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Reducing Parental Conflict Training

After the success of the Reducing Parental Conflict training arranged by  Sandwell Council pre-Pandemic, the Council have organised two more courses that will take place virtually over two three-hour sessions. The courses will be very interactive to aid learning.

Previous participants’ comments:

“This training would benefit all professionals working with parents and families.”

“The course content is very relevant and explained in a brilliant manner.”

Course 1: 25th September 9.30 am – 1.00 pm and 28th September 9.30 am – 1.00 pm

Course 2: 25th September 1.30 pm – 5.00 pm and 28th September 1.30 pm – 5.00 pm

To secure a place or for further details, please email

Black Country Touring – Dial a Story…

Fancy something a bit different… Grab a 15 minute free performance on the telephone by poet Adrian B Earle, Storyteller Peter Chand or by singer Sam Frankie Fox during the first three weeks of September 2020.

All it takes is the cost of a local 0121 number.

Black Country Touring has secured funding from Heart of England Community Foundation’s ‘Doing Things Differently’ fund, Sandwell MBC’s Vision 2030 and Creative Black Country to deliver this project which aims to reduce isolation by providing social interaction through a dose of short live performance on your telephone.

Adrian Earle is a Writer, Poet, and media maker from Birmingham, creating journeys through the written word for stage, film and radio under the name ThinkWriteFly.

September Performance Dates and Times are as follows:

Adrian Earle
• Tue 1 – 10am, 10.45, 11.30, 12.15, 1pm
• Thu 3 – 10am, 10.45, 11.30, 12.15, 1pm
• Mon 7 – 10am, 10.45, 11.30, 12.15, 1pm
• Tue 8 – 10am, 10.45, 11.30, 12.15, 1pm
• Wed 9 -10am, 10.45, 11.30, 12.15, 1pm
• Thu 10 – 10am, 10.45, 11.30, 12.15, 1pm
• Fri 11 – 10am, 10.45, 11.30, 12.15, 1pm
• Mon 14 – 10am, 10.45, 11.30, 12.15, 1pm
• Tue 15 – 10am, 10.45, 11.30, 12.15, 1pm
• Wed 16 –  10am, 10.45, 11.30, 12.15, 1pm
• Thu 17 – 10am, 10.45, 11.30, 12.15, 1pm
• Fri 18 – 10am, 10.45, 11.30, 12.15, 1pm

Peter Chand is an award-winning international Storyteller, hugely in demand for his unique retelling of tales from his motherland, India into English. Whether it is performing in a tiny classroom, or enthralling hundreds of adults in a theatre, he has a story for every occasion.

Peter Chand
• Thu 3 – 10, 10.45, 11.30, 12.15, 1.45, 2.30, 3.15, 4
• Fri 4 – 10, 10.45, 11.30, 12.15, 1.45, 2.30, 3.15, 4
• Mon 7 – 10, 10.45, 11.30, 12.15, 1.45, 2.30, 3.15, 4
• Tue 8 -10, 10.45, 11.30, 12.15, 1.45, 2.30, 3.15, 4
• Thu 10 – 10, 10.45, 11.30, 12.15, 1.45, 2.30, 3.15, 4

Sam Frankie Fox is a Welsh vocalist, harpist, theatre maker and sound designer based in the West Midlands. Sam has worked locally, nationally and internationally.

Sam Frankie Fox
• Wed 9 – 10, 10.45, 11.30, 12.15, 1.45, 2.30, 3.15, 4
• Thu 10 – 10, 10.45, 11.30, 12.15, 1.45, 2.30, 3.15, 4
• Sat 12 – 10, 10.45, 11.30, 12.15, 1.45, 2.30, 3.15, 4
• Wed 16 – 10, 10.45, 11.30, 12.15, 1.45, 2.30, 3.15, 4
• Thu 17 – 10, 10.45, 11.30, 12.15, 1.45, 2.30, 3.15, 4

To book a performance contact Bobby Tiwana on

Black Country Touring is part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio.


Free swimming continues in Sandwell

Free swimming for over 60s and children aged 16 and under will continue at Sandwell leisure centres.

As part of the #MoveMoreSandwell programme, which aims to help people live more active lives, Sandwell Council has confirmed it is extending the funding of the free sessions – for children 16 and under during school holidays and for people over 60 during public swimming sessions – and that some sessions have now resumed.

Sandwell Leisure Trust is providing bookable sessions for over 60s and competent young swimmers over the age of eight at Haden Hill and Wednesbury Leisure Centres. Further sessions at other centres will be announced in the coming weeks.

Details of the changes will be sent to anyone signed up for the free swimming scheme, which has been funded by Sandwell Council since 2013.

Since the scheme was last extended in 2015, young people have enjoyed more than 198,000 free swimming sessions, and over 60s have enjoyed more than 306,000.

Go to for more information on free swimming.

For more information on #MoveMoreSandwell visit

DHSC invites charities to join Health and Wellbeing Alliance

The Department of Health and Social Care has invited charities to apply to join the Voluntary,  Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Health and Wellbeing Alliance. Members of the alliance receive grant funding on an annual basis of up to £80,000 for their core work. 

The Health and Wellbeing Alliance is part of the Health and Wellbeing Programme to promote health equalities and reduce health inequalities.

The closing date for applications is midday on 6 November 2020.

For more information click here.

Source: Gov.UK

Free Mental Health Support for young people from Lyfeproof

Are you aged between 14 and 25 and struggling to cope with life after lockdown?  Lyfeproof is offering free mental health support for young people in the West Midlands.

You will be connected with a therapist of your choice (including creative therapies for those who find talking about their emotions difficult). You will have six online sessions, with a further opportunity for assistance with sleep and nutrition.

No tech? No problem. You can borrow a tablet and headset from a device library.

Remember, you don’t have to be in crisis to reach out (but it’s okay if you are). Contact either or 0121 622 3603 to sign up.

Lyfeproof is also looking for possible referral partners, so please get in touch at if you would like to access the service on behalf of your young people.

The Best Digital Tools for Managing Stress and Mental Health

As we face tough challenges taking a toll on our wellbeing at work, here are the best digital tools for managing stress and mental health.Working in the charity sector can be greatly rewarding and unites people with a passion for progress. We love our jobs because we care deeply about what we do. However, we can face challenges at work that affect our wellbeing. We review the best digital tools for managing stress and mental health.

Our sector faces specific challenges. Charity workers face major deadlines, keen regulation and the need for accountability which can induce stress and impact mental health. A significant source of stress is money as charities are largely dependent on donations and raising their own revenue. The threat of cuts and dwindling funding can add to the problem.

Putting Mental Health First
The significance of good mental health is gaining ground in discussions about the workplace. Charity staff are emotionally invested in their jobs but don’t always have a support network to depend on. Putting self-care first is essential for employees, service users and the organisation itself.

‘Self-care is important’, says Lesley Dixon from social support charity PSS. ‘It’s all well and good just putting your all into it, burning out, and that’s not good for you as an individual, it’s not good for the organisation, it’s not good for people who use the services.’

There are distinct challenges in managing self-care for directors and managers in the charity sector. Whether facing bereavement in cancer charities, supporting vulnerable refugees or helping survivors of sexual violence, charity sector staff face enormously traumatic and distressing situations regularly as part of the daily working day.

“We work with a lot of Syrians who have come over on the government’s resettlement programme”, says Maurice Wren from the Refugee Council, “and their level of traumatisation is higher than we’re used to from other resettled refugees. And that worries me because it means that we’re having to cope with that, we’re having to take that on.”

The tendency of charities to depend on volunteers, part-time staff and teammates working remotely also raises wellbeing issues. Judi Rhys from Arthritis Care refers to ‘that sense of isolation… the sense of not quite being connected with the rest of the workforce’ as one problem. The tendency to dedicate and commit long hours is problematic, too. The pressure can be overwhelming.

Read the full Digital Charity News Article by clicking here.

Source: Charity Digital News

Dedicated website for Young People

A dedicated website aimed at young people has been given an overhaul by Sandwell Council.  Young people in Sandwell are being urged to log on  to find the latest activities on offer as well as useful information and advice.

The revamped website includes a new section with facts about coronavirus and the latest advice for young people.

It is aimed at young people aged 11-19 – (up to 25 for those with special educational needs and disability or SEND). There is help on staying healthy, getting active, being safe, education and learning, summer activities, skills, work experience and careers. The site sign posts young people to opportunities to have their voice heard and to shape services.

Young people are also being encouraged to follow Sandwell’s SHAPE Instagram to get the latest updates on campaigns, events and activities. (@Shape_Sandwell)

Visit the new-look website

Covid-19 and the African Caribbean Community in Sandwell – Let’s Talk About It

It is recognised and acknowledged that Covid-19 has had a significant impact on our local communities. One of the communities particularly affected by Covid-19 is the African Caribbean community.

Dr Ian Sykes (Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG Chair) in partnership with Healthwatch Sandwell and West Bromwich African Caribbean Resource Centre, would like to invite you to an online workshop to listen to your experiences on the 6th August 1 pm – 2.30 pm.

They want to engage and listen to the views of this community to understand the specific issues faced during the Covid-19 pandemic.

This will be an on-line meeting using Microsoft Teams software. If you have a smart phone, tablet or laptop and have access to the internet you will be able to join the conversation.

Places are very limited.  Please let the CCG know as soon as possible if you are able to join the work shop by emailing   You will be sent the link to join if there is a place available.

For further information you can contact 0121 612 1663.

West Midlands Emergency Active Travel Fund – Have Your Say

The Government has announced an Emergency Active Travel Fund (EATF), working with local authorities across the country to encourage more active travel. As we respond and recover from Covid-19, the West Midlands Emergency Active Travel Fund Package includes a suite of measures to enable you to cycle or walk safely around your neighbourhoods and town centres.

These schemes include local measures that prioritise active travel, making it easier for you to access local services and enjoy the spaces around you.

The recent Transport for West Midlands Covid-19 travel survey concluded that 81% of you would like cleaner air, and 65% of respondents would like to be more active. In response to that, more than 45 projects will be introduced, including pop-up cycle lanes and pavement widening. These new measures will help you:

• Travel safely and securely

• Get workers and businesses back up and running

• Support school travel and keep children and families safe

• Keep air clean, reduce carbon emissions, improve mental health and increase physical activity that have resulted through lockdown

• Support a green recovery.

The package includes bold initiatives such as pop-up cycle lanes that keep cyclists separate from traffic along busy routes or provide more space for walking by expanding footways.

Please take a look and have your say on the places that matter to you by visiting

The Roll and Stroll campaign offers information about active travel, activities, tips and links to help you keep moving.

West Bromwich factory works with Public Health Partners over coronavirus cases

Sandwell Council’s Public Health Team is working with Public Health England (PHE) Midlands to support a West Bromwich workplace in which a third of the workforce are affected by COVID-19.

CBS Packaging Managing Director, Jitha Singh, and his colleagues are working closely with the firm and arranging further testing of the whole workforce starting Monday, 20 July 2020.

Director of Public Health, Dr Lisa McNally, said there was concern over infection transmission into the community – both in neighbouring Smethwick, where cases have gone up recently, and in Walsall.

However, she said it would not be reasonable to connect the factory directly to all of the new cases seen in Smethwick.

Dr Lisa McNally repeated that everyone needs to remember the virus is still all around us and to follow the advice:

If you experience COVID-19 symptoms, you need to do three things.

• First, you and your household must self-isolate at home.
• Second, book a test online or by calling 119.
• Third, if you test positive, respond to any messages from Test & Trace.

Social distancing, hand washing and face coverings
Be strict in keeping your distance from people not in your household – 2 metres apart where possible. Keep washing your hands regularly and limit contact with other people.

Stay at home as much as possible, work from home if you can and wear a face covering especially if you are in an ‘indoors’ environment.

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