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Liz Hingley Photography Exhibition

We are delighted to present Home Made in Smethwick, an exhibition of photographs by local photographer Liz Hingley, which will tour to six Sandwell libraries. Liz worked with residents for two years to create an intimate photographic portrait of the people and the food cooked in Smethwick in the Black Country, one of the most culturally diverse towns in the UK. A book of the work was published in August 2016 but this is the first time an exhibition of photographs has been exhibited publicly.

The launch event was in January 2017, at Smethwick Library but at the start of each leg of the tour there will be a special afternoon preview with the chance to see the work and taste homemade bread from Albert, a project participant.

We are delighted to present Home Made in Smethwick, an exhibition of photographs by local photographer Liz Hingley, which will come to Tipton Library from 13 April to 12 May 2017.

Liz has worked with residents for the last two years to create an intimate photographic portrait of the people and the food cooked in Smethwick in the Black Country, one of the most culturally diverse towns in the UK. A book of the work was published in August 2016 but this is the first time an exhibition of photographs has been exhibited publicly.

The exhibition will be at Tipton Library, Unity Walk, Owen Street, Tipton, DY4 8QL until Friday 12th May.

This event is part of a series of special exhibitions and film screenings brought to you by Multistory and Sandwell libraries.

Free entrance – no ticket required.

Tour Schedule:
Blackheath Library (0121 559 1884) 15 May – 9 June
Central Library, West Bromwich (0121 569 4904) 12 June – 10 July


Great Bridge Alcohol Outreach Campaign

On 3, 4 & 5 May, 12 noon to 3 pm, James Wareham, Community Alcohol Awareness Officer for Tipton and Wednesbury, will be teaming up with colleagues from across Sandwell Council for the “Let’s Talk Alcohol in Sandwell” campaign on the High Street, Great Bridge.

Contributors include Glyn Parton: Neighbourhood Co-ordinator (West Bromwich), Nik J Wooldridge: Town Lead ASB Officer (Prevention), Katy Anderson: ASB Officer and Mark Bowhay: Senior Street Warden. Lydia Dunne: Project Manager, Community Alcohol Project, Children & Young Peoples Services will be also there, together with Sergeant David Rogers, Police Constable Claire Hankinson and Constable Angela Francis all from Tipton Police. Swanswell, the commissioned alcohol recovery service, will be delivering outreach from Great Bridge Library.

As part of the Public Health campaign, the contributors have created the “You Booze You Lose” three day drive which is aimed at engaging with street drinkers who have been the cause of some issues within Great Bridge. These issues have resulted in a number of incidents and complaints from local residents and shop owners. Swanswell will be working with street drinkers who have declared that they need help and will be attempting to set up each of them on a recovery plan.

An organised litter pick will also be taking place to help tackle the issue of alcohol related waste, as well as engaging with local members of the community.

Nash Dom CIC, the Eastern European and Russian speaking community support group, will participate on all three days. They offer independent, confidential and impartial advice on rights and responsibilities in a number of different European languages to reach out to the street drinkers whose first language is not English.


Voluntary Sector Breakfast Meeting and Meet the Funder Session

Are you a Voluntary and Community Group based or working in Sandwell? Do you want an opportunity to meet with other people on a very informal basis and promote and share information about the services and activities you offer?

Please join us on Thursday, 25 May 2017, 7.30 am – 9.00 am, at the Salvation Army, Meredith Street, Cradley Heath B64 5EP

Refreshments provided.

If you are interested in attending, please confirm your attendance by e-mail to mazeline@scvo.info or telephone 0121 525 1127 by Tuesday, 23 May 2017.

 

Meet the Funder Session

Have you got a project idea your organisation is considering and want to run your idea by the funder first? Do you want to find out what funding is available from Children in Need, Awards For All or The Lloyds Foundation? Do you want to save time now by finding out if your project or organisation is eligible to apply?

Book yourself onto the meet the funder session which will follow on from the Breakfast Meeting.  We will be joined by representatives from each of the funders on Thursday 25th May 2017, 9.30am till 11.30am at the Salvation Army.

This is your opportunity to hear first-hand what funding opportunities they have available and to speak to the funders informally about your project idea or concept.

If you are interested in attending, please book your place via Eventbrite by clicking here. Places are limited so you need to be quick if you want to attend the session.


Dying Matters Awareness Week

This year’s Dying Matters Awareness Week runs from the 8 – 14 May 2017. Dying Matters is ultimately about having the conversation regarding death and dying, and Murray Hall Community Trust would like you to get involved.

Murray Hall has created a Memory Tree where you can get involved at any time between now and Dying Matters Week, to donate a leaf to put on their Memory Tree. The money raised will go towards supporting the bereavement group.

Bridges Support Services will be holding a Memory Café on Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 10 am to 12 noon, at The Bridge, St Marks Road, Tipton DY4 0SL.

Bridges Support Services hope you can join them for tea, cake and to discuss death, dying and funeral plans. The aim is to increase awareness of death to help people make the most of their lives.

For further information please contact Pat Turner or Jaz Seehra on 0121 612 2939.


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.


Comic Relief Iwill Youth Social Action Fund

Comic Relief has announced that £2.4 million of funding has been made available through the #iwill Youth Social Action Fund.

#iwill is a UK-wide campaign aiming to get 6 out of 10 young people involved in social action like campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, in communities across the UK by 2020. The programme will fund projects to seek out young people and encourage those from disadvantaged backgrounds to participate in and lead youth social action.

Projects will need to demonstrate effective ways to build relationships with ‘reluctant’ young people in their own community and demonstrate how they will engage those people in creative, innovative and meaningful social action. The fund will offer grants of up to £150,000 over up to three years (with a maximum of £50,000 per year).

The closing date for applications is midday on the 12 May 2017.

More information


Life Changes Trust

Young people aged 21-26 who have at least three months of care experience have until the 12 May 2017 to apply for funds from the Aspirational Awards from the Life Changes Trust.

The fund aims to empower care experienced young people to think big about their future and transform their lives with a significant grant to help them reach their best potential. The funding is flexible and designed to meet the specific needs of individuals but priority will be given to applications that show how the funding will:

• Have a long-term, positive impact
• Achieve aspirations in life
• Be used to support something which the individual has already made steps towards achieving.

There is no specific grant amount and applications will be assessed based on what each individual is applying for.

More information.


Music for Alice Fund

Music for Alice, which was established in memory of Alice Macgill, a talented young musician who died in the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, has announced that the next closing date for applications is the 10 May 2017.

Through the new programme, grants of up to £1,000 are available to help groups and organisations purchase musical instruments or equipment. Awards can be made to any group, organisation or charity based in the United Kingdom that has a formerly constituted character and can demonstrate that securing funding will enable them to improve lives through music.

Music for Alice is targeting two distinct groups. These are the “Music for Youth” award which is aimed at applicants focussed on using music to improve lives for 0-19 year olds; and the “Music for Health” award which is aimed at applicants focussed on using music for health or rehabilitation benefits.

Previous projects supported include Rosie’s Rainbow Fund, who give music therapy sessions to children in hospitals, and Beat it Percussion, who deliver drumming workshops at retirement homes and nursing homes, adult day care services and Special and mainstream Schools.

More information


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 marcia_sandelmassey@sandwell.gov.uk

 


Auditions for Annual Talent show announced

Young performers are being urged take part in a series of auditions to claim a place in a popular Sandwell talent show. This year’s SHAPE Your Talent contest, supported by Sandwell Council’s Youth Service and the Library Service, is on the hunt for gifted young people who want to showcase their talents.

This could include singers, comedians, musicians, dancers, actors, poets and magicians.

Would-be stage stars can enter one of two categories – ages 8 to 13 and 14 to 19 with the winners each in line for a £500 prize.

Click here to see where audition heats will be held in May throughout Sandwell:

There are limited spaces at each of the auditions so places will be given on a first come, first served basis. Entrants may be asked to perform at an alternative venue if places are full.

Winners at each heat will go through to a public vote where members of the public can watch recordings of the auditions on the web and vote for their favourite.

Those with the most votes will then perform again at the final on Friday 30 June before judges at St Michaels School in Rowley Regis. As well as the two winners receiving £500 in each category there are also £100 prizes for second place and £50 for third.

The deadline for applications to audition is Friday 28 April. To register go to www.sandwell.gov.uk/shapeevents.

Entrants must either live, work or study in Sandwell and members of the public can watch the audition heats at Sandwell libraries for just £2 per ticket.

The talent show is part of Sandwell Council’s SHAPE programme; a series of events the council has organised after young people voiced their views on what activities they wanted. SHAPE stands for Sandwell Council’s five children and young people outcomes: staying safe, being healthy, achieving and enjoying, making a positive contribution and economic wellbeing.


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