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Voluntary Sector Breakfast Meeting

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, 21 September 2017, 7.30 am – 9.00 am, at Zion United Reform Church, Langley Green Road, Langley B69 4TG

Refreshments provided.

If you are interested in attending, please confirm your attendance by emailing or telephone 0121 525 1127 by Tuesday, 19 September 2017.


Question Time for Neurology: Continuum of Care

Continuum of Care is organised by the Black Country Neurological Alliance (BCNA) and is for anyone in the Black Country with an interest in neurological or neuromuscular conditions.

A panel of health and community care professionals from Wolverhampton and Staffordshire will speak of their roles in supporting people with long term and complex needs.

Admission and parking is free. There are spaces for blue badge holders and the venue is fully accessible. A light lunch is included for registered attendees.

Booking is essential via Eventbrite or for further information email Closing date is 29 August 2017.


Invitation to Murray Hall’s briefing on new ‘Family Offer’ service for children and families

SCVO, working in partnership with Murray Hall Community Trust and Action for Children, are running two briefing events about the new ‘Family Offer’ service which will be of interest to agencies and organisations supporting children and families in Sandwell.

The Family Offer is a development of the support delivered over many years through Children’s Centres across the borough, and offers town-based ‘universal’ and ‘universal plus’ help and advice to children and young people aged 0-25 and their parents.

The wide range of services provided include an information point for local parents, health promotion, a universal/ universal plus family support service for children and young people 0-19 years (25 for SEND) and their families, a universal Antenatal Education Programme, and a limited Employment and Training role dovetailing with other elements of the service.

The two briefing events will provide local agencies with the opportunity to meet Family Offer staff, gain more information about how to access or link in with the services provided, network with other local providers and take a tour of one of the Family Offer centres and facilities.

The first event was hosted by Action for Children in Smethwick on Tuesday 19th September.

The second event will be hosted by Murray Hall Community Trust at their Rowley (Springfield) Children’s Centre, Dudley Road, Rowley Regis B65 8JY on Monday 9th October, 12.45 pm to 2 pm, with tours of the building until 4 pm. Book your place via Eventbrite

Please note numbers for both events are limited and bookings are made on a first come first served basis. For further information on these events please contact Stuart Ashmore at SCVO on 0121 525 1127, email


Voluntary Sector Breakfast Meeting

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 20 July 2017 from 7.30 am – 9.00 am, at the Brasshouse Community Centre, Brasshouse Lane, Smethwick B66 1BA.

Ample parking.  Refreshments provided.

If you are interested in attending, please confirm your attendance by emailing or telephone 0121 525 1127 by Tuesday, 18 July 2017.

Sandwell and West Birmingham Equality Awards launched

The 2017 Sandwell and West Birmingham Equality Awards, which champion the support given to vulnerable people in Sandwell and West Birmingham, was launched on 12 June 2017.

The awards have been held annually since 2015. They recognise and celebrate work undertaken by local, groups and organisations to address inequalities in health and well-being. Previous winners include a health visiting service for vulnerable families, a group of churches who provide food for asylum seekers and refugees, a one-stop shop for carers, and a social enterprise for people aged over 50.

The CCG will shortlist projects in September 2017. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony taking place at Villa Park on 2 November 2017.

Click here for find out more about the Equality Awards and how to apply.

Great Get Together in Sandwell

Scenic Sandwell Valley Country Park is hosting a Great Get Together on Saturday 17 June, as part of nationwide events to celebrate the life of Jo Cox MP. People from all walks of life are being invited to celebrate the things that unite them and champion being good neighbours from 16-18 June, a year on from Jo’s murder.

Jo lived her life spreading her belief that we have more in common than divides us, and charity Near Neighbours has joined with Jo’s family and the Jo Cox Foundation to invite people to hold Great Get Together events in their community. Sandwell’s Great Get Together will be held at the paddock area near Sandwell Park Farm, on Saturday 17 June from 11 am to 12 noon.

Guest speakers will talk about Jo and what she meant to them as well as inviting people to celebrate her values together.
People can get crafty with a competition to decorate a pot and plant it with seeds to take home or give it to a neighbour. Prizes will be awarded at 12 noon for the pots that best display the Love Your Neighbour message. People are also invited to stay on for a bring-your-own picnic.

Sandwell’s Great Get Together is being co-ordinated by the Love Your Neighbour team, which includes Near Neighbours, Sandwell Churches’ Link, the Faithful Friends project and Sandwell Council. Laura Nott, director of Sandwell Churches’ Link, said: “Sandwell is at its best when our diverse communities, of all faiths and none, come together to celebrate those values we share. “Sandwell Valley Park is a lovely setting for our Great Get Together, where we can enjoy being with old and new friends to listen, talk, create and eat together. Everyone is welcome – let’s make it a really special day.”

A Great Get Together bring and share picnic is also being held at Lightwoods Park, Bearwood, on Sunday 18 June from 12 noon until 3pm. This has been organised by Crafty Muthas and the Bearwood Pantry, together with other local groups. Everyone is welcome. Meet by the grassed area in front of Lightwoods House.

Follow the #GreatGetTogether and #LoveYourNeighbour on Twitter.

Bearwood Hosts Poetry Slam for Refugee Week

Bearwood Action for Refugees are celebrating UK Refugee Week 2017 in style and inviting the whole community to join them. On Sunday 25 July, in partnership with Agora Poetry, they are hosting a mammoth poetry slam, SLAMATHON, at Thimblemill Library, 2 – 7 pm. It will be fun-packed for all ages with storytelling, comedy, poetry workshops, crafts and plenty of tasty food with a ‘bring and share’ buffet. The event will be in aid of Aegean Solidarity Network and every penny raised will help support refugees in transit.

Applications are open for any keen poets wanting to apply to take part in the event. Translation, including BSL interpreting, will be available for those who want to perform in languages other than English. Those wanting to apply should email for details. Poets of all ages and levels of experience are invited to apply and the deadline for applications is Sunday 18 June. Any schools keen to get involved should also contact Bearwood Action for Refugees at the above email address for links to a range of resources collated specifically for schools.

Poet and spoken word artist Bethany Slinn will be running a FREE polish up your poem workshop prior to SLAMATHON on Tuesday 20 June, 6.30 -8 pm at Thimblemill Library, for anyone not sure what to expect or who wants the chance to work on their poem with a professional prior to the event.

Audiences will also have chance to view Anon, on its final day of exhibition on 25 June at the Library. The photographs by Maria Falcon and Paul Hill, were taken in refugee camps in Greece last year and portray the reality of life for refugees in transit.

For more information please contact Leonie on
Mobile: 07973 128 534
Twitter: @bearwoodaction

Summerfield Community Garden Project Open Day – Saturday 10 June 2017

Summerfield Community Garden Project would like to invite you to their Open Day on Saturday 10th June, between 11 am and 4 pm, at the City Hospital greenhouse, Western Road, entrance.

Why not pop along to:
Make your own hanging baskets and troughs
See the beehive and meet the rabbits
Learn about wormeries and how to compost your household waste
Lean how to take cuttings
Buy some plants.

Refreshments available.

To find out more information call Ernie on 07946 738758.

Grace Mary 2 Lion Farm Big Local Volunteers’ Party

As part of the UK’s National Volunteers’ Week which runs from 1 – 7 June 2017, GM2LF Big Local are holding a party to celebrate their volunteers on Tuesday 6th June 2017, 1 pm – 3 pm at Rounds Green Library, Martley Road, Oldbury B69 1DZ.

The party is being held to say, ‘Thank You’ and to recognise the outstanding contribution which is made by volunteers in the area. Volunteers are a shining example of how we can all make a big difference to other people lives and the communities we live in.

Nominate a Volunteer
If you know of someone who volunteers in the GM2LF Big Local area you can nominate them for an award and help to celebrate the difference they make. See nomination form.

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


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