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Brushstrokes seeks Senior Advice Worker in Housing

Brushstrokes is a well-established project with a proven track record in supporting refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in Sandwell and surrounding areas. The organisation would like to invite applications for a Senior Advice Worker.

Salary: SCP 23 – 27 £22,302.00 to £25,320.00 per annum, pro rata
Hours: 30 per week
Term: Fixed for 2 years
Location: Smethwick

The successful applicant will provide specialist housing and welfare support for migrants from new communities in the Sandwell. Help will be via group sessions and one-to-one casework. Experience of providing housing advice and casework through centre based, drop-in or outreach services is essential.

You will work with the Sandwell Housing Department, local housing providers, landlords and small community groups, creating relationships and delivering workshops. You will also support a team of volunteer housing mentors. The ability to speak a Central or Eastern European language or Arabic, Farsi or Kurdish would be an advantage but is not essential. The role requires flexibility, as evening and weekend work may be undertaken.

Applicants must hold a full UK driving license and have the use of a car.
An Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure & Barring Service will be required for the successful applicant (requested by FHC if appointed).

If you are interested in this role, please visit the website to download a recruitment pack or contact Ali Evans, HR Adviser, to request an application form. Email alisonevans@fatherhudsons.org.uk or call 01675 434000, quoting post reference number P1389.

Applications must to be submitted by 5.00 pm on Monday, 25th January 2021. Interviews will be held on Monday, 1st February.



Mental Health Development Worker required at Transforming Communities Together

Mental health has been a common theme in much of TCT’s work, featuring strongly in its work on social and financial inclusion, and on community cohesion and integration. It was one of three priorities identified by the Wolverhampton Truth Commission.

In 2021, the Diocese of Lichfield is giving TCT responsibility for its church-based mental health work, which had developed over several years through the introduction of the Lifting the Lid course and the training of over 80 people on the two-day Mental Health First Aid course. Covid-19 has had a devastating impact on the mental health of many people, in particular those who were already vulnerable and disadvantaged.

Transforming Communities Together is seeking to appoint a Mental Health Development Worker.

Salary: £18,000 (£30,000 FTE) plus travel expense.
Term: 12 months with possible extension, subject to funding
Hours: 21 hours per week, with flexibility over which days. Occasional evening and weekend working might be needed.

If you are passionate about making a difference, a self-starter (with the ability to work independently and flexibly) and passionate about championing mental health, this could be the role for you.

If you are interested in this role, please complete the application form and send to James Henderson at james.henderson@tctogether.org.uk.

To find out more about the requirements of the role and how to apply, see the website.

Applications close at 12 noon on Monday, 11th January 2021
Interviews will take place via Zoom on Wednesday 20th January 2021.


Dementia Support Adviser required at St Albans

St Albans is a very busy and vibrant community centre providing a wide range of services to the local community. One of the services the Centre provides is a lunch club and day care facility for elderly clients of Smethwick and surrounding areas.

To support its prevention agenda and desire to support a wider network of people in need, St Albans wishes to recruit a Dementia Support Adviser.

Salary: £12.00 – £15.00 per hour depending on experience (£23,088 – £28,860 per annum pro-rata)
Hours: 30 per week – hours to be agreed (Monday 8:30 – Friday 5:00)
Based at: St Albans Community Centre, St Albans Road, Smethwick, B67 7NL
Responsible to: CEO

The Adviser will provide support, information, and guidance to people with dementia and their carers to help maintain independence, create a sense of well-being, and to give individuals more control of their lives. You will assist people with dementia and their carers to identify their needs and help with access to services. Furthermore, you will promote and support dementia friendly venues and have a good understanding of what dementia means to individuals, families, and carers.

If you feel you have the relevant track record, skills and qualifications to fulfil this role, please contact Martine or Carol for an application form, or further details, on 0121 558 0018 or email info@stalbans-cc.co.uk.

Applications close on 5th December 2020.

The interview date is to be confirmed, but will be in January 2021.

Exciting openings at Murray Hall Community Trust

Murray Hall Community Trust started in 1994 with a small pot of funding in Sandwell, which has grown to become an established charity providing support across Sandwell and the Black Country.

Murray Hall has responded to many of the needs in the community and over the years co-designed new solutions with community members and other stakeholders. The organisation provides a range of innovative services for children, families, young people and adults, from early years to end of life care.

Murray Hall is seeking to recruit to two exciting vacancies and invite applications for:

A Business and Fundraising Executive
£39,740 per annum FTE, 32 hours per week

Service Development Manager (Children and Young People)
£35,240 per annum, 37 hours per week to be worked flexibly

For further information about these posts, please click here.

The closing date for applications is Thursday, 19th November 2020.



Sandwell Community Hubs seeks to appoint Chief Executive Officer

In 2011, several community centres came together to discuss the possibility of working in a more collaborative and dynamic way which led to the formation of the Sandwell Community Hubs.

Sandwell Community Hubs is seeking to appoint a CEO to lead the work to ensure its vision, aims and objectives, set out by the Sandwell Community Hubs Board are met. You will also ensure that staff, members and partners deliver quality services that meet the needs and for the benefit of local communities, and the needs of funders.

The post holder will be expected to identify and secure additional funding to ensure the short and long–term sustainability of Sandwell Community Hubs and its members.

A salary of £35K – £40K per annum is offered (depending on experience), for a 37 hours per week with statutory pension contributions and five weeks annual leave.

For full job description see hereThe closing date for applications is Friday, 13th November 2020.

In the first instance, please send CV to admin@stalbans-cc.co.uk.  For further information, please call Carol on 0121 558 0018.

Visit the website.

Matching skilled refugees to vacant NHS posts

NHS Employers is working with DHSC and refugee organisations to develop a pilot programme to match skilled healthcare professional refugees and displaced people in the UK and overseas to suitable vacant NHS posts.

If your organisation is interested in taking part, would consider it as an alternative source of recruitment, or can share best practice on the recruitment of refugees in the NHS, please email Adele.Bunch@nhsEmployers.org.

The closing date for expressions of interest in the pilot is Saturday 31 October.

Two Volunteer Coordinators sought at One Walsall

One Walsall provides infrastructure and support for the borough’s voluntary and community sector organisations, and brokerage for people seeking volunteering roles. It is an independent charity providing support to help local voluntary and community organisations develop and sustain their activities and engage residents in voluntary action.

One Walsall are seeking motivated and experienced individuals who share its values to become their first ever, place-based Volunteer Coordinators. The aim of these two new roles is to enhance One Walsall’s offer for both Walsall residents wishing to volunteer and the voluntary and community sector recruiting volunteers.

Salary: £21,000 per annum (plus 3% pension contribution when matched by employee)

The Coordinators will be place-based within respective communities, covering the four geographical areas of the borough between them. They will also work closely with One Walsall’s Development Officers who cover the same territory.

This structure will enable voluntary sector and community groups to forge close working relationships with their designated coordinator; the coordinators, in turn, will develop an in-depth knowledge of their local area’s volunteering needs and opportunities.

The Volunteer Coordinator posts will establish, support and grow the volunteer network across the borough. They will help organisations to understand the importance of robust volunteer recruitment processes and the requirements of different roles (e.g. DBS checks). The coordinators will support organisations to:

– Assess their need for volunteers
– Re-imagine service delivery that effectively utilises volunteers
– Develop processes for volunteer advertising, recruitment, training, induction and retention
– Promote their services and the value of volunteering via a variety of mediums
– Access support via Corporate Social Responsibility opportunities by building relationships with local businesses

The post holders will be responsible for providing advice, practical support and training to organisations involving volunteers, working with business and others to identify and develop resources to support volunteering and managing the staff delivering support to people seeking volunteering roles. Key attributes include:

• Experience of successful volunteer recruitment and coordination
• Experience of working with a wide range of voluntary and community organisations
• Developed knowledge of the law and policy landscape of volunteering in the UK
• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to pass on knowledge to others through training and one-to-one support
• Ability to work under own initiative and a solution-focused approach to achieve results.

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Sarah Taylor, Health and Wellbeing Manager on 01922 619 840 or saraht@onewalsall.org.

Application Packs, including large print copies, may be requested by emailing recruitment@onewalsall.org.   See job description and person spec.

The closing date for applications is 5.00 pm on Friday 9th October 2020.  Interviews to be held on Monday 26 October 2020

Further information can be found on the  website.

Due to limited resources, feedback to applicants will only be supplied to those candidates who are interviewed


Help to Claim Advisers required at Citizens Advice Sandwell

Citizens Advice presently deliver a project called “Help to Claim” which offers end-to-end support to help people make a new Universal Credit claim and be ready for when their first payment arrives. To this end, Citizens Advice Sandwell is seeking to recruit two Help to Claim Advisers. This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of a great charity and an innovative project.

Hours: Full Time/Part Time
Salary: £20, 000 – £21, 589 (pro rata)
Contract: Permanent (funding confirmed until March 2021)
Location: Sandwell and Walsall

The organisation is looking for enthusiastic and motivated people, who have a good knowledge of the welfare and benefits system and excellent customer care skills, to join the team.

The Advisers will be working directly with people who are submitting Universal Credit claims. You will provide support with form filling, evidence checking, improving digital skills and simple budgeting and payments.

Formal qualification is not required as training will be provided.   However, you will need a good standard of English, a significant level of IT skills and a high degree of accuracy.

You will spend time working in the phone/web-chat team and at local Job Centres across Walsall and surrounding areas.

Applications close at 5 pm on Monday, 31 August 2020.  Interviews will be held on Monday, 7 September.

For an application pack please email recruitment@citizensadvicesandwell.org.uk.

Senior Youth Worker required at the Dorothy Parkes Centre

An exciting and unique opportunity has arisen to work for a local charity supporting children and young people. The Dorothy Parkes Centre is a community centre based in Smethwick and offers a place of welcome and opportunity for the local community.

The Centre is recruiting a Senior Youth Worker to lead the Youth Club. The Youth Club provides young people, aged 11 – 18, with the opportunity to make new friends and enjoy experiences in a safe environment whilst enhancing personal and social development. This contract is a fixed term  until 31 July 2022. The pay is £11.46 per hour for a 12 hour week.

For further information and instructions on how to apply, click here.

Recovery Worker and Floating Support positions at Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope is a leading national mental health and wellbeing charity that champions change, promotes positive mental health and wellbeing, and delivers valuable services to the communities it serves.

Kaleidoscope is looking to recruit to the above positions. Please note that CVs will not be accepted.  For full job description, salary details and to download an application form, please click on link.

Recovery Worker

Floating Support Worker

Applications close at 5 pm on Tuesday, 18 August 2020.

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