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Council’s iTrust Programme shortlisted for prestigious award

Sandwell Council’s iTrust Programme, which supported families against youth crime, is a finalist in the prestigious MJ Achievement Awards 2021, where the early intervention programme to address knife crime and violence has been shortlisted in the Transforming Lives category.

This acknowledges programmes, initiatives or changes to service delivery that have demonstrably transformed the lives of groups or communities of people.

The judges looked for evidence of why programmes were started; how needs were assessed; what the priorities and success factors were; how innovative programmes were; and how feedback from participants was used to shape the initiative.

ITrust (Supporting Families Against Youth Crime Programme) was developed by Sandwell Council, Sandwell Children’s Trust, Sandwell Council for Voluntary Organisations and West Midlands Police Sandwell Partnership Team to meet the principles of the national Troubled Families Programme which included early identification of those children and families at greatest risk.

The programme worked with children in Years 6 and 7 in the Smethwick and West Bromwich police impact areas and, by taking an approach based on very early intervention, aimed to engage children at this key transition period in school life. This linked to other successful programmes delivered in Sandwell and contributed to Sandwell Council’s Vision 2030 ambitions and the Safer Sandwell Partnership priorities.

The winners will be announced at the MJ Achievement Awards event on Friday, 17 September.

For more information, read the iTrust Sandwell evaluation here.

Sandwell Children’s Trust consultation with parents and carers of children with disabilities

Sandwell Children’s Trust would like to gain the views of parents and carers of children with disabilities to inform their Short Breaks Programme, commencing in April 2022.

If your organisation works with parents and carers of children with disabilities the Trust would like canvass their views via this short survey

A short break is part of a continuum of services which supports disabled children and their families. The Trust’s vision is that throughout the short break offer it will strive to enable disabled children and young people to lead ordinary lives. Disabled children will be able to choose from a full range of services, activities including specialist provision, accessible universal and targeted provision.

The consultation will close on 6 August 2021.

Sandwell Council providing food vouchers to help parents and children during summer holidays

Sandwell Council is providing food vouchers during the summer holidays to help families whose children would usually be eligible for free school meals during term time.

Schools are contacting parents and carers who will receive a £70 voucher per child to go towards the cost of food for the six-week break which runs from 22 July – 1 September.

Once verified, vouchers are being sent to parents electronically with an alternative being offered to those parents and carers without mobile phones or internet access.

Sandwell Council has budgeted £1.322 million to help around 17,300 children. Eligible families will receive a voucher for £70 for each child.

Families, communities and local organisations across Sandwell are also working together to provide eligible children and young people between the ages of 5-15 with fun activities as part of the ‘Holiday Activities and Food Programme #HAF2021’.

Parents and carers can check if they are eligible for the holiday activities scheme and register at



Free employability support programme for 18 – 25 year olds

UpRising Leadership is calling young people to join its Stand Out programme. Stand Out is a free one-month online curriculum with up to twelve months of mentoring, from a trained mentor to help you stand out in a competitive job market. The programme will run for four weeks from Monday, 26 July 2021.

Stand Out is a collection of carefully curated online sessions all available to re-watch and catch up with whenever you like. From online socials to meeting with employers to resilience workshops, it has everything you need to help you find a job, develop your skills and make new friends.

To be eligible for the programme, young people must be:

● 18 – 25 years old
● Based anywhere in England but UpRising have a focus on the West Midlands, Bedford, Manchester and London.
● Unemployed, in part-time or precarious work, or in the final year of further or higher education, or leaving school, college or university.

More details available in the information pack.

If you would like to discuss the opportunity further or have any questions please get in touch with Lara Parry at or call Lara on 07852 717 753.


Princes Trust Smethwick recruiting for next 12-week Team Programme

Princes Trust Smethwick are now recruiting for the next 12 week team programme for 16 – 25 year olds. The new schedule is due to start on Monday, 9th August. The face to face timetable will run every day.

Upon completion, attendees gain a level 1 in employment, teamwork and community skills, as well as food safety awareness and first aid awareness certificates. Young people will have the opportunity to take part in outdoor team building activities and try fun pursuits such as rafting, zip wire and archery. They will also undertake fundraising, and engage in community projects, work experience and employability skills.

Jack Dytor, Prince’s Trust Team Leader, is happy to have a chat with potential attendees or receive referrals. Call Jack on 07787 245 832.

If your organisation is looking for a work experience placement volunteer, need assistance with a community project or would like the Prince’s Trust to attend your recruitment event, please contact Jack at or call the above number.


Fully Funded Free Level 3 Business Administration and Customer Service qualifications

Aone Training, a Shrewsbury based training provider which work with people all over the UK, are offering free courses to benefit Birmingham, Sandwell and Wolverhampton.

Aone Training have secured a pot of funding to support anyone aged 19-23 to give a fully funded accredited Level 3 qualification in business administration or customer services. This is to support local businesses to recover from the pandemic and also to support people to develop their skills and careers, to sustain long term employment and increase performance.

The funding is available for the next six weeks only, so nominations and enrolments need to be completed as soon as possible.

If you wish to take advantage of the training, please register your interest on the website and complete the attached nomination form.  Alternatively, you can email who will be happy to help.

YMCA looking for Young People’s Volunteer Mentors

YMCA are looking for volunteers who are eager to make a difference in the life of a young person. The mentors will regularly meet up with a young person, offering a friendly ear, support, guidance and advice on making positive life choices. In this instance, to engage with girls in the 9 -14 age group.

Volunteer Mentors will also need to build a relationship with the young person’s parent or guardian, but the main focus is the young person.

Full training will be given. A comprehensive DBS check will be undertaken.

To find out more about the Y’s Girls Mentoring role, click here.

Applications close on Monday, 21st June 2021.

SDCA is Here For the Kids

Know any young people with hearing loss, or who are the children of Deaf parents? Sandwell Deaf Community Association (SDCA) runs a Youth Service offering loads of fun activities, holiday clubs, educational events and guidance sessions.

Activities are for children and young people aged between 6-18 years old, and up to 25 years old with additional needs, with any variety of hearing loss such as Deaf, Hard of Hearing or Cochlear Implants. The service is also offered to children of Deaf adults.

SDCA is based at the New Deaf Centre, Summer Street, West Bromwich. For more information contact Ruth Allden, Youth Service Development, email Mobile (text/FaceTime) 07903 337 741

Caldonia Dances presents ‘Weight/Wait’ Project

Caldonia Dances are offering digital and/or in-person workshop packages to Secondary Schools, Colleges, Universities and Youth Groups for young people 14+ in the West Midlands from September 2021 on a first come first served basis.

The offer(s) include:

  • A 25-minute dance theatre film ‘Weight/Wait’ which explores the mental and physical ‘weight’ of our thoughts and inner voice. It is an interactive, intimate work that tackles the stark rise in mental health issues in young people, offering solution and direction in a relatable and accessible way.
  • A Worksheet and Learning Plan for teachers and young people that can be completed during and after the film, creating a dialogue around mental health.
  •  Support sheets with relevant charities and organisation information for extra support
  •  An 1 hour session between the teacher and Artistic Director Caldonia Walton for questions/planning/delivery support.
  • A Half or Full Day in-person Workshop

You will need to book your place using the Booking Form:

For more information on Caldonia & Katharine – Weight_Wait – Education Offer 2021.

Young People’s Mental Health and Self-Care Matter!

Young people told the Anna Freud Centre that when they are struggling they are usually told to see a professional. They don’t often get much advice about how they could help themselves.

What is Self-Care?

Self-care is about the things we can do to look after our own mental health.

The Anna Freud Centre have drawn up a list of strategies aimed at supporting young people’s mental health that they can use – see the process in this self-care infographic. They’ve also published a report following a consultation with young people and their families online click here to go to their website to download their report.

They’re sharing these strategies with you to help you to manage your wellbeing which can be viewed by clicking here. It’s up to you to decide what helps. If it works, keep doing it. If it doesn’t, stop and try something else.

Source: Anna Freud Centre



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