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National Grid Online Forum – 7th December 2022

On Wednesday, 7th December, 10.00 am – 12.00 noon, National Grid is hosting this online forum in December:

It’s about how they can support community groups to get involved in energy – through community owned generation assets (wind turbines, solar PV) to heat networks to energy efficiency projects (shared purchasing and installation of insulation, for example).  It seems very useful, and is a good example of community ownership models that the LEP wants to support through its Economy of Together strategy.

What would be the best way of promoting it to community groups in Sandwell (as well as to residents who would be interested in establishing a community group)?

The strategy itself is here:

There’s also a survey to provide feedback about the strategy: (

Cyber Awareness (Protect) Webinar: Monday, 12th December 2022

There are on average 97 cyber crimes occurring per hour, with two internet users having their data leaked every second. The Cyber (Protect) webinar will explain some of these threats you may face whilst online.  The webinar will be from 1 pm to 1.45 pm on MS Teams.

The presenters will delve into some of the crimes that are on the rise, find out how to identify them and how to report them. They will also shine light on the effect of being the victim of such an attack and subsequently how to prevent this from happening.

The webinar will be hosted by the Black Country Staff Mental Health & Wellbeing Hub who will be joined by Saxon Partridge-Smith, Cyber Protect Officer from the West Midlands Police Cyber Crime Unit who will be delivering the session.

To register to attend, please book on through the Eventbrite link.

Any queries regarding the webinar, please contact

Do you have room to care?

Sometimes described as a bit like foster care for adults, Shared Lives Carers offer true personalised support to adults with additional needs within their own home – on either a long-term, overnight respite or day session basis.

Carers support the person to make their own choices in life, maximise independence and achieve the outcomes that are important to them. If you have a spare room at home, you can be paid from £370 – £570+ per week, depending on the level of support you provide to the person who comes to stay with you.

Shared Lives offers an alternative to residential care for people with a learning disability, autism, mental ill health, through to older people and hospital discharges.

Shared Lives Carers are carefully matched to support the person who comes to stay, encouraging them to develop practical skills, build self-esteem and establish new friendships and social networks in the neighbourhood, which creates a sense of belonging and community.

To find out more email or visit


Sandwell Community Dementia Support Service: Community Dementia Adviser x 2

The West Bromwich African Caribbean Resource Centre is an award-winning Black led charity who are members of a partner provider collaborative with 7 other organisations to deliver the local dementia support service across the whole of Sandwell.

Partner organisations are: St Albans Community Association, Better Understanding of Dementia Sandwell (BUDS), Age UK Sandwell, Alzheimer’s Society, Agewell CIC, Dementia Pathfinders CIC, and Murray Hall Community Trust who are also the lead provider for the overall contract.

We are looking for an empathetic and hardworking individual to join our team. The successful candidates will be working with a variety of professionals across health and social care to provide those affected by dementia in the area the best service possible.

As a Community Dementia Advisor, you will support people with dementia and their informal family carer’s to identifying their needs, maintaining their independence, and empowering them to take make decisions enabling them to remain in control of their lives. You will be required to provide relevant information in a variety of formats to meet the service users’ needs as well as signposting and/or referring them to appropriate services.

2 Posts: 16 hour each (Job Share)

Opening Date: Monday 28th November 2022
Closing date: Friday 16th December 2022 at 5pm
Recruitment Lead Partner: West Bromwich African Caribbean Resource Centre
Salary: £9,152 per annum Circa (£21,164 FTE)
Hours: 16 hours per week based over 5 days (Monday – Friday)
Office Location: West Bromwich
Area role covers: West Bromwich (Town based)
Contract type: 1 years initially with a 2.5 year extension
Interview date: To be Confirmed

To apply for the role, please contact or call Angela Mahabeer on 0121 525 9177(choose option 5) and ask for an application pack.

Please note the deadline for submitting applications for this vacancy is 17:00 hours on Friday 16th December 2022, we will be holding interviews between Tuesday 20th December 2022 to Thursday 22nd December 2022.

Domestic Abuse Multi-Agency Training 2023

There are still places available on the Domestic Abuse Multi-Agency Training which Sandwell Council are holding in February and March 2o23, via Teams. 

This is a two-day course whose learning objectives include:

  • understanding the impacts of domestic abuse on both adults and children,
  • understanding the additional barriers which victims from minoritised communities may face when reporting issues or accessing support,
  • being able to respond to a disclosure of domestic abuse, complete a DASH risk assessment and make referrals on MARAC,
  • an awareness of the legal duties in relation to child protection, adults with care and support needs and domestic abuse victims,
  • and an introduction to ‘honour’ based abuse, forced marriage and female genital mutilation.

For details of this training and other courses which are being run by Sandwell Council, and to book a place please click here

Grant programme for Heritage and Conservation and Social and Criminal Justice

The Charles Hayward Foundation is inviting applications from UK registered charities operating within the fields of Heritage and Conservation, Social and Criminal Justice, and Overseas for projects that address complex problems in an innovative way and may lead to replication if proven effective.

Through the main grants programme, charities with an annual income of more than £350,000 may apply for grants of up to £25,000 for projects over one to three years.

The next deadline for applications is the 3rd  February 2023.

A Small Grants Programme, which focuses on Social & Criminal Justice and Older People, will award grants of up to £7,000 to charities with an annual income of less than £350,000.

Applications can be made at any time and will be considered on a quarterly basis.

More information


No support for charities – Sector leaders respond to autumn statement

Neil Heslop, chief executive of the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), said “Charities are at the frontline of the cost-of-living crisis helping those most in need – providing warm places, food packages, mental health services, and support for the homeless. So it’s disappointing that the chancellor did not mention any support for charities.

Organisations are under severe financial strain, facing soaring energy bills, declining income as people cut back, but significantly rising demand for their services. Charities must be at the centre of any continued energy support from April and need to know where they stand.”

Read the full report in Civil Society

Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Grant Programme 2023 open

The Department for Education have awarded grant funding to local authorities to provide Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) to cover the Easter, summer, and Christmas holiday period for 2023.

The programme supports school aged children and young people (reception to year 11) including those with SEND, who are eligible for benefit-related free school meals to access healthy food and enriching activities free of charge.

This grant is open to the voluntary and community sector, not for profit organisations, schools and other educational settings, private sector organisations and clubs.

The closing date for applications is 4 pm on Friday, 20th January 2023.

Applications received after this deadline will not be processed.

See here for the application form and guidance notes.

B & Q Community Reuse Scheme

B&Q Stores have donated unsellable materials and products to local community groups for many years.  This helps to reduce waste whilst helping the community.  The type of materials include:

  • Wood, including off cuts and single use pallets
  • Plastic plant pots and trays
  • Damaged or part filled cans of paint
  • Broken tiles and slabs
  • Ends of wallpaper rolls
  • Plants that are not in peak condition and other compostable materials
  • Old products that have been written off.

See here for more information.

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