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Covid Recourses for voluntary and Community Groups in Sandwell

The new COVID-19 restrictions do not mean activities organised by community and voluntary organisations have to stop.

Community & voluntary sector sessions focused on activities like physical exercise, education, supporting vulnerable people, youth groups, charitable and voluntary work are allowed to exceed the limit of 6 people based on their individual risk assessment.

Be really stringent on social distancing, handwashing etc – and always take attendees’ details for purposes of contact tracing. There is guidance on how to produce a poster with a QR code for your community venue which you can access here . This is an easy way for you to know who has been in your venue and help with test and trace moving forward.

Your public health team can help you stay COVID-19 safe. Get in touch via

Promoting Safeguarding and Wellbeing in your workforce – A briefing around modern slavery/exploitation

The current pandemic has exacerbated the vulnerability of victims and survivors of modern slavery, it has created new vulnerabilities and we know that those responsible for modern slavery will use many different tactics to exploit victims.

This session is for any voluntary and community organisation in Sandwell to find out more about how you can safely support your workforce and your organisation effectively around modern slavery and exploitation:-

• Why are we here – why this issue is important to you and your organisation

• What is the prevalence of the issue in Sandwell?

• Making it real for you – a case study to highlight the issues

• Dispelling the myths and misconceptions

• Safe recruitment

• Spotting signs of concern

• Knowing how to respond if you have concern

• Q&A

• Do you want to know more?

The session will take place on Tuesday 20th October from 12 noon – 1pm

The session will be held through Zoom and the joining instructions will be sent to you nearer the time.

To book onto the session please go to –

Understanding Extremism Training For Community Groups

The opportunity has now arisen for participants from community groups in Sandwell to access the new ‘Understanding Extremism’ training for Community Groups.

The training is FREE and will equip participants with an understanding of the background of different extremist groups, including the ideologies of the Extreme Far Right and Global Jihadism.

Understanding Extremism training is a 2 hour session delivered in partnership between staff from REWIND UK and the Sandwell Prevent Team.

How to Register

Please reply to by Friday 25th September 2020 should you wish to take a priority booking, with a view for delivery in the week commencing 28th September 2020!

Please state the number of participants you would like to provisionally book to attend.

Further information, including a date and joining instructions for attending the session, will then be sent out.

Reducing Parental Conflict Training

After the success of the Reducing Parental Conflict training arranged by  Sandwell Council pre-Pandemic, the Council have organised two more courses that will take place virtually over two three-hour sessions. The courses will be very interactive to aid learning.

Previous participants’ comments:

“This training would benefit all professionals working with parents and families.”

“The course content is very relevant and explained in a brilliant manner.”

Course 1: 25th September 9.30 am – 1.00 pm and 28th September 9.30 am – 1.00 pm

Course 2: 25th September 1.30 pm – 5.00 pm and 28th September 1.30 pm – 5.00 pm

To secure a place or for further details, please email

How to Make Zoom Training More Interesting

It’s hard to learn anything if your attention is wandering or you are falling asleep.

So, if you hope to deliver effective training to your charity staff then it’s important to make the training sessions interesting.

That in itself can be a challenge, but the task is made far more difficult when you are delivering the training session remotely to staff working at home using a video conferencing platform such as Zoom.

Whether you are maintaining your digital leadership by upskilling your charity staff, or onboarding new people who will be doing remote working, here are some ways to ensure your Zoom sessions hold everyone’s attention so they get the most out of their remote training.

To find out more information about this, please view

Zebra Access – Black Country Futures

Zebra Access are currently delivering a project called ‘Black Country Futures’ (BCF) along with 14 other partners, which is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, and is set to run until March 2022.

Zebra Access provides a wide range of specialist support for our Deaf, Deaf/blind, hard of hearing and deafened customers on the BCF project across the Black Country delivering a truly holistic approach. Here is the link for further details:—black-country-futures

In a nutshell, we provide:
• Employability & Skills Training
• Confidence & Motivation
• Volunteering Opportunities
• Digital Skills
• Financial Confidence & Debt Advice
• Housing Support
• Benefits Advice
• Dementia Support
• Social Care
• Healthy Living & Practical Life Skills

Currently, due to the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are providing support to our participants on a regular basis remotely via online media platforms such as Zoom, WhatsApp, Skype or FaceTime, depending on the participants’ preferences.

Please find attached promotional fliers for our Employability and Maths and English tutorials for your perusal outlining the basics of what we are able to offer.

Adult Learning with WEA – Enrolment Now Open.

Founded in 1903, the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) is a charity dedicated to bringing high-quality, professional education into the heart of communities. With the support of nearly 3,000 volunteers, 2,000 tutors and over 10,000 members, we deliver friendly, accessible and enjoyable courses for adults from all walks of life.

There is a range of courses that are accredited and non-accredited covering basic skills (numeracy, literacy, ESOL) work and employability, health and wellbeing, community and family.

All the courses are currently being run online over the next term and enrolment is open.

To find out more go to:

Bite Size Training Sessions at RSVP

The Rape and Sexual Violence Project (RSVP) specialist training team would like to invite you to attend our ‘Bite Size Training Sessions’ which will be held throughout 2020 on a variety of subjects related to supporting survivors of sexual violence and abuse. All training sessions are 2-hour interactive on-line sessions via Zoom.

Please see below for our training schedule, if you would like to book a place onto any of the following sessions follow this link:

Alternatively, if you would like to buy tickets via BACS payment, please contact the training team directly at
Each session is £25 per participant.

Title Date
Introduction to sexual violence and abuse – Thursday 3rd September 12-2pm
What is Victim Blaming? – Tuesday 8th September 10am-12pm
An Introduction to Trauma Informed Practice – Thursday 10th September 12-2pm
Introduction to sexual violence and abuse – Tuesday 15th September 11am-1pm
What is Victim Blaming? – Tuesday 22nd September 1-3pm
An Introduction to Trauma Informed Practice- Thursday 24th September 10am-12pm
Introduction to sexual violence and abuse – Tuesday 29th September 10am-12pm
Child sexual abuse and child sexual exploitation – Thursday 1st October 11am-1pm
Sexual violence and the law – Tuesday 6th October 2-4pm
Supporting survivors of sexual violence and abuse Thursday 8th October 10am-12pm
Child sexual abuse and child sexual exploitation Tuesday 13th October 1-3pm
Sexual violence and the law – Tuesday 20th October 10am-12pm
Supporting survivors of sexual violence and abuse Thursday 22nd October 11am-1pm

The sessions are suitable for practitioners working in a variety of sectors who engage with adults, young people, and children. The aims of the sessions are to broaden your knowledge and skills in relation to the impact of sexual violence, trauma and abuse. They will equip you with knowledge of how best to support survivors of sexual violence whether they are colleagues, staff or service users.

If you have any questions about the Bite Size sessions or would like any further information about bespoke training offers, please contact the training team at

The Foundation for Social Improvement Birmingham Online Training – 7th October

Booking for The FSI’s next online regional training event is now open for small charities in Birmingham and Midlands area. This event supported by the 29th May 1961 Charitable Trust will be delivered online, offering 60 delegate training places over 1 day so that small charities, wherever they are, can access the skills they need to become self-sustaining.

You can access a choice of 3 full day interactive webinars covering the popular topics: Developing Your Earned Income, Supporting and Managing Volunteers, Major Donor Fundraising. Spaces normally fills up fast, so book your heavily subsidised place today!


New Freephone number for 24/7 mental health helpline

People living in the Black Country now have easier access to a specialist mental health helpline with the introduction of a new freephone number.

The NHS mental health crisis helpline is run by Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is open to people of all ages – including children and young people.

Particularly suited to those who feel like they need urgent help, the helpline is manned by specialist mental health staff that will provide advice, support and signposting over the phone.

Existing service users are encouraged to maintain their usual route of contact.
People can access the 24/7 freephone number by calling 0800 008 6516.

Alongside those in crisis, for more common mental health problems such as low mood, depression, anxiety and stress people can self-refer to Healthy Minds / Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services.

Dudley Talking Therapies 0800 953 0404

Sandwell Healthy Minds 0303 033 9903

Walsall Talking Therapies 0800 953 0995

Wolverhampton Healthy Minds 0800 923 0222 or 01902 441 856


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