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Active Communities Women’s Development Worker Required

Our Friend’s at Moseley Road Baths are recruiting to an interesting freelance post which may have your name on it, info below.

  • Active Communities Women’s Development Worker (freelance) at Moseley Road Baths
  • 18 month post
  • £15 per hour, 46 weeks a year

The Worker will set up and run ‘Chat & Splash’ and ‘Family Fun’ Days for local women.

MRB has won funding from The People’s Health Trust’s ‘Active Communities Fund’ to put in place women’s ‘Chat & Splash’ sessions plus ‘Family Fun’ half day sessions from November 2019 aimed at neighbourhoods across Balsall Heath.  MRB is looking for an enthusiastic part time worker to set up and run the project.

Chat & Splash will run weekly for 18 months and will last for 2 hours.  The first hour will be the ‘Chat’ part and will involve activities chosen by the group, such as arts and crafts.

The ‘Family Fun Days’ will run during the school holidays and there will be 7 a year.  These will be primarily for the ‘Chat & Splash’ members’ families involving pool time along with refreshments and arts/games activities afterwards.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Setting up the project supported by designated Trustee and MRB General Manager
  • Publicising the project, alongside local partners in Balsall Heath
  • Planning and facilitating the ‘Chat’ part of the session
  • Organising and facilitating the Family Fun days
  • Setting up an informal monthly Steering Group
  • Carrying out quarterly user satisfaction surveys and six-monthly focus groups
  • Collecting and maintaining the relevant data for Active Communities
  • Working alongside a nominated Trustee on the biannual reports to Active Communities

If you believe you have the skills and qualities to organise and run this exciting programme in one of Birmingham’s most active community buildings, we want to hear from you.  Please visit www.moseleyroadbaths.org.uk/active-communities-opportunity for the full job description, person specification and guidance on how to apply.

If you would like to talk to us before making the application, please contact Cath Gilliver (Trustee) at cath.changeagent@gmail.com

 

Salary: £15 per hour (self employed), 46 weeks per year, 18 month contract
Closing date: 5pm on 9th October 2019
Anticipated Interview dates: 11th October 2019
Application forms to be returned by email to: recruit@moseleyroadbaths.org.uk

All applications to be accompanied by application form and supporting statement.

 

 

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Good Finance Live is coming to Birmingham

Interested in social finance to help your organisation grow and become sustainable or just want to find out more and hear from some others like Chelmund’s Fish and Chips who have walked the walk? The this free event is probably worth a look.

Good Finance LIVE! will take place at BVSC in Birmingham on 29th October and is a FREE one-day event giving social enterprises, charities and community businesses who are looking for repayable finance the chance to:

  • Meet a range of social investors in our marketplace to discuss your plans
  • Hear from organisations who have used social investment
  • Learn about support programmes and funds available
  • Network with peers

The event is hosted by iSE and Good Finance in collaboration with Big Society Capital and Access Foundation and aims to bridge the gap between investors and investees, providing the space for honest conversations as well as plenty of opportunity to network with peers.

We’re delighted to have 16 investors already confirmed for the marketplace. There will be talks and sessions happening throughout the day; attendees will be able to hear directly from great social enterprises on their experience of taking on social investment and in our ‘What’s New’ slot, attendees will have the chance to learn about the support available through the Reach Fund and the Community Shares Booster Programme.

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Funded programmes for social enterprises/ entrepreneurs

Two new support programmes open for applications!

Our friends over at the School for Social Entrpreneurs (Midlands) are celebrating their sixth birthday and have two new programmes open for budding social entrepreneurs and recently established community businesses.

Here at DISE we often work with SSE Midlands as an expert witness in their start up programmes and we think the model of action learning support with a bit of seed funding is one of the best social enterprise start up programmes going, so encourange you to apply, here’s what’s on offer:

Environmental Entrepreneurs

SSE (Midlands) are looking to support 15 leaders of community organisations working specifically in the West Midlands and North of England. The programme is funded by the Co-operative Foundation. It is aimed at early stage community led, environmentally focussed organisations looking to move from a start up phase.  The programme is a particpatory learning and development programme which will take place in various locations across the West Midlands and North of England.

Applications are open now and the deadline is 1:00PM on 31st October.
Apply via https://www.the-sse.org/courses/environmental-entrepreneurs-programme/

Community Business Trade Up

The Community Business Trade Up Programme is run in partnership with Power to Change and the National Lottery Community Fund. Comes with a Match Trading grant of up to £10,000.

Applicants must be leading organisations that are:

  • Locally rooted – your organisation exists to benefit your local neighbourhood, village or town; your local area is at the heart of what you do
  • Accountable to the local community – you consult local people about what you do, and communicate with them
  • Trading for the benefit of the local community – you want to increase your income from trading by at least £10,000 in the next year, with profits re-invested to benefit your local community
  • Making a broad community impact – what you do engages different groups of people from your local area

The deadline for applications is 1:00PM on 27th November 2019.
Apply via bit.ly/SSECBTU2020
Anyone interested to know more can join an online webinar – Monday 7th October 12:00 to 1:00PM

 

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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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