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Big Top Musical Adventures for 11 to 18 year olds with learning disabilities

Big Top Musical Adventures are delighted to be partnering with SIPS Education to create an inclusive Big Top Band in Sandwell. Sessions are open to families of young people aged 11-18 years,and are suitable for young people with learning disabilities who have an interest in music-making. 

The weekly sessions are on Wednesdays from  5.30 -6.30 pm, at Portway Lifestyle Centre, Newbury Lane, Oldbury.   Big Top are looking for band members who can commit to rehearsing on a weekly basis, exploring sound-making, working as a group and making music together.

All young people will need to be supported by a parent or carer throughout the sessions.

Big Top works in an immersive and inclusive way in special schools across Sandwell. Big Top Band sessions are suitable for young people with autism, learning disabilities, severe, profound and complex needs.

Places are limited so get in touch to find out more at


Time for You: Children and Young People Counselling Service

Relate is offering a free counselling service to children and young people (8-18) in the Sandwell area, whose wellbeing and mental health has been negatively affected by Covid. This project is being provided by Relate as part of SCVO’s Emotional Wellbeing Programme.

Counsellors can help children and young people explore feelings of anxiety, low confidence, the impact of a family breakdown, loss and bereavement, relationship issues, peer pressures, pressures around social media and other issues that have been worsened by Covid.

The one-to-one counselling will be provided by experienced, qualified counsellors and sessions are initially being delivered by webcam or phone.

Referrals can be made by professionals, schools, other services or by self-referral, using the referral form which is available electronically.

Upon receipt of a referral, the client, parent or responsible adult will be contacted and an initial assessment booked with one of the counsellors. If counselling is appropriate, Relate will offer up to six sessions.

Support is available in other languages if required.

If you have any queries or questions, or would like to make a referral, please contact Michelle Jones, Project Co-ordinator on 0121 824 0303 or email

Connexions Sandwell’s New Year New Start 2022: a careers event to motivate and inspire young people

Connexions Sandwell would like to extend an invite to 14 – 19-year olds (up to 25 for SEND) and NEET young people for the annual Connexions New Year New Start Careers Fair. In 2020, the event attracted over 1,500 young people and parents and 45 exhibitors.

This year’s event, in partnership with Apprenticeship Works, will be from 10 am – 2 pm on Saturday, 26 March 2022, at West Bromwich Albion Football Club, The Hawthorns, 9 Birmingham Rd, West Bromwich B71 4LF.   Thirty local and national employers, colleges, apprentice and training providers will be in attendance.

In addition, Connexions Sandwell Careers Advisers will be on hand to offer careers information, advice and guidance, so young people can discuss their options, ideas and the opportunities and career pathways open to them.

This is a ticket only event.  Attendees will need to book a 45-minute time slot, with numbers capped at 300 visitors per hour for Health & Safety reasons. For added reassurance, there will be sanitation stations and the wearing of face masks is optional.

The  event will be a wonderful opportunity to explore career ideas or get help to consider your next step.   Book your ticket now through our website: .

Connexions Sandwell look forward to seeing you on the day.

More info


To Infinity and Beyond: EHP’s Journey together with young people and families

Sandwell Early Help Partnership know staff and volunteers from across the many agencies in Sandwell regularly go beyond the extra mile to offer early help to young people and families. The Partnership now invites colleagues from Sandwell Council, Sandwell Children’s Trust, the voluntary sector, schools, health, the police and other sectors to come together for this exciting event.  

The event will take place on Thursday, 17th March 2022, 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm: (marketplace and networking from 1.00 pm and after 3.30 pm).  The venue is the West Bromwich Albion Football Club.

The event will be the launchpad for the new Early Help Strategy and will outline how the Partnership will work in the coming years towards positive outcomes and fulfilling lives for local families. It will also showcase services and activities for families in these challenging times, as well as emotional and mental health support available locally for young people.

Book your advance ticket on Eventbrite.

For further information, please contact Angel, Early Help Partnership Co-ordinator, on 07587 136072 or email


Nominate a young person in need of a break

Sandwell youngsters who did not get the best start in life have an exciting opportunity courtesy of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Gen22 is a programme designed with and for young people who may have been young carers, teenage parents, involved in crime, or for whatever reason have very poor self-esteem.

Organisations can nominate young people aged 16-24 for the community programme, which includes them taking part in ‘social assignments’ such as volunteering in return for mentor support, employment advice and a package of incentives including a ticket for an event at the Games.

Businesses, charities, schools and youth organisations are invited to nominate a young person, as well as offering suggestions for assignments that participants could take on.

For more information email


Free anti-racism workshops for Sandwell schools and youth groups

Between March and May 2022, Changing Our Lives are pleased to offer schools in Sandwell the opportunity to get involved in a new project.  Following the murder of George Floyd in the US on 25th May 2020, the world sat up and conversations have been taking place all over the world, with a particular focus on the stereotypes imposed upon black men by society.

In schools and youth groups across the borough, Changing Our Lives will facilitate workshops, assemblies and mini-events to young people around the age group of 13 – 14. These sessions will be led by local black men who will share their stories and experiences, offering young black boys positive male role models through strengthening a positive sense of their identity, whilst challenging the negative stereotypes that exist in wider society.

Changing Our Lives will work with you to deliver these sessions in a way that best suits. Sessions will be secured on a first-come-first-served-basis.

To register your interest, please email Georgia Wilkinson at or call 07534 000979.

More information

Catch 22: Working in partnership to Create Opportunities

Catch 22 is about creating opportunities for young people aged 16 – 25 living in the Sandwell Borough. The objective of the Creating Opportunities Forum is to empower and support young people at risk of serious violence, to be able to access employment-related opportunities and help them develop the skills they need to make a successful transition into work.

In its role, the national provider will deliver wraparound support to the young people participating in the programme, to ensure they are able to engage with and benefit from the employment-related opportunities on offer. The national provider will also be responsible for finding employability-related and skills-based opportunities for participants. This is done by using its links with local and national businesses in the 12 geographical areas which have been selected by the Home Office, and pairing participants with suitable opportunities.

The Supplier may avail any opportunities made available by the COF or seek to leverage the networks created by other government programmes such as through the Inclusive Economy Partnership’s Transition to Work programme. The COF programme will run until the end of March 2023.

Hayley Shattock, The Employability Coach for Catch 22, which also covers Birmingham and Wolverhampton, will engage with young people locally.

Hayley would welcome the chance to meet you and/or attend your meeting to provide more information, answer questions and discuss referral methods to the programme.  Contact Hayley on 07768 025397 or email

Visit the website.


Community Foundation’s Greece Youth Exchange: March/April 2022

Community Foundation, in partnership with other European countries, is taking part in a 10 days trip to Greece. Community Foundation will be taking participants aged 18-30 years old from the UK to join other participants from eight European countries, to take part in the Digital Transformation Youth Exchange.  

The trip is from Thursday, 31 March to Saturday, 9th April 2022. This programme aims to encourage young people to use digital tools and resources more effectively, through non formal education activities.

Participants will be staying at a hotel in the coastal area of Halkidiki, Greece, where they will also get free time to tour the city and spend time at the beach!

The programme is completely free and all costs for travel, accommodation and food is covered.  More details.

Please direct questions to Medina Mulla, Project Manager, on 0121 238 3282 or email

To register, complete the registration form available to download from Community Foundation’s website at

The deadline for applications is 31 January 2022.

Baggies Boing Zone: Fun sports and activities for young children between 18 months & two years

Starting the 19th January 2022, The Albion Foundation have a series of soft play and kickers group sessions for children aged 18 months to two years.  The sessions will run for 12 weeks and will include: 

  • Introduction to ABC, 123, colours and shapes
  • Introduction to fundamental movement skills
  • Football and other fun activities
  • Soft play assault courses
  • A safe Environment.

Click here to sign up

Questions?   Please contact Lauren Holden, Health, Wellbeing and Community Coach,  at


Smethwick Community Centres launch Christmas Give a Gift Appeal

Two Smethwick Community Centres are launching a Christmas Give a Gift Appeal in partnership with SCIPS and Sandwell Council and are working to help make Christmas a special time of year for those who may be struggling after a difficult year.

Christmas should be a magical time of year, a time shared with loved ones, family, and friends, exchanging gifts and making memories. However, for some people in Sandwell it will be spent alone, or in care, or without any presents under the tree, and there will be no Christmas dinner. St Albans Community Association and Dorothy Parkes Centre, two Smethwick based charities who between them provide quality, holistic, advice, guidance, support, and a place of welcome and opportunity, at grass roots level, on a day-to-day basis, are working together to help make a difference this Christmas.

Tonia Flannagan, Chief Executive Officer at St Albans Community Association said:

“We had a tremendous response to this campaign two years ago and we want to make it even better this year. In our previous appeal we had over 300 gifts donated which were distributed to those children who spent Christmas in hospital and to older people who do not have any family or receive gifts. We were amazed at the generosity of local people, and we hope the community works together to make this year another success”.

Robert Bruce, Chief Executive Officer at Dorothy Parkes Centre said:

“Christmas is the season of goodwill and given all of the challenges in the country now with COVID, the increase in cost of living, and reduction of benefits, this ‘magical’ time of year could be extremely difficult for many people. We hope that our appeal can ensure that we put smiles on many people’s faces this Christmas.”

The Centres are seeking support from local residents, schools, emergency services and businesses and asking for donations of new, unwrapped toys and gifts which will be distributed to a wide range of people in the week before Christmas. Donations can be dropped in at both Centres and other donation points across Sandwell. Donations are to be made by Monday 6th December 2021 and then wrapped up by volunteers before being distributed out into the community. For more details, please call 0121 558 0018 or visit

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