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The Kaleidoscope Plus Group Parents and Subsidiary Board Recruitment

KaleidoscopeThe Kaleidoscope Group is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee.  They were established in 1973 and are one of the leading mental health charities in the West Midlands.  They are passionate about their contribution to improving people’s lives through the provision of quality services, inclusion and awareness.

Their mission is to promote and support positive health and wellbeing across their area of operation.  They are committed to making sure the services and facilities they provide are of the highest possible quality and that their services are sustainable long into the future.  To help them to do this, they have established a wholly owned trading subsidiary – Kaleidoscope Plus Commercials through which they manage their commercial office space and saleable activities.

Due to increasing business opportunities and the retirement of members of their Board they are recruiting a number of positions.

Non Executive Directors

The role of Non Executive is to make a wide ranging contribution across the business.  Each of the Boards sets the overall strategic direction for its business and ensures that standards of governance are upheld when assessing business development opportunities, risk management, performance management and internal control and assurance.

The Non Executives they are seeking will have proven business acumen and an entrepreneurial flair along with a commitment and passion for the vision of the Group.  They are particularly interested in hearing from individuals who have proven skills and experience in:-

  • Commercial Property
  • Employment Law
  • Company/Charity Law
  • Fundraising
  • Risk Management
  • Health and Social Care
  • Marketing
  • Banking, Treasuring management and Funding Structures
  • Business Development

As well as devoting the necessary time you will have strategic vision, independent judgement, an ability to think creatively and a willingness to speak your mind.

The are looking for three individuals to join their parent charity and two to join the subsidiary board.

Treasurer

A committed and motivated Treasurer is also sought for their parent charity board who would like to use their skill and experience to make a real difference to a small but growing charity with a unique offer.

In addition to the general responsibilities of a Non Executive Director, the overall role of the Treasurer is to maintain an overview of the charity’s financial affairs, ensuring its financial viability and that proper financial records and procedures are maintained.

Candidates for all positions must be able to commit to at least 6 meetings each year which are held in the evening at the offices in West Bromwich.  All positions are unremunerated but reasonable expenses are payable.  Induction and support will be available for the successful candidates.

To apply please forward your CV and covering letter outlining your skills and experience and which board you would like to be considered for to recruitment@kaleidoscopeplus.org.uk

For more information or an informal chat about the positions, please call Monica Shafaq on 0121 565 5605.  The closing date for applications to be received is by noon on Monday 9 February 2015.


St Albans Seeks Befriending Volunteers

St Albans Community AssociationSt Albans Community Association is a Registered Charity that offers a variety of services including a lunch club for the elderly, out meals for those that are not able to get out and about and a befriending service for people aged 55+.  They also offer an advocacy and support service and have a pre-school provision for 3 – 5 year olds.

St Albans are looking for befriending volunteers that can give 1 – 2 hours per week to support an adult experiencing social isolation.  Social isolation means that they are excluded from partaking in a variety of activities and often spend long periods of time alone without anyone to talk to.

Through visiting a person in their own home and having time to listen to the person they can be empowered, have improved mental wellbeing and build their confidence and self esteem.  Other clients may prefer to be accompanied to various social activities; these could include shopping, cinema and community centres.

Most important to clients is that the befriender chooses to spend time with them, rather than having to do it because its part of their job or because they feel obliged to due to family commitments.

The benefits of befriending

  • Friendship and emotional support.
  • Companionship.
  • Share common interests and hobbies.
  • Sit and have a chat and brighten someone’s day.

The benefits of becoming a befriending volunteer

  • You have the option to participate in a variety of workshops to assist you in your role as a befriender.
  • Travel expenses paid.
  • Regular contact and support from the befriending team.
  • A chance to learn new skills and add to your work experience.
  • The opportunity to meet new people and increase your own social networks.
  • The ability to get involved and make a difference to isolated members of your community.
  • Share hobbies and interests.

For further information please contact either Louise or Tammy on 0121 558 0018 or 07804 832619 or email: louise.denneny@stalbans-cc.co.uk

 


Volunteer Activity Assistants (Birmingham and Sandwell)

creative supportCreative Support provide support to people with Learning Disabilities within the community and their homes. They are looking to expand this service by running activity sessions from their Birmingham Office and within the community. Community Support is most interested in developing activity sessions around arts and crafts, music, drama, creative writing and social sessions.

Assistants are required to work a minimum of three hours a week Monday – Saturday between the hours of 9 and 5. Sessions are around 2 – 4 hours long and volunteers are welcome to choose how many sessions they would like to cover in one week.

This is an exciting opportunity as all volunteers will be involved in the development of these activity sessions and Creative Support will welcome any ideas for activities.

Purpose of the role: Volunteers will help to plan and deliver activity sessions at the Water Street Office and if necessary within the community. Volunteers will also be encouraged to use their own skills and interests to inform the activity timetable. They will assist attendees to get the most out of each session, and to support them to undertake tasks where necessary. The timetable for activities will be decided with the service users. Volunteers will deliver the sessions in conjunction with other volunteers or staff members.

If you would like to find out more information about this opportunity or to apply please contact Kieran Flynn by email at Kieran.flynn@creativesupport.org.uk or on 07815500374.

The deadline for applications is Monday, 9th February 2015.


Sandwell Volunteer Awards 2015

posts - Volunteer Centre Logo2The Sandwell Volunteer Bi-annual Awards (now in their 5th year) aim to promote the positive contributions of individuals and groups and celebrate their achievements.  It is an opportunity to recognise the people who have made a positive different in their community and to our society.

On Friday 5th June 2015 an event will celebrate the achievements of volunteers.

Chief Executive Officer, Jean Taylor said “I am really looking forward to this year’s Volunteer Awards as I think it’s a fantastic event and showcases the best of our volunteering groups and people who really put themselves out there in the community.  It’s out way of saying thank you to all worthy volunteers”.

There is an opportunity now for you to nominate a worthy individual or organisation for an Award in the following categories:-

  • Environmental Volunteer
  • Corporate Volunteer
  • Health and Social Volunteer
  • Community Organisation
  • Young Volunteer
  • Trustee Volunteer
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Long Service Volunteer 25+ years

For further information please contact Richard Lodder on 0121 544 8326. Alternatively, Nominations can be completed online from the website

Please note that the deadline for nominations is Friday 10th April 2015


Make Volunteering Your 2015 New Year’s Resolution

posts - Volunteer Centre Logo2If your new year’s resolution is to get more active or involved in your community, why not give an hour a week or a day a month and support one of the many voluntary organisations or groups in Sandwell?

Volunteer Centre Sandwell has a number of new local volunteering opportunities, from administration, advice work, befriending, board membership, caring, catering and hospitality, driving, environmental, health and social care.  They currently hold over 300 volunteering opportunities on their database.

Jean Taylor, Volunteer Centre Sandwell’s Chief Executive Officer said, “we are really excited to extend the range of volunteering roles on offer in Sandwell, and hope that the New Year will bring new volunteers to join the existing community and statutory groups who play a vital role in enhancing our much loved services”.

The call to action also extends to organisations and groups who are seeking to recruit volunteers to support their core service delivery.  Volunteer Centre Sandwell is continually seeking to register new organisations that need to recruit volunteers.

As well as offering support, training and encouragement they also promote an environment of good practice within the volunteering sector.

Call Volunteer Centre Sandwell on 0121 544 8326 or e-mail: volunteer@volunteercentresandwell.co.uk or visit their website

Click here to download the Make Volunteering your 2015 Resolution poster.


Volunteer Administrator and Volunteer Befriender Vacancies

SDCA logo_JPEG imageSandwell Deaf Community Association (SDCA) aims to actively encourage, empower and enrich the lives of deaf and hard of hearing people in Sandwell by providing accessible community-based services, and to lead by example, an accessible society without barriers.

Volunteer Administrator
SDCA are currently seeking to recruit a volunteer administrator to cover their reception desk and also assist staff with any admin duties.  The main responsibilities of the role will be to welcome visitors to the centre and appropriately deal with telephone calls and enquiries.  Other administration responsibilities will consist of supporting the staff team and mail shots, creating forms and maintaining databases using spread sheets. Volunteers must have a good knowledge and experience of using Microsoft Word and Excel, have a good telephone manner and good listening and communication skills including the ability to work as part of a team, as well as on their own within an office environment.

Volunteer Befriender
SDCA welcome any volunteers but are seeking particularly to increase the number of male volunteer befrienders as they are currently under-represented within their organisation.  The role of the befriender will be to befriend deaf and hard of hearing males within the Sandwell area.  Individuals are matched with a volunteer to enable them to achieve their aims/objectives.  The support provided is diverse and ranges from assisting people with daily living tasks, providing communication and companionship, assisting with integration and access to social opportunities.  Volunteers will be based within the community, home or SDCA.

Both of these roles are an excellent opportunity for people interested in gaining valuable experience to further develop their CV.  Including the opportunity to improve communication skills, try new challenges and meet new people.  Volunteers will receive an organisation induction, ongoing support, development and training opportunities.  Applicants will require a minimum level 1 in British Sigh Language, DBS clearance and two references.

SDCA values the time, energy and unique contribution that volunteers can bring, if you are interested in volunteering for SDCA and would like to find out more please contact Siobhan Lyne, Volunteer Co-ordinator, Text/voicephone: 0121 525 5347 or e-mail siobhan@sdca.co.uk

 


Volunteer Activity Assistant – Birmingham and Sandwell

VolunteeringCreative Support currently provide support to people with Learning Disabilities within the community and their homes. They are looking to expand this service by running activity sessions from their Birmingham Office and within the community. They are most interested in developing activity sessions around arts and crafts, music, drama, creative writing and social sessions.

This is an exciting opportunity as all the volunteers will be involved in the development of these activity sessions and we will welcome any ideas for activities.

Volunteers will help to plan and deliver activity sessions at the Water Street Office and if necessary within the community.  Volunteers will also be encouraged to use their own skills and interests to inform the activity timetable. The volunteer will assist attendees to get the most out of each session, and to support them to undertake tasks where necessary. The timetable for activities will be decided with the service users. Volunteers will deliver the sessions in conjunction with other volunteers or staff members.

A minimum of three hours a week, Monday – Saturday between the hours of nine and five. Sessions are around 2-4 hours long, and volunteers are welcome to choose how many sessions they would like to cover in one week.

If you would like to find out more information about this opportunity or to apply please contact Kieran Flynn by email at Kieran.flynn@creativesupport.org.uk or on 07815500374. Deadline: 9th January 2015


Woodland Volunteer Days at Massey’s Bank

EconEnvHousing4Work is resuming to improve some areas of plantation woodland at Massey’s Bank, Tividale, and the Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country  are looking for volunteers to come and join them and learn about woodland management techniques.

The Wildlife Trust  invite you to join and help them nurture nature and create wonderful woodlands.  You will learn how to fell trees, make dead-hedges and habitat piles and about the methods they use to manage plantation woodlands to improve biodiversity and encourage new species at Massey’s Bank.

Woodland Volunteer Days are being held on 13 November and 27 November, 10am – 3pm at a meeting point on East Avenue (Just off City Road).

Please contact Su James if you would like to attend, so that they can make sure that they have enough tools and equipment for everyone. Email:  Su.J@bbcwildlife.org.uk

For more information please visit their website and for other exciting volunteer days click here


Volunteer Centre Sandwell – Annual General Meeting

posts - Volunteer Centre Logo2The theme for Volunteer Centre Sandwell’s AGM this year is “Looking to the Future – Seizing Opportunities”.  Volunteering dialogue this year has told the Centre that residents need small and regular steps to help them get more involved in their community.  Giving practical and emotional support to residents enables them to contribute positively to things around them and has astounding consequences on their lives.

The AGM will be taking place on 28 November from 10.30am – 11.15am and followed by a Mini Conference from 11.30am – 12.45pm at Sandwell Council House Chambers, Oldbury, B69 3DB.  A light buffet lunch will be available after the Mini Conference.

Rose Vakis, former Chief Executive Officer of Lichfield & District Community and Voluntary Sector will be the key note speaker.  Rose is a professionally qualified experienced coach and Leadership Mentor and has worked for over 20 years with senior managers in local authorities, the NHS and the Voluntary Sector, supporting them to achieve things they often had previously thought were beyond their reach.

To book a place, please e-mail: volunteer@volunteercentresandwell.co.uk or call 0121 544 8326


Community Transport Volunteering Opportunities

VolunteeringCommunity Transport provides an affordable and reliable transport fleet with specially adapted vehicles for use by voluntary organisations or community groups, providing services for people unable to use existing transport because of deprivation or disability in order to assist them in their essential activities.

Community Transport currently have the following Volunteering opportunities available:-

Volunteer Mini Bus Driver
Transporting community groups to activities using Community Transport vehicles and assisting clients as required.  Based in Great Bridge travelling to various locations across Sandwell and Dudley – day times – Monday to Friday.  Full driving licence required.  Good customer skills required/ability to manage work schedule and team player.  Volunteer commitment is 1 day per week minimum – to suit individual’s availability.  Midas Mini Bus training and full induction training will be provided provided.  Expenses will be paid and DBS check is required.

Car Scheme Driver
Transporting individuals to activities using their own vehicle and assisting clients as required.  Working from home travelling to various locations across Sandwell and Dudley – day times – Monday to Friday.  Full driving licence required.  Good customer skills required/ability to manage work schedule and team player.  Volunteer commitment is 1 day per week minimum – to suit individual’s availability.  Midas car driver training and full induction training will be provided.  Expenses will be paid and DBS check is required.

If you are interested in either of the above, or would like further information, please contact John Sanders – john.sanders@communitytransport.org or telephone 0845 209 0191


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