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Train with Relate to be a Relate Couples Counsellor

Relate Birmingham is offering training to qualified counsellors to work with couples and the prospect of potential employment with them.

Successful completion of this course will equip counsellors who are already qualified to Level 5 or above to work as Couple Counsellors within Relate.

Application Criteria:

To apply for a placement you will already have a Level 5 diploma or a higher qualification in a relevant area of counselling or psychotherapy. You must be able to commit to attend all the training dates and complete all the course requirements, as well as attending monthly clinical supervision and delivering 50 hours of relationship counselling to couples and individuals.

An enhanced DBS Disclosure will be required for this post and the cost is to be met by the delegate.

Course Fees:

The cost of the course is £1200.

Fees may be made in full prior to the start of the course or by payment plan which would need to be fulfilled by block 4, 7th February 2020.

Support may be available to students to subsidise a place. This will be considered on a case by case basis and must be made known in your application.

To Apply:

Submit your CV and a personal statement no longer than 2 sides of A4 to ruth.levesley@relatebirmingham.co.uk outlining:

- your counselling qualifications and experience

- your experience of working with couples or individuals with relationship issues

- why you want to undertake this training with Relate

Closing date for applicants 1.00pm Wednesday 4th September 2019.

Interviews for placements Thursday 12th September and Friday 13th September 2019.

If you have any queries about the placement contact Ruth Levesley at ruth.levesley@relatebirmingham.co.uk

or call 0121 643 1638.

For more information about this role and Relate Birmingham or Relate go visit http://relatebirmingham.co.uk/current-vacancies/ and www.relate.org.uk

Creative Black Country expands to include Dudley borough

Creative Black Country has been awarded £1,403,154 of National Lottery funding through Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places programme (CPP) to expand its current CPP activity to include Dudley borough, in partnership with Black Country Living Museum and Dudley Council for Voluntary Service (CVS).

Black Country Together has led the Creative Black Country CPP project in Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton since 2015, with Arts Council investment of almost £4.5 million to date. Since then it has been producing creative events, performances and activities bringing inspirational cultural experiences to thousands of local people.

This includes the Creative Communities and Open Access programmes that support community groups to experience the arts and produce their own events; Funny Things comedy programme celebrating Black Country humour; and the 100 Masters campaign raising the profile of expertise, innovation and craftsmanship. It also includes the unique Desi Pubs partnership between artists and pub landlords, which helped redefine pub culture in the Black Country, reinventing the traditional handcrafted pub sign using Punjabi text.

Arts and culture have a significant role to play in building thriving villages, towns and cities, bringing people together and making them proud of where they work and live. Creative People and Places allows more people to choose, create and take part in arts and cultural activity – encouraging long-term collaboration between local people, artists and partners, and embedding lasting change in communities.

Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England, said: “Arts and culture make the places we live vibrant and exciting, entertaining and inspiring, benefiting our wellbeing and helping local economies.

“This National Lottery investment in Creative Black Country will see the team build on their achievements so far, with great work such as the Desi Pubs projects and 100 Masters, ensuring more people across Dudley and the Black Country can take part in and enjoy creativity in their communities.”

Creative Director of CBC, Parminder Dosanjh, said: “We are over the moon. Expanding to Dudley feels like a natural step; the prospect of working as a regional programme in the Black Country is hugely exciting and we look forward to local residents benefitting from the investment.

“We are thrilled to be working in partnership with Black Country Living Museum and Dudley Council for Voluntary Service, who will play an instrumental role in supporting the expansion programme going forward.”

Creative Black Country is one of 12 successful arts projects to receive a share of almost £17.5 million National Lottery funding to create arts and cultural experiences in areas across England where people tend to engage less with arts and culture. These twelve projects, part of the Creative People and Places programme, will take place between 2019-2023 and will be co-created with their local communities.

Andy Gray, Chief Executive of Dudley CVS, said: “We’re delighted to work with Creative Black Country to build audiences and bring more opportunities to the people of Dudley. We’re looking forward to supporting communities across the Borough to create and choose the arts activities and experiences that are right for them. We’re confident Dudley will rise to the occasion and really get involved.”

Andrew Lovett, Chief Executive of Black Country Living Museum, said: "We’re delighted CBC have been successful in their bid. This is a real boost for Black Country arts, heritage and culture. We’re looking forward to working together on an exciting programme of activity that will engage the talents of local people from across all areas of the region."

Creative Black Country will have more news soon about how we’ll be engaging with communities and audiences in Dudley borough.

Dudley CVS is recruiting an interim Chief Officer for Healthwatch Dudley

We are seeking expressions of interest from people with the right skills and experience to lead Healthwatch Dudley. This is an interim role (until March 31st 2020).

If you think you can…

• Offer leadership

• Operate in a strategic environment

• Work collaboratively with partners and people

• Maintain and develop positive partnerships

• Manage people and projects

• Develop bids, commissions and tenders

Then get in touch!

If you are interested and would like to know more please email our Chief Executive andygray@dudleycvs.org.uk to arrange a conversation. Please download a job description here and an expression of interest form here.

The initial contract will be for 6 months. Salary circa £36k (pro rata).

We are taking a flexible approach to the recruitment and are happy to consider secondment.

Closing date for expression of interest: 5pm, 15th August 2019

Connect over a cuppa on 15th November in Halesowen for all things volunteering

Posted on behalf of Dudley CVS Volunteer Centre
Eileen from DCVS Volunteer Centre is hoping to start regular informal monthly get-togethers for anyone who manages volunteers, be they a paid member of staff or a volunteer themselves. She plans to move them around the borough and the second one is in Halesowen on 15th November. Please do pop along to ASDA cafe, grab a cuppa and have a chat about anything volunteering. Hope to see you there.
15 Nov 2019 at 10:00am
until 15 Nov 2019 at 12:00pm
Queensway Mall
B63 4AB

Connect over a cuppa on 16th October in Stourbridge for those who support volunteers

Eileen from DCVS Volunteer Centre is hoping to start regular informal monthly get togethers for anyone who manages volunteers, be they a paid member of staff or a volunteer themselves. She plans to move them around the borough and the first one is in Stourbridge on 16th October. Please do pop along to the lovely Cafe 105, grab a cuppa and have a chat about anything volunteering. Hope to see you there.
16 Oct 2019 at 1:00pm
until 16 Oct 2019 at 3:00pm
Cafe 105
105 High Street

Shared Lives Scheme Thriving in the Black Country

It is a little over two years since national charity, Camphill Village Trust decided to add Shared Lives to their already established Stourbridge community in the Black Country. In this time, the new scheme has gone from strength to strength, networking closely with other community-based organisations to gain momentum. Not only has the charity been awarded the contract to deliver a Shared Lives service on behalf of Dudley MBC, they have also recruited 12 new households to boot.

Shared Lives is still a relatively unknown model of care that is similar to foster care, where specially trained Carers open up their home and support people with additional/complex needs to lead as independent life as possible and stay connected with the local community. Currently, there are approximately 14,000 people being supported up and down the UK in this way.

New Carers like Chris and Nicky from Kingswinford who were approved by an Independent Panel last November and were carefully matched with Alex in March of this year as part of a live-in Arrangement, are now starting to reap the benefits of this fresh approach.

For Alex this has meant getting used to new family routines to further develop his independence. ‘Where I lived before, I was getting up when I wanted and eating ready meals every day, but I’ve got lots more things to do now and I’ve learned how to cook my favourite meal, spaghetti bolognese…and I’d never touched an iron, but Chris has shown me how to do my own washing and ironing.’

With the support of Chris and Nicky, Alex is also starting to take on new challenges, ‘I’ve written to the Black Country Museum about volunteering and I’m also about to go to college as well. I’m hoping to do Health & Social Care and Child Care Level 2, as I’d like to work in a nursery or for people with disabilities.’

Chris and Nicky added ‘Before Alex was matched to live with us, he was leading a quite unfulfilled lifestyle. I think it would be fair to say he did not have certain life skills that we possibly all take for granted. Now, just a few months on, Alex has really grasped the opportunities that have been presented to him, he has settled well into our family set up and is flourishing within his new environments.

As this is our first Shared Lives Arrangement, the scheme has been so encouraging; right from the assessment and induction process, we were always confident about Kate and the team supporting us. All we have offered is our time, experience and knowledge, so it’s very satisfying when people say they can already see a change in Alex. That’s when it sinks in, that we are providing a nurturing and caring environment for Alex to develop the skills, which will one day will enable him to lead an independent life of his own’.

Registered Manager, Kate Morgan commented ‘The last two years have been quite incredible which has taken considerable time and effort from everyone involved, but as you can see, we have expanded rapidly as a result. In the beginning, we had a very clear plan in that we wanted to raise the profile of the new scheme across the area as quickly as possible, which would enable us to attract a steady stream of new Carers. This was always going to be a bit of a gamble as we had not yet signed a contract with Dudley, but we were confident in our strategy, as we had already recruited staff with previous experience in the independent Shared Lives sector.’

The scheme is nearly a full year into the new contract and has already set up 11 Arrangements, receiving over 60 enquiries with a variety of additional support needs from learning disability, autism, mental ill health, through to older people and hospital discharges. Kate emphasised further ‘Dudley council are very ambitious and wish to see the scheme grow significantly over the coming years; we are working in close partnership to ensure we receive suitable referrals and use every platform available to promote Shared Lives. After a recent marketing campaign, we are currently in the process of assessing a further six new households, with another 5 in the early stages, so we definitely have our work cut out going forward.

Shared Lives offers opportunity for those people with the right values and commitment to develop a social care career and earn up to £29K annually as a self-employed Carer…it’s such a rewarding role which really challenges the assumptions of what can be achieved within an ordinary family home.’

Huw John, Chief Executive of Camphill Village Trust added ‘It is important for any charity today to be able to respond to the changing social care world and the Shared Lives model sits neatly within our existing services and community-based ethos. The new scheme has brought a lot of energy to our Stourbridge community, which is now at the centre to a network of Shared Lives Arrangements across the region. This not only provides new housing and support options but also offers people the chance to lead the life of opportunity they deserve.’

If people wish to find out more about how the scheme is developing, please contact Kate Morgan on 01384 441505 or kate.morgan@cvt.org.uk or follow on twitter: @CVTSharedLives

Nonprofit Natter

Join Becky and Eileen for an informal chat in a lovely coffee shop. We can talk about anything to do with:

  • Setting up a project or group – information and guidance on how to get started, what routes you could take, how to get support
  • Running a charity or voluntary organisation – you might want information on leading an organisation, responsibilities of being a trustee, compliance, help with rules and paperwork, finance, planning
  • Recruiting and supporting people to help run your group or activities – you might be looking for volunteers or helpers to make great things happen
  • Getting more active in your community – you might be interested in volunteering, joining local groups, clubs and organisations
  • Connecting with other organisations
Whether you’re from an existing voluntary group, charity or social enterprise, or you’d like to do more to support your community, come along to get your questions answered, generate ideas and feel supported all over a friendly cuppa!

We’re looking forward to meeting you there!
04 Sep 2019 at 10:00am
until 04 Sep 2019 at 1:00pm
Stafford Street

Dudley MIND are recruiting volunteers at their special event on 20th August 2019

Posted on behalf of Dudley MIND
We are recruiting volunteers!Are you interested in volunteering for a charity? On August the 20th 2019 we will be holding a volunteer recruitment day at our hub on the Bushey Fields Hospital estate.

As a charity, volunteers are important to us and help us to support the work that we do in different ways.

The areas that in which we need volunteers for are

  • Administration
  • Support through phone line
  • Marketing
  • Training services
  • Fundraising
  • Drop-In/Peer Support
During the recruitment you will get the chance to learn more about Dudley Mind and the work that we do to support people who are experiencing mental health difficulties in the local area. You will also get to learn about the management, services and some of our policies.

We will also explain to you how we support our volunteers and what we expect from you as a volunteer.

If you do wish to become a volunteer we will also fill out a DBS form with you and pay for it to be checked.

To book a place please contact us on 01384 442938 or email enquiries@dudleymind.org.uk or complete the form below.

We will look forward to meeting you on the 20th August and potentially welcoming you to the Dudley Mind family.
20 Aug 2019 at 10:30am
until 20 Aug 2019 at 2:00pm
The MIND Hub
Bushey Fields Road

Funding opportunities for July 2019

Boshier-Hinton Foundation

Sir Halley Stewart Trust

Philip Bates Trust

Near Neighbours

Anton Jurgens Charitable Trust

Dudley MBC Short Breaks Small Bids Programme

National Lottery Heritage Fund

W G Edwards Charitable Foundation

Home Office Places of Worship protective security funding scheme

Power to Change Trust

NHS England and NHS Improvement

Architectural Heritage Fund

Kings Fund

Herefordshire Community Foundation (HCF)

British & Foreign School Society

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

July's Funding News

Boshier-Hinton Foundation: Apply any time

Funding available: Up to £2,000

Aims and outcomes of funder: Support work improving the quality of life for people with disabilities/learning difficulties (and their families) as well as providing facilities/advocacy for children/adults with special educational or other needs

Additional information: Only registered charities can apply

Contact details: Telephone 01692 630695

Email: boshierhinton@yahoo.co.uk

Website: https://bit.ly/2GPxC1s

Sir Halley Stewart Trust: Apply any time, trustees meet February, June and October

Size of grant available: Main grants £5,001-£60,000 (mainly for salaries over 1-3 years with maximum £30,000 in any one year) and one off small grants up to £5,000

Aims and outcomes of funder: Support innovative/pioneering social, medical and religious projects with educational theme to enable human flourishing and to prevent suffering

Additional information: Only registered charities can apply

Contact details: Mrs. Lynnette Collinge (Secretary), telephone 020 8144 0375

Email: email@sirhalleystewart.org.uk

Website: https://bit.ly/2KdeWYJ

Philip Bates Trust: Apply by the end of January, May or September for trustee meetings in February, June and October

Size of grant available: Up to £500 (organisations) or £100-£250 (individuals) for up to 12 months

Aims and outcomes of funder: Advance the education of young people aged under 25 in the arts supporting their creative and artistic achievements or developing their creative and artistic interests/skills

Additional information: Prioritise applications from organisations (prefer specific projects) and individuals in the West Midlands

Contact details: Telephone 0121 747 5705

Email: info@philipbatestrust.org.uk

Website: https://bit.ly/2LO7uGQ

Near Neighbours: Apply by 11th October 2019

Size of grant available: Small Grants £250-£5,000

Aims and outcomes of funder: Support work that brings together neighbours/develops relationships across diverse faiths and ethnicities to improve communities encouraging social interaction/action through environmental, social, cultural, artistic and sporting projects/activities

Additional information: Dudley borough is one of named priority areas within the Black Country

Contact details: Telephone 020 7898 1508 or contact James Henderson (Lead Development Worker at Transforming Communities Together), phone 07946 771495/e-mail james.henderson@tctogether.org.uk

Email: hello@nearneighbours.org.uk

Website: https://bit.ly/2K27rVI

Anton Jurgens Charitable Trust: Apply any time, trustees meet in the spring and autumn

Size of grant available: 2017/18 grant range £2,000-£5,000 averaging £3,900

Aims and outcomes of funder: Support work with people who are socially disadvantaged and/or have mental and/or physical disabilities

Additional information: Only registered charities can apply

Contact details: Telephone 020 7841 4000

Website: https://bit.ly/2SPhaS1

Dudley MBC Short Breaks Small Bids Programme: Apply any time, Small Bids Panel meet at the end of each month

Size of grant available: Up to £499

Aims and outcomes of funder: Support organisations providing fun, safe and life enhancing social activities outside of school for disabled children or for disabled children and their families

Contact details: Access Team, telephone 0300 555 0050

Email: short.breaks@dudley.gov.uk

Website: https://bit.ly/2S0rnhr

National Lottery Heritage Fund: Heritage Horizon Awards, submit Expression of Interest by 11th October 2019. Announcement of successful shortlisted projects will be made by December 2019 and deadline for submission of development application is 31st August 2020 with outcome advised by 31st December 2020

Size of grant available: £50M fund for 2020-21 providing grants of £5million and above (no upper limit)

Aims and outcomes of funder: Support transformative, innovative and collaborative projects that show clear/ambitious plans bringing about positive changes and benefits for people, places and wider heritage addressing strategic priorities around landscapes/nature and heritage at risk

Additional information: This programme has two phases, development (up to two years) and delivery (up to five years) with maximum grant of 90% available in each phase

Contact details: Telephone 020 7591 6044

Email: enquire@hlf.org.uk

Website: https://bit.ly/2S0rnhr

W G Edwards Charitable Foundation: Apply any time with annual deadlines 10th March, June, September and December for trustee meetings in April, July, October and January

Size of grant available: £1,000-£3,000 (average grant £1,700) for capital projects (refurbishment, furniture or equipment) and/or innovative community initiatives promoting a proactive approach to physical/mental wellbeing

Aims and outcomes of funder: Improve wellbeing/quality of life for older people aged over 65 supporting their ongoing care helping them live active and fulfilling lives

Additional information: Only registered charities can apply

Contact details: Mrs. Tamzin Mackie (Secretary)

Email: wgedwardscharity@icloud.com

Website: https://bit.ly/1oRJBf3

Home Office Places of Worship protective security funding scheme: Apply by 31st August 2019 (four stages including site assessment) for consideration end of September and decisions in November 2019

Size of grant available: Up to £56,000 for projects costing up to £70,000 with minimum 20% contribution towards the overall total cost of the project required

Aims and outcomes of funder: Installation of up to three protective security measures at places of worship/associated faith community centres that are vulnerable to hate crime

Additional information: Only churches, gurdwaras, mosques, temples and community centres run by or near to a place of worship that is faith based/where regular worship takes place can apply

Contact details: Esotec Limited (first point of contact responsible for conducting site assessments, quotes and installations of all security measures funded under this scheme)

Email: pow_sfs@esotec.co.uk

Website: https://bit.ly/2KaqMCW

Power to Change Trust: Bright Ideas Fund reopening 6th August 2019 (deadline 30th September 2019) with additional funding rounds scheduled for February–April and August–September 2020 and February–March 2021

Size of grant available: Up to £15,000 (either £1,000-£10,000 Ideas stage or £1,000-£15,000 Pre-venture stage) plus up to 12 days community business development support

Aims and outcomes of funder: Support setting up of new community businesses through the start-up/planning stages with tailored business support to the implementation stage

Additional information: This programme is being delivered through a partnership of Co-operatives UK, Plunkett Foundation and Groundwork UK led by Locality

Contact details:

Email: brightideas@locality.org.uk

Website: https://bit.ly/32ZQWAZ

NHS England and NHS Improvement: Community Grants 2019, apply by 23rd September 2019 with decisions due week commencing 21st October

Size of grant available: Up to £2,500

Aims and outcomes of funder: Support projects showcasing good practice around patient/citizen involvement in healthcare involving them in healthcare work using the grant to share and showcase the project in a creative way

Additional information: Projects must start by 11th November 2019 with grant to be spent by 20th March 2020

Contact details: Kasia Markiewicz, telephone 07714 772779

Email: england.ppvcommunitygrants@nhs.net

Website: https://bit.ly/2SQAEWm

Architectural Heritage Fund

The Architectural Heritage Fund have recently launched their new Transforming Places Through Heritage programme available for projects involving a heritage building located in a high street/town centre in England where the focus is to revitalise the high street or town centre. They will support projects contributing to high street/town centre transformation helping them become thriving places, strengthening local communities and encouraging local economies to prosper maximising positive social impact.

The programme comprises five different funding opportunities as follows:

• Project Viability Grants up to £15,000 for early viability and feasibility work that explores different options for reuse/testing a single option.

• Project Development Grants up to £100,000 for capital project development costs (maximum 90% of the cost of the work).

• Crowdfunding Challenge Grants up to £25,000 to match fund crowdfunding campaigns.

• Transformational Project Grants up to £350,000 (capital projects) for the repair, restoration and adaptation of a building to bring it into use (maximum 90% of the cost of work). They expect to make 10-15 of these large grants during this four year programme.

• Community Shares Booster Grants up to £10,000.

Potential applicants are encouraged to discuss their project with the local support officer before submitting an application. The support officer in the West Midlands is Elizabeth Perkins, e-mail Elizabeth.Perkins@ahfund.org.uk or phone 0300 121 0745.

Applications can be made at any time.

For more information contact:

Tel: 020 7925 0199

E-mail: ahf@ahfund.org.uk

Website: http://ahfund.org.uk/england

Kings Fund

The Kings Fund have recently announced the launch of the 2020 GSK IMPACT Awards that reward organisations doing excellent work to improve people's health and wellbeing. Applications are invited from registered charities that are at least three years old and working in a health related field with annual income £80,000-£2.5M. There are three levels of awards in the range £3,000-£40,000 as follows:

1. One overall winner will receive £40,000.

2. Up to nine other winners will receive £30,000 each.

3. All ten winners will receive free training and development valued at £9,500.

4. Up to ten runners up will each receive awards of £3,000.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 23rd September 2019.

For more information contact Mandy McKinnon (IMPACT Awards Manager):

Tel: 020 7307 2493

E-mail: a.mckinnon@kingsfund.org.uk

Website: https://bit.ly/1gchMFl

Herefordshire Community Foundation (HCF)

Herefordshire Community Foundation operate a number of grant programmes with amounts available varying from £100 to in excess of £1,000. There are two funds available for projects outside of Herefordshire:

1. Joanies Fund offering grants up to £5,000 to organisations working with children and young people aged up to 25 focusing on projects leading to employment, further education, accreditation and integration. They prioritise innovative projects with an entrepreneurial approach and strong evidence of consultation with young people. Apply by January, May or September annually.

2. Judith Shrimpton Fund for organisations working to relieve needs of people with disabilities. Applications can be made at any time and, if applying on behalf of an individual, it is recommended that initial contact is made with HCF to discuss the need.

For more information contact:

Tel: 01432 272550

E-mail: admin@herefordshirecf.org

Website: https://bit.ly/2MshXXO

British & Foreign School Society

The British and Foreign School Society Grants to Charities programme supports educational and training institutions that are registered charities providing funding for up to 3 years for new work. They are interested in education/training for children/young people aged up to 25 widening educational access/opportunities for them reducing barriers to achievement maximising their educational opportunities with priority for projects in areas of deprivation or educational disadvantage.

The Grants Committee meet three times a year and the remaining deadline in 2019 is 19th August for meeting 16th October. In 2020 deadlines are 31st December 2019, 10th April and 19th August for meetings 26th February, 10th June and 14th October.

For more information contact Belinda Lawrance:

Tel: 020 7922 7814

E-mail: enquiries@bfss.org.uk

Website: https://bit.ly/2YsCPkg

National Lottery Funding Officer availability to meet potential applicants

John Goodman, Funding Officer at the Lottery with responsibility for Dudley borough, is available to meet voluntary and community sector organisations at our office on Wednesdays weekly. He will discuss projects with potential applicants and advise whether the Lottery may be interested in supporting these projects through one of their grant programmes.

If you would like to meet John his contact details are as follows so appointments at Albion Street can be arranged directly with him:

Telephone number (office): 0121 345 7617

Mobile number: 07837 248200

E-mail: John.Goodman@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk

Website addresses for various funding programmes:

Reaching Communities – https://bit.ly/2D0LSjM

Partnerships – https://bit.ly/2Gd58xC

Awards for All - https://bit.ly/2sWFaq2

DCVS address - 7 Albion Street, Brierley Hill, West Midlands DY5 3EE