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Brushstrokes is looking for an Immigration Adviser

Brushstrokes is an award winning project in partnership with Father Hudson’s Care, The Infant Jesus Sisters and the parish of St Philip Neri, Smethwick. The project is well established with a proven track record in supporting refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in Sandwell and surrounding areas. Working with Sandwell Council, Sandwell Citizens Advice and Sandwell Advice Providers Network, this post will enable the charity to increase access to free immigration advice in this area.

Brushstrokes is seeking to appoint an experienced Immigration Adviser to deliver immigration advice to OISC standards and casework support service to individuals whose status affects access to housing, health, welfare benefits and social care. Delivering advice at the centre and outreach locations, you will also support other advisers delivering immigration advice at a drop-in service in Oldbury.

Hours worked per week: 37 Hours per week preferred but part time hours considered
Salary: SCP 26-28 £24,034.00 – £25,628.00 per annum.
Term: 1 Year Fixed Term Contract with potential to extend

Successful candidates will be either a qualified solicitor or have OISC level 2, have knowledge of current asylum and immigration law and entitlements to welfare benefits, housing, health and social care. You will understand the issues faced by recent migrants and be able to work with individuals from differing social and cultural backgrounds.

You should be familiar with casework management systems and OISC audit requirements. You should also have experience of supervising paid or volunteer advisers. It is important that you are committed to the project’s ethos of ‘Welcoming the Stranger’. An Enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure & Barring Service will be requested by FHS if appointed.

For a discussion about the role and hours of work, please call Dave Newall direct on 0121 565 2234.

Visit www.fatherhudsons.org.uk for an application form or e-mail personnel@fatherhudsons.org.uk quoting post reference number P1282.

The closing date for applications is 27th January 2019.  Interviews will be held on 4th February 2019.


Wellbeing & Recovery Worker for SACMHF

Sandwell African Caribbean Mental Health Foundation provides a range of services for African and African Caribbean adults recovering from mental ill health. The Charity is currently looking for an Outreach Support Worker to join the team, to deliver a range of interventions, including one to one outreach support.

Salary: £10,086 per annum
Hours per week: 21 hours over 3 days

The post-holder will predominantly support Black African, Caribbean and Black dual heritage adults experiencing or recovering from severe mental illness, their families and carers. You will take the lead on supporting the development of a user led carers group and their activities.

The post holder will need to have experience or personal experience of working with this client group, knowledge of the issues that may characterise the experiences of Black African, Caribbean Black dual heritage and BME adults who are recovering from mental ill health would be helpful.

Click here to see the job description.

For an application pack contact the Office & Finance Manager on 0121 525 1629 or send an email to info@sacmhf.co.uk CV’s will not be accepted.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 12 noon on Monday, 21 January 2019.

Interviews will be held on Thursday, 31 January 2019.


Bright Futures with Connexions

Looking for Training and/or Apprenticeships?  There is a different Opportunity Provider every Monday and Wednesday, 11 am – 1 pm, starting Monday, 7 January 2019.

Visit Connexions Sandwell, One Stop Shop, The Council House, Freeth Street, Oldbury, B69 3DE

Call Connexions Sandwell on 0121 569 2955.

Click here for details.


Activities Co-ordinator required at St Albans Community Association

St Albans Community Association, provides a wide range of services to the local community. The organisation is looking to recruit an Activities Co-ordinator.

Hours of Work: Min 27 hours per week
Salary: Starting at £8.00 per hour
Annual Leave: 5 weeks per year pro-rata
Responsible to: Lunch Club & Day Manager

Job Summary
The Activities Co-ordinator will engage with all users of the ‘Lunch Club’ and Day Care clients, which caters for adults of 50 plus. You will be everyone’s friend, be motivational and encourage clients to participate in activities. You will promote social inclusion and interaction between users of the different services within the Centre.

The right person will ideally hold a Health and Social Care qualification and have experience of working with older people in a community environment. You will help integrate those who usually face isolation into ‘the family’ at the Centre.

Your responsibilities will include:

• Organise an activities programme that will maintain interest and progression over a period of time
• Identify the needs of the collective group and individuals and tailor the activities to suit them
• Recruitment and management of volunteers.
• Engage with agencies and organisations for referrals.
• Encourage involvement from the local community to attend your activities
• You will need to be a committed, patient and caring person with a sense of humour and a positive outlook on life.
• You will also need to be highly motivated and have excellent communication skills to deliver your activity programmes to a range of people.
• You will need to be able to work with and support carers and families.
• You will need to be able to work well in a team and liaise with other staff, volunteers and other Organisations within the Centre.
• The main aim is to improve the intellectual, physical and overall health of the people within the centre.

If you are interested in the vacancy, please send a CV to info@stalbans-cc.co.uk or call Carol on 0121 558 0018, for further information.

The closing date for applications is Friday, 18 January 2019.


Head of Quality at Options for Life

This year Options for Life celebrated 30 years of providing high quality care and is actively planning for the future. The last 12 months have seen exciting changes at the charity. New ways of working have been implemented, with a clear focus on the voice of the participant, to ensure the quality of their experience is top priority. A new dynamic leadership team and an enthusiastic staff team are making a huge difference.

Join Options for Life on its journey. If you are a motivated, committed individual looking for your next challenge and would like to be a part of the charity’s future, then this maybe the job for you. Are you a ‘can do’ team player who is motivated and ready for a new challenge? Options for Life look forward to receiving your application.

As a key member of the Senior Leadership Team, you will play a critical role in delivering the next exciting and challenging phase of the new strategic plan. You will be responsible for the quality of services delivery as well as developing and supporting the staff team.

Ideally, you will have gained management experience in a care or education setting and can demonstrate a successful track record of implementing innovative solutions to meet needs of individuals.

The salary is £35,000 for a 37.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday.

The successful applicant will be required to prove their eligibility for UK employment and must undergo an enhanced DBS check paid for by Options for Life.

For an informal discussion contact Steve Hoy, Chief Executive, on 0121 544 6611

Closing Date: 5.00 pm on Monday, 7 January 2019
Interview Date: Thursday 17 January 2019

Application packs are available to download at www.optionsforlife.info


Community Link Offers for One Walsall

One Walsall is recruiting Community Link Officers (four posts) to support individuals with complex health and social care needs to access the support of voluntary and community organisations and make social connections.

Salary: £20,000
Hours: 37 hours per week
Contract: 2 years fixed term

The role, often referred to as “social prescribing”, will involve:

• working with health and care professionals to identify those who would benefit most from support within their local community,

• supporting people to create their own wellbeing plan, focused on non-clinical aspects of mental and physical wellbeing, and supporting them to engage with local community activity to meet their needs and desires,

• working with One Walsall’s Development Team to maintain an up-to-date database of local community activity and supporting local voluntary and community groups to deliver safe, inclusive and high-quality activities.

The posts will be embedded within Walsall’s new multidisciplinary place-based health and care teams and join our integrated approach to the provision of health and care services in Walsall.

For full job spec, duties, application form and how to apply, click here.

Closing date: Monday, 10 December 2018.


Immigration Adviser for Brushstrokes

Brushstrokes is an award winning project in partnership with Father Hudson’s Care, The Infant Jesus Sisters and the parish of St Philip Neri, Smethwick. The project is well established with a proven track record in supporting refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in Sandwell and surrounding areas. Working with Sandwell Council, Sandwell Citizens Advice and Sandwell Advice Providers Network this post will enable us to increase access to free immigration advice in this area.

Brushstrokes require an experienced Immigration Advisor to deliver immigration advice to OISC standards and casework support service to individuals whose status affects access to housing, health, welfare benefits and social care. Delivering advice at the centre and outreach locations, you will also support other advisors delivering immigration advice at a drop-in service in Oldbury.

Salary: 24,824 per annum
Hours: 37 hours per week
Contract: 1 year fixed, with potential to extend

Successful candidates will be either a qualified solicitor or have OISC level 2, have knowledge of current asylum and immigration law and entitlements to welfare benefits, housing, health and social care. You will understand the issues faced by recent migrants and be able to work with individuals from differing social and cultural backgrounds.

Familiar with casework management systems, OISC audit requirements with experience of supervising paid or volunteers advisors and a commitment work to the project’s ethos of ‘Welcoming the Stranger’. An Enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure & Barring Service will be requested by FHS if appointed.

For a discussion about the role you can call Dave Newall direct on 0121 565 2234.

Visit www.fatherhudsons.org.uk for an application form or e-mail personnel@fatherhudsons.org.uk quoting post reference number P1273.

Closing date: 21 December 2018.  Interviews: 10 January 2019.


A Grants Officer for Heart of England Community Foundation

The Heart of England Community Foundation is seeking an exceptional individual with knowledge of the voluntary and community sector to join their busy Grants Team.

The right candidate should have experience in grant assessment, work effectively with a wide range of people and be able to communicate clearly. You must be IT literate and have strong organisational skills to meet deadlines.

Salary band: £20,000 – £25,000
Contract Terms: Permanent
Hours of Work: 37.5
Location: Coventry

Reporting to the Grants Manager, your responsibilities will include assessing funding applications, undertaking due diligence on applications received, communicating with applicants and effectively managing and monitoring successful grant awards.

If you want to be part of a busy, fun and ambitious charity then this may be the role for you.  Click here for full job description and application form.

Please note CVs will not be accepted.

The closing date for applications is Friday, 16 November 2018.


Citizens Advice Dudley Borough jobs and volunteer opportunities

Due to a successful remodelling and move to new premises, Citizens Advice Dudley Borough are seeking to recruit paid staff and volunteers.

The charity offers free, impartial and independent advice to over 15,000 people per year, resolving over 43,000 advice issues to diverse communities across the Borough, many of whom have complex support needs or complex casework issues.

There are vacancies for a Business Support Administrator, Generalist Caseworker, Money Advice Caseworker and new opportunities for a Financial Capability Worker and a Technical and Quality Supervisor.

If you are looking to volunteer, there exciting opportunities for Contact Centre Assessors, Generalist Advisers, Administrators, trustees as well as a new roles – Information Hub facilitators and Digital (web-chat and email) Contact Centre Assessors.

For more information on individual job roles, salaries and closing dates see here.

If you are interested in applying for a role, send an email to advice@dudleycabx.org for an application pack. Please note CV’s will not be accepted.

Visit www.citizensadvicedudley.org to find out more about the organisation.


Launch of new Jobs and Training publication

A new publication is being launched to give people living across the Black Country a helping hand if they are looking to improve their skills, find work or need tips and advice on changing a career.

The Jobs and Training magazine will offer dedicated area features and industry spotlights, case studies, funding news and information, course directories plus information, advice and guidance. It will also offer a loyalty scheme, giving regular readers the opportunity to earn rewards and vouchers when the first issue comes out towards the end of September.

A website and a mobile app providing a complete online solution for learners to find career opportunities will complement the bi-monthly magazine.

Around 20,000 issues will be distributed twice a month through supermarkets, Job Centre Plus sites, community centres, adult learning centres and retail and hospitality hotspots in Walsall, Wolverhampton, Sandwell and Dudley. Copies would will also be available from the Council House in Oldbury.

Neil Harding, business development manager for Jobs and Training, said: “The main focus is to provide people with easy access to courses, local providers and career opportunities.

“But we can also help reduce the spend of businesses who can waste thousands of pounds per year on hit and miss marketing in search of the right person for the right opportunity. Our dedicated product will provide the link between learners, training providers and employers.

“There are also hundreds or even thousands of opportunities that are being missed, including millions of pounds of funding that may be handed back because people don’t know what’s available and what they are entitled to.

“Jobs and Training hopes to fill the gap in this market and keep learners and businesses updated.”

For more information about Jobs and Training, telephone Rachel Gardiner on 0121 501 2243 or email Rachel@jobsandtraining.co.uk


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