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Mental Health, Faith and Communities

The Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell (YCA) is delighted to invite you to a lecture on Mental Health, faith and communities.  The lecture will be delivered by Prof. Rasjid Skinner, Prof. of clinical psychology on Tuesday, 5 December 2017 6 pm – 8 pm.

Prof.  Skinner read Anthropology and Psychology at Durham University, and went on to post-grad research in Anthropology, and then training in Clinical Psychology, at Queen’s University Belfast. While at Queen’s he also underwent Jungian training analysis. He has been working as a Clinical Psychologist since 1976, mostly within the NHS.

He began collaborating with others, in the 1980s, on Islamic approaches to Psychology. Four years ago, with several colleagues, he set up, in Bradford, ‘Ihsaan’; a voluntary sector provider of Islamically based psychological therapies. He holds the Visiting Chair of Clinical Psychology at the University of Karachi, and lectures at Sheffield University and the Cambridge Muslim College.

Publications include:
Skinner R. (2010). An Islamic approach to psychology and mental health. Mental Health, Religion and Culture. 13(6) 547-551.
Kaplick P.M. and Skinner R. The evolving Islam and psychology movement. European Psychologist. 22(3) 198-204.

To book, please contact Saeed Nasser at the YCA on 0121 525 3909 or email

Arabian food served from 5.30 pm.

This lecture is free and open to all especially those interested in promoting good mental health and wellbeing in their community.


Steps to Work seeks Hubs in Sandwell and Dudley

Steps to Work is thrilled to have been successful in securing the sub- contract with Shaw Trust to deliver the Work and Health programme in Sandwell and Dudley. Steps to Work and Shaw Trust aim to join up services where possible. In order to do this, they are looking for partners who can assist them with the needs of customers by focussing on the integration of existing services and providing better accessibility for customers.

Customers will be referred from Job Centre Plus. Steps to Work will be dealing with the long term unemployed, people with disabilities, health conditions and those who qualify for early entry, such as ex-forces personnel and those who have additional vulnerabilities.

Steps to Work will be aiming to link all services to support their customers such as housing associations, the National Health Service, General Practitioners, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Community Mental Health Teams and Improving access to Psychological practices as well as the Voluntary Sector and employment support providers.

The success of the Work and Heath programme will depend on the strength of collaboration with partners. Steps to Work has built some great relationships in many areas of the Black Country through its Building Better Opportunities programme “BRIDGES”. It is keen to expand upon this for the Work and health Programme.

For Sandwell and Dudley areas (click here for specific wards) Steps to Work is also looking for co-locations and two main hubs from which they can deliver. Space will vary depending on the referrals received. However, as minimum 1-2 desks on each site at different times throughout the week is required.

The agreement could potentially be for 5 years. Steps to Work would like to review every 6-12 months.

If you have space which you feel may be suitable, please contact Rizwana Hussain, Work Programme Manager, on 01922 892060 or 07900583681. Email:



Leading Charities Urge Government to Address ‘Crisis’ Of Mental Health Services in UK

Twelve mental health bodies write open letter urging ministers they ‘cannot go on’ with so many patients ‘locked out’ of vital services.

Leading charities have urged the Government to urgently address the crisis facing mental health services in the forthcoming Budget.

In a letter shared exclusively with the Independent, mental health bodies issued an unprecedented waring to ministers that if budgets are not increased and protected, the majority of mental health sufferers will remain locked out of vital services.

Almost a year on from Theresa May’s pledge to improve mental health support and ensure it has parity with physical health services, the letter accuses her of setting out unambitious targets, urging that services cannot go on with the current levels of funding.

To read the full article click here.

Source: Independent

Get Active at exercise sessions across Sandwell

Agewell runs a number of weekly exercise sessions for the Over 60s and the less able of all ages.

Sessions last for 1-2 hours, cost £2.50 to participate and are held at various community venues across Sandwell. Meet up with old friends and make new ones, make your heart stronger, maintain and protect healthy bones and improve your mobility.  Contact Agewell on 0121 796 9333 for details of classes near you or for more information.

Agewell have 100 Concessionary SLT Leisure Passes up for grabs which are available on a first come, first served basis.  The passes include up to 50% off swimming, fitness classes, gyms and much more.

Sandwell Advocacy want to hear your views…

Sandwell Advocacy is working with OPAAL (Older People’s Advocacy Alliance) to determine what the needs are of people over the age of 50 living with long term health conditions and they are using the findings to identify what help people may need.  Other advocacy partners across the country are completing similar surveys and all the information gathered will be collated to give a broader nationwide picture.

Sandwell Advocacy, therefore, is keen to hear from older people about the impact of long term health conditions on their lives.

(Long-term conditions or chronic diseases are conditions for which there is currently no cure, and which are managed with drugs and other treatment.)

Their online survey should take no more than 5 minutes to complete and can be found at:


Spotlight on My Time Active

1. Tell us what you do.
Mytime Active a are a social enterprise commissioned by Sandwell Public Health to deliver a 24week Healthy Lifestyle and Weight Management programme for Adults and Families who want to learn about healthy eating, physical activity and weight management. We offer a variety of support pathways for individuals, including access to our weight management packages (free for the first 12 weeks), discounts to local gyms and leisure centres and 12 weeks of free weight watchers vouchers (subject to eligibility). Alongside this, we offer all individuals tailored 1:1 support.

2. What is your proudest achievement?
Every day we help people to make long-term positive changes to their, supporting individuals to lose weight and keep it off for good.

3. What is your experience of support received from SCVO
We have found SCVO to be invaluable in supporting the growth of our programmes, through attending both network events and using their various platforms to advertise our service.

4. What is the most valuable lesson you have learnt about working with people in Sandwell?
Everyone person, town and community in Sandwell is unique. We have dedicated town teams who work within the local area, in local GP practices, community centres and libraries to support individuals to access the service locally.

5. What are your plans for the future and some of the challenges you face?
We want to continue to grow our groups and provision, ensuring we have a vast presence across the whole of Sandwell. It is a challenge; however our team are committed to improving the health of Sandwell residents.

6. How can SCVO help to support your organisation in the future?
With continued promotion and networking opportunities!

For further information please contact Louise Pickard the Senior Healthy Lifestyle Specialist on 0121 366 0966 or view their website to see what other services are available at 

Shared Lives Carer needed to join Independent Panel for CVT

Camphill Village Trust is currently in the process of putting together an Independent Panel for its innovative Shared Lives Scheme, being developed across the Borough of Dudley and the surrounding areas. The Panel which meets in Stourbridge, will sit for half a day on a quarterly basis and ‘approve’ the status of all Shared Lives Carers involved with the CVT Scheme.

The Panel is made up of local social care professionals who have an interest in Shared Lives and wish to ensure there is fairness and consistency to the assessment and approval process. To bring a specific knowledge and skill-set to the Panel, CVT is looking for a current or retired Shared Lives Carer from a neighbouring Scheme to join as a member.

The post is voluntary but CVT will cover travel expenses and the Registered Manager is known to make a mean cup of tea and even provide a plate of biscuits from time to time.

If you are interested, please call Dean Barnshaw on 01384 597264 or 07984 896010 or email
To find out more information about CVT Shared Lives, please go to or follow CVT on Twitter @CVTSharedLives.


Over 50’s Social Club for people living with dementia

The Kingfisher Buddies Club is a fun, welcoming new group for older people living with the early stages of dementia, their carers and family.

Why not go along to the Club on Tuesday afternoons 2.30 to 4.00 pm at the Dorothy Parkes Centre, Church Road, Smethwick B67 6EH

Or starting from 16 October, Monday afternoons 1.30 pm – 3.00 pm at TESCO, Foxoak Street, Cradley Heath B64 5DF.

If you would like more information, please contact Agewell on 0121 796 9333 or email


Social Saturday Event: Free Drop-in Taster Session

Beat It Percussion CIC is a small Community Interest Company, which aims to bring hands-on drumming activities to people in the community, through the interactive nature of their work people are not just being entertained, but are experiencing real, measurable benefits in their well-being as well as doing something active and great fun.

Beat It Percussion via Drumming Together is coming to Sandwell to offer a free drop-in taster session (everyone welcome) on:

Friday 13th October 2017 from 12.30pm till 2.30pm at Jubilee Park Community Centre, Powys Avenue, Tipton, DY4 0RJ.

Come and meet us, play on some drums and find out about our brand new project coming to Sandwell. This taster session celebrates Social Saturday, a nationwide day of events and activities to celebrate the nation’s booming social enterprise sector.

Drumming Together workshops are multi-sensory music sessions for older people. They are dementia-friendly and promote well-being.

In the workshops you will:
• Try something new in a supportive environment
• Make friends and share laughter
• Play on real instruments (no musical knowledge needed)
• Use drums to ‘talk’ in new ways

After building up our venture in Herefordshire and mid-Wales we are excited to be expanding into Sandwell. Details of our new Drumming Together programme starting in November are soon to be released so watch this space.

To find out more or to register your interest please email us on or visit our website at


Could You Offer Space to a Support Group?

The Community Occupational Therapy Department at Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is looking for some free room space where they can host a small group of local people recovering from mental health issues.

Group sessions create the opportunity to chat through individual experiences together with sharing information on different topics e.g. health and wellbeing etc.

Facilities would only be required for two hours once a week and in the localities of West Bromwich, Oldbury, Dudley and Wednesbury.

If you feel that you might have facilities to offer, please contact Angela White, Community Occupational Therapy Assistant Practitioner: Telephone 0121 545 4292 or email


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