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‘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.


Sandwell Celebrates National Apprenticeship Week

Sandwell will be marking National Apprenticeship Week (March 6-10) with events helping people to make their first step on the career ladder.

National Apprenticeship Week in Sandwell culminates in opening the doors of the council chambers at the Council House in Oldbury on Thursday (9 March) to anyone interested in starting an apprenticeship.

Apprentices currently working for the council and the council’s employment team will be on hand to chat to anyone interested in signing up for an apprenticeship from 2.30pm until 6.30pm.

From this May, apprenticeships will be opened up to people aged 16 and over – not just young people. The council will be taking on hundreds more apprentices under the Government’s apprenticeship levy scheme.

Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and economic investment Councillor Paul Moore said: “We have helped more than 800 young people find apprenticeships and jobs in the council and with local companies over the past four and a half years.

“An apprenticeship is a great way to earn while you learn, giving you great experience and the chance of a great career in all sorts of areas – ranging from admin and customer service to horticulture, mechanics and more.”

Apprentice Callum Hixon, aged 16 from Tipton, left school with A to C grades at GCSE. He applied for more than 40 apprenticeships and he now works in the council’s Council Tax team processing discounts.

Within a matter of months he was meeting 100% of his targets and impressing his manager. He’s also helping the council to improve how quickly new claims are processed.

Callum said: “I am really enjoying the job and feeling I am making great progress. I’d love to get a permanent job here when I finish my apprenticeship”.

To apply online and find out more about apprenticeships with the council and local employers go to the apprenticeship vacancies webpage or call 0121 569 2099.


mARTch – Celebrating Art, Culture and Creativity

A month-long roadshow of workshops and sessions to get artists of all ages being creative and talking about the future of the arts is coming to Sandwell.

‘mARTch’ – art in March – will give artists, dancers, photographers, poets and writers the chance to tell the council what more can be done to help them.

They will also be able to add their own creativity to a piece of community art, which will go on display later this year.

Family-friendly workshops and consultation events are planned for all six towns throughout March.

Councillor Richard Marshall, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for leisure, said: “mARTch is a great opportunity for local artists – whatever their talent – to get involved in shaping the future of arts in Sandwell.

“We want to know what more we can do as a council to help creative people and groups.

“As well as giving their views, artists can help us create a really special piece of community art, building on the success of the Ceramic Garden project last year.

“I would encourage all local artists – and anyone who’s interested in getting creative – to join one of our upcoming, family-friendly workshops.”

During the workshops, artists can decorate a white tile (6×6 inches) which will be mounted alongside other tiles from their town.
They’ll also have chance to glaze a ceramic flower for the Ceramic Garden, which is going on display at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Malvern Show in May.

Events announced so far:
• Saturday 18 March, 10am-4pm, Oak House Museum, West Bromwich (workshop runs 11am-3pm)
• Sunday 19 March, 10am-4pm, Haden Hill House, Cradley Heath (workshop runs 11am-3pm)
• Wednesday 22 March, 4pm-8pm, Coneygre Youth Arts Centre, Tipton (workshop runs 4.30pm-7.30pm)
• Thursday 23 March, 10am-4pm, Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery (workshop runs 11am-3pm)
• Saturday 25 March, 10am-4pm, Oldbury Library (workshop runs 11am-3pm)

More venues will be confirmed soon.

For more information, contact Alex Howell the Arts and Projects Officer by email alex_howell@sandwell.gov.ukor by phone on 07827 305 784.


GAP Centre Presents DIY Drive-In

The GAP Centre, West Bromwich has secured funds from Creative Black Country to present their DIY Drive-In Cinema event. This is a family friendly event where children use recycled materials and cardboard boxes to design and build their own kid-sized cars before settling down to an afternoon of short family films.

The Gap Centre would like to invite you to their family friendly event taking place on:

Saturday 25th March 2017 from 2-5pm at the GAP Centre, Hargate Lane, West Bromwich, B71 1PH.

Light refreshments will be available.

To book your tickets (priced at £10 per family – 2 x adults and 2 x children) or to find out more about this exciting opportunity please email info@thegaponline.org


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, 23 March 2017, 7.30 am9.00 am, at Sant Nirankari Mandal (UK) Centre for Oneness, Great Western Street, Potters Lane, Wednesbury WS10 0AS

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, 21 March 2017.


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