Community Development Manager Job

Transforming Communities by Raising Aspiration
Castle Vale Tenants and Residence Alliance is one of the foremost community organisations in North East Birmingham. As part of the Castle Vale group we have recently set up a unique Social Enterprise called Upcycle Birmingham. In the last financial year we engaged with over 30,000 residents. We are changing and developing the services we provide to better support the people who access our services. We are looking for an extraordinary person to fill an extraordinary position in our Group. Someone who is keen to join a truly innovative organisation; an organisation which values its employees and the people who access the services we offer. Castle Vale TRA has agreed to work in partnership with Birmingham City Council Erdington District to manage Tyburn Library, this is the first community managed library in Birmingham – we are truly breaking new ground.
We are looking to recruit the following:
Tyburn Library Community Development Manager – £27,000 – £31753 (depending on experience) 2 years initial contract (but the expectation is it that it will be ongoing after the two years subject to continual funding)
We are seeking to employ an experienced and enthusiastic community development manager who has extensive experience of engaging with people, knowledge of the Tyburn Ward and Castle Vale is essential, the post holder will develop and transform Tyburn Library into a unique venue where people will come to access a variety of services whilst carefully ensuring that the Library remains the central focus to users of the venue!
We are looking for a very special person for this role; so if making the “impossible possible” appeals to you and you want to work for a unique organisation take the first step and find out more by visiting and down load the application pack.
For further information please contact Raymond Goodwin on 0121 747 5932.
The closing date for all applications will be midday 26th September 2014.
Interviews will take place week commencing 29th September 2014.


Big Assist just got BIGGER – and you can apply again if you’ve already been assisted!

Big Assist Voucher awards increase up to £15,000

I was pleasantly surprised by this announcement today – being (our organisation Development in Social Enterprise a Big Assist Approved Provider we have successfully supported a number of organisations with the vouchers they have been awarded, but many have needed that little bit more for example – support to implement business plans etc. so this is great news.

• Increasing voucher awards for infrastructure organisations up to a maximum of £15,000

• Allowing customers who have successfully finished a programme of support to reapply for a further voucher

• Investing more in our sponsored visits which have proved popular among recipients

Click here to find out more and apply!

And don’t forget to check us out on the market place we may be the organisation to support you!

Development in Social Enterprise – Big Assist Approved!

Help Us Gain a Grant to Inspire Young People in Enterprise Only 4 Days Left!

Development in Social Enterprise has shortlisted for an RBS Inspiring Enterprise Grant to support young people develop in Birmingham and Solihull develop their business ideas and businesses.

You could help us gain the grant and bring valuable resources to Birmingham and Solihull by spending a minute to vote for us on line

The voting window is only open for a short while and closes on Monday. We’d really appreciate your time and support!

Click this link to vote for us!



Chief Executive Officer Vacancy – Birmingham

Here’s a great opportunity CEO of the best network

The Birmingham Employment Skills and Training (BEST) Network Ltd is now seeking a new Chief Executive Officer. BEST Network is a Birmingham-based Social Enterprise committed to tackling disadvantage and advancing equity and social inclusion in Birmingham and the surrounding region through meeting the training, learning and employment needs of disadvantaged and hard to reach clients.

BEST Network sits at the heart of a consortium of over 70 third Sector organisations and co-ordinates the activity of the consortium to identify, bid for and deliver public sector and charitably funded employment and skills development contracts in order to achieve its objectives. Now in its fifth year of trading the Network has successfully secured over five million pounds worth of public sector contracts for Member organisations, and is currently delivering a portfolio of contracts for a number of different commissioners. The Network is now looking for an exceptional person to lead the organisation to meet the challenge of achieving it’s objectives in this dynamic and exciting sector.

Position Title: Chief Executive Officer
Salary: circa £40-50,000
Hours per week: 35
Based Birmingham

To apply please send a CV and supporting statement (no longer that 2 x A4 sides)  To arrange an informal discussion regarding the role please email Dan Freshwater on

Closing date for applications is 12 (noon) on Monday February 17th 2014, interviews w/c 26/02/ 2014

Job Description here

Accounts here

Link to more here

Best of luck!



School for Social Entrepreneurs West Midlands is recruiting

The West Midlands School for Social Entrepreneurs (WMSSE) is now recruiting students for the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Start Up Programme. SSE is offering a fully funded year of training and development and a grant to help make it happen.

The training and development consists of
14 days study over 12 months within a group of like-minded individuals.
A grant of £4000 is provided by the Big Lottery to help turn your idea into a reality.

Why not come along to our Taster sessions and find out more.

The Tasters last for about 2 ½ to 3 hours and give you a flavour of how SSE operates and what the programme can do for you. The sessions take place as follows:
• Wed 12 February, Coventry
• Tue 18 February, Solihull
• Thurs 20 February, Birmingham (limited places remaining)
• Thurs 27 February, Walsall
• Tue 11 March, Staffordshire
• Wed 19 March, Herefordshire

Booking essential. Book online here

The formal application process starts on 3 February and closes on 3 April.

Alternatively contact Charles Rapson or 07500 081 219
Web: | Twitter @ssewestmids

Free #socent support #Solihull

Social enterprises and voluntary organisations in Solihull have access to one of the most comprehensive business support packages in the West Midlands courtesy of the Community Enterprise for Success programme – part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Solihull Council.

Tailored business advice, seminars, networking events, study visits, case studies and business grants are available to develop and increase trading activity and earning potential amongst eligible* organisations.

New for 2014 is the Social Value Action Learning Programme which will take ten organisations through the real time process of measuring and reporting their social impact. A packed seminar schedule featuring expert speakers on topics such as shares and bonds, consortia working, personalisation, and a five part Introduction to Marketing series, have all been announced this month.

Delivery partners – The Best Network, Development in Social Enterprise CIC and Dynamic Marketing – are celebrating a third successive year of competitively tendering for delivery of the programme which has seen over 90 organisations benefiting from funded provision.

Dave Lane, chief executive of Development in Social Enterprise said: “We’re delighted to be taking the programme from its launch in January 2012 right through to 2015, when we hope its legacy will be a much stronger, entrepreneurial and resilient sector benefiting from major regeneration developments in North Solihull. We’re particularly excited about the new support initiatives launched for 2014 and hope that local groups take full advantage.”

To learn more about Community Enterprise for Success and register interest in the Social Value Action Learning Programme visit, call 0121 704 8097, and follow @Solihull_ComEnt.

*Existing groups and organisations in the following wards are eligible for support under this programme: Bickenhill; Castle Bromwich; Chelmsley Wood; Elmdon; Kingshurst; Lyndon; Olton; Shirley East; Shirley South; Shirley West; Silhill & Smith’s Wood.

Development in Social Enterprise CIC have moved

A quick post to let you know Development in Social Enterprise CIC has moved.

Our new address is:

026Development in Social Enterprise CIC

The Birmingham Enterprise Centre

First Floor, Cobalt Square

85-89 Hagley Road


B16 8QG

Our other contact details remain the same, but just in case:

Tel 0121 667 6810



027We’re really excited about the move, as we are co-located (from January 14) with a number of leading social enterprise support organisations in Birmingham and the wider West Midlands, creating a one stop shop for business support services in the Midlands. Those that have announced their moves so far are:

  • Social Enterprise West Midlands
  • Dynamic Marketing
  • Harris and Harris Accountancy Services


Who are all on the same floor as Development in Social Enterprise. There are many more to come, so keep watching this space and remember if you need social enterprise or small business support in the Midlands there’s really only one place to go- The Birmingham Enterprise Centre, Cobalt Square.

Tender Opportunity – Supporting People – Floating Support – Solihull

Tender opportunity for floating support services for gypsies and travelers has just been published by Solihull Council.

The opportunity is for a one year contract with an option to extend (subject to longer term funding) for two further years.

See the council’s presentation here 14 Gypsies Travellers Dec 13

Enquiries should only be directed to the following SMBC officers:

The tender is an electronic tender opportunity and is on the following portal

Best of luck!

Development in Social Enterprise Shortlisted for RBS SE100 Trailblazing Newcomer

se100graphicWe’re excited and pleased to announce that Development in Social Enterprise CIC has been shortlisted for the RBS SE100 index “trailblazing Newcomer 2013”.

Dave Lane MD said “We’re really pleased to have been shortlisted for this award, as it is based on the company’s performance against the triple bottom line (social, environmental and economic). Being shortlisted means we’re among the top performing social enterprises in the region for growth and social impact. We would love to win, but recognise we’re amongst very strong competition, being shortlisted is a great achievement.”

The RBS SE100 Index is an online listing of social ventures, ranked and scored according to their growth and social impact. Top performers have been selected from over 500 organisations that have entered their data on As well as being eligible for the prize fund, organisations listed on the web platform can use the tool to create confidential comparative reports of their own performance, benchmarked against others in their region or sector.

The 2013 winners will share a £25,000 prize fund that will be awarded at the RBS SE100 Annual Awards on the 6th November 2013, at the Good Deals social investment conference in London. The shortlist is divided into three categories: Sustainable Growth, Social Impact and Trailblazing newcomer.

The index has three award categories and the full is below.

Growth Champion:

  • Green Machine CIC
  • London Learning Consortium
  • Meanwhile Space CIC
  • Questions & Answers CIC
  • Right Track Social Enterprise
  • Upturn Enterprise

 Social Impact Champion:

  • Bromley Healthcare
  • Bradford Community Environment Project
  • Newlon Fusion
  • People, Potential, Possibilities
  • REDS10
  • Social adventures
  • The FRC Group

Trailblazing Newcomer

  • Bidgley Power Foundation
  • Development in Social Enterprise
  • Patchwork People
  • John Taylor Hospice
  • Inspired Life CIC
  • Iridescent Ideas CIC

Social Enterprise West Midlands Social Enterprise Awards

SEAwards Sponsors BannerDevelopment in Social Enterprise CIC, is proud to be sponsoring Social Enterprise West Midlands’ Social Enterprise Partner Award for 2013. 


The Awards in their third year will be held on Social Enterprise Day 14th November at PwC, Atrium Cafe, Cornwall Street, Birmingham, B3 2DT between 5 and 7:30pm.

Award Categories:

  • SE People – a fabulous organisation that contributes to the community
  • SE Planet – an organisation that really is saving the environment
  • SE Profit – a social enterprise with a commitment to grow
  • SE Prima – a business that innovates beyond all expectations
  • SE Passion – a young social entrepreneur with a commitment to positive change
  • SE Potential – a start-up social enterprise with a promising future
  • SE Professional – an outstanding individual providing business support (Third-party nomination required)
  • SE Partner – a great supporter of social enterprise and social value (Third-party nomination required)

To register,  nominate or find out more see