February 2020

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Domestic Abuse Awareness Day

The Saleem Foundation was founded in 2017 and supports charities and voluntary organisations across Birmingham and the Black Country, that undertake charitable work in the fields of health, disability and financial hardship. The Saleem Foundation will also support individuals and their families who are disadvantaged by their youth, age, ill-health, disability or financial hardship and will take the form of grant aid, organised events and donations.

The Foundation is running a Domestic Abuse Awareness Day on the 22nd February 2020, at the Shenstone Auditorium, Halesowen Library, 7th floor, Queensway Mall, The Cornbow Shopping Centre, Halesowen B63 4AZ.

The event will open its doors at 11.00 am with a film, ‘The Hidden Scars’. The film raises awareness of domestic abuse and show how the abuse can scar all those around us, especially children. A press panel follows the film.

The launch will conclude 12.30 pm with guests having the option to join the second part of the event which will host live performances from the likes of The Fizzogs and two time Miss Black Country Alexandra Darby.

Stall holders are invited, and are requested to arrive by 10.00 am to set up. Please contact Shaz Saleem on 07786 196 666, for more details.

Climate Change Consultation Event

The consultation event taking place in Wednesbury to hear the views of people who live and work in Sandwell on the Climate Change Strategy. 

Tuesday 25th February
5:30pm – 7pm
At Park Hill Primary School, Coronation Road, Wednesbury, WS10 0TJ

Please consider expressing your own views, and encouraging others to do the same. If you are unable to attend the consultation event, there is an online questionnaire that you can complete instead: http://www.sandwell.gov.uk/climatechange


Let’s Talk Autism

Getting together for a chat, socialising and creating memories is something we all cherish. But some people need a bit of support to do that. Autism West Midlands is looking for someone to help facilitate group discussions between adults who need that support.

The volunteer opportunity is for someone with understanding and patience but also the confidence to steer a group discussion and facilitate everyone’s needs.

The discussion group runs once a month on a Tuesday afternoon near West Bromwich town centre.

All volunteers receive training in autism awareness, safeguarding, equality and health and safety, and have their DBS check paid for by the organisation. Many volunteers find the transferable skills really useful when they’re looking for either paid work or other volunteering opportunities.

For more information or to express an interest email aspire@autismwestmidlands.org.uk with the reference ‘Sandwell Group Volunteer’.

Coronavirus Information and Resources

There are various information and resources available for organisations and the general public around the Coronavirus

Please see links below, regularly updated with information for the public –

Specific guidance for employers and businesses

Specific guidance for social or community care and residential settings

Specific guidance for educational settings


Support to Employees and Employers

Guidance from NCVO

Last Updated: 13/3/20

Register your creativity!

May is Creativity Month across the UK, and we’ve been invited to help put Sandwell on the map. If your organisation offers any kind of creative activity that’s open to the public, you can register for free to be showcased by one of three national festivals:

‘Age of Creativity’ runs the entire month and is dedicated to creative and cultural activity for older people.

‘Get Creative Festival’ runs May 9-17, open to register any participatory events but with a focus on dance and disability.

And Creativity and Wellbeing Week runs May 18-24, open to any creative events with a wellbeing angle but especially focused this year on mental health and young people, climate change, public health and everyday creativity.

Register your event at www.creativityandwellbeing.org.uk.

Want to get a head start on planning your event? See the event planning toolkit for 2020 which has lots of useful tips.

For more information contact info@getcreativeuk.com.

Does acepella make you want to sing?

Established in 1977, the West Midlands Barbershop Harmony Club, better known as Anvil Chorus, is a group of around 35 men of all ages, with a passion for acapella singing in the Barbershop Harmony style.

The rehearsal venue is Grove Vale School, Monksfield Road, Great Barr. The school is close to the M6, easily accessible from all parts of the West Midlands. The club meet on Tuesdays from 7.30 – 10.00 pm.

Do you enjoy singing in a group, without instruments, or would try like to try singing in a traditional barbershop style? If so, new members are always welcomed.

The club is not a theatrical or theological organisation, just a registered charity of singers. Anvil Chorus is happy travel to entertain at weddings, shows, functions and fundraising events.

For further information visit the website or email secretary@anvilchorus.uk.

BUDS require an Activity Coordinator

Better Understanding of Dementia for Sandwell (BUDS) is an independent Charity which provide services for people diagnosed with dementia, their carers and families within the Borough of Sandwell.

The main focus of this role will be to ensure people living with Dementia have the opportunity to socialise, receive support and take part in a variety of stimulating activities. The hourly rate is £10.83 per hour.

You must have compassion and demonstrate a commitment to the services delivered by BUDS and people living with Dementia.

In addition to other duties, you will:

• Be required to coordinate a programme of stimulating activities tailored to individual needs and preferences.

• You must have a minimum of one year’s work experience in the health and social care sector for older people.

• Be willing to work towards QCF (NVQ) Health and Social Care relevant qualifications and other training opportunities.

• Work at various venues within Sandwell Borough and Dudley Borough. Usual working hours are 12 per week with extra hours available to provide cover for other Staff leave.

The post will be subject to a basic DBS check. Please note CV’s are not accepted.

Applicants are invited to request an application pack. Telephone 0121 565 3721, email info@buds.co.uk or write to BUDS, George Road Community Church, Hope House, 142 George Road, Oldbury, West Midlands, B68 9LN.

For an informal discussion please contact Sharon Crowley, Services Manager: 0121 565 3721 or email sharon.crowley@buds.co.uk

The closing date for applications is 4.00 pm on Thursday, 27 February 2020.

Free Financial Capability Training for Volunteers

Managing your money is crucial whatever your income. And not managing your money can have devastating effects.

Skills Rich is offering free training to volunteers already doing good work in the community, to help them further support people who are struggling to manage financially.

Workshops are designed to help volunteers be more aware of how they may be able to help customers who are in debt or are struggling financially, so are at risk of getting into more debt and potentially left with the choice of visiting a food bank or going without food.

They cover the obvious things like budgeting and priority bills but also discuss areas where customers can save money like on shopping and services. For example, if a customer is in receipt of less than £16,108 per year, they could qualify for up to 60% reduction on their water bill.

Training can either be in-house or at group sessions taking place on April 23, 2020.

For further information please contact Chris Cole on 07969 559098 or 0121 561 7935 or by email christina.cole@bchg.co.uk.

Half-Term fun at Sandwell Park Farm

There’s lots happening at Sandwell Park Farm in West Bromwich this February half-term.

Take the kids along to meet our animals – including the alpacas, goats, chicks and lambs. Plus we have craft activities on every day during the holidays (Saturday 15 February to Sunday 23 February).

Every day, visitors will be able to:

• 10.30am – Meet the alpaca
• 11am – Chick handling
• 12pm – Feed the lambs (limited spaces)
• 2pm – Meet the farmer
• 2.30pm – Chick handling
• 3.30pm Feed the lambs (limited spaces)

Plus there will be craft activities for children to enjoy and every child will receive a free carton of apple or orange juice.

Visitors can also check out the tearooms for breakfast, lunch, snacks and drinks.

You’ll find Sandwell Park Farm in the heart of Sandwell Valley, West Bromwich – the address is Salters Lane, West Bromwich, B71 4BG.

Admission charges for Sandwell Park Farm during school holidays:
• Adults – £3.50
• Children and concessions (over 60s and visitors with disabilities) – £3
• Family ticket for two adults and up to three children – £14
• Family ticket for one adult and up to three children – £11
Sandwell Park Farm is open almost every day of the year from 10am until 4.30pm. Last admissions are at 4pm.

If you visit regularly, you may benefit from one of our annual passes. We have cut the price of our 12 month passes – giving you 12 months access for the price of six.
• 12 month adult individual pass – £37
• 12 month adult individual concession pass – £27
• 12 month joint pass for two adults – £53.05
• 12 month pass for two adults (concessions) – £42.44
• 12 month family pass (two adults and up to three children) – £68.96

Find out more about Sandwell Park Farm on our website – www.sandwell.gov.uk/sandwellparkfarm

SERVES Community Tennis

SERVES is the Lawn Tennis Association’s leading sport for development programme, helping bring tennis into local communities. It takes tennis and its benefits to places it has never been played before and to people who may never have picked up a racket or thought tennis was for them.

This offer comes at no cost, and can include some funding to help develop your workforce and link with the wider tennis community.

The LTA work with a range of national partners, including Sporting Equals, to take tennis out of its traditional areas and right to the heart of disadvantaged communities – specifically, into those facilities that younger people in those communities already access: youth clubs, community centres, church halls, mosques and temples.

If you’d like to know more about how to join the SERVES programme contact the Community Development Partner, alexis.simms@lta.org.uk.

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