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‘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.


Charities Reminded to Have Their Say on Changes to the Code of Fundraising Practice Consultation

Charities of all sizes are being encouraged to have their say on the The Fundraising Regulator’s first consultation on the Code of Fundraising Practice.

The consultation will enable charities, fundraisers and the general public to feedback on suggested changes to the Code.

The consultation will run until the end of April and marks the first major development of the Code since it was transferred to the Fundraising Regulator from the Institute of Fundraising in July 2016.

The proposed changes are not a “root and branch” overhaul. Instead they focus on issues like people in vulnerable circumstances, fundraising communications, the delivery of charity collection bags and how charities oversee their third-party contracts.
The consultation will not however include the Fundraising Preference Service, with guidance for this to be announced closer to its launch.

It will also not cover data and consent. The Fundraising Regulator will consult on this issue separately once the ICO’s guidance on GDPR is released to ensure the full implications for the sector are taken into account.

The consultation is being led by Suzanne McCarthy, chair of the Fundraising Regulator’s Standards Committee, who said: “The Code is crucial to ensuring that fundraising is carried out to the high standards expected by the public. Given its importance, it is essential that the Code develops to meet new challenges and does so in a fair and consultative manner. This process will enable us to understand and, where appropriate, address the sector’s concerns.”

The Regulator will be holding events and webinars with key stakeholders throughout the consultation period.

Source: Charity Digital News


Big Spring Clean Back for 2017

Sandwell’s ever-popular Big Spring Clean campaign is back for 2017 – and local people and organisations are invited to get involved with litter picking, graffiti removal, planting and painting.

The campaign will launch with a community litter-picking event at Victoria Park, Smethwick, on Friday 3 March 2017.

Sandwell Council has teamed up again with waste partner Serco and local charity Litter Watch to recruit volunteers for the 11th annual Sandwell Big Spring Clean.

Sandwell’s campaign this year ties in with a national Great British Spring Clean and will run until the end of September. It will also help celebrate Litter Watch’s 20th birthday.

Residents are also asked to help identify pieces of land that, subject to the owners’ permission, could be transformed into wild flower areas, herb gardens or potato patches.

Email bigspringclean.sandwell@serco.com or call 0121 544 3916 to register your interest.

Councillor David Hosell, the council’s cabinet member for highways and environment, said: “The Big Spring Clean is always popular with local people and organisations, and we thank the thousands of people who’ve taken part in our previous campaigns.
“It’s a great way to get people together – with residents, community groups, faith groups, schools and businesses all supporting the campaign.

“Volunteers can decide what they’d like to do on their Big Spring Clean event including litter picking, graffiti removal, planting or painting.

“This campaign builds on our regular cleaning and upkeep of streets and parks, and encourages volunteering and community partnerships.”

Jason Holtom, partnership director for Serco in Sandwell, said: “We are very pleased to be getting involved in such a positive campaign for another year running.

“The campaign continues to go from strength to strength and it’s really great to see the enthusiasm for the Big Spring Clean and what can be achieved when members of a community come together.

“Pledging a small amount of time can make a big difference to a local area and we encourage volunteers to get involved to help improve their neighbourhoods.”

Go to our Big Spring Clean webpage for more information.


Presentation on sailing adventure for all abilities

The Black Country Neurological Alliance (BCNA) is an umbrella organisation, led by people who are affected directly or indirectly by a neurological condition. The Alliance aims to bring people of the Black Country closer to services available from statutory and voluntary bodies within the region.

BCNA would like to highlight a presentation to be given by Jubilee Sailing Trust on Wednesday 8 March, on the ultimate sailing adventure for all abilities.  Jubilee Sailing Trust Ships are adapted to accommodate anyone with a physical or learning disability.

Time:    1.30 pm to 3.30 pm
Venue: Walsall Deaf People’s Centre, 59a Lichfield Street, Walsall WS4 2BX

To reserve a place please contact teresa@walsalldeaf.org.uk, or telephone 01922 614 794. A BSL interpreter will be present.

Refreshments available.


Developing New Ways of Working in Sandwell and West Birmingham

In line with the NHS Five Year Forward View, a publication that sets out a vision for a better NHS, Sandwell & West Birmingham CCG is exploring new ways of working that will improve the health and care for local people.

As demand for services increases and with people living longer, quite often with lots of different conditions, the CCG are keen to explore with you if there are other ways of doing things to provide individual quality care for everyone, which wraps services around the patient.

You are invited to join the CCG at their first event to help think through how they might do things differently for the people of Sandwell and West Birmingham. The event will explore what is important to patients and what good healthcare looks and feels like.

This event is specifically aimed at patients, carers and their representatives and will take place on:

Date: Tuesday 28 February 2017

Time: 10.00 am–12.00 pm (registration and refreshments from 09.30 am).

Venue: The Richardson Suite, West Bromwich Albion Football Ground, Birmingham Rd, West Bromwich, West Midlands B71 4LF

If you are interested in attending this event, please book a place by contacting Garleah Flahn on 0121 612 4135 or via email SWBCCG.engagement@nhs.net.

Should you have any queries in respect of the event, please contact Kat Meredith by telephone on 0121 612 2789 or email kathryn.meredith@nhs.net.


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