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Celebrate Young People’s Project in Great Bridge

CommunityA free celebration event is being held in Great Bridge during half-term for people to find out more about a community project that runs activities for young people.

The event is being held at Farley Park Lodge, off Whitehall Road, on Wednesday 28 October from 1.30pm to 3pm.

Great Bridge Community Forum has recently secured £105,000 from Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme, to continue its young people’s project for another three years.

Karen Tittley, from the Forum, said: “Our aim is to help young people live healthier lifestyles by providing qualified sports coaches to offer free sporting activities on a weekly basis and throughout school holiday periods.”

The project also supports twice weekly after school clubs as well as holiday playschemes from Farley Park Lodge.

Light refreshments and taster workshops of sports activities will also be available.
For more information about the event and the project, please email Karen Tittley at

Sandwell – More Local, More Active – A Vision for Physical Activity and Sport in Sandwell

physical activiyFollowing the launch of Sandwell Council’s Vision for Physical Activity and Sport in Sandwell, 2015 – 2020 and the plans for six new Community Activity Networks (CANs) at the stakeholder engagement event in April this year, things are progressing well. 

Six new Community Activity Network Development Officers have been appointed and they are keen to build relationships and partnerships with all stakeholders.  To assist with this you are invited to attend a follow up event to explore ways in which collaboration can taken place a local level.

The event is being held on Wednesday 7 October 2015 from 9.45am – 1.00pm at West Bromwich Leisure Centre, Moore Street, B70 7AZ.

The delivery of the Sandwell Physical Activity Sport Vision 2015-2020 will be locally driven and people led with a focus on collaboration between communities, stakeholders and volunteers.  As such a CAN will be developed in each of the borough’s six towns, led by Sandwell Council and made up of partners including voluntary sector organisations who are focused on increasing levels of physical activity and participation in sport.

If you would like to attend this event, please e-mail Nayna Patel –

In Your Neighbourhood Sessions in Smethwick

CommunityPeople in Smethwick can have their say on neighbourhood issues at drop-in sessions over the coming weeks. They will offer people the chance to give feedback on how the council and its partner organisations have met ‘ward pledges’ agreed last year.

The sessions will also help set new priorities to improve the area for the year ahead.

The Smethwick drop-in sessions are as follows:

St Paul’s Ward
Wednesday 30 September 2015, 6pm to 8pm
North Smethwick Resource Centre, Cambridge Road, Smethwick, B66 2HR

Soho & Victoria Ward
Thursday 8 October 2015, 6pm to 8pm
Ron Davis Centre, Ballot Street, Smethwick, B66 3HH

Abbey Ward
Wednesday 21 October 2015, 6pm to 8pm
St Mary’s Church, Bearwood Road, Smethwick, B66 4BX

Smethwick Ward
Thursday 22 October 2015, 6pm to 8pm
Dorothy Parkes Centre, Church Road, Smethwick, B67 6EH

Dates for other Sandwell towns will follow in the coming weeks.

See Something – Do Something

Sandwell Safeguarding Adults BoardA multi-agency event celebrating best practice in prevention. Sandwell Safeguarding Adults Board is pleased to offer a forum to showcase some of the many exceptional examples of prevention work happening within the borough, including multi-agency partnership success stories. In addition the Board will be launching its improved range of promotional materials, and bringing attention to the updated range of forms and procedures now in use.

The event is taking place on Tuesday 13 October 2015 from 9.00am – 1.30pm (networking and lunch from 12.30pm) at The Council Chambers, Sandwell Council House, Freeth Street, Oldbury, B69 3DE.

Topics to be celebrated include:-

 A local case study from West Midlands Fire Service

Black Country Housing SOS campaign

The Sandwell Community Offer

SWBH Homelessness team/Icares

SMBC Neighbourhoods See Something, Do Something campaign

To secure your place please contact the Board team on: 0845 352 7613 or e-mail – Please advise of any dietary or other special requirements.

Safeguarding is Everyone’s Business

Cruse Sandwell Fundraising Event

WalkingYou are being invited to help to fundraise for Sandwell Cruse to raise funds to support the work they do with bereaved adults, young people and children. 

You can raise sponsorship and take part in the Birmingham & West Midlands Footprints Festival 5k walk at Cannon Hill Part from 11am – 2.00pm on Sunday 27th September 2015.

As well as the walk there is:-

  • A memory tent-dedicate your walk to your loved one
  • Face painting
  • Raffle prizes
  • Cake Stall
  • Live music

Why not support Cruse Sandwell – just log on from the details below.  Once you have paid, you will be sent an e-mail with instructions on how to complete your registration and nominate the branch of your choice.

Register for the walk by contacting – 0121 687 8011 or e-mail – or visit:

Vote for Sandwell’s Brilliant Green Flag Parks and Spaces

DartmouthParkWestBromwich006Sandwell has 13 Green Flag-awarded parks and green spaces – and you can now vote for them in a national poll.

Throughout September, votes are being cast for Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag People’s Choice Awards 2015. Voting closes at midday on 30 September.

The UK public’s top ten favourite green spaces will be announced in October.

Please vote for your favourite. Use the links below to click through to the Green Flag website to cast your vote.

• Barnford Park, Oldbury
• Brandhall Road Allotments, Oldbury
• Brunswick Park, Wednesbury
• Dartmouth Park, West Bromwich
• Dingley Road Allotments, Wednesbury
• Haden Hill Park, Cradley Heath
• Moorlands Allotments, West Bromwich
• Sandwell Valley Country Park, West Bromwich
• Sandwell Valley Crematorium, West Bromwich
• Tipton Cemetery
• Victoria Park, Smethwick
• Victoria Park, Tipton
• Warley Woods, Bearwood

Green Flags are the national mark of quality for parks and green space in the UK. The scheme is run by Keep Britain Tidy.

Community Festival Proved to be A Big Local Success

Community Fest Big Local 2Grace Mary to Lion Farm (GM2LF) Big Local Partnership together with Portway Lifestyle Centre held a Community Festival on Saturday 1 August 2015.  The day was a huge success with over 250 people attending from near and far.

People of all ages had the opportunity to take part in a wide range of free activities including; the climbing wall, trampolining, badminton, archery, gym inductons, zumba, pilates, kids dance, boxercise, football coaching, sumo rugby, target football, dodge football and a lads and dads kick about.

Also supporting the event and in the hall on the day were the Community Offer Scheme for Rowley Regis and Tividale,  Mytime Health giving free BMI tests and offering free individual health plans and Portway Family Medical Practice providing free blood pressure tests.

Winners of the GM2LF Big Local in Bloom competition were awarded their prizes.  Please view the winners and their gardens here

The Big Local Partnership would like to thank everyone who helped out on the day and contributed to a very successful event in supporting to promote health and fitness to children and adults in the area of GM2LF.

GM2LF Big Local AGM

Gm2LfGrace Mary to Lion Farm (GM2LF) Big Local Partnership invite you to their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 14th October 2015, 6pm at Oakham Evangelical Church, City Rd, Oldbury, West Midlands B69 1QZ.

There will be live music from the very talented James Wythes, a local artist from Cradley Heath.

Join the Partnership for an entertaining evening to:

  • Hear about what’s been happening with Big Local
  • Find our what’s happening next with Big Local
  • Watch a dance performance from the Lion King and an exciting Kick boxing demonstration
  • Enjoy the free Buffet and Refreshments

If you would like to know more about joining the Partnership Board, nominate yourself or someone else please contact Kate Cross at Lion Farm Action Centre on 0121 544 3094.

To view the latest copy of the GM2LF Big Local newsletter please click here.

Big Local in Bloom Winners Announced

Big Local in BloomThe Grace Mary to Lion Farm Big Local Partnership launched the Big Local in Bloom Competition in January 2015 and the competition winners were announced at the Big Local Community Festival, which was held on 1st August 2015 at Portway Lifestyle Centre.

Judging the competition in July the Creative Black Country Team said they were looking for entries which showed the most impact; the amount of effort carried out; the variety of flowers or shrubs and the overall enhancement of appearance.

There were five categories across the Big Local area, plus one overall winner. Cash prizes of £100 and £50 were awarded to winners.  To view all the winners please click here

The Partnership would like to thank everyone who took part and those who helped with organising the competition.  In addition thanks go to the team at Creative Black Country for judging the competition and to Tesco for kindly donating packs of seeds.

The partnership are hoping to hold the Big Local in Bloom competition annually, so get your green fingers ready for next year to be in with a  chance of winning.


Charity Funding and Information Exhibition

post - Office Furniture - ChairsWolverhampton-based charity, Wolves Aid, is hosting a FREE drop-in event for local charities and community groups – delivering information, advice and guidance including funding, awards and training from over 15 providers. There will also be support and networking opportunities available throughout the day.

The event is on the 14th October 2015 at the Molineux Stadium in Wolverhampton and runs from 10am until 2pm.

To book a place, please contact Laura Cowley on 01902 828366 or email

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