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The Sapphire Service

A new project is set to improve the experience of older people and their carers while they are in hospital. Funded through Your Trust Charity, The Sapphire Service is jointly run by Agewell and the West Bromwich African Caribbean Resource Centre. The funding will enable the service to work with the wards from the moment patients are admitted up to when they are discharged and back at home.

Some of the support to be provided by The Sapphire Service includes befriending patients and helping with eating and hydration. While Agewell, will be providing a wider service, the role of the West Bromwich African Caribbean Resource Centre will be to target African Caribbean and dual heritage older adults and carers.

Patients will receive a visit within seven days of their discharge after which The Sapphire Service will provide community intervention from the two organisations for up to six weeks.

The service is also working with volunteers who want to pursue a career in nursing, social care or as a healthcare assistant.

See here for more details about The Sapphire Service.

An ACE too many – Working to prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences

Sandwell’s Health and Wellbeing Board will be hosting an event called, An ACE too Many – Working to prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences in Sandwell.  This will be from 9 am – 1.30 pm on Monday, 3 July 2017, at Sandwell Council Chambers, Freeth Street, Oldbury B69 3DE.

The fixture will focus on the prevention of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), as part of the on-going work on Prevention of Violence and Exploitation (PoVE).

The Board aims to raise awareness around engaging local schools and front line practitioners to identify:

• The Board’s existing approach to ACE
• The Board’s effectiveness at identifying ACE
• What support pathways are already in place
• What can be done to improve the Board’s approach

The event will be particularly relevant to:

Children’s services practitioners
Adult social care practitioners
Library services
Faith groups
Local police/fire/ambulance services
Youth support/services and anyone else who works with children and young people

You can book your free ticket by visiting the Eventbrite page.    

For more information contact Rachel Allchurch on 0121 569 5163.

Henry Smith Charity (Holiday Grants)

Schools, youth groups, not for profit organisations and charities have until 21 July 2017 to apply for grants of £500 to £2,500 to support recreational trips or holidays within the UK for groups of children experiencing disadvantage or who have disabilities.

Funded by the Henry Smith Charity, grants can cover up to two-thirds of the cost of a holiday or trip lasting one to seven days. In this round, trips must be taken before the end of August 2017. For more details and to apply, complete the eligibility quiz on the website and submit the application form online at least 6 weeks before the trip is due to take place.

Although the deadline is the 21 July, decisions are made on a first come-first served basis, until all funds have been allocated.

More information

Announcing BCNA’s First Meeting!

Black Country Neurological Alliance is often asked about its meetings. Well, the truth is, up to now the only meetings have been Roadshows and more recently a Question Time Forum. The committee meets monthly to organise its work and more Forums.

So, BCNA has decided to give it a try! The first meeting will be on Thursday, 27 April, at Queen’s Cross Network in Dudley, on the outskirts of the town centre. It has been designed with people with disabilities in mind, so is fully accessible. Attendees are asked to meet in the cafe at 1 pm.

There is no agenda just a chance to meet other people, including the committee, over lunch, chat with them and see what Queen’s Cross network has to offer. There is no charge for this, but BCNA cannot fund lunch this time.

The address is Queens Cross Network, Physical Disability Support Centre, Wellington Road, Dudley DY1 1RB (not far from the Leisure Centre). Telephone 01384 813 460.

Sandwell & West Birmingham CCG Prescriptions and Medicines Consultations

Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG would like to advise of  public consultations on the proposed changes to prescriptions and medicines. They are keen to hear the views of patients who are registered with a Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG GP, local groups and communities.

The public consultation runs from Thursday 23 March to Thursday 15 June 2017. All stakeholder views will then be presented to the CCG’s Governing Body before a decision is made on this proposal.

You can have your say at a series of public meetings; by completing an on-line survey; by contacting the CCG Engagement Team or visiting the website. Information is also available on Twitter at SWB CCG.

Find out about the proposed changes.

Sandwell Businesses Invited to Health Event

Sandwell businesses are invited to an event to discuss how they and the council can best work together to improve the health of their employees and customers.

The key message of the free event at Sandwell Council House, Oldbury, on Tuesday 28 March is that what’s good for health can be good for business too.

This includes reducing sickness costs, boosting productivity and helping to generate jobs and growth.

Hosted by the council’s public health team, the event from 8.45am to 11.30am will bring together representatives from local businesses and a range of council services.

Councillor Preet Gill, the council’s cabinet member for public health and protection, said: “We really want to hear the views of Sandwell businesses on improving health and wellbeing.

“This event is a great opportunity for us to hear what they have to say and how we can better support them and work with them to improve health.

“Businesses have great influence over the lives of their staff and customers, so they have a crucial role to play in encouraging people to make healthier choices.

“Improving health and wellbeing is good for business. Healthier employees are happier and more productive. And, as people become increasingly health conscious, businesses offering healthier products increase their market share.

“I would encourage as many Sandwell businesses as possible to join us at this event.”

To reserve a place for the event, or for more information, contact Nick Laws on 0121 569 5159 or email

For more information click here


Free NHS Health Checks

The check happens every five years, so if you have had one recently you don’t need to see us. If you are already seeing your GP for some conditions like diabetes and angina, again you don’t need to come for the check, as you are already getting the treatment you need. We can go through the eligibility criteria over the phone, or click here for further information.

The check is completely FREE, and will only take 30 minutes of your time. In the private appointment, the professional will take a few measurements (height and weight), test your cholesterol levels and check your blood pressure.

They will go through the results with you there and then, so you don’t need to wait. You will get some advice about how to reduce your risk of serious conditions like diabetes, or heart problems, and suggest free support and services that you can access in Sandwell.

To check your eligibility and for more information click here.

Community Alcohol Awareness Team Marketplace Event

Did you know Alcohol is a significant cause of ill health here in Sandwell? Are you aware of what services are available to help and what they can do for you?

The Community Alcohol Awareness Team are hosting a drop in marketplace event to launch their new Alcohol Awareness Team and raise awareness of the different services available to help in Sandwell.

The Community Alcohol Awareness Team’s ‘marketplace’ event is being held on Monday 10th April 2017 between 12 and 3pm at Sandwell Council House, Freeth Street, Oldbury, B69 3DE (Sat Nav users B69 3DB).

Stalls include:
• Sandwell – Alcohol Recovery Service
• IRIS – Drug Recovery Service
• DECCA – Drug and alcohol treatment and education for young people in Sandwell up to the age of 18.
• CAP – Community Alcohol Project
• Public Health Weight Management Team
• Public Health Community Activity Team
• Healthy Sandwell

You’ll also have the opportunity to sample some alcohol free beverages.

About the Community Alcohol Awareness Team:

The Community Alcohol Awareness Team has been established to deliver targeted support which enables individuals to identify their level of alcohol and their related risk with a view of the individual taking ownership of managing that risk to improve their health.

They also work with community organisations to raise awareness of the risks of significant alcohol dependence.

For more information on the event please contact Sandwell Council’s Community Alcohol Awareness Team on 0121 612 8752.

Council Invites Views on New Vision for Sandwell

Sandwell Council in its leadership role in the Borough has recognised that the time is right to refocus Sandwell’s vision for the future. The Council has kicked off the process of refocusing the vision by suggesting 10 ambitions for Sandwell. It is now inviting local voluntary and community organisations to share their views, ambitions and vision for our borough.

This process aims to:-
• Set shared aspirations for what we want for the borough in 2030
• To drive and focus what the Council does to achieve this
• To focus partnership working and influence others to help achieve the vision

Since January the Council have been engaging with various groups of people in Sandwell to see what they think, including residents in the six towns, businesses, the voluntary and community sector and other public bodies.

The 10 ambitions listed below reflect the rapidly changing world around us that bring huge opportunities but also potential threats. The key message of Vision 2030 is to create a place where everyone has the opportunity to thrive and aspirations are raised. A place where people choose to raise their families and a resilient Sandwell that can cope with and benefit from the changing world around us.

Five of the ambitions focus on creating resilient Sandwell PEOPLE

Five of the ambitions focus on creating a resilient Sandwell the PLACE

The Council is seeking your views:-
• Are these the right ambitions for 2030?
• Which do you think are the most important for Sandwell?
• What are the most important aspects to address in your local area?
• How do we ensure that Sandwell is a place where families choose to bring up their families?

Please take time to complete the online survey and have your say:

Ambitions for People

Ambition 1

By 2030, Sandwell will be a borough where families’ aspirations are raised and that prides itself on equality of opportunity and resilience to change.

Ambition 2

By 2030, Sandwell will be a place where people and families are healthier for longer and are safer.

Ambition 3

By 2030, Sandwell’s young people will have better skills and working people will have developed new skills – giving Sandwell a workforce geared up to respond to changes in business needs and the economy.

Ambition 4

By 2030, secondary school quality will have been raised, and superb primary schools will be giving children the best start.

Ambition 5

By 2030, crime will have fallen and anti-social behaviour incidents will be few and far between.

Ambitions for Place

Ambition 6

By 2030, Sandwell will have excellent public transport links to jobs in Birmingham, Wolverhampton, the airport and the wider West Midlands.

Ambition 7

By 2030, Sandwell will have significant numbers of new homes built along key transport routes and there will be major new employment sites.

Ambition 8

By 2030, Sandwell’s six towns will have continued to develop a strong sense of local identity and pride and will be a better environment in which people choose to bring up their families.

Ambition 9

By 2030, Sandwell will host the industries of the future and will have boosted the best performing companies to grow.

Ambition 10

By 2030, Sandwell will have a national reputation for getting things done, focussing on what really matters in people’s lives and their wider community.

Rapid Testing Clinic Drop-ins

Terrence Higgins Trust is having Rapid HIV testing clinics across Sandwell, from 28 February.  No appointment required.  Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss sexual health and undertake HIV and Chlamydia testing.  Testing kits will provide results within a few minutes.

Date and time of the sessions are:

28 February: 5 pm – 7 pm
Portway Leisure Centre Oldbury

6 March: 10 am -1 pm
Brandhall Library, Tame Road, Oldbury

7 March: 5pm – 7 pm
Portway Leisure Centre Oldbury

14 March: 9 am – 5 pm
Oldbury Pharmacy, Causeway Green Road, Oldbury

18 March: 10 am – 1 pm
Great Bridge Library, Sheepwash Lane, Great Bridge

Further clinic dates will be shared on the Terrence Higgins Trust Sandwell Facebook page.

The contact numbers for the Terrence Higgins Trust Sandwell Office are 07468 726029 / 0121 314 2510.

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