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NHS Question and Answer Session about new Shared Care Record – 25th January 2022

NHS Black Country & West Birmingham CCG will be holding a live question and answer session about the new NHS Share Care Record.

Patients and members of local communities are welcome to join the CCG on Tuesday 25 January 2022 from 10.30 am to 12 mid-day.

You will have the opportunity to ask questions to the doctors and the technicians working on ‘One Health and Care’, the new NHS shared care record for the Black Country and West Birmingham.

Book your place by clicking here


Dorothy Parkes ‘Loss Matters Programme’ to help with grief, bereavement and loss

Grief and loss can turn your world upside down, isolation can make and it worse. The Dorothy Parkes Centre has received an SCVO Vision 2030 Community Mental Health grant, which will enable them to provide free support programmes through its Loss Matters initiative, for members of the local community who have had experience of grief, bereavement and loss.

The Centre will deliver eight-week support programmes.  Ten courses will be delivered, each course to accommodate up to eight people. The programmes will be delivered at various times throughout the week – mornings/afternoons/evenings – over a twelve-month period, with the first programme starting in the autumn.

To find out more and to register your interest in the Loss Matters programme, click here.

Migration: Policy & Practice – 1st Network Meeting, Jan 27th ’22.

Migration: Policy & Practice is in the process of organising an initial meeting for groups in the sector to come together and discuss the findings of their first Sector Assessment – BARRIERS TO MIGRANT INTEGRATION: CHALLENGES FACING MIGRANTS AND THE MIGRATION SUPPORT SECTOR IN BIRMINGHAM AND THE BLACK COUNTRY.

They are keen to build on the momentum following the release of the report and look to bring together a broad coalition of groups working on the issues raised, develop responses and ensuring the needs of migrants are included in strategic planning.

The date for the first meeting is Thursday 27th January at 3pm and you can register at this link:

Black Country Suicide Prevention Workshop – Thursday, 3 February

Every year, people in the Black Country die by suicide. Every person who lives here will be affected by suicide at some point in their life. Every effort we make to prevent suicide can make a difference; the difference, to someone, somewhere. Every life matters. 

Across the Black Country many of us are working hard to make a difference. There is positive work taking place, but while people in the Black Country still die by suicide, more needs to be done.

The Black Country is a diverse and proud community, living across four local authority boroughs. This can create complexity, but we know our efforts are much stronger when we work together.

On Thursday, 3 February, from 9.30 to 12 noon, Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust will be holding a suicide prevention workshop, which is open to organisations, people with lived experience, and advocates from across Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton. They want to bring together people who work in health, care, emergency services, local authorities, charities, schools, colleges, universities, sports clubs, businesses, community groups, voluntary organisations and more.  The impact of suicide is felt by all of us. The solution to stopping suicide lies with all of us.

The workshop will be held on MS Teams. Please register at

Following registration, you will sent a calendar invite.

If you have any questions about the event, please email


Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference Awareness Sessions

MARAC is the multi-agency response to high risk domestic abuse in the West Midlands, and stands for Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference. From January to April 2022, West Midlands MARAC will be hosting a series of online events which have been created in order to establish better connections with key sectors and improve their understanding of, and access to, the MARAC process.

It is absolutely necessary to ensure that families coming through the MARAC process are fully represented by services, regardless of their circumstances, and the only way for us to do this is to ensure that MARAC is better connected.

To achieve this, West Midlands Police will host a series of six sector-specific events which will offer new and existing partners, charities and services a window into the MARAC world, the opportunity to discuss how their organisation and provision can work with the police, and ultimately provide them with a seat at the table in shaping how we can improve representation and access to MARAC for all high-risk victims.  The sessions are designed so attendance is only required at one, rather than all six.

The associated sectors are as follows:

  • Community Organisations (including Grassroots, and ‘By and For’) Children’s and Youth
  • Male Victims and Gender Roles
  • Disability, Mental Health and Older Persons
  • LGBTQ+
  • Housing and Homelessness

If you can’t make the event specific to your sector, feel free to join any, where much of the content will be similarly informative and relevant.

Attendance at these virtual events is strongly encouraged for all individuals and organisations working in these areas.  The Police are particularly keen to see attendance from organisations who work with under-represented groups, regardless of the size of the organisation.

The Police will assist you with understanding the wider referral pathways available to you here in the West Midlands, with a focus on high risk disclosures and how the MARAC process works, better equipping you in the event of a disclosure.

Please see link to a selection of free MARAC awareness sessions, bookable via Eventbrite.

Contact the West Midlands MARAC Team at



Black Country Partnership VCSE Alliance – Monday, 17th January 2022

Just a reminder that the next Black Country Partnership VCSE Alliance gathering is taking place on Monday, 17th January, at the usual time of 12.25 – 2.30 pm.

A full agenda will be shared early next week. The Alliance gathering will be joined by ICS Chief Executive Designate, Marx Axcell.   There will be the latest news and updates from the world of Integrated Health and Care.  The Alliance will take a closer look at what is needed to facilitate the sector’s role in the Integrated Care system.

Please direct any questions to Stephen Terry, Engagement and Partnership Lead, on 07458 308445.  Email

You can register your attendance via Eventbrite.


Sandwell Better Mental Health Showcase

Public Health are hosting an event on the Better Mental Health Programme, to showcase the range of community projects funded through the Prevention and Promotion of Better Mental Health.

This will be a great opportunity to find out about all the great projects supporting mental wellbeing in our communities.

The event is on Monday, 17th January 2022.  Please register your interest here.


Invitation to join COVID-19 Keeping Communities Safe during Winter Webinar – 15th December

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust would like to thank community leaders for the vital role they have played during the pandemic.  With the emergence of the Omicron COVID-19 variant of concern, the government has released new mandatory guidance to safeguard public health and protect the NHS from being overwhelmed. 

The Foundation Trust would like to invite you to attend the final webinar of the year in the series of Keeping Communities Safe During Winter which will take place on Wednesday, 15th December 2021 at 11.00 am.

As well as providing an overview of the recent Government guidance, the webinar will feature presentations on the continuing importance of being ‘Boosted’ with vaccinations against COVID-19 and flu this winter and community engagement lessons to be learned from dealing with the pandemic so far.

The webinar will include high profile speakers from UKHSA, Cabinet Office and the British Society of Immunologists. The latter will discuss their recent community engagement project in partnership with a London Borough to train ‘vaccine champions’ within local community groups. There will also be ample opportunity for you to ask your questions, share ideas for more effective engagement and to inform the Government about challenges and barriers faced by your local communities.  Community leaders are encouraged to attend.

To submit a question in advance or if you have any questions about the webinar, contact Obaayaa Asantewaa or Pascoe Sawyers at

Click here to register

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Vision 2030 Community Grants – applications being accepted

Sterling notes and coinsSCVO Vision 2030 Community Grants – Vision 2030 sets out the ambitions towards making Sandwell (in 2030) a thriving, optimistic and resilient community. Central to this vision is the message of closer partnership working between all sectors and communities across the borough. The aspiration is for Sandwell (now and in the future) to be where we call home and where we’re proud to belong – where we choose to bring up our families, where we feel safe and cared for, enjoying good health, rewarding work, feeling connected and valued in our neighbourhoods and communities, confident in the future, and benefiting fully from a revitalised West Midlands.

SCVO is delivering this grant programme, on behalf of and in partnership with Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council, to enable voluntary and community groups to deliver activities in Sandwell, and to Sandwell residents, to support the following priorities:

      • Building Social Connections (tackling loneliness/social isolation)
      • Youth Activities (tackling loneliness/social isolation amongst young people)
      • Healthy Lifestyles (promoting / supporting healthy living)
      • Vaccination Support (activities that encourage, inform or enable Sandwell residents to take up the vaccination opportunity)

Paperwork for the programme is available as follows:

PLEASE NOTE: it is an integral part of the application process to discuss your project ideas/proposals with SCVO PRIOR to submission of an application – you can email: or contact Liz  on 07923 259821 / (or Stuart on 07703 823226 /

Once you’ve had your initial conversation the application form will be sent to you.

Applications for the CURRENT round of the main programme are being accepted on a rolling basis, with a next scheduled assessment date Monday February 28th 2022 at 12 Noon.


We aim to turnaround Vaccination Support grants on a regular rolling basis while the programme is in operation.

Webinar on Public Health apprenticeships

Health Education England is running a national webinar covering what an apprenticeship is and how they work in practice. This webinar is aimed at any employers interested in using apprenticeships in public health but don’t know where to start. There will be time to ask plenty of questions to the panel. The Webinar is on Wednesday 8 December 2 – 3 pm.

Ahead of the webinar, please watch this video and go prepared with questions.

More information on the public health apprenticeship standards is available on GOV.UK at Apprenticeships that support public health careers.

Click here to register

You will be sent a holding invite for the event from, and the MS Teams link will be sent on Tuesday 7 December.


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