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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.

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
Rowley Matt Hill 07790 945111
Smethwick Ricky Byrnes 07790 945124
Tipton Katie Deeley 07790 945109
Wednesbury Jo Dodd 07790 945093
West Bromwich Eilish O’Callaghan 07790 945108

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


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