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Question Time for Neurology: Continuum of Care

Continuum of Care is organised by the Black Country Neurological Alliance (BCNA) and is for anyone in the Black Country with an interest in neurological or neuromuscular conditions.

A panel of health and community care professionals from Wolverhampton and Staffordshire will speak of their roles in supporting people with long term and complex needs.

Admission and parking is free. There are spaces for blue badge holders and the venue is fully accessible. A light lunch is included for registered attendees.

Booking is essential via Eventbrite or for further information email Closing date is 29 August 2017.


Buds Counselling Service

Buds (Better Understanding of Dementia for Sandwell) is offering a free confidential counselling service to Carers of people with Dementia.

The service is available on Tuesdays, 1 pm to 3 pm, at Great Bridge Library, Sheepwash Lane, Tipton. A session will last up to an hour.

If you would like to book a session, please telephone Buds on 0121 565 3721.

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)

Carers support at Sandwell Hospitals

CARES Sandwell has been awarded a grant by the Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust Charity to provide a Carers Information and Support Service for unpaid family Carers of Hospital Patients in Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust.

Safia Sawal is the Support and Development worker for this project.

Safia will work closely with NHS staff and volunteers to raise awareness of unpaid family Carers and the benefits of identifying carers early on in the discharge planning process.

Safia will also provide support to Carers around discharge planning, care plans, access to health and social care services. She can give information and advice for example, on benefits, carers assessments, mental capacity and carers rights under the Care Act. Safia will also sign-post carers to specialist support services when needed, and to local carer support services for groups and activities that may help to improve health and wellbeing.

To contact Safia for more information call CARES on 0121 558 7725/7003 or email

Alzheimer’s Society Day Support (Day Care Centre)

The Alzheimer s Society is the leading support and research charity for people with Dementia, their families and carers. The Society fights for a better world for people with all types of dementia.

Do you need Day Care support for your loved one, or are you looking for social interaction and meeting like-minded people?

The Alzheimer’s Society Day Care Support runs weekly on Saturdays at Edward Street Hospital. The environment and its Care Support team specialise in the needs and requirements of those diagnosed with Alzheimer s, Dementia and mixed Dementias, in a stimulating, therapeutic, care assisted unit.

The sessions are tailored to individual needs and interests, person centred in groups or one to one with activities to meet all levels of need and capacity. If you or someone you know is ready to make new friends, socialise and have fun, the Day Care Support team meet every Saturday 10 am to 3 pm or if you prefer, 10 am to 1 pm, or 12 pm to 3 pm for half day sessions. There is a three course meal at lunch time.

Transport is provided if you live in the Sandwell area.

For further details, please contact Elaine White the Day Support Manager on 0121 521 3020 / 07710381107 or email


HIV Training Awareness

Terrence Higgins Trust will be running two HIV Training Awareness sessions on 25 July: 10:30 am – 1 pm and 31 July: 10 am – 1 pm. The sessions will be at THT’s Pure Offices, 61 Broadwell Road, Oldbury B69 4BY.

The training is designed to increase professionals’ knowledge on HIV. The instruction was used to raise awareness at Oakham’s Doctor’s surgery earlier in the year and received positive reviews. The training session includes information relating to drug use and the risk of HIV within Sandwell, Equality Act 2010, HIV transmission routes, and the services provided by Terrence Higgins Trust.

Certificates will be given on the day to everyone who attends one of the sessions.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Please register your attendance on Eventbrite.  If you have any questions contact Natalie Quinn on 0121 314 2510

If travelling by car, there are public spaces around Pure Offices but no visitor parking. There are public transport services: Pure Offices are located next door to Sandwell and Dudley train station and there are regular bus services from West Bromwich, Dudley, Blackheath, Rowley Regis and Walsall (4, 121, 289, 4H, 4M).

People in Sandwell and West Birmingham Urged to Stay ‘Sun Safe’ This Summer

With the temperature set to rise over the next few days, Dr Nick Harding from NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is encouraging people in the area to take care when enjoying the sunshine.

Keeping active in the fresh air is good news for our health but exposure of unprotected skin to the sun’s harmful rays can cause serious problems including sunburn, heatstroke and even cancer.

Now, Dr Harding has issued some top tips to help you stay safe in the sun:
• Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration in hot weather
• Apply sunscreen with a factor of at least 15 and preferably higher
• Use sunscreen to protect babies and children, and ensure they have plenty of fluids when outside in the open air
• Make sure children do not become overheated or dehydrated when indoors
• Avoid sunbathing between 11am and 3pm when the sun is at its hottest
• If travelling by car, take drinking water for the journey and ensure children do not become overheated
• Never leave children or pets in cars parked in the sun
• Wear a hat and light, loose-fitting clothes, preferably cotton
• Use sun glasses that offer your eyes 100 UV protection.

Statistics show that poor sunbathing habits are causing higher levels of malignant melanoma, which is one of the least common but most serious types of skin cancer. In the UK more than 8 in 10 cases of melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, could be prevented through enjoying the sun safely and avoiding sunburn.

Dr Nick Harding from NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group said:

“Because of the temperate British climate it can be very tempting to bask in the sun when the high temperatures arrive. While this is perfectly understandable, it also carries a risk. So, I’m urging people to alter their sunbathing habits and cover up vulnerable skin in the midday sun so we can all enjoy the sun more safely. Far from trying to stop people from enjoying the sunshine, we just want people to take a few simple precautions to ensure that they can make the most of the weather safely.”
For more information on skin cancer, visit

Terrence Higgins Trust

The Terrence Higgins Trust is a free and confidential sexual health service with over 10 years’ experience as a national charity, helping escorts and sex workers across the UK. The charity offers free condoms and lube by either post or drop off. It can give support and advice around sexual health and assist with legal issues around working etc.

Terrence Higgins Trust reassures many agencies around reports of risky clients and nuisance callers. It advises workers who are being harassed or blackmailed. You can make a personal visit or have a chat over the phone. Please contact SWISH Project Workers Sharon or Jo on 0121 314 2510. Alternatively, email or  Check out THT facebook page.

Have you heard of National Ugly Mugs? THT highly recommends this confidential national service, which provides free text alerts to your phone, of risky or unsafe clients reported in your area.  Visit the Ugly Mugs website to register, then go to the ALERTS section to see how this can help you.

The Trust will have a drop-in HIV testing clinic on Saturday 24 June, 10 am – 1 pm at Great Bridge Library. The library is on Sheepwash Lane, Tipton, DY4 7JF. The test requires a small amount of blood, via finger prick, and results are available on site within 2 – 5 minutes. Free condoms and dental dams will also be available.

For enquires please contact 0121 314 2510 or via email

Healthwatch Sandwell Health and Social Care Group

Healthwatch Sandwell is holding a public meeting on Friday, 16 June 2017, 10.30 am to 1.00pm, at the Salvation Army, Merton Close, Oldbury, B68 8NG to find out about developing new ways of working.

In line with the NHS Five Year Forward View, a publication that sets out a vision for a better NHS, Sandwell & West Birmingham CCG is exploring new ways of working that will improve the health and care for local people. As demand for services increases and with people living longer, quite often with lots of different conditions, Healthwatch are keen to explore other ways of doing things to provide quality care for everyone, which wraps services around people.

Speakers at the meeting will be Angela Poulton, Programme Director (New Care Models) Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG and Dr George Solomon, Independent Clinical Lead for New Care Models.

To book a place call 0121 569 7210 or email

Kingfisher Buddies

Kingfisher Buddies is a new service from local social enterprises Agewell and Dementia Pathfinders, which supports older people across Sandwell who are in the early stages of dementia.

Seeking and receiving a diagnosis of dementia can be a frightening time for an individual and their family. By contacting Kingfisher Buddies you will not be left on your own to worry and wonder what to do next. Kingfisher Buddies are there to provide you with support, information and guidance, both pre and post diagnosis.
The new service aims are to:

• Support you in seeking a diagnosis
• Be there to provide the advice and support you need to take it all in
• Guide you and your family through what can be done now to better prepare for the future.
• Encourage you, and your carers to take part in enjoyable activities in the community.
• Help you to make the most of your life post diagnosis.

So, don’t try to cope on your own, make an appointment with one of the Community Pathfinders who will visit you at home.  Contact Agewell on 0121 796 9333 or email

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