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Dementia and Black, Minority Ethnic Communities

The Race Equality Foundation with Faith Action and Friends, Families and Travellers, as member of the Health and Wellbeing Alliance, have been commissioned to help undertake a set of events on dementia and black and minority ethnic communities.

The aims of these event are to:
• raise awareness of dementia
• explore issues around risk reduction for dementia; and
• explore dementia support for black and minority ethnic communities,
These events are aimed at practitioners, individuals and organisations working on dementia. See here for more details about the overall project, see here.

The first three events are up on Eventbrite and are open for bookings:

London – 29th November
Leeds – 5th December
Birmingham – 11th December

A second set of events will take place in the new year in Rochdale, Bristol and Peterborough.  Please contact Samir Jeraj, Policy and Practice Officer, on 0207 428 1886 if you would like details.

Big Local GM2LF Project’s Winter Newsletter – Now Available

The new winter newsletter for GM2LF will be making its way through letterboxes across the project area in the next week or so.

Alternatively, pick up a copy from your local library, St James Church, Oakham Church, Holy Cross Church or Lion Farm Action centre at their new centre at The Vicarage.

Read the latest issue online

Call-out for Artists for Winter Open All Media Exhibition

Following successful September and October Exhibitions, The Art Yard Gallery & Studios, Cradley Heath, is pleased to announce its Winter Open All Media Exhibition, on Monday 20 November to Friday 22 November 2017.

Are you interested in being part of the Exhibition to showcase Artists working in a wide scope of visual media, including paint, photography, ceramics, sculpture, film, metalwork and crafts?

The Art Yard’s front window and internal galleries have been extended and improved. The central gallery now offers a spacious multi-use environment for exhibitions, Art Classes, micro-cinema, visual and audio shows, crafts and demonstrations, whilst the rear community hub can be used for meetings with other people to socialise or just for a quick chat over a cup of tea or coffee.

The plan is to increase the opportunities for local artists and craftworkers to promote their products and provide greater public access to artworks.

Artists should complete a Submission form listing all works you would like to exhibit stating media, size and selling price. Please include any digital images of each work. Fees are to be paid when delivering your works.

The Submission Form is to returned via email by Friday, 17 November 2017

National Financial Capability Week 13-19 November 2017

During Financial Capability week Sandwell Financial Services Hub, its partner agencies and Black Country Housing Group – BC Click Start, will be celebrating the work they do to improve financial capability within the community by hosting events in and across Sandwell at local libraries.

The theme for Financial Capability Week is ‘Ways to Save Money/Money Saving Tips’ and at the events SFSH will be sharing money saving ideas and:

• a ‘Taste test’
• saving money on shopping
• saving money on energy usage
• healthy eating recipes
• Christmas dinner on a budget
• Information regarding Universal Credit, new BetterOff Sandwell website etc.

See when Sandwell Financial Services Hub will be in your Town.


Invitation to The Victims Summit

You are invited by David Jamieson, West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner, to the Victims Summit being held on Tuesday 28 November 2017, 9.45 am – 16.00 pm.

The venue is the Lord Knight’s Suite, Tally Ho!, Pershore Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B5 7RN. The Summit will showcase some of the services David Jamieson has commissioned regionally as a result of recommendations made by his Victims Commission.

Click here to read more about the Victims Summit and to register your attendance.


A new website is helping people in Sandwell to manage their money

BetterOff Sandwell will help residents to:

  • access advice on benefits and ways to improve their job opportunities
  • apply for welfare benefits
  • find work that pays and record their job search activity
  • see how their money changes when they move into work.

You can also use the website to get debt advice, appeal a benefits decision and find childcare.

It’s easy to create a BetterOff account – you can do this through Facebook or Google, or by registering your email address or mobile number.

Keep on top of your budget, search for jobs and see what benefits you may be entitled to – go to and get the support you need.

AVIVA Community Fund…Your Vote Counts!

The Aviva Community Fund offers the chance to get funding for an important cause in your community.

It’s open to everyone – the general public as well as Aviva customers, employees, insurance brokers or financial advisers (whether associated with Aviva or not). We want you to enter a project for your community and tell us what a difference these much-needed funds could make.

Get enough votes from friends, family and supporters in your community and your project could be entered into the Finals, where a judging panel will award the funds.

The Public vote is now open and there’s great representation from groups across the Sandwell Borough…visit to see the nominations and get instructions on how you can cast your votes (yes, you have 10 votes that you can cast!)

But don’t delay…voting closes on the 21st November.

Black Country Allotments – Gardeners’ Question Time

Join us for west Brom’s very own Gardeners’ Question Time at Sandwell Central Library.

Special guest and chair of the panel is Alys Flower, a British horticulturist and journalist and presenter on the long-running BBC television programme Gardeners’ World.

Joining Alys, is Susie Parr, writer, researcher, amateur beekeeper and author of Black Country Allotment Society, a 2014 publication with Multistory, as well as local allotment holders.

There will be a blind food tasting before Question Time and homemade soup by Smethwick-based Ideal for All afterwards.

The event is FREE but booking is essential – contact 0121 569 4904 to book and/or submit a question for the panel.

Venue: West Bromwich Central Library

Date: Wednesday, 8th November 2017

Time: 11am – 12.30pm

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:


Safeguarding Network Launch

There is a community and faith based establishments (CFBE) safeguarding network launch taking place on:

 Thursday 7th of December 2017,   9.00am – 2.30pm at Gayton Community Centre, Gayton Road, West Bromwich, B71 1QS.

The Safeguarding Launch is aimed at staff and volunteers from faith and community groups in Sandwell. The multi-faith event is your opportunity to network with other groups in the community, discuss best practice, listen to talks on safeguarding, learn what resources are available, and provide a chance to contribute to next steps for a network.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Please confirm your attendance by contacting Emma Brown on 0121 569 2529 / 07760 554031 or via emailat

If you have any queries associated with accessibility and special requirements, please let us know prior to the event so we can accommodate your needs.


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