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Vigil for Manchester in Oldbury Civic Square – Thursday Evening, 25 May at 7 pm

Communities in Sandwell are joining together for a vigil in memory of the victims of Monday’s Manchester concert attack.  Everyone is welcome at the vigil in Oldbury Civic Square outside Sandwell Council House, Freeth Street, Oldbury, tomorrow, Thursday 25 May, from 7 pm to 8 pm.

People can bring candles and tributes if they wish, and there will be an opportunity to sign a Sandwell letter of solidarity that will be sent to Manchester.

Should you need more information, please contact gary_bowman@sandwell.gov.uk.

#WeStandTogether


Photography Exhibition at Brasshouse

As part of National Volunteers Week, that runs from 1 – 7 June, North Smethwick Development Trust will be celebrating the impact and contribution of volunteers, by organising a photography exhibition.

The launch event will be on Friday, 2 June at 5.30 pm at Brasshouse Community Centre, Brasshouse Lane, Smethwick B66 1BA. The exhibition ends on 30 June.

The show is in partnership with Brushstrokes, St Albans, Friends and Neighbours, Tipton Litter Watch and Smethwick Foodbank.

Free parking. Refreshments provided.

For more information email BrasshouseEvents@nsdt.org.uk or call 0121 555 5672.


Calling ALL Volunteers & Volunteer involving Organisations

The 1 – 7 June is National Volunteers Week and North Smethwick Development Trust will be celebrating the impact and contribution of volunteers by organising a photography exhibition, from 2 – 30 June at Brasshouse.  The exhibition is in partnership with Brushstrokes, St Albans, Friends & Neighbours, Tipton Litter Watch and Smethwick Foodbank.

NSDT want as many volunteers as possible to get involved in the exhibition.

If you’re a volunteer and want to get involved, then please send us a video following the requirements. We would love to hear from as many of you as possible to be demonstrate the different reasons people have for volunteering, and how it has impacted on your life, or those you have helped.

Please see below video and instructions on how to take part. The deadline for submissions is on 22 May 2017. Yes, it is soon, but it is simple to take part and NSDT are able to help with support.

Click here for video link and instructions on how to take part on #iVolunteer exhibition.

In the recording, we ask the volunteer to simply answer the question: Why do you volunteer?

The requirements are:
1. You must start the video with the phrase “I volunteer because…”
2. Video should be no longer than 30 seconds (max.)
3. Behind a clear wall
4. Send it to the email BrasshouseEvents@nsdt.org.uk with the subject #IVolunteer
5. Deadline for submission will be 22 May 2017

There is no limit to the number of volunteers participating.

Disclosure – Videos will be used on social media, website and at the volunteer exhibition which will be running at Brasshouse from 2 – 30 June 2017. By sending NSDT a video recording you agree to the above terms.

To find out more information email BrasshouseEvents@nsdt.org.uk or call 0121 555 5672 to speak to Hanna or Esther.

For Social Media please use #BrasshouseEvents #iVolunteer #VolunteersWeek.


Celebrating Volunteers’ Week 2017

Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. Volunteers Week runs from 1 – 7 June every year.

Locally, Volunteer Centre Sandwell has held Volunteer Recruitment Fairs, Sandwell Volunteer Awards and last year invited over 140 volunteers to West Bromwich Albion Football Club for a Thank You Lunch.

This year, in partnership with NHS Recovery College, Volunteer Centre Sandwell will be hosting a community play entitled The Ward on Tuesday 6 June at West Bromwich Town Hall. There will be two performances and entry is free for both. The first performance begins at 10.30 am; the second at 1 pm.

The play which features a community cast, is aimed especially at clients, carers, and professionals in the mental health service.

To reserve your place contact Volunteer Centre Sandwell 0121 544 8326 or email Reuben@volunteercentresandwell.co.uk.

 

 


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
GPs/Pharmacists
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.


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.


Announcing BCNA’s First Meeting!

Black Country Neurological Alliance is often asked about its meetings. Well, the truth is, up to now the only meetings have been Roadshows and more recently a Question Time Forum. The committee meets monthly to organise its work and more Forums.

So, BCNA has decided to give it a try! The first meeting will be on Thursday, 27 April, at Queen’s Cross Network in Dudley, on the outskirts of the town centre. It has been designed with people with disabilities in mind, so is fully accessible. Attendees are asked to meet in the cafe at 1 pm.

There is no agenda just a chance to meet other people, including the committee, over lunch, chat with them and see what Queen’s Cross network has to offer. There is no charge for this, but BCNA cannot fund lunch this time.

The address is Queens Cross Network, Physical Disability Support Centre, Wellington Road, Dudley DY1 1RB (not far from the Leisure Centre). Telephone 01384 813 460.


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.


Community Alcohol Awareness Team Marketplace Event

Did you know Alcohol is a significant cause of ill health here in Sandwell? Are you aware of what services are available to help and what they can do for you?

The Community Alcohol Awareness Team are hosting a drop in marketplace event to launch their new Alcohol Awareness Team and raise awareness of the different services available to help in Sandwell.

The Community Alcohol Awareness Team’s ‘marketplace’ event is being held on Monday 10th April 2017 between 12 and 3pm at Sandwell Council House, Freeth Street, Oldbury, B69 3DE (Sat Nav users B69 3DB).

Stalls include:
• Sandwell – Alcohol Recovery Service
• IRIS – Drug Recovery Service
• DECCA – Drug and alcohol treatment and education for young people in Sandwell up to the age of 18.
• CAP – Community Alcohol Project
• Public Health Weight Management Team
• Public Health Community Activity Team
• Healthy Sandwell

You’ll also have the opportunity to sample some alcohol free beverages.

About the Community Alcohol Awareness Team:

The Community Alcohol Awareness Team has been established to deliver targeted support which enables individuals to identify their level of alcohol and their related risk with a view of the individual taking ownership of managing that risk to improve their health.

They also work with community organisations to raise awareness of the risks of significant alcohol dependence.

For more information on the event please contact Sandwell Council’s Community Alcohol Awareness Team on 0121 612 8752.


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