Job Opportunity – Family Matters Project Assistant

Job Description and Person Specification

Salary: £21,500 pro-rata, 24 hours per week (may increase subject to funding)
Location: Dudley, with travel across all areas of the Black Country.
Job Type: Fixed term until December 2019 Category Admin/Project Management
Sectors: Social Welfare

Black Country Together CIC
Black Country Together CIC was founded in 2013 by the four Councils for Voluntary Service in the Black Country with the aim of increasing levels of funding coming into the sub-region. We believe that locally-designed, locally-delivered solutions to social challenges offer the best outcomes for communities and the best value for funders.

We are a young and vibrant organisation with a strong track record of success, which this role will contribute towards. Family Matters is one of the 4 projects making up Building Better Opportunities in the Black Country, funded by the European Social Fund and Big Lottery. It represents a huge opportunity for the Black Country, and our 19 strong partnership delivery team will work with 1,600 Black Country people and their families to develop a journey that is right for them and can move them closer to the mainstream labour market.

About the Role
We are looking for an enthusiastic and organised officer to join our small Programme Management Team. The ideal candidate is good communicator with excellent problem solving skills and an eye for detail; experience of Management Information Systems and understanding of audit and compliance. In addition to supporting the team with audit/compliance and the preparation of financial claims and quarterly monitoring reports, the post holder will provide general administrative support to the team.

Applying for the role
Black Country Together is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

Applications should be submitted by: 5pm Monday 3rd April.  Late applications will not be accepted. Interviews will be held week beginning 24th April 2017.

Application form
Equal opportunities monitoring form
Job description and person specification

Seeking family and employment projects in Walsall and Wolverhampton

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Twitter: @blackcountrycic

Registered Office: Black Country Together C.I.C. 1st Floor, Landchard House, Victoria Street, West Bromwich, B70 8ER
Company number: 08383487

Seeking family and employment projects in Walsall and Wolverhampton

Black Country Together is currently working on the development of our stage 2 ‘Family Matters in the Black Country’ application under the Families in Poverty strand of Big Lottery/ESF Building Better Opportunities.

Following the initial selection of partners/providers we have identified a need for further provision in Walsall and Wolverhampton and are therefore inviting Expressions of Interest from organisations that can deliver in these two areas. We are seeking a maximum of four additional delivery partners. This is a competitive process and decisions will be made by a panel of experts.

You can download an application form here and save it to your computer.

Before deciding whether to complete this, please read all the relevant guidance notes including information on the Lottery website (‘Families in Poverty’ Project Outline, Programme guide, European funding guide).

Forms need to be returned to us by 5pm on Thursday 4th February2016 to to be considered.

Thank you and good luck.

Building Better Opportunities update November 2015

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In November we learnt that our stage 1 ESF partnership application to the Big Lottery Fund was successful. Thank you to all those that participated. Called ‘Family Matters in the Black Country’, it responds to one of the 4 ESF/Big project outlines for the Black Country – Families in Poverty – worth £3.4 million. We are now busy working with our named delivery and strategic partners to prepare the stage 2 application for March 2016.
Three other organisation – Heart of England Community Foundation, Steps to Work and WHG/Accord Housing Group were also successful with the other three Black Country ESF project outlines and we are working closely with them over the next few months.
There will be a further update in the New Year.

Building Better Opportunities update August 2015

We have now submitted our stage 1 Building Better Opportunities application for Families in Poverty in the Black Country to the Big Lottery Fund. In this we outline our approach, targeting, programme proposal, partners (delivery and strategic) and our outline budget. We expect to hear the decision from the Big Lottery Fund in October / November 2015 and will provide a further update at that point.

We wish to thank all potential delivery partners for expressing their interest in this programme. We have now notified all partners of the outcome of our selection process and offered individual feedback.

If you believe you can still add value to our partnership, please send us brief information about your organisations and its services to   We will record this information for use at a later stage either for small-scale spot purchasing or if we procure larger services in future. Thank you.

Expression of Interest process has now closed

Our expression of interest process to become one of our ‘Building Better Opportunities’ delivery partner closed at midnight on Sunday 12 July.  Thank you to all those that applied. We will not accept any further proposals at this point.  Those that did apply will be evaluated by our Selection Panel and we will be in touch in due course.

If you believe you can still add value to our partnership, please send us brief information about your organisations and its services to our info email address.  We will record this information for use at a later stage either for small-scale spot purchasing or if we procure larger services in future.  Thank you.

Latest News

We held a number oBBO event f events last week across the Black Country in Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton.   These events were designed to identify potential delivery partners for the European (ESF) and Big Lottery Fund programme called Building Better Opportunities.  These events were very well attended by around 200 local organisations.  But  we are mindful that not everyone with an interest in being part of our delivery was able to be there.

At the event we clarified that:

Black Country Together C.I.C. is bidding to lead the ‘Families in Poverty’ strand worth £3.4

The Heart of England Community Foundation are bidding to LEAD the‘Targeted Communities’ strand worth £5

Steps to Work are bidding to lead the ‘Employment support for over 24’s’ strand worth £10.6 million

Walsall Housing Group / The Accord Group are bidding to lead the ‘Financial & Digital Inclusion’ strand worth £3.9 or

If you have an interest in being a delivery partner in any of these strands then please follow the relevant link.  Here you will find a copy of the presentation from the events, a link to the project outlines and an Expression of Interest (EoI) form to complete.

All the information you need can be found through the websites but there are number of key points to be aware of:

Please read the project outlines for each strand before deciding if you wish to be involved and if so in which strand/sIan @ BBO seminar

Please do look through the presentation from the events as this will answer many questions you may have.

The four organisations are bidding separately to be leads for their respective strands – but we have decided not to compete with each other.

All four organisations are using the same Expression of Interest (EoI) form but you will need to complete a separate form for each strand you wish to be involved with.

EOIs need to be returned to the relevant lead organisation/s by 12th July at midnight. (this is so that first stage applications can be sent to the Big Lottery by 3rdAugust).

If you are a small organisation that does not want to consider bidding for a contract but does have an interest in playing a role then we will be spot purchasing some delivery at a later stage.  If you are interested in this then please contact the appropriate lead organisation.

This is a competitive process and there are organisations other than those outlined above that may be bidding to lead.  We do not ask for exclusivity and it is for your organisation to decide which potential leads you wish to work with.

Be aware that EU rules apply to this funding.

Good luck and we look forward to hearing from you.

Sandwell event

Black Country Together CIC (BCT) and Heart of England Community Fund (HoE) are holding an additional event in SANDWELL for potential delivery partners of the EU/ESF and Lottery ‘Building Better Opportunities’ funding. This will focus solely on the ‘Families in Poverty’ (£3.4m) and the ‘Targeted Communities’ (£5m) strands that BCT and HoE are bidding to lead.

Wednesday 24 June 2-4pm in Smethwick. To book a place click here Sandwell

Dudley & Walsall events

Black Country Together CIC, Steps to Work, Walsall Housing Group/The Accord Group and Heart of England Community Foundation

ESF / Big Lottery Fund ‘Building Better Opportunities’ Funding

The Black Country LEP’s 4 project outlines worth £24 million have been published with a closing date of 3rd August 2015.

Applications are via a LEAD organisation working with a series of contracted DELIVERY partners.

Steps to Work are bidding to lead the ‘Employment support for over 24’s’ strand worth £10.6 million.

The Heart of England Community Foundation are bidding to LEAD the ‘Targeted Communities’ strand worth £5 million.

Black Country Together CIC is bidding to lead the ‘Families in Poverty’ strand £3.4 million.

Walsall Housing Group / The Accord Group are bidding to lead the ‘Financial & Digital Inclusion’ strand worth £3.9 million

We are holding 3 joint events for potential delivery partners

Monday 22nd June – Brierley Hill 2pm – 4pm. Click to book a place at the Brierley Hill event

Wednesday 24th June – Wolverhampton 10am – 12. Click to book a place at the Wolverhampton event

Friday 26th June – Walsall – 10am – 12. Click to book a place at the Walsall event

All events cover the same information so you only need to attend one.

Places are limited so initially it is 1 person per organisation.

We strongly recommend you read the LEP’s black country project outlines and the Lottery’s Programme Guide before deciding if this is the right thing for your organisation to consider.

Warning: delivering EU finding is complicated and time consuming.  If you are looking for small grant funding this is not the right programme for you.

These events are supported by Dudley CVS, SCVO, Walsall VA and Wolverhampton VSC

Black Country Together CIC background

Black Country Together CIC brings together the four Councils for Voluntary Service in the Black Country with the aim of increasing levels of funding coming into our sub-region and fostering greater co-operation and collaboration between voluntary organisations and local statutory agencies both within and across borough boundaries.

This unique partnership harnesses the considerable experience, expertise and networks of these well-established infrastructure bodies, opening up opportunities to draw more resources into the Black Country through which voluntary and community organisations can better serve our local residents and those most in need of support.

The Black Country is home to a vibrant and diverse collection of over 4,000 charitable and not-for-profit businesses, social enterprises, advocacy organisations, and community and neighbourhood groups. These come in many different shapes and sizes, but all contribute to our rich cultural and community life. Whether providing health and social care support, services to children and families, sports or leisure activities, arts, social or cultural things, or else delivering support around worklessness, adult learning, advice and guidance, or developing our lived environment through community initiatives and opportunities to volunteer and ‘give something back’, our voluntary and community sector is a huge asset for the Black Country.

Black Country Together CIC works with those who deliver these community projects at the frontline, through our four local partners, to bring good ideas to fruition, to seek and secure resources from funding bodies outside of the Black Country, and then to ensure a truly collaborative and effective delivery of services between different agencies so that we can make the difference that our local residents deserve.

Black Country LEP

ESF/ Lottery Funding in the Black Country

We are now working with the LEP to progress this and plan to hold some joint information events soon. We are also in discussion with local policy experts to develop a strategic focus based on evidence and need.

We will update this website page in early June so please check back then. You can also follow us on twitter for updates @blackcountrycic . In the meantime, please look at the Lottery Building Better Opportunities or Black Country LEP site. To enable your organisation to be best positioned to receive information and be part of emerging partnerships, please sign up to the LEP’s Register of Providers – complete the online questionnaire by clicking LEP Register.

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