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Auditions for Annual Talent show announced

Young performers are being urged take part in a series of auditions to claim a place in a popular Sandwell talent show. This year’s SHAPE Your Talent contest, supported by Sandwell Council’s Youth Service and the Library Service, is on the hunt for gifted young people who want to showcase their talents.

This could include singers, comedians, musicians, dancers, actors, poets and magicians.

Would-be stage stars can enter one of two categories – ages 8 to 13 and 14 to 19 with the winners each in line for a £500 prize.

Click here to see where audition heats will be held in May throughout Sandwell:

There are limited spaces at each of the auditions so places will be given on a first come, first served basis. Entrants may be asked to perform at an alternative venue if places are full.

Winners at each heat will go through to a public vote where members of the public can watch recordings of the auditions on the web and vote for their favourite.

Those with the most votes will then perform again at the final on Friday 30 June before judges at St Michaels School in Rowley Regis. As well as the two winners receiving £500 in each category there are also £100 prizes for second place and £50 for third.

The deadline for applications to audition is Friday 28 April. To register go to www.sandwell.gov.uk/shapeevents.

Entrants must either live, work or study in Sandwell and members of the public can watch the audition heats at Sandwell libraries for just £2 per ticket.

The talent show is part of Sandwell Council’s SHAPE programme; a series of events the council has organised after young people voiced their views on what activities they wanted. SHAPE stands for Sandwell Council’s five children and young people outcomes: staying safe, being healthy, achieving and enjoying, making a positive contribution and economic wellbeing.


Tipton Library – “For Shakespeare and St George Fun Day”

Tipton Library is holding a “For Shakespeare and St George Fun Day” in honour of the birthday of William Shakespeare and of course St George. It’s a free event for all the family to enjoy with opportunities to get creative with children’s crafts, eat cake or just simply listen to Tipton Community Choir.

The fun day will be held at:

Tipton Library, 17 Unity Walk, Tipton, DY4 8QL on
Saturday 22nd April 10.30am—12.30pm

Activities include:

Free face painting and children’s crafts
Games
Toy sale
Community stalls
A special performance from the Tipton Community Choir
Home-made cakes and refreshments by Sally Gutteridge

For more information on the fun day please contact Tipton Library on 0121 557 1796.


Jigsaw’s Fundraising Balti Evening

Jigsaw increases community inclusion by offering social opportunities for people with a learning disability living in Sandwell and Dudley. It organises a range of trips, outings, regular activities and one-off events.

Jigsaw has arranged a Fundraiser Balti Evening on Thursday, 27 April from 7.30 pm. The organisers would like to extend an invitation to anyone who wishes to join them. The venue is the Alachi International Restaurant, 126 High Gate Street, Cradley Heath B64 5RU. Tickets are £14 in advance or £15 on the door.

 Raffle and quiz!
 Donations of raffle prizes welcomed
 No drinks are included but there is a licensed bar
 Free parking in front and at the side of the restaurant

If you would like to be part of this fun social evening, contact Liz, Bill, Aldo or Michelle on 0121 559 9197 or email jigsaw@phonecoop.coop. At the same time, please advise of any special dietary requirements.

 


Grand opening of the Affiliate Russian Library with Thimblemill Library

Emerging Communities Network and Russian Club RUBRIC would like to invite you to attend an evening of Russian song and dance. Being held on:

Saturday 18th March 2017, 6pm till 8.30pm at Thimblemill Library, Thimblemill Road, Smethwick, B67 5RJ.

If you like to listen and sing ethnic songs then this night is for you. With creative activities, Central and Eastern European culture and traditions being explored through dance and song. You’ll also have the opportunity to try ethnic food and drinks.

If you’re interested in attending the night please book your place via eventbrite. For further information about this evening please contact Elena Jeanes via email at communitiesnetwork@gmail.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.


Volunteering opportunities at the new Midland Metropolitan Hospital

Two students studying Geography at the University of Birmingham are in need of your help! As part of a research placement on behalf of Brushstrokes, they are researching into the possible volunteering opportunities that could be available at the new Midland Metropolitan hospital.

This involves them analysing the current opportunities available at City hospital and coming up with new ideas that could be implemented at the Midland Metropolitan, in order to best improve patient experience. They are particularly interested in how they can get the community involved with the hospital, to ensure the creation of longer lasting, sustainable benefits from the new hospital for the local community.

This could be done through members of the community volunteering within the new hospital and community ideas to change its current volunteering structure, therefore creating a higher level of community engagement with the Midland Metropolitan. They are interested in the skills already available amongst local people and how these could be used in volunteering, alongside the community desire to be involved in the hospital and in what way organisations would like to engage with the Midland Metropolitan hospital.

The students would grateful if local organisations could complete a very short survey on attitudes towards volunteering and engaging with the Midland Metropolitan Hospital.

If you have any questions or would like further information about the project, please contact Kelly Brisk at KLB366@student.bham.ac.uk

 


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


Memories of Bearwood

Remember Bearwood a while back? Then why not participate in We afree ‘Storycrafting’ Workshop.

If you’re over 50 and you’re free on Wednesday 8th March 2017 between 3-5pm then why not come and help us to shape the story that will be the basis of the Bearwood Street Festival on 11 June 2017.

The lovely people from Highly Sprung Theatre Company will be at Hagley Road Village, Hagley Road, Birmingham, B67 5NQ and would love to meet you.

Your memories and stories will build on last year’s creative dreaming events and help shape our festival. Come and tell us what Bearwoodian life was like a while back!

Refreshments provided.

To book your place or find out more about this event please email bearwoodfestival@gmail.com as soon as possible.


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.


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