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Young people sought for Hands, Face and Space Focus Group

Are you between 16 – 25 years old?  Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG would like to hear from you. The Clinical Commissioning Group would like to invite you to participate in an informal group chat, which will last for about an hour and a half. They would love to hear your thoughts on:

• The various national campaigns about Coronavirus. For example, the most recent one on hands, face and space
• Hand sanitising/washing hands
• Face coverings/masks
• Social distancing
• Government Guidelines.

The information and insight gathered from talking to the Focus Group will help the CCG frame messages aimed at young people in the future.

You will have the opportunity for:
• A one to one talk with a team member virtually
• A group chat with a member and other young people virtually
• A group chat with a team member and your friends virtually.

To book a place
If you would like to take part, please email or telephone 0121 612 1447, so that you can be sent the joining details.

If you live, work or study in Sandwell, please book onto Monday 12th October 2020: 2 pm – 3.30 pm.

If you live, work or study in West Birmingham, please book onto Monday 12th October 2020: 10 am – 11.30 am.

The CCG need your help to get the message through to other young people about this virus and see how we can work together to beat it.


Are you 16- 30? feel passionate about your community, young lives and issues that impact you? If so, we want to hear from you!

Online Training dates: 7th – 11th September 2020 – 11am – 1pm

This virtual programme challenges young people to create a social media campaign around a cause they care about- turning social media into a tool for positive change. By the end of the programme, they will have the basics for a social media campaign that can be developed further and even launched.

Not only will it boost confidence and skills, but you’ll also have the chance to benefit from the support of one our mentors to help you uncover your next steps.



Young people:

  • Must be aged 16-30
  • Have access to the internet via Laptop, Tablet or Smart phone.

To refer:

Please contact our Customer Services team to refer a young person on 0800 842 842.

You can also fill in an online enquiry form at

Free Mental Health Support for young people from Lyfeproof

Are you aged between 14 and 25 and struggling to cope with life after lockdown?  Lyfeproof is offering free mental health support for young people in the West Midlands.

You will be connected with a therapist of your choice (including creative therapies for those who find talking about their emotions difficult). You will have six online sessions, with a further opportunity for assistance with sleep and nutrition.

No tech? No problem. You can borrow a tablet and headset from a device library.

Remember, you don’t have to be in crisis to reach out (but it’s okay if you are). Contact either or 0121 622 3603 to sign up.

Lyfeproof is also looking for possible referral partners, so please get in touch at if you would like to access the service on behalf of your young people.

Kooth Positive Futures campaign to help young people through their exam results

Please see below the details of our latest Influencers Campaign ‘Positive Futures’ to help young people through their exam results this month.

Some members of the Kooth team will be sharing their advice and experiences from 10th to 20th August, and there is a Live Forum planned on on 14th August called ‘Exam Results; What’s next?’
Alongside the above campaign and live forum, there will be lots of discussion forums and articles on the Kooth site to support young people during this time.

Please can you share the following links on your social media platforms and with relevant networks.
Young people you are currently working with who you feel may benefit from this support can be signposted to register on the Kooth website at
Please see Swivle link to access Kooth Exam Support posters.
Swivle is our new online promotional portal and can be used to access all Kooth promotional materials.

If you have any questions please contact Jennifer Shergill –

Prince’s Trust Smethwick to restart in September

Prince’s Trust Smethwick now has an official restart date! The new team is looking to start on 21st of September. The team programme initially will have a few changes, the biggest of which is the one week residential. There will be no overnight stays but there will be an array of outdoor and team building activities throughout the week.

The young people will still gain the full qualification upon completion alongside the usual benefits of the programme, First Aid certificate, Food safety certificate, gaining work experience, a new CV, and interview techniques. The Young people will also be taught how to be more confident, leadership skills and communication skills. The Prince’s Trust we will also be looking for support in work experience placements, Community projects and team challenges.

The programme is for 16 – 25 year olds. Attendees are not postcode restricted, as long as they can realistically get to the Team Room on a daily basis at Piddock Road, Smethwick, B66 3BL. A bus pass is provided

There are other teams running in Dudley, Wolverhampton, Walsall, Bilston, Shrewsbury and Telford, with start dates around the same time. The Trust’s Team Leader will be happy to refer to other teams, should it be more convenient for travel.

If you know of a young person who you would like to refer, or think could benefit, please contact Jack Dytor, Princes’s Trust Team Leader, on 07787 245 832: Monday to Friday 8.30 am – 5 pm.

Meetings are currently held virtually or contact via email or telephone. From the 24th August meetings with professionals and/or young people can be face to face, whilst adhering to social distancing guidelines.

Dedicated website for Young People

A dedicated website aimed at young people has been given an overhaul by Sandwell Council.  Young people in Sandwell are being urged to log on  to find the latest activities on offer as well as useful information and advice.

The revamped website includes a new section with facts about coronavirus and the latest advice for young people.

It is aimed at young people aged 11-19 – (up to 25 for those with special educational needs and disability or SEND). There is help on staying healthy, getting active, being safe, education and learning, summer activities, skills, work experience and careers. The site sign posts young people to opportunities to have their voice heard and to shape services.

Young people are also being encouraged to follow Sandwell’s SHAPE Instagram to get the latest updates on campaigns, events and activities. (@Shape_Sandwell)

Visit the new-look website

Early Help Partnership ‘The Bigger Picture’ Events

These last few months have been difficult for us all, bringing many changes to organisations, groups and activities. We have all been committed to doing our best to support children, young people and families in Sandwell. Now with steps being made to try and get back to some normality, we thought it would be a great time to come together and have some conversations about what ‘The ‘Bigger Picture’ looks like around activities for children and young people.

These EHP Wednesbury and Tipton events will focus on how we work more effectively to help one another.

We will provide the opportunity for attendees to:

• find out what services are currently available in their local area
• share concerns going forward and ideas of what has worked for you
• share information about what support you currently offer and what you have planned for the near future
• link in with each other and build new partnerships.

If you work, volunteer or offer activities in Wednesbury, and would like to join us on Monday 3 August, 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm, please book here.

If you work, volunteer or offer activities in Tipton, and would like to join us on Wednesbury 5 August, 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm, please book here.

Joining details will be sent when you book your place.

For further information contact Angel, Early Help Partnership Co-ordinator.  Email: or call 07587 136072.

Move 4 Summer – Active Black Country

Active Black Country are launching a summer campaign called “Move4Summer”.

The overarching objective of the campaign is to encourage people to be active with flexibility to accommodate different audiences and partners approaches, programmes and interventions.  The campaign will also act as a vehicle to promote and push a range of Active Black Country activities.

Therefore, click here for a template in which organisations/clubs/groups can fill in and Active Black Country will either promote your activities via social media or their rainbow book or both – all under the Black Country Campaign Move4Summer campaign.

The main target audiences for the campaign are Children and Young People, Families and Inactive Adults.

The campaign will also:

• Focus on inclusivity and flexibility for people to be active their way with diverse suggestions on being active including different digital offers
• Signpost to green and open spaces

Why not tag us into your post promoting your activity using the hashtag #EveryDayYourWay

If you would like for your summer activity/programme to be promoted across Active Black Country’s networks then please send the completed form to: Joanne Booker by email at

Source: Active Black Country

Barnardo’s 175 Challenge

Thomas Barnardo’s has a significant birthday (175) on Saturday July 4th.

We thought it would be a good time to come together and do something positive and show what a great organisation Barnardo’s is, especially given how challenging the last few months have been.

Local challenge
Between Barnardo’s colleagues in the Black Country/Central region we are going to complete a 175 kilometre run/walk on Saturday 4th July. Please feel free to join us for the run/walk by either completing 1.75K, 17.5K and anywhere between. Do as a team/individual (10k, 5k, 2.5=17.5k). Or why not do 175 minutes/seconds of exercise/s.

Your challenge
If Running/Walking isn’t for you how about doing something else with 175 in it? Examples 175 seconds of juggling or balancing something on your head, star jumps, dancing! It could be minutes, seconds, meters, miles, anything it doesn’t matter. The more creative the idea the better. You can join us on Saturday July 4th or the closest day to it that suits you.

Post it
Post a picture/video of you doing you activity. Wear something green and post on workplace if you can.

Solidarity and Reflection
We will be supporting the Black Life Matters campaign at the start of our run by ‘taking a knee’. It can also be a time to think about our colleagues that have lost loved ones during the pandemic and those that have lost their own lives.

If you want to raise much needed funds for Barnardo’s why not support our Crisis Appeal.

If you are able to join us whatever you are doing stay safe and well and follow government guidelines.

For more information please contact Jonathan Oldham – Children Services Manager, Barnardos –

T:  01384 411 722, M: 07739 256266 or e-mail –

Vouchers to provide Free Meals over the School Summer Holiday Period

The UK Government has launched the Covid Summer Food Fund to support children over the summer holiday period who usually receive benefits-related free school meals.

Through the Fund, schools can support eligible pupils with a £90 voucher to cover the standard six-week holiday period, or £105 if the school’s summer holiday lasts seven full weeks.

Vouchers must be ordered by schools through the Edenred portal at least one week before the end of term. Parents will be issued with an eGift card within seven days which can be used to buy food at a range of supermarkets.

Further information

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