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Free Fishing Sessions

Community Foundation in partnership with the Canal & River Trust are running free fishing sessions in the Aston Canal (Mill Street off A38) opposite Matalan, on Saturday 29 July 2017. You can attend any time between 10 am – 4 pm.

Try taster fishing sessions with professional coaches. Go along and reserve a time slot with a coach to learn the basics of fishing and find out how you can enjoy your local waterway. Fishing coaching sessions are open to everyone including those with disabilities. You will be asked to provide further info when booking your fishing coaching slot.

The fishing coaches will provide the equipment for you to use during your session.

Limited street parking is available nearby.

If you are interested please register via Eventbrite.

 


Sandwell and West Birmingham Equality Awards 2017

Did you know nominations for the Sandwell and West Birmingham Equality Awards 2017 close on Wednesday 26 July?

The categories are:

• Learning Disability Award
• Partnership Award
• Statutory Sector Award
• Voluntary Community and Faith Sector Award
• Primary Care Award

Not heard about the Awards?  Click here to find out everything you need to know.

The Awards Ceremony will be on Thursday, 2 November.

 


RES Sandwell Equalities Network Meeting

Rights and Equality Sandwell is looking to re-establish its Equalities Network in Sandwell.

Our partners have expressed a strong interest in being involved in the network to work together to underpin equalities and reinforce protection from discrimination and harassment in all its forms. Thereby, we are seeking expressions of interest from all agencies that would like to be involved in the Equalities Network and have within their remit:

• equality, diversity and inclusion activities
• support the most vulnerable and disadvantaged communities
• promoting a positive sense of identity and wellness
• campaigns to tackle, prevent and eliminate inequality and injustice
• mediation and resolution of social tensions and safeguarding concerns

Sandwell Equalities Network Meeting

Wednesday 16th August 2017
between 10.00 a.m. and 12.00 noon at SCIPS Christ Church, Birmingham Street, Oldbury, B69 4DY
Phone: 0121 544 1230

This initial meeting will look at ways in which:

Organisations working to create a fairer society can work with each other
Cascade learning and best practice to embed effective leadership, policy and best practice
Peer working review
Borough-wide collective initiatives

You are asked to reserve a place for the above by no later than Friday 21st July 2017.  Please contact:

parminder.dhani@rightsandequalitysandwell.co.uk or call us on 0121 541 1775
Rights and Equality Sandwell, 28 Birmingham Street, Oldbury, West Midlands B69 4DS

If you would like an event promoting for your organisation them please let us know via our email address support@scvo.info

Don’t forget to check out our new events calendar on our website by clicking here.


RES Sandwell Equalities Network

Rights and Equality Sandwell is looking to re-establish its Equalities Network in Sandwell. Its partners have expressed a strong interest in being involved in the network to work together to underpin equalities and reinforce protection from discrimination and harassment in all its forms. Thereby, RES is seeking expressions of interest from all agencies that would like to be involved in the Equalities Network and have within their remit:

• equality, diversity and inclusion activities
• support the most vulnerable and disadvantaged communities
• promoting a positive sense of identity and wellness
• campaigns to tackle, prevent and eliminate inequality and injustice
• mediation and resolution of social tensions and safeguarding concerns

There will be a Sandwell Equalities Network Meeting on Wednesday,  16 August 2017, between 10.00 a.m. and 12.00 noon at SCIPS Christ Church, Birmingham Street, Oldbury B69 4DY.  Telephone: 0121 544 1230

This initial meeting will look at ways in which:

Organisations working to create a fairer society can work with each other
Cascade learning and best practice to embed effective leadership, policy and best practice
Peer working review
Borough-wide collective initiatives

You are asked to reserve a place for the above by no later than Friday, 21 July 2017.  Please contact Parminder Dhani at parminder.dhani@rightsandequalitysandwell.co.uk Rights and Equality Sandwell, 28 Birmingham Street, Oldbury,
West Midlands B69 4DS 0121 541 1775

 


‘Celebrate Sandwell’ At Free Community Event

‘Celebrate Sandwell’ at a fun free event organised by the local community at West Bromwich Town Hall on Friday 30 June 2017.

Come along between 10 am and 4 pm to be entertained and find out what a wide range of local organisations and community groups in Sandwell have to offer.

From Caribbean steel pans, a wandering troubadour, poet and storyteller to a guided meditation walk and hula hoops, there’s a real mix of things to enjoy and explore.

Sandwell’s new Mayor, Councillor Ahmadul Haque MBE, will officially open the event at 12 noon.

Check out the many stands promoting scores of local services and community groups; enjoy free snack food and drinks; and enter a raffle to win some great prizes, including a free night out (a Harvester meal for two and two cinema tickets).

Event co-ordinator Richard Flatley said: “By running this event we are bringing people together to honour the kindness and compassion of the people and services of Sandwell.”

Councillor Syeda Khatun, Sandwell Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for neighbourhoods and communities, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate all things Sandwell and for people to find out more about local services and community groups.

“We are very proud of Sandwell’s thriving community and voluntary sector and I encourage people to come along to learn more about the wide range of support available across the borough.”

Follow the event on social media:

Twitter: @Sandwell2017
Instagram: @Celebrate Sandwell
For more information, email celebratesandwell@gmail.com

For further information please contact:
Sandwell Council Communications Unit
0121 569 3031

Out of hours/emergency: 07920 027 723
www.twitter.com/sandwellcouncil
www.facebook.com/sandwellcouncil

 


ZEE Sandwell and Birmingham Mela 2017

Thousands of visitors will head to Victoria Park, Smethwick on 1-2 July for the Sandwell & Birmingham Mela 2017.

The festival is a weekend extravaganza in the heart of the community that combines live international music performances, stalls, food, arts, community showcases, workshops and a funfair.

Over 100 artists and groups are set to perform at the event including Bollywood actor Tiger Shroff, chart-topping artists Zack Knight, Sudesh Kumari, Dilpreet Dhillon, Hashmat Sultana and many more!

70,000 people attended the two-day festival in 2016 and, now in its seventh year, the event is set to attract people from across the region and further afield.

Danny Singh, Director of ZEE Sandwell & Birmingham Mela, said: “The Mela is a create opportunity for all communities to come together and celebrate South Asian culture in the heart of UK. We always ensured that the Mela is the very best summer experience in the UK for the community and this year will be more exciting as we bring more highly innovative programming and experiences to the Mela”.

Sandwell Council Leader Councillor Steve Eling said: “The ZEE Sandwell & Birmingham Mela is a hugely popular event in the heart of Smethwick – there’s always a great community atmosphere. It’s an opportunity for people from Sandwell, Birmingham and right across the country to enjoy a wide range of entertainment and the rich cultural diversity Smethwick has to offer in one of our Green Flag parks.”

Gates open at 11.30am, event runs from 12pm – 7pm on both days. Tickets are £1 per person, under 2’s free. Event parking is available in Victoria Park at £5 per car.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit: http://www.birminghammela.com/


Family Health & Happiness Day at Brasshouse

Brasshouse Community Centre, Brasshouse Lane, Smethwick, is having a free Family Health and Happiness Day on Saturday, 17 June, 10 am to 3 pm.

There will be lots to do including Children’s Gardening Activity, Music, Cookery Demonstration, Arts & Crafts, Face Painting, NHS Health Checks, Health Information and Advice, Storytelling, Information from Citizen Coaching CIC and a visit from Cradley Heath Creative Oss Box.

Ever had a Reiki, a hand massage or an Indian Head massage? You will be able to experience these with experienced and fully qualified therapists.

Mindfulness. What is it? How does it work? Find out at the Introduction to Mindfulness Workshop, and lift your mood with Laughter Yoga.

Take the family or friends  to Brasshouse for a happy and fun day!


Join North Smethwick Development Trust in The Great Big Walk at The Brasshouse

North Smethwick Development Trust at The Brasshouse invite you to share a wonderful opportunity to join them in The Great Big Walk. The Eden Project will be stopping off at the Brasshouse, on Sunday 4 June, at around 12 midday, as one of their stops along their walk.

The Great Big Walk is a national movement connecting people and communities. It is an idea by the Eden Project made possible by the National Lottery and other supporters, which consists of five walks that span the UK, stopping at over 100 community projects as they go. Each stop will shine a light on the extraordinary people going the extra mile to bring their communities together.

Join in the celebrations by supporting the walkers as they pass through at The Brasshouse and you will be taking part in the biggest community celebration in the UK.

Members of the Eden Project would like to meet as many people as possible from the local area and find out about the things that are taking place in and around Smethwick and Sandwell. This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase events and support our fantastic communities

If you can spare an hour on the day, do go along and bring family, friends and neighbours.

Please let NSDT know in advance if you wish attend so they can ensure refreshment availability. Telephone 0121 555 5672. Email Jayne.fearon@nsdt.org.uk.


‘Learners’ Art Exhibition’ at Central Sixth

SAFL (Sandwell Adult and Family Learning Service) will be holding an exhibition of paintings and images from their adult learners’ art classes, at the Art Café, Central Sixth, New Square, West Bromwich until 5 June 2017. SAFL have lots of talented and enthusiastic learners in its art classes which are run on a termly basis, so please go along and support them.

You can find out class times and venues by visiting SAFL’s website where you can download a copy of the prospectus, or give SAFL a call to register your interest for classes starting September 2017.

If you have people in your organisation who would be interested in attending learning opportunities, SAFL could deliver in your venue, if you have a suitable learning space. Please call to discuss.

SAFL could work with your group to produce crafts that would be suitable to sell and raise funds for your group, or deliver First Aid awareness, basic nutrition awareness or knitting and crochet classes.

For more information please visit the website and click on the course guide or alternatively call on 0121 557 0837.
Follow SAFL on Twitter – @learnsafl

 


Near Neighbours – The Great Get Together

Will you join the Great Get Together?

Near Neighbours is a charity that has been bringing people together in diverse areas across the country since 2011. That we have more in common than divides us is at the core of what we do. By hosting a Great Get Together with Near Neighbours you can join a movement of people across the country that have been celebrating our diversity for years.

We have joined with the Jo Cox Foundation to invite you to hold a Great Get Together in your community. Inspired by Jo Cox MP, the Great Get Together is encouraging people to host street parties across the country to celebrate all that we have in common with our neighbours.

In that spirit, her family and friends are inviting people across the country to mark the anniversary of her murder by organising or attending a celebration in their community on 16-18 June 2017.

Archbishop Justin has commended the Great Get Together and is encouraging groups to get involved through Near Neighbours, a programme that has been bringing people together in this vein since 2011. This is Archbishop Justin’s message to you:

“I encourage you whole heartedly to host a Great Get Together in your community and to do so in partnership with Near Neighbours, whose inspiring work has enabled local communities across the country to work and live together effectively.”

Could you bring your neighbourhood together to celebrate a Great Get Together? Find out more here or to register click here.


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