The MSE Charity

The MSE Charity has announced that its grants programme will re-open for applications on the 1st September 2017.  The Charity provides grants to constituted community based groups for projects to help fight financial and consumer illiteracy and to educate and inform adults and children about consumer and debt issues. Under the programme, grants of up to £5,000 (in exceptional circumstances £10,000) are available.

Priority will be given to groups with an annual income of less than £500,000. Each funding round is based on a teaching financial life skills within the context of different themes.

The themes for the next funding round will be:
Relationship breakdown

The closing date for applications will be the 29th September 2017, however, each grant round is limited to the first 40 applications, so please apply early.

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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.

SAFL Open Days

SAFL will be hosting Open Days on the 4, 5 & 7 September. Why not pop into one of the learning centres to find out about the Sandwell Adult and Family Learning Service.  The Open Days will be:

Monday 4 September: 12.00 noon – 8.00 pm
Hateley Heath FETC, 2 Huntingdon Road, West Bromwich B71 2RP

Tuesday 5 September: 12.00 noon – 8.00 pm
Tipton College, Alexandra Road, Tipton DY4 7NR

Thursday 7 September: 12.00 noon – 8.00 pm
Ron Davis Centre, Ballot Street, Smethwick B66 3HH

There will be displays of learners’ work and tutors to talk to about the wide variety of courses, whilst enjoying light refreshments.  SAFL has many talented and enthusiastic learners in classes which are run on a part-time termly basis.

You can find out about how to enrol, class times and venues by going to SAFL’s website or call 0121 556 7426.  If you have a group that would be interested in learning opportunities, SAFL could deliver in your venue, if you have a suitable learning space. Please call to discuss.

Invitation to the Launch of The Legacy of Industrial Textiles Enterprise (LITE)

Community Education Academy of Leadership (CEAL) is pleased launch The Legacy of Industrial Textiles Enterprise (LITE) project.  The LITE project is funded by Heritage Lottery Funds, its purpose is to document, collate and publicise the heritage of the textile sector from 1960s to the end of the last century. Our demographic areas are Birmingham, Sandwell and Wolverhampton. We are looking at almost 50 years of invaluable history in the social, economic and cultural contexts.

This ground breaking project involves, inter-generational Interviews from South Asian, African and Caribbean ethnic communities, former Textile employers and employees Interviews, publication production, digitisation of artefacts, Heritage textile skills training and development and touring exhibition in Birmingham, Sandwell and Wolverhampton.

The launch is open to all interested members of the public and is taking place on:
Date: 6 September 2017
Time: 11-1pm
Venue: Hawthorns House, Halfords Lane, West Bromwich, West Midlands B66 1BB.

The Launch Programme:
11.00- Registration/Refreshments
11.20- Welcome/Introductions- Dr. Christopher A Johnson (Chair of CEAL)
11.30- Why the LITE Project? (Harminder Kaur Bhogal)
11.40- Former Employees Live Interviews
12.00- Former Employers perspectives
12.10- Live Musical Performance
12.20 Special Guest Speaker- Professor Monder Ram OBE (Birmingham University)
12.30: Sue Beardsmore Chair of HLF (West Midlands)
12.35 Closing remarks
Lunch and Networking

We look forward to hearing from you.

For further information contact:
Harminder Kaur Bhogal (Project Manager)
Tel: 07891479255

Rupinderjit Kaur (Field Officer)
Tel: 07378766776

Female* Support Worker for Pregnancy Matters™ in Walsall

Do you want to make a difference to the lives of young women and their children?

If so we have a vacancy for a female* Support Worker in Walsall

We aim to provide a creative, flexible and fun approach to meet each person’s needs and to ensure they feel valued, respected and cared for.

About the job
If you have a genuine passion for working with young women and their children and a desire to learn, we can give you the training to succeed and develop.
Applicants will be required to cover the helpline for three hours per week.

About you
You will have empathy and understanding of the needs of young people dealing with pregnancy or bringing up a young child, and the barriers they face. You like being around and working with young people. You can show us you have experience of or the ability to provide high quality support whilst managing challenging situations. You will be committed to the organisation’s ethos and bring enthusiasm and willingness to practical tasks. You can demonstrate an ability to maintain appropriate and professional boundaries with service users at all times.

You should have basic IT skills, excellent interpersonal skills and understand the importance of working within equal opportunities, safeguarding and confidentiality guidelines. You should be able to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. You should have good life skills and some knowledge of this field would be beneficial but not essential.

Life is committed to equality and diversity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. The post will be subject to an enhanced DBS check and is open to women only.

(*Exempt under the Equality Act 2010 Schedule 9, Part 1)

For further information or application form please visit our website CVs submitted must also provide a covering letter setting out your skills and experience matching the Job Description.

Contract: 15hrs per week
Location: Walsall
Salary: £16,672.44 pro rata
Closing date: 1St September 2017
Interview Assessment day: TBC

For more information please email Life at

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)

Army Reserve To Host Job Fair In West Bromwich

237 Squadron based in West Bromwich will be hosting a Job Fair on 24 Aug 17 to better the relationships with the local Community and help decrease unemployment in the local area.

The event will start at 10:00 hours and run until approximately 15:00 hours. Employers outside of the Armed Frorces include, but are not limited to; National Express, Mercury Security, Avon and Tesco’s. The event will be held on MOD property namely Normandy House, B70 9LP.

The event will hope to bring in circa 150 people in the local areas seeking new opportunities. The Reserve Army job can be in addition to any full time careers and this will serve as a great opportunity to explain the new changes in entry standards to possible candidates.

As a reminder the training offered by the Regiment to its members is second to none and currently we have soldiers on car, HGV & forklift driving courses as well as offering logistics, chef and medical courses all of which complement Civilian employment.  All of the training is paid and initial training attracts a number of financial bonus.

Reservists are paid for attending any training they undertake and also gain an annual tax free bounty for meeting a minimum training commitment of 27 days. For further information on the Squadron or joining the Army Reserve, email or search

For more information please contact Captain Samantha Floyd on 02476 854953.

Home Community Event

Creative Academies Network is an integrated multi-layered charity which delivers inclusive programmes, bespoke services and enrichment activities for children, young people and adults within the Black Country. Our alternative learning provision and enrichment activities increase confidence and aspirations and advance independent life skills. Our core mission is to engage, educate and empower the local community through arts, sports, education and employment.

HOME: Heart of Sandwell (Routes to Roots) enables local young people aged 12 – 25 to research the untold stories of multi-cultural communities that have settled, creating homes for themselves within the area of Sandwell. The project highlights the history of Sandwell by discovering the hidden gems of rich culture that are deeply embedded within it’s roots by capturing your stories! We are always seeking to hear new, untold stories to celebrate heritage and we invite everyone within the community to get involved!

If you would like to get involved as a young person or to tell your story for the HOME project, please email

Don’t miss our FINAL upcoming Home Cultural Exchange Event in West Bromwich!

We have hosted 5 Cultural Exchange Events within 5 areas of Sandwell as part of our HOME: Routes to Roots programme. We brought you free fun, food and games while providing a great learning experience of local cultures within the community. “These events have been fantastic for the community and have been a fun new experience for me and the family”.

We have our FINAL 6th Cultural Event upcoming at the YMCA, West Bromwich. Bigger, better and with even more cultural sharing! We invite all local people, places and organizations to attend the FREE offer of engaging activities and the opportunity to embrace the rich multi-cultural landscape of Sandwell. For more information, please visit:

Location: YMCA, 38 Carters Green, West Bromwich, B70 9LG.
Date & Time: Saturday 26th August 2017 @12:00 – 16:00

For more information please contact Daniel Lal,Development Officer, on 0121 524 3232 or via email at

HOME is proudly funded and supported by Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and Big Lottery Fund.

Community Learning Network

Sandwell Adult and Family Learning (SAFL) is calling all community adult learning providers across Sandwell and other areas within the combined authority, to a Community Learning Network. The aim is to improve provision and access of community adult learning opportunities. The plan is to meet on a termly basis.

Please join SAFL on Wednesday 20 September 2017, 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm at Hateley Heath Further Education & Training Centre, Huntingdon Road, West Bromwich B71 2RP. Telephone 0121 556 7426.

The Sandwell Community Learning Network will work together to underpin and promote community learning opportunities around Sandwell, whilst encouraging new development across all adult learning providers in the area. SAFL will also share information on funding.

Expressions of interest are sought from agencies that would like to be involved in the network and have within their remit adult learning, community learning, family learning and lifelong learning.

Please reply to Linda Matthews on 0121 556 7426 or email by Friday, 1 September 2017.



Hilden Charitable Fund

The next closing date for applications to the Hilden Charitable Fund is the 15th September 2017.  Within the UK, the Hilden Charitable Fund makes grants to projects that address disadvantage and by supporting causes which are less popular.

In particular, the Fund wants to support projects that address:

• Homelessness
• Supports asylum seekers and refugees
• Supports community based initiatives for disadvantaged young people
• Penal affairs.

The average grant awarded is £5,000 and preference is given to supporting small community organisations with an income of less than £500,000 per year. The Trust will consider funding project as well as core running costs of organisations.

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