October 2018

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Health Exchange Stop Smoking Services

We all know about the negative effects that smoking has on our health, but that doesn’t mean it’s any easier to quit. However, support from Stop Smoking Services can make you up to four times more likely to succeed (NHS choices).

Health Exchange can offer you a supportive programme that will help you to quit for good. Our programme helps you break the habit by prescribing Nicotine Replacement Therapy and personalised support from one of our Stop Smoking Advisors.

Our programme involves one on one support from a qualified Stop Smoking Advisor at a time and location that suits you. We can help you to access Nicotine Replacement Therapy from your local pharmacy and we will regularly review your carbon monoxide level and nicotine dependence – helping you to track your progress.

We have plenty of drop-in clinics across Sandwell, the locations of which can be found at www.qssupport.co.uk/find-your-area or you can book an appointment on 0121 663 0007.

Think you might benefit from our support? Hear what other users of our service have to say:

‘’Before joining the Stop Smoking programme offered by Health Exchange, I had many attempts to try to quit but each time I failed, perhaps I was not in the right frame of mind. I was relieved to find that the service was being provided very close to where I’m living. The service was a blessing for me because I did not have to go to my GP to make an appointment for my NRT.
I’m so happy with my achievement as my family, my grandchildren tell me every weekend of how proud they are of me. Of course I have started saving money since I quit and it surprises me how much of a fortune it was that I’ve been spending every day of life in the past.

Thanks to Health Exchange for making a huge difference in my life’’

Ann, Age 62, Oldbury

‘’Health Exchange’s Stop Smoking service has helped me not only physically, but mentally. I am grateful for all the patience my advisor had for me; spending extra time with me as I was going through a stressful time. Not only the medicine, but being able to talk to the advisor has helped me to achieve my goal. I am smoke free now and have started feeling the difference. I feel more positive each day’’.

John, Age 68, Tividale

Remember, it may be hard to quit – but it is possible!

For more information, please contact the Service Coordinators:
Stephanie Morris – stephanie.morris@healthexchange.org.uk, 07931864586
Caroline Kenny – caroline.kenny@healthexchange.org.uk, 07956080403

Funding available to improve energy efficiency.

The Low Carbon Workspaces programme offers grants of £1,000 – £5,000 to small and medium sized enterprises and charities in the Black Country to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

The grant covers a third of total eligible project costs and supports the implementation of energy efficiency, renewable energy, waste, water and transport emissions reduction projects.

Many applicants apply for the more common and familiar measures i.e. LEDs, Heating, Double Glazing, Insulation etc. but grants have also been provided for quite specific projects (electric vehicles, compressors, variable speed drives…).  In essence, if it has a net saving of energy/carbon, then there is a high probability it will be covered.  The only stipulation for charities is that they must receive some of their income through trading activities (e.g. offering services/goods etc.).

If you would like to find out more, there are a couple of ways to do this:

  • Black Country Living Museum Saving Energy – Behind-the-scenes Business Tour – a unique opportunity to learn how the Black Country Living Museum strives to improve its business energy costs and reduce its carbon footprint. You can book your FREE ticket HERE.
  • Visit the Low Carbon Workspaces website athttps://www.lowcarbonworkspaces.co.uk/how-to-apply/ 


Apply for a Funny Things Artist Commission

Funny Things are seeking to commission artists (open to all art forms) to collaborate with us and the communities we are working with, to make Wolves laugh with Funny Things 2019.

Creative Black Country is one of Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places projects, which aims to create interesting experiences that tell The Black Country Story and shine a light on the artistic and cultural landscape of the region.

Funny Things is one of our landmark commissions. After the huge success of the first comedy festival in Wolverhampton in 2017, we want to make Funny Things 2019 an even bigger laugh.

The main drive for the festival is to create opportunities for the local community to participate and have a laugh. They want to design an engaging and exciting programme that will reach a diverse audience from all backgrounds, ages and interests.

Funny Things 2019 will build on the success of the first festival in 2017 with a diverse programme that will include:

·         Artist commissions – 1 up to £10,000 and 1 up to £3000

·         Funny Things Gala Event – 3 of the biggest names in comedy (venue tbc)

·         Special events in partnership with Wolverhampton venues and regional organisations, including Flatpack and Centrala

·         Children and family programme

·         Workshops, including stand-up comedy, improvisation and cartoon drawing

·         Stand-up comedy pub programme at The Lych Gate Tavern and The Giffard

The Commissions
We would like to commission professional artists from any art form to create a series of events, installations or participatory activity that engages and involves local people. We are not looking for stand-up comedy, we are looking for unconventional funny things that create and explore humour through art, performance and creativity.

You must have established or strong links to the region and experience in developing works with community driven stories.

The commissions will be based in the Black Country and you will be required to research and develop the ideas in the area with the local community.

The commissions will form part of the wider festival and the work will feature as part of the Funny Things festival programme.

We would like the artists to work over a period of eight months between April and November 2019, to research, develop and deliver. The main focus of the delivery or sharing of the work will be during the festival, 26th October – 2nd November 2019.

We are open to receiving proposals from individuals, joint applications, collectives of artists or organisations.

We are offering two levels of commission.

Up to £3000 and up to £10,000

These fees will be negotiable depending on experience and the proposal.

What we are looking for

We are interested in receiving proposals that:

·         Involve local people (from Wolverhampton and surrounding areas) in the creation and delivery of the commission

·         Propose a new idea or project that will be created specifically for the festival

·         Celebrate the diversity of Wolverhampton and the Black Country

·         Have considered accessibility as part of the project

·         Will be delivered by a professional artist, creative practitioner, curator or other arts professional with a track record

We will also be programming events and activities for a range of audiences and venues. If you have an existing performance, artwork or activity that you would like to propose for the festival programme please send details to Jenny Smith at funnythingswolves@gmail.com detailing what you are proposing.

CBC will also welcome applications to the Open Access fund for activities that could be part of the festival. For further information go to: www.creativeblackcountry.co.uk/open-access

Further information: If you have any enquiries please call Jenny Smith on 07967 187822 during working hours or email funnythingswolves@gmail.com.

How to apply for the artist commissions:

To apply, please send a short proposal outlining:

·         Your artistic practice

·         Why you think you are right for this project

·         How you might approach this commission and potential outcomes

·         Budget (indicating the level of commission you are applying for)

·         Examples of your work

·         Enclose your CV /LinkedIn profile /a website or ready-made showreel – whatever is easiest and quickest for you to show track record

·         Be brief – no more than 4 pages

Deadline for proposals is Friday 16th November 2018

Send Applications to: Project Administrator, Creative Black Country

Email: info@creativeblackcountry.co.uk

Post: 1st Floor Landchard House, Victoria Street, West Bromwich, B70 8EX


Get involved in Funny Things as a Performer

Funny Things are seeking comedians, performers, workshop leaders and artists to collaborate with us and the communities we are working with, to make Wolves laugh with Funny Things 2019.

If you have a funny act, performance, event, artwork, activity or comedy workshop that you would like to propose for Funny Things 2019, please contact us detailing:

-what you are proposing
-the target audience
-what kind of space you would need for it
-any technical requirements you may have
-length of performance or workshop (if applicable)
-examples of previous work, or the proposed activity if you have it
-enclose your CV /LinkedIn profile /a website or ready-made showreel – whatever is easiest and quickest for you to show track record
-what fee or box office split you are requesting

Deadline for proposals is 31st January 2019

Send Applications to: Project Administrator, Creative Black Country

Email: info@creativeblackcountry.co.uk

Post: 1st Floor Landchard House, Victoria Street, West Bromwich, B70 8EX

Next Steps:

• We will confirm receipt of all applications by email within 5 working days

• We will respond to shortlisted proposals by 28th February 2019

Join the Team at FUNNY THINGS – Assistant Producer!

Job title: Assistant Producer

Contract: Freelance (you will be responsible for your own tax and NI contributions)

Dates: February – November 2019. Approximately 15 hours per week, going up to 35 hours per week during October.

Fee: £5,680 (inclusive of all local travel and expenses)

Location: Working from home with regular meetings in Wolverhampton and occasional meetings in other Black Country locations.

The role: The Assistant Producer will work alongside the Creative Producer of Funny Things and the Creative Black Country team to ensure that Funny Things 2019 is managed and run effectively. The Assistant Producer will receive training and mentoring support to develop their skills in festival and event management as part of this role.

The Assistant Producer roles and responsibilities will include:

-Volunteer recruitment and management
-Social media
-Communication with artists
-Communication with venues and partners
-Communication with community groups
-Assisting with event planning
-Venue set-up
-Venue/door management at non-arts venues during the festival
-General administration
-Minuting and facilitating meetings

Person Specification:
This Assistant Producer role is a personal development opportunity for someone who is interested in gaining more experience in festivals, events and arts management. There will be training and mentoring available, and we will work with the person in post to draw up a training and development plan at the start of the contract. We expect the successful candidate to meet some, but not all, of the knowledge and experience points below.

It is essential that you are open and willing to learn and you are good at working with people.

We encourage and welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and all parts of the community, particularly from people who live in the Black Country area.

Behavioural Specification:
-Willing to learn and committed to personal development
-Commitment to equality, diversity and social inclusion
-Good at working both as part of a team and independently
Outgoing and confident at communicating to a range of people

-Familiarity with Wolverhampton venues
-Familiarity with geography of Wolverhampton centre and surrounding areas
-Knowledge of the comedy sector
-Knowledge of the arts sector
-Social media marketing approaches for festivals and events

–Managing volunteers
-Arts administration
-Event management
-Venue management

-Communication (written and verbal)
-Excellent time management and personal organisation
-Social media marketing

How to apply
Please send your CV and a cover letter of no more than 4 sides of A4 outlining how you meet the person specification and why you wish to apply for this role.

Deadline for applications is Friday 30th November 2018

Send Applications to: Project Administrator, Creative Black Country, 1st Floor Landchard House, Victoria Street, West Bromwich, B70 8EX

Email: info@creativeblackcountry.co.uk

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by 21st December 2018

Interviews will take place in January 2019

Expected start date will be February 2019



The Big Brad Wolf Puppet Making Workshop and Show

Suitable for children from 2-6 years olds Drama AND SOME cic are giving a free taster of our latest show alongside a puppet-making workshop with a professional puppeteer.

Bradley Wolf has a Big Bad reputation but is Brad as bad as he seems? Well let’s find out.

‘He’s big and bad and his name is Brad…’

The story of The Big Brad Wolf is narrated by Tommy Two Heads, a two headed caterpillar who is in two minds about everything. The Three Pigglyonly brothers are busy building their ideal homes but their fear of demolition is not unfounded.

Set in a fairytale Black Country, where everything is said in rhyme Bradley needs help in learning how to make friends.

Drama AND SOME cic are rooted in The Black Country region and are inspired by it’s dialect, culture and landscape.

See flyer for details

Email: dramaandsome@gmail.com
Facebook Page: Drama AND SOME cic

BUDS’ Fund Raising Dinner Event

BUDS – Better Understanding of Dementia for Sandwell – is holding a Fund Raising Dinner on Friday, 16 November 2018, 6.15 pm for 7.00 pm.  Brandhall Labour Club, Tame Road, Oldbury B68 0JT will be hosting the event.

Tickets are £31.50 each or £300 for a table of 10.

The guest speaker will be John Homer of Black Country Stories and Humour.

For further details please call 0121 565 3721.

Free Fuel Poverty and Improving Energy Efficiency Training

The Salvation Army, Cradley Heath, will be hosting a free Fuel Poverty and Improving Energy Efficiency training course, for improving energy efficiency in our local communities. The course will run from 10 am to 1 pm, on Wednesday 7th November 2018.  The training is provided via the National Energy Efficiency and Fuel Poverty Charity and is CPD certified.

The course will be of interest to anyone in an advice/support capacity to:
• individuals on a low income/benefits
• the long-term unemployed
• older people
• those living with a disability or long-term illness
• carers
• families with children
• parents to be or any other vulnerable household.

The course will help trainees to become more energy aware and will equip them with the knowledge to provide basic energy advice. They will be able to signpost individuals to the appropriate schemes, support and services to help them achieve a warmer, more energy efficient home.

Course Outline:
• Understanding fuel poverty and the impact of cold homes
• Energy use at home
• Getting to grips with heating and hot water systems and controls
• Understanding fuel bills, payment methods and getting the best energy deals
• Sources of advice, schemes and services.

All trainees will receive a small supply of  “Steps to Affordable Warmth” leaflets, to cascade to service users.  The leaflet will help service users identify available advice and other services.

Places are limited. Please contact the Salvation Army on 01384 563570 or email cradley.heath@salvationarmy.org.uk to book your place. The Salvation Army is at Meredith Street, Cradley Heath, B64 5EP.


A Grants Officer for Heart of England Community Foundation

The Heart of England Community Foundation is seeking an exceptional individual with knowledge of the voluntary and community sector to join their busy Grants Team.

The right candidate should have experience in grant assessment, work effectively with a wide range of people and be able to communicate clearly. You must be IT literate and have strong organisational skills to meet deadlines.

Salary band: £20,000 – £25,000
Contract Terms: Permanent
Hours of Work: 37.5
Location: Coventry

Reporting to the Grants Manager, your responsibilities will include assessing funding applications, undertaking due diligence on applications received, communicating with applicants and effectively managing and monitoring successful grant awards.

If you want to be part of a busy, fun and ambitious charity then this may be the role for you.  Click here for full job description and application form.

Please note CVs will not be accepted.

The closing date for applications is Friday, 16 November 2018.

Help us spread the word about services in Sandwell

You are hopefully aware that SCVO have two online web portals www.route2wellbeing.info and http://www.sandwellfamilylife.info

The two portals are distinct but in some cases services can be relevant to both sites.  With over 297 different services listed on Route2wellbeing and 146 services on Sandwell Family Life, they are the ‘go to’ places to find out about services in Sandwell.

You may be wondering what the difference between the two are?
 is a site which lists a range of services and support for adults of all ages to improve and maintain positive health and wellbeing.  Sandwell Family Life focusses on activities children and young people to provide assistance for parents and families to help them overcome day to day challenges and to also have fun.

SCVO is really keen to get key messages out to the general public and ‘professionals’ about what services are available .

At this stage we are putting together short videos that explain the portals and we were looking for voluntary sector organisations or public sector agencies who have monitors or TV screens where these two videos could be shown. They are very short: around 2 minutes long.

If your organisation can help, or you know of any other community venue that may have these resources, could you please let the SCVO team know by contacting support@scvo.info or telephone – 0121 525 1129

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