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FREE Training for those in Employment

Great Health Care is offering FREE training to anyone who is currently employed and meets the eligibility criteria.

Course: Certificate in principles of Team Leading – Level 2 (Awarding Body: NCFE)

Eligibility Criteria:

  • has to be in employment;
  • currently earning below £19,305 per annum;

Delivery: online and flexible, including tutor support.

To find out more, please call Shuznara on 07741 252428 or email:

Community Foundation offering free digital skills training

Would you like to learn digital skills?  Community Foundation is now offering free face-face and online digital skills training. You could also get a free tablet and data, if you are eligible.

The training covers how to:

  • use a computer
  • surf the internet safely or shop online
  • send and receive emails
  • use Microsoft packages
  • meet friends and family on Zoom/Teams.

To register and check if you are eligible, please email or call 0121 238 3282.

Community Foundation is based at 20 St Silas Square Birmingham B19 1QW

FREE Suicide Prevention Training

Papyrus, the UK charity dedicated to the prevention of suicide and the promotion of positive mental health and emotional wellbeing in young people, is offering FREE training on their SP-EAK programme.

SP-EAK (Suicide Prevention – Explore, Ask, Keep-safe) Training is a half-day training course that prepares participants to identify persons with thoughts of suicide, respond appropriately and effectively and connect them to support.

What happens?

• Discussions around knowledge of suicide

• Exploration and understanding of signs a person at risk of suicide may give

• Learn clear and practical information on how to explore suicide and respond appropriately · Consider ‘real life’ scenarios

• Conclude with an emphasis on the importance of self-care

Who should attend?

This course is aimed at professionals who come into regular contact with young people but aren’t necessarily a long-term caregiver. It is also suitable for professionals who only come into contact with adults.

How does SP-EAK help to prevent suicide?

The majority of young people experiencing thoughts of suicide show or give signs to those around them that they may be thinking about taking their life. Participants will learn what these ‘signs’ look like, how to respond to them and how to work with that person to keep them suicide-safe – including, where necessary, which supports or organisations to signpost onto.

After training, participants will:

• Have a greater awareness of the prevalence of suicide on a local and national level

• Be more aware of what signs to look out for

• Have the skills and confidence to explore suicide appropriately when identifying signs

• Understand what sources of support are available to promote safety

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Want to book or find out more information? Call: 0121 437 0411 or Email:

or you can book online for Tuesday 12th April, 9am – via:

Mental Health Provision for men over 18

Did you know that The Albion Foundation, the charity of West Bromwich Albion Football Club, run a Team Talk project which focus on mental health for men over 18 in Sandwell.  Funded by Sandwell Council, the project provides a completely free five-a-side football league. Team Talk supports the mental health of participants with the power of easy access football.

The Albion Foundation hosts two Team Talk sessions at the Portway Lifestyle Centre, Oldbury, on Mondays: an afternoon session 2.30 pm – 4.30 pm and an evening session 6 pm – 8 pm.  In addition, participants will have access to monthly workshops delivered by specialist external organisations and the Foundation’s own wellbeing café ran by Albion legend, Alistair Robertson.

For more details and to sign up, click here.

Putting Your Brand Voice into Action

Substrakt in their article share some tips for dodging the challenges associated to developing a good brand voice and helping you put your brand voice into action. This will be useful for digital folk in the arts looking to implement or improve your brand voice, whether your guidelines exist or not. 

The difference between voice and tone – the words ‘voice’ and ‘tone’ are often used interchangeably; but they’re actually quite different things!

Voice is about your brand personality – it’s about your character, your quirks and your unique blend of attributes that leave an impression on your audience. Your personality should feel pretty solid.

Tone, on the other hand, is less ingrained – it’s about shifting your language to meet the emotions and expectations of your audience, respecting the context they’re receiving you in.

To read the full click here.

Charity Reserves – One of The Most Misunderstood Financial Terms!

Debra Allcock Tyler on Twitter, talks about everything you’ll need to know about charity reserves.

Charity reserves are one of the most misunderstood financial terms in our sector generally by people within our sector.

Debra talks you through a number of main points to consider.

1. It is very, very difficult to build up reserves – particularly liquid ones. Remember you need to demonstrate the rationale for having your reserves at the levels you set, as a funder may use this information to base their decision to award your organisation with a grant.

2. Donors do not want their donations to be used to build up reserves.

3. Funders do not want their grants to be used to build up reserves. I have never known a grant application to say ‘We need the money for our reserves’ to which a Funder said ‘ok then’

4. The majority of reserves held by operating charities are not liquid.

5. Even with voluntary insolvency there are very, very strict rules about who gets paid first – and it is always the government.

6. No revenue generating charity can ever guarantee its income – we put in funding applications or create appeals for donors or design services that we can charge for – then we can only use our best judgement as to the likelihood of success.

7. Technically we are not allowed to sit on big reserves – in law trustees are supposed to deploy the money it is given in service of its objects – hanging on to reserves over providing a service is potentially contentious and untested in law.

Read the full article by clicking here.

SAFL February Digital Workshops

The Sandwell Adult and Family Learning Service is running a series of free one day Microsoft workshops in February, which would be ideal for people working or volunteering in voluntary community organisations to upskill. The digital workshops are aimed at anyone who wants to improve their IT skills in the following specific areas.

Word: Microsoft Word is the most commonly-used word processing software in the world.  This course will enable you to produce professional documents in the workplace for a variety of business applications and learn a variety of text and document formatting tools.

Excel: Microsoft Excel is the most commonly used spreadsheet programme in the world.  This course will help you to create and adapt spreadsheets for a variety of business applications including accounting, reporting and planning.   In addition, you will learn how to present data in professional reports using tables and charts.

PowerPoint: Microsoft PowerPoint is an excellent tool for presenting information and effective communication.  Learn how to create professional, exciting and creative presentations for a variety of audiences including education, training and business.

IPad: This course will cover a variety of applications for users of a tablet computer, including email, video calling, the internet, social media, photography, online shopping, streaming and e-safety.

Email, Internet and E-Safety: This course will cover online searches and transactions, communicating effectively and professionally using email and how to stay safe in an online world.

There is a fast track Functional Skills English course starting at Tipton College at the end of February. The course will be two mornings per week until July.

Also during February, SAFL is offering on-line CPD Courses, at buy one get one free.  This course will again support people to improve their skills in the workplace.

Contact SAFL on 0121 557 0837 or email

Project Management Qualification being delivered by CEAL

Community Education Academy of Leadership (CEAL) is delivering an accredited level 3 Project Management Qualification .

Project management skills are critical to the success of developing new enterprise ideas or working within an organisation.  If you are looking to further develop your professional  skills, whilst gaining an accredited qualification, this programme of study is ideal for you.

The qualifications will help you to plan, organise, implement and manage projects successfully.  You will gain an in-depth understanding of the principles of project management whilst undertaking an actual project of your choice.

The course will start on 1st March 2022 and you can contact Harminder K Bhogal to register on an Induction session or to join the course (and find out about the fees involved).

Contact number: 07891479255 Email:

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Induction dates for the Project Management Course (Level 3)

Every Tuesday from 7.00 -8.30 pm.

Tuesday – 1 February 2022

Tuesday – 8 February 2022

Tuesday – 15 February

Tuesday –22 February 2022



Tough Enough to Care?

Contrary to the words of 10cc’s 1975 hit, “I’m not in love”, boys do cry, thank goodness, though it hasn’t always been something to shout from the rooftops.

Now a local charity is offering to facilitate those conversations that enable men to feel a whole lot better about getting things of their chest.

Tough Enough to Care wants men of all ages to feel comfortable talking and opening up about their emotions to those close to them, instead of bottling them up until they reach breaking point. They also want men to be able to spot when others may be struggling.

If you’re interested in hosting a workshop around men’s mental health, gain a better understanding of skills to support men emotionally – and possibly even save a life – find out more by emailing

Catch 22: Working in partnership to Create Opportunities

Catch 22 is about creating opportunities for young people aged 16 – 25 living in the Sandwell Borough. The objective of the Creating Opportunities Forum is to empower and support young people at risk of serious violence, to be able to access employment-related opportunities and help them develop the skills they need to make a successful transition into work.

In its role, the national provider will deliver wraparound support to the young people participating in the programme, to ensure they are able to engage with and benefit from the employment-related opportunities on offer. The national provider will also be responsible for finding employability-related and skills-based opportunities for participants. This is done by using its links with local and national businesses in the 12 geographical areas which have been selected by the Home Office, and pairing participants with suitable opportunities.

The Supplier may avail any opportunities made available by the COF or seek to leverage the networks created by other government programmes such as through the Inclusive Economy Partnership’s Transition to Work programme. The COF programme will run until the end of March 2023.

Hayley Shattock, The Employability Coach for Catch 22, which also covers Birmingham and Wolverhampton, will engage with young people locally.

Hayley would welcome the chance to meet you and/or attend your meeting to provide more information, answer questions and discuss referral methods to the programme.  Contact Hayley on 07768 025397 or email

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