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What Matters to Young People Roadshow – November 2019

During November (Monday 18 – Friday 30 November), Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), are asking young people, aged 16 – 25, “What matters to you, about your healthcare?”

Young people have already said their mental health and wellbeing is an important issue.  The CCG want to hear their views on the area of healthcare.

Staff from the CCG will be visiting local colleges, universities and other venues to speak to young people to canvass views.

To take part in this survey click here. If you would like the survey forwarded to you in an alternative format, please contact

Information provided will be confidential and will used to plan and improve patient services for the future.

Young people and their experiences of health and social care

Healthwatch Sandwell have started a project to find out the needs of young people and their experiences of health and social care in Sandwell.

This project seeks to understand young people’s knowledge of health services and their involvement with the services, with particular emphasis on mental health services.

There is a short survey, which Healthwatch would like young people to complete. There is also the opportunity to take part in focus groups.

Further information is available from the Healthwatch website.

An Open Evening for a Targeted Support Worker at The Albion Foundation

The Albion Foundation (registered Charity 1081948) is an established and successful provider of sport, education and disability programmes. The Albion Foundation uses the power of football to make a difference, raise aspirations, grow their people and participants and connect West Bromwich Albion Football Club to its communities.

The Charity prides itself on Inspiring to Achieve and delivering the highest quality of provision to show that “Albion cares”. The Education and Engagement Team aim to engage young people to improve attainment, change behaviour, increase attendance, raise self-esteem and boost confidence. The charity works with a range of schools and partners.

The Albion Foundation has recently applied for funding, through the Premier League and Children in Need, to offer a targeted programme for 8 – 14 year olds in the Sandwell area. The targeted work, in partnership with West Midlands Police, will accept referrals for young people who are at risk of being involved in knife crime and gangs.

This role is dedicated to those who want to inspire a young person for the better. In this modern time, young people go through so much and often with little guidance. Without knowing the reason it is easy apportion blame. If you have a passion for working with young people and would like to inspire them to make a difference, this role could be for you.

The right candidate will need to be confident and have a strong approach when handling challenging situations. You should have experience of youth work, gang violence, social and emotional behaviour and sexual exploitation. You will be required to demonstrate a clear understanding of safeguarding.

The ideal candidate will know how to resolve or de-escalate a situation in a correct and efficient manner. You will be resilient with a strong work ethic.

You must have a good understanding of social, emotional and mental health difficulties and know how to implement education and care to young people with this need. You will need to have a positive approach as well as being patient with good behaviour management. It is desirable to have mentoring/support work experience.

The majority of the role will require you to work directly with referred clients on a 1:1 basis. You will develop and support relationships with partner agencies and third sector organisations for effective case communication and management. The outcome data will be collated, monitored, SMART, and inputted in line with organisational processes and procedures.

The Albion Foundation will know the outcome of the funding bid at the end of January 2020. The official advert for the Targeted Support Worker will be released immediately after this time. The salary will be circa 20,000 – £25,000 for a 12 month Fixed Term Contract.

The Foundation will be holding an open evening on Tuesday 10th December, from 6 pm, at The Albion Foundation (Education Site), 8 Brasshouse Lane, Smethwick (opposite Galton Valley Primary School).  If you would like to register your interest for the event please email

Black Country Women’s Aid Christmas Present Appeal

The festive season has started and Black Country Women’s Aid need your help to provide presents for women and children in refuges and those who  are supported in the community.

Everyone needs a little something special on Christmas day.  With your help BCWA can make a lot of little people and families have a great day too. Please consider donating a gift for a child, a teenager or adult.

Ideas for presents:
Family Game, Gift Set, Perfume, Toys, Socks, gloves, Handbag, PJ’S, Bath Robes, Chocolates, Arts and Crafts, Diaries, Journals, Coloring Books, Stationery, Aftershave/deodorants for boys and, of course, Cuddly Toys !!!  You gift will be really appreciated.

You can drop off donations to any of BCWA’s cedar centres, in West Bromwich, Dudley or Walsall.
If you prefer to make a cash donation, you can do so on via the website with Virgin Link.

Please get in touch with Debbie on 0121 553 0090 to find out more.

Office Manager Post at SAFS Care

SAFS provides a range of quality health and social care services in Sandwell, Birmingham and neighbouring boroughs. SAFS manage the Windmill Community Centre, in Smethwick, and is seeking to recruit an Office Manager.

Are you an organised, motivated individual looking for a new opportunity in a dynamic environment? SAFS are looking for such a person who will be responsible for the smooth operation of the executive functions of the organisation. This will include governance (board and subcommittees), some HR functions (such as inductions), office management and team diary support.

Hours: 9 am – 5 pm
Contract: Permanent and Full-time (37 hours).
Holidays: 28 days
Salary: £26k to £28k

The role includes acting as a personal assistant for the CEO and some administration support to senior management. The successful candidate is likely to have significant experience of working at a senior level in a busy working office and centre environment. You should have a proactive and problem solving mindset.

An NVQ Level 4 or 5, or equivalent, in business administration, is desirable and at least 5 years’ previous experience in office management and administration. If you are able to offer your expertise as an Office Manager, SAFS would like to hear from you.

Please submit your CV in the first instance. An application form will be required to be completed thereafter. The closing date is Friday, 6th December 2019. Interview date to be confirmed.
Please note the closing date may be sooner than the date stated, if sufficient a number of applications are received.

SAFS take the safeguarding of children and adults seriously and all staff will be subject to an enhanced DBS check and references.

For information and an application form please contact SAFS offices on (0121) 558 2198 or email  Visit the website to find out more about the charity.


BWA recruiting for Project Lead and Project Workers

The Bangladeshi Women’s Association (BWA) works in the north of Sandwell. The charity seeks to meet the social and economic needs of disadvantaged peers, young people and families in Tipton.

Project Lead
Post: Anti-Poverty Programme- The STEP Project Lead (1 Post)
Salary: £21,840.
Hours of Work: 30 Hours per Week
Length of Contract: Five Years fixed term contract.

The Project Lead who will have the overall responsibility for sustainable development and success of the Tipton Anti-Poverty Programme.

The STEP Project Lead will be committed to connecting low-income families to anti-poverty services delivered from two community centres, Tipton Muslim Community Centre and the Jubilee Park Community Centre, in Tipton.

The Project Lead will set up the project and work collaboratively with the community, voluntary, public and the private sector agencies to deliver a coordinated anti-poverty programme.

Project Workers
Post: Anti-Poverty Programme- The STEP Project Worker (2 Posts)
Salary: £10,296
Hours of Work: 18 Hours Per Week
Length of Contract: Five Years fixed term contract.

The role of the two-part time Project Workers will be to connect low-income families to anti-poverty services delivered from the two community centres.

The first stage of engagement will be undertake a triage assessment with families, which will determine the priority for participation in the services on offer. The Project Workers are expected to build a sustainable working relationship with residents, so they can assist them to improve their social and economic conditions towards a prosperous future.

For an application pack please contact Kam Kaur, Area Employment Advisor, SMBC. Email Tel. 0121 569 3074
You may call in person at Tipton Muslim Community Centre, Wellington Road, Tipton DY4 8RS.

Closing date for applications is Friday, 29 November 2019.

Centrepoint Christmas Hamper Appeal

The Centrepoint Christian Church and Support Centre, Carters Green, would like to make a call-out for donations to their Christmas Hamper Appeal.

Gifts of toys for children of all ages, non- perishable foods (particularly Christmas treats) toiletries, hats, gloves, scarves and shopping card gift vouchers would be welcomed. The Centre will wrap and distribute the gifts to clients. A small donation could make Christmas special for someone.

The criteria is:
• Clients live in West Bromwich
• Parents on benefits
• A family with children under 18 years.

If you know a person or a family who could benefit from a Christmas Hamper, you can refer them to Centrepoint. Referrals will be accepted up to 10th December and donations until 17th December.

An appointment can also be made with Centrepoint to get help with benefits, and obtain food vouchers? The Centre is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday – 10 am to 4 pm; Wednesday – 10 am to 1 pm.

Contact Centrepoint on Contact 0121 525 9191 or visit the website

Openings for Volunteering Manager and Telephone Adviser at Age UK

Age UK Birmingham and Age UK Sandwell are local independent charities sharing a common goal and base of operations with more than 65 staff members. They help more than 7500 local older people every year, offering activities, events, advice and information.

The organisations are looking to recruit a Volunteering Manager and I&A Telephone Adviser, and invite applications for these roles.

Please click here for full details

The deadline for applications for both vacancies is Monday, 2 December 2019.

Need help to plan, shop for or cook meals?

Communities Engage and Thrive CIC provides support to adults with limited mobility, learning difficulties and the elderly, to plan and cook tasty healthy meals at home. The Birmingham and Sandwell service can help with local food (and online) shopping. Culturally sensitive cooking demonstrations are also included.

CET can advise and help those with a range of health conditions including weight Loss, diabetes, cardiovascular health, arthritis, and brain food for mental wellness

CET can also provide the following workshops and Programmes:

Holistic Diabetes Programme (7 week Programme)
The workshops demonstrate the importance of a low glycaemic diet to manage diabetes. This also includes two cookery demonstrations, fitness, and shopping and behavioural changes.

Brain Health Programme/Action against Alzheimer’s – (2 day workshop)
A nutrition and lifestyle programme for cognitive decline with the focus on nutrition, how to get a good night’s sleep, gut health, stress, exercise and brain training. These factors all have relevance to wider brain health issues including brain fog mood and anxiety.

Stress Management – (Half day Workshop)
This workshop will take on a holistic approach to stress management, the best foods to eat at times of stress, sleep protocol, calming breathing exercises, controlling your anxiety through audio guides and some mindfulness exercises.

Mental Wellness: The connection with food and mood – (Half day workshop)
There is a lot of research to show the connection between the gut and brain axis. During this workshop we will be talking about healthy fats for brain development, your happy neurotransmitters, serotonin and dopamine and what foods to eat for optimum gut and brain health. This will also include a mindfulness session.

Wellbeing workshop – (One day workshop)

Children’s health and wellness including obesity – (Two hour taster or one day workshop)

Let’s Grow project and the medicinal benefits of herbs and spices (One day workshop)

For further information please contact Parveen on 07484 355 895 or email

Scheme Manager Becomes First Ever Recipient of Prestigious National Award

Kate Morgan, Registered Manager for the Camphill Village Trust Shared Lives Scheme, based in Stourbridge, has won the Shared Lives Champion of the Year Award for 2019, at the annual Shared Lives Plus conference in Liverpool last week.

The Shared Lives Scheme supports people with additional/complex needs to live with specially trained carers.

Across the UK, the Shared Lives model currently supports approximately 14,000 people with a variety of needs. Once training is completed, carers are carefully matched to support the person to lead as independent life as possible in the community. Carers are paid according to the level of support they provide and qualify for tax relief via HMRC.

If you are interested in finding out more about Shared Lives then please visit the website at or call on 01384 441505.

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