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Something amazing is happening this summer at Out To Play’s Big Play Warehouse.

In order to make room, Big Play Warehouse is offering free resources to school nurseries early years and free community play providers in Sandwell, via the Big Play Warehouse Facebook page


Like our face book page Big Play Warehouse/ Sandwell to get weekly updates on what resources are being offered that week.


Each Monday Out To Play will publish items that are free to collect. We will draw names from a hat on Friday’s and inform the lucky organisation(s). You must arrange collection with a member of staff and you will only be able to take what has been offered that week.


The Big Play Warehouse is situated at Unit 1 Oldbury Road Industrial Estate B66 1JE

For more information, you can call the team on 0121 569 6992. Email or


Sandwell Together Against Hate

Safety chiefs in Sandwell are urging people to report all hate crimes so victims can receive the support they need.

The Sandwell Together Against Hate campaign promotes different ways people can report incidents, which can take place anywhere and to anyone, whether they are face-to-face, on the phone, online or a verbal or physical confrontation.

You can report incidents by phone or online – or at many centres in the community that have been trained to deal with reports. Organisations in Sandwell are taking a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to hate crime and working closely together to support victims.

A hate crime is an incident that is motivated by prejudice, where someone is targeted because of personal characteristics such as disability, gender identity, race, religion/faith or sexual orientation.

Find out more

Revenues and Benefits Newsletter

Sandwell’s Revenues and Benefits service have just released its latest newsletter.

This includes articles on forthcoming benefit changes, an update on Universal Credit and how much of their service is accessible online. For more information about Revenues and Benefits – please contact their Stakeholder Relations officer – Oliver Wright at

Invitation to The Sandwell Community Learning Offer 2017-18 Event

Sandwell Adult and Family Learning Service (SAFL) is a direct contract holder with the Skills Funding Agency for the provision of Community Learning. SAFL work in collaboration and partnership with other learning and training providers delivering learning opportunities and supporting adult learners annually in Sandwell.

In delivering a balanced offer for 2017-2018, they are seeking to sub-contract some of their provision to partners who can help them widen participation by delivering teaching and learning to those who engage for personal development and well-being or to develop stronger communities and families.

New and/or current local learning providers including Voluntary and Community sector groups, other private and third sector and non-profit organisations who are interested in becoming an Approved Sub-Contractor for 2017-2018 are invited to attend the Community Learning Offer briefing session to obtain further information. Being held on:

Thursday 22nd June 2.00pm – 4.00pm at Hateley Heath Further Education & Training Centre, Huntingdon Road, West Bromwich, B71 2RP

To confirm your attendance or for more information about this opportunity please contact Linda Matthews on 0121 556 7426 or via email at

Safer 6 is back! Want to get involved?

Sandwell’s annual ‘Safer 6’ campaign will return this autumn, running for six weeks across our six towns promoting crime prevention, safety and healthy living to people of all ages.

West Midlands Fire Service will again be leading the campaign, supported by Sandwell Council, Sandwell Police and many other partner agencies, including community and voluntary organisations.

The campaign will run from 23 September to 5 November, to coincide with the night’s drawing in and the bonfire and fireworks season.

The organisers are keen to give more community and voluntary sector organisations the chance to get involved in the campaign. This could be anything from hosting some activities in your local area to having an information stand at one of our town events to promote services you provide to the community.

To get involved, or just have a chat about any ideas you may have for the campaign, please email by 14 July 2017.

To let: Portway Lifestyle Centre Café

Portway Lifestyle Centre includes a Cafeteria within the building, which provides users of the facility an opportunity to purchase healthy eating snacks and basic meals. Sandwell Council seeks to let the café area to a Charitable / Voluntary / Not for profit / Community Interest Company / Educational establishment.

Occupation of the Café will be by way of a five-year internal repairing lease basis subject to a sealed bid process. The lease will be contracted out of Sections 24-28 of the Landlord and Tenant Act, 1954. Applications to rent the Café must be made on Formal Application Form by contacting Property Services on 0121 569 3923.

Viewings may be arranged by contacting Property Services on 0121 569 3923. Rent will be payable monthly in advance via standing order. The Lessee will be responsible for payment of the council’s legal costs in connection with preparation of the lease.

Prospective tenants are required to provide identity information such as a government photo ID, home address proof (for example personal bank statement, utility or council tax bill). In addition, a satisfactory bank reference and a satisfactory credit report from an accredited credit reference agency are necessary for the formal offer of a lease.

If an offer is accepted the property will be placed “Under Offer” and taken off the market. For the property to be formally “Under Offer”, however, the offeror will be required to pay an initial payment of £750 towards the council’s legal and surveyors fees. This should be paid within five working days of confirmation that the offer has been accepted and formal Heads of Terms have been issued. Until a property is formally “Under Offer” the council will continue to market the premises. The under offer fee will only be returned if the lease does not proceed because of reasons beyond the control of the prospective lessee.

For further information with regards to non-domestic rates payable, please contact Business Rates on 0121 368 1155.

All offers are to be submitted on the Council’s Sealed Offer form and submitted with a complete Application to Lease form in accordance with its sealed offer procedure. To obtain both the Sealed Offer and Application to Lease forms please contact Property Services on 0121 569 3923 or email

Please submit your best offer on rental no later than noon on Friday, 30 June 2017.

Once Upon a Time…

Sandwell Museum and Arts Service is calling for dance schools and companies to be part of a new performance event “Fairy Tales at the Valley” on 19th & 20th August 2017.

The Museum and Arts Service is looking for organisations to deliver a variety of dance based performances around the fairy stories of Hans Christian Anderson throughout the weekend. It is looking for a 45-minute performance based on one of the fairy tales of Hans Christian Anderson. Performances can be in any medium of dance from ballet to bhangra, contemporary to tap.

Interested? Please get in touch with for an informal discussion or to request a face to face meeting, or full brief.

Expression of interests must be sent to Alex Howell by noon on Friday 16th June 2017 in no more than 1000 words (this can include links).

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


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
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.

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