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Exciting new Innovation Training Programme

Are you looking to find a job.  Would like increase your confidence, make positive changes and need some additional qualifications?  If so, Trident Reach can help. Trident Reach, working in partnership with Pilot IMS, can offer something new and innovative. Something you have not tried before!

The Innovation funding, provided by the West Midlands Combined Authority, is specifically targeting people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. This has a wide scope, it can be rent arrears, ASBOs, Mental Health, Family crisis etc.

Eligibility:
• Aged 19 and over
• Have good communication skills
• Reasonable level of Maths and English
• Willing and able to commit to 1 day a week.

Delivery: The course will run 1 day a week (10 am – 2 pm) for 6/8 weeks. Trident Reach will be running 5 x 1 day a week courses across the Sandwell area.

Process: All candidates will be required to attend an Awareness Session where they will meet the Engagement Officer. The Engagement Officer will offer wrap around Job Search support in addition to the accredited learning. Money advice, completing application forms, stress management, online job search, interview skills and many more will be covered.

Candidates can attend or be booked onto the session by contacting Pilot on 07940470958 or send a text. Pilot will call you back.

Engagement Officer: Cheral Hayes 07989232777


Commonwealth Games Strategic Transport Plan

The first draft of the Commonwealth Games Strategic Transport Plan has been approved and published. The publication marks the beginning of a 12 week engagement period during which Transport for West Midlands want to hear your views on whether they have the right guiding principles and how you would like to be kept informed as they progress with transport planning.

Members of the public are invited to comment on the draft plan between Monday 16 September and Friday 6 December 2019. The full draft plan, can be found www.tfwm.org.uk/B2022transport along with a Q&A document and survey.

Copies of the survey, the draft Games Strategic Transport Plan or the supporting leaflet can be provided different formats. Just get in touch with the team at GamesTransport@tfwm.org.uk.

Transport for West Midlands are determined to make the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games the best they can, which is why they are asking for your support in gathering as many views as possible.

There are also a number of public engagements events happening in the West Midlands. In Sandwell they are on:

Wednesday, 6 November
3 pm – 7 pm
Dorothy Park Community Centre, Church Road, Smethwick, B67 6EH

Saturday, 9 November
10 am – 3 pm
Exhibition Bus, Freeth Street, Oldbury, B69 3DE


West Midlands Trains online Stakeholder research: Autumn 2019

As part of the commitment to developing their partnerships with stakeholders, West Midlands Trains have commissioned an independent research organisation, Jungle Green Ltd, to conduct an annual online Stakeholder Research Survey. The research involves a short questionnaire about what, in your opinion, West Midlands Trains are doing well and where they can improve, in the way they work with stakeholders.

Your feedback will help shape how the train company develops stakeholder relationships in the future, as they continually seek to improve their service.

Please click here to take part in the survey. There are 15 questions that they would like to ask you.

West Midlands Trains do hope that you will be able to help. Your contribution, which is anonymous, would be greatly valued.


The Art Yard – Call for Artists October 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:

We 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.


Event Invitation -Great Career Pathways on the Strategic Road Network

Highways England connects the country. They plan, design, build and future-proof England’s major A roads and motorways. That involves a lot of people, with a huge range of skills and experience, spanning technology, construction, the environment, corporate support services and many more.

Highways England would like to invite you to come and meet them and their supply partners and industry experts, at this year’s Highways UK, on 7 November at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre. It’s free to attend this flagship event for the roads sector, where you will have access to a full conference programme with insight and inspiration from sector leaders. There’s also a major exhibition and networking area plus innovation showcases.

Go along to find out more about the roads sector and the breadth of career opportunities.

Highways England are keen to develop links with pre-employment organisations and those who offer careers advice to a diverse range of clients so are targeting individuals and organisations who offer these services.

Highways England will also be holding a welcome address for 100 careers advisers and representatives from pre-employment organisations at the beginning of the day.

Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis for this meeting, so if you would like to take part please select this option on the order form. You are still welcome to attend the event without taking part in the welcome meeting.

Click here to register via Eventbrite


Fircroft College first ever Alumni reunion and 110 year celebratory event

Fircroft College is excited to be hosting the first Alumni Reunion for past students (also known as Fircrofters!) to celebrate the college’s 110 year anniversary on Friday, 6th September 2019, 9.45 am – 2.45 pm.

Alumni and partners will be able to find out what has remained the same, what’s new, reconnect with familiar faces (and meet new ones!), all in six acres of beautiful grounds.

The day is designed to be flexible so you can sign up for the workshops to fit around commitments.

Sign up for the Alumni Reunion via Eventbrite.

Any queries please email neena.chauhan@fircroft.ac.uk


New Shared Lives Scheme thriving

It is a little over two years since national charity, Camphill Village Trust, decided to add Shared Lives to their already established Stourbridge community in the Black Country. In this time, the new scheme has gone from strength to strength, networking closely with other community-based organisations to gain momentum.

Shared Lives is still a relatively unknown model of care that is similar to foster care, where specially trained Carers open up their home and support people with additional/complex needs to lead as independent life as possible and stay connected with the local community. Currently, there are approximately 14,000 people being supported the UK in this way.

The scheme is nearly a full year into the new contract and has already set up 11 Arrangements, receiving over 60 enquiries with a variety of additional support needs from learning disability, autism, mental ill health, through to older people and hospital discharges.

Shared Lives offers opportunity for those people with the right values and commitment to develop a social care career and earn up to £29K annually as a self-employed Carer. It is a rewarding role which challenges the assumptions of what can be achieved within an ordinary family home.

If people wish to find out more about how the scheme is developing, please contact Kate Morgan on 01384 441505 or kate.morgan@cvt.org.uk

Follow Shared Lives on twitter @CVTSharedLives.


Help Creative Black Country Find Our Funny Roots

Did you ever see Black Country comedy legends Tommy Mundon, Aynuk and Ayli or Dolly Allen on the famous Black Country Night Out?

Did you get the giggles watching Lenny Henry or Frank Skinner?

As part of Creative Black Country’s National Lottery Heritage Funded project ‘Finding Our Funny Roots’, they’re looking for people to share their stories and memorabilia of seeing comedians in an effort to find out just what is so unique about Black Country humour.

With your help they’ll unearth stories of comedians and comedy from 1950 to 2000 and produce a new set of performances.

They’re open to ideas; from collections of old ticket stubs; to photos from events or people at comedy clubs; people’s favourite jokes from the comedians; or stories of meeting them. All of the stories will go towards a new piece of work written, produced and performed by Dave Pitt, Steve Pottinger and Emma Purshouse – Poets, Prattlers and Pandemonialists.

This month we’re holding drop-in sessions in libraries across the Black Country:

  • Tuesday 20 August, 1.30pm–3.30pm at Dudley Library, DY1 1HR
  • Wednesday 21 August, 2pm–4pm at Wolverhampton Central Library, WV1 3AX
  • Thursday 22 August, 10.30am–12.30pm at Central Library West Bromwich, B70 8DZ
  • Friday 23 August, 12.30pm–2.30pm at Lichfield Street Hub, Walsall, WS1 1TR

For more information either call Creative Black Country on 0121 525 1127 or visit their website at https://www.creativeblackcountry.co.uk/blog/2019/8/10/come-and-share-your-stories-of-comedy-in-the-black-country-with-us

 


Creative Black Country Expands to Include Dudley

Creative Black Country has been awarded £1,403,154 of National Lottery funding through Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places programme (CPP) to expand its current CPP activity to include Dudley, in partnership with Black Country Living Museum and Dudley Council for Voluntary Service.

Black Country Together has led the Creative Black Country CPP project in Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton since 2015, with Arts Council investment of almost £4.5 million to date. Since then it has been producing creative events, performances and activities bringing inspirational cultural experiences to thousands of local people.

This includes the Creative Communities and Open Access programmes that support community groups to experience the arts and produce their own events; Funny Things comedy programme celebrating Black Country humour; and the 100 Masters campaign raising the profile of expertise, innovation and craftsmanship. It also includes the unique Desi Pubs partnership between artists and pub landlords, which helped redefine pub culture in the Black Country, reinventing the traditional handcrafted pub sign using Punjabi text.

Arts and culture have a significant role to play in building thriving villages, towns and cities, bringing people together and making them proud of where they work and live. Creative People and Places allows more people to choose, create and take part in arts and cultural activity – encouraging long-term collaboration between local people, artists and partners, and embedding lasting change in communities.

Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England, said: “Arts and culture make the places we live vibrant and exciting, entertaining and inspiring, benefiting our wellbeing and helping local economies.

“This National Lottery investment in Creative Black Country will see the team build on their achievements so far, with great work such as the Desi Pubs projects and 100 Masters, ensuring more people across Dudley and the Black Country can take part in and enjoy creativity in their communities.”

Creative Director of CBC, Parminder Dosanjh, said: “We are over the moon. Expanding to Dudley feels like a natural step; the prospect of working as a regional programme in the Black Country is hugely exciting and we look forward to local residents benefitting from the investment.

“We are thrilled to be working in partnership with Black Country Living Museum and Dudley Council for Voluntary Service, who will play an instrumental role in supporting the expansion programme going forward.”

Creative Black Country is one of 12 successful arts projects to receive a share of almost £17.5 million National Lottery funding to create arts and cultural experiences in areas across England where people tend to engage less with arts and culture. These twelve projects, part of the Creative People and Places programme, will take place between 2019-2023 and will be co-created with their local communities.

Andy Gray, Chief Executive of Dudley Council for Voluntary Service, said: “We’re delighted to work with Creative Black Country to build audiences and bring more opportunities to the people of Dudley. We’re looking forward to supporting communities across the Borough to create and choose the arts activities and experiences that are right for them. We’re confident Dudley will rise to the occasion and really get involved.”

 


The Art Yard – Call for Artists for a Celebration 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.

For more details see the links below:

We 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 01384 910968.


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