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Healthwatch Sandwell Directory of Information

To help local people and support the community and voluntary sector in the borough, Healthwatch Sandwell have compiled a directory of information and advice to help people during the current Covid-19 pandemic.

This includes local and national sources as well as information relating to many long term conditions.

The directory is available on Healthwatch Sandwell’s website.

This information is updated regularly and any suggestions for additions etc., can be sent to

Dementia Connect Service

We know dementia affects everyone differently. So whether you, a loved one, a friend or neighbour is affected by dementia, help is available.

Dementia Connect, the Alzheimer’s Society’s new personalised support service, means you’re only one click or call away from the dementia assistance you need.

It’s free, easy to access, and puts you in touch with the right support, from local dementia advisers are available on the phone to online advice, helping to make things easier.

Call Dementia Connect for support on 0333 150 3456.

Support line opening hours
Monday – Wednesday 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Thursday – Friday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday – Sunday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Further information

Support for the recently discharged from Birmingham hospitals

Do you know that you if you have recently been discharged from City Hospital or the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, elderly or vulnerable, and live in Sandwell, you are eligible for the Home from Hospital Care Service?

This includes:
• Emergency food parcel and toiletries pack.
• Arrange for shopping to be done and delivered to the doorstep.
• Telephone befriending calls to prevent isolation.
• Home visits pending risk assessment prior to visit in line with coronavirus guide lines.
• Collection of prescriptions.
• Any other practical support.

The service can be accessed for up to six weeks.  Please call 0121 472 4499 for information.

Home from Hospital Care support does not include personal care.

COVID-19 Sandwell Council Response

Please see below an important message from Sandwell Council, which SCVO are circulating on their behalf, regarding our collective response to the coronavirus situation in the borough.

COVID-19 letter to all voluntary sector organisations in Sandwell

We are reaching out to you as voluntary sector organisations in Sandwell to see how we can work together through this time of crisis to ensure that people in Sandwell who have care and support needs receive the help they require.

We now need you to let us know what assistance you can contribute to ensuring the ongoing care and support needs of people within the community.  We understand that some of you may be considering ceasing your current service provision and we would welcome any contribution of staff time or availability of staff and other support options which we can coordinate across the 6 towns of Sandwell.

Equally, we recognise and understand you may be struggling around your substantiality. It would therefore be helpful to understand what support the council can provide to contribute to your ongoing service provision.

In light of the above, please complete and return the two sections detailed below as soon as possible.  We can then consider not only how best to support you, but also how we can try to pull all of the available resources together to support the vulnerable people in Sandwell.  Once we have received your responses we will be collating them and producing a response that will be targeted to the different elements of care and support provision and will advise you of support options that may be available. We will also be in touch to discuss with you how we can work together to mobilise our shared resources through this difficult time.

When completed please return to:

How can your service support the people of Sandwell?How can the council support you to sustain your service provision?













Families Together Programme

The Families Together Programme, delivered by Family Action, is currently taking referrals for their next course in May.

Families Together is a unique programme designed to support men and women to recognise and overcome low level domestic abuse. Ultimately it aims to support families to feel safer and have the tools to improve their family relationships and improve their awareness, confidence and self-esteem.

If you are working with a family who you think would benefit from attending the programme please email for a referral form.

Attendee comment: “I feel it has really helped me in my relationship with not only my partner, but my children. It has helped me see where we have both gone wrong and where we both have to step up to make it right. It has also taught me how to communicate with my children better.”

Free Workplace Presentations about Ovarian Cancer

Ovacome (the national UK ovarian cancer charity focused on providing support to anyone affected by ovarian cancer, and with a Regional Office based in Dudley) is offering FREE presentations for your staff and volunteers that will give them the information they need to know about ovarian cancer.   

Although cancer affects many people in the workforce either directly as patients or indirectly as carers there is little public understanding of ovarian cancer, what to watch for and how to get help.

Ovarian cancer is uncommon with around 7000 cases each year, but can be devastating because it is usually diagnosed late, when it has spread and when treatment is more difficult.

Ovacome wants to change this and is committed to educating the public about the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer, which can seem vague and non-specific and are often mistaken for less serious conditions.  This means women delay seeking medical help.

Presentations include an ovarian cancer survivor giving her story and information from Ovacome staff.  The sessions are informal and supportive so people are comfortable to ask questions and chat with us.  Very positive feedback has been received from employers and staff members


‘Thank you for sharing and raising awareness about the symptoms that too often are explained away as ‘oh that is just…’

‘Thanks for sharing this with us all, we often put so many of our aches and pains to old age / menopause etc. without even considering it might be something major serious, really good to have highlighted this.’


Ovacome can tailor the sessions to meet your staff’s needs and fit in with your business and are often asked to be part of health and wellbeing events or occupational health initiatives.

For more information and to book a presentation contact: Lee Priestly T: 020 7299 6651 / E: 


Volunteering Opportunities with Beat It Percussion

Would you like to volunteer at a rhythm and sound-based intervention session for well-being? If you care about older people or those living with dementia and would like to learn more about an innovate approach to working with groups in the community, you would be very welcome at Beat It Percussion’s informal session.

At the informal information ice-breaker rhythm activity session, you will find out how you can get involved and make a difference.  As a volunteer, you can become a session buddy or undertake an admin or support role.

The session is from 2 pm – 3 pm on Wednesday, 18 March 2020.
The venue is South Staffs Community Hub, Union Street, Wednesbury WS10 7HD.

For more information and to book a place, please contact 07875 090946 or email

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Public Health seeks champions for Planning for Dementia

As part of the strategic work / planning for Dementia, Public Heath are making a request for two champions from Smethwick for Dementia Action Week (11 – 17 May 2020). Two representatives from each of the six towns are also required to take part in a Virtual Dementia Tour, 12 May 2020.

The tour allows a person with a healthy brain to experience what dementia might be like. In return, the representative will be asked to share the experience locally and become a Dementia Champion.

What you need to do
Write to Public Heath explaining why you want to attend the Virtual Dementia Tour, and outline how it will help you make a difference in your community. You must be free to attend the session for the full duration, 3.00 pm – 5.15 pm, on 12 May. Participants will be required to fill a short medical questionnaire before they take part in the activity.  Letters of interest must be received by 27 March.  Successful participants will be informed on 10 April.

Letters of interest should be sent to:

Maxine Groves
Senior Commissioning Manager for Dementia
Green Floor, Jack Judge House
B69 9EN


To read more, click here.

As places are limited, an information session will be arranged for interested individuals and organisations. Details of the information session will be shared over the next few months.

Sikh Helpline presents: ‘Spotlight on Domestic Abuse’

Sikh Helpline, in association with Black Country Women’s Aid and West Midlands Police Public Protection Unit, would like to invite you to their first upcoming event on Saturday, 21 March 2020, 10.30 am – 2.30 pm, at ASAN The Workspace, All Saints Road, Wolverhampton, WV2 1EL.  It is a free event.

‘Spotlight on’ Domestic Abuse’ will focus on raising awareness on domestic abuse for volunteers and the wider community, whilst providing a support platform and network teams for victims of abuse.

The event will consist of speakers, workshops and the opportunity to network with local providers. There will be presentations from guest speakers including West Midlands Public Protection Unit, Black Country Women’s Aid and a personal experience of domestic abuse from survivor Sarnjit Flora.

A complimentary lunch will also be included.  Sikh Helpline we look forward to your attendance.

Spaces are limited so register for your free ticket at



Let’s Talk Hope in Sandwell Cancer Support

Let’s Talk Hope provides support to people who have, or has survived cancer, as well as their families and friends, in a relaxed and friendly environment.

The group meets once a month at the YCA, Greets Green Access Centre, Tildasley Street, West Bromwich B70 9SJ.

Let’s Talk Hope in Sandwell also have a Facebook group, which raises awareness and helps make journeys a little easier.

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