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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.


Get A Job Programme – The Way Wolverhampton Youth Zone

The ‘Get A Job’ Programme is an interactive employability, enterprise & interpersonal skills course for 16-24 year olds who are Not in Education, Employment or Training. It aims to help young people develop the self-awareness, confidence and skills to be able to move into a job, a traineeship, an apprenticeship or a college course.

The course will be delivered at The Way Wolverhampton Youth Zone (Wolverhampton city centre) four times a year, with the first group inducting on 21st July and starting fully on 25th July. There are 81 guided learning hours scheduled over 6 weeks, 3 days a week, 10-2 each day, followed by a two week work placement and ongoing weekly drop-in employability support.

The course is part-funded by Accenture and partly by The Way (not ESF). Anyone who meets the age and NEET criteria is eligible, regardless of where they live. Each cohort will have approximately 12 young people.

Key course content:

• Teamwork & communication skills
• Adventure challenge away days including high ropes and team challenges
• An accredited Level 1 or 2 in Employability, Enterprise & Interpersonal Skills
• Advice from business people on succeeding at work
• Business & Enterprise Project – designing, creating & selling a product
• CV writing, job applications and practice interviews
• Behind the scenes tours & workshops at local businesses
• Support with identifying and securing next steps

For more information or to refer a young person please email mailto:leonie.hudson@thewayyouthzone.orgor call 01902 328290


Prince’s Trust Boosts Access Through New Online Platform

Youth charity The Prince’s Trust is opening up its services to more users by launching a new web-based platform.

Prince’s Trust Online, supported by founding patrons Nominet and NatWest, will allow users to benefit from its programmes even if they can’t attend in person because of where they live, or their personal circumstances. Young people can access The Trust’s programmes online, via their smartphones, tablets and computers.

The platform has launched with a digital version of the Enterprise programme, which helps young people turn their ideas into business reality. Prince’s Trust Online mirrors all parts of the existing Enterprise scheme, with e-learning modules covering everything from business plans to finance and, uniquely, is leading the way by combining online learning with a full e-mentoring service.

All young people will receive the ongoing support of a dedicated e-mentor, allowing The Trust to replicate the quality of their face-to-face programmes, ensuring the same positive outcomes for the young people involved.

Announcing the new platform at London Tech Week’s TechXLR8 event, Russell Haworth, CEO of Nominet said: “Britain needs its talent, wherever they live and whatever circumstances they find themselves in, to have the confidence and support they need to make their mark. Our funding helps The Prince’s Trust extend its programmes to those who, due to other commitments or geography, would otherwise miss out.”

The platform has been road tested by an initial cohort of young people, who wouldn’t otherwise have been able to access support from The Trust and will continue to roll out to full capacity over the coming months.

David Ivell, CIO, The Prince’s Trust said: “With the launch of Prince’s Trust Online we will be able to support more young people than ever and, perhaps most importantly, break down barriers that have previously prevented us reaching those who may have the most to gain from one of our programmes.  Prince’s Trust Online will give anyone, anywhere and in any circumstance, the chance to complete a program at their own speed, but with the full support we pride ourselves on delivering face to face.”

The charity says this is just the start of its online activity, with an Employability programme launching imminently.

Source: Charity Digital News

What’s the Latest at Community Foundation?

Community Foundation is organising a trip to Blackpool on Saturday, 5 August 2017, for people from the local community. The coach departs at 9.30 am and is due to return at 9.00 pm. 

The cost is £10 per person but is free for anyone over 50. The trip is open to all but places are limited.  Seats to be allocated on a first come, first served basis.


The Foundation is also pleased to announce that their Rainbow Day Nursery has been judged as a ‘GOOD’ Early Years Provision by Ofsted, following its first inspection in April 2017.

There are a limited number of FREE full time nursery places for children aged 2 – 4 years old. The nursery is open Monday to Friday, 9.00 am – 3.30 pm.

You can visit the nursery during office hours at 20 St Silas Square, Lozells, Birmingham B19 1QW, telephone 0121 238 3282 or email

Once Upon a Time…

Sandwell Museum and Arts Service is calling for dance schools and companies to be part of a new performance event “Fairy Tales at the Valley” on 19th & 20th August 2017.

The Museum and Arts Service is looking for organisations to deliver a variety of dance based performances around the fairy stories of Hans Christian Anderson throughout the weekend. It is looking for a 45-minute performance based on one of the fairy tales of Hans Christian Anderson. Performances can be in any medium of dance from ballet to bhangra, contemporary to tap.

Interested? Please get in touch with for an informal discussion or to request a face to face meeting, or full brief.

Expression of interests must be sent to Alex Howell by noon on Friday 16th June 2017 in no more than 1000 words (this can include links).

Free Training Opportunity Available from CORC

The Child Outcomes Research Consortium (CORC) is the UK’s leading membership organisation that collects and uses evidence to improve children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

CORC holds data relating to mental health and wellbeing outcomes of more than 400,000 children and young people in the UK, representing the largest data set of this kind worldwide. It has over ten years’ experience bringing together theoretical knowledge on outcome measurement and developing this with the insights developed by practitioners working on the ground.

CORC would like to know if your organisation is interested in some free training to build up your knowledge and expertise in using outcome measures and data to improve the services provided for children and young people.

If you feel this would benefit your organisation and would like to register your interest, please email

Move2learn, Learn2Move

The European Commission has launched a new initiative to help young people travel abroad.  The newly-launched Move2learn, Learn2Move initiative will fund the travel of at least 5,000 young people to other EU countries – individually or together with their school class.

The one-off initiative which celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Erasmus programme for education and training, youth and sport is open to young people attending schools taking part in eTwinning, the online learning community for teachers in Europe. The young people must be aged 16 to 19 and the modes of transport used must be environmentally friendly.

The deadline for applications is the 30 June 2017.

The National Support Services which are implementing eTwinning in all 28 Member States will help the Commission in the selection of classes on the basis of specific criteria, including the quality of the project they have put forward under eTwinning for the school year 2016-2017, the extent to which social inclusion (e.g. of disadvantaged young people) has been taken into account in their project and whether the class has travelled abroad before.

More information

Spotlight on Beanstalk

1. Tell us what you do.
Beanstalk is a literacy charity working with Schools to offer a service of trained ‘Reading Helpers’, who on average work with three children, to provide constant support on a weekly basis, for a whole school year.

We recruit, train and support volunteers to provide consistent, one-to-one literacy support to primary school children who may have fallen behind with their reading, lack confidence, or struggle with their fluency, comprehension or vocabulary.

Our aim is to develop their love of reading and improve their confidence levels.

Why not visit our website at to find out more about us.

2. What is the most valuable lesson you have learnt about working with people in Sandwell?
The most valuable lesson we have learnt is that connecting our volunteers with the children is a great way to inspire confidence.

Jack Ogalbe, a Reading Helper said, “The joy on their faces when they discover a new word is hugely rewarding”.

Being a part of Beanstalk is a great way to make a difference to a child’s life and is a satisfying volunteering experience.

3. What are your plans for the future and some of the challenges you face?
Our future plans are to break into Nursery Schools with a view of supporting children aged 3 upwards. Our challenge to turn this dream into reality is for us to recruit new Reading Helpers to support our growth into Nursery Schools.

4. How can SCVO help to support your organisation in the future?
In the future, we’d like SCVO’s support to help us to promote our activities and attract new volunteers’. This would enable us to continue to provide the simple yet highly effective service.

For more information or to become a volunteer with Beanstalk please contact us on 0121 7712922 or by email at

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.

Henry Smith Charity (Holiday Grants)

Schools, youth groups, not for profit organisations and charities have until 21 July 2017 to apply for grants of £500 to £2,500 to support recreational trips or holidays within the UK for groups of children experiencing disadvantage or who have disabilities.

Funded by the Henry Smith Charity, grants can cover up to two-thirds of the cost of a holiday or trip lasting one to seven days. In this round, trips must be taken before the end of August 2017. For more details and to apply, complete the eligibility quiz on the website and submit the application form online at least 6 weeks before the trip is due to take place.

Although the deadline is the 21 July, decisions are made on a first come-first served basis, until all funds have been allocated.

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