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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


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.


Holiday Play Scheme Funding 2017-18 open for Applications

There is a Council grant available from the “Play is Making a Difference in Sandwell” Holiday Grant Programme 2017-18. The grant is to support Voluntary and Community Sector (not for profit) organisations that can offer open access, inclusive, quality, free of charge play experiences to children and young people aged 5-14 years in Sandwell during school holiday periods from July 2017 to March 2018.

The c losing date for applications is Friday 9 June 2017 at 4 pm. Application forms and Guidance notes can be found on the Sandwell Council website.

Applications received after the closing date will not be processed.


Sandwell Community Activity Network (CAN) Grant Funding Programme

Sandwell Council has recently launched its new Vision for Physical Activity & Sport 2015 – 2020. The vision aims to create more opportunities for residents who are not currently physically active to engage in physical activity and sport within local communities. Applications in this instance are specifically targeted at physical activity and sports projects for young people of 14 years plus.

Key to the success of the vision is the creation of 6 Community Activity Networks (CANs) – one in each of Sandwell’s towns, which will be led by Community Activity Network Development Officers (CANDOs). The Community Activity Networks will be the driving force within each town to deliver on the vision for Physical Activity & Sport in Sandwell.

As part of the programme, interested agencies have the opportunity to apply for funding to deliver new and exciting physical activity and sport programmes enabling the inactive residents within their communities to become more active. Following the success of four funding rounds which have funded the delivery of more than 60 projects, supporting over 4500 new people to become active, a new Grant Funding Round is now open, which will run from 1 May to 24 July 2017.

To apply for funding please, in the first instance, contact your local CANDO to ensure that your project idea meets local need, you must complete an Expression of Interest form. Contact details are given below:

Oldbury Megan Smith 07855 130999 oldbury_cando@sandwell.gov.uk
Rowley Matt Hill 07790 945111 rowley_cando@sandwell.gov.uk
Smethwick Ricky Byrnes 07790 945124 smethwick_cando@sandwell.gov.uk
Tipton Katie Deeley 07790 945109 tipton_cando@sandwell.gov.uk
Wednesbury Jo Dodd 07790 945093 wednesbury_cando@sandwell.gov.uk
West Bromwich Eilish O’Callaghan 07790 945108 westbromwich_cando@sandwell.gov.uk

Guidance Notes

Application Form

Checklist and Tips


Great Bridge Alcohol Outreach Campaign

On 3, 4 & 5 May, 12 noon to 3 pm, James Wareham, Community Alcohol Awareness Officer for Tipton and Wednesbury, will be teaming up with colleagues from across Sandwell Council for the “Let’s Talk Alcohol in Sandwell” campaign on the High Street, Great Bridge.

Contributors include Glyn Parton: Neighbourhood Co-ordinator (West Bromwich), Nik J Wooldridge: Town Lead ASB Officer (Prevention), Katy Anderson: ASB Officer and Mark Bowhay: Senior Street Warden. Lydia Dunne: Project Manager, Community Alcohol Project, Children & Young Peoples Services will be also there, together with Sergeant David Rogers, Police Constable Claire Hankinson and Constable Angela Francis all from Tipton Police. Swanswell, the commissioned alcohol recovery service, will be delivering outreach from Great Bridge Library.

As part of the Public Health campaign, the contributors have created the “You Booze You Lose” three day drive which is aimed at engaging with street drinkers who have been the cause of some issues within Great Bridge. These issues have resulted in a number of incidents and complaints from local residents and shop owners. Swanswell will be working with street drinkers who have declared that they need help and will be attempting to set up each of them on a recovery plan.

An organised litter pick will also be taking place to help tackle the issue of alcohol related waste, as well as engaging with local members of the community.

Nash Dom CIC, the Eastern European and Russian speaking community support group, will participate on all three days. They offer independent, confidential and impartial advice on rights and responsibilities in a number of different European languages to reach out to the street drinkers whose first language is not English.


Procurement e-sourcing In-tend Training

Sandwell Council utilises the In-Tend e-sourcing platform for advertising and issuing its quotation and tender documents.

It is appreciated that voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations may not have much knowledge with regard to this system. Therefore, we would like to invite you to a procurement e-sourcing In-tend training session on Friday 5 May at SCVO, 1st floor, Lanchard House, Victoria Street, West Bromwich, B70 8EX.

Time: 10 am-12 noon

The training session will cover how you can:

• Learn more of Sandwell Council’s Procurement registration on the Intend Portal
• Register your company, express an interest in the opportunity and gain immediate access to the ITQ/ITT and related documents.
• Be alerted to new tender opportunities
• The Benefits of using In-tend -Transparency and Auditable trails
• Correspondence – Questions and Answers – answered through the portal
• Save time by not wading through paperwork; juggling spreadsheets and relying on the post
• Question and Answers
• Have direct support from Sandwell Council’s e-sourcing team

There will be time allocated for suppliers to register their company at the training session, if they are not already registered by the e-sourcing support team.

This training session is open to all Voluntary Sector Organisations that may be interested in learning more about how to use Intend.

To find out more about the training session or to register for the training please contact Marcia Sandel-Massey, 0121 569 3556 or email marcia_sandelmassey@sandwell.gov.uk

 


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.


Half-Day Awareness Safeguarding training sessions

Sandwell Safeguarding Children Board is offering further Half-Day Signs of Safety sessions to anyone who works with children, young people and families.

Practitioners who are involved in assessment, planning, intervention and review for children and young people, and in assessing parenting capacity, will benefit from this opportunity to understand the basics of the SoS model.

The sessions run from April 2017 to March 2018. See here for full details.

All sessions are to be booked online at sandwell.learningpool.com


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.


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