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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 or can be downloaded from the Smethwick CAN or Smethwick Food Bank Facebook page. You can also download them from

Please email your CV and a covering letter (indicating which post(s) you are applying for) to 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.

Free English Courses and Free Teacher Training through Talk English

Talk English is a community based volunteer led project which delivers free beginner English classes to local communities. Classes are 12 – 15 weeks long and can be delivered in one and a half to two and half hour sessions per week.  Certificates are issued to learners once their course has been completed.

Fircroft College is currently looking to expand provision into Sandwell from September 2019 onwards and is looking for:

* Partner organisations who are working with beneficiaries who can host a course.

* Volunteer teachers can attend a free two-day teacher training course available at Fircroft College during May and June 2019. Please visit for more information.

You can read more about the Talk English Project at

Please feel free to contact Neena Chauhan (Project Manager) at or on 07719 257 319.

Dementia Action Week 2019 (20th – 26th May)

A number of activities are taking place during Dementia Action Week.  Join BUDs during the week to find out more.

Dementia Awareness Session

Tuesday 21st May 2pm – 4pm – SCIPS, Ground Floor, Christ Church, Birmingham Street, Oldbury, B69 4DY
Join us during Dementia Awareness Week for an awareness session on understanding Dementia and how you can positively support people living with the condition.

Special discounted rate of £3 for Carers. £10 per person for other individuals. Refreshments will be provided.  To book your place telephone Claire Mahmood on 0121 565 3721.

Dementia Open Day

Wednesbury 22nd May 10am – 2pm, The Lighthouse at Edward Street Hospital, Edward Street, West Bromwich, B70 8NL
Edward Street Hospital are holding an open day with a range of stalls with information about local Dementia services.

Come along and meet BUDS staff where you can find out more about the services we provide.  No booking required.

Protecting your Family’s Financial Future

Thursday 23rd May 10.30am – 12 noon, Bache’s Solicitors, Lombard House, Cronehills Linkway, West Bromwich, B70 7PL
BUDS in association with Baches Solicitors are holding an information session during Dementia Action Week.  Focusing on “Protecting your Family’s Financial Future using Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney”.

To book your place telephone BUDS on 0121 565 3721

For more information telephone BUDS – 0121 565 3721 or e-mail

Fold-up tables for Friends of Tividale Park

Friends of Tividale Park are urgently in need of fold-up tables for their office, at Tividale Community Hub, to be used for meetings etc.

If you have such items languishing in store, no longer used or needed, and would like to donate them, Max Robinson would very much like to hear from you. Call Max on 0121 601 7770.

A result for Sandwell Visually Impaired!

Sandwell Visually Impaired (SVI) recently asked us to canvass for under-desk pedestals and the loan of a gazebo.   We are pleased to report that SVI have managed to secure these units.

Does your organisation have items that are surplus to requirements, or, do you wish to acquire/loan an article?   Email or call 0121 525 1127 and let us know.

Suicide Bereavement Support Service

The Kaleidoscope Plus Group facilitates a Suicide Bereavement Support Service, funded by money raised for the organisation for this purpose.

The service provides a safe space for people who have been bereaved by suicide, to come together and talk openly about their experiences. Groups are led by trained professionals who bring with them skills and knowledge around coping with grief, loss and bereavement.

The Suicide Support Service meet, 2 pm to 4 pm on the second Thursday of the month. The next meeting will be on Thursday, 9th May 2019.

If you have been bereaved by suicide, and would like to access support, please call Gillian Reeves on 0121 565 5605 or email prior to attending.

The Kaleidoscope Plus Group have recently moved to:

153 Dartmouth Square
West Bromwich
B70 7QX

Talent Match Black Country Tender Opportunity

Talent Match Black Country invites applications to tender to conduct the project’s social return on investment evaluation. The successful organisation will be working alongside young adults.

To download a copy of the Specification, Invitation to Tender and sample Service Level Agreement and Appendices click here.

Are you a Sandwell-based Charity, Community Group or TRA and Need a Website…but can’t afford one?

So, you are a Sandwell third sector organisation, you are the lifeblood of community work in Sandwell and you just want to concentrate on the excellent work you do without having to worry about raising funds for marketing materials such as websites or stressing through having to bodge one out yourself.

We hear you!

It is actually really important to have a professional website if you are third sector as it’s the first thing people will look at from a distance; everyone from potential volunteers to funders (we knew that one would resonate).

That’s why, as part of the iSandwell Digital Festival, we have enlisted the help of digital experts Data Brew to design you a brand new website and offer you professional advice, all in 15-minute sessions across the whole of Sandwell.

Wait?!?!?! 15 minutes, how is that possible?

After you have picked where is best for you and signed up via this form:

…you will receive an email with a time-slot and a form to fill out requesting information such as your logo and text for certain sections of your website. This will then go to Data Brew, who will put it together, so when you attend your session you will be talked through you brand new website along with how to get the best out of it and get the word out there.

Even if you have a website but you think it just doesn’t cut the mustard, we are happy help.

We will even pay for your hosting and if you need a logo, we can help you with that as well.

This is a great opportunity to get something that will usually cost thousands of pounds so make sure you book your slot, spaces are extremely limited.

So what are you waiting for, sign up before it is too late!! BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL!!

Available sessions are as follows:

Thursday, 16th May 2019:

  • Oldbury Library: 10am – 11.30am
  • Blackheath Library: 12 noon to 3.00pm
  • Glebefields Library: 3.00pm – 5.00pm

Friday, 17th May 2019:

  • Smethwick Library: 10am – 12 noon
  • Tipton Library: 1.00pm – 2.00pm
  • West Bromwich Library: 3.00pm – 5.00pm

Dying Matters Awareness Week: 13 – 19 May 2019

Dying Matters, aims to bring conversations and talk about the subject of death and bereavement into the national agenda.

On Tuesday, 14th May, 10.30 am to 11.30 am, Oldbury Library aims to increase awareness of  dying, death and bereavement  to help people make the most of their finite lives.

Go along and gain advice and information from a variety of organisations.  Drink tea, eat cake and discuss death.

Death happens to everyone. It is a normal part of nature’s order. Being aware of it, but not dwelling on it, is a key aspect of living a happy, full and productive life.

Oldbury Library
Jack Judge House
Halesowen Street
B69 2AJ

Telephone: 0121 569 4955

Sandwell’s Voluntary and Community Sector – Use of Digital Survey

SCVO would like to canvass your views around your current use of digital technology to support the effective delivery of your organisation’s aims.

Digital technology can mean many things to different people. For the context of this survey, we are specifically looking at 5 key areas for the Voluntary Sector – promotion, fundraising, service delivery, evaluation and information security.

You can complete the survey from the following link –

The results of this survey will help us identify if there is a need to hold workshops or briefing sessions around any of the areas.  Your responses are valued and we thank you in anticipation of your time.

Although SCVO may share findings from this survey, the detail of individual responses will not be shared.

Please complete the survey by Friday 24th May 2019

If you’ve any questions about the survey please contact Leona Bird – 0121 525 1127 or e-mail –

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