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:

Personal Development Workshops

Kemi Folarin, Director of Ashebo CIC has been a visiting lecturer at De Montfort University for over 15 years covering issues of identity, culture, race, gender and social policy. Her delivery style creates the space for dialogue, analysis and reflection, which enables the deconstructing of labels and conditioning.

Kemi will be delivering three workshops to women focusing on Confidence Building, Leadership and Empowerment.
Through facilitated discussions and using a variety of practical exercises women will collectively explore self-image, gender stereo-types and barriers to engagement.

Workshop dates: 17th and 24th July and 7th August 2017.

For more information visit:

Bright Futures

Are you looking for training, jobs or apprenticeships?

From 3 July through to 25 September 2017, Connexions Sandwell will continue to offer a One Stop Shop at Oldbury Council House, where every Monday and Wednesday, 11 am – 1 pm, different providers will be available to chat with young people aged 16 – 18 about their Bright Future.

For more information please contact Connexions Sandwell on 0121 569 2955. Facebook and twitter address, Sandwell_connexions.


Summer Bounce Community Sports Day

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‘Celebrate Sandwell’ At Free Community Event

‘Celebrate Sandwell’ at a fun free event organised by the local community at West Bromwich Town Hall on Friday 30 June 2017.

Come along between 10 am and 4 pm to be entertained and find out what a wide range of local organisations and community groups in Sandwell have to offer.

From Caribbean steel pans, a wandering troubadour, poet and storyteller to a guided meditation walk and hula hoops, there’s a real mix of things to enjoy and explore.

Sandwell’s new Mayor, Councillor Ahmadul Haque MBE, will officially open the event at 12 noon.

Check out the many stands promoting scores of local services and community groups; enjoy free snack food and drinks; and enter a raffle to win some great prizes, including a free night out (a Harvester meal for two and two cinema tickets).

Event co-ordinator Richard Flatley said: “By running this event we are bringing people together to honour the kindness and compassion of the people and services of Sandwell.”

Councillor Syeda Khatun, Sandwell Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for neighbourhoods and communities, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate all things Sandwell and for people to find out more about local services and community groups.

“We are very proud of Sandwell’s thriving community and voluntary sector and I encourage people to come along to learn more about the wide range of support available across the borough.”

Follow the event on social media:

Twitter: @Sandwell2017
Instagram: @Celebrate Sandwell
For more information, email

For further information please contact:
Sandwell Council Communications Unit
0121 569 3031

Out of hours/emergency: 07920 027 723


Helpers Alert!! Arts Volunteers Needed for Events Throughout July, In Smethwick, Bearwood And Wolverhampton

If you could give us a hand on one or more days we would really enjoy your company, and you’ll get to see some exciting arts events and meet interesting people.

No specific skills are required; you will be shown exactly what you need to do. Jobs will include things like showing people to their seats and making sure artists and audiences have all they need to enjoy the event.

Dates are:
July 1 and 2 for the South Asian Mela event in Smethwick
July 7, 8 and 9 for the fabulous play ‘Life’s a Beach’ in Wolverhampton
July 13, 14, 15 and 16 for ‘Life’s a Beach’ in Bearwood

There are shows all day, so we need volunteers from 9.30am to 7.30pm – but you can do just part of the day if that suits you better.

Get in touch with find out more.

Sent on behalf of Black Country Touring and Creative Black Country. More details at

Fundraising Regulator Looks at Widening Levy or Moving It to Statutory Basis

The Fundraising Regulator has said it has to make changes to its fundraising levy after it failed to raise enough money in the first round – including making contributing to the levy a statutory requirement.

According to a document seen by Civil Society News, the Fundraising Regulator has ruled out continuing on with the fundraising levy as it is, and are considering making a number of changes to the basis of the levy moving forward.

In a statement released this morning, Stephen Dunmore, chief executive of the Fundraising Regulator, confirmed that the regulator is considering moving to a statutory basis for the levy.

He said: “We are currently reviewing the levy system to examine whether any changes could usefully be made in year 2.  The levy calculations were based on information provided to the Charity Commission by charities and all too often this has proved to be inaccurate.  The review is also considering whether there might be advantages in moving to a statutory levy in year 3.”

However, a source familiar with the situation said it was highly unlikely the Fundraising Regulator would be able to change much about the levy before the second round of invoices are sent out to charities in August 2017.

The document lays out three options for securing funding in future, which essentially involve either charging charities based on a different set of criteria – moving away from using a Costs of Generating Voluntary Income basis to one based on the amount of voluntary income raised in a year – or widening the scope of the levy to capture more charities.

Civil Society News understands that the regulator also considered charging charities contributing to the existing levy structure more, but decided against that option due to a wariness of angering the charities that are already paying.  The document also discusses the possibility of the third round of levy invoices moving “onto a statutory basis”.

Read the FULL article and statement from the Fundraising Regulator click here.

From: Civil Society News

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

Legacy West Midlands Seeks Heritage Officer

Legacy West Midlands is a registered charity that has its roots in celebrating the heritage of post-war migrant communities in Birmingham. Their work highlights their relationship to the industrial, architectural, and cultural heritage of the city.

The charity is looking to make a key appointment to its staff team with the aim of the Heritage Officer being to lead on the heritage strand of their work.

The main purpose of the ‘Heritage Officer’ role will be to develop, promote and deliver the Legacy WM’s ‘Heritage Trail’. This will build on the work that has been done through the original heritage trail in the Lozells and East Handsworth area.

Post Details:
Job Title: Heritage Officer
Responsible To: Director
Location: Soho House Visitor Centre, Handsworth
Salary: £24,000.00
Pension: 5% of salary
Hours: 37 hours per week
Fixed term contract for three years, subject to a six month probationary period.

Please visit our website for further details:

For application forms please contact

The deadline for returned application is the 30th June 2017 at 12pm.

The interview will take place on the 10th July 2017 at Soho House.

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:

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