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Development Officer Vacancies x 4

We are seeking four experienced Development Officers to join our reinvigorated organisation, and assist us in providing high-quality, high-impact support to VCS organisations and local communities.

The successful candidates will have experience of delivering advice and practical support to strengthen and develop the capacity, effectiveness and sustainability of existing and emerging voluntary and community sector organisations. The roles will deliver a tailored package of development support and training to encourage VCS growth and sustainability, and bring a range of community organisations together to collaborate effectively.

The roles are fixed term until September 2019 with the potential to extend based on performance and future funding arrangements.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 11.30pm on Sunday 11th December.  Those shortlisted will be invited to interview on 19th and 20th December.

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Active Citizens Funding

Following  the Walsall Active Citizens ‘Conversation meetings’ which have been held over the the corse of November and taking into account the feedback received from attendees at those meetings we have facilitated  a few important  changes to the programme that we hope will make it more accessible to you.

We have obtained agreement that applications can now be accepted from organisations and groups as well as from individuals. We believe that this will make the funding more accessible to the communities that the Office of The police and Crime Commissioner is targeting through this programme.

A new application form has been put together for use by organisations and groups which is attached together with revised guidance notes. The original one sided application form is now for use by individual applicants only.

 We have also created a small pot of money (£2000) from the original £60,000 pot which will be for individuals only to bid for up to £500 to deliver smaller scale activities within the target communities.

 I would remind organisations looking to submit an application for funding  that the remit is around involving the community so you need to be aware that demonstrating  how you meet the following criteria will be essential for applications to be successful;

  •  improving community safety
  • the active involvement of the community
  • encouragement of new volunteers to become engaged in delivery
  • deliver of new activities (not continuation of existing activity)

As part of the Active Citizens project, you will be required to provide information on what you have done, what you have learned and what the outcome has been. You will be supported in doing this by Colin Isham from Walsall College, who will act as an individual mentor for the project. In addition, there is an opportunity for you to achieve a Level 3 Certificate in community safety covering the following areas:

Interpersonal communication

  • Safe Working
  • Policy / law and local implementation
  • Social factors
  • Mental health
  • Marginalisation

If you are an organisation putting in an application, you will benefit from identifying an individual who is ready to develop skills and confidence to take the course. You will receive more details on the course during the start-up conversation of your project should your application be successful.

Before making an application we strongly advise that you contact us to discuss your project idea:

Dave Benge, Walsall Voluntary Action:  01922 619840  davidb@walsallva.org.uk

Sgt Nick Morton, Walsall Local Policing Unit:   n.morton@west.midlands.pnn.police.uk

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