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Childhood Regained: Safeguarding in a Digital Age – Training Opportunity

The main aim of the session is for practitioners to go away thinking about how they can support keeping children safe in a digital world. Be confident that they have the relevant knowledge and understanding required to keep children safe whilst helping to support parents/carers to do the same.

Tuesday 3rd March 2020 from 1.30pm – 4.30pm at Coneygre Arts Centre, Sedgley Rd E, Tipton, DY4 8UH

Learning Outcomes

To be able to raise awareness with parents;
Gain understanding of how to be vigilant when doing home visits;
Learn how to support young people to be alert to the dangers;
Able to understand the unique risks associated with online safety;
To promote the responsible use of technology;
Have a knowledge of where to find the range of filtering and monitoring technical advice

You can book your place here – https://training.sandwelllscb.org.uk/

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


Coronavirus Information and Resources

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

Please see links below, one to a Government website which is regularly updated with information for the public –

There are also a range of posters promoting the basic advice available – https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/101-novel-coronavirus-/resources

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

Black Country and West Birmingham STP Leadership Development Session

Healthier Futures Black Country and West Birmingham are holding a short leadership development Session.

The STP (Sustainability Transformation Partnership) is a collaboration of organisations across primary care, community services, social care, mental health, acute and specialised services across the Black Country and West Birmingham.

For more information about the Black Country and West Birmingham STP visit

A leadership development session is being held in Sandwell on Tuesday 10th March from 9.30am – 4.00pm

The Session is aimed at:-
Clinicians and staff who don’t normally access senior leadership development;
Primary Care Network staff including Practice Manager;
Staff from partner agencies, voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.

You can register your place from the following link –

The sessions are FREE and there are 30 places available.

Appointment of Independent Persons For the Ethical Standards and Member Development Committee

Sandwell Council are looking to appoint two Independent Persons to sit on the Council’s Ethical Standards and Member Development Committee

The role is to assist the Council to promote and maintain high standards of conduct amongst its elected members and co-opted members.

The closing date for submission of applications is 12 noon on 17 February 2020.

Please note this is a voluntary position.  Relevant training will be provided for and out of pocket expenses are payable.

Further information about role can be found here – https://www.wmjobs.co.uk/job/68600/independent-persons-for-the-ethical-standards-and-member-development-committee/

For more information and an application pack telephone Trisha Newton, Democratic Services Unit on 0121 569 3193, e-mail trisha_newton@sandwell.gov.uk

Mayor’s Community Weekend

On the weekend of Saturday 4 July and Sunday 5 July 2020, events will be taking place across the West Midlands to celebrate the Mayor’s Community Weekend. The aim of this is to celebrate diversity and bring people together – we want to encourage people to go out, engage in their local communities and increase social interaction.

We’re working in partnership with the West Midlands Combined Authority to offer up to £100,000 of National Lottery funding to groups who want to run an event. They can apply for grants of up to £500 to fund either the full cost of a small event, or as a contribution towards the cost of a larger event.

For further information please view – https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/mayors-community-weekend

Sport Relief is Back!

Friday 13 March. Get the date in your diary. And Get Your Kit On.

Sport Relief is back and will once again inspire the nation to get active and raise life changing amounts of money through the power of sport.

Whether you tackle poverty with a hockey stick, smash homelessness with a shuttlecock, take on mental health stigma with your remote control or kick injustice to the back of the net, all the money you raise can help people living incredibly tough lives in the UK and around the world.

Check out some of what we’ve got in store and get ready for an incredible day.

Businesses and Voluntary Groups To Give Views on Spending

Company bosses and voluntary groups are to be given the chance to talk to council chiefs on how money is spent on local authority services.

The council has invited business organisations, groups representing local firms and the voluntary sector to a meeting of its Cabinet.

The meeting will give representatives a chance to give feedback to the council on its proposals for expenditure for the next financial year and give their ideas on how services could be improved.

Sandwell Council is required to consult with such groups under the Local Government Finance Act 1992.
An informal consultation meeting will be held at 5pm on Wednesday 19 February at Sandwell Council House, Freeth Street, Oldbury.

Councillor Wasim Ali, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for resources and core services, said: “It is important that the business and voluntary sectors are given a chance to have a say on how they think money should be spent in the borough.
“We will listen to any suggestions or ideas they come up with and they will be discussed by the council at a later date.”

Anyone who wishes to get involved in the consultation should contact Suky Suthi-Nagra on 0121 569 3479

Go Play West Bromwich

Join Go Play and Creative Academies at local libraries and community centres across West Bromwich to get involved in FREE activities for children and young people aged 6 – 12 (up to 16yrs with additional needs).

Please see our latest Go Play Sandwell to find out more information on our locations and activities.

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