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Sandwell Beam launches new Phone Support Service

Sandwell Beam has launched a new phone support service for young people.  Beam is an emotional health and wellbeing service for 5 – 18 year olds, and up to 25 if you are a care leaver.

To access this service or hear about other ways Beam can support you, please contact askbeam@childrenssociety.org.uk

Beam is there to listen and offer reassurance.

Visit the website


Sport England – Join the Movement

Sport England is running a national campaign called ‘Join the Movement’ which seeks to bring greater attention to their social media campaign #StayInWorkOut – and inspire and inform the public about the many fun, and creative ways they can keep moving.

Take a look at their website by clicking here.

We’re all now spending a lot more time at home than we might like, which is why staying as physically active as possible is more important than ever.

Join the Movement is our brand-new campaign, funded by The National Lottery, giving you the advice and tools you need to help you do this while the country deals with the coronavirus outbreak.

Official advice is to stay at home, and to only go outside for one form of exercise a day, to shop for basic necessities, if there’s a medical reason and travelling to and from essential work.

Source: CBC


The Prince’s Trust: Speak Up Sandwell

The Prince’s Trust, in partnership with Outspoken, will soon be delivering sessions in West Bromwich for the ‘Speak Up Sandwell’ project.

‘Speak Up’ and join the Prince’s Trust to make a short film or podcast about issues that impact you and your community! If you are aged 16 – 30 and feel passionate about your community and young lives, the Prince’s Trust want to hear from you. You may be an artist, musician, film maker, social media influencer or just want your voice heard, this is the project for you.

Go and meet representatives of the Prince’s Trust at the first session on Tuesday, 24th March, 2.00 pm at The Arts Café West Bromwich.  They want to hear from you about the issues you care about and the project you want to be part of. Subsequent sessions will also be on a Tuesday, between 2.00 pm and 4.00 pm, on the dates listed below, at The Arts Café in West Bromwich.

Gain a fun insight into the performing industry, develop your performance skills. Create a short film or podcast showcasing your skills. Travel expenses will be reimbursed and taking part will not affect your benefits.

Subsequent sessions will also be on a Tuesday, between 2.00 pm and 4.00 pm. on the dates listed below, at The Arts Café in West Bromwich.  Take part in all, or as many sessions as you can.

Tues 31 March
Tues 21 April
Tues 28 April
Tues 5 May
Tues 12 May
Tues 19 May
Tues 2nd June

If you’re interested in taking part or have any questions, send a text to 07534 556 859, or call the Customer Services Team on 0800 842 842.


The Albion Foundation recruiting for National Citizen Service positions this summer

The Albion Foundation is recruiting for National Citizen Service seasonal positions this summer. There is a Wave Leader vacancy and several Team Leader and Assistant Team Leader roles on offer.

The National Citizen Service (NCS) is a once in a lifetime unique opportunity for 15-17 year olds. NCS helps participants build skills for work and life: introducing them to new challenges; working in a team where they’ll create new friendships and grow as both an individual and a member of their community.

The programme operates during the summer after the GCSE exam period for 15-17 year olds in the Sandwell Area. The programme involves two five-day residential stays (Mon-Fri) and then taking part in a team project.

NCS works in 4 phases:
Phase 1: A 5-day residential programme taking part in team building and exciting activities
Phase 2: A 5-day residential programme learning life skills
Phase 3: A 10-day social action programme in the local community, including further skills sessions
Phase 4: A graduation for the young people to receive their NCS certificate

All candidates must be available for at least one of Wave.

For full details, please see links below

NCS Wave Leader
VCS Team Leader
NCS Assistant Team Leader

To discuss any of the positions, please contact 0871 271 9840.

Applications close at 5 pm on Friday, 28 February 2020.


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/


Opportunities at Sport 4 Life

School isn’t for everyone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pass exams, get a job or find your purpose. Sport 4 Life UK is a charity that gives young people the life skills needed to move into education, training and employment through sports themed personal development services. The charity would like to invite applications for two posts:

Sports Leadership and Sport Trainer
To deliver accredited Sports Leaders UK qualifications (potentially plus others) and sport engagement sessions for young people aged 11-29 years, across a variety of community and school settings.
For a job pack click here.

Employability Trainer
To deliver training programmes on social action and employability (including employer-led training – e.g. mock interviews) for young people aged 11-29 years across a variety of community and school settings
For a job pack click here.

The deadline for both applications is Monday, 2 March 2020.

Visit the website.


Free training session with Barnardo’s on Child Trafficking

Barnardos, working in partnership with Rights and Equality Sandwell, will be delivering a training session on child trafficking for anyone who works with children and young adults.

The session will be from 10 am to 12 noon on Saturday, 15 February, at Health Futures UTC, 350 High Street, West Bromwich, B70 8DJ

The two hour briefing will include:
• Definition of child trafficking
• Types of exploitation
• Signs to look for
• What to do if you have a concern

The training will be particularly beneficial to the BAMER (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee) community.

Places are limited. If you wish to attend, please contact Elizabeth Kardynal, at RES, on 0121 541 1775 or email elizabeth.kardynal@rightsandequalitysandwell.co.uk.


Princes Trust Team Programme Smethwick

The Princes Trust Smethwick is now recruiting for its next team Programme, due to start on the 17th February. The 12 week course,  for 16 – 25 year old, is aimed at increasing confidence, communication, leadership and employability skills, alongside gaining nationally recognised qualifications.

Learners gain a first aid and food safety certificate, a new CV, two weeks work placement and much more. Learners are also provided with a bus pass. The course will not affect benefits.

To refer a young person, please email or text Jack Dytor, Prince’s Trust Team Leader, with details. Jack will contact the individual to arrange a meeting.

If you would like further information or would like Jack to come and speak to your staff or a group of young people, it can be arranged.  The Prince’s Trust is also available to attend any events.

Email Jack at Dytorj@wolvcoll.ac.uk or call 07787 245 832.


Go Play Grant Programme 2020 -2023

The Go Play Sandwell Grant Programme 2020-23 is now open for applications. Sandwell Council would like to commission a grant programme to support voluntary and community sector (not for profit) organisations, to deliver free play provision across the borough.

The Grant Programme will cover seven areas during term time and holiday period, delivering a universal open access play service.

Go Play will target children and young people between the ages of six and 12 (up to the age of 16 with additional needs) in the focus areas of multiple deprivation, high population density and change management. The offer includes:

• Free provision and a no charging policy (free to use, free to choose, open access)
• A minimum of three after school sessions for two and a half hours in term time per week
• A minimum of three holiday sessions per week for five hours each

Maximum grant available per area is £40,000 per year.

Applications close at 12 noon on Friday, 14 February 2020. Applications received after this deadline will not be processed.

Click here for more information and to download an application form and guidance notes.


Queen’s Speech Commits Government to Online Harms Law

The Government has committed itself through the Queen’s Speech to bringing in online harms legislation to protect children and vulnerable adults from digital threats.

The protection measures, outlining tougher checks on social media platforms to prevent online abuse, had been introduced by the government in April 2019 through an online harms white paper.

In this week’s Queen’s Speech the government has confirmed that it “will develop legislation to improve internet safety for all”.

“Britain is leading the world in developing a comprehensive regulatory regime to keep people safe online, protect children and other vulnerable users and ensure that there are no safe spaces for terrorists online,” states the Queen’s Speech, which was introduced into parliament on Thursday following the Conservative Party’s general election victory this month.

It adds: “ The April 2019 online harms white paper set out the government’s plan for world-leading legislation to make the UK the safest place in the world to be online. The government will continue work to develop this legislation, alongside ensuring that the UK remains one of the best places in the world for technology companies to operate.”

The white paper measures had received the backing of a number of charities supporting vulnerable people from internet harm, in particular relating to children at risk from sex offenders.

The proposals include appointing an independent regulator to ensure tech companies have a duty of care towards their users.

To read the full Charity Digital News article click here.

Source: Charity Digital News


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