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To Trustee or Not to Trustee

Have you conisdered becoming a Trustee or a Non Executive Director?

If you have we know charities (and social enterprises) that may value your help and support! Get in touch. 0121 667 6810 – info@disecic.org

If you haven’t then have a quick read below and see if you may be interested.

There are many benefits to becoming a trustee or non executive director of a charity or social enterprise, apart from helping a good cause in a leaderhsip role you may also:

  • Develop and refine your skills at a strategic level
  • Enhance your CV
  • Put your skills to good use and learn new skills
  • Support a cause that is close to your heart or that of someone close to you
  • Meet new and interesting people from all walks of life

If you are employed by a large company or public sector organisation then they may well have a corporate volunteer policy that could mean paid release whilst undertaking trustee duties so it may be easier than you think.

If you are unemployed then you may be able to develop your skills and enhance your CV.

All trustees and non executive directors are unpaid (volunteer) positions, but you will not be out of pocket, all exxpenses can be claimed.

Charities are looking for all sorts of skilled people to support them on their boards, but we’ve noted a particualr shortfall in:

  • People with commercial enterprise skills,
  • Business planning and monitoring,
  • Legal and para legal,
  • Marketing and Communications,
  • Accountancy,
  • Property management
  • Information and Coomunication Technology.

So if you want to make a difference then please do get in touch and we’ll help match you with a goood cause. 0121 667 6810 info@disecic.org

 

 

 

 

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Compliance Manager – Job Vacancy

Advance Credit Union
Compliance Manager
(Flexible Hours – Up to 30 Hours per Month)
Salary negotiable
Location: Advance Credit Union, 200 Sutton New Road, Erdington, Birmingham. B23 6QU
Advance Credit Union is looking to recruit a Compliance Manager to take the lead on strengthening our
supervisory and compliance functions and make a significant difference to our growing credit union,
which serves the communities of North Birmingham and Solihull.
Are you looking to give something back to your local community and work with a ‘not for profit’
organisation which is making a real difference through providing ethical financial services including credit
at fair and reasonable interest rates as well as promote saving and good money management? Are you
looking to work with a small team of staff and volunteers to share your knowledge and experience on
audit and compliance activity to develop their skills and make a difference to our overall effectiveness of
internal control systems, policies and procedures?
If the answer is yes, and you believe you can match our ambitions and have the necessary skills and
determination to make a difference to the Credit Union, we would welcome your application. Please
include within your expression of interest details on how your skills and experience meet the
requirements for this role as well as an outline CV. Applications should to be forwarded to the following
email address: chair@advancecu.org.uk
Applicants of all ages and backgrounds with the relevant experience are encouraged to apply.
The closing date for applications is 16 October 2017. Interviews for shortlisted applications will be held
by arrangement with candidates.
For informal discussion about this opportunities, please contact the Chair of Directors at
chair@advancecu.org.uk, from 21 September onwards.
Your role:
The Compliance Manager’s main role is to ensure that operating practices and procedures safeguard the
members’ assets, through a programme of independent audits that monitor compliance to the rules that
govern Credit Unions. Working with a small voluntary team, and under the direction of the Board of
Directors, you will bring your experience, knowledge and skills to work together in promoting the
continued success of Advance CU.
As the chair and member of the Supervisory Committee you will be expected to organise and deliver a
programme of audit and compliance assurance activities, which will require some attendance of the
office during normal working hours. On a quarterly basis, you will report to the Board on audit and
compliance activity and the overall effectiveness of internal control systems with recommendations on
improvement actions.
Skills and qualifications:
We are looking for someone who is a fully or part qualified accountant/internal auditor with experience
in internal audit, compliance, risk and process improvement. Ideally, you will have some knowledge of
the banking or financial services sector. As a self-starter, you will take an analytical approach to the work
with good attention to detail and a solution-based approach to problem solving. You will also have a
clear understanding of business processes and the role of compliance in supporting business
effectiveness.
As a confident communicator, you will have the ability to work with a range of audiences including:
writing and presenting audit reports for the board, with clear recommendations; coaching staff and
volunteers to develop skills and knowledge as well as presenting to Credit Union members at the annual
general meeting.
Who we are:
Advance Credit Union is an ethical financial cooperative regulated by the Prudential Regulation
Authority (PRA) that serves North Birmingham and Solihull communities providing financial services to
over 4,000 members. The membership is growing at a rate of more than 10% year on year and Advance
Credit Union now provide a full internet service enabling new members to join, apply for a loan, and
manage their savings and loans all online. With secure financial operations, recognised through our
annual audit of accounts, Advance Credit Union pays an annual 1% dividend to its members.
www.advancecu.org.uk

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Chief Officer ASAN – Job Vacancy

Chief Officer (PT – 15 hours per week)

All Saints Action Network

£45,000- £50,000 (pro rata): Dependent upon experience and knowledge

All Saints Action Network (ASAN) is a Wolverhampton based charity that manages several ground breaking  social  enterprises and delivers a range of community services which all contribute to improving the quality of life for people living and working in the All Saints area of Wolverhampton.

ASAN wishes to appoint a Chief Officer, this is an exciting and challenging role that will drive forward our various social enterprises enabling the organisation to progress towards  its ambitious vision and objectives.

To apply you will need drive, enthusiasm and experience of applying entrepreneurial skills in a community environment. You’ll be able to lead strategically and to develop the organisation.

Call 01902 877530 or visit ASAN’s website (www.asan.org.uk)  to download the summary job description.

To apply please submit your CV in the first instance with a short covering letter to info@asan.org.uk explaining how you meet the requirements of the position.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Thursday 28th September 2017.

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2017 Social Enterprise Survey is live

Social Enterprise UK’s bi- annual (2017) survey is open. If you are a social enterprise we want to encourage you to take part, see below for further information.

As a social enterprise development organisation working throughout the Midlands (a further at times) we are keen supporters of the sector and the development of the social enterprise economy. Much of our work and support programmes are based on key data and information about the sector.

We therefore want to highlight to our clients, friends and visitors that the national bi-annual survey undertaken by Social Enterprise UK is now open and we’d like to encourage all social enterprises big or small to take part.

You can read previous reports by visiting SEUK’s site here.

You can go to the live survey by going here

Thanks it will really help the sector to have up-to-date- quality information on it’s current position.

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Thinking of Starting a Social Enterprise?

School for Social Entrepreneurs (Midlands) open for applications!

If you’re thinking or starting a social enterprise then look no further. Our friends over at the School for Social Entrepreneurs (Midlands) are recruiting for their next cohort now. If you’re successful you get onto one of the best action learning programmes currently available for social entrepreneurs and we may even see you at one of the sessions.

Here’s a taste of what’s on offer and how to find out more!

The School for Social Entrepreneurs in the Midlands will support 40 social entrepreneurs through the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Start Up Programme 2017 supported by Big Lottery Fund.

The programme provides free support for a year:

  • A grant of up to £3,000
  • A learning programme comprising 15 days over 12 months
  • Mentoring
  • A community of people starting up social and environmental projects

Find out more by attending one of their 2 hour Information events:

  • Leicester – 23 March from 5:30pm – Book here 
  • Coventry – 28 March from 6:00pm – Book here
  • Birmingham #1 – 30 March from 5:30pm – Book here
  • Nottingham – 6th April from 5:30pm – Book here
  • Birmingham #2 – 11th April from 5:30pm – Book here
  • Wolverhampton – 12th April from 6:30pm – Book here

The deadline for applications is 26 April 2017.

“The SSE Midlands Start Up Programme is part of a UK-wide programme that will support 300 social entrepreneurs for a year.  This is the sixth year of this programme, and 99% of our students would recommend our programme.”
 

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GBSLEP Board Recruitment

Greater Birmingham calls for young person to join LEP Board

  • Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership to appoint new ‘young’ Non-Executive Director
  • Appointment to be voice of young people in the area

Last week the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) opened applications for a new Non-Executive Director (NED) that will represent and inspire young people across the region.

The GBSLEP is the first LEP in the UK to create a youth representative role on its Board, reflecting the area’s uniquely youthful profile. Birmingham is one of the youngest and most diverse cities in Europe – 40% of its population are aged under 25. Across the wider region, 38% of the population are aged between 18 – 30.

The GBSLEP is looking for a confident, enthusiastic self-starter aged 18-30 with a passion for the region and its growth. The new Director will play a key role in driving forward the LEP’s ambitious Strategic Economic Plan across its three ‘Pillars’ of Business, People and Place.

The voluntary three-year role, will take up two to three days a month and, alongside Board duties the appointed young person will help to design and deliver the approach for recruiting young people to sit on each of the LEP’s sub-boards.

The successful individual will join 19 other Non-Executive Directors on the LEP Board from across the private, public and educational sectors, and will lead on representing the views of young people across every aspect of the LEP’s agenda.

This opportunity comes at an exciting time for Greater Birmingham and the GBSLEP. Key indicators such as job creation, economic output, foreign direct investment and business start-ups show that the region’s economy is growing.

Download the candidate brief – candidate-brief-gbslep-ned-for-young-people-final

If you would like more information on the role please contact: gbslep@birmingham.gov.uk.

 

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GBSLEP Consultation on their Strategic Economic Plan 2016-2030 Open

As a business support organisation specialising in supporting Social Enterprises to develop and grow and being based in the west Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) area we have been interested in the developments of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) for some time.

Many of you will have noticed recently that its growth hub website is now reasonably well populated and growth funding is available for business in the area (not social enterprises – likely because there are a number of specialised social enterprise development funds around) to scale up and grow.  So things are starting to move along.

However, we noted today that the GBSLEP Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) 2016-2030 (draft consultation version) “A greater Birmingham for a Greater Britain” is now published and the GBSLEP are interested in your comments on the plan. So we thought at the very least you’d want to read it and if you have comments please do send it through either by email or post to:

Comments on the SEP and our approach are welcomed by email and by post before the consultation closes on Friday 9th September 2016.

gbslep@birmingham.gov.uk SEP Consultation
GBSLEP Executive
Ground Floor, Baskerville House
Centenary Square, Broad Street
Birmingham B1 2ND

 

 

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Solihull’s VCSE is Ready for Success

R4SDirectoryVCSE organisations working in Solihull are celebrating their achievements on Development in Social Enterprise’s Ready for Success project. The project followed our successful Community Enterprise for Success programmes of support for local VCSE organisations and has been funded by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council’s transformation directorate.

The Ready for Success project is part of “Solihull Together for Better Lives” which aims to transform social care and health services to increase choice, control and independence by ensuring health and social care services meet current and future needs. 23 organisations took part in the bespoke programme of support designed to ensure organisations were prepared for future commissioning and procurement of services (tender ready).

In March 2016 organisations attended and awards ceremony to recognise their achievements and saw the formal launch of the Health and Wellbeing Networking Directory. Karen Murphy, Assistant Director, Public Health and Commissioning thanked the group for engaging with the six month business development programme. Karen continued “We know that the process of commissioning and procurement can cause anxiety for smaller local organisations, and not be a pleasant experience if ill prepared. Procurement practices have traditionally tended to favour big organisations and we hope programmes like this will go some way towards levelling the playing field. We are committed to investing in our local providers and this piece of work has flagged up learning for us too, things we can do better. Above all, we see you as our partners and thank you for the work you do.”

David Lane, Chief Executive at Development in Social Enterprise said: “Since last October we have worked closely with organisations delivering a wide range of services including advice and guidance, advocacy, mental health, recovery support, and therapeutic indoor and outdoor activities. There was a genuine desire amongst the group to identify and address development areas, explore business opportunities and build relationships with one another for the benefit of service users.”

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So that’s what a social enterprise is!

Social Enterprise is a way of doing business. Last Social Saturday (2015) we sponsored a range of video showcases to help you understand more about social enterprise and the varied things they do, see below.

If you need help and want to start or grow your social enterprise then give us a call 0121 667 6810.

WBC Fit Club CIC

 

The Olive Branch Kitchen CIC

 

Jericho Foundation (Charity) running a number of social enterprises here is the Print Works

Want to see more? Head over to our Youtube channel 

 

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Business Development Manager – Job- Solihull

SoLO Life Opportunities “Embracing Disability, Empowering Lives”

Business Development Manager. An exciting new opportunity has arisen within SoLO for the right person to join our Senior Management Team – are you that person? We are looking for an enthusiastic, confident, high achieving individual with marketing and bid writing experience at a senior level.

But we want more than this!  The right candidate would need to have a passion for ensuring that people with a learning disability are given an equal chance in life.  He or she would have experience in managing teams of people and have the ability to inspire, motivate and direct the current marketing and fundraising team.  He or she would need to demonstrate evidence of successful fundraising and bid writing with an understanding of how the voluntary sector works.

If appointed, you would become part of an exciting new programme of development, have the satisfaction of working in an environment which makes a difference to people’s lives and gain significant job satisfaction.

This appointment is subject to enhanced DBS clearance.

The post is a one year funded post, part time initially, starting at 25-30 hours a week (with opportunity to grow to full time and permanent), salary £18.18 an hour

For further information please contact Janet Down on 0121 779 3865 or by email Janet@solihullsolo.org  alternatively you can view the vacancy and download an application form from our website at www.solihullsolo.org

Due to nature of funding, the deadline for applications is 2nd May, 2016

Interviews will be held on 5th or 6th May.

 

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