Enter and View Officer – Healthwatch Solihull Job Opportunity

Healthwatch Solihull is a new consumer champion focusing on health and social care in the borough of Solihull.

We are looking for an energetic and enthusiastic Senior Enter & View Officer. This is a full time role.

Salary : £24,000 to £29,625 per annum.

The role of the Healthwatch Solihull Senior Enter & View Officer is to find out local people’s views on health and social care services, and to feed these back to service commissioners and providers. This will be achieved by carrying out community engagement activities, and networking with representatives of service commissioners and providers in order to achieve the aims and objectives of the Healthwatch Solihull.

The Senior Enter & View Officer will also take lead responsibility for providing expert guidance and advice to the Healthwatch Solihull Management Board on the development of the Healthwatch Solihull’s Work Plan, based on knowledge and understanding of local and national issues in health and social care.

The Senior Enter & View Officer will be expected to project manage Healthwatch Solihull activities, including commissioning projects from external providers when appropriate, and monitoring the projects carried out by external providers.

Working with the Healthwatch Solihull Administrator and other host the Senior Enter & View Officer will enable appropriate communications with Healthwatch Solihull Management Board members, Healthwatch Solihull members, local stakeholders and the wider community.  This will include publicity materials where appropriate and maintaining awareness of local networks and community groups so communication with these groups can take place. The Senior Enter & View Officer will also build effective working relationships with the local media.

The Senior Enter & View Officer will additionally support Healthwatch Solihull to work within the agreed governance framework, and with support from other host staff, keep abreast of legislative changes that may affect Healthwatch Solihull.

The role also requires quarterly reporting of Healthwatch Solihull activities and outcomes for contract monitoring purposes.

All applicants will need to have two references and undergo Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service Clearance.

For an application pack please apply today (CV’s alone will not be considered) to martinc@healthwatchsolihull.org.uk.

Closing Date for Applications: 3rd May 2013 at 12noon.

Interviews will be held 14th May 2013.


Thinking of applying to Santander (SEDA) then this is for you!

Santander Social Enterprise Development Awards (SEDA) – West Midlands Region – workshop for potential applicants

Tuesday 7th May from 9:45am to 12:00pm at BBCCF, Nechells Baths, Nechells Park Road, Nechells, Birmingham, B7 5PD

Event Description:
After a highly successful first year, the Santander Awards are running again this year and will open for applications in late Spring 2013. BBCCF is delighted to be managing the Awards for the East & West Midlands region.

Before this fund is open and we start to accept applications, Santander and BBCCF would like to invite you to a FREE EVENT where we want to share learning from the first year and what makes a successful application. We hope this will encourage you to enter and also help you to strengthen your applications

To book a place please email team@bbccf.org.uk or call 0121 322 5560

The School for Social Entrepreneurs – West Midlands is looking to recruit to a high level position of CEO

.Please find attached the updated CEO application pack.  It includes:

·         Overview information on SSE

·         Brief overview of West Mids SSE

·         Introductory paragraphs on the role and the person we’re looking for

·         Revised JD with new salary range, hours negotiable and revised priorities, experience and skills

Deadline for applications is 10am Monday 15th April.

Download the application pack here


Comic Relief Community Cash

Comic Relief Community Cash

Red Nose Day Community Cash grants of £500 – £1,000 are available to small organisations in Solihull, Birmingham and the Black Country that are doing great work to help local people who are disadvantaged through low income, rural or social isolation, age, disability, race, sexuality or gender.

The grants are available to community organisations, registered charities, social enterprises, co-operatives, faith organisations and community interest companies. Groups which have been established for less than 12 months, are eligible to apply. The closing date for applications is Friday 8th March 2013 at 3pm. Please follow this link for more information


Smith’s Wood Community Development Fund

Smith’s Wood Community Development Fund

Are you anew or existing community group working in the Smith’s Wood area? If you are, you can apply for a minimum of £250 up to a maximum of £2,500 to help you deliver local projects through the Smith’s Wood Community Development Fund. The deadline for submitting your proposals is Friday 8th March 2013, 12.00 midday. For further information and an application form please follow this link http://solihull-sustain.org.uk/2013/02/smiths-wood-community-development-fund/

Birmingham and Solihull Talent Match Open for Expressions of Interest

A quick post to say, if you are an organisation working to support young people then the Talent Match programme needs you. The Talent Match is a £7.5m lottery funded programme of support over 5 years.

The lottery have invited the Greater Birmingham and Solihull partnership to submit a full two year business plan and the lead and accountable body is now looking for expressions of interest from suitably qualified organisations.

See this link for further information http://www.bvsc.org/news/talent-match-expression-interest


Green Deal- Solihull – 5 Reasons why Solihull’s Third Sector Organisations Should Attend

UPDATE SMBC have informed me that this event is now CANCELLED see below for info on what is replacing it.

There are some interesting opportunities for developing third sector enterprise coming through the Green Deal initiative. The Green Deal basically makes it cost effective for individuals to install energy efficiency solutions such as solar panels in their homes and this is a business / enterprise opportunity for your organisation or people you work with. Here’s five reasons we think it would be good for you to attend:

  1. its a great opportunity to develop enterprise in installation and maintenance of things such as Photo Voltaic panels – a market that is growing and is predicted to grow for many years to come!
  2. you get to see some great energy efficiency equipment and hear how it works
  3. you get to hear about a great new collective energy buying scheme that will reduce your clients energy bills
  4. you will get to hear how we can help you develop enterprise that takes hold of this opportunity and developing market
  5. it won’t cost you anything [well okay and hour and half]

We can think of more good reasons, but we’re sure you can too!

Date: 27th Feb

Time: 10.00 – 11.30am

Venue: New World Home Energy Centre, Unit 11 Waterloo Industrial Estate, Burhill Way, Chelmsley Wood, Birmingham, B37 6RF

To register your interest to attend this event, please go to www.solihullthirdsector.eventbrite.co.uk

Does Your Business Need a Kickstart?

Do you run a Voluntary Organisation, Social Enterprise, Public Sector Organisation or Micro Business [1-9 employees] in Solihull?

Solihull Council’s Kickstart Project is offering  a wage subsidy to local businesses that create new jobs for unemployed young people aged 16-17 years who live in North Solihull.

The jobs must:

  • be 25 hours per week
  • Paid at the natiional minimum wage rate of £3.68 per hour
  • last between 3- 6months

Eligible businesses will receive a wage subsidy of 100% paid retrospectively in Monthly installments.

Register your business or find out more contact the Employment and Skills Team, Solihull Council:

Thinking About Becoming a Green Deal Installer?

SolihullGreenDealSolihull Council has been successful in securing funding from the government to promote the Green Deal in Solihull. The Green Deal is a new mechanism

which helps householders and businesses borrow money to finance energy efficiency projects like insulation and boiler replacement.

Preliminary estimates suggest the Green Deal will help support more than 100 local installation jobs in Solihull in the next decade. The objective of the Solihull Energy Pioneers project is to ensure there is a level and open playing field for Green Deal Providers in Solihull and that local installers get the maximum opportunity to benefit.

If you would like to get involved in the Green Deal in Solihull (see attached flyer)
FREE Green Deal Event
Date: 19th Feb (repeat event 19th March)
Time: 8.30am – 12pm
Venue: EH Smith, Coleshill Road
Sutton Coldfield
B75 7AZ
Book http://solihullpioneers.eventbrite.co.uk

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Development manager for the new School for Social Entrepreneurs – WM

An exciting and challenging opportunity exists for an individual looking to take the lead role in establishing a new School for Social Entrepreneurs in the West Midlands.

The Development Manager has overall responsibility for establishing and managing the new School for Social Entrepreneurs – West Midlands (SSEWM) with a focus on business development, profile-raising and team management.

Application: CV and personal statement outlining suitability for the post

Deadline: 5pm, Friday 1st March 2013

First Interviews: 14th March 2013 – location TBC

Second interviews: 22nd March 2013- location TBC

Applications to: Leah McPherson, Network Manager at Central SSE leah.mcpherson@sse.org.uk

Further information: Contact Leah McPherson on 020 7089 9120

See job description here