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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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Spotlight on Girls Friendly Society

Tell us what you do
Girls Friendly Society (GFS) recruits women volunteers to run groups where girls can go make friends, build confidence, have fun and be inspired. At the groups, girls focus on six key themes; feeling a part of their community, being creative, getting active, learning to be happy with who they are, developing skills for life and having a lot of fun.

What is your proudest achievement?
We are a really long-established organisation – we were founded in 1875! – and we are proud of our ability to keep changing with the times while holding the core value of supporting and empowering women. We have a number of volunteers who have been with us for 40 or more years, and their willingness to develop and grow with us to provide something that is relevant for today is something we are also, extremely proud of.

What is your experience of support received from SCVO?
From the first contact, we had with the SCVO a couple of months ago, we received lots of support in terms of local knowledge and useful contacts. Staff have been really helpful and welcoming to Jennie Crosby, our Midlands Regional Development Coordinator.

What is the most valuable lesson you have learnt about working with people in Sandwell?
Everyone Jennie has met have been really friendly and interested in finding out what Girls Friendly Society is about and what we can offer in local communities. Organisations and community groups have been keen to share information about us, putting Jennie in touch with lots of people. We are also finding out what a large and diverse Metropolitan Borough Sandwell is.

What are your plans for the future and some of the challenges you face?
We are just about to launch two new groups for girls aged 7-12 in the area – one in Cradley Heath and one on Hurst Road, Smethwick. Recruiting volunteers who are passionate about empowering girls and can commit to running the groups for a medium to long term is the challenge. While short term volunteers are welcome, we’re particularly interested in people who can commit to helping us maintain some consistency within the group.

How can SCVO help to support your organisation in the future?
Your knowledge of the local area (especially venues) is really useful, as we plan to continue to open groups nearby. Our goal is to establish a reputation for providing amazing opportunities for girls in this area.

Interested in becoming a volunteer? Then why not check out their volunteering page by clicking here.


Been Thinking About Volunteering?

If you’re interested in helping girls and young women in our community, Girls Friendly Society has some roles that might just interest you.

GFS trains volunteers to run weekly social groups that are just for girls. At the groups volunteers run activities that aim to improve girls’ confidence, self-esteem and wellbeing. They are opening two new groups locally in the next few months, and you could be a part of helping get them established!

They are looking for Group Leaders and Activity Leaders for GFS Hurst Road (meeting Mondays) and GFS Cradley Heath (meeting Tuesdays). Find out more about the roles at girlsfriendlysociety.org.uk/volunteer-vacancies or by going to the volunteer meet and greet they’re holding at Hurst Road on 2 December – book your place by clicking here.


The Lord Lieutenant for the West Midlands and Mayor of Sandwell Celebrate Volunteers with Black Country Touring

The Lord Lieutenant for the West Midlands and Mayor of Sandwell will be attending a special event at The Dorothy Parkes Centre in Smethwick on the 15th November 2019, 6.45pm to celebrate the role of Black Country Touring’s promoters and volunteers who are instrumental in helping put on  a range of exciting events in their local communities.

Bringing professional touring theatre, dance and film from the UK and beyond to the communities of Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton, Black Country Touring works with local promoters and volunteers to programme events in local venues across the region.

This month The Dorothy Parkes Centre have chosen a performance by professional theatre company Little Bulb who have collaborated with arts centre Farnham Maltings on a new music and theatre production called ’Mountain Music’.
The story creates an unforgettable tapestry of culture, migration and history exploring the roots of what we now call country music and its impact on popular music today.

John Crabtree, OBE, the Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands, said: “Centres like Dorothy Parkes and events like this are part of the glue that help hold communities together, they allow people to come together to experience great entertainment and also to connect with friends and neighbours.

Of course, non of this would happen without staff and volunteers; and Black Country Touring who support a whole network of volunteers and local community promoters to bring theatre, dance and cinema into the heart of local communities.”

For the past 21 years Black Country Touring have continued to put the local community at the very heart of decision making, from finding the stories for new shows to hosting the events that are most important to and resonate with them.

Frances Land, Co-artistic Director, Said: “ Black Country Touring works hard in supporting local promoters to bring the very best entertainment right into the heart of local communities.  We are delighted that both the Lord Lieutenant and Mayor of Sandwell will be joining the audience at the Dorothy Parkes centre on the 15th November to see just how vital events like this and centres like Dorothy Parkes are in bringing local communities together.”

From Rajasthan Circus in Smethwick to Afghani Rap in Wolverhampton, Seaside tales in caravans in Coseley and shared stories beamed onto Facebook live from shops in West Bromwich and Wolverhampton, Black Country Touring, alongside their team of volunteers and promoters, has been entertaining and inspiring local people right on their doorsteps for the past 21 years.

To attend the photo call please email: frances@bctouring.co.uk


Cycle More Sandwell

Are you a keen cyclist and interested in leading rides in and around your local community?  If you would like to help people move more and gain confidence on a bike, then we want to hear from you.

We are offering FREE volunteer courses that will earn you a British Cycling ride leader qualification as well as kit worth over £100.

You don’t need to be super fit, you just have to enjoy cycling and want to encourage more people to get on their bikes. The rides on offer will be a combination of guided rides and learn to ride sessions and will be a great way for people to get outside, improve their fitness and get more confident on a bike!

For more information on how to become a ride leader, please get in touch:
By phone- 0800 011 4656 or 0121 569 5100
By text- text GETHEALTHY to 87007
By email- LS@nhs.net
Or visit- healthysandwell.co.uk/cyclemoresandwell

#MoveMoreSandwell


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