support and referral programme for general practices. The IRIS Advocate Educator provides in-house domestic abuse training and ongoing consultancy for general practice teams and is an advocate to whom patients can be referred for support. As an Advocate Educator, you will provide tailored practical and emotional support to clients referred by trained GP practices.

You will be part of a national network of IRIS Advocate Educators who deliver training to local GP practices to raise awareness of domestic abuse and improve early identification.

Click here for Job Description.

If you are self-driven, conscientious, hardworking with lots of ambition we would love to hear from you. Click here for more information about this role.

Please contact recruitment@blackcountrywomensaid.co.uk if you are interested in applying for this position.

CVs will not be accepted.


Communities In Sync: Independent Living Skills Officer & Engagement and Promotions Officer

Communities In Sync (CIS) is a Sandwell based consortium of frontline Health and Social Care providers. Sandwell Advocacy and Ideal for All are two CIS member organisations who are working in partnership with each other to help support Parents with Learning Disabilities

The consortium has two vacancies for which applications are invited:

 

Independent Living Skills Officer

  • Salary: £20,600 to £22,440 per annum
  • Hours: 37
  • Term: Fixed until March 2025

To read the full job description and to apply click here.

 

Engagement and Promotions Officer – Parents Advocacy

  • Salary: £19,838 – £20,639 per annum (pro-rata)
  • Hours:  17 per week
  • Term: 12 months fixed in the first instance.

To read the full job description and to apply, click here.

 


Invitation to be part of National Third Sector Study

‘Third Sector Trends’ is a well-established study which aims to understand and widely promote the impact of the Voluntary and Community Sector.  First undertaken in 2010, the latest study has recently been launched and voluntary and community organisations, social enterprises, co-operatives, societies and clubs in Sandwell are being invited to take part.

A great deal has happened in Sandwell and across the West Midlands since the last survey in 2019, so the study is keen to find out what has changed in the last three years.  Whether your organisation or group is big or small, flourishing, struggling or going on as normal, those leading the study want to hear from you.

The survey is interesting, easy to do, and only takes about 10 minutes. It can be done on your phone, tablet, laptop or PC.  The survey can be accessed by clicking this link: Join the Third Sector Trends survey here

The study builds a picture of how organisations and groups work and what they achieve. This helps funders decide how they can invest in organisations within the Sector.

All survey responses are securely stored completely anonymously.

Further information about the study can be found here, or by contacting Professor Tony Chapman, St Chad’s College, Durham University, 18 North Bailey, Durham DH1 3RH, tony.chapman@durham.ac.uk


What does the cost of living crisis mean for charities?

The charity sector is not immune from the cost-of-living crisis. In his blog, Richard Sagar, Head of Policy, Charity Finance Group, sets out what the crisis means for charities, how to mitigate this, and says that they will ultimately be expected to do more with less.

With inflation above 7% (and it set to increase in the year ahead), outstripping wage increases and with tax increases and a failure to uprate benefits squeezing incomes for many households, we are experiencing a cost-of-living crisis not seen for decades.  And with 4 in 10 people expecting their finance to get worse over the next 12 months, it is a problem that is likely to be with us for some time.

As you might imagine, the charity sector and perhaps more importantly the beneficiaries they serve, are not immune from this crisis.

Click here to read the full article.

 


Even if, technically, we can take money – should we?

Many donations to charities have come from the profits of the immoral, unethical, or even criminal behaviour, raising the question of whether the source matters more than the destination.

Read the full article by Debra Allcock Tyler, CEO of Directory of Social Change.


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