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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


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.


Black Country Impact

Black Country Impact is aimed at 16—29 year olds not in education, employment or training (NEET).

The scheme will support you through training and activities that will not only help build self-confidence but have a positive impact in your future.

So if you need help with:

Employment: Training ∙ Support ∙ Life Skills ∙ Interviews ∙ Apprenticeships ∙ Employability Skills
Access to work experience
Careers Advice & Guidance: Improve your skills and education
Help with expenses: clothing ∙ equipment
Specialist interview advice

Please contact Connexions Sandwell on 0121 569 2955.


Tipton Library – “For Shakespeare and St George Fun Day”

Tipton Library is holding a “For Shakespeare and St George Fun Day” in honour of the birthday of William Shakespeare and of course St George. It’s a free event for all the family to enjoy with opportunities to get creative with children’s crafts, eat cake or just simply listen to Tipton Community Choir.

The fun day will be held at:

Tipton Library, 17 Unity Walk, Tipton, DY4 8QL on
Saturday 22nd April 10.30am—12.30pm

Activities include:

Free face painting and children’s crafts
Games
Toy sale
Community stalls
A special performance from the Tipton Community Choir
Home-made cakes and refreshments by Sally Gutteridge

For more information on the fun day please contact Tipton Library on 0121 557 1796.


Two-Day Paediatric First Aid Course

Community Foundation is a grassroots voluntary organisation supporting people in inner city areas to change their lives by improving their conditions and creating opportunities for people to reach their full potential.

Community Foundation will be running a Paediatric First Aid course on Tuesday and Wednesday, 2 & 3 May 2017, 9.00 am – 3.30 pmThe course fee is £35.

Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid is mandatory for those who work with children, and fulfills the requirements of the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

To register for the course, please email info@thecommunityfoundation.org.uk or telephone 0121 238 3282. Places are limited.

The course will be held at Community Foundation’s offices, 20 St Silas Square, Lozells, Birmingham B19 2QW.


Bright Futures

Are you looking for training, jobs or apprenticeships?

Starting 3 April through to 28 June, Connexions Sandwell will have 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 Bight Future.

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


Spotlight on Make, Move And Munch Club Sandwell

1. Tell us what you do.

Accord Group Housing Association are working with the National Charity Partnership, to inspire hundreds of people in Sandwell to eat better, get active and reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Make, Move and Munch Clubs are the National Charity Partnership’s intensive support programme being delivered in Sandwell by Kaleidoscope Plus Group, Complete Kidz, Ideal for All and Groundwork.

The free eight session programme is running in Schools until December 2017 and motivates participants to improve health behaviours in relation to physical activity and food consumption. Participants have the opportunity to cook and eat a free healthy meal as well as receiving a goody-bag.

For a video introducing Make, Move and Munch click here.

2. What is your proudest achievement?
We are proud of every life changed through this programme and every single step people in Sandwell take to having better health.

A participating Mum said, “I always add salt to my cooking, these sessions have taught me that I must try my food before thinking about adding salt to flavour the food.”

3. What is your experience of support received from SCVO
SCVO’s Breakfast Meetings are a really effective way of getting to know people in the voluntary sector and an opportunity for information sharing and support.

4. What is the most valuable lesson you have learnt about working with people in Sandwell?
We have learnt that the best places to engage with Mums are where they are already gathered – at Schools. Now working in partnership with Sandwell Schools to deliver Make, Move and Munch is a real asset to the work, and we are delighted to be complementing the hard work Schools are already doing to support families into better health.

We have also seen that despite the negative press about the rise in obesity, Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. When offered a fun, interactive programme, families of all cultures and backgrounds are embracing trying new recipes and, with encouragement and support, are enjoying doing a little bit more physical activity.

5. What are your plans for the future and some of the challenges you face?
We are looking for more Schools to work with in the summer term and autumn term as part of our programme and we are looking forward to celebrating all that the programme has achieved

6. How can SCVO help to support your organisation in the future?
We value the opportunity to use SCVO’s promotional networks moving forward, to assist us to book more School venues for the summer term.

If you’re interested in hosting a club or for more information please email helen.tomblin@accordgroup.org.uk.


Time Is Running Out…

Time is running out to take advantage of fully funded government apprenticeships. From the end of April 2017 apprenticeships will no longer be fully funded by the government…but there’s still time to take advantage of FREE training for your current staff.

Sandwell College provides high quality apprenticeships to small, medium and large companies throughout the West Midlands.

The College is working with a wide range of employers who want to benefit from government funding before time runs out and the apprenticeship reforms change the rules on funding.

Apprenticeships designed to meet the needs of industries and job roles are offered in:

• Auto Maintenance/Body and paint
• Business administration and customer service
• Hospitality
• Hairdressing
• Warehousing
• Health and social care
• Team Leading and Management
• Children and young people
• Dental Nursing
• Construction trades
• Engineering
• Pharmacy
• Supporting teaching and Learning in schools

Apprenticeships are the ideal way to develop talent and improve and update existing employee’s skills.

Take advantage now. Call 0121 667 5018 or visit the website www.sandwell.ac.uk.


Sandwell College Health and Social Care Event

Sandwell College is committed to the future workforce of Health and Social Care in all its forms by introducing the Sector to school leavers and year 11 students.

The College would like to invite you to a Health & Social Care Promotion Event on Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 4 pm – 6 pm at Central Campus, 1 Spon Lane, West Bromwich B70 6AW.

The Event is aimed at next year’s students to promote the many different roles in Health and Social Care and Charity work, as well as promoting organisations.

It may also be a good chance to network as the College is working in conjunction with the Schools Liaison Team.

If your organisation would like to exhibit at this Event, please contact Lesa Jones, Health & Care Innovation Lead at Lesa.jones@sandwell.ac.uk.

The organisers hope for a good attendance to this informative and principal occasion.


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