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Carers Project….Healthwatch Sandwell want to hear from you

Healthwatch Sandwell is currently conducting a Carers Project and want to talk to people (aged 18+) who provide unpaid ‘care’ for others. This role can include personal care, shopping, befriending and much more. The Project includes people who may not see themselves as a ‘carer’ and have not accessed support.

Healthwatch Sandwell is your local voice for the public in the delivery of health and social care services.

If you would like to be share your experience, the organisation is collating people’s contact details to:

• be part of a focus group in July and August 2019 to discuss their experiences of caring for someone. These will be held in each town and participants will be contacted directly with dates. (one in each town in Sandwell) or

• have a one to one interview to talk about your life as a carer and what support you have had, and what you would like in the future.

If you, or anyone you know is interested in taking part, please contact Healthwatch Sandwell on 0121 569 7210 or e mail

Healthwatch Sandwell: Board Members and Volunteers sought

Healthwatch Sandwell is the independent consumer champion for health and social care in the borough, delivered by Engaging Communities (ECS). The Healthwatch network is made of up of local Healthwatch across each of the 152 local authority areas and Healthwatch England, the national body.

Healthwatch champions the views of patients and social care users across Sandwell. It works to help local people get the best out of their local health and social care services and provide information and signposting, so they understand what services are available and be able to access the right services.

• An Advisory Board member will need to have a good understanding of health, social care and well-being policy issues and challenges facing the NHS and Local Authorities, together with a good awareness of the local environment in Sandwell and how health and social care services are delivered. Please note this is a voluntary position.

If you would like to play a leading part in shaping the future of a vital organisation as a Board member, then Healthwatch would welcome your application. Recruitment packs are available from Aileen Farrer at or 01785 887809. If you would like an informal discussion about the role, please call Elizabeth Learoyd on 07776090003.

• There is also a range of opportunities for general volunteering. From helping to spread the word about the work, to representing the organisation at meetings, reading and reviewing information and visiting health and social care services on its behalf.

The people that Healthwatch help and support come from a variety of different backgrounds and cultures with a wide range of needs. That is why the organisation seeks volunteers with varying experiences and skills.

For more information or if you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact Healthwatch Sandwell on 0121 569 7210.

Cranstoun Sandwell seeks to recruit Engagement and Recovery Worker

Cranstoun Sandwell provides a range of services for those affected by drugs and alcohol. The preventative and self-help approach of the service compliments the established treatment and recovery interventions delivered across the Borough ensuring the service caters for all levels of need.

Cranstoun Sandwell seeks to recruit an Engagement and Recovery Worker, to be based at their office on the Oldbury Road in, Smethwick.

Salary range: £19,554 – £27,905 per annum
Hours per week: 35 hours
Term: permanent

You will be responsible for delivering all elements of substance misuse work including, case management, needle exchange, outreach, group work, access and engagement as well as other associated duties. You need to be committed to the recovery agenda, encouraging clients to utilise their recovery capital within their community and have group-work experience. There will be a requirement for evening work on Wednesday evening until 8 pm on a rota basis.

The skilled and compassionate staff work closely with services users and their families to change and save lives. They combine proven expertise in treatment and recovery with innovative approaches and actively involve those they help in improving the design of the services we provide.

Please note CVs will not be accepted. The post will be subject to a DBS Disclosure

Cranstoun Sandwell welcome applications from all sections of the community.

To download an application pack, visit

The closing date for applications is Wednesday, 10th July 2019

Cranstoun Sandwell is a Registered Charity.

Suicide Bereavement Support Service Sandwell

The Kaleidoscope Plus Group facilitates a Suicide Bereavement Support Service. The service is funded by money that has been raised for the organisation for this purpose.

The Support Service provides a safe space for people who have been bereaved by suicide to come together and talk openly about their experiences.

The sessions, which take place the second Thursday of the month, 2 pm to 4 pm, are led by trained professionals who bring with them skills and knowledge around coping with grief, loss and bereavement.

If you have been bereaved by suicide and would like to attend the groups, please contact Gillian Reeves at Kaleidoscope on 0121 565 5605 or email

Please note the Kaleidoscope’s recent change of address to

321 High Street
West Bromwich
B70 8LU

Religious Circumcision – Community Meetings

As you may be aware, NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG commissions (buys) local healthcare services on your behalf. Circumcision for medical reasons is still available across the NHS, but the NHS has progressively phased out the provision of circumcision for any other reason. NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG is the last NHS commissioner to implement this change but we are now planning to do so.

We understand that there are concerns where families turn to unqualified and unregulated practitioners for circumcision, or families on low income may struggle to pay for the procedure from a private provider.

We have put two meetings in place to listen to any other concerns that the community may have and to work together with other public services and the local community to find solutions to these concerns and agree how we can work together in the future.

There will be two opportunities to attend and the meetings will take place on:

Monday, 24 June 2019
Brasshouse Community Centre, Brasshouse Lane, Smethwick B66 1BA
3.00 – 3.30 pm (Registration.
3.30 – 5.00 pm (Meeting)

Wednesday, 26 June 2019
The National Metalforming Centre, 47 Birmingham Road, West Bromwich B70 6PY
5.00 – 5.30 pm (Registration)
5.30 – 7.00 pm (Meeting)

Places are limited, so if you would like to attend this event, please email or call the Communication and Engagement Team on 0121 612 1447.

The CCG believe it is important that you have your say and look forward to your input.

CCG Minor Surgery Services and Non Obstetric Ultrasound Scan (NOUS) Services Listening Exercises

The CCG are holding listening exercises to hear views and experiences around Minor Surgery Services and Non Obstetric Ultrasound Scan Services (NOUS). You can have your say on both Services by completing online surveys, or by joining the Clinical Commissioning Group at one of the public events, below:

Minor Surgery online survey

Non Obstetric Ultrasound Scan survey

Tuesday 25th June: 2 pm-5 pm, Portway Lifestyle Centre, Newbury Lane, Oldbury B69 1HE

Thursday 27th June: 6 pm-9 pm, YMCA 38 Carter’s Green, West Bromwich B70 9LG

The CCG look forward to hearing your views. If you require any further information please contact the Engagement Team on 0121 612 1447 or email

Suicide Bereavement Support Service

The Kaleidoscope Plus Group facilitates a Suicide Bereavement Support Service, funded by money raised for the organisation for this purpose.

The service provides a safe space for people who have been bereaved by suicide, to come together and talk openly about their experiences. Groups are led by trained professionals who bring with them skills and knowledge around coping with grief, loss and bereavement.

The Suicide Support Service meet, 2 pm to 4 pm on the second Thursday of the month. The next meeting will be on Thursday, 9th May 2019.

If you have been bereaved by suicide, and would like to access support, please call Gillian Reeves on 0121 565 5605 or email prior to attending.

The Kaleidoscope Plus Group have recently moved to:

153 Dartmouth Square
West Bromwich
B70 7QX

Dying Matters Awareness Week: 13 – 19 May 2019

Dying Matters, aims to bring conversations and talk about the subject of death and bereavement into the national agenda.

On Tuesday, 14th May, 10.30 am to 11.30 am, Oldbury Library aims to increase awareness of  dying, death and bereavement  to help people make the most of their finite lives.

Go along and gain advice and information from a variety of organisations.  Drink tea, eat cake and discuss death.

Death happens to everyone. It is a normal part of nature’s order. Being aware of it, but not dwelling on it, is a key aspect of living a happy, full and productive life.

Oldbury Library
Jack Judge House
Halesowen Street
B69 2AJ

Telephone: 0121 569 4955

Couch to 5K Initiative

Sandwell Leisure Trust (SLT) is running its fifth highly successful and FREE Couch to 5K initiative in May – in the leafy green surroundings of West Smethwick Park.

Back by popular demand, the nine-week course that sees non-runners start from scratch and collectively build up to managing 5,000 metres together, kicks off on Wednesday 1st May (6.30 – 7.30pm) and the only stipulation is that you need to be aged 14 or over. Places are FREE on this programme thanks to funding from Heritage Lottery Fund. Those registering must commit to a weekly group session & two pieces of homework linked in the session.

It follows very popular schemes held in Tipton, Smethwick, Oldbury and Cradley Heath, which attracted record numbers of participant sign ups and retention rates twice above the national average.

This fitness and mental wellbeing programme with a real difference is being led by SLT’s Simon Bryan, who is assistant manager for the Trust’s Hadley Stadium and Harvey Mitchell Leisure Centre in Smethwick, plus Tipton Sports Academy.

This particular Couch to 5k is Heritage Lottery-funded and forms part of the fantastic new £5m+ leisure and community facility and legacy that will be located in the heart of West Smethwick Park from January 2021.

Part of the Heritage Lottery Fund’s nationwide ‘Parks for People’ initiative, it will feature a striking two-storey pavilion centrepiece, a contemporary new café and a comprehensive programme of targeted community and fitness activities ranging from dance, exercise, and martial arts classes, to environmental training exhibitions and community art projects – with the new facility being managed by SLT on behalf of Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
To book your place click here

Fizz Free February is here – make your pledge!

Friday 1st February marks the start of Fizz Free February – meaning it’s time to ditch sugary drinks for 28 days.

Launched by Southwark Council in 2018, Fizz Free February is a great way to reduce the amount of sugar in your diet and make it easier to cut down on fizzy drinks for the rest of the year, too. It can also help you to save money, stay healthy and keep your teeth. For instance, did you know that you could save £438 if you stopped drinking one bottle of soft drink, per day, for a year

Through the campaign, Sandwell’s Public Health Team will be raising awareness of the health implications of drinking fizzy drinks, which often contain high amounts of sugar.

Pledge to give up fizzy drinks for 28 days and tweet about it using #fizzfreesandwell and #gofizzfree

You can find out more about the reasons to quit fizzy drinks and sign up to take part at:

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