OPP OF THE DAY: Volunteer Reception Administration Older Persons Service (Wolverhampton), Accord Housing Association

– Greeting visitors to the scheme, signposting them and offering advice
– Answering the phone and transferring calls or taking messages
– Dealing with contractors who are here to carry out repairs
– Filing and archiving

General office experience and a knowledge of computers.
Good communicator and telephone manner.
Ability to work as part of a team.

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY please contact:

Irene Casserley
Tel: 0121 500 2044
Website: www.accordgroup.org.uk

Small Charities Week Big Advice Day activities – Social Media Surgery @SCWeek2015

Social Media Surgery jointly hosted with Halas Homes – Tuesday 16th June – Halesowen, 10am-12noon

Social Media Surgeries are completely free advice sessions for community and voluntary groups, clubs and societies.


Would you like to know how to use blogs, video clips, photo sharing sites, Facebook, Twitter or other free web tools to help your group?


Do you want to use the web to communicate, campaign or collaborate online? We can help you do it easily and for free.


Come and meet people who understand all about social media and how you can get the most out of it. You might have specific questions that you’d like to ask, or you might just like a general introduction to what’s available. You don’t need any previous knowledge to take part, and there won’t be any lectures. We’ll talk to you one-to-one, listen to what you need and explain things clearly.


The event will be held at Coffee Cups, 31 Thornhill Road, Halesowen, B63 1AU. To learn more and to register a place for this event, please visit: http://socialmediasurgery.com/surgeries/halesowen

OPP OF THE DAY: Walsall Extra Care Activities Volunteer in older persons service, Accord Housing Association

Assisting with in-house activities, offering support to service users and enable participation and assisting with external outings supporting service users to access community facilities. Escorting to appointments.

This role requires a DBS check and two references.

Outgoing, friendly and patient.
Interested in supporting the customers to do actitvities of their choice.
Good listening and communication skills.
Happy to work as a team and assist in organising internal and external activities and outings.

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY please contact:

Irene Casserley
Tel: 0121 500 2044
Email: irene.casserley@accordgroup.org.uk
Website: www.accordgroup.org.uk

Healthwatch Dudley are recruiting!

healthwatchHealthwatch Dudley is looking for an enthusiastic, skilled and motivated person to join our busy team!

Participatory research assistant

Are you professional, calm and understanding with an ability to process and manage complex information?  We are looking for someone who can give high quality support to undertake research on people’s views of health and social care services provided in Dudley borough.

You will support our participatory research officer to undertake analysis and evaluation of a range of findings in order to provide and present robust evidence based reports.

You will also be a good communicator and have empathy to support the team with health and social care related enquiries from members of the public.

37 hours per week – starting salary: £17,714

Post initially funded until March 31st 2016

Closing date: 9am, Monday 1st June 2015

Interview date: Monday 8th June 2015

If you know someone who you think might be interested in this opportunity, we would love them to get in touch.

Information packs and application forms can be downloaded from: http://healthwatchdudley.co.uk/jobs/

For more information or to obtain an application pack in alternative formats, please contact the team on 01384 267427 or email: joinus@healthwatchdudley.co.uk

How to tell the world you value your volunteers #volunteersweek

loudhailerSo how can you tell the world [well at least the local area] how much you value your volunteers?

There are lots of ways you can do this and most of them are free!

  • Newsletters –  have you  got an organisational newsletter? This is a great place to tell other staff, volunteers and clients, just how wonderful your volunteers are. Add a photo and you are onto a winner!
  • Website/Blog/Twitter/Facebook/other social media – a popular way  to share what you think of your volunteers with the world [literally via the World Wide Web] is via your website or social media streams. A winsome photo is a sure fire way to get your good news shared. When I published the photos from Dudley Volunteer Awards in October, I had 1012 hits in one day on my Volunteering Counts blog! If you aren’t au-fait with the social media stuff, why not attend a free local social media surgery, where people who are will be able to talk you through it and get you up, and running in no time? Staff at Dudley CVS run these monthly in various locations around the borough.
  • Local media – newspapers, radio and TV – are a great way to show your pride in your volunteer[s]. Don’t forget to tell them why your volunteer[s] deserve recognition and hopefully this will also help raise the profile of your project or organisation. Don’t know how to write a press release? Contact your local Volunteer Centre who may well be able to help or offer you some training.
  • Awards – there may well be local or national awards you can nominate your volunteers for. Dudley Volunteer Awards are an annual event held alongside Dudley CVS’s Annual General Meeting. Local volunteers [both individuals and groups] can  be  nominated  and  recognised  at this  high  profile celebration. The winners are chosen by a panel made up of local decision makers, vcs reps and our Chairman. Other awards include the Mayor’s Civic Awards, which are another annual award scheme. Why not look on the internet for information about local schemes.
  • Queens Award – if you want to nominate a group of volunteers, why not consider this award? It’s a prestigious award and you can find out more by visiting the Queens Award website.


OPP OF THE DAY: Quarry Bank Musical Theatre Company needs volunteers!

If anyone is able to help Front of House this year for our production of King and I we are now taking names of volunteers. It will involve selling programmes, raffle ticket, sweets, icecreams and tea/coffee etc. as well as giving a great smiley welcome to all of our audience.

If you are interested in helping please email chairman@qbmts.org.uk with your name and which performances you are able to help at.

We need a lot of people so don’t be shy!!