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3rd Sedgley St Andrew’s Scout Group – 50th Anniversary Reunion

2017 marks the 50th year since the Group was formed and they are hoping to hold a reunion by way of celebration on Saturday, 4th November 2017 (times to be confirmed).

Visit our Events Calendar for more info: http://www.scvo.info/?p=21412


Project Aspie’s ‘Alphabet 12’ Session – July 2017

On Saturday 29th July 2017 session of ‘Alphabet 12’ will be focusing on exploring the experience of ‘ASD, Parents and Siblings’. The session will comprise of Lead Guest Speaker Gurleen Manku, followed by 2 Special Guest Webinars from T.Lynn Lewis from Canada and Shawna Hardaway from USA aimed at raising awareness and understanding of how Autism affects Parents and Siblings.

More details at: http://www.scvo.info/event/project-aspies-alphabet-12-session-july-2017/


RES Sandwell Equalities Network Meeting

Rights and Equality Sandwell is looking to re-establish its Equalities Network in Sandwell.

Our partners have expressed a strong interest in being involved in the network to work together to underpin equalities and reinforce protection from discrimination and harassment in all its forms. Thereby, we are seeking expressions of interest from all agencies that would like to be involved in the Equalities Network and have within their remit:

• equality, diversity and inclusion activities
• support the most vulnerable and disadvantaged communities
• promoting a positive sense of identity and wellness
• campaigns to tackle, prevent and eliminate inequality and injustice
• mediation and resolution of social tensions and safeguarding concerns

Sandwell Equalities Network Meeting

Wednesday 16th August 2017
between 10.00 a.m. and 12.00 noon at SCIPS Christ Church, Birmingham Street, Oldbury, B69 4DY
Phone: 0121 544 1230

This initial meeting will look at ways in which:

Organisations working to create a fairer society can work with each other
Cascade learning and best practice to embed effective leadership, policy and best practice
Peer working review
Borough-wide collective initiatives

You are asked to reserve a place for the above by no later than Friday 21st July 2017.  Please contact:

parminder.dhani@rightsandequalitysandwell.co.uk or call us on 0121 541 1775
Rights and Equality Sandwell, 28 Birmingham Street, Oldbury, West Midlands B69 4DS

If you would like an event promoting for your organisation them please let us know via our email address support@scvo.info

Don’t forget to check out our new events calendar on our website by clicking here.


The Big Sleuth launches in Sandwell next week!

Six grrrreat bears will be unveiled in Sandwell on Monday (10 July) at the launch of The Big Sleuth public art trail.

The 10-week project supporting the Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity will see decorated bear sculptures on display in the region’s streets, parks and open spaces. Sandwell has three bears in West Bromwich and three in Bearwood.

Visitors will be able to visit the bears along the trail which includes Sandwell, Birmingham, Solihull, Sutton Coldfield and Resorts World. A sleuth is the collective noun for a group of bears.

The first week of the trail in Sandwell will be filled with activities including Blind Dave Heeley joining Sandwell Council staff and bear sponsors on a fun run along the trail between the Sandwell bears. The Mayor will also be visiting all six bears on the day of the launch.

Members of the public can support the children’s hospital charity by raising funds and awareness using the trail and by attending events organised around it.

Anyone is welcome to come along to:

  • Teddy bears picnic, Monday 10 July 12-2pm Lightwoods Park bandstand, with free drawing competition and storytelling, bring a rug and some snacks.
  • The Big Sleuth Family Tennis, every Monday 6-7pm on the tennis courts at Sandwell Valley – present a selfie with a bear to join in!

More events to be announced over the summer.

For a map and more information, go to The Big Sleuth website.


Active Citizens Fund 2017/2018 – Now Open

2017/2018 Active Citizens Fund has been released by West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson.

The fund is designed to support citizens to become more active in making their communities safer.

The Sandwell fund for 2017-2018 is focused on two areas:

  • Reducing vulnerability; and
  • Reducing violent crime.

For more information contact: sw_partnerships@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk or click the link below (which is a pdf Infographic).

acf 2017 infographic MASTER


RES Sandwell Equalities Network

Rights and Equality Sandwell is looking to re-establish its Equalities Network in Sandwell. Its partners have expressed a strong interest in being involved in the network to work together to underpin equalities and reinforce protection from discrimination and harassment in all its forms. Thereby, RES is seeking expressions of interest from all agencies that would like to be involved in the Equalities Network and have within their remit:

• equality, diversity and inclusion activities
• support the most vulnerable and disadvantaged communities
• promoting a positive sense of identity and wellness
• campaigns to tackle, prevent and eliminate inequality and injustice
• mediation and resolution of social tensions and safeguarding concerns

There will be a Sandwell Equalities Network Meeting on Wednesday,  16 August 2017, between 10.00 a.m. and 12.00 noon at SCIPS Christ Church, Birmingham Street, Oldbury B69 4DY.  Telephone: 0121 544 1230

This initial meeting will look at ways in which:

Organisations working to create a fairer society can work with each other
Cascade learning and best practice to embed effective leadership, policy and best practice
Peer working review
Borough-wide collective initiatives

You are asked to reserve a place for the above by no later than Friday, 21 July 2017.  Please contact Parminder Dhani at parminder.dhani@rightsandequalitysandwell.co.uk Rights and Equality Sandwell, 28 Birmingham Street, Oldbury,
West Midlands B69 4DS 0121 541 1775

 


Life’s A Beach: A taste of the British seaside in three caravans

Perilous donkey rides on the beach and rainy days spent shoving pennies in to the bandits at glitzy arcades, fairground dodgems and cheap kiss me quick hats are all memories from the great British seaside holiday. It may have been relegated to the bottom of the list thanks to cheap overseas flights but for those of us born in the 60s, 70s and 80s, the annual summer getaway to the coast was likely our first fleeting glimpse of the delightful seaside.

Now a project by Black Country Touring, in partnership with SO Festival supported by Creative Black Country and Magna Vitae, explores memories of these trips in a brand new show premiering in East Lincolnshire during July. Life’s a Beach will feature the stories captured from holidaymakers, residents and day trippers to the seaside produced from interviews with people of the Black Country and Skegness. Each story will be presented in three specially converted caravans to capture those special memories.

“We’ve interviewed a broad range of people from very different backgrounds across the Black Country and Skegness and heard some beautiful, funny, sad and heartwarming stories.” Comments Co Director Frances Land. “We have used these to create three very different short performances lasting up to twenty minutes each which will transport our audiences to the wonderful and eccentric world of our British seaside towns.”

Enter a caravan and be transported to a seafront arcade. Pulsing neon and filled with sounds of the slots and bingo. Your caller clad in his Elvis outfit, tells stories of moving to this town “so every day can be a holiday”, whilst his assistant dreams of singing and dazzling the audience with her voice.

Experience the caravan from hell. It’s raining outside, there’s nothing to do but explore the tell-tale signs of the previous visitors; what lurks in the cupboards is anyone’s guess – the terrifying seagull with a beak like a razor, the tiny yellow wellies that hide a sad story and the beautifully sorrowful captured mermaid.

Finally, meet true local heroes – the lifeboat crew. Take your place at the sea’s edge and stare into the oily black water, following the light that searches the sea. Their stories, both funny and tragic, fill the space between.

Told via songs and sea shanties, shadow and hand puppetry, plenty of laughs and a touch of pathos this unique set of performances brings the seaside to life.

The Black Country may be the furthest region from the sea but we invite you to join us for a short trip down the road to hear memories of those bygone visits when the seaside comes to Wolverhampton and Bearwood for one month this summer.

Life’s A Beach Dates:

Bantock House Museum & Park
Finchfield Road, Wolverhampton WV3 9LQ – 7, 8, 9 July 2017

Lightwood’s House & Park
Adkins Lane, Bearwood B67 5JB – 13, 14, 15, 16 July 2017

 

 


Sandwell Together Against Hate – please report all incidents

Safety chiefs in Sandwell are urging people to report all hate crimes so victims can receive the support they need.

The Sandwell Together Against Hate campaign promotes different ways people can report incidents, which can take place anywhere and to anyone, whether they are face-to-face, on the phone, online or a verbal or physical confrontation.

You can report incidents by phone or online – or at many centres in the community that have been trained to deal with reports.

Organisations in Sandwell are taking a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to hate crime and working closely together to support victims.

A hate crime is an incident that is motivated by prejudice, where someone is targeted because of personal characteristics such as disability, gender identity, race, religion/faith or sexual orientation.

Don’t be a victim of hate just because of who you are, what you look like, what you wear, what you believe, or who you love. Report it!

  • Police (non-emergencies): 101
  • Crimestoppers: 0800 555 111
  • Sandwell Council: 0121 368 1166

To report incidents to the council online, or for the list of current centres where you can report, go to our hate crime webpage.

You can also report hate crime at True Vision.

If you or your family are in immediate danger, call police on 999.

You can read the FULL article, and see the Community Venues that are trained to deal with hate crime, by visiting: 

https://www.sandwell.gov.uk/news/article/4276/sandwell_together_against_hate_-_please_report_all_incidents


Looking for some replacement office furniture?

SCVO has been contacted by a local company that has office furniture to dispose of following a liquidation.  Some items are free, others may have a small charge.
Geoff Herbert (the company contact) has until the end of this week (Friday, 30th June 2017) to receive offers – what’s left thereafter will be out of his control. The items are in Geoff’s old workplace at; 96 Cape Hill, Smethwick, B66 4PH (This is a shop front with “Seal Energy Ltd” signage above it)  

If any voluntary group wishes to have a look at what’s available please contact Geoff Herbert on 07428 367263.
The building will be staffed and open on Wednesday and Thursday this week (10am – 4 pm) for people to drop in and on other days by appointment.  We cannot deliver items – these are for collection only.

Some of the items available include (sample pictures):


ZEE Sandwell and Birmingham Mela 2017

Thousands of visitors will head to Victoria Park, Smethwick on 1-2 July for the Sandwell & Birmingham Mela 2017.

The festival is a weekend extravaganza in the heart of the community that combines live international music performances, stalls, food, arts, community showcases, workshops and a funfair.

Over 100 artists and groups are set to perform at the event including Bollywood actor Tiger Shroff, chart-topping artists Zack Knight, Sudesh Kumari, Dilpreet Dhillon, Hashmat Sultana and many more!

70,000 people attended the two-day festival in 2016 and, now in its seventh year, the event is set to attract people from across the region and further afield.

Danny Singh, Director of ZEE Sandwell & Birmingham Mela, said: “The Mela is a create opportunity for all communities to come together and celebrate South Asian culture in the heart of UK. We always ensured that the Mela is the very best summer experience in the UK for the community and this year will be more exciting as we bring more highly innovative programming and experiences to the Mela”.

Sandwell Council Leader Councillor Steve Eling said: “The ZEE Sandwell & Birmingham Mela is a hugely popular event in the heart of Smethwick – there’s always a great community atmosphere. It’s an opportunity for people from Sandwell, Birmingham and right across the country to enjoy a wide range of entertainment and the rich cultural diversity Smethwick has to offer in one of our Green Flag parks.”

Gates open at 11.30am, event runs from 12pm – 7pm on both days. Tickets are £1 per person, under 2’s free. Event parking is available in Victoria Park at £5 per car.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit: http://www.birminghammela.com/


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