September BULLETiN is out!


Inside this issue:

  • Talent Match Birmingham and Solihull
  • Solihull Moors FC – tackling disadvantage through football
  • A moment with Charles Rapson
  • First steps to Crowdfunding with Funding Central
  • Katie Buckingham, Altruist (Woman of the Year 2014 nominee)
  • Social Enterprise Manifesto
  • Midlands School for Social Entrepreneurs

Read previous issues of BULLETiN here

Summer CEFS newsletter

CEFS July 2014 newsletter> DOWNLOAD HERE <

Inside this issue:

  • Destination Work for Chelmsley Wood’s young unemployed
  • Social franchise case study: This Way Up
  • A moment with Deb & Nathan Laxton, Hope Psychological Services CIC
  • Top procurement tips for working with local government
  • New sector resources
  • Autumn events calendar


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Personalisation Special

May Newsletter is out!


Take a look at this month’s spotlight on personalisation and direct payments with interviews from voluntary sector organisations and local authority service commissioners.


  • Welcome from Phil Mayhew, Solihull Council
  • SoLO Life Opportunities
  • DIAL Solihull
  • Information and Advice services
  • Making direct payments accessible
  • Events calendar
  • Visit to St Paul’s CDT
  • Business Start up grants are back!

See previous issues of BULLETiN 


Birmingham & Solihull Wommens Aid are recruiting

Birmingham & Solihull Women’s Aid offers safe, temporary accommodation and a range of community based support services to women and children affected by domestic violence.  Applicants must have a commitment to quality, equality and valuing diversity.


Outreach Workers (full and part time posts) – £22,823 pro rata

To deliver case work and drop in support to women and children, living in the community, affected by domestic violence.  This role may include evening and weekend work


Referral & Assessment Workers – £22,823

To deliver a high quality initial response and assessment service to women and their children who are affected by domestic violence


Children & Family Worker (full and part time posts)  - £22,823 pro rata

To work with a team that delivers a comprehensive programme of play and family support services to children and their mums who are living in our refuges.  This role may include weekend and on call work

Birmingham and Solihull Womens Aid  are particularly keen to recruit staff who can speak community languages, particularly, South Asian languages. 

These posts are subject to a 6% pension contribution.  Women only need apply.  These posts are covered by a Genuine Occupational Requirement (Schedule 9; Equality Act 2010).

Please note: all successful candidates will be subject to a Disclosure & Barring Service Check before commencing their employment.

If you are interested please download a recruitment pack from and return completed forms to: Birmingham & Solihull Women’s Aid, Central Administration, Ryland House, 2nd Floor, 44-48 Bristol Street, Birmingham, B5 7AA.  For all other enquiries please email

 The closing date for receipt of completed applications is: Midday, 12 noon Wednesday, 11th June.  Interviews for the positions will take place weeks beginning 23rd & 30th June

New Business Start-up Grants for North Solihull

Following the success of the Kick Start grant programme, North Solihull Partnership have approved a further fund of £32,000 to help start-ups in the area get off the ground.

As before, the grant programme is designed for businesses that have been trading for less than two years and are based in the North Solihull regeneration area.

Grants of upto £2,000 per applicant are available – social enterprises and privately owned ventures are eligible to apply.

The fund is managed by Solihull Council who are delighted with the impact it’s had so far. Kevin Kane-Brooks, Project Officer says: “We saw with the first round of grant winners just how much can be achieved with relatively small amounts of start-up capital combined with access to business advice from the Community Enterprise for Success programme.

“Previous social enterprise grant holders have created 7 jobs, safeguarded employment for 10 people from a combined investment of around £7,000. A celebration event to congratulate these businesses is being planned. We hope many more community enterprises will benefit from the new round of funding.”

The Business Start-up Grants scheme is open until March 2015, with applications approved on a first come first served basis. Applicants must be accessing support from the CEFS programme or Enterprise for Success.

For more information about the Business Start-up Grants and to apply call 0121 667 6810 or email

Voluntary and Community Sector Support Vacancy – Solihull

Solihull SUSTAiN are recruiting a Sector Development Officer

£25,060 pa (37 hours per week)

Main duties

  • to provide one-to-one advice, information and guidance to Solihull’s Voluntary Sector to enable it to sustainably improve the quality, quantity and diversity of services it provides to local people and communities.
  • to support voluntary organisations to successfully apply for financial assistance through a range of grants, tenders and commissioning opportunities as well as assisting them to refresh and develop their business plans.

This post is subject to an Enhanced DBS check.

For an informal discussion please contact:

Alan Crawford (Infrastructure Services Manager) on 0121 711 3148 or 077955 61943

To apply download the application information:

Or you can request an application pack from Steven Breese on or phone 0121 711 3148.

PLEASE NOTE: CVs will not be accepted.

For more information on the organisation please visit

Closing date: Monday 26th May 2014. Interviews will be held on Friday 6th June.

If you have not heard from us by Friday 30th May, please assume that your application has not been successful.

Voluntary Sector Infrastructure support is one of four strands of work delivered by ‘The Colebridge Trust Ltd’ under the banner of Solihull SUSTAiN. Colebridge Trust Ltd is a Registered Charity, Company Limited by Guarantee and member of Locality.

Hot off the press




March newsletter

This month’s newsletter is out! 


  • Employed for Success Recruitment Support
  • £150m Community Enterprise programme
  • Case study: Olive Branch Kitchen CIC
  • Alternative finance models
  • Perfecting your Elevator Pitch
  • A Moment With… Dave Dixon
  • Call for contributions: Personalisation special
  • Events calendar

See previous issues of BULLETiN 


Social Value Action Learning Programme

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Expression of Interest Form

Social Value ALS Meeting Schedule

New for 2014 is our ‘Social Value Action Learning Programme’ which aims to take a group of VCOs and social enterprises through the ‘real time’ process of measuring their social impact.

Ten places are available for Solihull organisations that are eager to evidence their added value but perhaps have struggled to get started or feel overwhelmed by the process.

More details

Tender for floating support gypsies and travellers

Tender opportunity for floating support services for gypsies and travellers has just been published by Solihull Council.

The opportunity is for a one year contract with an option to extend (subject to longer term funding) for two further years.

See the council’s presentation here 14 Gypsies Travellers Dec 13

Enquiries should only be directed to the following SMBC officers:

The tender is an electronic tender opportunity and is on the following portal

Best of luck!

Development Manager Post

Three Trees Community Centre is looking for a dynamic person with Social Enterprise skills and knowledge for an exciting three year Development Manager post

£24,000 – £26,500

Three Trees needs someone who is a sorter outer, a consolidator, a focuser and a let’s-get-this-finisheder. We are bristling with people full of ideas and vision, who dive in and get on with it. We are looking for someone to come and work alongside us bringing skills of focus, administration, strategy and business development. If you have experience in project management and are a solutions person, you maybe interested in this job!
The role includes the day to day running of a lively community centre, designing and implementing administrative systems, working with a range of volunteers, community members and organisations from across the sectors, and developing a long term strategy for the Centre and fundraising.

Closing date for applications 12.30 p.m. Friday 6th December. Please apply using the application form. You can download the application pack from


Note applications need to be submitted in hard copy.