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Birmingham’s Project Aspie hosts session of ‘Alphabet 12’ – preview of ‘Alphabet 12’ Community Impact Video

On the 23 September 2017 Project Aspie (in conjunction with BMAG museum) presents last session of the Second Series of ‘Alphabet 12’. Project Aspie – an interactive and versatile Autism Opportunity Group for people with Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism; empowering them to live healthy and independent lives within the community and society. It is free and is suitable for people who meet the following criteria:

– Aged 16+
– Have Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism or interact (on a professional or personal level) with service users
– Reside in Birmingham and West Midlands region
– Want to meet other people with Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism

The session will feature a preview of ‘Alphabet 12’ Community Impact Video which took place Wednesday 23 August 2017. Some of the contributors of the video will be presenting talks on their experience to the video.

The session will also feature a Special Webinar from Dr. Zoee Bartholomew, from CA, USA. There will be Introduction Special Webinars from various Lead Guest Speakers and Special Webinar Guest Speakers who will be contributing to Third Series of ‘Alphabet 12’.

Lewis at Project Aspie will be discussing up-and-coming Project Aspie New Developments which take place from October 2017 onwards through end of this year. Justin Donne and Mudassar at Project Aspie will be Event Hosts for the session.

The session will take place at The Education Space, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery between 1.00 pm – 4.30 pm. Refreshments and the opportunity to network will occur between 12.00 pm-12.45 pm.

Click here to reserve your free ticket

Opportunities at Murray Hall Community Trust

Murray Hall Community Trust (MHCT) is a voluntary organisation and registered charity. Established in 1994, Murray Hall is one of the leading health and wellbeing charities in the Black Country and Birmingham and specifically Sandwell.

Murray Hall is looking to recruit a sessional worker for the Wellbeing Hub at Spires Health Centre, Wednesbury, to provide duty cover for 14.5 hours per week (Thursday’s and Friday’s) until the end of October. The pay is £14.88 per hour.

The successful person will assess and identify needs of all referrals including self-referrals to the Wellbeing Hub advise on the options available and triage them for appropriate support and service first time. You will ensure clinical risk is identified and managed, working closely with team members. You will further ensure all patients at risk are navigated to the correct service and handed over. Where there is an unclear pathway the most appropriate service/team will be engaged to ensure a seamless service is provided for the patient.  Please visit the website and upload your CV as the first stage of the application.

In addition to the above, there are four additional vacancies, as listed below. Please click on the appropriate link for details about the role,  how to apply and the closing date.

Monitoring Officer – Looking Forward
Administrator – Looking Forward
Children & Young People’s Worker – Looking Forward
Self Employed Therapists/Counsellors – Therapeutic Services

Visit the website to upload your CV.

Tipton Town FC – All Inclusive Disability Football

Tipton Town Football Club invites you to join their all inclusive disability football which will be commencing on:

Thursday 28 September 2017,  5.30pm till 6.30pm at the RSA Academy, Tipton, DY4 0BZ.

This new opportunity is aimed at ages 7 to 16 years of age. Providing them with the opportunity to make new friends, increase confidence, learn new skills and much more.

The sessions are being delivered by experienced coaches. Please note that these sessions are not turn up and play sessions you will need to register your interest with either Matt on 07896661257 or Jon on 07874976416.

Get A ‘Christmas’ Job at The Way, Wolverhampton

The Get A ‘Christmas’ Job programme will be starting at The Way Wolverhampton Youth Zone on Monday 25th September (full list of dates available on request).

This four-week interactive employability programme is open to all 16-24 year olds who are NEET. The emphasis this time around is on finding work for the Christmas period. The qualification, accredited by the Open College Network West Midlands, will be a Level 1 in Interpersonal and Customer Service Skills.

The aim of the course is for young people to develop self-awareness, confidence and skills to be able to move into a job, the hope being that having experience of work will raise their aspiration and may lead them to apply for other work, a traineeship, an apprenticeship or a college course. (There is also a chance that if they secure a Christmas job and do well, they could be taken on beyond the Christmas period.)

The course blends the development of interpersonal and customer service skills with workshops from business people, an OCNWM accredited qualification, visits to local businesses; use of The Way’s fantastic facilities; work experience opportunities and practical skills around identifying the right next step for them and succeeding with it.

The course is part-funded by Accenture and partly by The Way. Anyone who meets the age and NEET criteria is eligible, regardless of where they live.

Referral is by email to Leonie Hudson at with the participant’s name, address, DOB, email address and telephone number.

Anyone who is referred is encouraged go and meet Leonie on either Tuesday 19th September or Friday 22nd September, any time between 10 am – 4 pm. Please let Leonie know beforehand if you wish to visit on 01902 328 290.


Sports Structures Ltd – Employability Programme

Employability programme is a 6 week programme that won’t affect participant benefits

Who are we?
In September 2016, Sport Structures Ltd began the delivery of our Employability through Sport programme which has been based on our national award winning Coaching Communities Programme. We deliver this programme in all four areas of the Black Country; Dudley Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton. This programme gives the participants the opportunity to become more employable, by gaining valuable, transferable skills to take towards numerous career paths.

What do we offer?
FREE training to gain accredited qualifications in:

  • Safeguarding and Protecting Children
  • Emergency First Aid at Work
  • FREE recognised coaching qualification in Level 1 Principles of Coaching
  • 1:1 workshops to improve; Cover Letter, CV and Interview Techniques
  • Individual support and guidance throughout the programme
  • Develop transferable skills that can be used in ANY industry
  • Progression routes offered by experienced professionals

Our Objectives
To support participants to access further training, enhance their skills and become more employable.
Help the participants take a step closer to enhancing their employment prospects in ANY industry.

How can you get more information to refer?
For any further information on the programme please feel free to contact either Leah or Dan on:
07391 010299
07391 010300

Our Next Programme
We have booked in the Walsall programme at:
YMCA Black Country Group
38 Carters Green
West Bromwich
B70 9LG

The programme starts on Monday 11th September 2017.

Participants must be signed up to the programme prior to this date to begin the programme. Please contact Leah or Dan on the eligibility evidence required to complete the sign up.

“The sessions were informative and relevant, I received help with information regarding coaching and support in the understanding of the programme.”
(Chris Dixon, Sandwell Participant, 2017)

Invitation to Murray Hall’s briefing on new ‘Family Offer’ service for children and families

SCVO, working in partnership with Murray Hall Community Trust and Action for Children, are running two briefing events about the new ‘Family Offer’ service which will be of interest to agencies and organisations supporting children and families in Sandwell.

The Family Offer is a development of the support delivered over many years through Children’s Centres across the borough, and offers town-based ‘universal’ and ‘universal plus’ help and advice to children and young people aged 0-25 and their parents.

The wide range of services provided include an information point for local parents, health promotion, a universal/ universal plus family support service for children and young people 0-19 years (25 for SEND) and their families, a universal Antenatal Education Programme, and a limited Employment and Training role dovetailing with other elements of the service.

The two briefing events will provide local agencies with the opportunity to meet Family Offer staff, gain more information about how to access or link in with the services provided, network with other local providers and take a tour of one of the Family Offer centres and facilities.

The first event was hosted by Action for Children in Smethwick on Tuesday 19th September.

The second event will be hosted by Murray Hall Community Trust at their Rowley (Springfield) Children’s Centre, Dudley Road, Rowley Regis B65 8JY on Monday 9th October, 12.45 pm to 2 pm, with tours of the building until 4 pm. Book your place via Eventbrite

Please note numbers for both events are limited and bookings are made on a first come first served basis. For further information on these events please contact Stuart Ashmore at SCVO on 0121 525 1127, email


Something amazing is happening this summer at Out To Play’s Big Play Warehouse.

In order to make room, Big Play Warehouse is offering free resources to school nurseries early years and free community play providers in Sandwell, via the Big Play Warehouse Facebook page


Like our face book page Big Play Warehouse/ Sandwell to get weekly updates on what resources are being offered that week.


Each Monday Out To Play will publish items that are free to collect. We will draw names from a hat on Friday’s and inform the lucky organisation(s). You must arrange collection with a member of staff and you will only be able to take what has been offered that week.


The Big Play Warehouse is situated at Unit 1 Oldbury Road Industrial Estate B66 1JE

For more information, you can call the team on 0121 569 6992. Email or


Looking for something exciting to do over the Summer holidays?

Connexions Sandwell and Black Country Impact are offering one and two-day fun activities for 16 -18 year olds. You can choose from:

* Team Building/Motivation (with activities like paintballing, ten pin bowling, mini golf etc.)
* Introduction to Construction Trades * Preparing for the World of Work
* Independent Living and Budgeting * Promoting Healthy Lifestyles
* Positive Use of Social Media * First Aid
* Design Animation * Games Design

To book and for more information please contact Connexions Sandwell on 0121 569 2955.




The Black Country Impact Programme

The Black Country Impact programme is a fantastic opportunity for young adults, aged 16 to 29, to get a tailor-made package of support to help them move closer to education, work or training.

Do you know of a young adult who?

• is unemployed or economically inactive or NEET (not in education, employment or training)
• lives anywhere in the Black Country
• wants to improve their prospects.

This programme is ideally suited for them.

The European-funded programme ends July 2018. Time is running out. Please help Sandwell Council to get this money spent on Sandwell’s young adults.

To make a referral contact the Think Sandwell Employment team on 0121 569 2099 or email


Advice for students getting their exam results this summer

Thousands of students will be getting their GCSEs this Thursday, 24 August. Students who get their exam results this summer can get advice at special sessions with experts.

The council’s Connexions team is running an exam results service on weekdays at the Council House in Freeth Street, Oldbury, between 10 am and 4 pm from Thursday 17 August until Thursday 31 August.

Careers advisers will have plenty of advice on a variety of options including apprenticeships, traineeships, jobs, college courses as well as advice on the university clearing process and help with CVs and interview skills.

Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for children services Councillor Simon Hackett said: “We know getting exam results can be a bit of an anxious time for students and parents alike, especially if you don’t get the results you are expecting.

“This exam results service is designed to give Sandwell’s young people the best possible start to their careers. With so many options available it’s important to get independent professional advice and guidance.”

To book an appointment, or to speak to a careers adviser, please call 0121 569 2955. Parents and carers are welcome to come along with their child.

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