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Buds Counselling Service

Buds (Better Understanding of Dementia for Sandwell) is offering a free confidential counselling service to Carers of people with Dementia.

The service is available on Tuesdays, 1 pm to 3 pm, at Great Bridge Library, Sheepwash Lane, Tipton. A session will last up to an hour.

If you would like to book a session, please telephone Buds on 0121 565 3721.

Carers support at Sandwell Hospitals

CARES Sandwell has been awarded a grant by the Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust Charity to provide a Carers Information and Support Service for unpaid family Carers of Hospital Patients in Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust.

Safia Sawal is the Support and Development worker for this project.

Safia will work closely with NHS staff and volunteers to raise awareness of unpaid family Carers and the benefits of identifying carers early on in the discharge planning process.

Safia will also provide support to Carers around discharge planning, care plans, access to health and social care services. She can give information and advice for example, on benefits, carers assessments, mental capacity and carers rights under the Care Act. Safia will also sign-post carers to specialist support services when needed, and to local carer support services for groups and activities that may help to improve health and wellbeing.

To contact Safia for more information call CARES on 0121 558 7725/7003 or email

Workshop – Operational Models, Costs and Value Proposition for Funding

This workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to think about how modelling service provision can impact on costs and, therefore, influence value as seen by funders.  The workshop is on Thursday, 21 September, 9.45 am – 12 noon.

Using two case study examples of the same projects, participants will learn how value proposition can be enhanced.

The workshop is to develop the capacity of Sandwell’s voluntary and community sector by approaching project development and funding applications in a thoughtful way, without sacrificing the quality of service delivered to clients in an environment where value proposition is becoming more important.

The workshop also offers a one-to-one follow-up service to those wishing to collaborate with others to develop their own models for improving value propositions.

This workshop is FREE to groups that deliver all, or part, of their services to Sandwell residents.
For all other groups/attendees there is a £10.00 fee.

To book your ticket, visit our Eventbrite page.

Looking for somewhere to meet?

Are you looking for somewhere to meet, run a community activity or need somewhere to hold your committee meetings?

If you are located or operate near to one of the Extra Care Schemes in Sandwell, then they may be able to offer you space in their building for a nominal fee.

Click here to find out what is available.  Please contact the Extra Care Scheme directly.

Care Act Community Event

What is a Care Act Advocate? Who is eligible for a Care Act Advocate? How can I refer someone?

If you want to know the answers to these questions, this is your chance, at POhWER’s Sandwell community Care Act event on Wednesday 6 September 2017, 10 am to I pm, at West Bromwich Town Hall, High Street, West Bromwich B70 8DY. The fixture will start with a short background presentation and there will be the opportunity for discussions.

Please go along and network, promote your services and find out more.

Book early, spaces are limited. Contact Chris Watkins on 0300 456 2370 or email before 29th August 2017.


Alzheimer’s Society Day Support (Day Care Centre)

The Alzheimer s Society is the leading support and research charity for people with Dementia, their families and carers. The Society fights for a better world for people with all types of dementia.

Do you need Day Care support for your loved one, or are you looking for social interaction and meeting like-minded people?

The Alzheimer’s Society Day Care Support runs weekly on Saturdays at Edward Street Hospital. The environment and its Care Support team specialise in the needs and requirements of those diagnosed with Alzheimer s, Dementia and mixed Dementias, in a stimulating, therapeutic, care assisted unit.

The sessions are tailored to individual needs and interests, person centred in groups or one to one with activities to meet all levels of need and capacity. If you or someone you know is ready to make new friends, socialise and have fun, the Day Care Support team meet every Saturday 10 am to 3 pm or if you prefer, 10 am to 1 pm, or 12 pm to 3 pm for half day sessions. There is a three course meal at lunch time.

Transport is provided if you live in the Sandwell area.

For further details, please contact Elaine White the Day Support Manager on 0121 521 3020 / 07710381107 or email


The Black Country Impact Programme

The Black Country Impact programme is a fantastic opportunity for young adults, aged 16 to 29, to get a tailor-made package of support to help them move closer to education, work or training.

Do you know of a young adult who?

• is unemployed or economically inactive or NEET (not in education, employment or training)
• lives anywhere in the Black Country
• wants to improve their prospects.

This programme is ideally suited for them.

The European-funded programme ends July 2018. Time is running out. Please help Sandwell Council to get this money spent on Sandwell’s young adults.

To make a referral contact the Think Sandwell Employment team on 0121 569 2099 or email


Advice for students getting their exam results this summer

Thousands of students will be getting their GCSEs this Thursday, 24 August. Students who get their exam results this summer can get advice at special sessions with experts.

The council’s Connexions team is running an exam results service on weekdays at the Council House in Freeth Street, Oldbury, between 10 am and 4 pm from Thursday 17 August until Thursday 31 August.

Careers advisers will have plenty of advice on a variety of options including apprenticeships, traineeships, jobs, college courses as well as advice on the university clearing process and help with CVs and interview skills.

Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for children services Councillor Simon Hackett said: “We know getting exam results can be a bit of an anxious time for students and parents alike, especially if you don’t get the results you are expecting.

“This exam results service is designed to give Sandwell’s young people the best possible start to their careers. With so many options available it’s important to get independent professional advice and guidance.”

To book an appointment, or to speak to a careers adviser, please call 0121 569 2955. Parents and carers are welcome to come along with their child.

How do you calculate a day’s pay?

How do you calculate a day’s pay should be a simple question, but it took a Supreme Court decision to resolve the issue in Hartley and Ors v King Edward VI College. The Court confirmed that, in relation to a strike at the school, payments under a contract accrue day-by-day at an equal rate of 1/365 and that it was at this rate that the College was entitled to make deductions from pay.

James Monk, Associate at Anthony Collins Solicitors, looks in more detail at this recent judgement.

Hartley and Ors v King Edward VI College is a key case, as it provides guidance on how to determine and calculate the daily earnings of an employee during strikes or other unpaid absences; as well as when determining the pay of those who leave or join an organisation part way through a pay-reference period.

The facts
The Claimants were teachers at King Edward VI College (the ‘College’). Their contracts of employment incorporated terms from a national collective agreement known as the “Red Book”. The terms of the contract stated there was ‘Directed time’ of 1,265 hours per annum, during 195 scheduled days, and for ‘Undirected time’, which is time used by teachers on matters such as lesson preparation and marking assessments.

During November 2011, the teachers at the College took part in a day of strike action. Where employees are on strike, an employer does not have to pay them for periods during which they are not working. The College had to decide at what rate they should deduct money from their employee’s pay and decided to base this on 1/260 of their annual salary. They made this calculation as, including holidays, teachers work 52 weeks a year, five days a week (which equates to a 260-day working year).

The Claimants accepted that while on strike they weren’t entitled to be paid. Instead, they claimed that their salary accrued each day and therefore the amount the College deducted should have been at a rate of 1/365. They made this argument by reference to Section 2 of the Apportionment Act 1870, which states:

‘All rents, annuities, dividends and other periodical payments in the nature of income …shall… be considered as accruing from day to day, and shall be apportionable in respect of time accordingly’.

The word ‘annuities’ includes salaries and pension.

There was no provision in the contracts of employment that stipulated how to apportion pay should.

If the teachers were correct, it would mean that the College had deducted too much money from their salary.

From Anthony Collins Newsroom

Click here to read the FULL article and see the details of the judgement.

Microvolunteering: what is it and why should you do it?

Solving the mystery of the Loch Ness Monster would constitute a good deed, right? Well on that basis a webcam has been set up overlooking the Scottish loch for anyone to tune in and try to catch a glimpse of the elusive creature. If you see something that looks suspiciously serpentine, you simply click the “Snapshot” button to submit a picture for further analysis by researchers. It’s free, easy, and you can do it for as little or as long as you like with no login or signup required. What you’re doing is microvolunteering.

Microvolunteering takes a simple idea – that people are more likely to volunteer their time in short and convenient, bite-sized chunks – and turns it into a new approach to community action. It offers volunteers a series of easy tasks that can be done anytime, anywhere, on your own terms.

Microvolunteering could involve anything from signing a petition or retweeting a message to taking part in a flashmob or counting birds in your garden. The only requirements are that volunteers don’t need to go through an application or training process, the tasks take only minutes to complete, and it doesn’t require any ongoing commitment.

From The Guardian Voluntary Sector Network

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