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Community Conversation: From Wednesbury to Wolverhampton

Business in the Community and Midland Metro Alliance would be delighted if you could join them for a virtual Community Conversation, where they will explore how people from all sectors can support the recovery and strengthening of the Wednesbury to Wolverhampton economy. They believe that resilient communities are made up of collaborative partnerships that are willing to work together and build on local knowledge resulting in long term change.

This is a two-part Event. Session 1 on Thursday 24th June 2021 and Session 2 on Thursday 8th July 2021. The sessions are from 10.30 am – 12.00 and you will need to register for both sessions

Midland Metro Alliance
Midland Metro Alliance (MMA) is a team of planning, design and construction experts delivering a number of light rail extensions across the region on behalf of Transport for West Midlands, who have embarked on an ambitious plan to regenerate the region by providing easy access to public transport.

MMA, formed in July 2016, consists of the West Midlands Combined Authority, which owns the West Midlands Metro; a consortium of design experts from Egis, Tony Gee and Pell Frischmann; and rail construction specialists Colas Rail – supported by Colas’ sub-alliance partners Colas Ltd, Barhale, Bouygues UK and Auctus Management Group.

The alliance works hard to be a best practice organisation and delivers customer-focused liaison services for Metro projects across Birmingham and the Black Country, helping to keep the region moving during construction.

Business in the Community
Business in the Community (BITC) is the oldest and largest business-led membership organisation dedicated to responsible business.

BITC inspire, engage and challenge members and mobilise that collective strength as a force for good in society to:

• Create a skilled, inclusive workforce today and for the future
• Building thriving communities in which we live and work
• Innovate to repair and sustain our planet

Community Conversation
Community Conversation is a cross sector networking event exploring working collaboratively. A forum for community, business and public sector to share opportunities, discuss priorities and highlight areas of need to help build a healthier sustainable community.

A key outcome from a Community Conversation is a commitment amongst participants to continue to work together and agree on collaborative actions that can make a real difference in a place. BITC will assess actions / pledges / offers after the event and plan for further action.

This Community Conversation will focus on the benefits of improved connectivity with areas of opportunity and major employment sites. To complement this, we would like to explore wider social and environmental issues that all three sectors can address in a collaborative fashion. In session two, local community organisations have been invited to present a current challenge or idea.

Outline of session one – 24th June
• Welcome and overview – Business in the Community. Click here to register
• Opening speaker – Midland Metro Alliance
• Working together to ‘Build Back’
• Cross sector breakout rooms
• Report back and wrap up
• Close

Outline of session two – 8th July
• Welcome back and recap from previous session – Business in the Community.  Click here to register
• Local Community Presentations x 3 – presenting priorities / opportunities for engagement
• Cross sector breakout rooms
• Report back and actions
• Wrap up / close

The break-out sessions are designed to discuss challenges and ideas and workshop collaborative solutions as a group. This will provide an opportunity for participants to work as part of a cross-sector team, sharing their knowledge to provide real support to local communities.

For questions or to book a place, please email Kelly Stackhouse at kelly.stackhouse@bitc.org. You will need access to Zoom to attend this meeting, please click on the links for both sessions above to book your place.


Thrive into Work Webinar on 21 June 2021

A new, fully funded, employment support service is being launched in the West Midlands from 1 July 2021. Come to this free webinar, on Monday, 21 June: 10.00 am to 11.30 am, to find out more.

The webinar will help you understand what employment support resources are available and how to access them. The event is for individuals who want to find employment support for themselves, or organisations who support individuals to find employment.

The Thrive into Work employment service is based on Individual Placement and Support (IPS) principles. The West Midlands Combined Authority are excited that they are now able to expand the service, so that more people can benefit from this type of employment support.

Who should attend?

Register your attendance here.


Become a Governor of Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (BCHFT)

Are you 16 years or over and live in either Sandwell, Wolverhampton, Dudley or Birmingham and the wider West Midlands? Are you passionate about the NHS and want to make a difference by helping shape the future of mental health, learning disability and children’s services?

If so, why not nominate yourself in this year’s governor elections to become a Governor of Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (BCHFT). As a Governor, you will sit on our Assembly of Governors and represent your own views and the views of local people, as well as have the opportunity to shape the future and delivery of services that better meet the needs of the people that we serve.

To be a governor, all you need to have is enthusiasm and commitment for the role and an interest in your local NHS services. Whilst the role of the governor is a voluntary one, you will receive on-going training and support to give you the confidence and skills as well as the right knowledge to enable you to take on this important role.

If this is an opportunity that you have been looking for, don’t delay in submitting your application online, from Wednesday 2 June.  Nominations close at 5 pm on Wednesday 30 June.

For more information about being a Governor, see how to apply, details of drop-in Zoom sessions, contacts and useful links, click here.

If you have any queries or would like to request a hard copy nomination form, contact Ciara Hutchinson at Civica Election Services on 020 8889 9203 at ftnominationenquiries@cesvotes.com

 


Happy Volunteers’ Week!

This week (June 1-7) we officially say a heartfelt thanks to Sandwell’s huge ‘army’ of helpers, giving their time freely for the benefit of the community.

We will be sharing ‘Happy to Help’ stories all week on our social media. Join us by sharing yours, and link us in with @LetsGoSandwell #LetsGoSandwell #VolunteersWeek

Of course we show our gratitude to volunteers all year round, whether they’re our friends and neighbours doing a bit of shopping for us when we can’t, or the chairman of the charity sharing their expertise to provide a valuable service to hundreds. But this week, National Volunteers’ Week, we really put them in the spotlight with a proper show of support.

This week also sees the launch of the appeal for more than 13,000 volunteers to support Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022. Follow the link – and find dozens more opportunities to get involved – at www.letsgosandwell.info

Our latest report Reset ’21:Sandwell Volunteering is available here Report (scvo.info)


Active Black Country Tackling Inequalities Fund (TIF)

Active Black Country (ABC) is a small committed partnership, operating as the strategic lead for Sport and Physical Activity across the Black Country region. Active Black Country has been successful in securing funding for Sport England’s Tackling Inequalities Fund (phase 3), and has split their element of TIF in to four sub funds.

The four sub funds are:
• Local Fund
• Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities (BAME) Themed Fund
• Disabled People / People with Long Term-Health Conditions (LTHC) Themed Fund
• Mental Health Themed Fund

Organisations are advised to consider what funding they need in order to deliver their project, rather than applying for the maximum available. Active Black Country expect demand to be high and want to help as many applicants as possible.

The maximum amount of funding for a community body in any single phase of TIF is £10,000. Where a community body is being supported over more than one phase of the funding, ABC will consider a £20,000 total award cap across the full TIF programme

The application process is different to a number of other funds in the sense that it is very conversational. Where ABC are unclear on an element of an organisation’s application or where they have questions about the process, ABC can resolve these on an individual basis. Applicants looking to discuss their ideas prior to applying can arrange a conversation by emailing jennifer_oakes@blackcountryconsortium.co.uk.

For further information on the Tackling Inequalities Fund, see here.

Application Form.


NHS Blood and Transplant urgently need your help with plasma donations!

Plasma is part of our blood, containing antibodies which fight infections. Plasma is made into live-saving medicines which save the lives of thousands of people with rare diseases.

There is a global supply shortage due to rising demand. Up until now, the UK has depended on imports of blood plasma from other countries – mainly the US.  Donations to NHSBT will bolster the supply chain and improve the self-sufficiency of the UK in producing its own treatments.

Fourteen donor centres around England are now taking donations of plasma.  In the West Midlands, these are   Birmingham, Coventry and Wolverhampton Donor Centres.

The NHBT urgently need you to donate plasma.   If you would like to donate, please call 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk/plasma for more details.


Just straight Talk would like to appoint a Digital Buddy Lead within Dudley

Just Straight Talk is a Community project based in Coseley, Dudley. They work to support people by providing the practical help and motivation they need to turn their lives around and reach their life goals. To that end, Just Straight Talk would like to recruit a Digital Buddy Lead to work on the Digi Dudley Project.

Salary: £22,000
Contract terms: 18 months fixed term
Location: Dudley

The purpose of the role is to provide the older population, services and groups within Dudley borough with the resource, confidence and skills to become digitally involved and included for the long term.

The increasing move towards online activities, appointments, training and meetings have now been further exacerbated with the Covid 19 pandemic.
These challenges have meant a reduction in the opportunity to have social face to face contact.

For many of the older age population there is an significant risk that they may be further “left behind “becoming more isolated and alone and unable to access services or local/ community activities.

As the JST Digital Buddy Lead you will help unleash the power of technology to ensure that older people are not excluded from the digital world.

Read the full requirements of the role here.

To apply, please email info@juststraighttalk.org for an application form.

The deadline for return of applications is 5.00 pm on Monday, 14th June 2021.


Project Delivery Coordinator for BBO Programme at Citizens Advice Sandwell & Walsall

Citizens Advice Sandwell & Walsall provides free, confidential and impartial advice for the problems people in Sandwell and Walsall may have. They currently deliver a project funded through Building Better Opportunities and would like to invite applications for a Project Delivery Coordinator to join the team.

Salary: £27.048 per annum
Hours: 37 hours per week Contract:
Term: Fixed until December 2021

Building Better Opportunities Family Matters is a multi-million pound funding programme which matches money from the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund, to tackle poverty and social exclusion faced by the most disadvantaged people in England.

The role of the post holder will be to coordinate and deliver a holistic advice service supporting vulnerable families to move towards training and employment. Read more about the job description here.

To apply, for please visit the website www.citizensadvicesandwell-walsall.org and complete the application form highlighting your suitability for the role. If you require a reasonable adjustment or other assistance to apply for this role, please contact the Recruitment Team at recruitment@citizensadvicesandwell-walsall.org or call 07841 599390.

Please note CV’s will not be accepted.

Closing date: 1st June 2021
Interviews will be held on: 9th June 2021

Citizens Advice Sandwell & Walsall is an equal opportunities employer and encourages applications from all applicants who meet the person specification irrespective of sex, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy and maternity, sexual orientation, race, religion or belief, age, or disability.

 


FoodCycle: Feeding Black Country Communities Webinar

As part of the work to support people and communities to thrive and flourish, Transforming Communities Together are hosting a webinar on the national charity FoodCycle, as it prepares to open its first Walsall-based free meals service for local residents. The webinar will be from 10.30 am on Wednesday, 23 June 2021.

FoodCycle is a national charity established in 2009, with the aim of tackling food poverty and social isolation using donated surplus food. There are currently six projects in the West Midlands, all Birmingham-based. The organisation is now working to set up FoodCycle Cooking projects within Walsall and the wider Black Country.

FoodCycle utilises suitable kitchens in which volunteers cook fresh surplus food, which has been donated, to produce healthy, hot vegetarian meals, for anyone who would like one. The meals are completely free and anyone can just turn up. Typically guests include low income families, homeless people, isolated older people, and people struggling to ‘make ends meet’.

FoodCycle would like to hear from you:
• If you could host a FoodCycle local venue, and have capacity to seat up to 30 guests.
• If you are a local organisation or community group through which potential guests may be reached.
• If you would like to be a volunteer at a local venue.

For more information, please contact Pamela@foodcycle.org.uk on 07377 866347 or Jody@foodcycle.org.uk on 07593 256805.

Book your free place via Eventbrite.

 


Black Country & West Birmingham Question Time: General Practice Event

As we start to get back to life in the new normal, and General Practices continue to return to business as usual, the Black Country and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group want to maintain a conversation with local patients, around the restoration and transformation of primary care going forward.

Do you want to know how the CCG is recruiting the next wave of GPs? Or perhaps you want to know how they are improving access to appointments? Then join the CCG on Tuesday, 18th May 2021, 12.00 pm – 1.30 pm, to have your questions answered by a panel.

Register at Eventbrite, submit your question, and to read the biographies of the panel. Alternatively please email bcwb.engagement@nhs.net or call 0121 612 1447 to book your place.

There will be time to only answer 7/8 questions on the day, as the panel want to devote time to discussion around the answers, but all questions will receive a response. There will not have time to answer questions about individual concerns or complaints, so please frame your question appropriately.

You will also be encouraged to ask your question directly to the panel, so the Chair may bring you in on the day.

The Clinical Commissioning Group look forward to seeing you there!


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