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Free Training for Volunteers

Volunteers working with young people are invited to join SCVO’s training event ‘Introduction to Youth Mentoring.’

The free, online course runs over two morning sessions on July 20/21 and covers the basics of professional mentoring. Any volunteers aged 16+ who are linked to a youth organisation can sign up to help get a better understanding of how to support and signpost young people.

Delivered by West Midlands Mentoring, we will cover key tenets of professional mentoring practice:

  • planning and preparation for change
  • conflict management and resolution
  • personal solutions (thoughts and beliefs)
  • safeguarding
  • ethical capture of information, the importance of accuracy, confidentiality etc

All attendees will receive a personal completion certificate. Early booking essential as places are limited, but if the Eventbrite bookings are full please join the waiting list to be considered for additional dates.

You can book directly here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/introduction-to-youth-mentoring-tickets-159417697625

For more information please contact kim@scvo.info

Commonwealth Games Volunteer Workshop

Not quite ready for the Games? Help is on hand if you want to try your luck at being part of the Commonwealth Collective and volunteer for Birmingham 2022.

Sandwell Adult and Family Learning Service (SAFL) is hosting free workshops to help you

• Identify roles related to your interests
• Gain information about the requirements for volunteering
• Register and complete an on-line application form to volunteer for Birmingham 2022.

This course is available in the following location(s):

Tipton College, Thursday 9.15am – 12pm 30/06/2021
Online Tuesday 9.15am – 12pm 23/06/2021

For more information contact_safl@sandwell.gov.uk and for lots more volunteering opportunities check out www.letsgosandwell.info

YMCA looking for Young People’s Volunteer Mentors

YMCA are looking for volunteers who are eager to make a difference in the life of a young person. The mentors will regularly meet up with a young person, offering a friendly ear, support, guidance and advice on making positive life choices. In this instance, to engage with girls in the 9 -14 age group.

Volunteer Mentors will also need to build a relationship with the young person’s parent or guardian, but the main focus is the young person.

Full training will be given. A comprehensive DBS check will be undertaken.

To find out more about the Y’s Girls Mentoring role, click here.

Applications close on Monday, 21st June 2021.

Happy Volunteers’ Week!

This week (June 1-7) we officially say a heartfelt thanks to Sandwell’s huge ‘army’ of helpers, giving their time freely for the benefit of the community.

We will be sharing ‘Happy to Help’ stories all week on our social media. Join us by sharing yours, and link us in with @LetsGoSandwell #LetsGoSandwell #VolunteersWeek

Of course we show our gratitude to volunteers all year round, whether they’re our friends and neighbours doing a bit of shopping for us when we can’t, or the chairman of the charity sharing their expertise to provide a valuable service to hundreds. But this week, National Volunteers’ Week, we really put them in the spotlight with a proper show of support.

This week also sees the launch of the appeal for more than 13,000 volunteers to support Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022. Follow the link – and find dozens more opportunities to get involved – at www.letsgosandwell.info

Our latest report Reset ’21:Sandwell Volunteering is available here Report (scvo.info)

Volunteers and the Law Seminar

Volunteers play an integral part within an organisation and are often the heartbeat that supports the development and delivery needed to make things happen. It is therefore important that organisations understand their legal obligations to protect themselves and their volunteers.

This seminar, delivered by Black Country legal firm Higgs & Sons in partnership with SCVO, will aim to provide voluntary sector leaders and managers with information, guidance and food for thought on some of the legalities of utilising volunteers within an organisations delivery model. The seminar it is open to any voluntary and community organisation active in Sandwell and Dudley.

The seminar will be held on Tuesday 15th June 2021, 10am via an online platform (Zoom or Teams). You will need to book your place on this free session via Eventbrite – click here. If you have any difficulty booking your place please email Libby Mahoney at libby@scvo.info

Topics covered will include:-

  • When is a volunteer not a volunteer (employment status of volunteers).
  • Use of volunteer agreements.
  • Obligations owed to volunteers (for health and safety).
  • Potential claims of volunteers.

There is a maximum of 30 places available for this virtual seminar. All places must be booked through Eventbrite by clicking here. Once you have registered to attend the seminar we will email you with joining instructions nearer the time of the seminar.

Let’s Go…

There are more than 80 volunteering opportunities now on display at www.letsgosandwell.info

Latest additions include calls for a minute-taker at Sandwell Churches Link; a trustee for the homeless support charity SHARP and Champions to further the work of an organisation building better futures for blind children.

If you know someone who would like to make friends, build confidence or boost their CV through volunteering, steer them in the direction of the site.

To chat about volunteering and get your opportunities listed email kim@scvo.info

Showtime Community Productions Drama Group calling for new members

Showtime Community Productions are a newly formed amateur dramatics group based in Wednesbury. They work with like-minded individuals from their local community interested in developing their skills in the performing arts, which they put to good use by developing and putting on community pantomimes, for the benefit of the local community.

They are looking for new members to join their group, all abilities welcome and no prior experience required, as sessions aim to teach participants the drama skills they need to be able to put on a live community production.

The group meets on a Monday evening in Wednesbury, for more information or to join the group please contact Tammy by email at ShowtimeCP@mail.co.uk

Community Transport urgently seek volunteers!

With stores on the high street now open again, the long-established charity, CT Furniture, are launching an appeal for a new wave of volunteers to help, in their three retail stores across the West Midlands.

CT Furniture stores can be found across the region, with a large store locally based on Kings Square, West Bromwich. There is a further store in Bilston and a brand new store just opened in Northfield. The self-funded charity needs help with background activities such as office administration and social media. Plus, more customer focussed roles going out on the delivery and collection vans and providing retail assistance in the stores.

The CT Furniture stores aim to provide local people and communities with affordable furniture, which has been generously donated by members of the public. All surplus funds go towards the Community Transport charity, CT Passenger, which runs a fleet of 29 accessible and 14 non-accessible minibuses across the West Midlands. Since 1964, the Community Transport charity has been supporting those in need, supported by a loyal team of employees and volunteers.

To enquire about volunteering ask in store, call: 01902 496010 or apply via the website.

All staff and volunteers are adhering to the government’s latest COVID-safe guidelines and are looking forward to welcoming customers into store as soon as possible.

Wates Group Begin Work on Community Allotment Plot

The Wates Group, who are building the Aquatics Centre in Smethwick for the Commonwealth Games, are supporting a local community organisation, and providing materials and labour to help develop the next phase of their Community Allotment plot in Smethwick.

The Dorothy Parkes Centre, in Smethwick, have had the plot for three years and have slowly utilised funding from various sources including The National Lottery, Postcode Local Trust and South Staffs Water to transform the plot from an overgrown, underused, vacant plot, into an accessible and safe haven with a Community Classroom, Polytunnel, Greenhouse, Performance Area, and variety of growing beds.

The Wates Group have taken on the final few areas for development including ‘the big dig’ and scrape of land which will create a lovely flat area for several new growing beds, a base for a new shed, a floor in the new seating area, and a lovely new sensory seating area where folks can come and relax and enjoy being in our outdoor space.

The work was due to commence last year but COVID and all of the restrictions have delayed the start date for the work but Wates have kept in regular contact with the Dorothy Parkes Centre and both parties were delighted when work could finally commence on 12th April 2021.

Karen Palmer, Community Allotment Project Coordinator said,
“It’s amazing! We’ve waited so long for the main growing area to be cleared and now, wow! A great big ‘thank you’ goes to the Wates Group and their team who have worked really hard to help us move forward with the Community Allotment Project.”

The Dorothy Parkes Centre, on Church Road in Smethwick, is a community centre which helps to address local challenges around health inequality, obesity, lack of empowerment of local people, elderly isolation, low educational attainment, and significant unemployment by providing, or hosting, a wide range of activities.

The Allotment Project is supported by a small team of volunteers, but they are always on the lookout for more and they would welcome and encourage some community groups, particularly those involved with the arts and culture to get in touch about using the space, which is on offer free of charge.

For further details, please contact the Centre on 0121 558 2998 or email allotment@dorothyparkes.org


The GAP Centre seeks Board Trustees

The GAP Christian Family Centre is a thriving community centre located in Hargate Lane, West Bromwich.

Established at the turn of the century, the GAP Centre have been working with local individuals and communities to empower, encourage and involve them to raise their aspirations and equipping them to reach their full potential.

The Centre is looking for Board Trustees to fill the role of fundraising director, HR director and marketing director.

If you feel you have the required experience and would like to be considered for one of the volunteer roles, please send your CV with a covering letter/email to Vice Chair, Les Trumpeter at vice@thegaponline.org

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