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New Chair for Active Black Country

Following recent recruitment, Active Black Country are delighted to welcome Amanda Tomlinson as the new Chair of the Active Black Country Partnership Board.

Amanda is the current Chief Executive Officer of Black Country Housing Group and brings a wealth of experience to the role alongside an in depth knowledge of the Black Country, its communities and needs of stakeholder organisations.

Serving on the Active Black Country Board since 2017, Amanda is an advocate for the role physical activity and sport can play in improving people’s lives, possessing a strong vision for the enabling role the partnership has to perform in contributing to desired health, social and economic outcomes across the Black Country.

On her appointment, Amanda said:

I am really excited to lead the Board and Partnership over the next few years, it is a very exciting time with the Commonwealth Games in 2022 presenting a huge opportunity for the Black Country. Active Black Country has some fantastic local partners that we work with and I am looking forward to developing new partnerships in due course. I want to ensure the Partnership’s actions impact positively upon local communities and we play our role in enabling transformational change in activity levels across the region.”

Find out more here.


Food Donations Urgently Required – West Bromwich Food Bank

West Bromwich Food Bank located in West Bromwich Community Church, 23 Victoria Street, West Bromwich B70 8EX urgently needs your help, to continue to meet the increasing demands being place on them for food from those in need. We appreciate that this is a challenging time for everyone however, any food items that you can spare to help out are gratefully welcomed.

Can you help by donating any of the following or other items:

  • Cereal
  • Soup
  • Beans
  • Tinned vegetables
  • Tinned meat
  • Fish
  • Milk
  • Rice pudding
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Tinned fruit
  • Coffee
  • Tea bags

The food bank is open Monday to Friday between 12.00 and 1.30pm at the West Bromwich Church. If you are able to donate you can drop the items off during this time. Please remember social distancing will be in operation to keep everyone safe.

For more information please email Keith Turner at keith@elimwestbrom.com


People Invited to Take Part in Art Project – From Their Homes

People from across Birmingham are being invited to use their time at home to unleash their creative energy and be part of a unique artwork to celebrate the 110th anniversary of John Taylor Hospice.

Fleeting Moments will be staged at Library of Birmingham in November and December 2020 and will feature work from people of all ages and backgrounds.

The hospice is asking everyone across the city to make their own fabric birds to be included in the artwork, alongside pieces created in community settings.

The birds will then be brought together as a flock in a special artwork in the foyer of the Library of Birmingham where Fleeting Moments will be free to view and visit.

Birmingham-based artists Jane Thakoordin and Margaret Murray have created instructions which are downloadable from John Taylor Hospice’s website so that anyone who wants to participate can make their own birds at home.

Fleeting Moments is being created during the 110th anniversary year of John Taylor Hospice which was founded in the city in 1910. One of the oldest hospices in the country, John Taylor teams have been caring for generations of local families through two world wars, economic hardships and numerous changes to health care.

Founded by philanthropists in Birmingham and led by pioneer Mary Darby Sturge, the hospice is named after leading doctor and gynaecologist John Taylor who worked in the city and died in 1910. More than a hundred years later the hospice still relies on donations from the public to provide care.

To read the full Charity Today news story click here.

Source: Charity Today


The Contribution of Caribbean People to the NHS

The Kingsway Project will be doing a display for 2020 on the Contribution of Caribbean People to the NHS. A booklet is to be produced and will be available from October 2020.

The NHS was established within a month of the Windrush generation arriving in the UK in 1948. Caribbean people were keen to establish themselves in Britain and pursue new careers. Many of them sought employment in the newly-created NHS. They have played a vital role in the NHS from the earliest days.

The Project would like to hear stories from a variety of people who work or have worked for the NHS in the traditional roles of nurses and doctors, but also from wider professions and departments such as paramedics, speech and language therapist, occupational therapists, physiotherapist, mental health nurses, podiatrists, dentists, caterers and porters.

This project aims to collect the stories of those who worked and are working in the NHS to make known the contribution of the Caribbean people to the backbone of the NHS.

Please answer the questions that are relevant to you on the attached questionnaire and return to Annette or Lorna at info@kingswayproject.org.uk.

For further information please email kingswayproject@yahoo.co.uk.

Completed questionnaires to be returned by the end of April.


Launch of Employers Payroll Savings Pledge Event

A ground breaking partnership has been formed to bring together businesses and credit unions, to build financial resilience for employees across the Black Country.

The partnership involves the Black Country Chamber of Commerce, the England Illegal Money Lending Team, Just Finance Black Country, along with the four local credit unions, working together to promote Payroll Savings.

You are invited join the Partnership at the launch of the Employer’s Payroll Savings Campaign. The event is on Wednesday, 29 April 2020, 2 – 4 pm at St Matthew’s Church, Saint Matthew’s Close, Walsall WS1 3DG.

The day will see the Partners sign a pledge to help promote credit unions to local employers. The outcomes and contacts from the launch will be used to develop an action plan, which stakeholders and attendees have made, to contribute to the promotion of the payroll savings scheme across the Black Country.

Register for your free place on this event via Eventbrite.

For further details on pay roll savings click here.


Sikh Helpline presents: ‘Spotlight on Domestic Abuse’

Sikh Helpline, in association with Black Country Women’s Aid and West Midlands Police Public Protection Unit, would like to invite you to their first upcoming event on Saturday, 21 March 2020, 10.30 am – 2.30 pm, at ASAN The Workspace, All Saints Road, Wolverhampton, WV2 1EL.  It is a free event.

‘Spotlight on’ Domestic Abuse’ will focus on raising awareness on domestic abuse for volunteers and the wider community, whilst providing a support platform and network teams for victims of abuse.

The event will consist of speakers, workshops and the opportunity to network with local providers. There will be presentations from guest speakers including West Midlands Public Protection Unit, Black Country Women’s Aid and a personal experience of domestic abuse from survivor Sarnjit Flora.

A complimentary lunch will also be included.  Sikh Helpline we look forward to your attendance.

Spaces are limited so register for your free ticket at  https://www.sikhhelpline.com/event

 

 


The Art Yard – Call for Artists for March 2020 Exhibition

The Art Yard would like to invite local arts to register their interest in being apart of their Open Media Exhibition. This is an opportunity for the artist to showcase their work regardless of the medium (i.e. paint, photography, ceramics, sculpture, film metalwork, crafts and much more).

Artists should complete the Submission Form listing all works you would like to exhibit stating the Media, size and selling price, please include any digital images of each work.

The Art Yard charge a small fee for exhibiting your works in their gallery and are to be paid when delivering your works.

For more details see the links below:

They very much look forward to seeing your work and hope you enjoy what we believe will be a successful and exciting Exhibition.

For more information or to submit your completed form please email The Art Yard directly at infoartyard@gmail.com or call 01384910968.


Black Country Technical Assistance ESF Workshops

The External Funding team at Walsall Council are running seven ESF Capacity Building Workshops from the 14 February to the 3 April 2020.

These popular workshops will keep you up-to-date with what’s new within the ESF programme, the developing landscape of reserve funds and the consequences of the UK leaving the European Union.

Please see attached booking form for the full timetable of dates, times and venues. Completed booking forms should be returned as soon as possible to bcta@walsall.gov.uk.

Please note the workshops are for organisations wishing to apply for Black Country ESF monies only.


The Art Yard – Call for Artists for February 2020 Exhibition

The Art Yard would like to invite local arts to register their interest in being apart of their Open Media Exhibition. This is an opportunity for the artist to showcase their work regardless of the medium (i.e. paint, photography, ceramics, sculpture, film metalwork, crafts and much more).

Artists should complete the Submission Form listing all works you would like to exhibit stating the Media, size and selling price, please include any digital images of each work.

The Art Yard charge a small fee for exhibiting your works in their gallery and are to be paid when delivering your works.

For more details see the links below:

They very much look forward to seeing your work and hope you enjoy what we believe will be a successful and exciting Exhibition.

For more information or to submit your completed form please email The Art Yard directly at infoartyard@gmail.com or call 01384910968.


Chance Day Out

The Chance Heritage Trust intend to regenerate the Chance Glassworks site, an industrial heritage asset of national and international importance. The Chance Brothers Glassworks was one of the most important industrial employers in the Midlands for more than 150 years, playing a significant role in shaping Smethwick and the wider area. While the firm supplied glass for the construction of the Crystal Palace, its work in the design, production and installation of some 2,300 lighthouse lanterns around the world was arguably the company’s most significant contribution.

Chance Heritage Trust and Smethwick Heritage Centre are holding the Chance Day Out on Saturday 29th February 2020 from 11am at Smethwick Library, High Street, Smethwick, B66 3AP. Activities on the day include:

  • Bring along your Chance Glass along to one of their Chance ‘experts’ for a guide valuation.
  • Share your memories and stories with others
  • They will be launching their shares offer.
  • Chance ‘experts’ will be on hand to talk about your Chance memorabilia.
  • There will be lots of opportunities to talk about your association with Chances and if you would like to record your story, you can do that too!
  • Talk to Chance Heritage Trust about your vision for the glassworks.

The Trust want to create a vibrant urban community generating employment, housing, learning, training and leisure for the benefit of the community through the creation of hundreds of jobs bringing new businesses, new homes and new visitors to the site. This will be one of the most iconic sites in the Midlands and will once again take its place in history as the home of innovation, enterprise and community.

We know there are many people in the locality who have a keen interest in the glassworks, its amazing industrial heritage, and the important role it played in supporting the local community. The event on the 29th February is the start of a new page in the glassworks history and it provides a rare opportunity for local people to play a part in saving for the nation this important piece of our history and to have an important role in shaping its future.

For more information go to www.chanceht.org


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