Children and young people

Tag Archives

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)

Something amazing is happening this summer at Out To Play’s Big Play Warehouse.

In order to make room, Big Play Warehouse is offering free resources to school nurseries early years and free community play providers in Sandwell, via the Big Play Warehouse Facebook page


Like our face book page Big Play Warehouse/ Sandwell to get weekly updates on what resources are being offered that week.


Each Monday Out To Play will publish items that are free to collect. We will draw names from a hat on Friday’s and inform the lucky organisation(s). You must arrange collection with a member of staff and you will only be able to take what has been offered that week.


The Big Play Warehouse is situated at Unit 1 Oldbury Road Industrial Estate B66 1JE

For more information, you can call the team on 0121 569 6992. Email or


Looking for something exciting to do over the Summer holidays?

Connexions Sandwell and Black Country Impact are offering one and two-day fun activities for 16 -18 year olds. You can choose from:

* Team Building/Motivation (with activities like paintballing, ten pin bowling, mini golf etc.)
* Introduction to Construction Trades * Preparing for the World of Work
* Independent Living and Budgeting * Promoting Healthy Lifestyles
* Positive Use of Social Media * First Aid
* Design Animation * Games Design

To book and for more information please contact Connexions Sandwell on 0121 569 2955.




The Black Country Impact Programme

The Black Country Impact programme is a fantastic opportunity for young adults, aged 16 to 29, to get a tailor-made package of support to help them move closer to education, work or training.

Do you know of a young adult who?

• is unemployed or economically inactive or NEET (not in education, employment or training)
• lives anywhere in the Black Country
• wants to improve their prospects.

This programme is ideally suited for them.

The European-funded programme ends July 2018. Time is running out. Please help Sandwell Council to get this money spent on Sandwell’s young adults.

To make a referral contact the Think Sandwell Employment team on 0121 569 2099 or email


Advice for students getting their exam results this summer

Thousands of students will be getting their GCSEs this Thursday, 24 August. Students who get their exam results this summer can get advice at special sessions with experts.

The council’s Connexions team is running an exam results service on weekdays at the Council House in Freeth Street, Oldbury, between 10 am and 4 pm from Thursday 17 August until Thursday 31 August.

Careers advisers will have plenty of advice on a variety of options including apprenticeships, traineeships, jobs, college courses as well as advice on the university clearing process and help with CVs and interview skills.

Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for children services Councillor Simon Hackett said: “We know getting exam results can be a bit of an anxious time for students and parents alike, especially if you don’t get the results you are expecting.

“This exam results service is designed to give Sandwell’s young people the best possible start to their careers. With so many options available it’s important to get independent professional advice and guidance.”

To book an appointment, or to speak to a careers adviser, please call 0121 569 2955. Parents and carers are welcome to come along with their child.

7to97 – The Westminster School

1. Tell us what you do.
Currently only 7% of young people in the UK with a learning difficulty get paid employment after leaving education and training. We aim to equip our young people with employability skills and giving them the opportunity to work on all aspects product design and development, marketing and retailing.

The Westminster School is determined to address this issue through the curriculum and opportunities we offer our young people. In September 2016, we established our Social Enterprise initiative, 7to97, which complemented our work experience and vocational further education courses that we already had in place at school.

One of our key aims is to raise awareness in the local business community of the talents and skills of our students (e.g. creativity, work ethic, passion) and how they would be an invaluable asset to any business. All of our young people aspire to work when they leave education, with many saying they want to be able support their families in the future through paid employment.

2. What is your proudest achievement?
Our proudest achievement is that all students involved in the 7to97 project have had the opportunity to sell to the public through street markets. They have shown confidence when serving customers, and this was particularly evident at Digbeth Arts Market. Students gave up their Saturday to help set up and run the stall. We are extremely proud of all the young people who have taken part in the project.

3. What are your plans for the future and some of the challenges you face?
Our plans moving forward are to diversify and expand our range of products and increase our links with local business. We have been very fortunate to be supported by a local steel company who regularly donate items to us and we are currently in discussions with a wedding company in Birmingham in order to support them with wedding favours. We have also been approached by Digbeth Dining Club and the Arts Market to run more stalls at future events.

4. How can SCVO help to support your organisation in the future?
We would like SCVO to support us by signposting us to people who could give business advice and guidance to our students, and provide general support to our 7to97 initiative to help ensure that we give our students the best possible chance of getting the skills they need for paid employment.

Greggs Foundation Breakfast Club Grants

The Greggs Foundation currently supports 380 breakfast clubs throughout England, Scotland and Wales. Schools that are interested in opening a breakfast club at your school must be able to show that at least 40% of your pupils qualify for free school meals and that the school serves a disadvantaged community.

The School should be able to attract adult volunteers to help run the scheme and attendance at the club must be free for all pupils.

The Foundation uses the money to support breakfast clubs through an initial start-up grant for equipment such as chest freezers to store food items or toys and activities for the club. Greggs Foundation also makes a payment each term towards other food items and Greggs plc donates bread from the nearest shop.

If you are from a primary school and are interested in applying for a breakfast club, please see the qualifying criteria below:
• The applicant organisation must be a primary school in England, Wales, Scotland or Belfast
• We will be opening new shops in Torquay, Plymouth Teignmouth and Paignton in 2017 and would welcome primary schools in this area to apply
• At least 40 per cent of the pupils at the school should be eligible to claim free school meals
• The school should demonstrate a commitment to engaging parents or other volunteers
• The breakfast club must be offered for free to ensure all pupils can attend

For more information please call a member of the Greggs Foundation team on 0191 2127626 or visit their website at

Homeschool Social Enterprise – Child-Minding Services

At Homeschool Social Enterprise you can have peace of mind whilst your child engages in the joy of learning, curiosity and imagination!

Homeschool Social Enterprise run an Independent Christian Primary School registered with the Department for Education (DfE).  Its central aim is to educate and support children with a rich and varied education along with strong Christian values to prepare them for life.  The school offers a diverse range of services for all age groups including tuition, childminding and community support.

Following the EYFS guidelines, a wide range of activities (tailored to the age and stage of each child) is provided including communication games, arts & crafts, role play, messy play, singing, dancing, child and adult led activities, baking and promoting healthy eating and lifestyles. There are also regular trips to local parks, libraries, museums and more.

For further information or to discuss the childminding services call on 0121 649 1599 or email at

Visit the website to find out more about Homeschool’s current range of services at

Homeschool Social Enterprise – School Places For September

Are you looking for a new school place for September?  Homeschool Social Enterprise still has spaces left for children aged 5-11 for September 2017.

Homeschool is an Independent Christian Primary School and its central aim is to educate and support children with a rich and varied education along with strong Christian values to prepare them for life.

The school’s initiative is designed to combat underachievement that is common within schools.  Unlike traditional mainstream schools, there are smaller class sizes, a curriculum programme tailored to each child and a work ethic that reflects working life after school. You could say it truly has a child centered focus.  So whether your child is a Gifted and Talented pupil, or suffers with a learning difficulty, Homeschool can place them on a programme to see that they reach their full potential.

Contact Homeschool to find out how it small class sizes can benefit your child.  As an inclusive school it accepts children of all abilities including SEN and prepares them for Mainstream and Grammar school.  The school has a proven success rate and targeted programmes to support all children to achieve that next level.

Call 0121 649 1599 or email at to find out more about its services. Alternatively, why not take a look at the website at

Homeschool Social Enterprise – English and Maths Tuition

Are you looking for an English or Maths Tutor for a young person or are you an adult looking to refresh your skills?

Great news…Homeschool Social Enterprise, an Independent Christian Primary School registered with the Department for Education (DfE ), currently have a fantastic offer available for English and Maths tuition for children in years 1 – 9.

For just £14 per group session you will receive 2 hours’ worth of tuition time, to support learners to realise their potential and academic progress.

This offer is recommended for:

• exam success,
• understanding of the curriculum,
• confidence boosting,
• academic discipline and focus.

Contact them for more details of individual rates for one-to-one sessions, alternative subjects or adult tuition also available.

Spaces are limited so book now to reserve a place: Call 0121 649 1599 or email at

To find out more on what services or activities are available from Homeschool Social Enterprise visit their website at


Page 1 of 14123...Last