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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

Sandwell Celebrates National Apprenticeship Week

Sandwell will be marking National Apprenticeship Week (March 6-10) with events helping people to make their first step on the career ladder.

National Apprenticeship Week in Sandwell culminates in opening the doors of the council chambers at the Council House in Oldbury on Thursday (9 March) to anyone interested in starting an apprenticeship.

Apprentices currently working for the council and the council’s employment team will be on hand to chat to anyone interested in signing up for an apprenticeship from 2.30pm until 6.30pm.

From this May, apprenticeships will be opened up to people aged 16 and over – not just young people. The council will be taking on hundreds more apprentices under the Government’s apprenticeship levy scheme.

Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and economic investment Councillor Paul Moore said: “We have helped more than 800 young people find apprenticeships and jobs in the council and with local companies over the past four and a half years.

“An apprenticeship is a great way to earn while you learn, giving you great experience and the chance of a great career in all sorts of areas – ranging from admin and customer service to horticulture, mechanics and more.”

Apprentice Callum Hixon, aged 16 from Tipton, left school with A to C grades at GCSE. He applied for more than 40 apprenticeships and he now works in the council’s Council Tax team processing discounts.

Within a matter of months he was meeting 100% of his targets and impressing his manager. He’s also helping the council to improve how quickly new claims are processed.

Callum said: “I am really enjoying the job and feeling I am making great progress. I’d love to get a permanent job here when I finish my apprenticeship”.

To apply online and find out more about apprenticeships with the council and local employers go to the apprenticeship vacancies webpage or call 0121 569 2099.

GAP Centre Presents DIY Drive-In

The GAP Centre, West Bromwich has secured funds from Creative Black Country to present their DIY Drive-In Cinema event. This is a family friendly event where children use recycled materials and cardboard boxes to design and build their own kid-sized cars before settling down to an afternoon of short family films.

The Gap Centre would like to invite you to their family friendly event taking place on:

Saturday 25th March 2017 from 2-5pm at the GAP Centre, Hargate Lane, West Bromwich, B71 1PH.

Light refreshments will be available.

To book your tickets (priced at £10 per family – 2 x adults and 2 x children) or to find out more about this exciting opportunity please email

Age 16 – 18: Volunteer your way to a new future!

Sport Structures is delivering a FREE Level 1 Award in Preparation for Event Volunteering (Personal Best) in Tipton, which started the beginning of February. Young people 16- 18 years old are eligible for the Award.

The Level 1 award in Preparation for Event Volunteering is an exciting and practical qualification that offers a prospective stepping stone into employment, further education and the potential to volunteer at the 2017 School Games event in the Black Country. The course provides a good foundation to progress individuals into the rewarding world of volunteering, with the added value of a placement included in the qualification.

The course modules cover:
• Becoming a volunteer
• Preparing to volunteer at an event
• Emergency and basic fire awareness
• Public safety awareness
• Understanding effective customer relations
• Understanding equality and diversity
• Introduction to conflict resolution in a public place
• Developing team and inter personal skills
• Preparing for and reflecting on a volunteer placement

Throughout the course, there will be opportunities to visit local sports stadiums. Guest speakers will be delivering some aspects of the modules, carrying out exploratory tasks in local community areas.

Sport Structures is looking to create a network of people working with 16-18 year old in the Black Country.Give Jobeth call on 07917 388166, or email

Visit the website.

Young Parents’ Party

young-parents-partyConnexions and The Young Parents Children’s Centre are holding a free Christmas party at Funky Monkeys, West Bromwich on Tuesday 13 December from 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm.

Young parents between the ages of 16 -19 and their children are invited .There will be a buffet, soft play, healthy eating taster session and Santa. Young people will have the chance to enrol onto Black County Impact to enable them to access education and employment by removing barriers caused by, for example, lack of confidence, childcare or finances. Anyone who signs up to Black Country Impact Connexions will be offered solutions to the above, as well as their own mentor to help them on their on their journey.

Booking is essential as spaces are limited. Call 01215692955/07792691634

YEI Black Country Impact Project – Dynamic Purchasing System

yeiThe Black Country has secured a Youth Employment Initiative contract which is running until 31 July 2018. The programme aims to support people aged 16 – 29 who are currently out of employment or education.

As part of the programme Sandwell Council is looking to procure a range of services for the benefit of individuals in order to move them closer to the labour market and into education/employment. This will be done through the use of a Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS).

Click here to find out more about the DPS for Black Country Impact Project, including information about the procurement process and activities that may be required.

If you would like to be part of the DPS, please follow the instructions and submit your tender by Monday, 12 December 2016.

All queries should be directed to Sheila Ray, the named contact in Dudley.

Primary Mental Health Workers (PMHWs)

KaleidoscopeKaleidoscope Plus has launched a new service providing Primary Mental Health Workers (PMHWs) to work with children and young people, families, carers and a range of professionals to provide support where there are emotional or mental health concerns.

Primary Mental Health Workers come from a range of professional backgrounds having specialist training and experience in helping children, young people, their families and carers when there are emotional or mental health concerns.

Skills include but are not exclusive of:
• Counselling
• Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
• Play Therapy
• Art Therapy
• Transactional Analysis
• Solution Focussed
• Humanistic Approaches
• Trauma and Attachment
• Family Functioning

Further details on this new service and how to access local support can be found on this flyer.

Haden Cross Community Fire Station – Activities Available

haden-cross-fire-stationDid you know that Haden Cross Community Fire Station have a variety of activities to educate and help young people and the community?

People who help us project. This fire fighter visit is aimed at introducing younger children to the Fire Service, helping them to recognise things which are dangerous and how to keep themselves safe.

In order to reduce preventable suffering from fire, often caused by children, the station has produced The Big Fire Engine Activity Box for teachers to deliver fire safety. It contains lesson plans linked to the National Curriculum, stories, films, games and activities aimed at teaching some basic fire safety messages. These are only available to purchase through the Schools Education Officer.

Fire fighters can visit Year 2 students and provide The Great Fire Safety Session. This session compares and contrasts fire safety and fire prevention in 1666 at the time of the Great Fire of London with today.

SPARKS (Schools Pack and Resource Kit) is a fire fighter delivered resource for Year 4 pupils which concentrates on fire and road safety. Children see a short film showing how quickly fire spreads. They will find out about smoke detectors, escape plans, emergency calls, fire hazards, stop, drop and roll, pedestrian safety and in-car safety.

Trained operational fire fighters, known as Key Stage 3-4 Educators, deliver Your Choice: Feel the Heat Programme to Year 8 & 10 students. This explores deliberate fire setting and the consequences both environmentally and on a human level.

Your Choice: On the Road Programme is for year 10 students. It considers the consequences of anti-social driving under the influence of drink or drugs, speeding, mobile phones, not wearing a seat belt, taking responsibility as a passenger, recognising adverse peer pressure and behaviour as a pedestrian.

SEN. Specialist operational fire fighters  work with children and adults with Special Educational Needs.

Fire Cadets. A uniformed cadet group helping to develop life skills, aimed at young people aged 11 to 16 years old, based across the West Midlands. Long-term branches tend to recruit young people at the age of 11 and work with them until they’re 16, or enrol as an instructor. They also run shorter programmes, usually between 12 to 20 weeks, aimed at 11 to 18 year olds.

Fire Safety Tutoring (FST). Tutors work closely with children aged 3 to 18 years old that have misused or shown an unhealthy interest in fire. Each case is assessed individually, and resources are available to work with a range of needs. Tutors work on a two-to-one basis either in the young person’s home, school or at the fire station.

Fire Intervention Reparation and Education (Fire) the 30-hour Fire programme is run by staff and fire fighters for young people who have or are at risk of offending, or have shown challenging behaviour. Through high supervision staff can channel young people’s energy to achieve positive results, as well as looking at the consequences of actions.

If you work with children and young people and would like to know more about any of the above activities, please contact Fire fighter Elizabeth Millinson on 0121 380 7543, email or David Ward, Business Partner CYP, on 0121 380 7348, email

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