OPP OF THE DAY Alzheimer’s Awareness Raising Volunteer – South Staffordshire

Where is it you want me to volunteer?

South Staffordshire (Seisdon Peninsula)

What will I be doing?

You will also be working with the Information Worker to encourage GP’s to hold Dementia Friends sessions, to be thinking about dementia friendly surgeries and how they could be promoting our services.

You will also become a Dementia Friends Champion and deliver Dementia Friends sessions to increase people’s awareness of dementia in the local community.

Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends programme is our biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. Dementia touches the lives of millions of people across the UK. Dementia Friends was launched to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding that means many people with the condition experience loneliness and social exclusion. We need to create more communities and businesses that are dementia friendly so that people affected by dementia feel understood and included.

For more details on what the role of Dementia Friends Champion involves, please click the link below:


Some of the other tasks you may be able to assist with include:

  • Leaflet or poster drops
  • Assisting at information stands
  • Giving out information at public events

How much time do you expect me to commit?

This role is flexible, however we do hope you will be able to offer at least 2-3 hours of your time a couple of times a month and provide some continuity over a number of months.

What support will I receive and what are the requirements?

Alzheimer’s Society is committed to supporting volunteers in whatever role is carried out.  For this role, you will be supported by the Information Worker.  No particular experience is required although the following skills and abilities would be helpful:

  • A passion for improving the lives of people with dementia
  • Confident and enthusiastic manner
  • Good listening and communication skills
  • A willingness to volunteer within service boundaries
  • An understanding of, and commitment to, confidentiality
  • A willingness to learn about, and be committed to, the Society’s values and principles
  • A commitment to teamwork with volunteers and staff from a variety of backgrounds
  • A commitment to attend relevant learning and development workshops

To apply for this position or find out more please email volshropstaff@alzheimers.org.uk or call 01543 573 936


Greetings From the Volunteer Manager Olympic Games!

Thanks Meridian, I’ve never had a medal before and LOVED this blog even more than usual. It made me laugh out loud in places and I think if volunteer managers had an event, it would be the volunteering equivalent of a decathlon, juggling ten conflicting challenges! I think our chances of greater recognition are unlikely, but at least we are proud of what we do and do it for love, rather than stardom🙂


Olympic rings

Just when I was fantazising about meaningful recognition for volunteer managers, I saw the grainy ad for a volunteer manager competition in Rio and I was so excited! Finally, there would be a world-wide stage celebrating volunteer leaders’ skill sets  Immediately, I turned in all my frequent flyer miles and along with selling some of my furniture, I managed to book a flight aboard a cargo plane headed for Brazil!

I arrived in Rio, anticipation shining brighter than my neon party outfit. I asked my cab driver to take me to Copacabana, the site listed on the black and white three-fold brochure clutched in my hand. As it turned out, it wasn’t at the world-famous Copacabana Beach, but the Copacabana Bar and Grill just a few rural kilometers out-of-town. Unfazed, I paid the driver and entered the local watering hole. “Out back,” the bar keep grumbled and I pushed open…

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Job opportunity Brierley Hill Civic Hall Curator (20 hrs p.w) @WeAreBCR


bhill civic




We are looking for an enthusiastic, committed and self-motivated event Curator. Amongst other duties this role will involve setting up for and managing events that take place at the Brierley Hill Civic Hall. Evening and Weekend work will be regularly required.

**Casual bar staff and event stewards are also required**

20 hours per week
Salary: £19,932 pro rata
Deadline: Friday 9 September, 5pm
Interviews to be held w/c Monday 19 September

DCVS logoJob description and person specification
Curator Application Pack
Job application form
Equal opportunities monitoring form

Please complete and return the application form and the equalities monitoring form.
If this opportunity sounds like it could be for you, we would love you to get in touch
Full terms and conditions are outlined in each information pack download, alternatively, please call the team on 01384 573381 for more information.

Competition for charities to win free marketing training via Media Trust

The communications charity, in partnership with Marketing Trust, are offering 60 free places on expert-led Mastering Marketing Strategy courses via a new competition.

Voluntary organisations can win the sessions which help organisations communicate more effectively.

The strategic planning advice and practical workshop sessions are available in Manchester, Bristol and London kicking off late next month.

Full details of the competition here and the entry form can be found here. You may have to copy these links into your browsers.





The deadline for entries is 9 September.

Job opportunity Communications Officer @WeAreBCR

DCVS logoDudley CVS is seeking a part time Communications Officer to:

Make our communications better!

The overall purpose of the role is to help our key stakeholders understand what we do, why we do it, and how it’s relevant to them. You will help to ensure that they feel heard, and that they can meaningfully engage with Dudley CVS and with our work. This requires evolving Dudley CVS communications to create a much stronger connection to our vision and mission and the values we work with. You will develop and implement strategies that bring our diverse projects, activities and business interests (including communications around the two venues we currently manage – DY1 and Brierley Hill Civic Hall) into a wider Dudley CVS narrative. Within this you will create experiences and campaigns that amplify our messages, inspire people and draw stakeholders to us in a deep and meaningful way.

If you’re a creative thinker and doer, if you’re an engaging and inspiring communicator that can support others to communicate, if you can connect with different audiences and stakeholders using a variety of techniques and platforms, this could be the role for you!

We are looking for someone who understands that communication is about creating meaningful connection that drives action. We want support to transform the way that we spread our ideas and stories, engage people, and think about what we do and why. We want someone who will bring fresh knowledge and the skills to take a facilitative and active role in our communications.

25 hours per week
Salary: NJC scale point 29: £25,694 (pro rata = £17,129)

Deadline: Monday 12 September, 5pm

Interviews to be held Thursday 22 September

Job description and person specification
Communications Officer Application Pack
Job application form
Equal opportunities monitoring form

Please complete and return the application form and the equalities monitoring form.
If this opportunity sounds like it could be for you, we would love you to get in touch
Full terms and conditions are outlined in each information pack download, alternatively, please call the team on 01384 573381 for more information.

Previous applicants need not apply.

The Amirah Foundation is leading on an initiative to involve men in the campaign to stop the violence against women.

Dudley (CYPF) Network

We have branded this concept BRAVE – brothers against violence. 

The launch event has won the attention of our Cabinet Member for Transparency, Openness and Equality, Counsellor Waseem Zaffer  and is gaining momentum amongst our followers.

It will be facilitated by Alyas Karmani, an international speaker, who has years of experience working with perpetrators and engaging men in the fight to stop the violence.


Can you just imagine what an amazing campaign this would be with all of our organisations coming together?

If you are in, as well as attending could you please share this flyer on your social media pages and back the campaign publicly

I enclose 2 versions of the event marketing and a link to the event booking form on eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/brave-brothers-against-violence-tickets-27191103322

I thank you in anticipation of your support and look forward to working closely on this and many future projects.

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