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Community Transport offers free furniture delivery for Sandwell residents

Community Transport have worked in partnership with Sandwell Council for many years, providing services throughout the borough for those most in need. The charity works to recycle and resell affordable, quality, used furniture, and new goods, and also to provide accessible passenger transport for community groups and supportive organisations.

Sandwell Council have collaborated with Community Transport to provide these services, but CT are now looking at alternative ways of supporting the local community. One way is in the form of a voucher scheme, which entitles the holder to free a delivery, in one transaction, of purchases made from CT’s West Bromwich furniture store, (located at the entrance of the bus station) to anywhere in Sandwell.

The scheme is accessed via a referral system, and CT have partnered with a wide range of partner organisations across the region, who support people from all backgrounds. These partners have been issued with a number of vouchers, with a unique code, relevant to their own organisation. If they feel that a beneficiary would benefit from having free delivery of goods, the individual is issued with with a voucher to be redeemed in-store.

The objective of the scheme is to enable local residents to have access to affordable furniture in the first place, and also to have a way of their purchases being delivered to their homes without incurring further cost.

For more information please contact Liz Rowe, Operations Director South, on 01902 491209 or email liz.rowe@communitytransport.org.


Friends and Neighbours hosting a Q&A Session with Utilities Supplier

Soho/Victoria Friends & Neighbours will be hosting a Q&A session with a team from Utilita, an independent household utilities supplier, in light of the current gas price increases and with several suppliers ceasing trading. The team will answer questions about the fast changing and complex situation, around the provision of energy.

The session is at Smethwick Baptist Church, Regent Street, Smethwick B66 3BQ from 12 noon – 2 pm on Friday, 22nd October 2021. Refreshments will be served.

If you would like know anything else about the session, please call 0121 532 2011 and ask for Delroy Thomas.


Come Dancing “Latin style” at Cradley Heath

Have you ever wanted to learn Latin dancing? Cradley Heath Community Centre is running a taster session in gentle exercise through Latin dance. No partner needed. It’s a fun way to stay supper fit. 

There’s a FREE taster session from 11 am on Friday, 29th October 2021.

If you are interested, please call Lynne directly on 07415 392 920.


Sandwell Leisure Trust would like to train and employ swimming teachers

Sandwell Leisure Trust is currently looking to attract people to become swimming teachers and would like to recruit Sandwell residents. The Leisure Trust is specifically aiming to attract older residents who may have been made redundant or who are retired but looking for employment.

Sandwell Leisure Trust will pay for the relevant training of candidates and aim to employ them afterwards within one of their centres. The courses are scheduled to take place in April/May 2022 but SLT would like to share the information with the Voluntary and Community Sector partners that may be working with someone suitable.

Courses are run at SLT’s Safety Training Awards (STA) Approved Training Centre at Langley Swimming Centre. Details of the courses are:

5 day course to be able to teach beginners
4 day course to become fully qualified
1 day course to have a lifesaving qualification

There is a pre-requisite swim test:
Enter pool safely at the deepest point
Tread water for one minute continuously
Swim 25m then Perform a Surface Dive and retrieve a manikin from the deepest part of the pool. On their first attempt.
Climb out the deep end of pool unaided and without the use of steps or ladders.

For more information please contact Langley Swimming Centre on 0121 543 1848 or email LangleySCinfo@slt-leisure.co.uk

 


Join Sandwell Volunteer Coordinators’ friendly Forum

Do you recruit, train, manage or support volunteers for your organisation? If you do please come and join the autumn gathering of the Sandwell Volunteer Coordinators’ Forum.

The Forum meets quarterly, online, to share info and support around volunteer management. It’s a friendly, informal gathering to chat about the ups and downs of maintaining an excellent volunteer offer. Most meetings have a general theme, with a speaker invited to share their views on the topic, or deliver a specific message.

The next meeting is the afternoon of Thursday October 21st. For more information contact our Growing Participation and Volunteering Mentor kim@scvo.info.


Providing real practical help to rough sleepers in Bearwood, Smethwick and West Bromwich

Following World Homeless Day on Sunday, 10 October, Sandwell Council’s Housing Solutions Service will be in Bearwood, Smethwick and West Bromwich from the 11th -15th October, providing advice and information about housing support and other services to rough sleepers, or those at risk of rough sleeping.

The Rough Sleepers Team will be at the following locations/dates:
• Monday, 11 October at Smethwick High Street (5pm)
• Tuesday, 12 October at Bearwood High Street (5pm)
• Wednesday, 13 October at Carters Green, West Bromwich, Farley Clock Tower (6pm)
• Friday, 15 October at Carters Green, West Bromwich, Farley Clock Tower (5:30pm)

Officers will be encouraging people to engage with council services and those provided by other support organisations, and will be offering food, sundries and other essentials to those who need them.

West Midlands Langar Seva  a charity that helps those in need, provide hot meals throughout the week in Carters Green, West Bromwich, next to the Farley Clock Tower. The Rough Sleepers Team will be joining West Midlands Langar Seva on Wednesday, 13th October (6pm) and Friday, 15th October (5:30pm).

In addition to evening walks in Smethwick and Bearwood, the Rough Sleepers Team will also be joining the Safer 6 campaign daytime walks in Smethwick on 13th October (12-1pm, Smethwick High Street) and Bearwood on  14th October (11am-12pm, Bearwood High Street).

If you are at risk of or are already homeless, there are a number of ways to get in touch with Sandwell Council.

The quickest and easiest way to tell them you need help is by searching for Housing Jigsaw Customer Portal on your search engine and follow the instructions to register.

If you are unable to access the online portal, then please call us on 0121 368 1166 (option 2) or if you find yourself with nowhere to stay outside office hours or over the weekend please call us on 0121 569 6883.

Please visit www.sandwell.gov.uk/housing for more information.

Safer 6 is an annual six-week autumn campaign, running until 7 November, which promotes a wide range of safety, crime prevention and healthy living advice for people of all ages. Each of the six weeks will have a different theme. The 12th annual Safer 6 campaign has a special online focus, as well as activities across the six towns. These include: speed awareness, walkabouts, litter picks and skip days.


Celebrating Summer Activities in the Voluntary Sector – The Albion Foundation

This summer was a busy time for Sandwell’s voluntary and community offering support for children, young people and families.   We wanted to take this time to highlight some of the great work that was offered.

We offered children a multitude of activities across Summer which included mixed gender physical activity and team building games, SEND specific sessions to aid and support development and gave a free nutritious meal to all who attended. This bespoke provision was offered alongside our mainstream Football Camps to help inspire the next generation, NCS programme to help push those young adults to the next level:

Engaged with over 1000 participants

Delivered over 800 hours

Delivered over 140 sessions

Feedback

I would like to start by saying a huge thank you for the services you offer to young children with learning challenges and difficulties in understanding and application, and by this is mean the hidden disabilities of autism that my son has”.

“Your team has made us feel valued and welcomed and most importantly they have motivated my children to really develop new skills in sports, make new friends and learnt transferable behaviours that help in many other settings like school, home and outdoor events”.


Celebrating Summer Activities – West Smethwick Enterprise

This summer was a busy time for Sandwell’s voluntary and community offering support for children, young people and families.   We wanted to take this time to highlight some of the great work that was offered.

West Smethwick Enterprise delivered a summer holiday play scheme to 25 children in Smethwick.  We also continued delivering one to one family support for 5 families and parenting sessions for over 30 families.  We continued promoting the Hungry Little Minds campaign to over 100 families, 30 of whom joined us for a trip to Cannon Hill Park to complete a story trail.

“She is enjoying playing more, getting involved in activities and learning words”

For further information about West Smethwick Enterprise please contact Laura Richmond – 0121 558 6796  l.richmond@wsenterprise.co.uk 


Celebrating Summer Activities in the Voluntary Sector – SPDC

This summer was a busy time for Sandwell’s voluntary and community offering support for children, young people and families.   We wanted to take this time to highlight some of the great work that was offered.

SPDC delivered a range of activities to 106 SEND children and their siblings and parents/carers across the borough during the summer holidays.  Our face-to-face activities included horse riding, canoeing and an animal man experience.  We had fun family days out to Sycamore Adventure Centre, 3G swing and high ropes at Blackwell Adventure Centre plus raft building and paddle boarding at a local watersports facility.

We provided 84 families with food packs meaning that 335 people received meals and resources to learn about healthy eating and cooking.

We witnessed improved confidence and problem-solving skills in the young people who attended our face-to-face activities.  Young people were able to take part in ‘out of the ordinary’ activities and experience new challenges and develop new skills and hobbies.

If you would like more information about SPDC please contact Diane Rai – 07910 217 111, diane@sp-dc.org


Celebrating Summer Activities in the Voluntary Sector – Black Country Women’s Aid

 This summer was a busy time for Sandwell’s voluntary and community offering support for children, young people and families.   We wanted to take this time to highlight some of the great work that was offered.

The BCWA children’s team continued to offer targeted 1:1 support to children and young people in Sandwell throughout the summer holiday. This was achieved by conducting sessions via remote platforms including MS Teams and Zoom. For the children who did not wish to participate in sessions, regular safe and well calls were conducted. In addition online sessions were available via the Nearpod platform for children to complete at their own pace.

Feedback

“was really supportive and listened to everything I had to say and gave me great advice if I had any issues. Really really supportive.”

“Thank you all for supporting our family through our difficult time. Your support has helped us immensely and is deeply appreciated.”

If you would like any further information about Black Country Women’s Aid then please contact – Cheryl Pugh – 07392 080612  cheryl.pugh@blackcountrywomensaid.co.uk


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