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Managing and Promoting Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace: 19th October 2022

i-act will be presenting Managing and Promoting Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace on Wednesday, 19th October 2022.  The course is from 9.30 am – 4.30 pm, at the Independent Living Centre, 100 Oldbury Road, Smethwick, B66 1JE.

Based on the i-act Model of

  • I – Improve wellbeing
  • A – Advocate and access help and support
  • C – Connect and communicate
  • T – Take tools and advice,

the course is aimed at supporting managers to improve workplace wellbeing and support employees who may experience a mental health or wellbeing issue in the workplace.

The i‑act course highlights what managers need to know regarding managing mental health in the workplace (for example regarding legislation and The Health and Safety Executive).

The i‑act course comes with a 168-page evidence-based course manual, toolkit and resource pack for each attendee, including over 50 tools to support managers and over 95 agencies/organisations to refer on to.

Light refreshments will be provided but participants are asked to provide their own lunch.  There is a general store next to the ILC building.

To book a place please email Paula on or Jamie on


Exclusive £1,000 Giveaway for The Third Sector

All third-sector organisations in our region have the chance to enter easyfundraising’s £1,000 giveaway, where one organisation will win £500 and five runners up £100!

To enter, register with easyfundraising, or if you already are registered, raise three donations by between 1st and 31 October 2022. In these financially difficult times, alternative fundraising options like this are vital to keeping our services thriving and our members happy.

easyfundraising partners with over 7,000 brands, so when someone shops online, your organisation receives a share of their purchase for free. It’s the brands way of giving back to local groups and communities and a way for your organisation to create a free, unrestricted funding stream. In these financially difficult times, alternative fundraising options like this are vital to keeping our services thriving and our members happy.

Sign up and enter the competition by clicking here.

New Mental Health Service for Sandwell residents

Communities in Sync (CIS) is a dynamic not-for-profit partnership of 17 quality health, social care and well-being providers working together to improve the lives of people in Sandwell.  CIS has set up a new mental health service which is delivered by four of our member organisations, all of which have a track record of supporting people with mental health needs.  The service is free to access for any Sandwell resident aged 18 plus.

The four CIS member organisations delivering this service are:

  • Kaleidoscope Plus Group
  • Ideal For All
  • Sandwell African Caribbean Mental Health Foundation
  • Murray Hall Community Trust

The new service allows residents who are struggling with their mental health to have choice and control over their support options (e.g., counselling, peer support, culturally relevant support), which encourages uptake of the offer and continued engagement.

Referral pathway

Once a referral has been received, the triage process will begin and this conversation will determine which service or combination of services a person can receive support from. Please click the service information sheet which provides further details about each organisation’s offer.

If the individual has any other need in addition to their mental health needs (e.g. financial issues), CIS will ensure that they are concurrently supported via another project, the Sandwell Community Offer.

Making a referral

Please ensure that you download the referral form (word format), complete all mandatory sections and email it to the address below.

Email address:

Hours of Service: Monday to Friday 9.00 am – 5.00 pm


Could You Offer A Work Experience Placement?

Sandwell College is seeking work placements for its students as part of their study programme.

Work Experience

All 16-19-year-old students on full-time study programmes are either required or encouraged to complete a high-quality work experience as part of their programme.

At Sandwell College, we aspire to provide work experience of 30 hours to all our students where possible, giving them the opportunity to work in a genuine workplace environment, developing their employability and industry skills. As a young person, they gain essential skills required for their future career or further study.

Sandwell College courses are designed to give our students the skills for modern workplaces.


What are the benefits for you as an employer?

By offering a work experience, you can benefit from:

  • Opportunities to trial the abilities of a potential employee or apprentice
  • Working with students who are interested in working in your line of business and the ability to set them specific projects
  • Flexible placements – you can vary them to suit your particular business needs and come in all shapes and sizes
  • Attracting new skills and fresh perspectives from students that may benefit your business
  • Promotion of your business
  • Working with the college to develop programmes of study for your sector/business
  • Benefiting from the knowledge and enthusiasm that students can bring

This could have a positive impact on your business as they put relevant skills learnt in your specific industry sector into practice and develop as potential employees to help your business grow.


How can you get involved?

We work with employers who can offer our students 30 hours’ work experience or a group of students who can work on a project.

All of our employers are key to our future workforce and by providing work experience or working with Sandwell College, you are helping to build the skills of future employees. It will allow you to trial the abilities of a potential employee, meaning you can vary them to suit your particular business needs.

We are always looking for industry experts to share their experiences with our students, either at the College, or better still, at your premises. It all helps to develop our learners’ employability skills, which in turn benefits business.

We are seeking employers who can support Sandwell College by providing work experience for students in all subject areas. These include but are not exclusively:

  • Art, Design & Media
  • Business & IT
  • Construction; Engineering and all Dry trades
  • Hair, Beauty, Make-up and Production Arts
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Sport
  • Travel & Tourism
  • Sciences (all sectors)
  • Health and Safety

We appreciate that not all employers are able to provide the full 30 hours’ work experience but if you are interested in working with Sandwell College. We would love to hear from you.

If you can offer work experience relevant to one of these subject areas, or if you have any questions, please contact: Stuart Williams, Work Experience Officer: T – 0121 667 5074 E –


New Free Safeguarding Guide

What should you include in your charity’s safeguarding policies and procedures?

Any organisation with safeguarding responsibilities has a duty to put in place appropriate policies and procedures to protect vulnerable people from harm.

Zurich Insurance have produced a detailed guide, which explains many of the key considerations when creating safeguarding policies and procedures.

Click here to go to Zurich Insurance website to download the guide.


Free weekly mixed swim sessions for beginners

Free weekly swimming sessions ideal for those who can’t swim or haven’t been swimming for a while and would like to get back into it under the supervision of a swim teacher who be on hand to offer some coaching points.

These sessions will be held between 15:00 and 15:30 at West Bromwich Leisure Centre, Moor Street, B70 7AZ, and will take place on the following dates:

  • 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th September 2022
  • 6th, 13th, and 20th October 2022
  • 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th November 2022
  • 1st, 8th December 2022

If you wish to attend you need to fill out this register.  If you can please attend 10 minutes before the start time to give yourself plenty of time that would be brilliant, your swim teacher will meet you poolside in the small pool. This is a continued swim course where we will look to help to get confident in the water, to learn to swim and to get new skills.

You will need to bring:

  • swim wear,
  • towel,
  • goggles (optional),
  • drink,
  • charge for parking if driving but you do get this back at reception after your session

When you attend these sessions you will:

  • be trying something new and achieving something great,
  • probably be as nervous as the person next to you, so we’ll make sure we look after you with our friendly, knowledgeable teacher, Gabbie,
  • Meet new people who are all learning together,

If you  have any questions about these session please email



Aviva Community Fund Cost of Living Boost

Aviva Community Fund are pleased to introduce the Cost of Living Boost. This additional £2 million fund is matching every donation up to £250* to help causes support those most affected by the cost-of-living crisis.

The rising cost of living is putting extra strain on individuals, communities and the causes that support them. The need is greater than ever, and funding isn’t stretching as far. Many organisations are working tirelessly to meet this challenge, but they need help to keep their doors open.

Are you a local cause that could use some additional funding? Applications are now open – between 4 October and 31 December, or until the entire £2 million is allocated.

* Eligibility and match funding rules apply

Find out more

Oldbury Community Awards

Do you know someone whose voluntary work in Oldbury makes a difference to others?

Nominations are now open to recognise Oldbury volunteers who have helped others over the last two years.

You can nominate an individual or an organisation.

Individual nominations must be for someone who volunteers and lives in Oldbury or who volunteers to benefit the people of Oldbury.

Nominations for a group or organisation must be Oldbury-based and benefit Oldbury people.

Deadline for nominations to be completed and submitted by Friday, 16th December 2022 at 5pm.

Nomination forms can be collected and/or returned to the list of venues below:

  • Oldbury Library – Council House Oldbury, Freeth St, Oldbury B69 3DE.
  • Bleakhouse Library – Bleakhouse Rd, Oldbury B68 9DS
  • Sandwell Irish Community Association – Langley Park Lodge, 34 Langley High St, Oldbury B69 4SL.
  • George Rd Community Centre – George Rd, Oldbury B68 9LN.

or downloaded HERE.

Please return completed forms by e-mail to

SHARP: Service Development Manager

Sandwell Homelessness and Resettlement Project works with young people who are homeless and in need of accommodation.  SHARP is looking for a new Service Development Manager to support and advise Project Managers and to take forward the development of services.

Salary: £33,000 pro rata, with the potential to rise to £34,250 upon completion of 6-month probationary period.

Hours: Part-time 18 hours per week.

You will be experienced at a senior level, working in a housing, homelessness, or similar context. You will work closely with the Board and Business Manager to ensure that existing services are the best that they can be and to develop new services in keeping with the organisation’s strategic development objectives.

Please see here for job description.

If interested, please email Swarnjit Vagree, Business Manager, at a copy your CV together with a covering letter describing why you believe you would be suitable for this role

Applications close at 5 pm on Sunday, 16th October.  Interviews will be on Wednesday, 26th October


Two office desks available

Could your organisation make use of a good quality office desk?  The desks are identical in size, (L) 160 cm (W) 78 – 98 cm, extension 42 cm and are available, free of charge, on a first-come basis. 

Delivery can be arranged if your organisation is based within Sandwell, but not until after the 9th October.  Should you wish to arrange your own collection before that date, a star-shaped allen key is required to disassemble the desk(s) when you arrive to collect.

Please contact SCVO on 0121 525 1127.

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