November 2020

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Community Safety Partnership Survey

Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) are the statutory body that bring together local partners to solve shared issues around: Crime and Disorder, Anti-Social Behaviour, Drug and Alcohol misuse, and Reoffending.

Each year, Community Safety Partnerships are required to undertake strategic assessments to help to inform their priorities. The root causes of crime and disorder are complex and multi-faceted – local partners are well placed to respond and continue to work hard to understand how to make real and lasting impacts. We are interested in hearing from you about how crime and disorder presents to you and the issues that you would like prioritised.

This survey should take you no more than 3 minutes to complete.

If you wish to take part in the survey, this is the final time it will be sent out. However, if you have already completed this survey, on behalf of Community Safety Partnerships, may I take this opportunity to thank you for your time.


Help the ‘State of Sandwell’ to access Mental Health for Everyone

Changing Our Lives are looking for people from minority ethnic communities living in Sandwell to talk to them about how COVID-19 has affected their mental health.

Changing Our Lives are a rights-based organisation working with communities to find solutions to injustice and inequality. Every year their Sandwell Mental Health People’s Parliament speaks to 100 people in Sandwell about what mental health means to them, how they keep mentally healthy and what happens when they experience mental health difficulties. This is called the ‘State of Sandwell’. Anonymised findings from the State of Sandwell are used to push for better access to mental health support in Sandwell.

Everyone has times of good mental health or times when we struggle. For the State of Sandwell, Changing our Lives don’t just want to speak to people who identify as having mental health difficulties. They want to speak to people from all walks of life.

This year, Changing our Lives are talking to people from minority ethnic communities about the impact of COVID-19 on mental health. This is because studies have shown that some minority ethnic communities in the UK are less able to access mental health support, and some minority ethnic communities in the UK have been hit hardest by COVID-19 and the effects of the national lockdown.

If you are from a minority ethnic community in Sandwell and you want to talk to Changing our Lives, please get in touch. All conversations are held in complete confidence, over the phone or video chat, at a time to suit you. It takes around 30 minutes to complete.

You can get more information by contacting Holly on or call 07534 000831. You can fill in web form here.

Funding to support the delivery of the Next Census in March 2021

A census takes place every 10 years in the UK. It is a compulsory survey that gives the most accurate estimate of all people and households in England and Wales.  The next census is due to take place in March 2021 and will be a ‘digital first’.

Working with the Office for National Statistics, the Good Things Foundation is looking for organisations which can deliver online digital support between March and May 2021.  Support will be targeted on areas of greatest need, where residents face a combination of digital exclusion and other barriers that may make it harder to participate.

Organisations are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

There are a range of contract sizes depending on the number of advisers and hours worked each week.

For any questions regarding the Census Support Service or the application process please contact the Census Support Team at /0114 349 1666

Further information


“I’ve got an Idea” Fund Opens for Applications

Individuals, small groups or organisations in the UK who have a new skillful idea which they want to try out can apply for grants of between £250 and £5,000.

Schools and groups of school children can also apply as long as the idea is technically inventive and original and, if it worked, delivering either an environmental or social benefit. The fund is looking for ideas that:

• are based on a technical idea or innovation;
• could deliver a social or environmental benefit;
• are intriguing, inventive and have an element of fun.

The fund has been set up in memory of Peter Williams by his family. Once the fund’s allocation for the year has been used, it will be closed for applications until the following year.

Further information

16 Days of Action – help is available for victims of domestic abuse during Covid-19

Sandwell Council and the Sandwell Domestic Abuse Strategic Partnership are taking part in the United Nations 16 Days of Activism campaign (25 November – 10 December) to tackle gender-based violence.

The campaign starts today (Wednesday 25 November) on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Sandwell’s local 16 Days of Action campaign highlights a specific issue each day including domestic abuse, sexual violence, forced marriage, so-called ‘honour’-based abuse, female genital mutilation, stalking and harassment.

Whilst women and girls are overwhelmingly the victims of these crimes, men can be victims too. It is important to know that help and support is available for all victims.

Anyone at risk of domestic abuse or sexual violence during the current coronavirus restrictions is being reassured that help is at hand. It’s important to know that victims can still leave their homes to get help and support without breaking the current restrictions.

Domestic abuse and sexual violence support services continue to operate, providing safety advice and emotional support to those at risk.

Domestic abuse isn’t always physical. Coercive control is an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten a victim.

The partnership is sharing Tina’s Story at to help other families. Tina was murdered by her partner in 2017. Her partner had subjected her to years of abuse and controlling behaviour. He was jailed for life for a minimum of 24 years for her murder.

How do you know if this is happening to you?
Some common examples of coercive behaviour by perpetrators:
• Isolating you from friends and family
• Depriving you of basic needs, such as food
• Monitoring your time
• Monitoring you via online communication tools or spyware
• Taking control over aspects of your everyday life, such as where you can go, who you can see, what you can wear and when you can sleep
• Depriving you access to support services, such as medical services
• Repeatedly putting you down, such as saying you’re worthless
• Humiliating, degrading or dehumanising you
• Controlling your finances
• Making threats or intimidating you.

Useful contacts
Black Country Women’s Aid can provide support to victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence.
• Call the 24-hour helpline on 0121 552 6448
• Text or WhatsApp on 07384 466 181 (9am-9pm, Monday-Friday)
• Call 999 in an emergency
• If you are worried about your behaviour towards others, call the Respect Helpline on 0808 802 4040
For more information, visit

The Importance of Supporters Experience During the Pandemic

With supporters coming forward to lend a hand during the pandemic it’s important that an organisation puts the supporters experience at the forefront during these unprecedented times.

In Chartered Institute of Fundraisings article and the accompanying resource on fundraising in the time of COVID they explain how supporters are showing their generosity and innovative ways that they are encouraging giving. They continue by saying how important encouraging and promoting the supporters experience is if fundraising opportunities are going to be capitalised on for the benefit of the intended organisation and ultimately the community they serve.

To read the full article and download the free resource click here.

Source: Chartered Institute of Fundraising

Funding to provide meals for those in need in the run up to Christmas

The Asda Foundation has created the Feeding Communities Grant Scheme to provide meals for those in need in the run up to Christmas.

The funds could be used to provide food parcels, Christmas meal delivery or collection, and Christmas hampers, or provide support for soup kitchens/homeless centres, and local community centres providing meal deliveries.

Voluntary organisations, community interest companies, unincorporated clubs or associations, and other not-for-profit organisations across the UK can apply for grants of up to £1,000 to provide meals costing £4 or less for individuals, families, and children’s healthy holiday clubs.

Applications should be made through each local Asda store’s Community Champion whose role is to support projects.

Click here for information

It’ll be Lonely This Christmas…

Just a few minutes on the phone could make all the difference to someone feeling isolated and lonely at this uncertain time.

Sandwell Together would love to hear from anyone who has time to spare each week to make someone’s day with a friendly chat.

The service was developed during the first lockdown, but has now been funded through Sandwell Advocacy to continue supporting those who have no-one to turn to for a listening ear.

So far, Sandwell Together has reached out to befriend 200 local people in need.

Independent Advocate Juanita Williams, who is leading on Sandwell Together, said it’s a vital service and makes a huge difference to people, especially at the moment. “People are feeling more cut off and Christmas will be lonelier than ever for some,” she said. “We need volunteers who can spare just a short time every week to pick up the phone and have a chat. Some people really only want a quick catch-up, while others appreciate a listening ear for a bit longer. It all depends on the arrangement you make between you.”

Telephone befrienders need listening skills, and stand to gain through training an improved telephone manner; awareness of confidentiality; increased knowledge of safeguarding issues and better knowledge of local services available to Sandwell residents.

Sandwell Advocacy provides independent advocacy throughout Sandwell, promoting rights, voice and empowerment.

For more details contact Juanita on 0121 520 8070 or email

Sandwell Council Events Team receives welcome grant from Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund

Sandwell Council Events Team receives welcome grant from Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund

The Sandwell Council events team has been awarded £97,277 as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they are able to work with creative talent across the Borough to bring cultural experiences to the communities of Sandwell.

Sandwell Council is one of almost 2,000 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving this much needed support – totalling over £300 million in awards – from the grants programme administered by Arts Council England on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Sandwell Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for culture, Councillor Danny Millard, said: “These funds will help us continue to deliver a variety of Covid-safe cultural events and activities across Sandwell. The council’s Discover Sandwell events team are working closely with teams across the council, local artists, events businesses and communities to find new ways of working and bring enjoyment to residents safely.

“This latest set of awards from the Culture Recovery Fund builds on those announced recently and will help hundreds of organisations to survive the next few months, ensuring that the cultural sector can bounce back after the crisis. We will continue doing everything we can to support artists and cultural and creative organisations, with further funding to be announced in the coming weeks.”

Dementia Support Adviser required at St Albans

St Albans is a very busy and vibrant community centre providing a wide range of services to the local community. One of the services the Centre provides is a lunch club and day care facility for elderly clients of Smethwick and surrounding areas.

To support its prevention agenda and desire to support a wider network of people in need, St Albans wishes to recruit a Dementia Support Adviser.

Salary: £12.00 – £15.00 per hour depending on experience (£23,088 – £28,860 per annum pro-rata)
Hours: 30 per week – hours to be agreed (Monday 8:30 – Friday 5:00)
Based at: St Albans Community Centre, St Albans Road, Smethwick, B67 7NL
Responsible to: CEO

The Adviser will provide support, information, and guidance to people with dementia and their carers to help maintain independence, create a sense of well-being, and to give individuals more control of their lives. You will assist people with dementia and their carers to identify their needs and help with access to services. Furthermore, you will promote and support dementia friendly venues and have a good understanding of what dementia means to individuals, families, and carers.

If you feel you have the relevant track record, skills and qualifications to fulfil this role, please contact Martine or Carol for an application form, or further details, on 0121 558 0018 or email

Applications close on 5th December 2020.

The interview date is to be confirmed, but will be in January 2021.

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