OPP OF THE DAY: Shop Volunteer, The Hope Centre

The Hope Centre in Halesowen runs a retail shop in the town centre and are keen to recruit some shopnew volunteers, who may enjoy helping out. This is their main method of raising funds to run the centre and provide the essential support they offer to local people in the Halesowen area, often they are the person’s last hope to sort their problems.

They have had a shop in the Hope Centre for a while, but have loads of fabulous stock, so are expanding into a retail unit. You would be sorting and pricing stock, helping with displays and chatting to customers, as well as using the till.

The shop will be open Monday to Friday, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, but they can’t open the shop without volunteers, which is where you come in!

Volunteers with experience if possible.

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY please contact:

Camilla Phillips
Email: hopecentre@hotmail.com
Tel: 0121 602 1744

How to tell your story to the world connecting event @DudleyCVS @WeAreBCR

As a follow up to our popular ‘Navigating Difficult Times’ event on 12th October, we are running another event to help you get the skills you need to tell your story. Booking is essential but the event is free.  Below is a more detailed programme, with lots of opportunities to network and connect.  Hope to see you on 8th March.

Coffee and networking

Welcome and introductions – John Cook

‘Whose attention are you trying to get and what’s the point?
Helena Norman – Dudley CVS Communications Officer
Becky Pickin – Dudley CVS Small Groups Development Officer

Coffee break

Creative Thinking techniques
Zyllah Moranne-Brown


*** Please note there is no parking @DY1Venue


Safeguarding Training

Dudley (CYPF) Network

There are still places available on the Safeguarding courses below. Please follow the links for more information and any additional dates.  A booking form is attached for completion and return (safeguarding.cs@dudley.gov.uk) should you wish to reserve a place on any of these events.

Child Sexual Exploitation  – 17th January 2018, 9:30 – 4:30 Saltwells


Young People in Abusive Relationships  – 17h January 2018, 9:30 – 4:30 Saltwells


Child Development in the Early Years– What You Need to Know – 23rd January 2018,  9:30 – 12:30 Saltwells


Parental Substance & Alcohol Misuse and Safeguarding Children – 24th January 2018, 10:00 – 4:00 Saltwells


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Free Drug and Alcohol Training for Professionals in Dudley

Dudley (CYPF) Network

Switch are pleased to announce that we are offering free drug and alcohol training for professionals across the borough who are working with either young people or adults. The content has been updated and refreshed.

Use links below to see learning objectives and to book a place :-

Level 1 (one day) – Setting the scene- drugs & alcohol


Level 2 (one day) – Interventions to support people using drugs or alcohol. (please note, level 1 must be completed first)


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OPP OF THE DAY: Lunch Club Volunteer, Break Away

Break Away is a new opportunity for older people to meet new friends, enjoy lunch and take part in some social activities.

It is a Break Away for people from the social isolation and loneliness that many older people face today.
Break Away is also intended to give carers a Break Away from some of their commitments or just to have some quality time for themselves. However, as we recognise that people often want to do things together, there is also the option for carers to come to the club as well.


About the role (Lunch Club Volunteer – Monday and Thursday):

To socialise with older people and assist with their activities.

Assistance with serving lunches and refreshments.

Some light kitchen work.

Skills required:
Sense of humour
Communication skills

Jenny Bates
Email: jennybates1@virginmedia.com

Start as you mean go on in 2018 and avoid the seven deadly sins when involving volunteers! @DudleyCVS @NCVOVolunteers #wiseupwednesdays

seven deadly sins

I suspect you’ve read the heading several times and thought, why is this post about seven deadly sins? What on earth have the seven deadly sins got to do with volunteers?

In truth this series of posts has grown from ever increasing incidences of poor practice from groups who involve volunteers and I thought I would try to address these in a slightly different way, rather than preaching the benefits of good practice when involving volunteers.  I am sure none of these practices go on in your group or organisation, but they are happening out there for sure!

They are called deadly sins, as these are things that can kill your volunteer programme if allowed to continue and could cost you volunteers along the line, as well as your reputation as a great organisation to volunteer with. It’s not rocket science and a few simple steps can ensure that volunteer involvement is heaven rather than hell, so please take heed and try to avoid these seven deadly sins!

  1. Disorganisation
  2. Misinformation
  3. Non-communication
  4. Formality
  5. Neglect
  6. Ingratitude
  7. Detachment

OPP OF THE DAY: Treasurer – Headway Black Country

Headway Black Country are looking for someone with financial skills, ideally in accountancy, to join their Board of Trustees in the voluntary role as Treasurer. Key aspects of the role are ensuring high standards of financial management and contributing to the strategic plans of the charity. A full role description is available.

Headway Black Country supports adults affected by brain injury, both survivors of brain injury and their families/carers. More information is available on their web site www.headwayblackcountry.co.uk

Headway Black Country
Contact number: 01384 869961
Email: admin@headwayblackcountry.co.uk