OPP OF THE DAY: Minibus Driver, The Multiple Sclerosis Society – Dudley District Branch

Purpose of the role:ms society
to drive a branch minibus to enable people affected by MS to attend meetings, outings, leisure activities and other events

Tasks and responsibilities:
– complete the relevant risk assessments for branch transport activities
– conduct pre-journey checks on vehicle
– provide assistance to load and unload passengers into the vehicle taking into account any special requirements they might have
– check that wheelchairs are clamped in the vehicles according to the proper procedures, and that passengers are comfortable with their seatbelts secured
– assist passengers when they are collected or returned to their home ensuring they are comfortably settled and secure before leaving
– immediately notify the Transport Officer or Branch Chair of accidents and incidents, including theft or passenger illness, according to procedures
– make sure that all vehicle faults and defects are recorded and brought promptly to the attention of the Transport Officer or Branch Chair
– keep up to date with any guidance and information regarding the operation of vehicles from the MS National Centre and the branch

A disclosure check will be required for this role as it involves volunteering closely and regularly with vulnerable groups. Having a criminal record will not be an automatic barrier to volunteering with us, as only relevant convictions will be taken into account.

Time commitment:
– flexible to meet your availability and preferences, and the branch’s needs

– a clean driving licence and able to fulfil the requirements of HSV: 011 the flowchart for volunteer drivers
– good communication and organisational skills
– willing to work as part of a team

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY please contact:

Sharon Smith
Branch Secretary
Tel: 01384 891100
Email: smiths51@sky.com
Website: www.mssociety.org.uk

OPP OF THE DAY: Branch Treasurer, The Multiple Sclerosis Society – Dudley District Branch

Purpose of the role:ms society
To oversee all branch financial activities, provide financial advice and information to the branch committee, and report on the branch finances to the MS National Centre

Tasks and responsibilities:
– maintain accurate and up-to-date accounting records for the branch
– ensure proper financial controls are established and complied with and the branch follows the Society’s financial rules
– ensure the branch committee review the Society’s internal financial controls checklist
– act as one of the bank signatories to the branch bank account
– prepare and present relevant and regular financial reports to committee
– submit financial information to the MS National Centre in accordance with the Society’s rules.
– advise the branch committee on effective financial management, the proper use of branch funds and the financial implications of committee decisions in line with the Society’s rules and guidance in the Treasurers Handbook
– take the lead in planning and budgeting the branch’s finances with the rest of the branch committee
– ensure a smooth handover to the next Treasurer, as all documents and money are the property of the MS Society
– ensure the branch is claiming gift aid and obtaining charity VAT reliefs as appropriate

– experience of managing finances for a business, book-keeping or other financial accounting experience
– IT skills (e.g. be able to navigate the internet)
– willing to work as part of a team

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY please contact:

Sharon Smith
Branch Secretary
Tel: 01384 891100
Email: smiths51@sky.com
Website: www.mssociety.org.uk

OPP OF THE DAY: Prince’s Trust Business Mentor, The Prince’s Trust

Prince's TrustThe Trust:
Youth charity The Prince’s Trust helps disadvantaged young people to get their lives on track.
We support 13 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed or at risk of unemployment through underachieving in education. Our programmes develop key skills, confidence and motivation, enabling young people to move into work, education or training. Three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust move into work, education or training,
and we could not achieve this without the valued support of our 6,000 volunteers.

What does the role involve?:
As a Business Mentor you’ll make a real difference to the lives of young people on The Prince’s Trust Enterprise programme by providing them with one-to-one support, guidance, encouragement and inspiration. Each relationship with a young person can last up to three years. Read more about The Prince’s Trust Enterprise programme at: princes-trust.org.uk/Enterprise

This role will involve:
– ideally a commitment to mentor for around 4 to 6 hours per month for a minimum of two years
– regularly meeting a young person and providing them with support to develop their business
– supporting the young person to research, test ideas and write a business plan
– adhering to the relevant policies and procedures of The Prince’s Trust, including our Health and
Safety, safeguarding, equality and diversity and confidentiality policies
– opportunities to get involved in other areas of The Trust’s work, such as supporting with events

The benefits that you’ll receive will be:
– the opportunity to gain experience of working within the charity sector
– taking on a new challenge and meeting new people
– the opportunity to develop administration and office-based skills
– reimbursement of expenses in accordance with our volunteer expenses policy
– training and support to carry out your role

The Prince’s Trust is committed to equal opportunities and welcomes applications from all
sections of the community. You don’t need to have any experience to volunteer in this role, but
ideally you should be able to demonstrate:

– understanding of the different components of a small business and the challenges faced
– excellent communication skills, especially listening skills
– an understanding of the issues facing The Prince’s Trust target groups
– good interpersonal skills
– reliability
– good written and spoken English skills
– an ability to work as part of a team
– an ability to complete tasks effectively and efficiently
– willingness to uphold the values of The Trust. Our values are approachable, non-judgmental,
inspiring, empowering and passionate

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY please contact:

Sherrill Allen
Volunteering Executive
Tel: 0121 772 9255
Email: sherrill.allen@princes-trust.org.uk
Website: www.princes-trust.org.uk

Interested in journalism or the arts? Creative Black Country are recruiting two Apprentices @CreativeBCuk

creative black countrFurther details on the website: https://creativeblackcountry.wordpress.com/jobs

Apprentice Arts Reporter: Details attached

The Express and Star, Wolverhampton City College and Creative Black Country are offering a rare opportunity to train as a Multi Platform Journalist specialising in Arts and Culture. As part of the Apprenticeship, you will complete an NVQ Level 3 certified by National Council for Training of Journalists.  The apprentice will be required to attend college once a week to complete functional skills classes and tests.

Applications Open Tuesday 28th July, 2015
Application Deadline: Wednesday 5th August 2015, 5pm
Enquiry Contact : Parminder Dosanjh – Parminder@creativeblackcountry.co.uk

Coming Soon…
Community Arts Apprentice: Details to follow

Creative Black Country is looking for an enthusiastic Community Arts Apprentice who has an interest in Community Arts Management including maintaining links with the local community. The role involves supporting the team in planning, coordinating, marketing, evaluating and documenting the work of Creative Black Country. As part of the Apprenticeship, you will complete an NVQ and gain a wide range of project management and marketing skills.
Applications Open: w/c 3 August
Application Deadline: Tuesday 01 September 2015, 5pm
Enquiry Contact: Esther Lisk-Carew – esther@creativeblackcountry.co.uk


Esther Lisk-Carew

Project Administrator

Creative Black Country

Making the most of local talent

Tel: 0121 525 1127
Email: info@creativeblackcountry.co.uk
Website: www.creativeblackcountry.co.uk
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Looking Back

Originally posted on volunteerplaintalk:

I’m on vacation this week visiting family. In typical volunteer manager fashion, I figured I’d be searching the yellow pages for and interviewing volunteer managers in a new and different town. But, I’ve subjected my family to so much work intrusion throughout their lives as I’m sure you have too. It’s time to just simply enjoy them.
So, I got up before everyone this morning, fired up the coffee and looked back, found this very early post and copied it. I hope you don’t mind. It made me feel good, because I know this visit with family will come to an end and I will be sad because life is not perfect, but it is a balance of work and home, success and failure, joy and pain, curiosity and fear. And in it all lies meaning; meaning for those we serve and meaning for us. Here is the post from…

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OPP OF THE DAY: Cleaner, The R.S.P.B. Sandwell Valley

The Nature’s Reach cleaner volunteer will help us make sure the visitor experience here is a RSPBfantastic one. First impressions mean a lot so making sure the visitor centre is sparkling is incredibly important. Sticky fingers on windows can quickly spoil the view of the lake and walking boots through the visitor centre can soon make muddy floors, so keeping on top of this is important. We will do our best to tidy as we go along, but a weekly visit from a cleaning angel will help us keep on top of things.
The role will include cleaning the floors and windows, keeping the refreshment area hygienic and presentable and of course the loo’s clean too.

One day per week for 2-3 hours.

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY please contact:

Nadia Shaikh
Community and Volunteer Development Officer
Tel: 0121 357 7395
Website: www.rspb.org.uk