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Community Transport offers free furniture delivery for Sandwell residents

Community Transport have worked in partnership with Sandwell Council for many years, providing services throughout the borough for those most in need. The charity works to recycle and resell affordable, quality, used furniture, and new goods, and also to provide accessible passenger transport for community groups and supportive organisations.

Sandwell Council have collaborated with Community Transport to provide these services, but CT are now looking at alternative ways of supporting the local community. One way is in the form of a voucher scheme, which entitles the holder to free a delivery, in one transaction, of purchases made from CT’s West Bromwich furniture store, (located at the entrance of the bus station) to anywhere in Sandwell.

The scheme is accessed via a referral system, and CT have partnered with a wide range of partner organisations across the region, who support people from all backgrounds. These partners have been issued with a number of vouchers, with a unique code, relevant to their own organisation. If they feel that a beneficiary would benefit from having free delivery of goods, the individual is issued with with a voucher to be redeemed in-store.

The objective of the scheme is to enable local residents to have access to affordable furniture in the first place, and also to have a way of their purchases being delivered to their homes without incurring further cost.

For more information please contact Liz Rowe, Operations Director South, on 01902 491209 or email liz.rowe@communitytransport.org.

Sporting Equals Membership

Sporting Equals exists to promote ethnic diversity across sport and physical exercise. If your organisation is led by people from ethnically diverse communities or at least 50% of people who attend your sessions are and you have some focus on sports or physical activity, then you may be a good fit to become an associate member. There are many benefits to joining Sporting Equals including the many funds we distribute to our members each year.

Membership Benefits:

  • Bespoke support for funding, including help with applications.
  • Access to the funds Sporting Equals has been enabled to distribute (Tackling Inequalities Fund etc)
  • Monthly newsletters with funding, training, CPD and partnership opportunities
  • Access to paid and voluntary research opportunities with Sporting Equals
  • Discounted rates for Sporting Equals and partner events (including our annual sports awards)
  • Retail discounts through Sporting Equals partnership with Kindred, the online shopping add-on
  • Opportunities to contribute to our high-level government consultation responses
  • Free to join

If you would like to know more about Sporting Equals or join up as a member visit their website by clicking here, please contact the Sporting Equals Activator Rashid Hussain at info@sportingequals.org.uk or call 0121 777 1375.


Children’s Winter Coat Exchange

Do you have a child’s winter coat you no longer need, or could you do with a winter coat for your child? Winter coats exchanges will be taking place over October half-term, which will hopefully enable families and children in need to have a winter coat ahead of the colder weather.

It is a free service and the exchanges will take place at three locations, detailed below.

Simply drop off clean coats which are no longer needed, so that they may be of benefit to other children, or visit one of the locations to see if there is a coat which you could use.

Drop off on:
Monday 25th October: 10 am – 12 noon
Cradley Heath Community Link, 72 High Street, Cradley Heath, B64 5HA

Monday 25th October: 8.30 am – 10.30 am
Life Central Church, Dudhill Road, Rowley Regis, B65 8HS

Tuesday 26th October: 10 am – 12 noon
Oakham Evangelical Church, City Road, Tividale B69 1QZ

Collect on:
Thursday 28th October: 10 am 0 12 noon
Cradley Heath Community Link

Friday 29th October: 8.30 am – 10.30 am
Life Central Church

Friday 29th October: 10 am – 12 noon
Oakham Evangelical Church.

Please contact Matt Hill, Public Health Development Officer – Rowley Regis, on 07790 945111 or at matthew_hill@sandwell.gov.uk should you wish to know more.


6 Tips to Boost Online Donations

CAF explains in their article that your charity’s website is an important tool for raising funds and they’ve put together six top tips to help you drive your online donations.

1 Make it match — Brand consistency!

Building and maintaining relationships with your supporters is the key to successful online fundraising. The value of your charity’s brand is vital in helping to maintain trust with your donors.

2 Make it super easy

  • Can your visitors easily find the information they are looking for?
  • Is the donation button or page prominent on your site?
  • How many clicks does it take for someone to be able to make a donation?

One of the key benefits of online donations is the speed and convenience for your donors. Unfortunately, too many charities make their online donation process unnecessarily complicated. This can often put off potential donors so you need to consider this carefully.

3 Make your online donation form user-friendly
With 26% of UK donations being made online according to our latest UK Giving report, it’s crucial for charities to have an user-friendly online donation form available on their websites.

To read the full article by CAF click here.

Sandwell Young Carers would like your help

Did you know… Sandwell Young Carers are in with the chance of winning £100,000?

Sandwell Young Carers have made it through to become finalists in the Persimmon Homes ‘Building Futures’ scheme. As the only finalist ‘representing’ Sandwell they need your help and support on two fronts:

  • to vote for their project;
  • encourage friends, family, colleagues, contacts etc. to vote too.

Sandwell Young Carers needs YOUR help to WIN £100,000 🏆

Please help, and vote for them as follows:

• Go to https://www.persimmonhomes.com/building-futures/finalists

• Scroll down to (or click the ‘Find a Finalist button to search for) the ‘Sandwell Young Carers’ entry and click the link

• Click the orange ‘Submit Vote’ button to register your vote.

You can vote ONCE EVERY 24 HOURS per IP address, but can increase the number of votes you may submit in the following ways:

  • use different networks e.g. home, work, public.
  • use your mobile ‘phone provider network (using mobile data)

Please share this post and get everyone you know to vote.

Voting is open till midnight on Friday 19th November

If you would like to know more about Sandwell Young Carers please do get in touch: T: 0121 525 7667 / W: www.sandwellyc.org.uk / E: maria.wiseman@sandwellyc.org.uk

Come Dancing “Latin style” at Cradley Heath

Have you ever wanted to learn Latin dancing? Cradley Heath Community Centre is running a taster session in gentle exercise through Latin dance. No partner needed. It’s a fun way to stay supper fit. 

There’s a FREE taster session from 11 am on Friday, 29th October 2021.

If you are interested, please call Lynne directly on 07415 392 920.

Over 55 Weekly Exercise Class at Cradley Heath Community Centre

Jan’s Over 55s, is a new, friendly and enjoyable exercise class, running at Cradley Heath Community Centre, Reddal Hill Road, Cradley Heath, Thursdays mornings from 11 am to 12 noon.

The cost is £3.50 per class, on a pay as you go basis; a small outlay to help you keep fit, stay active and improve health and wellbeing.

What’s in it for you?
All fitness levels welcomed
Easy to learn routines
Classes tailored to your individual needs
Help to develop muscle tone and improve balance and posture
Help to prevent age-related illnesses
Increased flexibility and mobility
Community-based class which could become an active social group

Jan looks forward to welcoming you. Why not give it a try and bring your friends!

For more information, please call Jan on 07866 958847



Girls – get on the ball!

Young women aged 11 to 16 are invited to join a five-day Basketball Camp, incorporating a Sports Leader’s Qualification.

The free course, for all abilities, is taking place at Tipton Sports Academy, October 25th – 29th, led by an all-female team of coaching staff.

For more information and to book a place call 07784 253859 or email info@justplayuk.com


Join Sandwell Volunteer Coordinators’ friendly Forum

Do you recruit, train, manage or support volunteers for your organisation? If you do please come and join the autumn gathering of the Sandwell Volunteer Coordinators’ Forum.

The Forum meets quarterly, online, to share info and support around volunteer management. It’s a friendly, informal gathering to chat about the ups and downs of maintaining an excellent volunteer offer. Most meetings have a general theme, with a speaker invited to share their views on the topic, or deliver a specific message.

The next meeting is the afternoon of Thursday October 21st. For more information contact our Growing Participation and Volunteering Mentor kim@scvo.info.

Free Antenatal Session for grandparents and carers

Sandwell’s Parent Support Team are excited to announce a new face to face session for mums or dads, grandparents-to-be (or other family member) welcoming a new baby into their family.

As well as celebrating the new arrival into your family, this fun session, led by a health visitor, will give you an opportunity to find out all the latest advice and guidance on pregnancy and new born baby care so that the new parents-to-be can be supported as much as possible. It is a FREE session (with goodies, cakes and refreshments provided!).

The sessions are on Saturday 27th November at Brook Street Community Centre, Tipton.

To book go to https://bookwhen.com/changes or for more information click here.

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