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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.

Yemeni Community Association Seeks Project Worker

The Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell (YCA) is a community based organisation that seeks to represent and meet the needs of vulnerable communities in Sandwell but in particular specialises in delivery to the Yemeni and other Arabic speaking communities. The YCA does this by providing services over and above those available in the mainstream sector, and also by acting as an interface between the community and various service providers.

YCA is looking for a skilled and enthusiastic Project Officer to support those furthest from the labour market through a Building Better Opportunities (BBO) project called Building Reachable Individual Dreams Gaining Employment & Skills (BRIDGES) funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund.

Salary: up to £17,007.84 per annum

Working Hours: 27 hours per week – Part time

Contract: Temporary until 31st December 2019 (Subject to initial 3 months probationary period)

Closing Date:

The successful applicant will provide an employment and career service to individuals (aged 25 years and over) that are either unemployed or economically inactive. They will provide clients with tailored support; enabling individuals to address any barriers they may be experiencing in order to support them into further education/training, employment or closer to work through activities such as job searching, CV writing and confidence building.

YCA is looking for someone:
• Who is self-motivated and a good communicator with high quality inter-personal skills.
• Experience of effectively managing a portfolio of clients – arranging appointments, monitoring, reviewing and evaluating their needs, barriers and progress.
• Flexibility to accommodate clients and be prepared to meet with clients at their homes, the office and other community settings.
• Proven experience in working within an advisory role or employment work.
• An understanding of the issues affecting long term unemployment and knowledge of the services and facilities available to customers.
• Necessary administration skills and proficiency in MS Office.
• Experience of working with voluntary and community groups in particular BME communities.

For a job pack and details on how to apply please visit

For additional help, please contact Ahmed Alkash on 0121 525 3909 or by email at

Closing date for return of application: 9:00am – Tuesday 29th August 2017

#100Masters – Express and Star Collaboration

Creative Black Country in collaboration with The Express and Star have printed their second article showcasing local talent within the Black Country as part of the 100 Masters Project; an arts campaign to identify contemporary skilled people from the Black Country  and help inspire future talent.

The Black Country was forged at the hands of men and women from all walks of life who had honed their skills to the highest levels. It was through their craftsmanship and diligence that the region became renowned as the industrial heartland of the UK. 100 Masters aims to inspire and offer local people a fresh perspective about the strengths, skills, talent and expertise surfacing from their own locality and community.

The feature concentrates on four of Creative Black Country nominated masters; award-winning cactus breeder Stan Griffin, master of typography John Neave, the UK’s first Breakdancing B-girl Hanifa McQueen Hudson and amazing animator Drew Roper.

To use, simply download the ‘Layar’ app on your smart device; open the app and let it access the camera on your phone; hold the phone 15-20cm above the anvil image on the front of the postcard and then tap the screen to scan. You won’t believe your eyes as video’s and images dance across the page.

“This is what the future of media looks like and, as ever, the Black Country are leading the way in revolutionising the way we make, see and do things.”

The 100 Masters project is now closed for nominations however, the Masters nominated are currently being shortlisted with official announcements to following towards the end of July 2017.


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 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

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:

Nominate a Master

Do you know someone with strong links to the Black Country who has mastered a skill, trade or artform? Are they an expert in their field? You can nominate them below for inclusion in the 100 Masters project.

The term ‘mastery’ is characterised by a person having devoted their life to one particular pursuit, whether it be expert knowledge in an artform, trade or profession, and who are held in high esteem by their peers. We are looking to unearth the stories of commitment, refinement and diligence and are asking you to help us by nominating the Masters you know.

You can read the Nomination and Voting Guidelines here.

For more information on the 100 Masters click here.

Closing date for nominations is 30th June 2017.

100 Masters and Express and Star Collaboration

The Express and Star have printed their first article promoting the 100 Masters project and one of our Masters; fashion designer and illustrator Elizabeth Ilsley.

Read the Express and Star 100 Masters article here!

“This is an exciting first, as we have worked in collaboration with the Express and Star, the country’s biggest regional newspaper, to bring artwork into 80,000 households across the West Midlands.” Comments 100 Masters creative producer Liam Smyth.

“The lead artists on 100 Masters, Juneau Projects, have produced special Augmented Reality animations that are triggered by readers viewing the newspaper through their smartphone. This is one of the first non-commercial uses of AR technology in a UK newspaper and an incredible achievement.”

To use, simply download the ‘Layar’ app on your smart device; open the app and let it access the camera on your phone; hold the phone 15-20cm above the anvil image on the front of the postcard and then tap the screen to scan. You won’t believe your eyes as Juneau Project’s beautiful handmade animations dance across the page.

“This is what the future of media looks like and, as ever, the Black Country are leading the way in revolutionising the way we make, see and do things.”

More of Juneau Projects hand-painted animations will be released throughout the campaign.

The 100 Masters project is open to nominations until the end of June.

Spotlight on West Bromwich Operatic Society

West Bromwich Operatic Society (founded in 1938) is a theatre company that has built a reputation of producing the best in Musical Theatre to the highest of standards. They produce two full-scale productions each year, and pride themselves on taking on challenges and exceeding expectations.

Find out more by viewing our ‘Spotlight Video’ below:

If you would like to contact WBOS or you require any further information about them, then please feel free to drop them a line by simply contacting the company secretary Hilary Matty:-

Tel: 0121 550 3667 or by email:

Interested in becoming a member?

Whether you want to perform in one of their productions, work backstage or just get involved, please make contact with the company secretary.

Prospective ‘Acting’ members will be required to pass an entrance audition before becoming a member.

George Road Community Church Surgery Sessions

Do you have an idea for a project, but you just need that extra little bit of support to get your application at its best or to get your project idea off the ground?

Do you need advice or support with your project planning or business plans?

SCVO in partnership with George Road Community Church have commenced fortnightly surgery sessions at Hope House, George Road Community Church, George Road, Oldbury, B68 9LN.

Libby Mahoney, SCVO’s Small Groups Development Officer, will be available fortnightly on Wednesday’s from 9.30am till 12.30pm at Hope House for booked appointments.

This is your opportunity to discuss your project ideas, business plans or funding application(s) and receive practical support, advice and tips on how to improve the success of your project/application and much more.

The last George Road Surgery Session will take place on Wednesday 6th September, 9.30am till 12.30pm

If you are interested in taking advantage of this unique opportunity and want to book your time slot with Libby please email at or call on 0121 5251127 to avoid disappointment.

To see what other services SCVO provides please visit our website at

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