Assistant Manager volunteer needed for Black Country Toolbank

bc toolbankWe are seeking volunteers to help run the facility and trustees to help guarantee its long-term survival. At this moment, Black Country Tool Banks is a pilot. To get it up to full potential, we need you to make the commitment to get involved. If you are interested in offering your spare time to support our work please Contact Us today!

Assistant Manager

This is an opportunity for the genuine tool afficionado. The Assistant Manager will help to ensure the quality and availability of The Black Country Tool Bank’s diverse inventory of tools and literature. While helping to connect the Tool Bank to the community efforts of local non-profits, the Tool Bank Assistant Manager will also work to ensure that the Bank’s services are attractive and accessible to all populations in the region. The Assistant Manager will also be encouraged to pursue creative ideas that could promote sustainable urban projects such as veggie gardens, street cleanups, or energy efficient window replacement.

Contact Us

For the time being please contact 07837 794 561 and I will ring you back.

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.