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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

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.

SAFS’ Car Boot Sale

SAFS provide a range of quality care support services and opportunities to enable South Asian children, young people and adults with disabilities, life limiting or life threatening conditions, and their families, to enhance their quality of life.

On Saturday, 6 May 2017, SAFS will be hosting its second car boot sale. The venue is the car park of the Windmill Community Centre situated on Messenger Road, Smethwick, B66 3DX.

The sale will run from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm. Food and refreshments will be available on the day at a small cost.

If you are interested in booking a pitch, please contact Lewis at SAFS as soon as possible on 0121 558 2198 or email

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 At the same time, please advise of any special dietary requirements.


SAFL’s Easter Eggstravaganza Event

Looking for entertainment for the family over the Easter holidays? Sandwell Adult and Family Learning are hosting an Easter themed crafts workshop on Saturday, 8 April, at the Arts café, Central sixth, in West Bromwich New Square.

All activities and resources are provided free of charge so this is a great opportunity for families to spend time together learning new crafts and activities. Please bring ID with you.


FREE basic computer course at Hateley Heath Family Education and Training Centre

Can’t use a computer but always wanted to learn the basics at a leisurely pace?   SAFL’s beginners IT course is for you!   The course is designed to help with practical basic computer skills like how to get started on a computer, use the mouse, keyboard and monitor, produce simple documents, use the internet to find information and email to keep in touch.  Valuable skills delivered in a relaxed and friendly environment.

The FREE course is on Saturday, 29 April, 9.30 am to 12.00 noon.

All learners must complete an assessment prior to starting the course. The Initial Assessment is on Saturday, 1 April 2017.

For more information please visit the website and click on the course guide or alternatively call call 0121 557 0837 to request a copy.   Follow SAFL on Twitter – @learnsafl



Young Parents Easter Party

Connexions and The Young Parents Children’s Centre would like to invite you and your child to a Young Parents Easter Party  on Thursday, 6 April 2017, at St James Church, Lion Farm Estate, Shelsley Avenue, Oldbury B69 1BG.

The Party will be from 10 am -2 pm and it’s free. There will be refreshments, Easter arts and craft activities.

You will have the opportunity to enrol onto the IMPACT project. Sandwell College, Nova, Nacro, Talent Match, Krunch and Welfare rights will be available to chat to on the day.

You can book your place by calling Tatum/Lisa on 07554407338/07554407337 or Maxine /Nurbs on 07792 691634/01215692955

Make sure you don’t miss the Party!

Celebrating the Commonwealth Contribution in the West Midlands

CEAL is an award-winning organisation delivering innovative services to children, young people, adults and diverse communities in inner city areas, to help achieve their true potential.

As part of this year’s Commonwealth Day celebrations, CEAL will he hosting a symposium, the first of its kind, to focus on the contribution of Africans, Caribbeans, Chinese and South Asian settlers to British society over the past 200 years. Activities include presentations from well-known speakers from various communities as well as musical interlude from different faith groups.

The main feature of the event is the recognition of award-winning author Dr. Christopher A Johnson’s latest book, The Anatomy of British South Asian Enterprise. This landmark publication examines the challenges and opportunities of businesses since 1809.

The event focuses on the unsung contribution of South Asian, African and Caribbean settlers to British society, over the past 200 years.

Date: Saturday, 18 March 2017
Time: 2.30 -5.00pm
Venue: Hawthorns House, Halfords Lane, Smethwick B66 1BB.

You are welcome to bring along members of your family and friends to this FREE event.  Refreshments are included.

Please book your tickets on eventbrite.

Visit CEAL’s website.

Football Foundation 

Not for profit organisations, local authorities, educational establishments and grassroots football clubs, can apply for grants of up to £10,000 through the Football Foundation’s Premier League and the FA Facilities Fund Small Grants Scheme.

The funding is available for the provision of capital items, or to refurbish/improve existing facilities.

The aims of this scheme are to:
Support the growth of football clubs and activity
Prevent a decline in football participation
Make improvements to facilities to address any health and safety issues.
The grants awarded cannot exceed 50% of the total project cost

The types of projects / items supported include:
The replacement of unsafe goalposts
Portable floodlights
Storage containers
Changing pavilion/clubhouse refurbishment and external works
Grounds maintenance equipment
Pitch improvement works (natural and artificial surfaces)

Click here for more information.

Health Issues in Sandwell – your views are needed!

NHS Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit (MLCSU) have been commissioned by the public health team in Sandwell to understand perceptions of the local population towards specific health issues, namely Tuberculosis (TB) and HIV

In order to gain a full picture of the health of those in Sandwell, MLCSU are engaging with the public and local community organisations through three very short 5 minute surveys.

Tuberculosis (TB)

The West Midlands region has one of the highest rates of TB outside of London. TB is a local public health priority, with emphasis on awareness raising, early detection, treatment and control.

The surveys explore ways to reduce rates of TB and ultimately improve health outcomes of the population. The first survey is to obtain the thoughts of your organisation, whilst the second is to gather the views of those who are engaged and interact with your organisation.

Please click the link below to enter the organisational survey, anyone in the organisation can complete it, also forward the link to others too.

Please circulate the below link to those who use your service/engage with your organisation so we can get their views too.

The surveys will remain open until 3 March 2017


It was recently reported that 56% of people who are newly diagnosed with HIV in Sandwell, are diagnosed late. People who are diagnosed late have a ten-fold increased risk of death in the first year of diagnosis compared with those who are diagnosed earlier.

The survey can be accessed through the link below. MLCSU would like to understand local perceptions on HIV and explore methods to reduce late diagnosis. Anyone in your organisation can complete it, so please forward to others too.

The survey will remain open until 6 March 2017

Midlands and Lancashire CSU would really appreciate your participation and assistance in capturing the views of those interacting with your organisation.

Your responses will remain confidential as the information you provide will not be shared with anyone outside the organisation, except in an aggregate format (e.g. tables/ charts). Also, no personally identifiable information (e.g. name, address) will be collected; therefore no one will know you have taken part.

GM2FL Community Event and AGM

Grace Mary to Lion Farm Big Local Partnership will be hosting a community event and their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, 15 Mach 2017. Proceedings start at 6 pm will end at 8 pm at Rounds Green Library, Martley Road, Lion Farm B69 1DZ.

GM2LF invites you to join them to celebrate their achievements over the last year and find out how to become involved in their plans for the future.

Why not go along, enjoy the performances and have a fun time!

A buffet will be provided.

Visit the website for further information about the Big Local Partnership.

Dinner and theatre at the Brasshouse for £20 pp

Treat yourself to dinner and theatre at the Brasshouse for £20 per person on Friday, 24 February from 7.30 pm

Stories To Tell in The Middle Of The Night is written and performed by the critically acclaimed Francesca Millican-Slater. This amusing and gripping collection of short, quirky tales is reminiscent of Roald Dahl’s stories for adults.

Dreamlike and darkly humorous, this live, late night radio show is inspired by the legendary radio shows of Ronnie Wood and Iggy Pop and includes tales of everything from love and obsession to technology and disconnection . Not to mention pork pies.

Having played to rave reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, don’t miss this unforgettable new production from one of the country’s most exciting performers, which shows that everyone has a story.

There is an optional three course pre-theatre dinner available. Please call 0121 555 5672. Free parking.

Staff at the Brasshouse look forward to welcoming you to this fantastic show.

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