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Free training for Line Managers in understanding Mental Health within the workplace

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust are pleased to announce they have secured funding to offer a workshop on Employment Retention Service, which is about helping people who experience mental health issues to stay in work, or return to work following a period of absence.

The Trust is running standardised workshops via teams on the following dates/times:

Wednesday 1st December 2021: 10 am – 12 pm
Wednesday 5th January 2022: 10 am – 12 pm
Wednesday 2nd February 2022: 10 am – 12 pm
Wednesday 2nd March 2022: 10 am – 12 pm

If you are interested in attending a session, please contact with your name and email address. You will provided with the link to join.

Please note: there are 14 places available for each date, so book as soon as possible.

Attendees will have the opportunity to refer colleagues who have been identified as needing support, for a free consultation and completion of a wellness action plan. The information can be shared with the referring manager, if the colleague consents.

Alternatively, if you would like a bespoke training session, Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust can discuss your organisation’s requirements.



New weekly social walk in Brunswick Park, Wednesbury

Alison Hartshorne, from the Neighbourhoods Partnership Team, has organised a new social walk in Brunswick Park, Wednesbury.  The weekly walk will be on Monday mornings, with the first walk to be on Monday, 27th September.  Participants meet at the Sons of Rest building at 10.15 for a 10 .30 start. Stay after the walk for a cuppa and a biscuit too!  Please see flyer.

The Partnership Team are also looking for volunteers who may want to assist with this session or start a new walk – to be a walk leader. You will need to complete some training. For details of the next course below:

The next Ramblers Wellbeing Walks Sandwell Stride Walk Leader training course is on Wednesday, 20 October, 10.00 am – 1.00 pm on MS Teams.

There are several pre-learning requirements before doing the training.
Ramblers Wellbeing Walks Online Introduction (approx. 40 mins)
Walk Leadership Foundations e-learning (approx. 90 mins)
Shadow a Sandwell Stride Ramblers Wellbeing Walk

See link for a list of the Sandwell walks so you can find one to shadow that works best for you.

If you are interested in volunteering or the walk leader training, please contact Mandy Williams, Public Heath Development Officer, at or call 07768 213211. Once registered, Mandy will arrange for you to have access to Assemble the Ramblers online volunteer portal so you can complete the online pre-course learning.

You may also be interested to know that there is a ‘Brunswick Buggies’ walk, every Friday morning from 10.30 am.


Black Country Foodbank: 2021 Harvest Campaign

Harvest (September to the end of October) is one of the most important times of the year for Black Country Foodbank. It’s a good time to restock our shelves after the demands of the summer holidays. This year, in the wake of the Covid-19, your donations will be crucial.

Black Country Foodbank are thankful that many schools, faith groups, community groups and businesses donate vital food, toiletries and finances to help support food banks as they navigate new challenges and families manage increasing financial pressures.

The past year has been a real struggle for many families and the future looks just as problematic as benefits are about to be cut and furlough is reaching an end. The aftermath of the pandemic means that many families are in debt and are not sure where to turn. As they continue to help people get through these unexpected times, all the support is very much appreciated.

In 2020 they provided 440,000 meals with 110,000 being for children under the age of 14, with your support they can continue to provide for all those that need us.

Please see their website for school resources, shopping lists etc. If there is anything specific you’d like to know or to arrange a collection, then please get in touch using or 01384 671250.

NHS Cadets Opportunity with St John Ambulance

NHS Cadets is a new programme created by St John Ambulance in partnership with the NHS, providing opportunities to explore skills, knowledge and volunteering roles within healthcare. It is aimed at young people aged 14 to 18 who are from communities currently under-represented within the NHS and St John Ambulance.

The programme offers young people health awareness sessions, courses to develop their leadership and communication skills and insight or experience in volunteering within the NHS.

This is a great opportunity for the young people to build on invaluable life skills as well as enhancing the chances to progress further in health/social care.

Find out more

Kaleidoscope Plus New Support Groups

Kaleidoscope Plus Group are really pleased to be able to share two new services that are being launched in September, to meet the needs in our community. The first groups run on 7th September.

1. Midlands Parent Self Harm Support Group
Supporting someone who self-harms, can be really daunting. Self-harm can be very complex and Kaleidoscope understand families may need support and reassurance.

This new service will provide a safe, supportive environment in a non-clinical setting, for those who are supporting someone who self-harms. Attendees are able to share their experience, their thoughts and meet others who are also supporting their loved ones. The service will help attendees understand self-harm, support conversation and manage wellbeing. Kaleidoscope will be offering a variety of different mindfulness activities, along with resources for both parties relevant to their needs. Please note the aim of this service is to support care-givers and not those who self-harm directly.

This support groups meet on the first Tuesday of the month, 5.30 – 7.00 pm.

2. Midlands Suicide Bereavement Support Group
The service offers a safe space for people aged over 18, who have been bereaved by suicide, to come together and talk openly about their experience and receive support.

Suicide knows no social, ethnic or cultural boundaries. If you feel you have been affected by a suicide and you would like to talk about it, Kaleidoscope can provide a place to listen, to share, to ask questions and to connect with others. This service can be accessed as often and for as long as needed. It is available to anyone regardless of their relationship to the deceased person, the cause of the death or the time that has elapsed since their passing.

This support group meet on the first Tuesday of the month 7.30 – 9.00 pm.

As well as the above new services, Kaleidoscope will continue to run the existing virtual UK bereavement group, every third Tuesday of the month 6.00 – 8 pm.


World Suicide Prevention Day Webinar: Friday 10th September 2021

The Black Country Healthcare Foundation Trust in partnership with Near Neighbours will be hosting a World Suicide Prevention Day webinar, on the Friday, 10th of September  10.00 am to 12.00 noon.

The event will be jointly chaired by Mohammed Yasin and Shaz Akhtar. There will be key speakers, grass root voices and associated materials and workshops, In addition, there will be Mindfulness and Well-being sessions and how you can get involved to help promote wellbeing and prevent suicide.

Link to register

New Weekly Exercise Session at Cradley Heath Community Centre

Jan’s Over 55s, is a new, friendly and enjoyable exercise session, running at Cradley Heath Community Centre, Reddal Hill Road, Cradley Heath, on Thursdays from 11 am to 12 noon. The sessions will help to you stay active, improve energy levels and improve health and wellbeing.

The first (taster) session, on Thursday 26th August, is free. Thereafter, there will be a £3.50 pay as you go fee.

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


Soho Victoria Friends & Neighbours Drop-in Sessions

Soho Victoria Friends and Neighbours would like to invite you to their weekly drop-in session held every Friday between 12 noon and 2pm, at Smethwick Baptist Church where you can have a chat and a cuppa.

You’ll also be able to find out about other local activities and services, build relationships, make new friends and neighbours, access information and advice on the current and future vaccination program with limited availability of lateral flow testing kits and so much more!

Find us at: Smethwick Baptist Church, Regent Street, Smethwick B66 3BQ
Contact: Soho Victoria Friends & Neighbours on 0121 532 2011

Looking to get active and make new friends?

Friar Park Millennium Centre, on Friar Park Road in Wednesbury, is the venue for a new 6-week ‘Gentle Seated Exercise‘ course that is being delivered by yoga instructor Bryony Morris.

In this welcoming community session you will have the opportunity to explore mindful movement, with additional time to socialise and refreshments.

Focus (of the sessions) may include:

  • Balance and coordination
  • Mobilising and strengthening
  • Improving lung capacity
  • Reducing stress and anxiety

This is an accessible class for all ages and experience. It may be suitable for those that prefer to remain seated in a chair due to physical limitations, recovering from illness, or for those coming back to physical activity after a break.

You can book your place by CALLING or TEXTING Bryony Morris on 07749 847818

Whilst the bulk of this activity is subsidised, there is a small fee payable on a weekly basis (£1.50 per class).

Patient Survey: Online and Video Consultations with GP Practices

The CCG is working with local GP practices across the Black Country and West Birmingham, to look at ways in which technology can help to improve patient access to GP services and extend patient choice.

Whether or not you have experienced video consultations or online consultations with your GP practice, the CCG would like to hear from you and welcome your views on what you think about potentially accessing consultations in such ways.

Please take a moment to take part in the NHS Black Country and West Birmingham CCG short survey to help the organisation understand what is important to you that you would want or expect from an online consultation.

For more information and to complete the survey click here.

If you would prefer to discuss and and complete the questionnaire by telephone, please contact the engagement team on 0121 612 1447 to arrange a call back.

The survey will close on Friday 30th July 2021.

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