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Care Act – Community Event

What is a Care Act Advocate?

Who is eligible for a Care Act Advocate?

How can I refer someone?

If you want to know the answers to these questions, come to our POhWER Sandwell community Care Act event. We will be starting with a short background presentation and then opportunity for discussions. Please come and network, promote your services and find out more.

Limited spaces please book a place. Contact Chris Watkins, 0300 456 2370 before 29th August 2017.

The results of our GDPR Poll are in…

‘Thank you’ to everyone who took part in our recent poll regarding the implications of the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which is due to come into force on the 25th May 2018.

The GDPR is a new set of rules, laid down by the European Commission, governing the privacy and security of ‘personal data’ and will be adopted and implemented despite the 2016 referendum vote to leave the European Union.

We asked the question: “What impact will the new GDPR have on your organisation (particularly implementation)?” and the results are as follows (click the pie chart image to see it in more detail):

In summary:

  • 29% of respondents said it would have a lot of impact;
  • 42% said it would have some impact;
  • 16% said it would have little impact; and
  • 13% selected “What’s GDPR?



The fact that 87% of respondents are aware of the GDPR is very encouraging, particularly as there are still some 10 months until the Regulation comes into effect – it’s never too early to start planning for something as important as this – the most important change in data privacy regulation in 20 years!

Whilst the 13% who selected the ‘What’s GDPR?” is relatively modest, it is still a sizeable percentage given the amount of coverage the matter has had via third sector news outlets and, indeed, information that SCVO has disseminated.

And for the 16% who suggest it may have little or no impact…the legislation applies to anyone who handles ‘personal data’ – so, for example, if you hold personal details about staff or volunteers then you’ll need to be aware of the GDPR (indeed, you should already be aware of the current UK Data Protection legislation).

So, how can you find out more?

There is a wealth of information available on the Internet, but some places you might like to try are:

And, last, but by no means least…

  • SCVO’s Lunchtime briefing (13th Sept 2017): – FREE tickets now available (limited to one representative per organisation).


3rd Sedgley St Andrew’s Scout Group – 50th Anniversary Reunion

2017 marks the 50th year since the Group was formed and they are hoping to hold a reunion by way of celebration on Saturday, 4th November 2017 (times to be confirmed).

Visit our Events Calendar for more info:

Project Aspie’s ‘Alphabet 12’ Session – July 2017

On Saturday 29th July 2017 session of ‘Alphabet 12’ will be focusing on exploring the experience of ‘ASD, Parents and Siblings’. The session will comprise of Lead Guest Speaker Gurleen Manku, followed by 2 Special Guest Webinars from T.Lynn Lewis from Canada and Shawna Hardaway from USA aimed at raising awareness and understanding of how Autism affects Parents and Siblings.

More details at:

The Big Sleuth launches in Sandwell next week!

Six grrrreat bears will be unveiled in Sandwell on Monday (10 July) at the launch of The Big Sleuth public art trail.

The 10-week project supporting the Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity will see decorated bear sculptures on display in the region’s streets, parks and open spaces. Sandwell has three bears in West Bromwich and three in Bearwood.

Visitors will be able to visit the bears along the trail which includes Sandwell, Birmingham, Solihull, Sutton Coldfield and Resorts World. A sleuth is the collective noun for a group of bears.

The first week of the trail in Sandwell will be filled with activities including Blind Dave Heeley joining Sandwell Council staff and bear sponsors on a fun run along the trail between the Sandwell bears. The Mayor will also be visiting all six bears on the day of the launch.

Members of the public can support the children’s hospital charity by raising funds and awareness using the trail and by attending events organised around it.

Anyone is welcome to come along to:

  • Teddy bears picnic, Monday 10 July 12-2pm Lightwoods Park bandstand, with free drawing competition and storytelling, bring a rug and some snacks.
  • The Big Sleuth Family Tennis, every Monday 6-7pm on the tennis courts at Sandwell Valley – present a selfie with a bear to join in!

More events to be announced over the summer.

For a map and more information, go to The Big Sleuth website.

We’d like to hear your views on…

We’d like to hear your views, via our next poll, regarding some forthcoming legislative changes that have far-reaching implications for all organisations that handle ‘personal data’ (think UK Data Protection Act…and then some!).

Hardly a month seems to go by (well, that’s what it feels like!) without a headline that tells of the latest data breach – I’m sure we can recall a number of the more high profile ones…Tesco Bank had details of 40,000 of their account holders compromised, with 20,000 of those having money stolen from those accounts.

Then there was TalkTalk (back in 2015) when 157,000 personal records were compromised (and this was the second such breach in a year!).

And, of course, how could we not mention Yahoo and its two data breaches – the first in 2013 when 1 billion (yes, 1 billion!) user accounts were breached and then again in 2015 when a further 500 million accounts had their details stolen.

It is against that backdrop that European-wide legislative changes are afoot, which will be implemented in 2018.

So, our poll question is as follows (click the link if the graphic isn’t visible):

Active Citizens Fund 2017/2018 – Now Open

2017/2018 Active Citizens Fund has been released by West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson.

The fund is designed to support citizens to become more active in making their communities safer.

The Sandwell fund for 2017-2018 is focused on two areas:

  • Reducing vulnerability; and
  • Reducing violent crime.

For more information contact: or click the link below (which is a pdf Infographic).

acf 2017 infographic MASTER

Sandwell Together Against Hate – please report all incidents

Safety chiefs in Sandwell are urging people to report all hate crimes so victims can receive the support they need.

The Sandwell Together Against Hate campaign promotes different ways people can report incidents, which can take place anywhere and to anyone, whether they are face-to-face, on the phone, online or a verbal or physical confrontation.

You can report incidents by phone or online – or at many centres in the community that have been trained to deal with reports.

Organisations in Sandwell are taking a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to hate crime and working closely together to support victims.

A hate crime is an incident that is motivated by prejudice, where someone is targeted because of personal characteristics such as disability, gender identity, race, religion/faith or sexual orientation.

Don’t be a victim of hate just because of who you are, what you look like, what you wear, what you believe, or who you love. Report it!

  • Police (non-emergencies): 101
  • Crimestoppers: 0800 555 111
  • Sandwell Council: 0121 368 1166

To report incidents to the council online, or for the list of current centres where you can report, go to our hate crime webpage.

You can also report hate crime at True Vision.

If you or your family are in immediate danger, call police on 999.

You can read the FULL article, and see the Community Venues that are trained to deal with hate crime, by visiting:

Personal Development Workshops

Kemi Folarin, Director of Ashebo CIC has been a visiting lecturer at De Montfort University for over 15 years covering issues of identity, culture, race, gender and social policy. Her delivery style creates the space for dialogue, analysis and reflection, which enables the deconstructing of labels and conditioning.

Kemi will be delivering three workshops to women focusing on Confidence Building, Leadership and Empowerment.
Through facilitated discussions and using a variety of practical exercises women will collectively explore self-image, gender stereo-types and barriers to engagement.

Workshop dates: 17th and 24th July and 7th August 2017.

For more information visit:

Looking for some replacement office furniture?

SCVO has been contacted by a local company that has office furniture to dispose of following a liquidation.  Some items are free, others may have a small charge.
Geoff Herbert (the company contact) has until the end of this week (Friday, 30th June 2017) to receive offers – what’s left thereafter will be out of his control. The items are in Geoff’s old workplace at; 96 Cape Hill, Smethwick, B66 4PH (This is a shop front with “Seal Energy Ltd” signage above it)  

If any voluntary group wishes to have a look at what’s available please contact Geoff Herbert on 07428 367263.
The building will be staffed and open on Wednesday and Thursday this week (10am – 4 pm) for people to drop in and on other days by appointment.  We cannot deliver items – these are for collection only.

Some of the items available include (sample pictures):

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