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Out of The Blue – Autin Dance Theatre

Autin Dance Theatre are creating 12 brand new Digital Puppetry Tutorials for young people between the ages of 5 – 11 and are offering 12 days of Free Puppetry and Movement Workshops to Primary Schools in the West Midlands between June and October 2021 on a first come first served basis.

OᑌT Oᖴ TᕼE ᗪEEᑭ ᗷᒪᑌE features EKO, a Sea Giant Puppet so huge, he is operated by 5 puppeteers. Yes, 5! EKO rises from the deep ocean and encounters, on the shore, a young girl called VIOLET. This spectacle – designed for family and festival audiences – is inspired by the themes of the #ClimateEmergency and the #BiodiversityCrisis and features contemporary dance, immersive storytelling and a truly mesmerising musical soundscape.

Inspired by OᑌT Oᖴ TᕼE ᗪEEᑭ ᗷᒪᑌE, Autin Dance Theatre is offering Puppetry and Movement workshops in Primary Schools (West Midlands) FREE of charge. And there’s even the chance that their 4-metres tall Sea Giant Puppet can visit the school too!

Book your workshop using their online form: or email for further details or any other enquiries.

These accessible workshops (workshops feature BSL interpretation, creative captioning and audio description) can be delivered flexibly and tailored for each school’s needs from half-day workshops (with 1 class group) to a full day for the whole Year Group (1 session per class).

Schools can suggest 3 optional dates and times during the following periods: 07/06/2021 – 21/07/2021 or 02/09/2021 – 25/10/2021.

The project is a development of @autindancetheatre’s Web Series that they delivered last Summer. You can see the videos they produced here:

FREE Virtual Meet the Funder: BBC Children in Need

We are pleased to invite you to our June Meet the Funder session with BBC Children in Need’s Grants Officer Christine Jobes. Christine will be joining SCVO on Thursday 24th June 2021, 2pm via a Zoom Conference Call, to discuss their current grants programme. This is your opportunity to learn more about the funds available and their funding criteria prior to submitting your application directly to them.

Our FREE session will enable you to connect with the funder, as you’ll have the opportunity, to ask questions directly and receive tailored advice from them, as you learn more about the BBC Children in Need programme. There has never been a greater need for fundraisers to get-together to share knowledge and experience.

Booking onto the webinar is essential via Eventbrite by clicking here, as there are a maximum of 30 places available for this virtual session. Please note, an email invitation to join the virtual session will be send out by SCVO in advance and prior to the commencement of the session.

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Can You Help Family Action By Completing a Short Survey?

Family Action and their Families Together project would like to find out more about what needs there are in Sandwell for families experiencing domestic abuse and needing additional support in their relationship. We are also keen to hear about how the wider needs of families have changed during the last 12 months, particularly in relation to COVID19.

We would be very grateful if you could spare 5 minutes to complete the short survey click here.

If you would like to talk to someone about anything raised in this survey please call Family Line on 0808 802 6666

Distracting Young People for the better: Approaches to keeping them safe Webinar

Transforming Communities Together are delighted to be working with the Children’s Society, to co-host an exciting Regional Webinar for people across the West Midlands.

The purpose of the webinar is to understand more about children and young people who are at risk of entering the criminal justice system, and recognising the risks and signs of modern day slavery.

Book now, by clicking here for the webinar on Wednesday 14 April 2021, 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm.


Back to School Survey for Families in Sandwell

Sandwell Council has launched a survey for parents and young people to ask for views on going back to school after lockdown.

The government has announced all pupils are expected to return to school from Monday 8 March.

Parents and pupils are encouraged to fill in the survey to enable the council and schools to learn what went well when children were last in school. This will help inform plans for when all children return.

The online survey is now open and can be found at

The Albion Foundation’s Daughters and Dads Project

The Albion Foundation is running a new free project called, Daughters and Dads. The project is partnered with Women in Sport and can be any father role model to the child. The first 20 sign-ups will receive a FREE sports package to use during the weekly sessions.

The Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered programme runs for 11 consecutive weeks. Sessions will be delivered by trained facilitators from The Albion Foundation with relevant education, qualification and background checks including DBS. Each session will last approximately 90-minutes and will explore a variety of factors that influence girls’ physical activity including emotional, physical and family and community.

You can participate in the programme if you:

• Are a father or father-figure (step dad, grandad, uncle, brother) with a daughter or equivalent who currently attends primary school key stages 1 and/or 2 (aged 5-11)
• Have the ability to participate in low-level physical activity

Daughters and dads starts Thursday 4th March.  If you have any health concerns about participating, you are advised to contact your GP before taking part in the programme.

To know more about the physical activity you may be asked to undertake and for further information about the project, including how to sign-up, see here.


The Bigger Picture

Our Early Help Partnership Town Events focus on how we can work more effectively to help one another (and will take place through Microsoft Teams).

These last few months have continued to be 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, and 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.

We will provide 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 with or volunteer with children, young people and families across Sandwell, come along and join us at one (or more) of our events – it’ll be lovely to see you!

WEST BROMWICH: Weds 10 March, 10.00am – 11.00am
BLACKHEATH & ROWLEY REGIS: Weds 24 March, 10.00am – 11.00am
TIPTON: Weds 14 April, 10.00am – 11.00am
WEDNESBURY: Weds 28 April, 10.00am – 11.00am
SMETHWICK: Weds 12 May, 10.00am – 11.00am
OLDBURY: Weds 26 May, 10.00am – 11.00am

You can book your place(s) here

Once registered you will receive joining instructions nearer the date.For further information contact: Angel, Early Help Partnership Co-ordinator E: T: 07587 136072

Do you support children, young people and families in Sandwell?

Sandwell Early Help Partnership – comprising of many local agencies, community organisations, schools, health partners, police and fire services, Sandwell Council and Sandwell Children’s Trust – is currently reviewing and reflecting on how we all work together to support children and families in Sandwell.

If you support or work with children, young people or families in the borough – in whatever capacity, from sports to leisure, skills development, advice, wellbeing support or more specialist interventions – then we would love to hear from you on what you think would make a greater difference in our partnership working in the coming years.

Our short survey is available here:

We have also arranged some Focus Groups (over Zoom) for you to come and share thoughts – details and bookings here:

Your views will help to shape a new Early Help Strategy for Sandwell, launched this Spring 2021, to ensure we can all play our part giving families the support at the right time for a better now, and a better future.

All information you share with us will be kept STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL to SCVO (who are running the survey). Only summary findings will be shared with partners to inform our strategy discussions.

I would encourage you to complete the survey and let us know your thoughts and to also share survey with colleagues.

For further information on the Sandwell Early Help Partnership or if you have any questions about this survey/focus groups please do get in touch with Angel on 07587 136072 or

Prince’s Trust Team Programme recommence on 22 February 2021

The Princes Trust Team course, Smethwick, has been given a provisional start date of 22nd February. However, the date is subject to change, depending on government guidance.

The course is aimed at unemployed 16 – 25 year olds and will not affect benefits. The personal development programme is focused around gaining confidence, improving communication and leadership and developing maths and English skills. Attendees will gain a nationally recognised qualification.

Learners will take part in days out at the residential centre, gain work experience and take part in community projects.  The course is a full-time 12 week programme based at Piddock Road, Smethwick.

The team which finished prior to Christmas 2020 had good progressions with three full-time jobs gained, two part-time jobs, two apprentices and two completing voluntary placements.

For further information please contact Jack Dytor, Prince’s Trust Team Leader, on 07787 245 832, or email

‘Reducing Parental Conflict’ Training Offered

‘Reducing Parental Conflict’ Training Offered

“I thoroughly enjoyed the course and would definitely recommend it!! It was very informative and relevant to my work”.

Following a number of successful ‘Reducing Parental Conflict’ training sessions over the last year, two further sessions have been arranged in March for frontline practitioners and volunteers supporting children and families.

Conflict between parents is a normal part of relationships. There is a large body of evidence that shows that where parental conflict is frequent, intense and poorly resolved, children experience a decline in their mental health and poorer long-term outcomes.

The Reducing Parental Conflict training is designed to upskill practitioners in supporting parents to reduce conflict within their relationship whether they are together or separated. In turn they can then improve outcomes for their children.

The training is for practitioners that have contact with parents either directly or by working with their children. Practitioners from a range of agencies play an important role in identifying and supporting the reduction of parental conflict.

The programme builds awareness, self-confidence, knowledge and skills to work with parents to reduce conflict and the training is delivered virtually by an experienced trainer using an interactive approach.

The two dates available are Monday 22 March 2021 or Tuesday 23 March 2021.

Final course times are to be confirmed but are likely to be 9.30 am- 4.30 pm. The course is offered free of charge.

To book a place on one of the courses please send an email to providing the following information: your name, job role, email address and mobile number; the name and email address of your manager; and your preferred course date (of the two suggested dates above).


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