Opportunities

Community Matters Helpers needed

We are looking for experienced people to give face-to-face support at our Birmingham Community Matters surgeries.

(These are currently being held online due to the ongoing need to keep people safe from COVID-19.)

You will be helping people with their community groups and projects, so you must be experienced in running small community groups, volunteering, or working within the charity or public sectors.

You must have excellent listening skills. It’s vital that you actively listen to each person seeking help from our surgery, and their reasons for attending. This is so you can work through together what their challenges might be, and suggest possible next steps.

May 2020: We are especially keen to welcome new Helpers with experience in establishing community groups and charities (setup and constitution), and writing and implementing policies and procedures. Are you a whiz at any of these things? Contact us!

Helping with BCM allows you to . . . 

  • Make stronger ties in your local community
  • Forge new friendships
  • Get satisfaction from helping others – especially at this very challenging time
  • Be involved with an evolving charity in its infancy.
It’s also a great personal development opportunity. As our motto goes: “Everyone has something to learn and everyone has something to teach”. We always find ourselves learning from the people and groups we support. 

I’m interested – how do I apply?

For an informal conversation about becoming a Community Matters Helper, please send an email to info@birminghamcommunitymatters.org.uk with the subject line Community Matters Helper, briefly outlining your experience. Or call us on 0121 286 8019 (please leave a message if we aren’t able to answer).

After an initial conversation, we will ask you to complete a short application form which details your experience, any areas of specialism, and when and where you would like to volunteer (when it is safe for face-to-face events to resume).

Trustee opportunities

Do you have the knowledge, skills, enthusiasm and experience we’re looking for to help BCM make a positive difference to local communities? If so would love you to consider becoming a BCM trustee.

In order to ensure the proper strategic management of its activities, finances and employment of staff, BCM is delighted to be recruiting for trustees to strengthen its existing board.

We’re looking for trustees who have knowledge, skills and experience in:

  • Financial management
  • Human resources
  • Marketing
  • Social media
  • The private sector.

We also need trustees who are able to represent:

  • BCM users, helpers and sectors
  • Birmingham’s geography and demography.

In return for your time and skills, you will benefit from being part of a small Birmingham charity in its formative years, which has the potential to strengthen communities and create positive change.

We recognise the importance of your own professional development. Resources are available to our trustees, supporting you in the role and to meet training costs.

I’m interested – how do I apply?

If you are interested in becoming a BCM trustee please read:

Then send an introductory email to info@birminghamcommunitymatters.org.uk,  with the subject line BCM Trustee, briefly outlining your experience within community or volunteering organisations and what you believe you could contribute to the role of trustee for BCM. Prior to any formal application, you will be offered the opportunity to have an informal discussion with an existing BCM trustee.