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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.


Council Invites Views on New Vision for Sandwell

Sandwell Council in its leadership role in the Borough has recognised that the time is right to refocus Sandwell’s vision for the future. The Council has kicked off the process of refocusing the vision by suggesting 10 ambitions for Sandwell. It is now inviting local voluntary and community organisations to share their views, ambitions and vision for our borough.

This process aims to:-
• Set shared aspirations for what we want for the borough in 2030
• To drive and focus what the Council does to achieve this
• To focus partnership working and influence others to help achieve the vision

Since January the Council have been engaging with various groups of people in Sandwell to see what they think, including residents in the six towns, businesses, the voluntary and community sector and other public bodies.

The 10 ambitions listed below reflect the rapidly changing world around us that bring huge opportunities but also potential threats. The key message of Vision 2030 is to create a place where everyone has the opportunity to thrive and aspirations are raised. A place where people choose to raise their families and a resilient Sandwell that can cope with and benefit from the changing world around us.

Five of the ambitions focus on creating resilient Sandwell PEOPLE

Five of the ambitions focus on creating a resilient Sandwell the PLACE

The Council is seeking your views:-
• Are these the right ambitions for 2030?
• Which do you think are the most important for Sandwell?
• What are the most important aspects to address in your local area?
• How do we ensure that Sandwell is a place where families choose to bring up their families?

Please take time to complete the online survey and have your say:
www.sandwell.gov.uk/vision2030

Ambitions for People

Ambition 1

By 2030, Sandwell will be a borough where families’ aspirations are raised and that prides itself on equality of opportunity and resilience to change.

Ambition 2

By 2030, Sandwell will be a place where people and families are healthier for longer and are safer.

Ambition 3

By 2030, Sandwell’s young people will have better skills and working people will have developed new skills – giving Sandwell a workforce geared up to respond to changes in business needs and the economy.

Ambition 4

By 2030, secondary school quality will have been raised, and superb primary schools will be giving children the best start.

Ambition 5

By 2030, crime will have fallen and anti-social behaviour incidents will be few and far between.

Ambitions for Place

Ambition 6

By 2030, Sandwell will have excellent public transport links to jobs in Birmingham, Wolverhampton, the airport and the wider West Midlands.

Ambition 7

By 2030, Sandwell will have significant numbers of new homes built along key transport routes and there will be major new employment sites.

Ambition 8

By 2030, Sandwell’s six towns will have continued to develop a strong sense of local identity and pride and will be a better environment in which people choose to bring up their families.

Ambition 9

By 2030, Sandwell will host the industries of the future and will have boosted the best performing companies to grow.

Ambition 10

By 2030, Sandwell will have a national reputation for getting things done, focussing on what really matters in people’s lives and their wider community.


Sandwell’s Revenues and Benefits change of address

Sandwell’s Revenues and Benefits Service have a new postal address, with immediate effect:

PO Box 10597
Nottingham
NG6 6DQ

Please use this address or all Housing Benefit, local Council Tax Reduction and Council Tax Billing / collection correspondence.


Creative Black Country’s – Open Access Round 7 Awards Reminder

Want to make the most of arts and culture in your local area? Then why not apply for an Open Access Award there is still time if your quick.

The Open Access Award supports activities that build audiences and promote artistic excellence in the Black Country.Whether you’re a professional artist, performer or community group who have never experienced an arts activity before, this could be for you. Open Access is open to individuals, groups and organisations in Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton. Open Access is a flexible award to support the seed of a great idea through to the growth of a great project.

If it builds audiences, connects local people with professional artists and brings great performance, art and creativity to the Black Country, Open Access could help you make it happen.

There are 3 levels of awards:
• Seed: Up to £500
• Grassroots: Up to £2000
• Growth: Up to £4000

How To Apply
Open Access Award – Round 7 is open for applications until Friday, 24 February, 2017.

Download the guidance note and application form to apply.

For more information email info@creativeblackcountry.co.uk or contact us on 0121 525 1127.


Sandwell Talking News AGM

Sandwell Talking News warmly invites you to join the STN committee, volunteers, listeners and friends for their Annual General Meeting at Deaf Resource Centre, Dagger Lane, West Bromwich B71 4BB, on Monday, 27 February from 1.30 pm to 4 pm.

As well as conducting the formal business section of the meeting, STN would like to take this opportunity to thank their volunteers and readers, creative and technical experts and funders and supporters. STN also extend thanks to their listeners who continue to receive the mailed audio and access STN via the website. It has been a pleasure to meet many of you throughout the year.

STN hope to welcome Councillors, organisational representatives and colleagues who have supported the group by raising awareness of the service across Sandwell.

Light refreshments will be provided. Please note that travel expenses cannot be paid for this event.

STN do hope that you will be able to join them to celebrate another successful year.


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