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Liz Hingley Photography Exhibition

We are delighted to present Home Made in Smethwick, an exhibition of photographs by local photographer Liz Hingley, which will tour to six Sandwell libraries. Liz worked with residents for two years to create an intimate photographic portrait of the people and the food cooked in Smethwick in the Black Country, one of the most culturally diverse towns in the UK. A book of the work was published in August 2016 but this is the first time an exhibition of photographs has been exhibited publicly.

The launch event was in January 2017, at Smethwick Library but at the start of each leg of the tour there will be a special afternoon preview with the chance to see the work and taste homemade bread from Albert, a project participant.

We are delighted to present Home Made in Smethwick, an exhibition of photographs by local photographer Liz Hingley, which will come to Tipton Library from 13 April to 12 May 2017.

Liz has worked with residents for the last two years to create an intimate photographic portrait of the people and the food cooked in Smethwick in the Black Country, one of the most culturally diverse towns in the UK. A book of the work was published in August 2016 but this is the first time an exhibition of photographs has been exhibited publicly.

The exhibition will be at Tipton Library, Unity Walk, Owen Street, Tipton, DY4 8QL until Friday 12th May.

This event is part of a series of special exhibitions and film screenings brought to you by Multistory and Sandwell libraries.

Free entrance – no ticket required.

Tour Schedule:
Blackheath Library (0121 559 1884) 15 May – 9 June
Central Library, West Bromwich (0121 569 4904) 12 June – 10 July


Great Bridge Alcohol Outreach Campaign

On 3, 4 & 5 May, 12 noon to 3 pm, James Wareham, Community Alcohol Awareness Officer for Tipton and Wednesbury, will be teaming up with colleagues from across Sandwell Council for the “Let’s Talk Alcohol in Sandwell” campaign on the High Street, Great Bridge.

Contributors include Glyn Parton: Neighbourhood Co-ordinator (West Bromwich), Nik J Wooldridge: Town Lead ASB Officer (Prevention), Katy Anderson: ASB Officer and Mark Bowhay: Senior Street Warden. Lydia Dunne: Project Manager, Community Alcohol Project, Children & Young Peoples Services will be also there, together with Sergeant David Rogers, Police Constable Claire Hankinson and Constable Angela Francis all from Tipton Police. Swanswell, the commissioned alcohol recovery service, will be delivering outreach from Great Bridge Library.

As part of the Public Health campaign, the contributors have created the “You Booze You Lose” three day drive which is aimed at engaging with street drinkers who have been the cause of some issues within Great Bridge. These issues have resulted in a number of incidents and complaints from local residents and shop owners. Swanswell will be working with street drinkers who have declared that they need help and will be attempting to set up each of them on a recovery plan.

An organised litter pick will also be taking place to help tackle the issue of alcohol related waste, as well as engaging with local members of the community.

Nash Dom CIC, the Eastern European and Russian speaking community support group, will participate on all three days. They offer independent, confidential and impartial advice on rights and responsibilities in a number of different European languages to reach out to the street drinkers whose first language is not English.


Voluntary Sector Breakfast Meeting and Meet the Funder Session

Are you a Voluntary and Community Group based or working in Sandwell? Do you want an opportunity to meet with other people on a very informal basis and promote and share information about the services and activities you offer?

Please join us on Thursday, 25 May 2017, 7.30 am – 9.00 am, at the Salvation Army, Meredith Street, Cradley Heath B64 5EP

Refreshments provided.

If you are interested in attending, please confirm your attendance by e-mail to mazeline@scvo.info or telephone 0121 525 1127 by Tuesday, 23 May 2017.

 

Meet the Funder Session

Have you got a project idea your organisation is considering and want to run your idea by the funder first? Do you want to find out what funding is available from Children in Need, Awards For All or The Lloyds Foundation? Do you want to save time now by finding out if your project or organisation is eligible to apply?

Book yourself onto the meet the funder session which will follow on from the Breakfast Meeting.  We will be joined by representatives from each of the funders on Thursday 25th May 2017, 9.30am till 11.30am at the Salvation Army.

This is your opportunity to hear first-hand what funding opportunities they have available and to speak to the funders informally about your project idea or concept.

If you are interested in attending, please book your place via Eventbrite by clicking here. Places are limited so you need to be quick if you want to attend the session.


Charity seeks Paid Carers for new Shared Lives Scheme

The charity Camphill Village Trust (CVT) is currently looking to recruit Paid Carers to its new Shared Lives Scheme, that is being launched in the Black Country this Summer.

Shared Lives is sometimes described like ‘foster care for adults who may be vulnerable or have a disability’, but it’s so much more than that. With 92% of all Schemes being rated as Good or Outstanding by CQC, Shared Lives is an innovative model of care, that enables people to stay in their own communities and provides a viable alternative to residential, nursing or hospital care.

As a Shared Lives Carer you are ‘carefully matched’ to support a person from within your own home, where they develop the skills to be as independent as possible and lead an ‘ordinary life’ at the heart of the neighbourhood. The person then becomes more confident and develops a sense of belonging, using their social and wider family networks for extra support.

You must be over 18 years of age but don’t need any qualifications or experience, just the right values, commitment and of course…..a spare bedroom. If you don’t own your own home, you will need to ask your landlord’s permission to use your property as a Shared Lives Arrangement.

CVT will provide relevant training and once approved, will give on-going supervision and support to ensure that the highest quality of care is maintained throughout each Shared Lives Arrangement. An enhanced DBS Check and references are required. Training will take place in your own home, via e-Learning and also as a group at CVT’s community hub in Stourbridge. The Assessment process takes about three months.

As a Shared Lives Carer you can be paid up to £600 per week depending on the level of support you provide to the Person who comes to stay with you on a long-term or respite basis, as well as receive significant tax breaks.

To find out more about becoming a Shared Lives Carer for CVT, please go to ww.cvt.org.uk/sharedlives or call Dean Barnshaw, Shared Lives Development Manager on 07984 896010. Email dean.barnshaw@cvt.org.uk


Local company wish to donate free office furniture

Steel and Alloy Gonvarri Steel Services, West Bromwich, have a number of office desks in excellent condition and a few office chairs, which they would wish to donate to the voluntary sector. Steel and Alloy is based at Trafalgar Works, Union Street, West Bromwich B70 6BZ.

The company need to clear their office of these items of furniture by Friday, 21 April at the very latest. If you are interested please contact Kate Bonsor via email at kbonsor@steelalloy.co.uk, or telephone 0121 500 0624.


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.


New-look Charity Digital Toolkit Launched

Following the launch of the much talked about Charity Digital Skills Report, which revealed that many UK charities are still struggling to get to grips with digital, Skills Platform and Zoe Amar Communications have launched the Charity Digital Toolkit.

This latest release is a sequel to the successful Charity Social Media Toolkit and showcases best practice, expert insight and practical tips to directly help charities navigate through digital transformation.

The Charity Digital Toolkit is relevant for anyone working in the charity sector – from frontline staff through to experienced digital managers, senior leaders and trustees. Everyone has a role to play in successful digital transformation and can benefit from this free resource.

It covers the basics of digital such as mapping your audience and developing your digital strategy; understanding the benefits of different marketing channels and measuring success. Leadership; fundraising; governance and risk are also particular areas of focus.

Key influencers
Charities and key influencers have been involved in developing the toolkit and have shared their own experiences and insights. This includes Martha Lane Fox CBE, who has written the foreword; the Charity Commission and Diabetes UK. Marie Curie has also shared its own digital transformation journey and revealed how tapping into digital can reap rewards for fundraising and income generation.

The toolkit also looks ahead to the future; at digital trends which will disrupt the sector and reshape the way supporters behave and engage with charities. If the future is digital, the right skills are crucial. Here, Breast Cancer Care shares advice on the skills your organisation needs to get digital right and how to upskill staff if there is a digital skills gap.

For more information about Skills Platform or the Charity Digital Toolkit 2017, visit www.skillsplatform.org/charitydigitaltoolkit

To read the full Charity Digital News Article click here.


SCVO Member Feature: Sandwell African Women Association

Sandwell African Women Association was established as a charity in 2014. It aims to support, restore, empower and bring hope to African refugee women and children affected by wars, sexual violence and exploitation.  It helps  survivors of torture and abuse and those deprived of human rights in their home lands.

The group provides advice, support and training to disadvantaged African women refugees and children from Sandwell, Birmingham, Walsall, Dudley and Wolverhampton. It delivers a range of services to improving safety, access to justice and well-being of women and children. It helps homeless people through education and accommodation, and supports young people who face barriers to work.

For more information please contact Mamy Zozo on 0121 649 0724. Email info@sawa.org.uk. Website www.sawa.org.uk.


Sandwell & West Birmingham CCG Prescriptions and Medicines Consultations

Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG would like to advise of  public consultations on the proposed changes to prescriptions and medicines. They are keen to hear the views of patients who are registered with a Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG GP, local groups and communities.

The public consultation runs from Thursday 23 March to Thursday 15 June 2017. All stakeholder views will then be presented to the CCG’s Governing Body before a decision is made on this proposal.

You can have your say at a series of public meetings; by completing an on-line survey; by contacting the CCG Engagement Team or visiting the website. Information is also available on Twitter at SWB CCG.

Find out about the proposed changes.


SAFS’ Car Boot Sale

SAFS provide a range of quality care support services and opportunities to enable South Asian children, young people and adults with disabilities, life limiting or life threatening conditions, and their families, to enhance their quality of life.

On Saturday, 6 May 2017, SAFS will be hosting its second car boot sale. The venue is the car park of the Windmill Community Centre situated on Messenger Road, Smethwick, B66 3DX.

The sale will run from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm. Food and refreshments will be available on the day at a small cost.

If you are interested in booking a pitch, please contact Lewis at SAFS as soon as possible on 0121 558 2198 or email projectsupport@safscare.org.


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