September 2015

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Infant Mortality Stakeholder Summit

Sandwell & West Birmingham CCGSandwell and West Birmingham has one of the highest rates of stillbirth and infant mortality in England. We believe that many of these stillbirths and deaths can be prevented, however the factors that impact on infant mortality are complex and multifactorial.

The CCG is committed to reducing inequalities for our population and our priority for 2015/16 is tacking the issues that we know influence infant mortality. We recognise we cannot succeed if we work in isolation and are calling on all partners to work together to tackle this important issue.

To help facilitate these collaborative discussions, we are organising a stakeholder summit on the 20 October 2015. This will give all partners an opportunity to:

• Understand from local experts the scale of the challenge in Sandwell and West Birmingham
• Collectively identify opportunities to improve services and outcomes locally
• Agree to work together to tackle this priority.

This summit marks the launch of our infant mortality programme. We hope that the feedback and suggestions from the 20 October will help us co-design an Infant Mortality Strategy. In early 2016 we hope to feedback on progress with the strategy, and with your support take forward any workstreams that are identified at the summit.

The event is taking place on 20 October 2015 from 9am to 1pm -West Bromwich Albion Football Ground, Birmingham Road, West Bromwich,West Midlands, B71 4LF -Light refreshments will be served. To book a place: Email or phone 0121 612 1447

BBC Children in Need Grants Programme – Winter Deadlines

Funding3BBC Children in Need is currently accepting applications from charities and not-for-profit organisations working with disadvantaged children and young people in the UK who are 18 years old and younger.

Registered charities, voluntary organisations, schools, churches and community interest groups can apply for either a Small Grant of up to £10,000 (for projects of one year) or a Main Grant exceeding £10,000 (for projects of up to three years).

Projects must benefit children and young people (aged 18 years and younger) who are experiencing disadvantage through:
• Illness, distress, abuse or neglect.
• Any kind of disability.
• Behavioural or psychological difficulties.
• Living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

Organisations must be working to combat this disadvantage and to make a real difference to children and young people’s lives.

Although applications are accepted throughout the year, there are specific deadlines and award dates.

The next deadline for Small Grant applications is 1 December 2015.
The next deadline for Main Grant applications is 15 January 2016.

Full details can be found on the BBC website

Starbucks Youth Action Invites Applications

Funding 1UK Youth and Starbucks are inviting groups in England, Scotland and Wales who are working with young people not in education or employment to apply for grants of up to £1,000.

Young people in England, Scotland and Wales aged between 16 and 24 years who are not in full time education or employment can apply. The funding is to be used by the young people to develop and run projects in their local community. Projects should provide a positive benefit to the local community and look to enhance the young leaders employability and leadership skills.
Two young people need to lead the project and engage a further 50 young people throughout the course of the project. The young people will need to have a youth worker/training organisation able to support them throughout the project.

The remaining deadlines are: 5 October 2015, 2 November 2015, 1 December 2015, 4 January 2016, 1 February 2016 and 7 March 2016.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome within two weeks of the deadline for the month in which they submitted their application.

An online application form and full details can be found on the Starbucks Youth Action website

Sandwell – More Local, More Active – A Vision for Physical Activity and Sport in Sandwell

physical activiyFollowing the launch of Sandwell Council’s Vision for Physical Activity and Sport in Sandwell, 2015 – 2020 and the plans for six new Community Activity Networks (CANs) at the stakeholder engagement event in April this year, things are progressing well. 

Six new Community Activity Network Development Officers have been appointed and they are keen to build relationships and partnerships with all stakeholders.  To assist with this you are invited to attend a follow up event to explore ways in which collaboration can taken place a local level.

The event is being held on Wednesday 7 October 2015 from 9.45am – 1.00pm at West Bromwich Leisure Centre, Moore Street, B70 7AZ.

The delivery of the Sandwell Physical Activity Sport Vision 2015-2020 will be locally driven and people led with a focus on collaboration between communities, stakeholders and volunteers.  As such a CAN will be developed in each of the borough’s six towns, led by Sandwell Council and made up of partners including voluntary sector organisations who are focused on increasing levels of physical activity and participation in sport.

If you would like to attend this event, please e-mail Nayna Patel –

In Your Neighbourhood Sessions in Smethwick

CommunityPeople in Smethwick can have their say on neighbourhood issues at drop-in sessions over the coming weeks. They will offer people the chance to give feedback on how the council and its partner organisations have met ‘ward pledges’ agreed last year.

The sessions will also help set new priorities to improve the area for the year ahead.

The Smethwick drop-in sessions are as follows:

St Paul’s Ward
Wednesday 30 September 2015, 6pm to 8pm
North Smethwick Resource Centre, Cambridge Road, Smethwick, B66 2HR

Soho & Victoria Ward
Thursday 8 October 2015, 6pm to 8pm
Ron Davis Centre, Ballot Street, Smethwick, B66 3HH

Abbey Ward
Wednesday 21 October 2015, 6pm to 8pm
St Mary’s Church, Bearwood Road, Smethwick, B66 4BX

Smethwick Ward
Thursday 22 October 2015, 6pm to 8pm
Dorothy Parkes Centre, Church Road, Smethwick, B67 6EH

Dates for other Sandwell towns will follow in the coming weeks.

Influencing Change West Midlands – Applications Now Open

 Sheila McKechnieInfluencing Change is a five day training programme, spread over five months, which supports individuals and community organisations based and working in the Midlands in making changes in their lives and communities through improving their campaigning skills.

Influencing Change is an introductory level course for individuals based and working in the West Midlands region on how to gain influence and campaign for change. The course focuses on how to develop a campaigning and influencing strategy, media messages, developing online campaigns, working with a variety of different audiences and tracking and managing the successes and learning of the campaign. The course is also open to a limited number of participants from the East Midlands.

Participants will learn about developing a campaign strategy and plan, working with the media, tactically addressing issues and involving stakeholders.

If you are interested in this programme please complete a registration form and email it to

If you would like further information about this programme please contact Ben Ballin –

Suicide Safety Training

suicideBe part of the solution in supporting communities to be suicide safer.  Two training opportunities are available to organisations.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training is a two day, skills building workshop that provides suicide first aid interventions.  Professionals, volunteers and informal helpers all need to know how to help persons with thoughts of suicide in ways that increase their suicide safety.  The intervention is intended to prevent suicidal thoughts leading to suicidal behaviour.

2 Day Training  – 25th and 26th November 2015 – Regional Business Centre, 1 Providence Place, West Bromwich, B70 8SZ


SafeTALK is a half-day course that offers you practical steps to help someone with thoughts of suicide and helps you both to connect with more specialised support.

Half Day Training 3rd November 2015 – 9.00am – 12.30pm and 1.00pm – 4.30pm – Operations and Development Centre, Roway Lane, Oldbury, West Bromwich, B69 3ES

For more information about both training courses and to book a place please contact Alan Mainwaring – or telephone 0121 569 4474

See Something – Do Something

Sandwell Safeguarding Adults BoardA multi-agency event celebrating best practice in prevention. Sandwell Safeguarding Adults Board is pleased to offer a forum to showcase some of the many exceptional examples of prevention work happening within the borough, including multi-agency partnership success stories. In addition the Board will be launching its improved range of promotional materials, and bringing attention to the updated range of forms and procedures now in use.

The event is taking place on Tuesday 13 October 2015 from 9.00am – 1.30pm (networking and lunch from 12.30pm) at The Council Chambers, Sandwell Council House, Freeth Street, Oldbury, B69 3DE.

Topics to be celebrated include:-

 A local case study from West Midlands Fire Service

Black Country Housing SOS campaign

The Sandwell Community Offer

SWBH Homelessness team/Icares

SMBC Neighbourhoods See Something, Do Something campaign

To secure your place please contact the Board team on: 0845 352 7613 or e-mail – Please advise of any dietary or other special requirements.

Safeguarding is Everyone’s Business

Spotlight on Bustleholme Football Club

Bustleholme FCTell us what you do
Bustleholme Football Club was first established in 1975, keeping young people away from negative behaviour. Currently we have 16 teams which range from 4 years old up to adults. Importantly, our club is open to everyone and we are currently trying to re-establish our girls’ teams which had previously been very successful. Unfortunately this folded as the girls went on to further education. The teams play on the weekend and are managed by qualified individuals. This gives our players excellent training and guidance throughout their time at the Bustleholme Football Club.

What is your proudest achievement?
Our club was predominantly a boys club until 1993. However, we now have a well established adult team and are trying to re-establish our girls’ side. We are extremely proud of the club we have formed and the success of our teams. Our men’s team has remained in the top division now for 20 years, which is a wonderful achievement with a limited budget.

What is your experience of support received from SCVO?
In the past we have been supported by SCVO through a number of their services. Most importantly, they helped to guide us towards the policies we must adhere too as a football club. This includes areas such as fair play, equality, respect and a code of conduct. In addition, we have also been supported through funding opportunities. SCVO helped us to find sponsorships deals and identified grants for us to apply for. As a voluntary club this is an important aspect of the work we do. Lastly, SCVO have previously supported us through the development side. This was by providing us with information on coaching and first aid courses for both our coaches and managers to undertake.

What is the most valuable lesson you have learnt about working with people in Sandwell?
I have learnt that they are very supportive of voluntary organisations as well as each-other. Currently, our club is sponsored by the Red Lion which demonstrates this support. The residents take an interest in our football club and attend the meetings we have with the community.

What are your plans for the future and some of the challenges you face?
Our main aim for the future is to locate our team within West Bromwich. At the moment our Saturday team plays in Tipton but we are a West Bromwich Football Club. As a result, we are looking to build a stadium in partnership with Phoenix Collegiate to provide our teams with high-quality facilities in West Bromwich. In addition to this, we also plan to re-establish the girls’ team. It is an area which is missed within our club and we hope to bring this back.
In terms of the challenges, the financial side seems to get harder every year. It is getting increasingly difficult to raise money and the biggest problem is that we do not have a base. As a result, it is difficult to provide facilities for football, learning and social events.

How can SCVO help to support your organisation in the future?
SCVO could certainly support our organisation through funding opportunities. This could help us gain the infrastructure required to take part in routine activities such as socials and training. As well as this, SCVO could also help us by raising awareness of our girls’ teams and through volunteers. As a voluntary team, these individuals play an important role in the running of the club. Therefore, taking on volunteers is something which greatly interests Bustleholme Football Club.

For more information please visit

Fast Forward for Young People

JobOpps4Do you know a 16-24 year old who is looking for employment?
Could they benefit from activities to boost Skills, Experience and Confidence?

If yes, then Fast Forward is a brilliant opportunity!

Young people will be supported by the Think Sandwell team through a week of outdoor activities. Each of the activities will encourage them to work together as a team, push themselves to develop their skills and confidence and expand the experience detailed in applications forms and interviews.

Each young person will be supported by an advisor to scope out what they would like to do and assist them to apply for vacancies.

If you are aware of a young person that would benefit from this please contact us on 0121 569 2099 or e-mail

The next group will be starting soon so please don’t delay!

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