Job Opportunity with Dudley Voices for Choice

Job Description

Introduction

The Regional Project Worker is expected to be a self-starter capable of both taking the initiative and working closely with colleagues. The post-holder will need to display a ‘can do’ approach in line with the organisation values. Dudley Voices for Choice emphasises a team approach to work.

Overall Job Purpose

To support people with a learning disability and autism to be involved in the work and plans of the West Midlands self-advocacy network, agreed Self Advocates forums and community groups, and other agreed Task Groups and consultations. Priority will be given to regional work and regional plans.

Line Management

The Regional Project Worker reports to the Project Manager.
Final responsibility for DVC’s activities rests with a voluntary Board of Trustees who delegates day to day operational management responsibility to the Project Manager.

Hours

The Regional Project Worker post works flexible hours, totalling 25 hours.
Dudley Voices for Choice operates flexible working hours and the post will involve some unsocial hours working. The appointment will be subject to a probationary period.

Location

The post is based at Dudley Voices for Choice, as this is a community post travel across the West Midlands region will be necessary. A clean driving licence and use of a vehicle is an essential part of the job.

Training

Appropriate training to facilitate development in the post will be available.

Specific Responsibilities

To enable people with a learning disability to be involved in the work and plans in and around the West Midlands Region, agreed Self advocacy forums, and agreed consultations. Priority will be given to regional work and regional plans.

In consultation with the Project Manager and all other relevant parties the worker will:

• Support and facilitate the meaningful involvement of people with a learning disability in the planning of the forums with the regional champions.
• Work/liaise with other agencies including voluntary organisations, statutory agencies, families and providers as necessary to facilitate the attendance of people with learning disabilities at meeting and events.
• Work within the boundaries of the role and refer to other agencies as appropriate with the person’s consent.
• Provide performance information as required
• Provide monitoring information to the Project Manager to include in the Annual Report
• Attend training and maintain professional development
• Adhere to all of Dudley Voices for Choice policies and procedures
• Undertake any other task appropriate with the role.
• Complete relevant Big Lottery paperwork and reports in line with the project agreement.

The worker will support people with learning disabilities to:

• Express their views in their role as a member of the West Midlands Self Advocacy network.
• Support the regional champions to plan their work with the assistance of their local self-advocacy groups.
• Understand and discuss papers/notes in preparation for meetings, to prepare questions/comments and to discuss points after the meetings.
• Access the website as necessary
• Have access to information in relevant accessible formats and promote this to relevant parties.
• To attend meetings which are held in an accessible manner and location and to promote this to relevant parties
• Support people with a learning disability to be involved in agreed meetings, training and workshops and undertake professional development relevant to the role
• Support people with a learning disability to undertake related tasks which are in addition to their job role as regional champions.
• Access relevant support to balance workload and maintain wellbeing while participating in their role as a member of the groups.
• Produce information in a format that is easy to understand and clear.
• Communicate effectively.

Team

• To participate in team meetings
• To take an active part in the annual general meeting planning process
• To work in accordance with Dudley Voices for Choice policies and procedures
• To share good practice with the team
• To be actively engaged in your own learning and professional development, including participating in your own quarterly supervision and annual appraisal meetings and attending training courses.

Other Duties

• To undertake such other duties as may reasonably be required.

To apply please email a cover letter and CV to dudleyvoicesforchoice@gmail.com.
Closing date Friday 31st May.

DMBC Adult and Community Learning have opportunities for Casual Tutors

Applications can be made via the WM Jobs website.

Dudley Adult and Community Learning team deliver programmes to adults in venues across the borough of Dudley.

Our teaching staff deliver a wide variety of subjects from skills such as English, maths and ICT to health and wellbeing including, arts, crafts and other engagement and support courses. We are looking to engage with qualified adult education tutors from all curriculum areas to enhance and develop our delivery offer to our residents

You will need to:

  • design and deliver a range of accredited and / or non-accredited learning provision for adults in community venues
  • deliver high quality teaching and learning with a subject specific focus
    • To ensure quality and high standards in the classroom
    • have experience of working with adults returning to learning
    • have relevant teaching experience
    • have an understanding of safeguarding and Prevent, information security and data protection relevant to a learning environment

 

Glen Ostins

Outreach Worker

Dudley Wood NLC

01384 816471

07824 598894

ACE Training for VCO’s in Dudley

Dudley (CYPF) Network

You may have heard that there is a new service on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in Dudley and Sandwell. Commissioned by the West Midlands Violence Prevention Alliance, through the PCC, we are aiming to raise awareness of the impact of ACEs and trauma on vulnerablepeople of all ages across the borough.

We would therefore like to invite you and your colleagues to a training event at the link below on June 5th. We have allocated 20 spaces to the voluntary and community sector for the event. To book places please visit:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/an-introduction-to-aces-and-trauma-informed-practice-tickets-61936179781

Please disseminate information to any colleagues that you think would benefit from attending this training. We would suggest colleagues who:

  • Are interested in finding out more about ACEs
  • Work with vulnerable or traumatised people
  • Work with children and adults who may have experienced, or are currently experiencing, adversity.

Dudley local authority is committed to raising…

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OPP OF THE DAY: Coffee Bar Assistant at the Halesowen Charity shop, Beacon

Responsible to:          Halesowen Shop manager

Hours available:         Monday – Friday

Purpose:                     

To prepare and serve refreshments and assist in the sale of snack items.

Summary of Duties:

  • Prepare and serve refreshments.
  • Handle small amounts of money, using a till system.
  • Participate in keeping all areas of the café bar clean and tidy.
  • Clear tables after use.
  • Assist staff with additional duties at busiest times of the day.

The Role:

This role is well suited to those who are able to work well with others.

Being trustworthy and reliable is also essential.

This is a great opportunity to gain experience of working within a café environment.

You will also have the chance to socialise and meet new people.

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY please contact:

Becky Sinar
Email: bsinar@beaconvision.org

New Early Help Enabler wishes to build connections with voluntary, community and faith sector groups who support children and young people

What is Early Help?

Early Help is when action is taken as early as possible to provide support for children, young people and their families where issues or problems are emerging. This can be anything that the family is finding difficult and don’t feel they can deal with on their own and may need that additional support. Early Help can be put in place at any time in a child’s or young person’s life. If concerns are addressed earlier we are more able to bring about change and problems don’t become entrenched.

What is the role of the Early Help enabler?

The role of the Early Help enabler is to support organisations across the partnership (e.g. Health, Schools, Visitors, Colleges, Volunteer groups etc…) to ensure practitioners are confident with the Early Help process, so they understand how to enable people to access Early Help.

The role is to support the people that work with children young people and families, they can go through the full process with professionals so they are fully supported. We also offer different levels of support, they can support both the organisation and the parents. They want people to know that they can always pick up the phone and talk to them about Early Help.

Enablers can help you to undertake an Early Help Assessment and create a bespoke support plan, and build a meeting around the family. They can support you by chairing meetings or come out to your organisation and talk about their role, early help and how the thresholds work. They are there to make organisations feel confident with Early help, and offer support and guidance.

The enablers can support you with having these conversations and help you to explain it fully and put a package of support around the family to protect them.

Early help and Voluntary Sector link

Sam Pryor is now the link for the Early help and the Voluntary sector, and is available to offer support and guidance to voluntary/community groups who work directly with children and families around Early Help.

Details:
Sam.Pryor@dudley.gov.uk
01384 812440

Useful Links

http://safeguarding.dudley.gov.uk/child/work-with-children-young-people/dudley-early-help-strategy/

https://www.dudley.gov.uk/residents/care-and-health/children-and-family-care/early-help-for-children-and-families/

A volunteer’s eye view of … support #tuneintuesdays

When I had my induction, they told me all about the support they offer to volunteers here and it sounded really good.  It’s nice to know I will be listened to and know where to go if things aren’t going well.  So I’ve had an information sheet from the Volunteer Co-ordinator, it tells me about all the amazing things my support sessions will help with. I can’t wait, I’m going to be really looked after here – look at this!

The first thing it says is:

“The bottom line is that the relationship between the volunteer and the supervisor needs to be collaborative. When there is frequent communication, a volunteer feels supported and valued. We will be offering you support sessions every 6-8 weeks to make sure we support you in your role and show you how much we value your support.”

  • Apparently the most important thing is it will help me build a relationship with my supervisor and the organisation, plus it will make me feel involved and part of the organisation – this sounds great!
  • It will make me want to stay with the organisation and give me a sense of belonging
  • I will feel valued
  • It will help make me more productive
  • Oh this is a good one – it will help boost my skills and experience
  • This is reassuring – it will prevent problems escalating
  • Wow it will be an opportunity to tell them all my good ideas
  • It’s reassuring that they will help to assess if my role is too demanding/not demanding enough
  • Never thought about it before but it will help with my wellbeing
  • Also, it will give the Volunteer Co-ordinator an opportunity to keep me updated on what’s going on within the organisation and anything that may affect the volunteers. That’s great isn’t it, they really value their volunteers here and want to keep them informed.

I’m feeling all warm and fuzzy, aren’t I lucky to be volunteering for such a wonderful, caring organisation?

It was all going so well …

Well I’ve been here 6 months now and I’ve had one support session. It went really well and Claire was really happy with me, she said I had fitted in really well and I’m an asset to the team. In fact she’s promoted me to a more important role, it’s an extra session a week, but I can manage that.   Claire has given me her email address and works mobile number in case I need to get in touch with her and I now have my own email address too.

We had a second session booked, but Claire went off sick and she hasn’t given me another date since. That’s been over 4 months now with no session.  I’m beginning to think she’s avoiding me now.  She seemed really distracted and some of the other volunteers are gossiping about some problems with our funding. I’ve tried to email her to see if she can tell me what’s going on, but she just said not to worry when she did reply.

The thing is I’ve got quite a few things I need to talk to her about. This new role is very demanding, I’m doing lots of extra hours at home as I can’t get my paperwork done whilst I’m volunteering as the clients keep me busy.  I know I’m supposed to return my log sheets straight away after each session, but there is so much to log for each client and volunteers aren’t allowed to access the network because our passwords have all expired. The monitoring gentleman has emailed me a blank form and told me I can fill these in at home and email them to him within 48 hours of the contact.  I was ill last week with the flu and I’ve had a very sarcastic email from him telling me I’m failing in my duties. I really need to talk to Claire.

Oh no, one of the other volunteers has just told me that Claire has left, some of the other staff have been made redundant and we are moving premises.  Someone else is going to be looking after the volunteers now. Apparently it’s likely to be the HR Manager Louis in charge of the volunteer team.

The times they are a changing …

So I’ve just had a quick chat with Louis whilst I was making a cup of tea in the kitchen, I’ve been trying to catch up with him for weeks. He asked me if I could take on another session, as I’m really good with the clients and the day centre manager has been made redundant. I’ve told him I will do my best, but can we do it for a trial period to see if it works out ok. He was so grateful and reassured me it would only be for a few weeks whilst they restructure the post, which is fine for me as I just want to help.

I’m so angry after what happened today and it wasn’t my fault! 

So today I was left on my own in the centre all day with 6 clients and no staff were there, just one other volunteer who will only wash up and make drinks. Everyone wanted a chat today and I felt so frustrated as I felt I couldn’t talk to them all.  Poor Bill, I’m the only person he will talk to and he looked so sad as I only had time for a quick chat, and normally we do the crossword together from his newspaper.

I pinned Louis down in the kitchen [it seems to be the only place I see him nowadays] and told him we really needed to talk as I had a major complaint.  He reluctantly agreed he could spare 5 minutes and what was my problem.  I was hoping we could at least sit down, but no he wanted to chat in the kitchen – it’s hardly private is it?

First of all I explained why I felt so angry and frustrated, and he just leant against the kitchen counter smirking!  He was so condescending and told me I was overreacting, but if it would make me feel better I could tell him exactly what had happened.  Louis just stood there with his arms folded and started looking out of the window. I took a deep breath and tried to calm down.

So I started telling him what had happened and how I felt that I had been abandoned to run the session on my own with no support.  He then says he can see how angry I am and starts patting my hand, and telling me he knows how I feel.  His attitude really wasn’t helping at all and it was about to get a whole lot worse.  Louis starts saying it’s my fault for not telling him my concerns when I arrived or during the morning. That would have been impossible as the first time I’d seen him that day was when I spotted him in the kitchen.  His next solution was to talk to my manager and this incited me still further as he was the volunteer manager, but never there or if he was, was not available.  Louis then started to say that he had experienced the same thing himself many times and I should just suck it up, stop whingeing and get on with it!  I’m a volunteer not a paid member of staff and I told him it was too much responsibility. He responded that he thought I wanted to help and I needed to muck in and help out!

He then starts telling me about his training for a local marathon, his high protein diet and how his speed, and stamina are improving. Talk about changing the subject!  I decided that I may as well give up as he was clearly not interested and maybe it’s a one off and won’t happen again. Let’s stay positive.

I’ve lost my mojo, I’m not enjoying it any more and I’m thinking of leaving, but not sure how to do it.  I haven’t had a support session for ages and Louis didn’t seem interested last time we met in the kitchen and I tried to talk to him about my dissatisfaction. He hasn’t suggested setting up a meeting to talk about my concerns.

I’m feeling stressed, overwhelmed and I don’t feel valued at all. It’s not just me though, other volunteers feel the same when we chat. None of the support I was promised has ever materialised and when I try to catch Louis to talk about it, he rushes off or starts talking about his marathon training again.  Maybe he’s just busy.  The role is too much, I’m now doing three sessions a week and it was supposed to be temporary. Last week I was on my own in the centre for three sessions and they haven’t replaced the centre manager.

My personal circumstances have changed too and I’ve now got to call in and see my Dad every morning because he’s had a fall. I emailed Louis as he won’t talk to me and he says I have to stick to my agreed contract hours, and I should be grateful he’s given me extra responsibility, but I didn’t ask for it!  I’m so fed up and feel I just can’t do it any more, I need to look after Dad he’s my priority.

The atmosphere has really changed, it used to be such a happy place but there’s lots of falling out, gossip and arguments between other volunteers.  I just try to stay out of it.  The general consensus is that the organisation is asking too much of us and using us to replace paid staff, but there’s no-one to raise it with.  One of the volunteers went to the Chief Exec a few weeks ago and got told off by Louis for telling tales.  I just feel really stressed and isolated, I have no-one to talk to.

Maybe it’s my fault and I should have said no to the extra responsibility, it’s me not them and I’m just being unreasonable.  I’ve got no choice I’ve got to leave and it’s such a shame.  Just spoken to Louis and he told me I’m a drama queen and I needn’t expect a reference from him as I am a troublemaker!  Volunteering is clearly not the thing for me 😦

Please don’t forget if you need any help or support I’m happy to help and that’s what I’m here for 🙂  Just contact me on eileen@dudleycvs.org.uk