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Funding for Capital Projects in Secondary Schools and Sixth Form Colleges

From the 1st December 2019, secondary schools and colleges that have reached a level of excellence will be eligible to apply for a grant of up to £50,000 towards 50% of the cost of capital projects.

Sixth form colleges are eligible to apply for up to £100,000. A total of around £1.75 million will be allocated each year to new build, refurbishment or equipment projects related to the teaching of science and technology or information or communications technology directly related to learning for projects involving libraries, languages, music or the arts.

The funding will be made available through the Wolfson Foundation’s Secondary Education Programme.

The closing date for applications will be the 10th January 2020.

For more information click here.

Advocacy Awareness Week 2019

The week beginning Monday 28th October to Friday 1st November is Advocacy Awareness Week. Sandwell Advocacy would like to highlight two of the projects in existence and what this means for Sandwell residents.

In 2018 Sandwell Advocacy celebrated 25 years of providing independent advocacy throughout Sandwell, promoting rights, voice and empowerment. Earlier this year, Children in Need approved three years funding for the Sandwell Advocacy Voice and Empowerment (SAVE) Project.

Sandwell Advocacy empowers young people, who are experiencing poor mental health and/or behavioural issues.   Their needs, rights and wishes are articulated when accessing, planning and delivering support and care services.

Additionally, Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales, approved the Voices and Choices project for three years. Voice and Choices provides independent advocacy support for older people with long term health conditions, who fit one or both of the following criteria:

• Older people wishing to maintain their independence in their own home, with appropriate support, where it is safe for them to do so.
• Older people, their families and/or carers who are considering choices and options around extra care, residential or nursing care and accommodation options.

The project ensures that people have a voice, are aware of their rights and choices and are empowered to make informed decisions around the planning and delivery of health and social care services.

Follow Sandwell Advocacy on Twitter #AAW19.


‘Completing the Picture’

With a large range and number of services available for children, young people and families in Sandwell, it’s often difficult to keep on top of who’s who and what they do. You may feel you are often left trying to find the missing pieces, when looking for that little bit of extra support for the young people and families you are working with.

‘Completing the Picture’, 10 am to 12 noon on Friday 25th October 2019, at the Wesley Centre for All, Spring Head, Wednesbury, WS10 9AD, will bring together organisations, services and schools from Wednesbury, and provide an opportunity for members and prospective members to:

– engage with others
– find out what services are available locally
– build new partnerships, and
– share ideas of how to best support children, young people and families

If you work in Wednesbury and would you like to ‘Complete the Picture’ about what support services are available, book your place now by clicking here.

Places are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Lots happening at Sandwell Connexions!

When was the last time your checked out Sandwell Connexions?  There are lots  happening.

Find a Career with the help of Connexions Sandwell, Black Country IMPACT, NOVA, Skills UK, Juniper Training, Nacro and SAFL. Providers will be available to give great advice to help start your career journey. Find a Career will be at the following venues:

Tuesday, 29 October 1 – 3 pm: Wednesbury Town Hall
Wednesday, 30 October: 2 pm – 4 pm: Hampstead Library, Great Barr
Thursday, Thursday 31 October 12 noon – 2 pm: Glebefields Library, Tipton.

Looking for training, jobs or apprenticeships? Then do not miss Bright Futures. Every Monday and Wednesday 11 am – 1 pm at One Stop Shop, Oldbury Council House. Pop in and have a one to one chat and receive careers information.

Black Country IMPACT and Connexions Sandwell also offer short courses to help improve skills.

If you are aged between 16 – 29 years, not in education, employment or training and would like to know more about Find a Career, Bright Futures or taking a short course, then contact Sandwell Connexions on 0121 569 2955.

The Albion Foundation is offering support

The Albion Foundation is looking to launch a Social Action Project. Although it has many ideas, the Foundation is looking at projects that are already in motion and may need support.

If groups have a project or ideas which would be suitable for the Albion Foundation to get on board, Jayne Norton, Inspire Coach, would like to her from you.  Email

Please bear in mind the Foundation’s students, who will be supporting, are aged 11-14.

Princes Trust Team Programme Smethwick

Princes Trust Smethwick are now recruiting for their next 12 week Team Programme for 16 – 25 year olds, starting 7th October 2019. The Programme offers skills such as team building, confidence and leadership. Young people will gain nationally recognised qualifications and certificates in First Aid and Food safety.

Alongside this, young people:
• can build a CV
• will be taught interview skills
• will have two weeks work experience and
• will be introduced to employers and training providers in a field that they wish to progress into.

A bus pass is provided which does not affect benefits.

If you have any questions please get in touch with Jack Dytor, the Prince’s Trust Team Leader, on 07787 245 832 or by email

If a group has an upcoming event which the Princes Trust could attend to aid recruitment, please contact Jack Dytor at Smethwick Police Station on the above number.

Further information

Free period products for young people

Did you know that 49% of girls in the UK have missed an entire day off school because of their period? Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council Public Health team are leading the #GirlCodeSandwell project in response to Period Poverty, with the aim being to provide free products to those who need them, and improve menstrual health and awareness.

The Department for Education (DfE) has recently announced that they will supply schools with products from January 2020, but what happens when young people aren’t at school?  Research tells us:

• One in seven girls (15%) have struggled to afford sanitary wear
• More than one in ten girls (12%) has had to improvise sanitary wear due to affordability issues
• One in ten girls (10%) have been unable to afford sanitary wear

Public Health would like to work with the Voluntary Sector to ensure they can reach young people in the community, in the  evening, at weekends and in the school holidays. As a result Public Heath are offering boxes of products to stakeholders who work with Sandwell young people, and specifically those who may benefit from free accessible products.

If this is something that would benefit the young people you work with and your organisation could host, please email to confirm your organisation would like a red box. Please provide the name of the person who will be happy to receive a box from a member of the team; will be the key contact for any communication; will commit to keep in contact and who will keep Public Health updated

What you will get from Public Heath?
• A box of free period products for your young people/ clients
• Posters to promote the products
• Free training workshops
• Support and resources to deliver the initiative.


Sessional Youth Worker required at Dorothy Parkes Centre

An exciting and unique opportunity has arisen for a Sessional Youth Worker at a local charity supporting children and young people. The Dorothy Parkes Centre is based in Smethwick and offers a place of welcome and opportunity for the local community.

Salary: £8.76 per hours
Location: Smethwick
Hours: Tuesday evenings
Responsible to: Senior Youth Worker
Contract: Three years – starting September 2019

The club will provide young people, aged 11 – 18, with the chance to make new friends and enjoy experiences in a safe environment, whilst enhancing personal and social development.

Applicants will be committed to working with young people and have experience of working with them in variety of settings. They should be enthusiastic, friendly, and approachable and be able to inspire and maintain effective relationships. It is important that applicants have the ability to work as part of a team and be able to use their initiative to carry out tasks independently.

Applicants must clearly demonstrate an understanding of safeguarding and child welfare issues and a commitment to sustain the service and meet objectives and targets.

The post consists of flexible work of unsociable hours, which may include occasional weekends.

Please note that all posts are subject to a satisfactory DBS check and associated references.

To apply for this vacancy please submit a completed application form (available from the Centre or the website to the Chief Executive Officer via email or by post to Dorothy Parkes Centre, Church Road, Smethwick B67 6EH.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Wednesday, 11 September 2019.

If applicants have not heard from the Dorothy Parkes Centre within a week after the closing date, your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Opportunities at Sport 4 Life UK

Sport 4 Life UK provides the opportunity for young people (aged 11 to 29) to prepare for and move into sustained education, employment, or training, by improving their employability and key life skills, through its sports-themed personal development services.

Following the implementation of a new delivery model, Sport 4 Life UK is hiring for a number of operational roles, as well as a new Business Development Manager.

For full details about each role and ‘Job Pack’, please click on this link.  Please note the closing date for submission of applications differ.

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Paul Hamlyn Foundation Youth Fund

Not for profit youth organisations that support young people (aged 14 – 25) facing disadvantage can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £60,000 through the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Youth Fund.

The Youth Fund supports organisations whose main purpose is about helping young people in the most precarious positions, where making the transition to adult independence is most challenging.

The funding is available for up to two years and will support the core operating costs of the applicant organisation.

Organisations may be planning to:
Replicating a programme or service
Widening the reach of an idea or innovation
Spreading a technology or skill
Advancing policy or enhancing its implementation
Influencing attitudes

Applications can be submitted at any time.

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