Age Concern Sedgley & District require Kitchen Assistants

Could you help with hot lunches in Sedgley – Kitchen Assistants required to assist cook with the kitchenpreparation and serving of food to clients must be prepared to undertake relevant training which will be provided.

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY please contact:

Denise Kinks
Tel: 01902 883847

What’s Black Country Toolbank?

tools_pettlebc toolbankWhat is a Tool Bank?

Tool banks are an inventory of tools for rent at very low prices to members.  They are great for organisations who want to save money on tools they are only going to use once in a while.

How does it work?

Black Country Tool Bank lends tools to charitable organisations and business volunteer teams that prove charitable intent.  Tools may be borrowed for up to eight weeks.  The use of Tool Bank equipment for personal benefit is prohibited. All visitation to the Tool Bank is by appointment only.

Following successful registration, the charitable organisation becomes a Tool Bank Member Agency.  To obtain tools, a Member Agency representative submits their tool order online no less than two business days from the time they wish to pick up the tools.

The Member Agency pays a Tool Handling Fee, calculated by the following formula:

Total retail value of borrowed tools   X   number of weeks borrowed   x   3%

The Member Agency must return the borrowed tools before the due date, or incur late fees at 6% per week (double the tool handling fee).  The Member Agency may extend the borrowing period, with consent from Tool Bank staff.  A Member Agency with overdue tools or unpaid fees may not borrow additional tools from the Tool Bank, until all balances are brought to zero and all unreturned tools are accounted for.

Following a completed tool transaction, the Member Agency is asked to complete a 3-question survey, anonymously evaluating their experience at their Tool Bank.  The questions provide a continuous improvement opportunity for the Tool Bank, and inform staff on what tools are needed in the tool inventory.  Program excellence is achieved through superior customer service.

Who’s who:

John E. Parman is the founder and executive director of the Black Country Tool Bank. In 2008 John pivoted from journalism to learn major gift and trust fundraising through on-the-job training in higher education, youth sport and educational development non-profits. In addition to running the tool bank, John teaches non-profit management and is a keen maker of meat loaf.


Charles Hanmer is a trustee-select. The Manager Director of Charles Advertising of Kingswinford, Dudley, he is the former chairman of the Black Country Reinvestment Society.

Kenneth Rodney is a non-executive director. He is the CEO of the Centre for Equality and Diversity in Dudley.

ABC (Ability Bike Course) for little ones require a Balanceability Coach

Role Description:bike
To assist/support balanceability Instructor (teaching 2 1/2 year olds to 6 year olds to ride a balance bike through structured fun activities

Further Details:
– Supporting instructor with balanceability sessions.
– Working with instructor to support activities that promote balance and co-ordination for example this might be warm up activities and slowing down activities.
– Helping instructor with preparation of sessions this might be helping carry small bikes and preparing venue for balanceability sessions.
– Supporting instructor with all safety / teaching young people how to ride a balance bike correctly and safely.
– Physically participating in a fun structured activity.
– Helping young people mount and dismount off balance bikes.
– Supporting young people in activities led by instructor.

Skills Required:
– To have a sense of humour
– To be physically fit
– Mature age with experience of looking after little ones or mature student.
– Empathy
– Open and Honest
– Good communicator
– Positive role model
– Love working with children
– Interest in cycling
– Outgoing
– Passionate about wanting to make a difference.
– Flexible and reliable

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY please contact:

Lisa Payne
Tel: 01384 356776

Funding Fair at the Molineux

We would be delighted in if you could join us on Thursday 6th November 2014 at Wolverhampton Wanderers, Molineux Stadium, Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton WV1 4QR for our 3rd Annual Funding Fayre.

The event is designed to provide advice and support to local charities and organisations whom rely on charitable grants and donations in order to carry out their work. The event, now in its 3rd year, has proved a great event in previous years with some significant grant achievements as a direct result of the days.

Wolves Aid, will be one of many charities within the ‘charities marketplace’ area at the event, providing information to potential applicants or just simply assisting with valuable advice. We also see it as a potential networking event for funders who distribute grants in the same area to share ideas and experiences with one another.

With over 20 local and national funders present I’m sure the day will prove a useful one.

The event will run from 10am until 2pm with light refreshments provided. Please confirm your attendance by emailing or call 01902 828366.

Induction & Training for Volunteers

trainingAll volunteers need induction into an organisation – it gives you the opportunity to explain how, why and where you operate.  Not everyone however requires training, but they do require knowledge regarding how your organisation ticks.  Thorough induction coupled with targeted and appropriate training, is an essential part of good staff and volunteer management.

Every organisation operates differently; even moving from one CAB to another will require some induction.  Introducing/inducting all new volunteers ensures that everyone understands systems and operates at the same level.  Include a written induction sheet in the Volunteers Information Pack, this will enable them to systematically learn your procedures and be introduced to a variety of staff and other volunteers.

Things to include in your induction programme:

  • What is your organisation’s role/purpose? Provide written information regarding what your organisation does, your aims and objectives and if necessary how you differ from similar organisations in your field or area of activity.
  • Background e.g. when was it founded, where does it operate, what services does it offer, how many staff and volunteers does it have?
  • The role of Volunteers within the organisation – this can be a useful opportunity to go through the task outline for the specific role and give the volunteer an opportunity to ask questions. It can also be helpful to tell the volunteer about other voluntary roles within the organisation, so they may think about future development opportunities if they wish.
  • Support for Volunteers – who will be responsible for supporting the volunteer and dealing with any queries or problems? If the volunteer is to be allocated to a particular department and managed by someone other than the Volunteer Co-ordinator, it is helpful for them to meet the Volunteer Co-ordinator too.
  • Procedures relevant to their role e.g. how you log phone calls, what resource books you use etc – these are all important.  Write down and explain everything – always explain that you may have to explain the obvious.
  • Housekeeping – toilet facilities, refreshment facilities, where to leave personal belongings etc.
  • Health & Safety – is vital, particularly if you have fire drills at certain times, which means that some volunteers are never present when you need to go through it with them! Tell the volunteer where the fire exits are situated, how to sound the fire alarm and the procedure to follow for evacuation.  It would also be useful to tell the volunteer about First Aid arrangements.  This sort of information is often displayed on notice boards around a building, so it is useful to show the volunteer where the information boards can be found.
  • Relevant Policies e.g. No Smoking Policy. Tell the volunteer about allocated areas if they wish to smoke.
  • Expenses – how to claim expenses and complete expense forms, show examples.
  • Introductions – to members of staff, other volunteers and service users.  If you recruit volunteers from outside your neighbourhood, give them information that is relevant to your organisation/project i.e. number of elderly people visiting the day centre.

Updating Volunteers 

Update volunteers on all changes, i.e. new legislation, contacts etc.  This can be done in a variety of ways:

  • a newsletter or regular letter to your volunteers
  • if you have a small team of volunteers, then tell them individually
  • update them at Volunteers Meetings, which if held regularly, are useful
  • include relevant changes in written updates for the Volunteers Information Pack

In Service or Core Training 

Look at your organisation to see whether there are core elements which apply to all new volunteers, and which you do not think are currently included in your induction programme.  Volunteers may require training in respect of their tasks, together with additional training in relation to:

  • equal opportunities – everyone is entitled to expect equal treatment
  • rights and responsibilities of volunteers
  • basic listening skills (if in times of emergencies/busy periods, you require all volunteers to answer telephone enquiries)
  • health & safety, first aid etc.

Training Volunteers 

There are a number of voluntary organisations that offer (some with NVQ) their own training.  If you are starting a new project then we can suggest groups to contact for good practice models.

For more info, why not read our Guidelines on Managing Volunteers