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FREE Mental Health Training

We know that Mental Health and Wellbeing is so important and we are pleased to offer Voluntary and Community Sector Organisations FREE Mental Health Training. The Community Partnerships and Support Services Team have partnered with Sandwell Consortium and have secured funding to deliver an i-act Understanding and Promoting Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing Course in each of the six towns of Sandwell.

At this stage places will be limited to 1 per organisation but if more spaces become available we will be able to offer any extra places on a first come first served basis.

This accredited i-act training is aimed at supporting employees/front-line workers to improve their own wellbeing and support others who may experience a mental health or wellbeing issue.
The course highlights how we can all improve our wellbeing to help build resilience.
This course comes with a 168-page evidence based course manual, toolkit and resource pack for each participant.

Course objectives – the online i-act course for ALL volunteers aims to:
– give participants a greater understanding of mental health and wellbeing issues, and help them recognise when they may need further help and support,
– provide some practical tools for managing stress, anxiety and low mood, and for promoting positive wellbeing to help build resilience,
– offer guidance and advice for how we can connect with colleagues who may be experiencing mental health or wellbeing issue,
– equip participants with a resource pack, toolkit, and signposting to further help and support concerning mental health and wellbeing issues.

Once the course is completed your registration/certification as an i-act (for positive mental health and wellbeing) practitioner lasts for three years, as does your access to the online i-act resources.

The course is delivered online through MS Teams and is 4 hours duration. The course will take place on Tuesday 7th December 1pm-5pm.

To book a place please reply with the participants name, organisation and email address before Friday 5 November to –

Free Antenatal Session for grandparents and carers

Sandwell’s Parent Support Team are excited to announce a new face to face session for mums or dads, grandparents-to-be (or other family member) welcoming a new baby into their family.

As well as celebrating the new arrival into your family, this fun session, led by a health visitor, will give you an opportunity to find out all the latest advice and guidance on pregnancy and new born baby care so that the new parents-to-be can be supported as much as possible. It is a FREE session (with goodies, cakes and refreshments provided!).

The sessions are on Saturday 27th November at Brook Street Community Centre, Tipton.

To book go to or for more information click here.

The Importance of Impact Measurement – Why, How and What

Catalyst have summarized a recent two part blog by Dr Lucy Maynard’s following on from a set of workshops, packed with take away tools to get going with impact measurement.

The first workshop blog by Bobi Robson’s opened up thinking about ‘why’ we should measure impact and talks in detail about the ‘how’ and ‘what’: it summarises Lucy’s workshop and is packed with take away tools to get going with impact measurement.

What they are clearly adopting is Simon Sinek’s now popularised approach to starting with ‘why’ and applying this to their discussions around impact measurement. We’re all good at understanding ‘what’ which is the funders most commonly asked question is usually something along the lines of ‘what tool do I use to measure this for my funder?’

Within the article they signpost useful impact tools and resources that an organisation can use to help them in their reporting and understanding of impact measurement.

To read the full article by Catalyst click here.

Simple as ABCD!

If you’re passionate about helping to develop your local community, pop in to one of the upcoming meetings hosted by Sandwell Council and Sandwell Churches Link.

A series of friendly, practical workshops have been organised across the borough to introduce the idea of Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD).

Asset Based Community Development is a local, ‘grass roots’ approach to strengthening communities.

Through a process of recognising, identifying and harnessing existing ‘assets’ that individuals and communities have – things like skills, knowledge, capacity, resources, experience or enthusiasm for example – ABCD aims to help strengthen and improve things locally.

Instead of looking at what a community needs or lacks, the approach focuses on best using the ‘assets’ that are already there.

The workshops are a chance to learn more about ABCD, and network and chat about what it would look like to work together in your area. Representatives from any sector are welcome.

Workshops will take place at:
Holy Trinity Church, Smethwick
Sandwell College Arts Café
Friar Park Millennium Centre
The Oak Tree Centre, Oldbury
Cradley Heath Community Centre
St Mark’s, Ocker Hill

Find out more, and how to book HERE

Thinking about teaching? SAFL’s Level 3 Certificate in Education and Teaching can help

Sandwell Adult and Family Learning service are proud to announce that they will be delivering the Level 3 Award in Education and Training AET course, formerly known as PTLLS. The course starts 6th October 2021.

The course certifies individuals to teach at a nationally accredited standard. This Level 3 qualification is for those who work or want to work as teachers or trainers in the further education and skills sector. This includes those currently not in a teaching role, or who have just started a teaching role.

The Level 3 Award in Education and Training is an introduction to teaching that will give an insight into the roles, responsibilities and relationships in education and training, how to plan and deliver inclusive teaching sessions and how to assess and give constructive feedback.

In the words of Henry Brooks Adams “Teachers affect eternity; no one can tell where their influence stops”.

Teach with confidence and learn to teach with SAFL.

Full course details and to enquire, click here.


Free training for Line Managers in understanding Mental Health within the workplace

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust are pleased to announce they have secured funding to offer a workshop on Employment Retention Service, which is about helping people who experience mental health issues to stay in work, or return to work following a period of absence.

The Trust is running standardised workshops via teams on the following dates/times:

Wednesday 1st December 2021: 10 am – 12 pm
Wednesday 5th January 2022: 10 am – 12 pm
Wednesday 2nd February 2022: 10 am – 12 pm
Wednesday 2nd March 2022: 10 am – 12 pm

If you are interested in attending a session, please contact with your name and email address. You will provided with the link to join.

Please note: there are 14 places available for each date, so book as soon as possible.

Attendees will have the opportunity to refer colleagues who have been identified as needing support, for a free consultation and completion of a wellness action plan. The information can be shared with the referring manager, if the colleague consents.

Alternatively, if you would like a bespoke training session, Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust can discuss your organisation’s requirements.



Dorothy Parkes Community Centre: Loss Matters Programme

Following a successful pilot in the summer, and now with funding from SCVO Vision 2030 Community Mental Health grant, the Dorothy Parkes Centre in Smethwick is delivering Loss Matters – a group based support programme for anyone who has been affected by loss of any sort, whether bereavement, redundancy or a relationship ending. Each programme is made up of a weekly session, for eight weeks.

This project is run in partnership with Smethwick Old Church and they have trained volunteers who will lead activities and discussions to help the group to think, to talk and to support one another. This is a confidential, safe space for all those who attend. The Dorothy Parkes Community Centre feel that this programme is needed more than ever due to the effects of COVID and all the restrictions and lockdowns which resulted in changes for funerals, increased unemployment, relationship breakdowns etc.

Places are FREE but we do ask that attendees commit to attending for the full eight weeks. The project will be rolled out over the course of the next twelve months and the first programme starts on Wednesday 22nd September 2021, 7pm – 8.30pm.

For more details, or to express your interest, please complete the enquiry form on their website by clicking here.  Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Youth Mentor Training for Volunteers

By popular demand, we’re repeating our ‘Introduction to Youth Mentoring’ short course in October, for volunteers helping out with children and young people.

We have a limited number of spaces available for the free course, taking place on the mornings of October 6 and 7.

Delivered online by Mentoring West Midlands, the course covers a variety of useful, thought-provoking subjects from safeguarding to starting conversations with ‘troubled’ youngsters.

Participants on a previous course said:

• It was great, I learned a lot
• Useful, interesting and very respectful
• Brilliant trainer, very insightful
• Thank you – it was informative and there was a lot to take in. I’ve actually realised how serious mentoring is, and it’s helped joined the dots with the work I do.
• I can totally see now how I use this as a volunteer.
• The topics were very relevant

For more details and to register an interest please contact

The Governance App

The Directory of Social Change and partners have developed the Governance App – a new, free and easy way for your Board of trustees to review and improve their governance, together.

The App enables you to:

  • Gather responses from your whole board
  • Get a performance score out of ten in seven different areas
  • Highlight where board members have different views on performance
  • Have targeted discussions about what’s going well and where to focus on improving

If you’re looking to review your governance but don’t quite know where to start, can’t afford the time or expense of a consultant or facilitator and want an easy way to involve your whole board in the process then this App may be the solution for your organisation.

Click here to sign up for free and get started.


Social Media Health Check Sessions

If the pandemic has taught us anything it is how effective social media can be to mobilise and engage with our community, but is your organisation using their social media platforms to their full potential? Do you know who your audiences are and when they are most active?

SCVO has teamed up with Digital Impact Consultant, Madeleine Sugden to provide a two hour social media session designed to be an organisational mini health check. The session will enable your organisation to consider and review what your organisation is already doing or would like to do better moving forward.

Our Social Media session will take place on Tuesday 19th October 2021, 10am till 12pm via a Zoom conference call. Booking onto the session is essential via Eventbrite by clicking here, as there are a maximum of 30 places available for this virtual session.

The session will ask you to consider:

  • Who your audience is?
  • What social media platforms do you use and what do you use them for?
  • The use of videos and photos
  • How to tell if what your doing is working by looking at metrics, time of day, content, etc.
  • Are your communications accessible?

Taking our online social media session can help your organisation broaden your understanding of these platforms, sharpen your skills and understanding and have a better understanding of how to use, target and engage with audiences on social media.

Tickets are available at the subsidised price of £10 per delegate – click here to book.  A refund policy will apply – details on confirmation of your booking.

Please note, an email invitation to join the virtual session will be send out by SCVO in advance and prior to the commencement of the session. For more information about this session please contact Libby Mahoney, SCVO’s Small Groups Development Officer by email at

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