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 PHCovid19_Enquiries@sandwell.gov.uk
In September 2019, the Government announced it had selected Rowley Regis, Smethwick and West Bromwich to submit a Towns Fund application for up to £25 million per town.
The towns able to submit a bid and the associated criteria were selected by central Government. Sandwell Council continues to identify and seize investment and regeneration opportunities for all six towns.
Sandwell Council recently carried out a Phase one survey (in August 2020) looking at priorities in your local town. The results helped inform project ideas that should be considered for submission to the government for the Towns Deal funding.
These ideas then went through rigorous analysis to see if they meet both the Town Deal criteria outlined by Government, and Sandwell’s aspirations as set out in the Vision 2030.
Those project ideas which met the rigorous criteria have now been compiled into a shortlist.
They now need your views on these shortlisted project ideas as part of this Phase Two by completing a short survey by clicking here.
The phase two survey is now live until 30th September 2020.
The three of the main priorities for the Programme are:
- Urban Regeneration
- Skills and Enterprise Infrastructure
- Connectivity (Transport adn Digital)
For the full details on the Town Fund click here.
National charity, Diabetes UK, are looking for local people to spare a little time sharing their experience to help others. Diabetes UK recognises that people with diabetes are the experts on their own lives and condition, and the best people to help them develop support, services and information for others.
Diabetes UK need help with the new ‘Live Well, Move More’ programme. The initiative targets people living with diabetes in England who do less than 30 minutes of activity per week. They particularly need input from people who are:
• living with type 1 diabetes
• living with diabetes who are of South Asian heritage
• newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
Other requirements are participants must be available for a monthly online meeting, and feel comfortable sharing their experience and understanding of Diabetes. As advisers, their contribution will help create resources for other people living with the condition.
To find out more about how contributing your experience could really make a difference, contact Sally.Smith@diabetes.org.uk.
Sandwell Council and Active Black Country have teamed up help older people stay active.
The Council is working with Active Black Country to distribute older age care packs to older people living in supported accommodation in Sandwell. The packs include exercise equipment such as a stress ball and exercise band along with a set of simple instructions for the residents to follow.
Active Black Country Director, Ian Carey, said: “The response from our Black Country partners and communities to keep people active has been fantastic. Working together, we have been able to develop these care packs, to help keeping older aged people physically and mentally active, which is crucial during this period of self-isolation and social distancing.
“We hope the packs provide a meaningful intervention for older age groups during this extraordinary period.”
For more information on staying active and healthy visit www.healthysandwell.co.uk
Hybrid Events offer an opportunity for your charity to experience the best of both worlds: bringing together the accessibility and reach of virtual events and the memorable experiences and opportunities for networking that come with physical ones.
Enthuse have developed a resource that offers practical advice on everything you need to know about setting up your very own hybrid event and maximising its reach. From finding the right idea, through to setting targets, driving participation and tracking engagement.
Find out more or to download the e-book by clicking here.
What are Hybrid Events?
A ‘Hybrid Event’ is any event (such as a fundraiser, networking event, conference, seminar or workshop) that combines a traditional physical event infrastructure with a virtual component.
Hybrid events usually follow the same model as in-person ones, with the addition of virtual components. For example, a conference following the Hybrid Event model would retain many features of a physical event, such as a central venue, a programme of events, and in-person networking. Speakers may be present in person, attending virtually through video-conferencing software, or a combination of both.
Hybrid Events combine the best characteristics of both virtual and physical events. That’s why they are often used as a means of increasing participation and engagement. They enable the participation of people who might be unable to attend physically due to travel or time zone constraints or through a wish to reduce the carbon footprint of the event.
Read the full article by clicking here.
Source: Charity Digital News
This is a callout to any organisation which has office furniture that is surplus to need and would like to donate these items to another group.
West Smethwick Enterprise Family Centre is would like to acquire desks, tables, chairs, cupboards and filing cabinets.
If you are able to help, Aman Dhanda, Family Support and Quality Practice Manager, would like to hear from you. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0121 558 6796.
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
• 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 – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/promoting-safeguarding-and-wellbeing-for-your-workforce-tickets-121391913481
Whether they’re absorbing pollution, producing oxygen, sucking up excess rainwater, providing homes for wildlife or so much more, Trees work hard.
Trees for Cities have been successful in securing funding to work with three Sandwell Primary schools who meet the following criteria:
• Can evidence high need through pupil premium, EAL and SEND
• Have a large area for planting trees with land that is soft enough to dig and plant trees
• Can support a simple evaluation, including anecdotes from the staff, children and photographs from the day.
Want to get involved in this exciting opportunity? Then please contact Contact Helen Marriott at email@example.com or call 07591 387266.