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Relate Birmingham – Trustee Vacancy

RelateRelate Birmingham is a local, independent charity and leading provider of relationship support.  They aim to help individuals, parents and families build better relationships by delivering a range of services, including counselling, groups, education and training and professional development.

Over the last two years they have grown and diversified their services and now operate across most of the West Midlands and South Staffordshire.  They are seeking new Trustees to be active members of their Board through their next period of development and change.

The Board has overall responsibility for their strategic direction, ensuring they meet their legal and statutory duties, remain solvent and well run.

They are looking for people who can:-

  • contribute actively to the Board and regularly attend meetings.
  • be involved in setting the direction of the organisation and monitoring performance.
  • use their specific knowledge or experience to help the Board reach sound decisions.
  • work effectively as a member of a team.

Skills or experience in Business or Commercial Sectors, Fundraising, Marketing, PR or IT would be desirable.  Most importantly they would welcome support for the work of Relate and willingness to make the time commitment needed.

Meetings are held quarterly on a weekday evening.  There are also opportunities to participate in sub groups and forums at a local and national level.  This is a volunteer role and an induction to Relate locally and to the wider Federation will be provided.

For more information about this role please contact Ruth Levesley, Chief Executive ruth.levesley@relatebirmingham.co.uk or telephone 0121 633 5524


Volunteer Receptionist – Relate

RelateRelate Birmingham is a local, independent charity and leading provider of relationship support.  They aim to help individuals, parents and families build better relationships by delivering a range of services, including counselling, groups, education and training and professional development.

Relate is looking for volunteers to provide reception cover and general admin duties for their Oldbury service.  Based at the Old Municipal Buildings, Freeth Street their role is key in providing a welcoming, supportive and confidential service to clients.

Relate are looking for people who support the aims of the organisation, have good communication skills and most importantly can make a commitment of being available for a regular shift of 3 – 4 hours a week.

Current hours available are:

Tuesday evening 4.45pm – 8.45pm
Wednesday 12.00pm – 3.15pm
Thursday 5.45pm – 9.15pm

A full induction to Relate and training will be provided.

For more information about this role please contact Laura Bayliss, Operations and Administration Manager laura.bayliss@relatebirmingham.co.uk or call on 0121 643 163.

For further information about Relate go to www.relatebirmingham.wordpress.com @relatebrum www.relate.org.uk



Volunteers give time worth £34bn a year

VolunteeringVolunteering is worth £34bn a year in support of public services in the UK, new research by the innovation charity Nesta estimates.

The report, People Helping People, calls for the public sector to create more opportunities for people to support each other through social action, which is defined as regular informal and formal volunteering, and community action. Community action is giving unpaid help to support a community event, campaign or project run by neighbours.

Launching the report at an event in London yesterday hosted by Nesta and the Cabinet Office’s Centre for Social Action, Vicki Sellick, a director at Nesta and head of the Centre for Social Action Innovation Fund, said the £34bn worth of time given a year by volunteers included £22bn worth of formal volunteering, £10bn of informal volunteering and £2bn of community action.

The £34bn figure is an estimate of the economic output value of social action. It excludes charitable giving, which is worth around £10bn a year.

Nesta is running the Centre for Social Action Innovation Fund, in partnership with the Cabinet Office, which is worth £14m and has invested in more than 40 social action innovations so far.

“We know we are facing a constrained public purse. We are not suggesting social action is a panacea and it is not going to work everywhere, but we’ve seen huge action and we know peer support groups can make a huge difference,” Sellick said.

Dementia Friends, launched in February last year by the Alzheimer’s Society, was held up at the event as an example of partnership working across government departments with the voluntary sector. The initiative aims to create one million Dementia Friends, who volunteer and are given training to support people living with dementia.

The report argues that public services should embrace social action in order to increase the resources available to achieve social goals, bring in new expertise and knowledge, reach people that public services are not, and create better services and reciprocal value for the people who give their time.

Social action can “lead to a fundamental change in the way we respond to social needs and challenges”, it says.

Nesta’s report makes a number of recommendations on “making social action the new normal”. It says cultural change is needed to make social action a central consideration when authorities design public services, which needs to be championed from the top by national and local politician, and senior leaders in the public sector.

Staff need to be empowered to find areas where social action would improve services and the outcomes for individuals, it says, and evidence is needed to demonstrate the contribution of social action.

“The system wide changes needed to open up public services to social action won’t be easy to make, there are many challenges and tensions that are not simple to resolve,” the report says.


Volunteer Centre Sandwell – Make A Difference Day

posts - Volunteer Centre Logo2On Wednesday 1 October 2014 Sandwell Centre Sandwell together with a number of community organisations, will be holding a Recruitment Fair at West Bromwich Town Hall from 10am – 3pm.

Jean Taylor Chief Executive Officer said, “This year Volunteer Centre Sandwell have decided to inspire as many local people as possible to volunteer by working with a wide range of community groups.”

Volunteer Centre Sandwell are calling for as many community organisations/groups to engage with the Recruitment Fair which will create opportunities for local people to really get to know the worthwhile work being delivered by voluntary groups in Sandwell.

Make A Difference Day, the UK’s biggest annual volunteering event, takes place each year in October.  This year Sandwell will begin with a Recruitment Fair to reinforce the message of local people remaining active in their communities through volunteering.

For more information on getting involved in VCS Make A Difference Day, call 0121 544 8326 or visit their website.

Prince’s Trust Recruitment for Team Programme

Princes TrustThe Prince’s Trust Team Programme is a 12 week full time course involving approximately 15 young people in the team to carry out tasks to benefit their local community, gain nationally recognised qualifications and aims to get young people into either further education or employment.

Do you know a young person aged between 16 – 25 who is not in education or employment?  They must been either, unemployed, educational under achievers, leaving care or an offender or ex-offender?
The advantages for the young person:-

  • A free bus pass and Wolverhampton College student pass for 12 weeks.
  • 5 day outward bound residential course fully paid for.
  • Certificates in: first aid, basic food hygiene, Prince’s Trust qualification in Employment, Teamwork and Community Skills.
  • Gain references and a CV for future employment opportunities.
  • Two weeks work experience.
  • They will still be able to claim JSA and Benefits while on the course.

If you know of anyone interested or want to find out more:-

PC Andy Peters – 07771 388596 – a.peters@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk or PCSO Parveen Kumari – 07909 550328 – p.kumari@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk

Do You Have A Community Space That Needs An Overhaul?

Princes TrustThe Prince’s Trust is looking for a project that would occupy 15 young people (16 – 24 year olds) for 7 – 10 days in mid September (15th – 26th September 2014) and give them a positive opportunity to help others in a community setting.  The Volunteers will also fund raise to buy any materials.

Previous projects have included:-

  • Decorating rooms at St John Ambulance, Oldbury
  • Allotment clear up – Devonshire Infant School, Smethwick
  • Created allotment at Sharpe Hostel, Smethwick on behalf of Centepoint Soup Kitchen, West Bromwich
  • Playground refurbishment at St Michael’s Day Nursery, Smethwick
  • Refurbishment of 2 classrooms at St Michael’s Day Nursery
  • Cemetery clear up at All Saints Church, Stone Cross, West Bromwich

If you have a suitable project, then please get in touch with the Prince’s Trust by 15 August 2014.  Contact Andy Peters, Smethwick Prince’s Trust Team Leader – 0345 113 5000 ext 7913 6003 or e-mail:  a.peters@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk

Recognise The Groups Volunteering In Your Community

Queens Award for Voluntary ServiceSince Her Majesty’s Golden Jubilee, the Queen has awarded the prestigious national honour to hundreds of volunteering groups across the UK.  The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for volunteer groups, 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 your local community and deserves recognition, nominate them for an Award.

You can make an online nomination by going to the following website or your can e-mail queensaward@cabinet-office.gsi.gov.uk or call 0207 271 6206.

Nominations can be made at any time during the year, but for those wishing to be considered for the 2015 award, on-line nominations must be received by the national awards office by Tuesday 30 September 2014.  On the 2 June 2015 the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service winners are announced.

Honours Nominations Sought

In addition to the Queen’s Award, the Lord-Lieutenant of West Midlands, Paul Sabapathy CBE is seeking nominations for outstanding individuals for an Honour for those who work or live in the Birmingham Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall or Wolverhampton areas.  You can find out more about the Honours and how to nominate from the following website

Give Volunteers Council Tax Discount, Local Government Association Says

LGAHalf a million people who volunteer in their local community should be given Council Tax rebates, the Local Government Association has recommended.

The LGA, which represents Councils in England and Wales, has called on all political parties to pledge in their election manifestos to create a fund to help Councils to reward “community heroes” who help run local libraries, museums and other local resources.  It said some volunteers already receive a discount, but that Councils cannot afford to reward everyone they want to. It recommended a £50m start-up fund to allow councils to give 500,000 people a 10 per cent discount.

“The subsidy would reward the thousands of people who currently volunteer, while also encouraging a new generation to step forward,” the LGA said in a statement. “It would be targeted at those who demonstrate a sustained commitment to improving life in their local areas in a way which saves other Council taxpayers’ money.” It said Councils would work with charities and community groups to identify deserving people.

Community infrastructure body NAVCA said it supported the idea. “So many of the things we value most in our community are made possible by volunteers, whether it is running sports clubs, friends of local parks groups or lunch clubs,” said Neil Cleeveley, acting Chief Executive of NAVCA. “It would be good to see the value of all that great work that volunteers do being recognised in this way.”

But NCVO said the scheme would be hard to administer and would undermine the spirit of volunteering. To see full article, follow this link.



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