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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.

Changes Parenting Programme

The Parent Support Team co-ordinates the training and delivery of Sandwell’s Changes parenting programme. From this month, an additional suite of practitioner training resources and parent handbooks will be launched across the Borough to support universal antenatal education across Sandwell.

The Changes Antenatal programme has been developed using the expertise and experience of practitioners from Family Nurse Partnership, Midwifery Service, Health Visitors, Infant Feeding Team, Breastfeeding Network, Financial Services hub and Children’s Centres.

The Changes Antenatal programme is based on four key sessions before the baby is born:
• Our Growing Baby
• Looking After Us
• The Birth (delivered by a midwife)
• Caring for Our Baby

Parents are then invited to return after the birth of their baby for a postnatal session:
• The first few weeks

Every parent who attends the course receives a colourful A5 handbook that contains key public health messages, provides space to track their pregnancy and has space to make useful notes. Sessions will take place at Children’s Centres in the morning, afternoons and evenings, so that all parents have the opportunity to attend these interactive and informative sessions.

Every pregnant woman will be given an information leaflet at the booking appointment with their midwife and can book online or via Healthy Sandwell.

The Parent Support Team invites you to the Changes antenatal launch on Thursday 11 May, between 10 am and 12 noon, on the first floor landing (above reception) in Oldbury Council House to support them with this programme.

For further details, contact Nikki Russell or Sam Barber on

HR Legal Update: Misconduct, Workplace Monitoring and Brexit

Welcome to the April edition of the HR Newsletter. In this issue, we will be exploring indirect and caste discrimination, looking at a case of gross misconduct and highlighting issues surrounding unfair dismissal. We will also be discussing workplace monitoring and exploring how Brexit could affect your business with regards to the employment law landscape.

Read more

This HR update is provided by Higgs and Sons solicitors, working in partnership with SCVO to provide accessible legal advice and expertise to Sandwell’s voluntary and community sector.

Institute of Fundraising launches new GDPR guide for fundraising

The Institute of Fundraising has published a guide for fundraising charities on the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, in partnership with law firm Bircham Dyson Bell.

Published on 5 May, the guide GDPR: The essentials for fundraising organisations provides guidance for fundraising charities on preparing for the new regulations to come into force from May 2018, and discuss whether organisations should be looking at moving all fundraising communications to an opt-in model.

The guide says that fundraising organisations do not necessarily need to move to an opt-in fundraising communications model to be compliant with GDPR, but point out that the new regulations raise the standard “of what counts as consent from what is required now” under existing data protection regulation.

It also sets out a number of ways in which fundraising organisations can lawfully send direct marketing materials by post or make ‘live’ phone calls to people who haven’t opted out or are registered with the TPS under ‘legitimate interest’.

The guide is split into three parts, with part one dealing with “Getting to grips with the basics” of GDPR; the second “Opt-in consent vs opt-out – what’s going on?!” and the third being “Frequently asked questions”.

Read the full article at


Affordable Reconditioned Laptops

ReCOM is a Solihull-based charity which deliveries its services across the West Midlands. It provides affordable reconditioned laptops to voluntary organisations and individuals on low incomes.

Laptops come with a choice of Windows 7 or Windows 10 and Microsoft Office 2010. Equipment can be collected from their workshop in West Bromwich or delivered to you. ReCOM currently have 14” Lenovo laptops for £130 with fast i5 processors and have a minimum of 160 GB hard drive.

If you are Interested, please speak to Jayne on 0121 663 0335 or email

An application for can be downloaded from the website.

Could you offer Work Experience?

Is your business interested in supporting young people who are looking for work?

Are you committed to engaging with your community and developing local talent and skills?

Could you provide young jobseekers with a positive experience of the working world?

If the answer to these questions is ‘yes,’ you should consider becoming a Work Experience host.

For some young people a lack of understanding of the working world is a significant barrier to finding and sustaining employment. Jobcentre Plus wants to work with you to offer young jobseekers the opportunity to overcome this barrier through Work Experience placements. For those who lack experience, the chance to undertake real work and adjust to the routines and habits of working life can significantly improve their employment prospects.

What is Work Experience?
Work Experience will enable young, unemployed people to volunteer for placements lasting between 2 and 8 weeks. These volunteers will be matched with suitable host employers and complete a light touch selection process. We’ll continue to pay participants’ benefits and also cover the costs of travel, childcare and CRB Disclosures if required.

To find out more….read the work experience guide and/or contact Elaine Palmer, Recruitment Consultant, DWP, Smethwick Jobcentreplus. T: 0121 480 8878 / E: ELAINE.PALMER1@DWP.GSI.GOV.UK

Procurement e-sourcing In-tend Training

Sandwell Council utilises the In-Tend e-sourcing platform for advertising and issuing its quotation and tender documents.

It is appreciated that voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations may not have much knowledge with regard to this system. Therefore, we would like to invite you to a procurement e-sourcing In-tend training session on Friday 5 May at SCVO, 1st floor, Lanchard House, Victoria Street, West Bromwich, B70 8EX.

Time: 10 am-12 noon

The training session will cover how you can:

• Learn more of Sandwell Council’s Procurement registration on the Intend Portal
• Register your company, express an interest in the opportunity and gain immediate access to the ITQ/ITT and related documents.
• Be alerted to new tender opportunities
• The Benefits of using In-tend -Transparency and Auditable trails
• Correspondence – Questions and Answers – answered through the portal
• Save time by not wading through paperwork; juggling spreadsheets and relying on the post
• Question and Answers
• Have direct support from Sandwell Council’s e-sourcing team

There will be time allocated for suppliers to register their company at the training session, if they are not already registered by the e-sourcing support team.

This training session is open to all Voluntary Sector Organisations that may be interested in learning more about how to use Intend.

To find out more about the training session or to register for the training please contact Marcia Sandel-Massey, 0121 569 3556 or email


Providers Event for Victims Fund

The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner will be running a Providers Event for a Victims Fund workshop on Wednesday 26 April 2017. The workshop will run from 3 pm to 5 pm. The venue is SCVO, First Floor Landchard House, Victoria Street, West Bromwich B70 8ER.

The purpose of the workshop is give guidance to those voluntary sector groups that wish to apply for up to £15,000 funding from the Victims Fund which will open in April 2017. Potential applicants will learn more about:

  • Differences between outputs and outcomes
  • Financial information and monitoring
  • Evidencing need
  • Collaborative working
  • Quarterly monitoring returns
  • Explaining your project

The PCC welcomes applications from voluntary and community sector organisations which support victims and help them to cope and recover from their experiences of crime. Individual applications can be made or organisations can apply together as a partnership.

To book your FREE ticket visit the Eventbrite page.

Black Country Impact

Black Country Impact is aimed at 16—29 year olds not in education, employment or training (NEET).

The scheme will support you through training and activities that will not only help build self-confidence but have a positive impact in your future.

So if you need help with:

Employment: Training ∙ Support ∙ Life Skills ∙ Interviews ∙ Apprenticeships ∙ Employability Skills
Access to work experience
Careers Advice & Guidance: Improve your skills and education
Help with expenses: clothing ∙ equipment
Specialist interview advice

Please contact Connexions Sandwell on 0121 569 2955.

Small, Local Charities Set to Feel the Benefit of Skills Training

The Foundation for Social Improvement has been awarded a grant totalling £199,580 to run a two year training programme, helping small, local charities and community groups develop their fundraising skills – including digital skills.

The programme run by the FSI in partnership with LocalGiving, the Small Charities Coalition and Charity Finance Group, will provide over 5,000 fundraising training opportunities. It will include face-to-face events across the country, webinars and online learning resources, one-to-one advice and consultancy appointments, fundraising campaign planning support, and intensive mentoring matches. Training will be subsidised, helping organisations to take part who may not normally have the resources to attend.

The training will be for small, local charities and community groups with an annual income of up to £1m, which have a local focus within England.

Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson said: “Small, local charities and community groups provide essential support for local people and are the backbone of our communities helping to build a fairer society that benefits everyone, not just the privileged few.

“I want to help them be more resilient and sustainable, and this training programme will give them valuable skills so they can continue their vital work helping to support people up and down the country.”

Details of the training events will be added to the FSI’s website as they become available, with online resources for those who might not be able to attend the training.

Source: Charity Digital News

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