June 2018

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Understanding Extremism Training

The Understanding Extremism Training will explore and discuss issues relating to the ideology of Global Jihadism and the Far Right. The Training will equip delegates with an ideological understanding that underpins different extremist groups.

In addition to this delegates will be given the opportunity to be involved in interactive discussions in understanding the drivers and influences that lead to radicalisation.

The course has been tailored specifically for Sandwell and this will be illustrated in the examples that will be presented. The importance of the Prevent Strategy and the subsequent Prevent referral pathway that will support local partners in confidence in signposting vulnerable individuals who they feel are a  concern will be discussed. Delegates will be provided with a counter narrative and this will build on their knowledge base.

Target Audience – Practitioners, faith based community leaders, education establishments, partners

Learning Outcomes:

  • To respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat from those who promote it.
  • To enhance the knowledge of front line practitioners in understanding both Daesh/Al Qaida inspired and Far Right Extremism.
  • To counteract the concepts and activity of extremism and radicalisation in Sandwell.
  • To support safeguarding and further embed the referral process for concerns.
  • To support practitioners who work and interact with young people and communities in Sandwell who may be vulnerable to extremist ideology.
  • To promote good relations and cohesion between all communities.
  • To provide a mechanism for practitioners to be able to sign post young people and communities to appropriate services for support relevant and proportionate to need.
  • Challenging extremist ideology including extremist and terrorist narratives by supporting local partners, faith based community leaders that can provide a counter narrative, and counteract the concepts and activity of extremism and radicalisation in Sandwell.

The training will be held at Sandwell Council – Housing Offices, Sandwell Homes, Direct 2 Industrial Estate, Roway Lane, Oldbury, B69 3ES  on:

  • 18th July 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • 15th August 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • 13th September 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • 17th October 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • 13 November 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • 11 December 9.30am – 4.30pm

Book your place online by clicking here.

For more information contact Manjeet Pangli, Strategic Prevent Coordinator by email manjeet_pangli@sandwell.gov.uk or call 0121 569 2252

Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent (WRAP)

Sandwell Safeguarding Children Board are running three two hour workshops exploring the issues relating to terrorism, radicalisation and safeguarding for people and communities. The workshops are free to all staff and partners in Sandwell.

The workshop will explore:

  • Prevent’s aims.
  • Think about who may be vulnerable to terrorism.
  • See why some people can influence and manipulate others to commit crimes.
  • Recognise when a vulnerable

There will be three opportunities to attend this workshop on:

  • 12th July 2018, 10am – 12pm at Sandwell Council – Housing (Sandwell Homes, Roway Lane), Direct 2 Industrial Estate, Roway Lane, Oldbury, B69 3ES
  • 1st November 2018, 10am – 12pm Sandwell Council – Housing (Sandwell Homes, Roway Lane), Direct 2 Industrial Estate, Roway Lane, Oldbury, B69 3ES or
  • 28th January 2019 10am – 12pm Sandwell Council – Housing (Sandwell Homes, Roway Lane), Direct 2 Industrial Estate, Roway Lane, Oldbury, B69 3ES.

You will need to register online by clicking here.

For more information on Prevent Sandwell contact Manjeet Pangali, Strategic Prevent Coordinator on 0121 569 2252 or via email at manjeet_pangli@Sandwell.gov.uk

Making Devolution Work for Women in the West Midlands

Join BVSC to identify the change women want to see in the West Midlands.

BVSC are working on a project to make sure that the voices of women from all walks of life are heard in conversations that shape the public services and decisions that affect their lives. In particular, BVSC want the new Mayor and his team to hear those voices. As part of this project BVSC will be holding two large public workshops in central Birmingham with community-led satellite events in communities across the West Midlands (WM).

BVSC are in the process of designing the first event. The second event will be informed by the outputs of the first and developed as the project progresses.

The first event (including satellite events) will focus on Listening to WM Women’s Voices, giving women in the WM the chance to engage with the combined authority. This is a women-led event. BVSC invite men who are interested in attending to take on a listening role.

Hold the date: The first central event is on Friday 6 July from 10.30-2pm including lunch and refreshments.  It will be held at Birmingham Voluntary Service Council, 138 Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 6DR.

Click here to sign up via the Fawcett website.

Accessibility: The venue is designed to be accessible for disabled people. If you, or people your organisation works with, need anything in order to participate, like a sign language interpreter or a hearing loop, please indicate this in the form.

Costs: The event will be free to all who wish to attend and we have a small budget to cover travel, childcare and other expenses for individuals who would otherwise be excluded. When filling in the form, please let us know if you would require such expenses to be paid in order to attend.

Satellite events: To include as many and as diverse a voice as possible BVSC are keen to support around ten satellite workshops in other parts of the West Midlands e.g, within women’s organisations,  community groups, places of faith, places of work and places of learning.

If you are interested in hosting a satellite event please get in contact with cordelia.tuckerosullivan@fawcettsociety.org.uk.

Workshop content:

  • They will consider research by The Fawcett Society into West Midlands policy and current data on what it is like as a women living, traveling, studying, working, and caring in the region.
  • They will collaborate to explore what change is needed for women in the WM, focussing on specific themes, such as skills & employment, childcare and social care, and transport.
  • They will explore existing opportunities to inform policy making and implementation in West Midlands policy.


Want to Win £100 of Shopping Vouchers?

Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) – the transport arm of the West Midlands Combined Authority is currently undertaking a travel survey which is designed to understand the needs of vulnerable groups and explore fairer, more inclusive travel in the future.

Despite already supporting many people across the region through our concessionary travel schemes, we want to ensure we have the right mechanisms and transport services in place, so that all communities and groups can benefit from the economic growth happening across the region and that no-one is left behind because of transport barriers. We therefore want people to have a say in what their travel barriers are, and how they feel about a range of transport initiatives.

The survey can be found at: www.wmca.org.uk/survey

As part of an incentive to completing the survey, we are giving away £100 in Amazon and £100 in High Street Vouchers as part of a prize draw. Simply complete the survey to be in with a chance of winning.

The survey results will then help TfWM understand how people travel in our region and their experiences of using public transport. The deadline for the survey is 8th July 2018. For general enquires about the survey, please contact TfWM on 0121 214 7408.

The Art Yard Open Exhibition – Invitation

The Arts Yard are pleased to invite you to exhibit at their July Open exhibition. The Art Yard provides opportunities for all artists and crafts workers to show off their work.  They offer spacious multi-use galleries and studios for exhibitions. 

Please see more information through this introduction. We would recommend that you forward your submission forms at your earliest convenience to ensure space as this will be limited to the main gallery area.

Submissions forms are to be returned by 30th June and can you please ensure that your work is ready to hang and has cord fixing plates fitted to the rear of the work.

If you have any questions regarding exhibiting at The Art Yard, about hiring the Gallery facilities or future events, we would be pleased to discuss your requirements – 01384 910968 or e-mail: infoartyard@gmail.com


Save the Date – SCVO’s AGM and 20 Year Celebration

SCVO would like you to save the date for its AGM, also this year we would like you to join with us to celebrate 20 years of  being in operation.

The event will be a chance for you to hear more about the support and services we are currently providing, a look back over the last 20 years and also a look at future opportunities for the Voluntary Sector in Sandwell.

The date of the meeting is Tuesday 25th September from 10am – 1.00pm (registration from 9.30) at North Smethwick Development Trust, Brasshouse, Brasshouse Lane, Smethwick, B66 1BA.

Further information will be circulated nearer the time but please pop the date in your diary so you don’t miss out on an informative and interesting morning.

Children and Young People Workshop – NEW DATE and VENUE

Sandwell West Birmingham CCG would like to invite everyone who works with Children and Young People to a workshop on developing outcomes for their futures.  This workshop is open for people who work on the frontline or strategically to explore what excellent outcomes look like for Children and Young People of Sandwell.   

This is the first of a series of conversations to explore how we plan, commission and deliver excellent children’s services. We want to equip Our Children and Young People with the knowledge, skills and abilities to be healthy, thriving and prosperous in the future. This workshop will be used as the foundation towards developing our Children’s Strategy.

Please sign up to join us at the workshop by clicking here.

Date: 17th July 2018
Time: 12.30 until 15.30

Venue: North Smethwick Development Trust
Brasshouse Lane
West Midlands
B66 1BA
(If using a Sat Nav please use B66 1BQ)

During the session we will:

  • Explore the experience of CYP and how it has shaped their lifelong outcomes
  • Identify what excellent services look like for Children and Young People of Sandwell
  • Identify some of the barriers to us achieving excellence
  • Explore what outcomes we should be collectively working toward

We know that excellent services cannot be delivered by one organisation alone and value the diversity of the services and people who work in Sandwell.  We need different people who have different experiences, who work in different organisations to enable our strategy to become reality.

Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided.

Please pass this on to anyone you think would be interest.

Book on now on Eventbrite limited number of tickets available by clicking here.

If you have any queries please email: SWBCCG.engagement@nhs.net

Universal Credit is Coming to Sandwell

All working age Sandwell residents who claim benefits will move onto Universal Credit from November 2018 onwards.

There is a lot of support being offered to people to help them with the transition and these include help with budgeting (Managing your Money delivered by the Welfare Rights Team), support getting online (UC Start delivered by Citizens Advice Sandwell),  and lots of advice and information on  the councils website Moving to Universal Credit

To view further information please click here

Premises Needed for Relate Can you Help?

Relate are currently looking for new premises to run services within the Sandwell area.

We would ideally need two or three private rooms, that would fit three chairs and a small table, a reception area where our clients could be greeted and seating where client can wait before being seen for their appointments.
If anyone knows of any available rooms/premises to hire, please contact Emma Wall on 01902 428447 or email at emma.wall@relate-wolverhampton.org.uk

Variety the Children’s Charity

Variety, the Children’s Charity, has grants of £250 to £600 available to youth organisations that are affiliated to either Ambition, UK Youth or the National Association of Boys and Girls Clubs.

The grants can be used to buy equipment to provide challenging activities that engage young people aged 8-18 and provide them with alternatives to becoming involved in the anti-social behaviour that often stems from boredom and peer pressure.

On occasions, applications for improvement of youth club premises, refurbishment of existing equipment or facilities will also be considered.

Applicants have to raise some of the funds and applications that have young people involved in the fund raising will be looked upon favourably.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

More information

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