Hidden Sentence Training

Hidden Sentence Training

HMP Oakwood

Oaks Drive ,Wolverhampton, WV10 7QD


 21st September 2016

10am – 4pm

 Lunch and other refreshments will be provided

Please bring Photographic ID  

 It is estimated that 200,000 children in England and Wales are affected by parental imprisonment every year – that is more than the number of children who are looked after.

 This workshop is targeted at professionals working with children, families and/or offenders and aims to:

  • Improve understanding about the impact of imprisonment on prisoners’ families.
  • Improve understanding of a family’s journey on a prison visit.
  • Understand the support needs of prisoners’ families.
  • Improve your own practice in order to support a prisoners’ family.

The workshop will include:

  • Participatory exercises that encourage participants to understand the experience of family members who have a loved one in prison.
  • Information about services and support for children and families of offenders.
  • A ‘walk-through’ of the visit experience at HMP Oakwood.
  • Film made by a young person about her experience of parental imprisonment

There are a limited number of places available, to confirm your place, please book via www.bookwhen.com/capotraining

Dudley Children and Young People’s Alliance Participation Facilitator Network

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Do you volunteer or work with children and young people in Dudley Borough?

If so please read on!

Dudley Children and Young Peoples Alliance Board and Dudley Safeguarding Children Board are keen to support the co-ordination of a Facilitator Network which supports practitioners, staff and volunteers to learn together  how best  to capture the voice of the child/ young person assist them to improve their own lives through care planning, empower them to improve and shape services and teach them how to influence strategic decision making.  This network is designed to be driven by the members who will bring and share new ideas, methods and approaches from Dudley and other areas which enable us to achieve Dudley’s  Participation vision which is:

Dudley is a borough where children and young people’s rights are realised, where their views shape decisions made about their lives and those of their families

The network aims to improve the lives of children and young people and offer continued personal development training for anyone volunteering or working with Children and young people in Dudley

The first Alliance Facilitator Network is

Tuesday 13th September  1.30 – 3.30

DY1 Stafford Street, Dudley DY1 1RT

Where you will receive a warm welcome, hear about how the Network has been developed and begin to look at how we can develop a partnership lifestyle survey for 2017

email nicki@dudleycvs.org.uk to say you are attending


Dudley CYPF Network Events

Dudley CYPF Network

A time for any voluntary, community, faith group or charity who support children and young people in Dudley to meet,network, share ideas, concerns and hear about what is happening across the broader partnership

Friday 23rd September 9.30 – 11.30

DY1 Stafford Street Dudley, DY1 1RT

please email nicki@dudleycvs.org.uk to say if you are attending

Early Help Voluntary Sector Review Sessions

An opportunity for CYPF voluntary sector groups to meet with Helen Ellis, Head of Family Solutions at DMBC to assess the progress of the Early Help agenda, share ideas implementation and improvement ideas

Thursday 8th September  1.30 – 3.30

Tuesday 13th December 9.30- 11.30

Friday 10th March 9.30 – 11.30

 DY1, Stafford Street Dudley, DY1 1RT

Please email nicki@dudleycvs.org.uk to say if you are attending

You’re invited to Bostin Summer Camp! Dudley borough’s first voluntary sector unconference

Bostin Summer Camp is a brand new place for people from voluntary and community sector organisations across Dudley borough to connect, showcase and support each other.

If you’re from a voluntary and community sector organisation or if you’d like to know more about the work they do in Dudley borough, then Bostin Summer Camp is for you.

When and where

Thursday 21 July 2016, 10am-4pm at DY1, Stafford Street, Dudley, DY1 1RT

You decide the agenda

The event will be run as an unconference, so there won’t be an agenda set before the day. That means participants get to decide what we talk about on the day. All you need is a desire to talk about anything that relates to the voluntary and community sector and how we could make it stronger, for the benefit of Dudley borough’s communities.

You can keep up to date and join the conversation on the Bostin Summer Camp.
21 Jul 2016 at 10:00am
DY1 venue
Stafford Street

Click here to register for this event

Comic Relief – Launch of Core Strengths Funding Programme

We are pleased to announce the ‘Core Strength’ funding programme opens to applications today with a deadline of midday on 27/07/2016.
Grants of up to £40,000 over 2 years are available to support organisations core running costs and capacity building.
In order to be eligible applicants must;

  • Have a core focus (stated in their constitution) delivering services in one of our four  the theme areas:
    – Investing in children and young people to be ready for the future
    – Empowering women and girls to be free to lead the lives they choose
    – Improving the health and wellbeing of vulnerable and disadvantaged people
    – Building stronger communities in areas of disadvantage, deprivation and poverty
  • Have a track record of at least 5 years, be community embedded and committed for long-term.
  • Have demonstrable regional or local significance e.g: providing the only service of its type in an area; providing exceptional quality services to highly disadvantaged people; possessing expertise and experience that would be a real loss to the sector if no longer available.
  • Be working in the UK in areas of significant disadvantage, deprivation or poverty, including rural isolation.
  • Have a turnover of between £100,000 -£500,000 (or average of last 2 years full accounts to take account of contract variations)
  • Have a current plan and budget covering the period to at least 2017
  • Have not more than a year’s unrestricted reserves (not including fixed assets).
  • Meet the usual Comic Relief organisational eligibility criteria (a charity or an organisation with a constitution and asset lock delivering work that is charitable. Not statutory, no individuals).
  • Current grantees can apply but must have less than 12 months funding left of their current grant.
  • Funding is available for; Core running costs (heat, light, key non frontline staff, rent etc..), Time to work on strategic planning and policy (including business planning; fundraising strategies/income generation/policy/procedure reviews); Scope to improve structures and systems to improve efficiency and quality (including financial controls; human resources; management of volunteers; risk management; monitoring frameworks; impact assessment; accredited quality marks); Improving leadership and governance (including review of board/committee policy and practice; Trustee training; involving users; change management; develop new skills e.g. around social entrepreneurship). NB: This is not an exhaustive list.
  • Funding cannot be used for; Service delivery, General infrastructure support or second tier organisations, Work that is primarily the responsibility of statutory bodies, Shortfalls in delivering a statutory contract or covering gaps in frontline staffing due to funding cuts, Work that primarily benefits one individual such as professional qualifications in accountancy or MBAs, Work that has already taken place, Repayment of debt, Redundancy costs, A general contribution to reserves, Large capital items or refurbishment or Employing consultants unless this is part of a clearly evidenced strategy linked to tangible relevant outcomes.

Please do forward the details to your networks and contacts. Further details are available on our website http://www.comicrelief.com/grants/initiatives


Job Advert

x2y LGBT Youth Group supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people in Wolverhampton and surrounding areas.

x2y is seeking a Youth Worker

                           4hrs per week @ £12.64 – £15.00 per hour

(12pm – 3pm on Saturdays + 1 hour to suit)

The successful applicant for this post will be someone who: has experience of working with young people; is well–motivated; able to work well as part of a committed team; and who is able to / has the potential to lead the team. You will need to have a good understanding of the challenges facing LGBT young people and have the ability to support them to make positive choices, gain confidence and value themselves and others. You will also be committed to safeguarding young people and protecting them from abuse or neglect. See person specification in application pack link below.

Current support – x2y currently operates a drop-in session in Wolverhampton City Centre on a Saturday from 12-3pm as the basis for its support. It also provides telephone, email and social media support for lesbian, gay bisexual and trans young people, or any young person questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity who gets in touch. See job description in application pack link below.

Our plans – x2y is actively pursuing funding to expand its work and there may well be additional hours available in the short to medium term for a suitable candidate.

x2y is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk of abuse and carries out safer recruitment processes in line with local and national guidance. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS and barred list check.

Click here to download the application pack which includes the person specification and job description, application form and recruitment monitoring form. If you have any trouble downloading the application pack, please email info@x2y.org.uk and request a copy of the pack by email.

Closing date for applications:  12 noon on Monday 13 June 2016

Interview date: Monday 20 June 2016 between 6pm and 9pm

(details of venue and specific interview time will be sent to all shortlisted candidates)