August 2015

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Sandwell Adult and Family Learning

Sandwell Adult and Family LearningSandwell Adult and Family learning (SAFL) is a local authority provider of community learning , working in partnership with schools and community voluntary organisations across the whole of Sandwell.



Community learning is designed to help people of different ages and all backgrounds:
• get a new skill
• reconnect with learning
• follow an interest
• prepare to progress to formal courses
• learn how to support their children better

Sandwell Adult and Family Learning are delighted to be offering interesting and varied community learning opportunities across Sandwell for adults 19+ and families. The main focus within the SAFL service is community and family learning, enabling them to offer a diverse range of courses including fitness, dance and music, crafts and skills and painting and drawing, which are suitable for adults, both male and female. The classes include several types of yoga, zumba and other fitness classes which are also suitable for supported learning.

SAFL will be running a range of drawing and painting technique art classes and flower arranging, which is always popular, especially in the autumn term coming up to the festive season.

Do you want to make clothes that fit perfectly? Then join SAFL for one of their classes run by very experienced tutors. The classes cover basic sewing skills right through to tailoring.  You may also want to try your hand at creating bespoke home furnishings!

Family learning provides a range of opportunities to learn together including tabla family music, fun days and after school activities to enable families to spend quality time learning and exploring new skills.

This year the family learning festival in October will be running ‘ imagination stations’ at all their main centres on consecutive Saturdays, providing fun learning for all the family free of charge. One key area of focus for parents, carers and guardians is the provision across the borough, in various settings, of a fourteen hour paediatric and adult first aid, that can be delivered condensed over two days or in multiple two hour sessions.

Please get in touch to find out more about what Sandwell Adult and Family Learning can offer you in the new academic year.
For more information email or telephone 0121 556 7426, 0121 557 0837 or 0121 555 6255.

Do you have information that could assist victims of hidden crimes?

Consulations - Call for AssistanceWest Midlands Police are keen to gather intelligence from communities, during their day to day roles, to galvanise action to assist victims of hidden crimes.

There are currently a number of ways to contact the police being:

– in an emergency: Tel: 999
-non emergency: Tel: 101
-Crimestoppers – Tel: 0800 555 111 (allows deaf, hard of hearing and speech-impaired people in the UK send an SMS text message to the UK 999 service)

West Midlands have now created a more structured way for you to send intelligence THAT IS NOT AN EMERGENCY OR LIFE THREATENING AND DOES NOT REQUIRE IMMEDIATE ACTION (in these cases ring 999 or 101) through the development of an Information Form.

The form is NOT to be used as another pathway for referral.
For clarity, this form is to be used for scenarios where you have heard information from a client/pupil/potential victim, that does not require a 101 or a 999 response from police, such as:

‘There is a man with a beard and a tattoo who is holding parties in the Sparkhill area to get young girls drunk to groom them for sex’.

‘I have heard that there is a ‘cutter’ who performs FGM who is called ‘Hal’ who lives somewhere in Wolverhampton’.

We invite you to save this form, and populate it with intelligence that you have gained on information relating to:

Child abuse, Child Sexual Exploitation, Female Genital Mutilation, Forced Marriage, Honour Based Violence, Prostitution, Modern Day Slavery, Domestic Abuse, Rape and Serious Sexual Offences.

Please ensure that ‘Sentinel Partner’ is included on the form so that we can measure the success of intelligence provided by you as partners and send it to

Please ensure that if you are the only person that is aware of this information, that this is made clear on the form. This will assist us greatly in our analysis of the intelligence provided and with our future risk assessments.

You could be the one who has the final piece of the jigsaw to save lives and disrupt and convict offenders. Tell us what you know.

Please share this form and email with your partners and colleagues and let’s make a real difference.

See Something – Do Something – Safeguarding is Everyone’s Business

Sandwell Safeguarding Adults BoardThere is now a new ‘concerns’ form that you need to complete if you are concerned about any adult with care and support needs.

The introduction of the Care Act 2015 means that the Local Authority has a a responsibility to safeguard all adults with care and support needs whether or not they are in receipt of services.

If you have concerns please access the form

If you want to know more about the categories of abuse you can register and then access our E-Learning Modules

In addition Sandwell Adult Safeguarding Board in conjunction with neighbourhood colleagues are launching the “See Something, Do Something” campaign!

If you See Something, Do Something, complete a concerns form!

RBS Skills and Opportunities Fund

RBSSkills and Opportunities Fund is one of the many ways RBS is contributing to the communities we live and work in. This year they are committing £2.5m to fund projects in charities, social enterprises, community groups, state-funded schools and colleges across the UK and Ireland.

The focus for this funding is to support organisations that help people in disadvantaged communities develop, create or access the skills and opportunities they need to help themselves; skills that will enable them to get into work or start a business, now or in the future.

RBS believe that helping people gain such skills and access opportunities to learn can help turn their lives around and build better communities for everyone; when we build stronger communities, we all grow.

Please view for further information about the fund

Learning and Development Catalogue

Sandwell MBCSandwell Council’s Safeguarding Adults Board learning and development catalogue has been released and is ready for bookings. There is a comprehensive range of awareness level and specialist courses which can be found here.

Booking is via an email link which is embedded in the catalogue.

The Safeguarding Awareness course is being facilitated again this year by Julie Mee. Julie ran a course this summer for Sandwell’s elected members and the comments from them included “last night’s training was some of the best I’ve ever had” “informative and moving session” “powerful stuff indeed”.

Book on and experience Julie’s unique training style for yourself!

The catalogue also links through to courses being offered by the Safeguarding Children’s Board and on domestic abuse through the DASP.

In addition the SSAB eLearning modules on Learning Pool are all fully refreshed to take into account the Care Act changes. There is a 2015 version of the Safeguarding Awareness and if you would like to refresh and renew your certificate you can now do so.

View the eLearning modules.

SCVO Meet the Funder 2015 in partnership with CTWM (Charitable Trusts West Midlands)

EventsFollowing on from last year’s hugely successful event, SCVO and Charitable Trusts West Midlands have joined forces in one unique event to bring you this year’s conference where, as well as ‘Meet the Funder’, we will be celebrating CTWM’s 40th Anniversary of supporting funders who support local groups in the West Midlands.

Over 300 participants attended ‘Meet the Funder’ last year, ranging from local community groups and larger voluntary organisations to all types of funders and infrastructure support agencies.

This year’s conference and funding fair will be an opportunity to share and learn from each other’s experience and perspective of grant giving and develop good practice in grant making, explore matters of shared concern, and forge productive relationships that contribute to the wider benefits and overall sustainability of the region’s voluntary and community sector. Delegates can hear about CTWM’s journey over the last 40 years, look at some of the key policy issues impacting on the sector, and consider some of the key trends and their longer term impact on improving the quality of life for people in the West Midlands.

We only have 200 places this year, so it really is ‘first come first served’, and when we reach 200 people there will be no more places released…so early booking is strongly recommended!!

This year we will also be running practical workshops for groups who may be considering applying to the Lottery, Children in Need, HLF, Arts Council, Esmée Fairbairn & others; going through their respective application forms in detail to give groups the best opportunity to make successful applications.

This year we have also invited a number of guest speakers from organisations such as NCVO, Big Society Capital & Esmée Fairbairn to share their thoughts and views on how trusts, foundations and other organisations in the voluntary sector are responding to the changing landscape of funding to the third sector and what this means for society, including for those most vulnerable.

To book up, please follow the link to Eventbrite. Prices are the same as last year, so this event still offers great value for money.

SCVO Recruiting Organisational Development Officer

JobOpps4SCVO seeks to appoint a high-calibre, experienced individual to join our Development Support Team who will play a key role in supporting our aims of building the capacity and sustainability of the local Voluntary and Community Sector.

SCVO is an independent charity that takes a lead role in strategic representation on behalf of the local Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector, and provides a range of development support services to sector organisations within the Metropolitan Borough of Sandwell.

This important role within the SCVO Development Team will focus on strengthening the financial sustainability, governance and quality of, primarily (but not exclusively), large VCS organisations in Sandwell; enabling them to provide consistently excellent services for their clients and the communities they serve.

The postholder will support organisations to source funding, become contract-ready and develop social enterprise in order to develop long-term sustainability of their delivery. As part of the Development Team, you will contribute to the design and delivery of new services that will enhance the capacity development of Sandwell’s voluntary and community sector, including ‘chargeable’ service delivery.

SCVO is looking for a self-confident and enthusiastic individual, with previous sector experience, probably in a similar role and a successful track record of delivery. The successful candidate will also demonstrate strong communication and interpersonal skills together with an awareness of the key issues facing charitable and not-for-profit organisations.

Remuneration: a competitive package that includes:

● Salary: NJC SCP 29-34 (£25,440 – £29,558) plus 6% employer contribution stakeholder pension.

● Working hours: 37 hours per week (within a flexible working policy, including occasional out of hours working)

● Holidays: 28 days per annum, plus bank holidays.

Further details and application packs are available at, by emailing or by calling Mazeline Hemmings at SCVO on 0121 525 1127.

Applications can be emailed to SCVO at or sent to: SCVO, 1st Floor, Landchard House, Victoria Street, West Bromwich B70 8ER.

If you wish to have an informal discussion about this opportunity, please call Stuart Ashmore at SCVO on 0121 525 1127

Deadline for applications is Monday 14th September at 10am. Interviews will take place in the week of 21st September 2015.

Click here to download the job description and personal specification.
Click here to download the application form (Word version)
Click here to download application form (PDF version)
Click here to download SCVO’s 2013/14 Annual Review.

SCVO strives to be an equal opportunities employer. Registered charity no. 1071514

NHS England Community Grants

Funding 1NHS England is launching a new community grant opportunity. NHS England is seeking to make grant awards to showcase good practice around patient and citizen participation in healthcare.

They know that there is really excellent patient and public involvement work happening all around the country and they want to do more to share and learn from what is happening locally.

NHS England will be awarding a number of small community grants to not for profit organisations who can tell the story of their patient and citizen engagement work in a creative and interesting way.  This can be in a wide variety of ways; videos, photo or audio books, leaflets and posters, graphics or other formats.  Grants are available of up to £1,000 each, the total funds available are £10,000.  Please view for further information.

Applications should be submitted to by the closing date of 12 noon on 28 September 2015.

Freelance Arts Co-ordinator

Creative Black CountryCreative Black Country are seeking an exceptional Arts Coordinator to help deliver the Creative Black Country Groundworks Programme. The role of the Arts Coordinator is to support the development of our work with our selected community groups.

The role will involve:-

• The development an action plan with your allocated groups.
• Helping to bring the plan to life, facilitating projects with artists between CBC, local artists and arts organisation.
• Working closely with local arts organisations to develop a go and see menu offer.
• Articulating and sharing the vision of CBC between all the partners.
• Developing a shared understanding of creative and arts activity either on offer in the region or a specific need and support the existing group to co-programme opportunities for participation in arts activity.
• Working with the Community Development Worker to forge links and to develop sustainable programmes of work with community groups.

The Arts Coordinator will be responsible for at least four groups per year and will work with them throughout the year. You are also likely to inherit a maximum of two further groups from Year 1 groundwork s group. You will also manage a small development budget to support additional activities such as workshops and Go and See opportunities.

Further details on the Creative Black Country Website
Application Deadline: Friday 18th September 2015, 5pm
Enquiry Contact: Esther Lisk-Carew –

Talent Match 1 Year On Celebration and Awards Evening

talent match logo 2The Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership is pleased to invite you to join Talent Match Black Country for the 1 Year On Celebration and Awards evening on Thursday 22 October 2015, 5-8pm at Molineux Stadium.

The event will celebrate the biggest achievements of young people from the Black Country alongside the outstanding mentors, partners and employers who have contributed to the project. The event will also reflect on the success of the project since its launch in 2014 and look towards the next year motivated and inspired.

Under the expert guidance of the evening’s host, ITV Central’s Sameena Ali-Khan, guests will have the opportunity to vote live for the Brightest Star category, awarding one of the five Shining Stars with the highest recognition for their progress over the past year.

X-Factor Finalist and now BBC Broadcast Journalist Trainee, Ashley John-Baptiste will also share his inspirational story of overcoming adversity as a young foster child, his battle to win a place at Cambridge University and the remarkable journey towards following his music dream. There may also be a surprise performance from him!

The evening will conclude with a drinks reception and buffet as guests network with Talent Match representatives, partners and young people. More details on the proceedings, supporters, speakers and venue directions can be found on the event website.

To RSVP to this celebration and awards event, please visit:

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