December 2016

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Help Black Country Touring make their next theatre show…

Black Country TouringVolunteer researchers wanted for ‘Life’s a BEACH’, a brand new theatre
production by Black Country Touring. The production is in development now and will open in the Black Country and tour to Skegness in summer 2017.

Researchers will interview local people and record their stories and personal memories of visiting seaside resorts, maybe on family holidays or factory outings or maybe someone you know moved to live there. You may know someone who might have an interesting story to tell. It might be someone in your local community or your own family. If so, then Black Country Touring wants to hear from you.

Using audio recorders researchers will conduct between one and three interviews. They will be provided with training, which will include an induction to the project, and time to develop skills in oral history interviewing and recording techniques.

What’s in it for you?

Receive free oral history interviewing skills training. Meet new people and take part in a creative project like Life’s a BEACH. Receive a free ticket to the preview show of Life’s a BEACH. Receive one free ticket to see any other show from Black Country Touring’s brochure.

You must be at least 18 years old to volunteer. No experience necessary, just an enthusiasm for the arts / theatre and a curiosity about people.

You will be required to do 2-3 hours oral history training – date to be confirmed.
You will agree to record a minimum of one audio interview.

If you are interested and want to find out more then get in touch by calling 0121 533 7129 or email

National Living Wage – Briefing Paper

post - Funding Opps - Cash5The Government’s new National Living Wage (NLW) became law on 1st April 2016.

Workers who are aged 25 or over and not in the first year of an apprenticeship are legally entitled to at least £7.20 per hour.

Where can you find more information?

• Workers can find out their eligibility for the NLW by using the Government’s simple online calculator:

• Employers need to ensure that all workers aged 25 and over are getting at least their legal entitlement of £7.20 per hour. (This compares with the National Minimum Wage (NMW) Adult rate of £6.95 per hour for those aged 21 and over).

Employers can follow this checklist:
1. To check who is eligible within your organisation visit:
2. For appropriate payroll action visit:
3. Advise staff of their new pay rate
4. For any staff under 25 check that they are earning the correct level of National Minimum Wage:

For more information visit: or or

Historically, the National Minimum Wage (NMW) rate was changed every October. However, the NLW was introduced on a different cycle, changing in April instead. Following a Government review it has been concluded that the rates for ALL workers (both NMW & NLW) should be aligned in April 2017 and the Low Pay Commission will report in autumn 2016 on the level of ALL the rates to apply in April 2017.

Sandwell Cardiac Club invites you to an Evening of Carols

evening-of-carolsSandwell Cardiac Club, a support group for cardiac patients and their families, would like to invite you to an Evening of Carols.

The Cardiac Club will be joined by The Salvation Army and songsters. The carol service is at All Saints Church (known as Old Church), All Saints Way, West Bromwich on Wednesday, 14 December.  The service starts at 7.30 pm.

The Evening of Carols is an annual event arranged by Sandwell Cardiac Club.

Please go along and join in the festive occasion. Raise your voice in song and help celebrate a joyous evening.

Admission is free. Refreshments will be served in the interval.

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