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Social Investment Tax Relief

If your answer to the heading is what? Then, perhaps this is for you.

Our friends over at Resonance SITR Fund are holding their first annual marketplace event on 20th June 2019 in Birmingham City Centre at the Studio.

The event will bring together investors, investees and stakeholders from across the West Midlands, to celebrate all that’s been achieved in the first year since the Fund’s launch, as well as looking forward to the year ahead. You will hear from a variety of social enterprises tackling poverty and disadvantage in the region through our live Marketplace, as well as the investors backing them, and a range of Wealth Managers and Financial Advisors that are supporting their clients to invest for impact.

You can also get your hands on some top social enterprise products through our ‘Buy Social’ Give Away.

Canapés & Wine will be served by Award Winning Social Enterprise, Change Kitchen.

Spaces are limited so please register for your ticket here

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Bigger and Better

The Cooperative Hive support programme just got bigger and better.

As an approved support provider we are delighted to announce the new process is LIVE

There are now 3 simple pathways: 

What support is available?

The Hive now offers a bespoke package of support which includes some or all of the following:

  • Up to eight days of direct one-to-one advice with an expert co-operative adviser.
  • One skills training session delivered in-house.
  • Up to three days peer mentoring from an experienced co-operative.

Who can apply?

Applicants will need to be able to meet the new eligibility criteria.

Groups and co-operatives who have applied to The Hive before are welcome to apply again provided they meet the new eligibility criteria.

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Advocate Vacancy

We sometimes get asked to circulate job opportunties, here’s one from Independent Advocacy – The role is based in Solihull.

Independent Advocacy is an organisation whose vision is to “Innovate ways to empower people to live fulfilling lives”. We operate four delivery hubs, one of which is our Advocacy and Influence Hub. This hub delivers issue based advocacy services as well as looking to influence change at both an individual, group and systems level.

We have the following exciting opportunity.

Advocate
Part Time:  Full Time

Location:  Solihull with occasional travel throughout Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull

Starting Salary (pro rata):  Scale 5/6 (£21,074 – £23,866), depending on experience

We are looking for an individual who shares our passion to give vulnerable people a voice in expressing the outcomes they wish to achieve in their daily life.

As a general advocate you will undertake a variety of work as part of an experienced team of advocates and contribute to the development of our services.

You will have an accredited qualification in advocacy i.e. The City and Guilds Diploma or Certificate in Advocacy,

You will need to demonstrate:

  • Practical experience working as an advocate (formally or informally)
  • Experience of using case management systems
  • Excellent communication and report writing skills
  • Good Knowledge of Adult Social Care, Health and Children’s Services
  • Good IT skills.

Interested?
To obtain an application form, full role descriptions and person specifications, please request an information pack by emailing us at recruitment@independentadvocacy.org, or telephone Claire Evans on: 02476 970736.

To apply:
Please send your completed application form, which is included in the information pack.
CV’s will not be accepted.

All applications should be emailed to: recruitment@independentadvocacy.org

Please note that the closing date for this post is Tuesday 2 April 2019.

Interviews will be held week commencing Monday 15 April 2019.

Please note that this role is subject to a Disclosure and Barring check.

We welcome applications from all sections of the community and are committed to equality of opportunity as an employer

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Third Sector Leaders Programme

Our friends at the School for Social Entrepreneurs Midlands have asked us to let you this free digital leaders programme.

The School for Social Entrepreneurs and Zoe Amar Digital have partnered to deliver Third Sector Digital Leaders, a course to help charity, social enterprise and non-profit leaders to be confident about leading digital change in their organisations, helping them be more sustainable and relevant and creating the digital leaders of tomorrow.

This Free 4 day course is aimed at CEOs, trustees, directors and heads of digital at charities, voluntary & community organisations and social enterprises.

The course will take place from 10:30am – 4:30pm in Birmingham across four dates: 18th March, 19th March, 28th March, and 29th March.

The deadline to apply is 5pm on 15th February.

Previous participants, who paid to come on this course, have said …

“A really useful and crucial course. This is one of the biggest areas for CEOs in the 3rd Sector.” Simon Hopkins, Turn2Us.

“This course was amazing, a real transformational learning experience. Really practical and useful and will frame our whole approach to digital”. Tracey Franklin, Inspire.

For more information and to apply for a place, go to  https://www.the-sse.org/courses/third-sector-digital-leaders-birmingham/

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Community Enterprise for Success

News about CEFS

The Community Enterprise for Success programme, supported by Solihull Council, Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP and part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund, ends on 31st March 2019.

Over the course of 2.5 years, CEFS has provided business advice, consultancy and training to over 65 individuals from more than 50 organisations in the Borough to increase their sustainability through trading activity and is currently supporting a cohort of six social enterprise start-ups.

Given the level of economic uncertainty, a similar package of enterprise support for VCSE organisations is not expected in the foreseeable future. We are therefore encouraging organisations to access the 12 hours of fully funded bespoke consultancy while it is available.

We are accepting a final round of registrations which is open until 28th January 2019 from organisations who have not already received support. Please complete the attached form and email to info@disecic.org so that we can check your eligibility. We are also accepting expressions of interest from start-ups.

If you are already on the programme, we advise you to note the timescales above and continue engagement with our advisers to progress agreed workplans.

Development in Social Enterprise will continue to operate in Solihull and look at funding options to work with organisations who are unable to pay for our services. We hope the programme has had a positive impact for your organisation and we look forward to working with you in the future and wish you every success.

 

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Match Trading Opportunity Open

Our friends over at the School for Social Entrepreneurs Midlands have asked us to highlight the Match Trading programme that’s now open for applications… see details:

More power to community businesses, with up to £10,000 and a learning programme on offer to help them grow.

Eligibility

The organisation must have been established and run by a group of people from a local (geographic) community for the benefit of that community.

Applications are now open for the Community Business Trade Up Programme, run by the School for Social Entrepreneurs in partnership with Power to Change

Community businesses across England can now apply for a learning programme and a grant matched to their earnings of up to £10,000, to support their growth and increase the difference they make to their local area.

The Community Business Trade Up Programme, run by the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE), in partnership with Power to Change, is open for applications until Thursday 14th February 2019. This is the third year the programme has run.

The programme supports the leaders of community businesses with:

  • a Match Trading™ grant of up to £10,000
  • a fully funded nine-month learning programme (consisting of 12 learning days)
  • a community of supportive peers

The Match Trading™ grant, created by SSE, is a new type of grant-funding that pound-for-pound matches an increase in income from trading. By rewarding sales growth, Match Trading incentivises social organisations to develop their trading base, so they can build stronger futures.

Think this is for you – see this link to begin https://www.the-sse.org/courses/community-business/

More info

Community businesses from across England can find out more and apply
now until Thursday 14th February 2019, at:
https://www.the-sse.org/community-business 

Information Sessions across the Midlands.
Coventry – 9th Jan – Book via
Central Birmingham – 16th Jan – Book via
Leicester – 23rd Jan – Book via
Smetwick – 30th Jan – Book via

Good Luck!

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Could you be a Trustee at Wildside?

Wildside Activity Centre                                              

WildsideWildside is seeking new Board members. This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a small fast-developing charity in a critically important role. We need Board members who will share our ethos and help us to continue to grow our programmes.

Wildside is a small charity based by the canal less than two miles from Wolverhampton City Centre. All ages, all abilities – we reconnect people with nature. We offer environmental and adventurous activities, creating high quality opportunities for outdoor learning, health and wellbeing and outdoor pursuits. We particularly seek to reach groups suffering deprivation or disability.

We would especially welcome to the Board people who share the ethos of the Centre and have experience and skills in the private sector, in finance, marketing or social media. The Board meets 6 to 8 times a year and all Board members also give time in some capacity between meetings. We were recently winners in the People’s Project Awards with our project Wellbeing at Wildside. You can see the film about the project at

https://www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk/projects/view/wellbeing-at-wildside

Wildside Activity Centre, Hordern Road, Whitmore Reans WV6 0HA

01902 572240   http://www.wildsideac.co.uk/

 Charity number: 1059246 Company number: 03241721                             

 

If you are interested in membership of the Board, please contact Liz Hoggarth on 01902 572240 for a full information pack, or email lizh@wildsideac.co.uk. If you would like an informal discussion about the role, please contact Liz on the number above. There is no closing date and applications are welcome at any time.

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Chelmsley Wood gets its chips

Chelmund’s Fish and Chips –  Chelmsley Wood gets its chips

A community owned chip shop? When you say it, it seems an obvious idea! Chelmsley Wood, in north Solihull, is about to have what they believe to be the country’s first community owned chippy.

It all started a couple of years ago when four local organisations saw an opportunity to benefit the local economy on every level. ‘We saw new shop units going up as part of Solihull MBC regeneration program,’ says Neil Roberts from Chelmsley Wood Baptist Church, one of the partners, ‘and we though, someone will put a chippy in there, why not us? We talked with Central England Co-Op who were building the units and they were supportive of the idea and asked us to submit a proposal.’

What followed was two years of planning, negotiating and a few sleepless nights. Four local organisations formed a social enterprise to manage the new business. These were the local churches (St Andrew’s and Chelmsley Wood Baptist), Development in Social Enterprise (a local social enterprise consultancy firm), Olive Branch Kitchen (a community café) and Three Trees Community Centre. Alan Crawford, manager at Three Trees continues, ‘The four partners brought the skills required, community development, business planning and catering, and formed the dream team for a community owned business.’

The partners emphasise that the chippy is a business, not a charitable project. ‘The only difference between us and the next business along is that a social enterprise is set up to reinvest its profit back into its community’, explains Dave Lane. ‘It is a business model, but the profits are locked in to guarantee community benefit.’ There is an emphasis on employing local people and using local supplies wherever possible, as well as the extra benefits to the local economy as money stays in the community rather than going to distant shareholders or centralised national offices.

So what is the plan? The shop, called Chelmund’s Fish and Chips, opens for business on Thursday 1st March. ‘People aren’t camping outside yet,’ jokes Mitchell Sherriff, the new manager, ‘but I wouldn’t be surprised given the number of people saying how long they’ve been waiting a chippy!’. Once the shop is operational, after overheads, any profits will be reinvested back into the community. Mike Harmon, the local Anglican vicar, says, ‘the money belongs to the community, we’ll use it to support local projects and events, and in the longer term we’ll be looking to start new businesses up and offer even more employment and opportunity.’

Come along and try us out!

Chelmund’s Fish & Chips, 856 Chester Road, Chelmund’s Cross, B37 7WG

Twitter @chelmundschippy

Facebook      facebook.com/ChelmundsChippy/

 

The partners:

Chelmsley Wood Baptist Church             www.cwbaptistchurch.com/

Three Trees                                                   www.3trees.org.uk/

St Andrew’s                                                  www.standrewschelmsleywood.co.uk/

Development in Social Enterprise           http://disecic.org/

Olive Branch Kitchen                                  just turn up and have a chat!

 

For background to the council regeneration program visit http://www.northsolihull.co.uk/village-centres

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Charitable Company to CIO

A quick post to let you know that charitable companies are now [Jan 2018] finally able to simply covert to a CIO.

For those who are new to this a CIO is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation which essentially means it’s a charity and a limited liability structure all in one and is regulated by the Charity Commission.

Until the CIO structure was introduced (about 5 years ago) charities that needed to limit liabilities needed to register a limited company (by guarantee) in addition to the charity registration. This means essentially they report to two regulatory bodies (Charity Commission) and (Companies House).

Since the introduction of the CIO structure there have been a number of new charities opting for the CIO structure with over 13,000 CIO’s registered at the time of writing, so it would seem to be a popular choice.

Indeed many older charities (with the dual structure noted above) have been considering converting to a CIO and have been eagerly awaiting the simple conversion which is now possible.

Don’t get too excited all at once though if you are reading this and have an income of over £12,500. The simple process is to be staged in a similar way to the introduction of the CIO. The staging announced is:

Date Annual income £
1 Jan 2018  less than 12,500
1 Mar 2018 12,500 – 25,000
1 May 2018 25,000 – 100,000
1 Jun 2018 100,000 – 250,000
1 Jul 2018 250,000 – 500,000
1 Aug 2018 More than 500,000

 

Further info https://www.gov.uk/guidance/change-your-charity-structure#convert-a-charitable-company-to-a-cio

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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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