North Solihull Partnership Funding Opportunities

Socio-Economic Workstream Grants Programme Now Open

The Socio Economic Workstream (SEWS) is one of the groups which supports the delivery of the North Solihull Partnership. The SEWS focuses on how to deliver Social and Economic improvements across the North Solihull regeneration area. To aid the delivery of these improvements the workstream is responsible for a small pot of funding.

Main Grants Programme

Funded projects must improve the economic prospects of North Solihull residents

Previously funded projects have included:

  • A small grants programme for start up businesses in North Solihull
  • A programme of enterprise development to stimulate new business start ups in North Solihull
  • A project to maximise local (North Solihull) employment opportunities in large scale employment contracts
  • An enterprise project delivered with local schools
  • Apprenticeship schemes, including working with local VCS organisations

Projects funded should be able to demonstrate how the investment will deliver real and sustained change in North Solihull.

How to apply

Further information can be requested from the Economic Development Team at Solihull Council via:

Completed applications must be returned by Friday 16 January 2014.

Please note: The funding is dependant on the approval of the North Solihull Partnership’s 2015/16 Plan, so no final decision, or endorsement of applications will be made until after this has occurred.

 

Academy for Young Engineers proposed for Chelmsley Wood

Public Consultation

A  public consultation has opened on plans to develop a second WMG Academy for Young Engineers in Chelmsley Wood.

The proposed new school will focus on engineering with science and is being supported by organisations including the University of Warwick, Solihull Council and a large number of local employers, including Jaguar Land Rover, Controls and Data Services, ARUP, Prodrive and Dassault Systemes.

The key employer partners will help to shape the curriculum and the project-based learning approach of the new Academy. Pupils will take a problem-solving, practical approach to learning by working on real-world problems, set by the employer partners.

The people and organisations involved in the development of the new Academy want to hear views about their plans from local employers, potential parents and students, the local community and other interested parties.

The Academy will be part of a new and exciting “learning campus” catering for 640 pupils, aged 14 to 19 from East Birmingham and Solihull. It is planned that the school will be located in a new building on land to the north of Chelmsley Road and to the south on Conway Road, Chelmsley Wood.

The Academy partners are keen to encourage employers, potential students and parents and other key stakeholders to respond to the consultation. Meetings with a range of key stakeholders are planned and there will also be a public meeting in the next few weeks. The consultation deadline is 5pm, Friday 30th November, 2014.

Chief Executive of the WMG Academy Trust, Dr Richard Hutchins said: “This is an important stage in the development of our second WMG Academy. We really want to hear the views of all sectors of the community. We have had an overwhelmingly positive response from employers, students and parents to our first WMG Academy in Coventry, which opened its doors last month. There is a clear desire from both local and global employers to find employable young people with both technical and business skills. They realise that they have a role to play within this, which starts within education.

“Our goal is to enable students from across Birmingham and Solihull to access to the same high-quality, innovative teaching we will be providing in the WMG Academy in Coventry; giving them the chance to gain technical qualifications alongside the national curriculum and gaining important business skills such as team-work, problem-solving and leadership.”

Have your say

The Warwick Manufacturing Group Academy Trust has organised a drop in consultation event between 6pm and 8pm on Monday 3rd November at North Solihull Sports Centre, so that residents can found out more about what is being proposed.

Details about the consultation process and a questionnaire can be found on the WMG website, www.wmgacademysolihull.org.uk.

 

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Featuring:

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  • Information and Advice services
  • Making direct payments accessible
  • Events calendar
  • Visit to St Paul’s CDT
  • Business Start up grants are back!

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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 www.bswaid.org 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 recruitment@bswaid.org

 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 david@disecic.org.

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 stevenb@solihull-sustain.org.uk or phone 0121 711 3148.

PLEASE NOTE: CVs will not be accepted.

For more information on the organisation please visit www.solihull-sustain.org.uk

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.

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Social Value Action Learning Programme

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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