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The Lottery’s 25th Birthday Thanks To You campaign

This year the National Lottery is celebrating its 25th birthday and the difference it has made to heritage, the lives of people and communities throughout the UK, over the past quarter of a century. Thanks to National Lottery players, over £30 million goes to good causes each week.

The annual Thanks To You campaign is the perfect opportunity for you to be involved in the birthday celebrations and to say thank you to the National Lottery players who have made so many projects possible. It’s also a chance for you to highlight the difference you have made in your local community.

The principle of the campaign is simple: anyone who visits a participating National Lottery-funded venue or project between 23 November & 1 December 2019 and shows a National Lottery ticket gets free entry, or another special offer.

Some fantastic organisations and projects have already registered across the good causes family, including Westonbirt the National Arboretum, The Fitzwilliam Museum, The Old Vic, National Holocaust Centre and Museum, Pleasance Theatre, Black Country Living Museum, National Justice Museum, University Museum of Zoology, Derby Arena, Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival, V&A Dundee, Worcester Cathedral, the National Trust for Scotland, RSPB, Bath Comedy Festival, The D-Day Story, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and many, many more.

If you haven’t already done so (and thank you if you have!) please register your interest in being a part of the campaign on the Lottery Good Causes website.

If your organisation has not taken part in Thanks To You before, and/or you are not sure what your special offer might look like, the Lottery can help. Their dedicated project manager, Stacey Reed, is on hand to work with grantees to make sure your offer reaches new audiences and benefits from the national promotional profile of the 25th birthday celebrations.

There are many ways for everyone to get involved. In previous years, some of the special offers have included:

• free entry to venues for all or part of the Thanks To You period
• an expert talk or a guest panel
• guided facility or venue tours
• setting aside tickets to an event coming up in the future
• a membership discount
• hard hat / in-construction / behind the scenes tours
• a day, weekend, or week of activities
• workshops or lessons
• a special view of a collection or archive not usually open to the public
• an in-store or restaurant offer
• the chance to sit in on a rehearsal or training session
• something totally different to your usual programme of activity – maybe a group walk or fete

Need more inspiration?

Julie from Fairhaven Lake, Lancashire, has written a blog about how taking part in the Thanks To You campaign made a big difference to a small project.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Thanks To You project manager, Stacey Reed, on Stacey.Reed@lotterygoodcauses.org.uk or 020 7211 3928 if you have any questions.

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 Dytorj@wolvcoll.ac.uk

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 Sight Loss Awareness Training

If you know anyone who is living with sight loss and you’d like to know the best ways to communicate with and guide a person, or you’d like to know more about eye conditions and their impact, then Beacon can help!

Beacon’s Sight Loss Awareness Training offers a friendly and fun training session that will enable you to:

• Learn how to safely guide a person with sight loss appropriately, negotiating stairs, doors and chairs
• Experience what it is like to be visually impaired using our sight loss specs
• Gain information about aids and equipment that can help visually impaired people
• Gain an understanding of the most common eye conditions
• Learn the importance of eye health
• Understand the emotional impact of sight loss
• Know more about the services Beacon Centre offer to people living with sight loss

You will gain confidence to better assist and support people living with sight loss, as well as a certificate upon completion of the session.

The training is open to both individuals and groups.

These sessions are completely FREE and take place at the Beacon Centre, Wolverhampton Road East, WV4 6AZ. Available dates/times are:

Wednesday, 25 September, Wednesbury, 30 October and Thursday, 28 November 2019. All from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm.

Please book online at wwww.beaconvision.org or call 01902 880 111.

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 Eilish_James@sandwell.gov.uk 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.


Brushstrokes Community Project reopens!

Brushstrokes Community Project is once again fully open to the public for all services, from Monday 2 September 2019.

The new offices are located at 253 High Street, Smethwick B66 3NJ (across the road from the Red Cow public house).

Telephone 0121 565 2234. Email info@brushstrokessandwell.org.uk

Engagement opportunity regarding NHS Pain Management Services

Based on information preferences shared with Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commission Group about engagement opportunities you would like to hear about, the CCG would like to make you aware of a listening exercise they have launched in relation to the pain management services commissioned for the Sandwell and West Birmingham population.

Pain management is a specialist service for people who are living with chronic long-term pain due to a musculoskeletal condition that has had an impact on them carrying out their usual day to day activities. There are over 200 musculoskeletal conditions which affect muscles, joints and bones such as arthritis, fibromyalgia and most commonly, back pain.

The service is accessible by GP referral for those who need help with managing their pain, with support and treatment options available to reduce pain, improve mobility and improve quality of life.

This listening exercise is part of a wider review of musculoskeletal services in Sandwell and West Birmingham and enables the CCG to listen and engage with people who have lived with chronic pain, to identify things that could be improved and help shape the way the service is delivered in the future.

The Clinical Commissioning Group would welcome the opportunity to hear from people affected by long-term pain and their relatives/ carers/ representatives and invite you to complete the online questionnaire below.


The closing date for this survey is 6 September 2019.

If you have any further queries relating to this listening exercise or would prefer to share your views by phone, please get in touch Kathryn Meredith, Commissioning Engagement Manager, on 0121 612 2789 or email SWBCCG.engagement@nhs.net

What’s on in September at Yemeni Community Association?

September.  The first month of autumn.  Its harvest time.  More important, look what’s on at the Yemeni Community Association!

Let’s Talk English:  Starts Monday, 2 September and weekly thereafter: 10.00 am to 12.00 pm

ESOL Class:  Starts Wednesday, 4 September and Wednesday weekly thereafter: 10.00 am to 12.00 noon

Women’s Wellbeing Network: Talk mindfulness and healthy lifestyles in the comfort of a ladies-only group. Chatter and workshops over refreshments.  Starts Friday, 6 September and every Friday in term time: 9.30 am to 11.30 am

Family Fun Day and launch of The Wellbeing Project:  Saturday, 14 September 12 pm to 4 pm. There will be a BBQ, a bouncy castle, penalty shootout, Henna Mehndi and lots more!

All taking place at Tildasley Street, West Bromwich B70 9SJ.

Please call 0121 525 3909 for further information.

Looking to revamp your wardrobe?

BUDS will be hosting a fashion show on Friday 6th September, from 7.30 pm, at Brandhall Labour Club, Tame Road, Oldbury. There will be up to 75% off the price of well-known brands including River Island, Miss Selfridge and Next.

Tickets are £5 each and the proceeds will be divided between BUDS and Breast Cancer Charities.

To get your ticket please telephone BUDS Reception on 0121 565 3721.

Fircroft College first ever Alumni reunion and 110 year celebratory event

Fircroft College is excited to be hosting the first Alumni Reunion for past students (also known as Fircrofters!) to celebrate the college’s 110 year anniversary on Friday, 6th September 2019, 9.45 am – 2.45 pm.

Alumni and partners will be able to find out what has remained the same, what’s new, reconnect with familiar faces (and meet new ones!), all in six acres of beautiful grounds.

The day is designed to be flexible so you can sign up for the workshops to fit around commitments.

Sign up for the Alumni Reunion via Eventbrite.

Any queries please email neena.chauhan@fircroft.ac.uk

Volunteers wanted for British Transport Police Scrutiny Panel

The British Transport Police is looking to recruit Volunteers willing to assist with the British transport Police Hate Crime or Domestic Abuse Scrutiny Panel. The Panel is designed to improve policing of hate crime and domestic abuse.

The British Transport Police is the police department that covers the rail network throughout the UK and the Scrutiny Panel would look at crimes investigated throughout the country by BTP.

The purpose of the Panel is to impartially review a random selection of reported related crimes. Its aim is to determine whether the police response was appropriate to the circumstances of the report, with the information available at the given time. It is not intended to apportion blame. However, decision maker explanations may be required to rationalise actions taken or not taken.

The Panel is scheduled for the following potential dates:

23rd – 27th September 2019
30th September – 4th October 2019
21st – 23rd October 2019

If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer on the panel, please email the Vulnerability Unit at VulnerabilityUnitBirmingham@btp.pnn.police.uk as soon as possible.

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