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Let’s Talk Autism

Getting together for a chat, socialising and creating memories is something we all cherish. But some people need a bit of support to do that. Autism West Midlands is looking for someone to help facilitate group discussions between adults who need that support.

The volunteer opportunity is for someone with understanding and patience but also the confidence to steer a group discussion and facilitate everyone’s needs.

The discussion group runs once a month on a Tuesday afternoon near West Bromwich town centre.

All volunteers receive training in autism awareness, safeguarding, equality and health and safety, and have their DBS check paid for by the organisation. Many volunteers find the transferable skills really useful when they’re looking for either paid work or other volunteering opportunities.

For more information or to express an interest email aspire@autismwestmidlands.org.uk with the reference ‘Sandwell Group Volunteer’.


Appointment of Independent Persons For the Ethical Standards and Member Development Committee

Sandwell Council are looking to appoint two Independent Persons to sit on the Council’s Ethical Standards and Member Development Committee

The role is to assist the Council to promote and maintain high standards of conduct amongst its elected members and co-opted members.

The closing date for submission of applications is 12 noon on 17 February 2020.

Please note this is a voluntary position.  Relevant training will be provided for and out of pocket expenses are payable.

Further information about role can be found here – https://www.wmjobs.co.uk/job/68600/independent-persons-for-the-ethical-standards-and-member-development-committee/

For more information and an application pack telephone Trisha Newton, Democratic Services Unit on 0121 569 3193, e-mail trisha_newton@sandwell.gov.uk


Panel Members needed at Groundwork for Funding Bid Shortlisting

Groundwork UK has been awarded a two-year contract to act as an intermediary funder for Comic Relief in England, to build a new approach to support grassroots community organisations with ‘lived in’ experience, drive change. As the intermediary funder in England, Groundwork UK will provide support and grants to grass roots organisations with an annual income of less than £250,000. The programme will fund projects applying up to £4,000.

Groundwork are looking for panel members with some experience of one of Comic Relief’s 4 key themes:

• Children Survive and Thrive (e.g. has used early years services with their children and has an understanding of the needs of 0-5 year olds and their parents/ carers)

• Mental Health Matters: (e.g. has experience of mental health issues and experience of accessing services to support recovery).

• Fighting for Gender Justice: (e.g. has experience of women’s/LGBTQIA+ equality issues, or has experienced domestic violence or exploitation and has experience of accessing support services).

• A Safe Place to Be: (e.g. has experienced homelessness or forced migration and has experience of accessing support services).

The meeting will be taking place in Birmingham on Monday, 24th February. The exact location and time to be confirmed.

The panel’s task is to choose which projects should receive Comic Relief funding. Panel members will be sent around 10-15 projects to read through before the panel meeting on the 24th. At the meeting they will need to discuss each application with the other panel members and decide which projects they believe should get funding. The panel itself should take approximately 1-1.5 hours with a further 1 hour of preparation beforehand.

The panel member role is a voluntary role, but reasonable expenses will be paid.

If this is something you wish to consider, further information attached.  You may wish to speak with Jenna Small, Community Project Officer at Groundwork West Midlands, on 07769 346033 or email Jenna.Small@groundwork.org.uk.

 


Volunteer opportunity with Smethwick CAN

Smethwick CAN is a local charity that was set up as a joint response from local churches to tackle poverty, increase aspiration, provide opportunities and support the most vulnerable within the community.

Smethwick CAN have several food projects supporting the local community and providing access to good quality food to people in need.

They currently have a volunteer position available within Smethwick CAN Community Cafe for a kitchen assistant. The role involves assisting other members of the team in preparing and cooking food for a busy lunchtime session which runs every Thursday.

For further information please contact Christina Murray, Food Hub Manager, at foodaction@smethwickcan.org or call 0751 724 1195.


CT Furniture: Volunteer Roles Available – Driver and Retail/Warehouse Assistant

Are you looking to develop and discover new skills, explore a new field, get more life experience?

If so, volunteering your time to CT Furniture will not only look great on your CV, but will increase your:

  • Customer service skills
  • Driver skills and experience
  • Retail experience
  • Personal and professional development

You’ll also gain satisfaction and increase your confidence by:

  • Supporting your community
  • Meeting new people and making new friends

Roles available: Furniture Driver Assistant and Retail/Warehouse Assistant Volunteer

Location: Sandwell

Role Purpose:To collect and deliver donated furniture from customers across the Black Country area and beyond, providing excellent customer service. Collected items are delivered in good condition and therefore sold at affordable but sustainable prices to a diverse customer base.

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To apply: call 0121-773-2858 or email Marieanne.delaney@communitytransport.org

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Community Transport (CT) comprises of the charitable company ‘Community Transport’, and its trading subsidiary ‘Community Minibuses Limited’. We have four brands: CT Furniture, CT Home, CT Passenger Services and CT Training and we help the community by providing accessible transport, low-cost furniture and professional training.


CT Furniture: Volunteer Roles Available – Sales and Customer Service

Are you looking to develop and discover new skills, explore a new field, get more life experience?

If so, volunteering your time to CT Furniture will not only look great on your CV, but will increase your:

  • Sales, social media and customer service skills
  • Sales and customer service experience in a retail environment
  • Personal and professional development

You’ll also gain satisfaction and increase your confidence by:

  • Supporting your community
  • Meeting new people and making new friends

Roles available: Sales and Customer Service Assistant

Location: Sandwell

Role Purpose: To provide an efficient, effective and supportive service of promotions for CT Furniture  store managers; using Facebook, Gumtree and additional promotional platforms as required.

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To apply: call 0121-773-2858 or email Marieanne.delaney@communitytransport.org

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Community Transport (CT) comprises of the charitable company ‘Community Transport’, and its trading subsidiary ‘Community Minibuses Limited’. We have four brands: CT Furniture, CT Home, CT Passenger Services and CT Training and we help the community by providing accessible transport, low-cost furniture and professional training.


Fancy Volunteering with RSPB?

Do you want to develop important skills in areas like communication, people engagement and networking, while being part of a fully supportive and friendly team?

The Community Outreach Team at Sandwell Valley are urgently looking for volunteers to join them. The team helps the reserve to raise the awareness of nature and conservation out in the community and to inspire people to visit the wonderful RSPB Sandwell Valley reserve.

What the RSPB Do:
Daytime local community events include Spring Fayres, Fetes, School Holiday Events, Halloween, etc. Talking to people about visiting RSPB Sandwell Valley reserve and encouraging families to become more aware of nature in a fun and informative way.

The craft-based family activities at these events engage with youngsters to make simple wildlife-themed crafts and take part in fun wildlife challenges. Volunteers help to support outdoor local community projects and organisations who are looking for basic, practical advice on how to attract wildlife and work with nature for their planting schemes and outdoor projects.

RSPB are looking to build a strong team of volunteers, who can commit in advance to events which are pre-booked throughout the year.   Volunteers can also get involved with helping to book and organise the Team’s attendance at events. Full training and support will be provided.

What’s in it for you?
You will gain valuable skills and experience, including communication, publicity, people engagement, working with families, organising and networking.  You will receive one-to-one support and training and have opportunities to learn and develop if you wish to.

You will get a valuable experience within the largest environmental charity in Europe. This experience can help you get involved in the conservation/charity sector. Expenses will be reimbursed.

If this sounds interesting, the RSPB would be delighted to hear from you.  Please express your interest by emailing Kostas Smponias, Volunteer Recruitment Officer, at kostas.smponias@rspb.org.uk or by calling on 07710760352.


Carers Family and Friends Support Group Needs You!

Are you looking for an opportunity to give back to your community?
Are you thinking about volunteering?

With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering can be enormous. Volunteering offers vital help to people in need and the community, but the benefits can be even greater for you, the volunteer. The right match can help you to find friends, connect with the community and learn new skills.

Carers Family and Friends Support Group takes place at Thimblemill Library (Ground floor, Thimblemill Road, Smethwick, B67 5RJ) on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month between 1.45pm till 3.45pm. It is an opportunity for carers, their families and friends to connect with similar individuals who may have or have had carer roles and responsibilities here in Sandwell. They want to provide opportunities for participants to share experiences or simply to just have a chat over a cuppa with someone else in a similar position to them.

They are looking for participants to join their group and for volunteers to help with all aspects of running the group e.g., chatting to people, helping make tea and coffee, etc. If you are interested in joining the group, can help out or for more information please contact Eileen Williams on 07789 491317.


Options for Life are Recruiting Trustees

Options for Life is a not for profit voluntary organisation. We provide opportunities for adults with learning disabilities and/or autism to improve their confidence, develop their skills and live as independently as possible enjoying the same rights and opportunities as everybody else.

We are passionate that we support all of our participants to make their own choices about their own lives.

Based in Oldbury in the West Midlands we work with participants across the West Midlands, we have an annual turnover of £2.2million and employ over 95 staff. As a leading learning disability organisation, we want to recruit new Trustees with a breadth of skills and talent to help us with our ongoing growth and continual improvement.

We are particularly keen to recruit a diverse board of trustees and welcome applications from all sectors of the community with lots of different experiences. Previous Trustee experience is not essential.

To find out more you can visit:
Website: https://www.optionsforlife.info/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OptionsforLifeWM/

Alternatively contact our Chief Executive, Nicola Thomson for an informal chat on 0121 544 6611 or email Nicola.thomson@optionsforlife.info and request a Trustee Recruitment Pack


Maximising Volunteering Potential

Whilst the number of people volunteering across the UK has stayed relatively stable over the last decade, there have been shifts in the way people volunteer and the way organisations think about volunteering.

So how do we start to maximise the volunteering potential of this generation?

A few ideas that can have an impact include:

•Tackling Ageism – People are healthier, active for longer and view themselves as younger for longer – only 6% of over 65’s view themselves as old. Organisations need to shift their perceptions of an ‘older’ volunteer force and remove age-based limits on the opportunities and services provided.

•Enabling and empowering talent – Enabling and empowering volunteers within an organisation to use their knowledge and life-long experience is a vital and highly underused resource by most organisations. Widening the roles available to volunteers at all levels and offering opportunities for them to use their valued skills is a good place to start.

•Engaging the middle ground – Studying the demographics of volunteers we know that most volunteers are at either end of the age spectrum, the shortfall is in the 45-64 age gap. How can we engage this group for the long-term to see them choosing to volunteer with us when they do reach retirement?

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