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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17
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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6

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SCVO is recruiting for a Growing Participation and Volunteering Mentor

Are you a real ‘People Person’ with a passion forgetting people involved (in a practical way) with their local communities?

Are you able to work with a wide range of organisations, groups and the public – to promote the value of community participation and volunteering?

Do you have a passion for digital platforms and social media, as a tool to getting people and groups more connected for mutual benefit?

If so, you could be just the person for the job!

SCVO is seeking a high-calibre, creative individual to join its team; someone who will play a key role in supporting its aims of increasing volunteering activity and resident participation throughout the Sandwell borough.

SCVO is an independent charity that takes a lead role in strategic representation on behalf of the local voluntary and community sector, and provides a range of development support services to sector organisations within the metropolitan borough of Sandwell.

This is a new role within the SCVO team, building on the established foundations of its general capacity development work, with two key components:

  • to help community groups and charitable organisations to increase their visibility and welcome, so that more residents know what’s available locally and may benefit from formal and informal volunteering experiences; and
  • meeting and engaging with members of the public – to champion the benefits of volunteering and local community participation, and inspire them to take part.
SCVO is looking for a self-confident, creative and adaptable individual, who is able to create effective engagement amongst a wide range of contacts. The individual will also be capable of developing the programme over time; working with SCVO’s Operations Manager to move it forward in response to identified needs.

Remuneration: a competitive package that includes:

  • Salary: NJC SCP 23 – 26 (New Scale) (£26,999 – £29,636) plus 6% employer contribution stakeholder pension.
  • Working hours: 37 hours per week (with flexible, regular out-of-hours working).
  • Holidays: 28 days per year, plus bank holidays.
If you wish to have an informal discussion about this opportunity, please call Stuart Ashmore at SCVO on 0121 525 1127.

Deadline for applications is 12 noon on Monday 11th November 2019. Interviews will take place on Friday 22nd November 2019.

For more information, including ‘how to apply’ visit: www.scvo.info/scvo-is-recruiting-for-a-growing-participation-and-volunteering-mentor/

Social Audit Network (SAN) Workshop

COULD YOU DO BETTER?

The Social Audit Network (SAN) is running a 2-day Prove, Improve & Account workshop at the Dudson Centre, Stoke-on-Trent on Wednesday 23 -Thursday 24 October.



The workshop is open to all organisations operating in the ‘social economy’ sector:

• voluntary and community groups

• charities

• social enterprises

• and facilitators who work with and support ‘social economy’ organisations

The workshop takes people through the process of preparing a social report which can be used to provide information to funders and stakeholders on the work organisations do.

The social accounting framework also provides organisations WITH THE ADDITIONAL BENEFIT of getting them to think about:

• what they do and who they are doing it for - by focussing on their Vision, Mission and Values

• what their Objectives are and the specific Activities that help them achieve them

• identifying their stakeholders and obtaining feedback from them as a means of checking that they are doing what they have stated they want to do.

The preparation of the social report provides organisations with the clarity of knowing that they are doing what they should be doing and feedback from their stakeholders provides confirmation of this.



The process also gives organisations the confidence of knowing that they are providing the right services for people and are operating effectively and efficiently.


The cost for the 2-day event is £375 which includes a Prove Improve & Account step-by-step Manual and CD (£40); 1 year’s access to SAN’s Learning Platform; and lunch and all-day refreshments on both days.

SAN appreciates that some organisations may have limited budgets for training and development, so they’ve created an offer for you which you can find in the booking tickets area – basically 2 people attending for a little over £200 each.



In addition, SAN will provide a FREE half-day follow-up group CONSULTATION session to get you started.


For more details and booking, please use this link: https://bit.ly/2LORN0Z or call Sean Smith 07862242814 West Midlands & Staffordshire Regional Coordinator.

Job opportunity with Central England Quakers

Central England Area Quaker Meeting

Operations Manager (Part-time)

Salary: £15,000 pa (£25,000 pro-rata pa)

Days: 156 per annum

The Central England Area Quaker Meeting Charities is managed by trustees who are seeking an Operations Manager to support the governance work of the charity and ensure trustees’ compliance with the Charity Commission’s requirements. The post holder will undertake a wide range of operational activities to support the work of the trustees and their five service committees: finance, property, employment, records advisory and governance & compliance.

They are looking for someone who has a wide experience of property and financial management and other operational tasks in the charity sector. The work is varied and interesting, but the time requirements are necessarily unpredictable and irregular. Some evening work will be required to meet with Trustees and their committees.

You will be home based and working with the teams of volunteers who currently manage the property, finances and human resources in this busy charity with centres across the West Midlands. You will be used to managing your own work and time and working independently. They expect that this will appeal to a professional person with a portfolio of interests and involvements which would fit in with this role.

Quakers are committed to working for equality and for a sustainable and peaceful world. They encourage and welcome applications for the post from all sections of society. You do not have to be a Quaker to apply for this post but you will be required to uphold the values of the organisation.

The post is part time – 156 days per annum.

For more details about the post and information about how to apply please go to https://centralenglandquakers.org.uk/category/jobs/ To arrange an informal discussion of the role email clerk.trustees@outlook.com

Applications must be received by 28th October, interviews will be held Thursday 14th November.

CEQ is an equal opportunity employer.

Registered charity no: 224571. Registered office: 40 Bull Street, Birmingham, B4 6AF

Volunteers required for Home-Start Dudley

Are you a mum, dad, grandparent or carer? Home-Start Dudley need people with your experience to volunteer.

- GAIN ACCESS TO FREE, HIGH QUALITY TRAINING

- ENHANCE YOUR WELLBEING

- MAKE NEW FRIENDS & CONNECT WITH YOUR COMMUNITY

- CHANGE THE LIVES OF THE FAMILIES YOU SUPPORT

If you could give as little as two hours a week to support a parent and their children, then please get in touch.

To find out more please contact: 01384 482733, Facebook @home.dudley or email at admin@home-startdudley.org.uk

GO PURPLE for Black Country Women’s Aid in October 2019

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the colour purple is worn to show survivors that people care.

Purple is a colour worn by early women’s rights activists and today it is an important colour for campaigners against domestic abuse and violence against women and girls.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month was originally launched in the USA as a way to unite individuals and organisations working on domestic violence: the Go Purple month will bring this campaign to the West Midlands!

Why is it important?

Domestic abuse remains at epidemic levels, with 2 women a week being killed by a former or current partner. Domestic violence happens in every community and affects people of all ages. While most victims are women and girls, domestic violence affects men and boys too. The impacts of domestic violence affect individuals, families, communities, and society as a whole. But prevention is possible.

What can we do?

As a society it is necessary to remove the stigma around domestic violence. Domestic violence needs to be an issue that can be talked about openly so that victims and survivors won’t feel judged for experiencing abuse, and can come forward to get help.

Together, individuals, communities and businesses can learn to understand how they can take action to promote safety, respect and equality to end domestic violence.

How your fundraising will help

Black Country Women’s Aid supported over 8000 women, children and men last year who had experienced abuse and violence. Their refuges offered a safe place to stay, theirr advocates and counsellors helped people to get back on their feet, cope with trauma and look towards a safer future.

Black Country Women’s Aid currently receive over 24 calls an hour and our 6 refuges are almost always full. They need your help to make sure no victim of abuse is turned away from support.

How to take part

1. Just decide on a day in October when you will Go Purple

2. Each person/pupil pays £1 and wears a purple item to school, college or work or you can paints your nails purple, bake and sell purple cupcakes and for the more daring spray your beard, hair or moustache purple.

3. Let us know what day by registering at https://blackcountrywomensaid.co.uk/ or by contacting Debbie their fundraiser on 0121 553 0090 or by email deborah.slater@blackcountrywomensaid.co.uk

4. Black Country Women’s Aid will send you their fundraising pack for ideas and show you how they will spend the money that you raise

5. Take photos of your purple day and Black Country Women’s Aid will share on their Facebook and Twitter. There is a prize for the most interesting Purple picture.

6. Have fun !

Black Country Women’s Aid invite you to encourage friends, family members, colleagues and community members to show their support by Going Purple too.

Dudley Children, Young People and Families (CYPF) Network Training Calendar for Autumn

All training is FREE of charge, it is open to all staff and volunteers who work with children, young people and families in Dudley.

If you deliver services and would like to offer training session then please email nicki@dudleycvs.org.uk who will be drafting the January – April Spring calendar shortly.

SP-EAK Suicide Prevention https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sp-eak-suicide-prevention-explore-ask-keep-safe-tickets-66865674031

DY1, Stafford Street Dudley, DY1 1RT Tuesday 8th October, 12.30 –4.00pm

What to do if? Basic SafeguardingTraining https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/what-to-do-if-safeguarding-training-tickets-66858362161

DY1, Stafford Street Dudley, DY1 1RT, Thursday 10th October, 6.00 – 9.00pm

PREVENT https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/prevent-training-refresh-required-every-three-years-tickets-66864580761

DY1, Stafford Street Dudley, DY1 1RT, Tuesday 15th October, 1.00 – 4.00pm

Early Help Surgery –Drop-in https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/voluntary-sector-early-help-surgery-drop-in-tickets-67008063923

Dudley Central Family Centre, Selborne Rd, Dudley DY2 8LJ, Wednesday 23rd October, 5.00 – 7.00pm

Building a Great Team https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/building-a-great-team-tickets-66868963871

Phase Trust, Owen House, Little Cornbow, Halesowen B63 3AJ, Thursday 24th October, 9.30 – 12.30pm

What to do if? Training https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/what-to-do-if-basic-safeguarding-training-tickets-66860705169

DY1, Stafford Street Dudley, DY1 1RT, Tuesday 12th November, 12.30 – 3.30pm

Early Help Surgery – Drop-in https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/voluntary-sector-early-help-surgery-drop-in-tickets-67018535243

Dudley Central Family Centre, Selborne Rd, Dudley DY2 8LJ, Monday 18th November,10.00 -12.00pm,

Dealing with Conflict – Moments that matter https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dealing-with-conflict-moments-that-matter-tickets-66871280801

Phase Trust, Owen House, Little Cornbow, Halesowen B63 3AJ, Thursday 21st November, 9.30 – 12.30pm

Sexual Health and Young People https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sexual-health-and-young-people-tickets-66872374071

Integrated Youth Hub, 1 Castle Street Dudley DY1 1LA, Thursday 28th November, 5.30– 7.30pm

West Midlands Combined Authority Mayor launches 'Chatty Cafés' - a scheme to help tackle loneliness and social isolation

Are you a coffee shop, café, business or community venue?

West Midlands Combined Authority Mayor, Andy Street, has launched 'Chatty Cafés' a scheme helping to tackle loneliness and social isolation.

"Conversation, big and small, is important for our wellbeing on many levels. Research by Age UK shows that keeping socially active helps us maintain good physical and mental health, and also supports our thinking skills.

"Through my former role as the CEO of John Lewis, I know that our local high streets and coffee shops are the places that bring us together.

However, sometimes we all need a bit of help to make new connections.

That’s why I am campaigning to get coffee shops and other venues from across the West Midlands signed up to a fantastic national initiative called the Chatty Café scheme.

The scheme has a very simple idea: coffee shops designate a ‘Chatter & Natter’ table where customers can sit if they are happy to talk to each other.

A Chatter & Natter table brings people together and everyone is invited. If you’re on your own, in a couple, with a friend, if you’re a carer (why not sit there with the person you care for), mums and babies, dads and babies, grandparents and babies, young people, older people and anyone in between.


My goal is for every high street coffee shop in the region to have a Chatter & Natter table, and for our local business to be at the heart of creating a less lonely, chattier region.

This means that no matter where you live you can benefit from a bit of company and conversation with your cuppa."

Find out more about how to join the scheme or find your nearest Chatty Café... https://www.wmca.org.uk/who-we-are/meet-the-mayor/the-chatty-cafe-campaign/

The Echo Newsletter for September/October 2019

The Echo Newsletter for September/October is now available. It features:

- Alzheimer’s Society Working Age Dementia Café

- Deafscope: Breaking down barriers for the Deaf community

- Healthwatch Dudley welcomes over 100 new Information Champions

- Over £11million over 11 years! Dudley CVS supporting non-profits​

Download your copy: https://bit.ly/2mW2BAJ​

Funding opportunities for September 2019

Geoff and Fiona Squire Foundation

Gisela Graham Foundation

Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Charities Aid Foundation

Henry Smith Charity

Postcode Dream Trust

National Express Foundation

Warburtons

Wakeham Trust

Power to Change Trust

West Midlands Railway

Groundwork/Comic Relief Community Fund

National Lottery Funding Officer availability to meet potential applicants

To view these opportunities, visit Dudley CVS's funding page

Modern Slavery Session -18/10/19

Dudley's response to Modern Slavery Friday 18th October 2019

The session will look at:

  • 'The Journey So far' - local updates
  • Regional work
  • Next Steps - What more needs to be done and who needs to be involved
Please use the link: https://bit.ly/2kaTE59 to book onto this FREE event, using the password: MS2019

For more information contact Katriona Lafferty, Community Safety Officer (Reducing Vulnerability), Dudley Council Community Safety Team. 01384 813278 https://www.dudleysafeandsound.org/