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Did you know SCVO can help Sandwell organisations promote good news stories or put a call out for goods, via Swap Shop, through our weekly e-bulletin?

Are you aware, we use social media channels and connections to raise awareness of community activities, events and launches for organisations?

Have you seen or used or Events Calendar?

These are some of the ways SCVO can help organisations to get their messages out to new and wider community audiences. Minimum effort for groups, possibly yielding maximum results.

If you would like to take advantage of these free services or would like to find out more about how SCVO can support your organisation, please get contact us on support@scvo.info or call 0121 525 1127.


Changes to DBS Fees

With effect from 1 October 2019, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) will be reducing the fees for DBS checks.

DBS has conducted a fee review and as a result, the fees for DBS checks will reduce as follows:

Type of DBS check Current fee Fee from 1 October 2019

Basic DBS check £25.00 £23.00
Standard DBS check £26.00 £23.00
Enhanced DBS check £44.00 £40.00

The fee for the Update Service will remain the same, at £13 per year. The fee for an Adult First check will also remain the same, at £6.

Standard and enhanced volunteer applications will remain free-of-charge.

These reductions reflect the significant improvements in efficiency that DBS has achieved over the last few years and provides an opportunity for us to pass some of these benefits back to customers through lower pricing.

There are various commercial organisations from where you can obtain a DBS – find details from any web seach and you can also do a more general search from – https://dbs-ub-directory.homeoffice.gov.uk/


Page to Stage: Music for Mental Health

Passionate about mental health? Want to create new music? As the world is beginning to open up about mental health, The People’s Orchestra and Show Choirs provide a platform to share your experiences and raise the profile of this important issue through the Page to Stage project.

Join The People’s Orchestra for a composition workshop, on Saturday, 16 November, 1 pm to 6 pm. You do not need to have musical training to take part, just an interest in sharing your experiences of mental health and being part of the creative process.

Ideas and soundscapes from the day will be combined into a specially commissioned piece of music for The People’s Orchestra and Show Choirs, to be premiered in a concert next year.

1.00 pm Welcome and Warm up

1.15 pm Poetry Workshop: contribute thoughts and experiences around mental health.

2.30 pm Collaborate and create: a musical composition workshop with Kirsty Devaney

5.30 pm Informal performance to family and friends.

Get in touch on 0121 569 2616 to let The People’s Orchestra know you are coming.

Visit the website on www.thepeoplesorchestra.com


Christmas Give a Gift Campaign

The St Albans and Dorothy Parkes Centres are launching their annual Christmas Give a Gift Campaign, working in partnership with Your Trusted Charity.

The Centres would like to work with local VCS organisations, businesses and schools to request donations for both children and older people.  Gifts for children will be donated to Your Trusted Charity, to distribute in Sandwell General Hospital. Gifts for older people will be distributed to local care and nursing homes, giving to those without family who do not receive gifts. The response to last year’s Give a Gift Campaign was incredible.  There were some very generous donations.

St Albans and Dorothy Parkes hope this year’s response will be equally generous, to enable them to reach as many children and older people as possible.

Gifts may be donated at:
St Albans Community Centre, St Albans Road, Smethwick B67 7NL. Telephone 0121 558 0018.

Dorothy Parkes Centre, Church Road, Smethwick B67 6EH. Telephone 0121 558 2998.

The closing date for donations is Friday, 6 December, 2019.


The Art Yard – Call for Artists November Exhibition

 

The Art Yard would like to invite local arts to register their interest in being apart of their Open Media Exhibition. This is an opportunity for the artist to showcase their work regardless of the medium (i.e. paint, photography, ceramics, sculpture, film metalwork, crafts and much more).

Artists should complete the Submission Form listing all works you would like to exhibit stating the Media, size and selling price, please include any digital images of each work.

The Art Yard charge a small fee for exhibiting your works in their gallery and are to be paid when delivering your works.

For more details see the links below:

We very much look forward to seeing your work and hope you enjoy what we believe will be a successful and exciting Exhibition.

For more information or to submit your completed form please email The Art Yard directly at infoartyard@gmail.com or call 01384910968.


Crossroads: Training Courses for November 2019

Crossroads Caring for Carers, provides domiciliary care to service users and respite care to carers. Crossroads is running a range of training courses in November, from Medication awareness to Health and Safety.

Training can also be tailored to your organisation’s requirements.

Please contact Graham Evans on 0121 553 6483 (Ext. 5) for further information.


Healthwatch Sandwell – Feedback Centre

Healthwatch Sandwell has a new facility on its website called the ‘Feedback Centre.’

This gives you the opportunity to feed back any information you may have about a health or social care service in Sandwell. This covers hospital, GP surgeries, pharmacies, dentists, care homes and other services.
Please visit our feedback centre: https://www.healthwatchsandwell.co.uk/services/

If you have any suggestion on any other service to add to our feedback centre, please let us know by phoning 0121 569 7210 or emailing info@healthwatchsandwell.co.uk


The Art Yard – November Sale Exhibition

The Art Yard would like to invite local arts to register their interest in being apart of their Open Media Exhibition. This is an opportunity for the artist to showcase their work regardless of the medium (i.e. paint, photography, ceramics, sculpture, film metalwork, crafts and much more).

Artists should complete the Submission Form listing all works you would like to exhibit stating the Media, size and selling price, please include any digital images of each work.

The Art Yard charge a small fee for exhibiting your works in their gallery and are to be paid when delivering your works.

For more details see the links below:

We very much look forward to seeing your work and hope you enjoy what we believe will be a successful and exciting Exhibition.

For more information or to submit your completed form please email The Art Yard directly at infoartyard@gmail.com or call 01384910968.


B&Q Community Reuse Scheme

DIY store B&Q operates a community re-use scheme through all its branches across the UK. The scheme donates unsellable products and materials for re-use by local schools, other educational institutions and community groups, for the benefit of the local community and the environment.

All items are donated on the understanding that they will be re-used or disposed of responsibly if they are not used.

Eligible groups include:

  • community garden projects,
  • registered charities,
  • schools and colleges,
  • youth groups,
  • Scouts and Guides,
  • hospices,
  • preschool groups and
  • registered child minders.

B&Q also works with Community Repaint, a network of schemes that collects any surplus, re-usable paint and redistributes it within their communities to individuals and families on low income, charities and community groups. Charities, community groups, colleges or schools interested should get in touch with B&Q. B&Q will add the organisation’s details to their database of community groups. When a B&Q store has something to donate, they will use this list to get in touch with groups in their area.

For more details click here.


BUDS 10th Year Anniversary Dinner

You are cordially invited to BUDS 10th Year Anniversary Dinner on Friday, 8th November, 2019. The reception will be 6.15 pm at Brandhall Labour Club, Tame Road, Oldbury, B68 OJT.

Tickets are £35.00 each, or £325.00 for a table of 10 people. The four our course meal will be followed by entertainment provided by Doug Parker, Comedian.

To book your ticket telephone please contact BUDS on 0121 565 3721.


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