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 PHCovid19_Enquiries@sandwell.gov.uk


Town Fund Phase Two – Sandwell Town Deal Survey

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.

Next steps
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.


Experts by Experience

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.

 

 


Helping older people stay active

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


Young people sought for Hands, Face and Space Focus Group

Are you between 16 – 25 years old?  Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG would like to hear from you. The Clinical Commissioning Group would like to invite you to participate in an informal group chat, which will last for about an hour and a half. They would love to hear your thoughts on:

• The various national campaigns about Coronavirus. For example, the most recent one on hands, face and space
• Hand sanitising/washing hands
• Face coverings/masks
• Social distancing
• Government Guidelines.

The information and insight gathered from talking to the Focus Group will help the CCG frame messages aimed at young people in the future.

You will have the opportunity for:
• A one to one talk with a team member virtually
• A group chat with a member and other young people virtually
• A group chat with a team member and your friends virtually.

To book a place
If you would like to take part, please email bcwb.engagement@nhs.net or telephone 0121 612 1447, so that you can be sent the joining details.

If you live, work or study in Sandwell, please book onto Monday 12th October 2020: 2 pm – 3.30 pm.

If you live, work or study in West Birmingham, please book onto Monday 12th October 2020: 10 am – 11.30 am.

The CCG need your help to get the message through to other young people about this virus and see how we can work together to beat it.


Why Hybrid Events Are the Future of Charity Fundraisers

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


Looking to get rid of surplus office furniture?

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 a.dhanda@wsenterprise.co.uk or call 0121 558 6796.


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 – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/promoting-safeguarding-and-wellbeing-for-your-workforce-tickets-121391913481


Free trees, planting workshop and curriculum resources for three Sandwell schools

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 helen@treesforcities.org or call 07591 387266.


Macmillan Coffee Morning Online!

Great news, you’re invited to Macmillan’s Coffee Morning Online! They would love for you to join them via Zoom on 25th September between 11 am and 3 pm. If you feel comfortable doing so, you can go to the hub and take-away a slice of cake or two, too!

The coffee morning will be at Utilita Energy Hub, 3D Astle Park, West Bromwich B70 8NS: (located on West Bromwich High Street, next door to the German Donner Kebab Shop)

Log on and join in for a brew, a slice of cake and a lovely chat to all participants – all for a fantastic cause.

See joining details below.

Topic: MacMillan Coffee Morning
Time: Sep 25, 2020 11:00 AM London

Link to Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/91036975849?pwd=bEU2V0t5T0psTXJNVG95aElBUG9TQT09

Meeting ID: 910 3697 5849
Passcode: 3WzTyt

If you cannot attend, but still wish to make a donation, see here.

For those who wish to attend, please get back to Jack Badger at jackbadger@utilita.co.uk to accept the invite.

Macmillan look forward to seeing you!


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