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Aged 14 to 18 years of age? Reach your potential with NHS Cadets

NHS Cadets is a brand-new scheme created by St John Ambulance in partnership with the NHS.  It’s designed to provide young people with the opportunity to explore roles in healthcare.

The programme consists of two pathways: Foundation (for 14 – 16 year-olds) and Advanced (for 16 – 18-year-olds). You’ll learn about a range of exciting healthcare topics, develop leadership and communication skills, and gain insight into volunteering within the NHS. It is a free programme consisting of 2-hour weekly sessions over 11 months. You’ll be supported throughout your volunteering journey by a NHS Cadets Team.

Cadets come from a diverse range of backgrounds – there is no ‘typical’ NHS Cadet. If you identify with one or more of the following statements, the programme would be a good match for you.

  • I’m from a minority ethnic group
  • I consider myself part of the LGBTQI+ community, or I’m questioning
  • I’m not in education, employment or training
  • I’m struggling with my progress at school or college · I live in care, or I’ve recently left care
  • I provide regular care or support for someone
  • I receive free school meals
  • I have mental health concerns
  • I consider myself to have a disability or impairment
  • I consider myself neurodivergent, or I have special educational needs
  • I am seeking asylum, or I’m a refugee.

New groups will be opening from September 2022, and 10,000 young people will have enrolled as NHS Cadets by 2023.  If you have questions be email Taniya Khan, Project Assistant (NHS Cadets) at

To learn more, find your local programme and apply, please visit


Are you aged 16 – 25 and unemployed? The Prince’s Trust would like to hear from you

Are you aged 16 – 25 and unemployed and live in the West Midlands?  The Prince’s Trust is recruiting for  young people to attend next the 12-week team programme, starting September 2022.

This action-packed residential course includes confidence building, fundraising and completing multiple local community projects.  In addition, you will get help to write a CV, practice  interview skills and write applications.

At the end of the programme, attendees receive the nationally recognised Prince’s Trust Certificate in Employment, Teamwork and Community skills.

Interested?  Click here for further information.

If you have questions, please contact Dave Harry on 07342 036 651 or email

School Uniform Donation Day in Tipton

Have you got school uniform you no longer need?

Drop off any clean school uniform you no longer need so other local children can benefit from it.

Date: Monday, 25th July 2022

Time: 10am – 1pm

Place: Jubilee Park Community Centre, Powis Avenue, Tipton. DY4 0RJ

Supported by Healthy Sandwell / The Community Link, Cradley Heath / Bangladeshi Women’s Association.

Community Foundation Free Summer Holiday Activity Club

Community Foundation is hosting a free summer activity scheme for boys and girls.   The holiday club will run from Monday, 1st August to Thursday, 25th August 2022.

Morning sessions will be from 9.15 – 1.15 pm for children aged 6 to 10.  Afternoon sessions will be from 2 – 5 pm for young people aged 11 to 16.   Children must be eligible for free school meal to register. Primary school children will be provided with free breakfast and lunch.

Children will take part in indoor and outdoor activities supervised by qualified staff.  All the activities and day trips (WM Safari Park and ride, Blackpool beach, Peak District countryside) are free for registered children.

Places are limited and will be offered on first come first-serve basis.  To register your child, please complete the application form and return by email to

National Lottery Awards £420,000 to help Black Country Children Rebound from Lockdown Anxiety

Children struggling to readjust to life after Covid-19 and life under lockdown will now get specialist care after a £421,180 grant from the National Lottery.

SinglePoint Plus in Oldbury, Dorothy Parkes Centre, Smethwick and Breathing Space Therapeutic Services at Baggeridge Country Park in South Staffordshire were awarded the money from The National Lottery Partnerships Fund.

The three organisations will deliver Rewire, a recovery project to support local children and families.

Rewire offers targeted and open access community services aimed at building community resilience to enhance the wellbeing of local people. Rewire includes child and adult counselling, family support services, peer support and youth clubs and therapeutic woodland activities.

SinglePoint manager Lisa Harrison has noticed how the pandemic and its consequences impacted local people in a variety of ways including increased anxiety and lower motivation to get involved in activities.

Read the full Express and Star article by clicking here.

Dying 2 Talk

Still a taboo subject for many, death is the topic under discussion at a forthcoming conference for the Black Country. The free online event will host speakers discussing loss, dying and grief, with one section dedicated to compassion and talking about death in schools.

Organised by the universities of Wolverhampton and Bradford following an ongoing study into the subject, the event takes place on March 22nd 2022.

Tickets available via Eventbrite Dying 2 Talk: A Death Conference on a Compassionate Community Tickets, Tue 22 Mar 2022 at 12:00 | Eventbrite

Twitter: @dying_talk Instagram: dying2talk202

Big Top Musical Adventures for 11 to 18 year olds with learning disabilities

Big Top Musical Adventures are delighted to be partnering with SIPS Education to create an inclusive Big Top Band in Sandwell. Sessions are open to families of young people aged 11-18 years,and are suitable for young people with learning disabilities who have an interest in music-making. 

The weekly sessions are on Wednesdays from  5.30 -6.30 pm, at Portway Lifestyle Centre, Newbury Lane, Oldbury.   Big Top are looking for band members who can commit to rehearsing on a weekly basis, exploring sound-making, working as a group and making music together.

All young people will need to be supported by a parent or carer throughout the sessions.

Big Top works in an immersive and inclusive way in special schools across Sandwell. Big Top Band sessions are suitable for young people with autism, learning disabilities, severe, profound and complex needs.

Places are limited so get in touch to find out more at


Time for You: Children and Young People Counselling Service

Relate is offering a free counselling service to children and young people (8-18) in the Sandwell area, whose wellbeing and mental health has been negatively affected by Covid. This project is being provided by Relate as part of SCVO’s Emotional Wellbeing Programme.

Counsellors can help children and young people explore feelings of anxiety, low confidence, the impact of a family breakdown, loss and bereavement, relationship issues, peer pressures, pressures around social media and other issues that have been worsened by Covid.

The one-to-one counselling will be provided by experienced, qualified counsellors and sessions are initially being delivered by webcam or phone.

Referrals can be made by professionals, schools, other services or by self-referral, using the referral form which is available electronically.

Upon receipt of a referral, the client, parent or responsible adult will be contacted and an initial assessment booked with one of the counsellors. If counselling is appropriate, Relate will offer up to six sessions.

Support is available in other languages if required.

If you have any queries or questions, or would like to make a referral, please contact Michelle Jones, Project Co-ordinator on 0121 824 0303 or email

Connexions Sandwell’s New Year New Start 2022: a careers event to motivate and inspire young people

Connexions Sandwell would like to extend an invite to 14 – 19-year olds (up to 25 for SEND) and NEET young people for the annual Connexions New Year New Start Careers Fair. In 2020, the event attracted over 1,500 young people and parents and 45 exhibitors.

This year’s event, in partnership with Apprenticeship Works, will be from 10 am – 2 pm on Saturday, 26 March 2022, at West Bromwich Albion Football Club, The Hawthorns, 9 Birmingham Rd, West Bromwich B71 4LF.   Thirty local and national employers, colleges, apprentice and training providers will be in attendance.

In addition, Connexions Sandwell Careers Advisers will be on hand to offer careers information, advice and guidance, so young people can discuss their options, ideas and the opportunities and career pathways open to them.

This is a ticket only event.  Attendees will need to book a 45-minute time slot, with numbers capped at 300 visitors per hour for Health & Safety reasons. For added reassurance, there will be sanitation stations and the wearing of face masks is optional.

The  event will be a wonderful opportunity to explore career ideas or get help to consider your next step.   Book your ticket now through our website: .

Connexions Sandwell look forward to seeing you on the day.

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To Infinity and Beyond: EHP’s Journey together with young people and families

Sandwell Early Help Partnership know staff and volunteers from across the many agencies in Sandwell regularly go beyond the extra mile to offer early help to young people and families. The Partnership now invites colleagues from Sandwell Council, Sandwell Children’s Trust, the voluntary sector, schools, health, the police and other sectors to come together for this exciting event.  

The event will take place on Thursday, 17th March 2022, 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm: (marketplace and networking from 1.00 pm and after 3.30 pm).  The venue is the West Bromwich Albion Football Club.

The event will be the launchpad for the new Early Help Strategy and will outline how the Partnership will work in the coming years towards positive outcomes and fulfilling lives for local families. It will also showcase services and activities for families in these challenging times, as well as emotional and mental health support available locally for young people.

Book your advance ticket on Eventbrite.

For further information, please contact Angel, Early Help Partnership Co-ordinator, on 07587 136072 or email


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