Social Media Cafe

Social media can be powerful and help communities and voluntary groups connect with their beneficiaries and potential customers. The next Social Media Café is being held on

  • Thursday, 1st October, between 9.30am & 11.30am
  • at The Loft at the Bluebell Centre, Chelmsley Wood Shopping Centre, B37 5TN (B37 5EX for Sat Nav purposes only).

Parking is available for free for three hours in the ASDA car park.  The Loft is on the 2nd Floor of the Shopping Centre straight ahead when you come up the stairs.

The session is a surgery session with tables for:

  • Getting Started
  • Twitter,
  • Facebook,
  • Yammer’
  • Help table for people who have any other queries in relation to social media.

Drop in at any time – you don’t have to stay for the whole 2 hours. If you want help with using social media on a particular device – your tablet or mobile phone for example – it is helpful if you can bring this with you.

If you can’t make this one but would like to come along in the future, the Café is usually held on the first Thursday of every month between 9.30 & 11.30 am.  Next month’s Café (5th November) is being held at Shirley Library.

Solihull Safeguarding Conference – 12th November 2015

Improving practice; Learning from experience; Safeguarding Conference

Solihull’s Safeguarding Board is holding a Safeguarding conference at the Motorcycle Museum (Coventry Road, Solihull B92 0EJ) on 12th November 2015.

Conference aim  

To bring together leaders, supervisors and managers providing services to children in Solihull to deliver key messages on safeguarding children developments and learning from serious case reviews and national research.

 Conference objectives

At the end of the conference, participants will be informed about;

  • The neglect strategy: lessons learned from serious case reviews.
  • Recent developments in safeguarding children including thresholds, early help and MASH.
  • LSCB safeguarding training, including the trainer’s pool and faculty.

Participants will also work on how managers and supervisors make a positive contribution to continuing practice improvements individually and in multi-agency environments.

Target group

LSCB members, managers, leaders and supervisors of practitioners who work with children and families in Solihull This includes Designated Members of Staff in  education provider settings as well as those working in the voluntary sector .

More info  please contact the LSCB Training & Development team 0121 788 4478 lscbtrain@solihull.gov.uk

Download full flyer

Booking https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LSCBKM4478

 

Great news for Start-Ups in North Solihull

 

North Solihull Partnership has launched a new round of funding to help start-up businesses get off the ground.

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

Grants of upto £2,000 per applicant are available – community/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’ve seen with previous 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. We’re delighted to see it continue for another year.”

The Business Start-up Grants scheme is open until March 2016, with applications approved on a first come first served basis.

For more information about the Business Start-Up Grants and to apply call 0121 667 6810 or email david@disecic.org.

Prince’s Trust Team Challenge at Woodlands Campus Smith’s Wood

Are you aged between 16 and 25 and interested in a team challenge that will enable you to build skills, meet new people, cost you nothing etc…?

Solihull College are recruiting for their programme staring in November. See a bit more info here Team Recruitment Presentation_2014.pptx (Read-Only)

Prince’s Trust Team based at Woodlands Campus to commence on:

  • Monday 17th November from 9.30am-4.00pm and will run until Friday 20th February 2015.
  • There will also be a taster day on Thursday 13th November from 10am1pm also at Woodlands Campus in Smiths Wood.

Contact Joe email joe.dowds@solihull.ac.uk  Tel: 0121 678 7000 / 7496  

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

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.

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 www.csw-jets.co.uk

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 www.threetreescentre.org.uk

 

Note applications need to be submitted in hard copy.

Solihull Social Enterprises Scoop Regional Awards

From left to right, Steve and Sarah Gill (Gro-Organic), Charles Rapson (Colebridge Enterprises)
From left to right, Steve and Sarah Gill (Gro-Organic), Charles Rapson (Colebridge Enterprises)

It was a great night for Solihull’s social enterprises, who scooped two awards at SEWM’s Social Enterprise Awards 2013 on 14 November. Three local nominees were shortlisted in the categories of:

SE PLANET: Gro-Organic CIC
SE PROFIT: Colebridge Enterprises Ltd
SEWM ASPIRE: Charles Rapson – School for Social Entrepreneurs

Gro-Organic CIC won their category and Colebridge Enterprises took home the Highly Commended award in theirs.
SEWM received over 70 nominations for the awards, which are held every year to mark Social Enteprise Day.
Well done to all the winners!

UNLOCKING SMALL BUSINESS POTENTIAL

As the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses programme continues to go from strength to strength, Aston Business School announces the recruitment of new participants for a sixth cohort.

THE PROGRAMME

This innovative fully funded programme designed to unlock the economic and job creation potential of small businesses and social enterprises, is delivered by Aston Business School in partnership with the Goldman Sachs Foundation and it is targeted at the owners of small businesses and the most senior decision makers in social enterprises who have clear ambitions to expand.

The aim of the programme is to provide participants with practical tools and resources to help them lay the foundations to grow their businesses. This support includes attendance at twelve high quality, practically-focussed business and management education modules, delivered by Aston Business School, plus a range of other tailor-made support services e.g. specialist workshops, one to one business support including a tailored business growth plan and becoming part of a growing alumni of like-minded business leaders both regionally and nationally.

The on-going success of 10,000 Small Businesses, is at the heart of a report launched earlier in the year. The report, entitled Stimulating Small Business Growth, charts the rise of the first 250 businesses to have completed the intensive four month Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses UK programme. Data collected independently from programme alumni, indicates that the intervention is helping participants grow jobs and turnover, with impressive results.

APPLICATIONS OPEN

A total of 109 business leaders completed our first four programmes successfully between November 2011 and July 2013. Our fifth programme is currently underway with thirty participants and we are now seeking up to thirty business owners or senior decision makers of social enterprises to apply for the sixth cohort due to start in March 2014.  Through the on-going success of the programme, we are proud to be developing a growth orientated network of influential business leaders across the Midlands.

I would welcome your support in helping us to promote this innovative programme to your business contacts. The Applicant Information Leaflet provides information about the programme and how interested parties can apply. If however you would like us to prepare a bespoke piece for your business e-newsletter or your business portal about the programme, or you would like one of my team to come along and brief your business contacts at a forthcoming event please contact Andrea Law on 0121 204 3899 or email: a.law@aston.ac.uk.

For full details of how to apply to join the programme, together with a link to the online application form and submission deadlines please visit our website: www.aston.ac.uk/10ksb.  Alternatively, application information can be requested by email from 10ksb@aston.ac.uk or by phoning 0121 204 3225. To note, the closing date for applications is Thursday 12th December (noon), 2013.

PREVIEW EVENTS

We will also be holding a number of Preview Events, during October and November offering those interested in applying to the programme the opportunity to understand how it can benefit them and their business, meet the delivery team, hear from a past participant, ask questions and network with other likeminded business owners. Dates for these events are listed on the right.