John Taylor Hospice says goodbye to CEO Kate Phipps

Kate Phipps: she leaves Birmingham to take up the post of CEO at Ty Hafan Children’s Hospice in South Wales

Kate Phipps: she leaves Birmingham to take up the post of CEO at Ty Hafan Children’s Hospice in South Wales

Founded in 1910, John Taylor Hospice is one of the oldest non-denominational hospices in the UK. It was also the first ‘new mutual’ — or social enterprise — hospice, leaving the NHS in in 2011 under the Department of Health’s Right to Request process. Pperating as a new independent Community Interest Company (CIC) enabled the hospice to return to its principles of mutuality while retaining NHS values of high quality care.

Kate Phipps, the chief exec who joined the hospice in 2011 and steered the organisation through the process of externalisation and independence is now moving on to new things. She is leaving Birmingham to take up the post of CEO at Ty Hafan Children’s Hospice in South Wales.

In the five years that Kate has led JTH she has become a familiar face at social enterprise and third sector events and gatherings and we shall be sorry to see her go and wish her every success in Wales.

Anyone who has heard Kate speak about the work of JTH during the past five years will have some idea of how demanding such work is and we wish JTH every success in finding Kate’s replacement.

You can find out more about the job here, including application details, job description, role profile and application form. The closing date for applications is 15th February 2016.

The People’s Orchestra urgently needs new musicians

The only ‘volunteer orchestra’ in the West Midlands, The People’s Orchestra, is recruiting new musicians…

To apply ring 0121 569 2614 send mail.  Watch the video on YouTube.

Asset-based community development respiratory clinics — call for EOIs, seed-funding available

The Health Foundation recently sponsored a project to develop a new model of Respiratory community clinic that uses asset-based community development approaches to improve wellbeing and reduce the anxiety and social isolation experienced by many individuals with severe Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

COPD is a major health problem in the UK and causes 1 in 20 deaths. It is the second most common cause of NHS emergency admission.

Asset-based community development approaches are thought to be useful in aiding self-management of the condition and in developing coping strategies and mutual support networks.

The Health Foundation now wishes to support and seed-fund six additional sites for such clinics in the East and West Midlands to spread and further evaluate the model. Seed-funding of up to £25,000 per site is available. The inclusion of third sector providers is a key criteria for application.

To find out more about submitting an Expression of Interest download the EOI.

Sites will utilise the principles of the existing RIPPLE model — download the explanatory document.

The closing date for EOIs is 12.00 on the 26TH February 2016.


Business in the Community is recruiting

Business in the Community is seeking to recruit…

A Client Support Manager for its Ready for Work programme.

Ready for Work is Business in the Community’s national programme that engages businesses to support some of society’s most disadvantaged groups — such as people who have experienced homelessness — into employment.

Business in the Community is looking for a flexible team player and excellent communicator to help engage and develop effective relationships e.g. with homeless voluntary sector organisations in Birmingham and the Black Country to recruit clients who have multiple barriers to work.

As well as running the programme and supporting clients, you will also be responsible for supporting companies involved in the programme, project monitoring and evaluation.

This Client Support Manager role is part-time, 4 days (28 hours) per week and permanent.

Closing date for applications: 21st January 2016 at Midday.

 More information, application packs and how to apply.

Early Years health and wellbeing consultation — open forum session dates

This, just in from Birmingham Play Care Network

Birmingham City Council is leading a review of the way that Early Years Services are provided in the city. Many providers of early years services are third sector organisations and it is important that the sector engages as fully as possible with this review.

Early Years Services are provided to support parents from the time a child is conceived up until the age of five. How well a child does in his or her early years has a huge impact on how they do in the rest of their lives. Birmingham’s Early Years Services provide support to around 100,000 parents and 80,000 children at any one time.

Birmingham City Council wants to ensure that every child living in Birmingham has the same chance to have a good start in life, but to enable this will need to radically rethink how services will work in the future. Council plans are ambitious and include changing the way that children’s centres, health visiting and family nurse partnerships, parenting support services, and pregnancy and breastfeeding support services are delivered. The aim is to create a new integrated Health and Wellbeing offer for parents.

BCC is consulting on how you think these services should be delivered in the future.

You can contribute to the online survey here.

BCC has also arranged a number of open discussion forums to further inform the consultation. These are as follows:

25th January 2016: The Pavillion, Moor Lane, 9.30am-12.30pm. Book.

26th January 2016: Burnsville College, 17.30pm-20.30pm. Book.

28th January 2016: Birmingham City Football Club, 9.30am-12.30pm. Book.

The deadline for review is 28th Feb 2016.

Data protection basics: how do we comply? Free expert workshop for charities & social enterprises

Data protection is high on the agenda for charities at present and has to be taken seriously as a source of very real reputational risk.

This was highlighted again last week by reports from the Information Commissioner’s office and an article in the Telegraph.

For this reason, Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP is offering a FREE specialist workshop for charities and social enterprises called Data Protection Basics: How do we comply? 

The workshop takes place at Anthony Collins’ offices in Birmingham city centre from 10.00am to 1.30pm on Friday 26th February 2016.

Registration from 09:30 for 10:00 start.
Networking lunch from 12:30 – 13:30.

Experts from the Charity and Social Business team at Anthony Collins Solicitors will explain what you need to do to comply with the law on data protection and avoid the reputational quagmire faced by the charities involved in the highly published cases of summer 2015.

Book here. Places limited and booking is essential.


John Taylor Hospice chief exec — the sky’s the limit for fundraising

L-to-R: David Williams, JTH volunteer and Kate Phipps’ skydive partner; Kate Phipps, CEO, John Taylor Hospice

JustGiving, the online funding platform, has just confirmed that John Taylor Hospice chief exec Kate Phipps was one of its top fundraisers in 2015.

Of over 532,000 fundraisers active on JustGiving in 2015, Kate’s page raised £14,000, placing her in the top 1%.

But this didn’t come easily. Kate’s fundraising effort was a tandem skydive — and first she had to lose 41 pounds in order to meet the body mass index requirement set by skydiving schools.

Kate set herself a target of raising £14,000 — the cost of providing a full 24-hours’ palliative care either at the hospice or in patients’ homes — after seeing the example set by one of the hospice’s corporate supporters, Connect Distribution. Her skydive funded the hospice’s care throughout Christmas Eve.

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If you’d like to raise funds for John Taylor Hospice in 2016, you can create your own fundraising page on JustGiving or send mail to the JTH fundraising team for ideas and suggestions.

“Community cohesion” — what does it mean, what should it look like?

Equality charity brap has an interesting free event coming up on the subject of community cohesion.

If someone was to ask your honest opinion about community cohesion in Birmingham – what would you say?

brap is keen to give your views a voice and wants to understand how you feel about your city and its efforts to improve cohesion. We want to understand more about what people really want, what they can expect from their neighbours and what you are prepared to do to get the type of society you want.

WHEN: 4-7pm, Tuesday 2 February 2016.
WHERE: Impact Hub Birmingham, Town Hall Room, Walker Building, 58 Oxford Street, Birmingham, B5 5NR.

This will be a highly participative, and fun meeting and brap will be attempting to involve all participants to help give voice to a range of views. Even if you have opinions that you think won’t go down well with others – this is the opportunity to share them. We want to hear from you!

Book here.

Calling health & social care enterprises — help us clarify progress on social value in service commissioning

Happy New Year to everyone.

BSSEC is preparing for a late-Feb event exploring social value and health, primarily for an audience of commissioners of different types.

We want to let them know what your experience has been of the health and social care sector’s use of the social value legislation.

We are especially keen to hear from health and social care social enterprises that have tendered for public contracts within the past year or so.

You can help by completing our short survey which will take no more than a few minutes.

Thank you for helping.

Take the survey.

Upcycle Birmingham opens new retail store

Castle Vale TRA’s new furniture upcycling business, Upcycle Birmingham, has gone from strength to strength.

With the furniture upcycling side of the business now firmly established in its expanded workshop at Unit A2, OYO Business Park, 187 Park Lane, Castle Vale, B35 6LJ, the company has now — just in time for Christmas — opened its first retail outlet at 4 High St, Castle Vale.

Upcycle_Birmingham___Bringing_Goods_Back_To_LifeWith the help of over thirty excited Year 3 pupils from St Gerard’s Catholic Primary School, the shop opened on the 4th December and has quickly established itself as a favourite for locals looking for unusual gifts, bargains and goodies.

The Upcycle Birmingham shop is open from 9.30am-4pm Mon-Fri, and from 10am-2pm on Saturdays. Also open on the next two Sundays before Christmas, 13th and 20th Dec. You can contact the shop on 07525 125628.

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See more about Upcycle on our Social enterprise retail page.

Sector turns to retailing to diversify income and products

Over the past couple of years we have started to see some exciting new developments in social enterprise retailing — both  in new social enterprise shops opening, and in the production of goods for retail.

This new trend towards retailing widens the market for social enterprise, creates opportunities for inter-trading and helps give a much needed boost to the public profile of social enterprise. It is very much to be welcomed.

CitizenHome 82 Vyse St, Jewellery Qtr: one of the new trendsetters in social enterprise retailing

We want to provide a bit of extra exposure for these new social enterprise retailers and suppliers and have created a new Social enterprise retailing page to do this.

It’s still very much a work in progress, so if you’re a social enterprise retailer or producer and want to be featured here send mail to Alun Severn.

Some of these retailers are actively looking for additional suppliers, so take a look — they may be looking for your goods right now.

See all blog posts tagged ‘social enterprise retailing’.

The Women’s Enterprise Hub is recruiting…

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The Women’s Enterprise Hub, Sparkbrook, is recruiting…

Centre Manager  Full time (37.5 hours/week); Salary £26,000 plus pension at 3% plus bonus
Closing Date: Friday 18th December 2015 at 12 noon

Following a massive refurbishment, the new Hub offers inspiring office units, co-working space and a place to meet and access support to develop women led businesses. We are looking for a Centre Manager to lead our growth and expansion to ensure we continue to have a positive impact and provide value for local women. You will be a proven team leader, business planner, project manager and marketing executive and you will need to build relationships with stakeholders across a wide range of fields.

Receptionist, Administrator and Marketing Assistant  Full time (37.5 hours/week); Salary £17,000 plus pension at 3% plus bonus
Closing Date: Friday 18h December 2015 at 12 noon

We are looking for an enthusiastic receptionist, administrator and marketing assistant to support the continued success of the Sparkbrook Women’s Enterprise Hub.

Go to the Women’s Enterprise Hub Vacancies page to download the Job Description and for details about how to apply.

BVSC is recruiting…

BVSCBVSC is recruiting…

BVSC is seeking to recruit a full-time Administration Assistant to join its Communications and Marketing Function. In order to succeed in this role you will have excellent Communication and Organisational skills, excellent IT skills and a keen interest in working in Communication and Marketing.

Previous experience of co-ordinating meetings and events and the ability to work on own initiative is essential.

Administration Assistant
£16,231 to £17,372 per annum
35 hours per week
Based at 138 Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 6DR

Closing date for applications Friday 18th December 2015 (by 10.00am)
Interviews to take place on Wednesday 6th January 2016

For further information or to request an application pack for the above mentioned role please ring the recruitment team on 0121 678 8899 or send mail.

More information on the BVSC website.

2016 marks centenary year for BVSC

BVSCBVSC began life in 1916 as Birmingham Citizens Society and will be celebrating its centenary throughout 2016 with events and activities.

Chief exec Brian Carr is keen that BVSC’s birthday is used to celebrate voluntary action in all its forms. “Our sector is is one of Birmingham’s brightest assets and it should be seen and appreciated as such,” he says.

And to help in this, BVSC wants your memories, historical documents and photographs — anything that illustrates the work, campaigns and memories of your organisation over the years that can be used to showcase the sector.

If you have materials you would like to contribute, please contact Helen Cobain at BVSC on  0121 678 8830 or send her mail.

Read more.

Fundraising arts evening at new John Taylor Hospice cafe, Moments

Moments Cafe team (l-to-r): Clare Prussic, Louis Tierney, Michael, Mcinnerney, Bryan Paice

The ever enterprising John Taylor Hospice — the first social enterprise hospice in the UK — has recently opened a cafe in the heart of Birmingham city centre.

Moments cafe is a social venue with a social value and all profits are used to support John Taylor Hospice’s care.

Moments is based at 38-40 Holloway Circus, B1 1EQ, and is open for business Monday to Friday, between 7.30am-2.30pm.

The team also provides external catering and organising events — contact Moments Café on 0121 643 9946 for more information.JTH logo

On the 18th December 2015 from 6.30pm-9pm the cafe is hosting an art evening, with live music and work from a number of local artists on sale. View flyer.

 View all blog posts tagged ‘JTH’.


FoE/The Warehouse is looking for social enterprise suppliers of retail items… Interested?

This, just in from our friends at FoE/The Warehouse.


If you are interested in joining FoE’s supply chain please contact the general manager Phil Burrows on 0121 632 6909 or send him mail.  He will need to know your wholesale terms, conditions and prices. Many thanks!

Digbeth Social Enterprise Quarter celebrates 2nd anniversary with special Xmas event

Digbeth Social Enterprise Quarter was established in 2013 as an initiative to unite all Digbeth-based social enterprises, encourage peer to peer support, and get more people “buying social”.

DSEQ is celebrating its 2nd Anniversary this Christmas and invites you to get into the festive spirit, meet old and new friends — and buy social!

 Send mail to book a place.
To book a stall send mail to Marija Sakalauskaite.


The Women’s Enterprise Hub Sparkbrook is Officially Open – Come and See Us!

Women across Birmingham can now take advantage of the space and business support on offer from the new Women’s Enterprise Hub in Sparkbrook. Our aim is to help women gain the confidence and skills they need to aim high and realise their full potential in business.  The Hub will be managed by iSE with Birmingham City Council as the landlord.

Sir Albert Bore opens WEH Sparkbrook (L to R): Sir Albert Bore, Leader, Birmingham City Council; Michelle Smith, Second Pedals; Mariam Yate, Second Pedals; Sarah Crawley, Chief Executive, iSE; Naomi Robinson, The House Nannies. © Ian Cuthbert |

We have been operating a Women & Enterprise programme on a virtual basis over the past year, while the Hub was being created.  During that time we have supported over 100 women to either start up or develop a business.  We now have a wonderful environment at the Hub offering small business units, large meeting rooms and flexible hot desks and we look forward to being able to support even more women in the year ahead.

We were delighted that three of the women we have supported – Naomi Robinson from The House Nannies and Michelle Smith and Mariam Yate from Second Pedals – agreed to speak at the official opening event alongside Councillor Sir Albert Bore, who unveiled a plaque and helped me cut into a celebration cake!  You can read their inspiring words here see some pictures from the event here.

We have a lively programme of events planned and welcome men and women to attend these or to use our space for meetings and training sessions.  For further information go to the Women & Enterprise website, send mail for specific enquiries email  or call 0121 663 1711.

We hope to see you soon!

CitizenHome — new social enterprise retailer opens in Jewellery Qtr

Helen Worrall — a happy shopper at the launch of Citizen Home

Update: CitizenHome website now launched.

The stable of enterprises run by Citizen Coaching has grown again. First there was Citizen Coaching, providing counselling services; then there was Citizen Click offering great value web design, IT support, social media training and more.

4Mgs-AqbAnd now, there is CitizenHome.

Yes, the “Citizen Group” — which is what we will have to call it at this rate — has just opened its first retail outlet, CitizenHome, selling beautiful homeware and gifts, all sourced from social enterprise manufacturers or ethical independents, at 82 Vyse Street in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter.

CitizenHome continues the Citizen ethos of creating employment opportunities, especially for young people. Speaking at the launch party last night, founder Martin Hogg explained that as well as showcasing and selling social enterprise produce, there is room at the premises to offer workshop space for makers, to extend the retail floorspace, and to utilise the lovely walled courtyard for a range of outdoor events — pop-up auction events, summer dinners, herb garden….you name it. The shop has already  created employment for three young people

CitizenHome officially opens today, the 24th November, and there will be goodie bags worth £15 for the first 30 purchases over £30.

The shop will be open seven days a week: Mon-Fri 10.30am-6pm, Sun 12 noon-4pm, with extended trading on Friday 27th November for Black Friday.

So if you’re looking for unusual gifts, gorgeous homeware or just a special treat to take the edge off the working week, drop by the Jewellery Quarter and see what CitizenHome has to offer. You won’t be disappointed.

There was a terrific turn-out for the launch party last night, as you can see in the gallery of pictures below. Suppliers were heavily represented but so too were long-time sector supporters from across Birmingham and beyond. It was great to see so many familiar faces.

CitizenHome reflects a new — and arguably overdue — shift in the social enterprise towards retailing, and is to be welcomed.

We plan to bring you further news on new developments in social enterprise retail shortly — because while retail is a growing force in the sector, it is not widely known or promoted.

Follow CitizenHome on Twitter @CitizenHomeJQ.

Follow on Facebook.

Ring on 0121 792 1424.

There was an interesting footnote. Amongst the odds and ends left by previous tenants was a framed picture of a robust gentleman with a vigorous moustache. Written in copperplate on the back was the following: “This is Ernie Griffiths who started E J Griffiths Jewellers in 1918 when he returned from the 1914-18 war. The shop moved here to 82 Vyse Street in 1922. It closed in September 1996.”

Well, 82 Vyse Street is being given a new lease of life and a new purpose — a new social purpose — and we congratulate Martin Hogg, Mark Ellerby, the team from Citizen Coaching and Citizen Click and everyone else — including Vee’s Deli, which catered the event — for making CitizenHome happen.

Roots HR extends free social sector training offer for new year — launching on Social Enterprise Day 2015


Roots HR CIC is celebrating a 6th year of social impact on Social Enterprise Day on 19th November 2015 by extending its sought-after free training for 2016 with new topics, new locations and more dates. This follows the great success of last year’s training events, all funded through the organisation’s profits.

Roots HR reinvests its trading surpluses in the development of managers and leaders in social sector organisations by offering free places on its popular and highly effective Essential HR, Recruitment and Selection and Equality and Diversity training courses, tailored to the sector. Delivered by Alison Smith Chartered MCIPD, one of Roots HR’s team of fully qualified HR Consultants and sector specialists, these courses will run in Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Nottingham, throughout January – June 2016.

Jan Golding, founder and Chief Executive of Roots HR CIC, says:

“We are very pleased to considerably extend our free training for 2016 following a strong trading year in 2014-15. These courses are ideal for new and developing leaders and managers in charities, social enterprises, community and voluntary groups and all forms of not-for-personal-profit organisations.”

Demand for the courses will be high but you can register your interest in advance by sending mail to Roots HR.

Read the press release.

The Roots HR team