April 2015

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Sandwell Compassionate Communities Event

EventsSandwell Compassionate Communities was launched at a conference over five years ago. Since then they have been involved in a vast range of activities with other organisations, and with individuals in the communities.

Sandwell Compassionate Communities, with the West Midlands Association of Directors for Public Heath, are hosting an event from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm on Tuesday 12 May at the Black Country Museum.  This host event is part of the 4th International Public Health Palliative Care Conference, which is taking place in Bristol from 13 – 15 May, with many different presentations and workshops from people around the world.

It is hoped that as many people as possible will attend the conference at the Black County Museum. For more information about the conference visit the website or contact 0121 612 2939.

Office Space Required for Local Sandwell Group

Office SpaceSandwell Adventure Play Association (SAPA) is looking for office accommodation due to sale of current council building they occupy in Rowley Regis.

SAPA requires office space for 3 people, preferably with additional storage space and parking space nearby for a mini bus (not overnight).  Anywhere in Sandwell will be considered but a central position would be preferable, ie. Oldbury, Smethwick, West Bromwich, Rowley Regis.

SAPA is a registered charity and voluntary organisation, grant aided by Sandwell Council and provides play opportunities and child care for children aged 2-14 years in pre-school play groups, open access playcentres and out of school clubs based in 14 settings across Sandwell, operating in areas of most deprivation.

Their budget for office accommodation is limited so they are looking at affordable premises and are willing to share space with other organisations to keep costs down if necessary.  If you can help or know of anyone who can, please contact the SAPA office on 0121 569 5844 or if the office is unmanned, please leave a message on 0121 569 5843. Alternatively you can email us at sapa@hotmail.co.uk

Anti Poverty Workshop Invitation

Services - Supporting PeopleA workshop is being held to bring together representatives from organisations who are delivering the much needed services that help Sandwell’s most deprived and vulnerable who find themselves in poverty.  It is also aimed at those who want to take positive action in finding out what services are available and build working relationships.

The workshop follows on from a meeting organised by Cllr Steve Eling last February.  It is taking place on Tuesday 19th May from 9.00am – 1.00pm at Brasshouse Community Centre, Brasshouse Lane, Smethwick, B66 1BA.

This workshop will bring together representatives from organisations who are supporting those who are most vulnerable in Sandwell with the aim of stimulating more positive action to address poverty in our borough.

The meeting will present an opportunity for you to:-

• Understand the key issues around poverty in Sandwell
• Hear about partnership work being undertaken by all sectors
• Grow your networks and build better working relationships
• Consider how you can get involved in leading or supporting this work

To book a place on the workshop please view the link and complete the online registration form.

If you have any queries about the event or booking queries, please contact Leona Bird, Strategic Engagement Officer at SCVO on 0121 525 1127 or e-mail leona@scvo.info


MSE Charity Opens for Applications on 1 May

Funding4The Money Saving Expert (MSE) Charity is inviting small and medium-sized charities in the UK to apply to its Spring Round which will accept the first 40 applications during the month of May.

Not-for-profit constituted groups and organisations within the UK that have an annual income of less than £500,000 may apply for grants of up to £5,000 for projects that promote financial literacy through education or other activities.

The MSE Charity was established as a registered charity in October 2007 to try and break the cycle of debt. The charity aims to fight financial and consumer illiteracy and is dedicated to educating and informing adults and children about consumer and debt issues.

Projects such as self-help groups and other innovative projects that will help educate people about money, debt and consumer issues will be considered as long as they provide outcomes that benefit their wider communities.
In addition:

• Projects must assist people to improve their quality of life through knowledge and understanding of how to manage and take control of their own financial situation.
• Groups will need to show that they have researched and assessed the need for the project.
• Groups must demonstrate that the project will make a significant difference to the beneficiaries, with outputs that are SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and timely).
• Groups must show they have the skills, ability and experience to deliver the project.
• Projects should seek to provide long-term solutions rather than short-term or one-off fixes.
• Projects must provide value for money.

Applications (electronic form only) will be accepted from 1 May until 31 May 2015.
Only the first 40 complete applications that meet the criteria will be considered by the Panel.
Further information is available from the MSE Charity website

Get Your Dancing Shoes On!

SVISandwell Visually Impaired invites you to get your dancing shoes on!  They have weekly line dancing sessions at West Bromwich Town, West Bromwich B70 8DT Hall on Tuesday afternoons with their resident caller, Ray Brookes.


Sessions take place between 2.00pm and 3.30pm and any level of expertise is welcomed.

SVI are a friendly bunch. Go along and give it a go – have a good time whilst getting fitter.  You will be guaranteed a good time!

For further information, please contact Sandra Troth, SVI Development Worker on 0121 525 4810 or email: info@sandwellvisuallyimpaired.org.uk


Sex Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll – Training Opportunity

TrainingA Learning and Development Opportunity is available for staff and volunteers working in the Voluntary and Community Sector in Sandwell. 

Sex Drugs and Rock N Roll aims to equip professionals that work with children & young people with basic knowledge on:


  • Sexual health topics
  • knowledge on alcohol, drugs and tobacco
  • To be taught how to deliver, and practice, the interventions for alcohol, drugs and tobacco based on the Intervention and Brief advice approach
  • To be taught how to deliver, and practice, the interventions sexual health based on the Intervention and Brief advice approach
28th May 2015Regional Business Centre, Providence Place, West Bromwich
25th June 2015Regional Business Centre, Providence Place, West Bromwich
30th July 2015Regional Business Centre, Providence Place, West Bromwich
27th August 2015Regional Business Centre, Providence Place, West Bromwich
24th September 2015Regional Business Centre, Providence Place, West Bromwich

Please Note: All above Sessions are a full day – 9.30am – 4.30pm

To book a place e-mail:  csc_learndev@sandwell.gov.uk


Sant Nirankari Mission Promoting Blood Donation

Blood donationThe Sant Nirankari Mission has been promoting blood donation activity since 1986 and has held over 4,000 sessions to date.

The Mission in Wednesbury undertakes sessions every 6 weeks in partnership with the National Blood Service. There is a continual need for members of the community to understand and become aware of the importance of blood donation. If such sessions are not supported it would not take long before we would face shortages of blood stock in our hospitals.  The Mission  would welcome the support of as many people as possible at the next event which is taking place on Wednesday 29th April at the Sant Nirankari Bhawan (Centre for Oneness) Great Western Street, off Potters Lane, Wednesbury WS10 WAS. Timings are from 13-30-15-15 (Early afternoon session) and 16.30-19.15 (Late afternoon session) for more information please contact Gurpreet Bhatia on 07770 225982.

Sandwell Forum for Voluntary Youth Organisations’ Small Grant Pot

Funding3SFVYO’s small grant is there to help benefit any young person(s) whose organisation is a member of SFVYO. Potential applicants can ask for anything up to £200* for something specific. All applications are welcome – you need to be aged 11-25 to apply.

How would you spend £200?
Does your club/organisation need any equipment?
Are you organising an activity or trip for your club/organisation?
Do you have an idea that could benefit your community?

How to Apply

Send in a letter, e-mail, poem, piece of artwork or video (or anything creative you can think of) and include:
• Why you need the money;
• Who it’s for;
• How it will benefit young people/your community.

SFVYO will need your organisation’s SFVYO representative to confirm your request for funding (via letter/e-mail).
Requests for funding can be made all year round.
Send your requests for funding to: info@sfvyo.org.uk or by post to: SFVYO Small Grant, c/o Sandwell Christian Centre, Langley Crescent, Oldbury, West Midlands, B68 8RE

*Larger amounts may be considered at the discretion of the Executive Committee.
IMPORTANT: Multiple applications are acceptable; however, the TOTAL from any one organisation is NOT to exceed £200 in any one year.

Sandwell Safeguarding Children Board – New Training ‘Neglect’

TrainingFull and half day training is available through Sandwell Safeguarding Children Board, facilitated by Child and Family Training. 

The half day training aims to raise awareness and understanding of childhood neglect – dates are being held throughout June 2015.

The full day training aims to explore some key issues identified through studies including cumulative harm, attachment issues, the impact of the wider family and effective working between professionals and families – dates are being held at the end of May, June and July 2015.

To make a booking please view   For all other enquiries please contact – 0121 569 4800

All Training is being held at the Coneygre Arts Centre, Sedgley Road East, Tipton, DY4 8UH.


Changes to Entertainment Licensing, Will Benefit Many

Community EventsThe deregulation of some categories of entertainment will be welcomed by those using community venues, local authority premises and more.

The Legislative Reform (Entertainment Licensing) Order 2014 came into force on 6 April 2015, resulting in a number of types of entertainment which were previously classed as ‘regulated entertainment’ being deregulated.

This means that licences will no longer be required in order for specific types of entertainment to take place, and some of the major changes include:

  • You will no longer need a licence to show films incidentally to another activity which doesn’t itself require a licence (this exemption already applies to music)
  • Provided permission is given by the person responsible for the land or venue, you won’t need a licence for recorded or live music to be played to an audience of less than 500 people between 8am and 11pm, if it takes place at a community premises (such as a church hall, village hall or similar), a hospital, a school, or
    premises or land owned or occupied by a local authority.

A clear summary of entertainment licensing can be found on the gov.uk website.

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