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SHARP: Service Development Manager

Sandwell Homelessness and Resettlement Project works with young people who are homeless and in need of accommodation.  SHARP is looking for a new Service Development Manager to support and advise Project Managers and to take forward the development of services.

Salary: £33,000 pro rata, with the potential to rise to £34,250 upon completion of 6-month probationary period.

Hours: Part-time 18 hours per week.

You will be experienced at a senior level, working in a housing, homelessness, or similar context. You will work closely with the Board and Business Manager to ensure that existing services are the best that they can be and to develop new services in keeping with the organisation’s strategic development objectives.

Please see here for job description.

If interested, please email Swarnjit Vagree, Business Manager, at swarnjit@sharpuk.org a copy your CV together with a covering letter describing why you believe you would be suitable for this role

Applications close at 5 pm on Sunday, 16th October.  Interviews will be on Wednesday, 26th October


Building Bridges: Roles in the Easy Read Team

Building Bridges Training is an independent social enterprise based in the Black Country, which makes a difference to the lives of people with a learning disability through co-delivering training, easy read, and research. Due to increasing demand for easy read services the organisation is looking to increase their team and is recruiting for the following roles:

  • Producing text into easy read language
  • Proof reading and editing
  • Supporting people with a learning disability to select images and check the text
  • Graphic design

Easy read information, sometimes referred to as information in an accessible format, is aimed at people with a learning disability who have difficulties reading complex text.  You can find out more about our easy read service by watching this YouTube film

  • Typically, an easy read document contains minimal text, using simple words and short sentences.
  • Pictures and photographs are used to also help the reader to understand the content. These are usually placed to the left of the text.
  • It is also presented in a simple format, generous spacing and uses larger font.

The documents that are commissioned to put into an accessible format are typically reports, but also consultations, strategies, HR documents and letters. Please see an example here.

Building Bridges will pay an agreed hourly rate, on a self-employed basis, depending on the role and skills needed. Most roles are ‘work from home’, except for the support role with Building Bridges members which is done in the office near to Blackheath, West Midlands, B62 9LB. Hours are flexible and variable dependent on demand, however, most clients require the job to be delivered yesterday!

If you would like to know more information, please get in touch liz@building-bridges-training.org and send your CV.

Selected applicants will be invited to attend a half-day meeting in October to find out more about easy read, the roles in the team and have a go alongside Building Bridges members.


Froglife: Project Assistant

The Project Assistant role is crucial to the delivery of Froglife’s project ‘Coalface to Wildspace’ in the West Midlands. The project will raise awareness and support action to conserve reptiles, amphibians and their habitats.

Duration:  Fixed term contract to 1 December 2025

Salary:     £24,000 per annum

Hours:      35 hours per week (days will be flexible; working hours will include evenings and weekends)

Office:      Working from home in West Midlands

The project is specifically tailored to reach communities and individuals that are currently not engaged in nature conservation.

More information about the post and how to apply can be found here.

The deadline for applications is 9 am on Monday, 10th October 2022.  Interviews will be on Thursday, 20th October.

Visit the website.

Brushstrokes: Resources Coordinator

Brushstrokes is looking to appoint a Resources Coordinator. Salary: SCP 21-25 (£21,976.00 – £24,697.00 per annum). Hours: 37 per week.

You will be someone who understands the needs of refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants. You will have experience of working in a community, faith or voluntary sector setting and be able to effectively manage food and non-food resources provision.

You will have a strong commitment to equality and inclusion and ability to put clients at the centre of the advice process. Strong organisational skills combined with your IT and record keeping skills will ensure the smooth delivery of advice to refugees in Sandwell.

If you’d like more information on this post, contact david@brushstrokessandwell.org.uk or call 07464928690.

Please visit www.fatherhudsons.org.uk to download a recruitment pack or email Alison Evans, HR Adviser, at Alisonevans@fatherhudsons.org.uk to request an application form. Alternatively, call 01675 434000 quoting the reference number P1593.

Applications need to be submitted by Wednesday, 28th September 2022.  Interviews will be held on Monday, 3rd October.

Sandwell Visually Impaired: Part-time Volunteer’s Coordinator

Sandwell Visually Impaired CIO (SVI) is recruiting for a new Volunteer’s Coordinator.  The position is for one year. The hours will be twenty-four per week and the salary £22,126, pro rata.

The successful candidate will be someone who can take the lead on the development of the new volunteer’s programme. To implement a service that will support visually impaired and sighted people to undertake worthwhile volunteering across all SVI activities and services.

The right person, will have excellent organisational, planning and people skills.  Someone who shares the values of enablement and empowerment, having the ability to inspire and motivate people to recognise and develop their volunteering potential.  Sandwell Visually Impaired requires someone who can help to set in place the necessary policies and procedures to deliver an excellent volunteer’s service to the blind and visually impaired community of Sandwell.

For a full outline of the position, an application form or to chat about the role call 0121 525 4810 or email info@sandwellvisuallyimpaired.org.uk

The closing date for applications is Friday, 30th September 2022.   Interviews will take place the week commencing Monday, 17th October 2022.

This post is funded by the Esmée Fairbairn EPIC programme.

Expectations of Trustees in Regard to Bullying and Harassment

The Charity Commission has recently published some clarifications around the expectations of trustees in relation to bullying and harassment.

Working with ACAS, ACEVO, the Association of Chairs and others, the Commission has outlined the role of trustees in preventing and dealing with incidents of bullying and harassment.  Click here to read the full article, which includes the full update from the Commission

How Do You Want Hybrid Working To Work?

Now that the pandemic is coming to an end, both employers and employees are looking at future ways of working. For some people that will be working from the office 5 days a week, either from necessity or choice, but others prefer flexible or hybrid working.

Finding the balance between pleasing the staff by allowing them the possibility of hybrid working, and ensuring that the needs of the organisation are met is something that companies are now having to investigate. In this article Clara Wilcox from The Balance Collective explores what hybrid working could look like for different organisations

Community Development Role with Life in Community CIC

Are you an enthusiastic individual, who is passionate about community development and has experience of working with residents at a grassroots level?

This is a new and exciting opportunity to support the development of a community hub in Princes End, Tipton.Life in Community CIC is a social enterprise based in Tipton, which is committed to working with residents  in Tipton to raise aspirations through community development approaches. We have recently been awarded funding from the SCVO / Esmée Fairbairn Foundation EPIC grant programme to develop a community hub in Princes End Tipton. We are looking for a Community Development Worker to join us to facilitate this work on a 12-month fixed term contract. Salary: SCP 20 (£26,446 per annum, pro rata — actual salary — £18,096) Hours per week: 24 Term: Fixed Term to 31.10.2023 with potential to extend This is a wonderful opportunity to support an emerging organisation, which has the tenacity to support Tipton residents, through their low-level mental health and practical services. For the job description and recruitment pack, see here.

You can also request an application form by email from Pat Williamson, HR Support, at admin@lifeincommunity.org.uk or call Kelly on 07752 659257 for more information, quoting TIP3009, the post reference number.If you’d like more information on this via post, please email Pat@lifeincommunity.org.uk

Closing date for receipt of applications: 5pm on Wednesday, 28th September 2022.

Preparing for UK Shared Prosperity Fund in Sandwell

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) is a central pillar of the UK government’s ambitious Levelling Up agenda, replacing previous European Union funding streams, and is a significant component of government support for places across the UK. It will provide £2.6 billion of new funding for local investment by March 2025, with all areas of the UK receiving an allocation via a funding formula rather than a competition.

In Sandwell discussions are underway between Sandwell Council and the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) on how UKSPF funds can best be utilised in the borough. SCVO, in partnership with Sandwell Council, are inviting voluntary sector organisations who deliver employment and skills or placed-based support to residents in Sandwell to attend a briefing event where they can find out more.

This briefing is a chance for Sandwell’s Voluntary and Community Sector to:-

  • Find out more about UKSPF.
  • Understand the respective roles of Sandwell Council and the WMCA, and explore how providers can engage with this opportunity.
  • Find out what’s happened so far and what the plans are for delivering UKSPF in Sandwell.

The briefing is being held online on Thursday 22nd September from 12.30pm – 2.00pm.

If you would like to attend the briefing, please book a place through Eventbrite – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/preparing-for-uk-shared-prosperity-fund-in-sandwell-tickets-407521737487

Froglife: Project Manager

Froglife is a British wildlife charity committed to the conservation of amphibians and reptiles and their associated habitats. The charity would like to recruit a Project Manager, to be responsible for a new project ‘Coalface to Wildspace’ in the West Midlands.

Duration: 39-month contract

Salary:    £30,000 per annum

Hours:     35 hours per week (days will be flexible; working hours will include evenings and weekends)

Office:     Working from home

The project will raise awareness and support action to conserve reptiles and amphibians and their habitats. These species have been much neglected locally and nationally.

The project is specifically tailored to reach communities and individuals that are currently not engaged in nature conservation.  We have included a range of activities to engage people of all ages with different interest levels. These activities range from taking part in creating neighbourhood wildlife corridors, virtual reality activities, building lego models, sharing memories and selecting a ‘jewel’ for speaking sculptures, using QR Code to access recordings, and attending celebration festivals.

More information about the post can be found here.

Applications close at 9 am on Wednesday, 10th August 2022.

Froglife welcome applicants from all backgrounds, including under-represented groups.


This post is funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund



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