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National Citizens Service

A team of National Citizen Service (NCS) participants took to the streets of West Bromwich on Wednesday 12 July on a campaign to raise awareness about Dementia with help from some of the most notable organisations from across the country and for these young people, it all started with them saying “Yes”. Tarique Ramsey-Braithwaite, part of Team Reiss and one of the many young people who became the first ‘wave’ of summer participants on the 2017 programme, talks about their experiences.

The National Citizen Service is a government-funded initiative that brings together schools, community organisations, businesses and individuals to build a stronger and more cohesive society. NCS is a three-part programme for 15-17 year olds that provides unique benefits for personal development. It’s an unforgettable experience which builds confidence and independence and the programme runs during summer, autumn half term, and autumn term time.

As part of the NCS programme, the team undertook volunteering at Dingle Meadows Residential Home in Oldbury. Throughout our time we spoke to residents and were told stories of their lives and their experiences of noticeable events like the World Wars.

Throughout our volunteering time, all members of the team became aware of how Dementia affected the residents, their families and the care staff. As our own awareness about the condition grew, we planned, organised and hosted a Youth-Led Dementia Awareness Campaign Day, which we called ‘Never Forgotten’. Our campaign raised awareness about Dementia within the local Sandwell community, raised awareness of organisations that support those who are affected by dementia and, where required, we signposted individuals to these organisations, and we raised awareness and signposted community organisations and local businesses to access support to become involved in making their services more dementia friendly.

Our team received various forms of support from community organisations and local businesses. We would like to ‘Thank’ Birmingham Dementia Action Alliance, Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council’s West Bromwich High Street Market, Dementia UK and Alzheimer’s Society for their generous contributions.

Team Reiss’ experience was a unique and life-changing opportunity. We were empowered and inspired to achieve through monumental challenges and was able to make a positive impact within the local Sandwell community. Therefore, we would encourage young people, local businesses and community organisations to become involved with the NCS programme. Visit, contact your local NCS office in writing at 52 Charlotte Street, Birmingham, B3 1AR or email

Our final ‘thanks’ goes to NCS and The Challenge for allowing us to experience this unique opportunity and to be able to represent them through their programme and dedicated work for young people.

Homeschool Social Enterprise – Child-Minding Services

At Homeschool Social Enterprise you can have peace of mind whilst your child engages in the joy of learning, curiosity and imagination!

Homeschool Social Enterprise run an Independent Christian Primary School registered with the Department for Education (DfE).  Its central aim is to educate and support children with a rich and varied education along with strong Christian values to prepare them for life.  The school offers a diverse range of services for all age groups including tuition, childminding and community support.

Following the EYFS guidelines, a wide range of activities (tailored to the age and stage of each child) is provided including communication games, arts & crafts, role play, messy play, singing, dancing, child and adult led activities, baking and promoting healthy eating and lifestyles. There are also regular trips to local parks, libraries, museums and more.

For further information or to discuss the childminding services call on 0121 649 1599 or email at

Visit the website to find out more about Homeschool’s current range of services at

Homeschool Social Enterprise – School Places For September

Are you looking for a new school place for September?  Homeschool Social Enterprise still has spaces left for children aged 5-11 for September 2017.

Homeschool is an Independent Christian Primary School and its central aim is to educate and support children with a rich and varied education along with strong Christian values to prepare them for life.

The school’s initiative is designed to combat underachievement that is common within schools.  Unlike traditional mainstream schools, there are smaller class sizes, a curriculum programme tailored to each child and a work ethic that reflects working life after school. You could say it truly has a child centered focus.  So whether your child is a Gifted and Talented pupil, or suffers with a learning difficulty, Homeschool can place them on a programme to see that they reach their full potential.

Contact Homeschool to find out how it small class sizes can benefit your child.  As an inclusive school it accepts children of all abilities including SEN and prepares them for Mainstream and Grammar school.  The school has a proven success rate and targeted programmes to support all children to achieve that next level.

Call 0121 649 1599 or email at to find out more about its services. Alternatively, why not take a look at the website at

Bright Futures

Are you looking for training, jobs or apprenticeships?

From 3 July through to 25 September 2017, Connexions Sandwell will continue to offer a One Stop Shop at Oldbury Council House, where every Monday and Wednesday, 11 am – 1 pm, different providers will be available to chat with young people aged 16 – 18 about their Bright Future.

For more information please contact Connexions Sandwell on 0121 569 2955. Facebook and twitter address, Sandwell_connexions.


Prince’s Trust Boosts Access Through New Online Platform

Youth charity The Prince’s Trust is opening up its services to more users by launching a new web-based platform.

Prince’s Trust Online, supported by founding patrons Nominet and NatWest, will allow users to benefit from its programmes even if they can’t attend in person because of where they live, or their personal circumstances. Young people can access The Trust’s programmes online, via their smartphones, tablets and computers.

The platform has launched with a digital version of the Enterprise programme, which helps young people turn their ideas into business reality. Prince’s Trust Online mirrors all parts of the existing Enterprise scheme, with e-learning modules covering everything from business plans to finance and, uniquely, is leading the way by combining online learning with a full e-mentoring service.

All young people will receive the ongoing support of a dedicated e-mentor, allowing The Trust to replicate the quality of their face-to-face programmes, ensuring the same positive outcomes for the young people involved.

Announcing the new platform at London Tech Week’s TechXLR8 event, Russell Haworth, CEO of Nominet said: “Britain needs its talent, wherever they live and whatever circumstances they find themselves in, to have the confidence and support they need to make their mark. Our funding helps The Prince’s Trust extend its programmes to those who, due to other commitments or geography, would otherwise miss out.”

The platform has been road tested by an initial cohort of young people, who wouldn’t otherwise have been able to access support from The Trust and will continue to roll out to full capacity over the coming months.

David Ivell, CIO, The Prince’s Trust said: “With the launch of Prince’s Trust Online we will be able to support more young people than ever and, perhaps most importantly, break down barriers that have previously prevented us reaching those who may have the most to gain from one of our programmes.  Prince’s Trust Online will give anyone, anywhere and in any circumstance, the chance to complete a program at their own speed, but with the full support we pride ourselves on delivering face to face.”

The charity says this is just the start of its online activity, with an Employability programme launching imminently.

Source: Charity Digital News

Sandwell’s Answer to Britain’s Got Talent

For those already missing Britain’s Got Talent, Sandwell Council’s SHAPE Team have the answer. More than 90 young people aged 8 to 19 came along to the SHAPE Your Talent auditions during May to showcase their talents. These have now been whittled down to 17 semi-finalists and voting is now open for members of the public to choose their favourite act.

Online voting is open until Sunday 18 June. Once the votes have been counted they will be combined with judges votes and the finalists will be announced.

Tickets are now available for the SHAPE Your Talent grand final which is taking place on Friday 30 June at St Michael’s C of E High School in Rowley Regis. The show starts at 7 pm with doors opening at 6.15 pm. Tickets cost £5 each and the will be light refreshments and snacks available. Finalists will take to the stage and perform in front of a panel of judges with encouragement from the audience.

Councillor Simon Hackett, cabinet member for children’s services said: “We have some very talented young people in Sandwell and our judges were very impressed at the auditions last month. Thank you to all those who entered. “The grand final promises to be an exciting evening with some great performances. I urge people to come along and see for themselves how talented our young people really are.”

Winners of the talent competition stand to win prizes of up to £500 with runners-up getting £100 for second prize and £50 for third prize. Winners will be chosen in two age categories – age 8 to 13 and age 14 to 19.

To get tickets and to vote go to You can also email or call 0121 569 6164.

Free Training Opportunity Available from CORC

The Child Outcomes Research Consortium (CORC) is the UK’s leading membership organisation that collects and uses evidence to improve children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

CORC holds data relating to mental health and wellbeing outcomes of more than 400,000 children and young people in the UK, representing the largest data set of this kind worldwide. It has over ten years’ experience bringing together theoretical knowledge on outcome measurement and developing this with the insights developed by practitioners working on the ground.

CORC would like to know if your organisation is interested in some free training to build up your knowledge and expertise in using outcome measures and data to improve the services provided for children and young people.

If you feel this would benefit your organisation and would like to register your interest, please email

Cricket for 5-8 year olds comes to Coseley

Children aged five to eight can start playing cricket at special sessions run by Coseley Cricket Club in June and July. It’s part of a nationwide initiative from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) called All Stars Cricket, which aims to give children a great first experience in cricket.

Coseley Cricket Club are providing 8 weekly sessions starting from, Monday 5 June, 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm. The activity and game based programme is suitable for all skill levels, providing children with the foundations to begin a life-long love of physical activity, while also making friends in a safe and enjoyable environment.

Each child that registers not only gets special training but also will receive a pack containing:
* backpack
* cricket bat
* cricket ball
* cap
* water bottle
* personalised shirt

To register visit  and type Coseley Cricket Club into the search box.

To get in touch with Coseley Cricket Club, contact Stuart Knight on or

Part-time Sessional Youth Worker for Brasshouse

The Brasshouse Community Centre (managed by North Smethwick Development Trust) is a hub for the local community and provides a great range of services.

There is currently a role for a part-time Sessional Youth Worker. The role will involve implementing a range of centre based youth services, working with young people whilst they engage in positive activities.  It will include planning, designing, delivering activities, keeping records and monitoring work.

Hours per week: To be negotiated. Work mainly in evenings and weekends
Salary: £7.50 – £9.00 per hour (dependent on experience).

A full Job Description and Application Form are available on the website.  Alternatively contact NSDT on 0121 555 5672 or email to request.

The closing date for applications is 12 midday on 13 April 2017.  Interviews will be held on 19 and 20 April 2017.

All posts are subject to a DBS check and satisfactory references.


Half-Day Awareness Safeguarding training sessions

Sandwell Safeguarding Children Board is offering further Half-Day Signs of Safety sessions to anyone who works with children, young people and families.

Practitioners who are involved in assessment, planning, intervention and review for children and young people, and in assessing parenting capacity, will benefit from this opportunity to understand the basics of the SoS model.

The sessions run from April 2017 to March 2018. See here for full details.

All sessions are to be booked online at

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