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Community Transport seeks Volunteer Mini Bus Driver

CommunityTransportCommunity Transport is a national charity and social enterprise dedicated to promoting social inclusion and building stronger communities by helping people access transport services.

Community Transport currently have an opening for a Volunteer Mini Bus Driver to be based at Great Bridge.  The Volunteer will be driving a mini-bus for community groups throughout Black Country.   The hours/days can be flexible to suit the individual.   A D1 entitlement on licence and DBS check required.

If you would like to know more about this opportunity, please telephone John Sanders, Individual Passenger Services Co-ordinator, on 0845 209 01091 or email john.sanders@communitytransport.org.



New Volunteer Connect System for Volunteer Centre

posts - Volunteer Centre Logo2Volunteer Centre Sandwell are delighted to announce that their new online advertisement/recruitment tool is now live.

You can simply register on their website and begin advertising and recruiting for your opportunities right away.

The new system also allows organisations to self-manage their details, and utilise the new Volunteer Bank function, which will allow organisations to recruit volunteers for one-0ff opportunites at short notice.

The new system also allows volunteers to browse, and apply for live voluntary opportunities, and register as part of the Volunteer Bank to take part in one-off opportunities. 

If you have any issues regarding the new system, or would just like to discuss it further, please contact Richard on 0121 544 8326 or via e-mail richard@volunteercentresandwell.co.uk.

KeyRing Living Support Networks seeks Community Living Volunteer

KeyRing Living Support NetworksKeyRing Living Support Networks have a fantastic opportunity for a Community Living Volunteer to be based in Sandwell.

KeyRing supports vulnerable adults to live independently in the community by offering advice and support relating to maintaining a tenancy and making valuable connections in the local community. Accommodation will be provided.

Please see attached job description.

For more information, or for an informal chat regarding the volunteer role contact Ellen Pearce on 07534350079. Visit the website.


The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Queen's Award for Voluntary ServiceThe Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, is the MBE for volunteer groups. Since her Majesty’s Golden Jubilee, the Queen has awarded this prestigious national honour to hundreds of voluneeting groups across the UK. The Queens’s Award for Voluntary Service, recognises the outstanding contribution that volunteers make to their local communities.

If you know of a volunteer group that devotes its time to helping others in the local community and deserves recognition, nominate them for an Award.

The process of making a nomination is quite simple, two letters of support are also recommended to accompany the nomination form. It is important that supporting letters are meaningful and not simply a line saying that they support the nomination. What matters is the quality of the support given such as how well the supporter knows the individual, in what capacity and how long for; what activities specifically the supporter can comment on and what they are able to say about the nominee’s distinct and unique impact – i.e. what makes this person special or distinguishes them from others giving similar service.

Click here for more information on the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services and how to make a nomination.

Make an online nomination here.

You may also email queensaward@cabinet-office.gsi.gov.uk or call 0207 271 6206.

Local assessment panels look at all the nominations and decide which ones to send to the National Award Committee.The committee makes recommendations to the Cabinet Office, which sends a final list to the Queen for her approval.

Winners are announced on 2 June every year.

Age UK Sandwell is Looking for Trustees

Age UK Sandwell LogoWhatever title they have in a particular charity, trustees are the people who lead the charity and decide how it is run. Being a trustee means making decisions that will impact on people’s lives. Trustees use their skills and experience to support their charities, helping them achieve their aims. Trustees also often learn new skills and develop into new areas during their time on the board.

First and foremost, the Board of Trustees has a responsibility to ensure that the charity delivers what it is set up to do. In Age UK Sandwell’s case, this means providing care and support services and information and advice to older people in the borough. The trustees have to make sure that the organisation is well run and remains financially sound.

In practical terms, the trustee gives a little time – typically, a few hours a month –bringing the benefits of his or her experience and expertise to the charity. This can take many forms: including legal or financial expertise, knowledge of relevant organisations or useful contacts, as well as an understanding of the communities served by the charity. Perhaps most important of all, the trustee gives voice to the people that the charity is meant to serve, so empathy with older people is vital.

“For me, the charity provided a way to make good use of my experience in financial services and people management in support of a worthwhile cause. Now, we need others to join us, to ensure that the charity’s work continues”.  Andrew Farthing, Chair, Age UK Sandwell.

For an informal chat or to receive an information pack please contact Julie O’Toole (CEO) on 0121 500 1860 or by email julie.o’toole@ageuksandwell.org.uk in the first instance.

The Board would be particularly interested in hearing from individuals from BME communities or those with disabilities as the organisation is under represented in these areas. The organisation would also welcome interest from individuals who have knowledge and expertise in legal, financial and HR fields.

Volunteers Wanted

Volunteering OpportunitySandwell Arts Festival is looking for volunteers for this year’s arts festival on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th August.

The Festival is hosting international performers, dance, circus and more…can you help?

Stewards for the events are needed to help to keep crowds at a safe distance from the equipment and ushering. Expenses can be paid, eg, travel and lunch – and there will be a green room for tea/coffee.

Times required on both days are 10:30am – 1pm and 2pm –  4pm.

If you are interested, please contact Esther at Creative Black Country – info@creativeblackcountry.co.uk or telephone 0121 525 1127.



Recognise and Inspire Individuals Who Make a Difference

posts - Volunteer Centre LogoVolunteer Centre Sandwell will be hosting their bi annual Sandwell Volunteer Awards on Friday 5th June 2015 at West Bromwich Town Hall, High Street West Bromwich. To say thank you to some special people, that make Sandwell a great place in which to live.

Now in it’s fifth year.  The Sandwell Volunteer Awards will recognise the incredible transformation that volunteers have made to people, places and communities across the borough.  They also celebrate the talent, hard work and amazing dedication of people involved in recruiting and managing volunteers.

Awards are given across eight categories, reflecting the different types of activities that benefit from volunteering.  These are; Community Organisation, Corporate, Environment, Health & Social Care, Young Volunteer, Trustee Volunteer, Volunteer Co-ordinator & Long Service Volunteer.

Awards Presenter, Mr Bob Sanderson of Voxvision Productions will be presenting awards to nominees and category winners.

Jean Taylor Chief Executive Officer said “Volunteering works both ways, the benefit it provides to the community and of equal importance, and the benefit the volunteers receive from the experience themselves.”

1-7th June 2015 is National Volunteer’s Week aimed to raise awareness of the benefits and satisfaction in volunteering.
To find out more about current volunteering opportunities and services available call 0121 544 8326 or email volunteer@volunteercentresandwell.co.uk

Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund Opens for Applications

HSCVFThe Department of Health has announced that the Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund (HSCVF) is now open for applications for both the National and Local schemes for projects starting in September 2015 or later.

The HSCVF supports voluntary sector organisations to test out new ways of working with their volunteers in the delivery of health and care services. It also provides funded organisations with a package of capacity building support to help them become more sustainable. All the projects are funded under themes that are strategically aligned and their outcomes support the Department of Health in ensuring coherent investment and reinforcement of the role of volunteering in health, public health and social care. Not for profit organisations or partnerships of not for profit organisations can apply for up to £200,000 per annum for a maximum of 3 years under the national scheme and up to £50,000 over three years through the local scheme. The closing dates are midday on the 8th May 2015 for registration and completion of the eligibility form and midday on the 22nd May 2015 for submitting an application form. Follow the link for further information.

Good Neighbour Scheme – Volunteers Wanted

CommunityThe Community Offer is recruiting volunteers for their Good Neighbour Scheme.  In partnership with the Royal Voluntary Service you can befriend an older person in West Bromwich and give an hour a week in person or over the phone.



Just a little bit of your time can go a long way.  Volunteering:-

  • Can create a positive wellbeing for both volunteer and the older person.
  • Looks great on your CV.
  • Can help you feel more actively involved in life.
  • Is a good way to contribute to your community.
  • Helps you learn new skills and expand your social horizons.

If you would like to get involved or find out more, please contact Michael Sutton on 07590776034

Volunteers – Managing, Motivating and the Law

posts - Volunteer Centre Logo2Volunteers are an increasingly valuable resource and are often seen as a response to addressing lots of community based problems and issues.  If you are already using volunteers or are thinking about recruiting new volunteers to support your cause then this workshop is one for you to attend.

Do you know how best to manage and motivate volunteers?

Are you aware of your legal duties towards them?

A workshop is being held on Friday 20th March 2015 from 9.30am – 1.30pm at West Bromwich Town Hall, High Street, West Bromwich.

This workshop will cover a broad range of topics including:-

  • how to manage your volunteers effectively
  • how to motivate and reduce turnover
  • best practice regarding documentation and training
  • your legal duties including maintaining a distinction between volunteers and employees, and whether volunteers have any employment rights.

The workshop will include practical case studies and an opportunity to ask the trainer about any current employment or volunteering challenges in your organisation.

You will learn about:-

  • What documentation, policies and training should be provided.
  • The legal status of your volunteer workers, and their legal rights.
  • Best practice in managing volunteers.
  • How to motivate your volunteers.
  • How to deal with disputes.
  • How to end a volunteering relationship with an organisation.

Cost for attending workshop

£30 for organisations with a turnover of more than £25,000

£40 for organisations outside of the Borough.

There are a limited number of FREE places for organisations with a turnover of less than £25,000 available.  So to avoid disappointment, please book early.

Maximum of 2 delegates per organisation.

To book a place please contact: volunteer@volunteercentresandwell.co.uk or call 0121 544 8326

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