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Solihull Voluntary and Community Sector Conference 2015

Just a short post to highlight that the Voluntary and Community Sector Strategic Reference Group (VCSRG) in Solihull have announced their annual conference date.

The conference with a theme of “what should the local sector look like in five years time” is to be held at The Ramada Hotel, Solihull Town Centre on Thursday 17th September starting with refreshments at 5.00pm and closing at 8pm.

The guest speaker for the conference is Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council’s CEO Nick Page.

To book please visit Solihull SUSTAiN by clicking here

Might see you there!



New job opportunities at Barrow Cadbury Trust


The Barrow Cadbury Trust are recruiting for the two following positions; Programme Officer and an Operations and Communications Administrator.

If you think you or someone you know may be interested in these positions, please click on the links below to access the job descriptions, person specifications and application forms.

Programme Officer
Application form

Closing date for applications is 5 pm on 23 August
Interviews on Monday 7 September

Operations and Communications Administrator
Application form

Closing date for applications is  5 pm on 6 September
Interviews on Friday 18 September

We wish you the best of luck should you consider an application.


Afternoon Tea and Cake at Welcome Change CIC Cafe

Development in Social Enterprise (DISE) hosted a networking event last week at the Welcome Change CIC Cafe in Shard End, Birmingham. The event was well attended by local social enterprises and charities including Colebridge Trust, Accord Group, Inspire Health and Mind CIC, Beyond Recovery CIC and Renewal Christian Centre. The Welcome Change CIC Cafe was a lovely and relaxing location for an afternoon of summer networking. It was very good to see local organisations all coming together to hear about the successes and challenges of setting up the social enterprise, Welcome Change CIC in 2013.

The group were attended by Angela Sankey, Centre Manager, who spoke about the opening of the community centre and cafe and promoting recovery in Shard End. Welcome Change CIC has now expanded and a charity shop and warehouse have opened up to serve the community.

Joanne Mackinnon, the Chief Executive of Welcome Change CIC, set up the social enterprise with an aim to integrate people back into the community and rebuild their lives after receiving treatment, by helping to support them with the necessary skills to get them into employment and increase public awareness of those in recovery. Welcome Change offer a Recovery Hub for people in recovery from addiction, domestic violence, drug, substance and alcohol misuse. They also help people into volunteer placements within the community to gain work experience and build confidence to write a CV and find a job.

The community centre and cafe host regular events every day to encourage the community to get together and socialise. On Mondays there is a Healthy Minds Class, Tuesdays there is a beginners sewing class and Zumba, Wednesdays, Birmingham and Solihull’s Women’s Aid host a drop in session and Slimming World in the evening. On Thursday afternoons there is a youth club for 6 to 13 year olds, Fridays there are free employability and training courses. Saturday the community hall is available to hire plus a bouncy castle and on Sundays there is an indoor car boot sale! There is a lot going on down at Welcome Change, so if you’re around, why not pop in one of the days and see for yourself. Don’t forget to stop for a cup of tea and slice of cake!

All of the food produced in the cafe is made with all natural ingredients and they do not cook fast food! The cafe is open Monday – Friday 9am -4pm and Sunday 10am -2:30pm. For more information about Welcome Change CIC, the work they do and the services they offer, please click here



People’s Health Trust Active Communities Funding Now Open

People’s Health Trust Active Communities Funding is open for applications

Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities an even better place to live are now invited to apply for funding to turn their ideas into reality.

Using money raised by HealthFair through The Health Lottery, People’s Health Trust is looking to invest in projects that support people living in the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

Active Communities is a funding programme for not-for-profit groups with an income of less than £350,000 a year, or an average of £350,000 over two years, seeking investment of between £5,000 and £50,000 for projects lasting up to two years.

Our Engagement Team are able to support you with your applications.
Click here to contact your local Engagement Officer or call 0300 3038606.

Please click here for more information about the funding.

Closing date for applications is 1pm on 8th July 2015.



Join Solihull Carers and celebrate their Centre of Excellence Carers Trust Award


Solihull Carers Centre wish to invite you to their evening celebration event on 29th July from 4pm – 7:30pm

Venue: Solihull Carers Centre, Fire Station Annexe, 620 Streetsbrook Road, Solihull, B91 1QY

The event is open to all and will be joined by the Mayor of Solihull to showcase the centre’s work involving:

  • Carers of all ages in Solihull
  • Transition work with 14-18 year olds
  • GP and Health Professionals
  • Solihull Carers volunteers
  • School Award Scheme
  • Local organisations and businesses
  • New laws for carers
  • Solihull Carers Strategy

The agenda for the evening includes:

4pm – 5:15pm See our work, have a tour and refreshments

5:15pm – 6pm The Mayor’s speech. Hear carers, volunteers and other professionals experiences about receiving support and working with the Carers Centre.

6pm – 7pm Tour and refreshments … followed by a surprise!

For more information, contact 0121 788 1143 or email centre@solihullcarers.org

To download the flyer, please click here > Solihull Carers Event


New job opportunities at the School for Social Entrepreneurs

The School for Social Entrepreneurs is currently recruiting for the following roles:

Learning Facilitator(s)

You will be in the front line of delivering our highly successful and unique learning programmes to social entrepreneurs across the region. You will be a critical member of the SSE Midlands team and part of a global network of schools. You will have a passion for personal development, learning and social enterprise. Our priority is finding the best person for this role and therefore flexible on how this happens. If working in a freelance capacity, you can expect between £25 and £35 per hour depending on skills and experience. We may engage more than one person in this capacity. As a part-time employee, salary will be between £25k and £28k (pro rata) per annum.

Project Co-ordinator/Administrator

You will provide the support and control that ensures that our Learning Facilitators and CEO are able to deliver the best possible experience for our students and our own sustainability. You will have excellent administration, communication, project management, book-keeping and IT skills. This is a part-time role of 2 to 3 days per week with a salary range of between £15k and £18k per annum. Again the priority is on finding the best person for the job so some flexibility on working hours.

The deadline for applications for both roles is 12:00 noon on 10th July.

  • Interviews for the Learning Facilitator role will be week commencing 20th July
  • Interviews for the Project Co-ordinator/Administrator role will be week commencing 27th July

For further information about either of the positions noted above and to access the application pack, please click here


Exciting new Fundraising Manager job opportunity at Sport 4 Life UK

Sport 4 Life UK are recruiting! Spread the word!

Do you know anybody who might be interested in the Fundraising Manager position at Sport 4 Life UK?

Working directly with the Chief Executive, and as part of the Senior Management Team, you will lead on the overall fundraising operations of the charity with a ‘hands ­on’ approach ­ statutory/public sector grants, trusts and foundations, major donors/wealthy individuals, corporate supporters, individual/small donors, community fundraising and online giving.

You will have the support of other staff who have a small amount of capacity to contribute to the fundraising activities. You will also be instrumental in developing the fundraising strategy of the organisation, as well as leading the ‘Finance & Fundraising’ committee group.


Closing dates for applications is 4pm on 30th July!

You can access the job details and description here


Please help our neighbours and vote for The Disability Resource Centre to receive important grant

Please vote for DRC to receive a grant from the Skills and Opportunities Fund

A funding application to the Skills and Opportunities Fund by Disability Resource Centre has reached a short list of projects in the Midlands and East region.

The next stage is an online public vote and DRC need to get as many votes as possible by this Friday (19th June 2015).

DRC’s Fundraising Officer, Jenna Wills is encouraging partners and supporters to go online and vote for our application before the deadline:

“We would like to use the funding to run six 12-week courses, open to any disabled person with an impairment or long-term health condition who is looking for work. Our innovative courses focus not only on developing employability skills and moving people towards work, but also on wrap-around services to promote positive health and wellbeing. We address motivation, confidence and self-esteem, condition management, safety, equality and support issues. We expect 72 disabled people to complete the course, with over half of these going on to secure employment, volunteering or training opportunities.”

If you would like to vote for DRC’s innovative project, please visit the website link below.

When you scroll down to the bottom of the page, there is a list of the projects. We hope you will click on DRC and then press the ‘VOTE’ button. The whole process takes literally seconds.

Here is the voting page:


Please feel free to distribute the link far and wide to your contacts.

Voting will close at noon on Friday 19 June 2015.


DISE to deliver Talent Match Contract

Development in Social Enterprise CIC are very pleased to announce that they have recently been awarded a contract by Birmingham Voluntary Service Council (BVSC) to deliver a significant operational intelligence project for the Talent Match Birmingham and Solihull programme.

The mapping exercise will identify new initiatives in Birmingham and Solihull which support the Talent Match sustainable youth employment project.

Talent Match is a national youth employment preparation programme funded by the Big lottery Fund. The Talent Match Birmingham and Solihull project began in July 2014, with an award of £7.6 million over five years. BVSC aim to support 1,000 young adults aged 18-24, who face significant barriers in entering the labour market. They also provide a range of innovative programme of skills development and ‘wrap around’ support for young adults. The aim of this support is to help them find and sustain meaningful employment, move into further education or set up their own enterprise.

BVSC are working in partnership with Solihull SUSTAiN to deliver the Talent Match Programme.

Development in Social Enterprise CIC are well under way with the project work and are currently collating together all information about providers of support programmes to help NEETS. Young people Not in Employment, Education or Training. ‘We are very much looking forward to his project and are pleased with the progress so far on this one’ David Lane, CEO Development in Social Enterprise CIC ‘We believe Talent Match is an important contract for us to engage with support providers in the Birmingham and Solihull area’.

The work for this project will be delivered through June and July 2015.



Solihull Girls Can New Contract Announced



Solihull Girls Can is a new contract around health and fitness activities for women aged 16-45 years.

A number of opportunities, particularly Sport England’s ‘This Girl Can’ campaign, have arisen where physical activity and sport can be used to support local people to lead healthier, more active lifestyles. Solihull Girls Can aims to maximise these opportunities.

A physical active lifestyle is a key factor to improving and maintaining health. An active lifestyle can include participation in everyday activity (such as brisk walking, cycling or heavy gardening), active recreation or organised sport. 75% of the population believe that physical activity is good for them, yet in Solihull (like the rest of the UK) only 26.7% of adults participate in either active recreation or sport three times a week or more. However, it is worth noting adult participation levels have displayed an upward trend over the last 3 years and represent top quartile performance nationally.

If your club, organisation or project is interested in becoming a partner of Solihull Girls Can, with your current planned activity, please complete the expression of interest.

Further details outlining the opportunity can be found here 

To submit and expression of interest for this contract, please email solihullactive@solihull.gov.uk by no later than 5pm, Friday 26th June 2015. Alternatively, you can send your expression of interest by post to:

Sadie Walker, Solihull Active Team, Public Health and Commissioning, Solihull Council, 4th Floor, Council House, B91 3QB

For an informal discussion about the opportunity, contact Sadie Walker on 0121 704 8079