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Safeguarding Duties for Trustees

Safeguarding is a key governance priority for all trustees, not just those working with groups traditionally considered at risk.

You should read the guidance about safeguarding duties for charity trustees.

We advise you to carry out a thorough review of your charity’s safeguarding governance and management arrangements and performance, if you haven’t done in the last 12 months.

It is also important that you contact us about any safeguarding issues, or serious safeguarding incidents, complaints or allegations which have not previously been reported to us.

Find more about what and how to report to the Charity Commission.

Source: Charity Commission Newsletter

See Beauty and the Beast

Join Dorothy Parkes for a post Christmas ‘pick me up’ as they work in partnership with Black Country Touring.

Multi Story Theatre Company presents Beauty and the Beast – A pre-Disney version of a well-loved tale.

An old woman who claims to be a princess and a reluctant security guard use music, song, puppetry, and projection to play out the traditional tale of Beauty and the Beast. Nothing is quite as it seems in this lively and inventive version of the hugely popular story presented by on one the UK’s most respected children’s theatre companies.

Children and adults alike enjoy both the bravura fun of the storytelling and the genuine drama and pathos of the tale as it unfolds.  The production, for children aged 5 – 11 and their families,on Saturday, 19 January 2019 at 2.30 pm and 4.00 pm.

Tickets are £3.00 adults and £2.00 children and can be purchased online or at the Centre, Church Road, Smethwick B67 6EH.

There will be light refreshments and the chance to enter a raffle.

New Year, New Start – Jobs Fair for 14 – 19 Year Olds

Connexions Sandwell, in partnership with The Apprenticeship Works, is hosting the largest Jobs Fair event in the Black Country on Saturday,19 January 2019, 10 am to 2 pm.

There will be advice on careers, apprenticeships, and education and training for 14 – 19 year olds.

Tell your friends and bring the family to this free event.

The Jobs Fair will be at The Town Hall, West Bromwich, High Street, West Bromwich, B70 8DY.

Hateley Cross Big Local Partnership

Hateley Cross Big Local Partnership group are supporting the 3 primary schools Hall Green, Hateley Heath and St John Bosco Catholic in our areas of Hateley Heath and Stone Cross, West Bromwich.

Hateley Cross Big Local Partnership group wanted to ensure that young people aspirations raised, involved with their communities, feel valued and there are reasons [and places] for people to come together. A three year funding application was created for local primary schools to apply for.

We are one of 150 Big Local areas across the country that are quietly bringing about a revolution in how neighbourhoods and communities are supported to change.

Everything we are planning over the next 3 years is in order to achieve the following national Big Local outcomes:

1. Communities will be better able to identify local needs and take action in
response to them.

2. People will have increased skills and confidence so that they can continue to
identify and respond to local needs in the future.

3. The community will make a difference to the needs it prioritises.

4. People will feel that their area is an even better place to live.

We have processed all schools allocation for Year One to deliver their proposed projects for the two strands of the Hateley Cross Big Local 2018-2021 plan which are:

Inspired People:

We will create opportunities for people to get involved with our neighbourhood, get to know each other, develop as individuals and help create a community where people belong – especially for those who feel excluded.

Great Places:

We will work with SMBC and others to support the provision of good quality, clean and safe spaces for our community to use. We will encourage and support people to become involved in the design, development and management of active community spaces.

The examples of projects that the schools will be producing over the next three years will include:
Environmental:  To develop an awareness and respect for the environment – developing new outdoor area and garden to develop a forest area space, growing fruit and vegetables


To expand pupils vision and raise their aspirations – Promote the process of applying for jobs & running workshops e.g. learning to cook, caring for animals, etc.  STEM projects – Science, technology, engineering and maths
To raise aspirations through reading, bringing local authors into the school

We have presented St John Bosco school in Hateley Heath and Hateley Heath Primary School with their cheques to facilitate the projects. We look forward to coming back in 2019 to see the new projects take fruition.

For more information about the Hateley Cross Big Local Partnership please contact Marc Pearson:

Office: 0121 544 1230
Mobile: 07701355520

Outcomes Star Training Dates – New Dates Launched

Outcomes Star Training is available through Sandwell Children’ Trust.  It is a tried and test tool for supporting and measuring change.

Further dates for the training have been announced and are taking place on:-

24th January 2019
13th February 2019
12th March 2019

The training time 9.30am – 4.30pm and takes place at Regional Business Centre, 1 Provident Place, West Bromwich, B70 8ZX

If you would like to book a place, please e-mail

For further information please contact

VCS Health and Wellbeing Fund Announced

A new fund has been announced by the government to support VCSE organisations that help children and young people with their mental health.

Applications are invited from existing schemes to trial a new approach to helping children and young people. The deadline for applications is midday on Friday 15 February 2019.

Projects should:
• adopt community and person-centred approaches to improving the mental health of children and young people aged 0 to 25 years
• particularly support children and young people through life-changing events
• have strong local connections already in place
• be delivered by the VCSE sector
• be co-produced with service users and stakeholders.

Through this programme, the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England and Public Health England are working with VCSE organisations to promote equality, address health inequalities and support the wellbeing of people, families and communities. You can find out more about this fund, including dates for a series of ‘meet the funder’ webinars here.

Kicks Premier League Community Funded Programme

Kickz Flyer A5 OctoberKicks is a Premier league community funded programme which engages and provides free football across Sandwell for young people aged 8-18. Kicks sessions are aimed to provide and fun and safe environment for both boys and girls to participate in free football sessions.

Please see Kickz Flyer A5 October (Please note Portway on Monday has been cancelled until further notice)

Please contact for any further information.

React Martial Arts

Who are React Martial Arts?

React Martial Arts was set up in August 2014 as a kickboxing organisation designed to make kickboxing and martial arts more accessible to all.

For more information on the organisation visit their website at

1) Tell us what you do.

We run Kickboxing classes for ages 5+ at St Michael’s School, Rowley Regis on Tuesday evenings between 19:00-20:00. Classes are taught in a controlled and fun environment to encourage everyone to develop at their own pace, with regular grading’s to allow students to show what they have learnt.

We also take a small group of fighters to compete locally, nationally and internationally. And lastly we sometimes do work in schools such as special martial arts taster days.

2) What is your proudest achievement?

Our proudest achieve is having two England squad members who recently won a gold medal each at the ICO World Championships. In total taking 6 medals from 6 categories.

3) What is the most valuable lesson you have learnt about working with people in Sandwell?

The most valuable lesson we have learnt about working with people in Sandwell is that people need to take things at their own pace and it’s important to listen to what they want and where they are on their individual journey.

4) What are your plans for the future and some of the challenges you face?

Our plans for the future are to continue to make Kickboxing accessible to all and to educate our community that despite common misconceptions that martial arts promote violence and fighting, martial arts is about teaching control, discipline and can help to tackle mental health concern.

5) How can SCVO help to support your organisation in the future?

SCVO can help through reiterating the above point that Kickboxing is not just about fighting but about teaching respect, discipline, and control whenever possible and supporting is to share our accomplishments and success to a wider audience enabling us to demonstrate to others where kickboxing as a sport can take them.

If you’d like to find out more about these services and Tuesday evenings session at St Michael’s school please contact Arron Walker on 07539 383 299 or via email at

Can you help? Toy Donations Needed

Bromford Housing are seeking toy donations to support the work being undertaken by LCP Leslie’s Care Packages.

LCP was founded in 2016 as a not for profit organisation, with the aim of providing hands-on practical support and much needed provisions to rough sleepers, hidden homeless, and people facing difficult times across the Black Country and surrounding areas (click here to find out more about Leslie’s Care Packages).

Bromford Housing have noticed that since the new benefit changes have come into place within Sandwell, there has been a rise in families experiencing difficult times and would like, with Christmas fast approaching, to give a toy to a child that needs them.

You can donate your unwanted new and used toys (in reasonable condition) by dropping them off at:

Rainbow Street Community Centre, 49 Rainbow Street, Bilston, WV14 8SX.

Please note The Rainbow Centre is not open all day so calling ahead to confirm your drop off is essential. Please call Mark Bromley on 07850908359 for the centre’s opening times and to arrange your toy donation drop off.

The Albion Foundation Engagement Panel

The Albion Foundation is running an Engagement Panel on the 16th October for a Forum Meeting from 1pm at Krunch, Langley Crescent, Oldbury, B68 8RE. 

The meeting is to discuss what is working and what isn’t working in Sandwell for young people and how support services can be best helped.  They are currently running projects in the Smethwick and Sandwell area for children and young people aged 6 – 17.  They would like to let you know more about what they have on offer and links that can be made by working together, including holiday provision within Sandwell and school activities.

If you would like to attend the meeting please contact Lyndsey Wyse –

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