NHS Cadets is a new programme created by St John Ambulance in partnership with the NHS, providing opportunities to explore skills, knowledge and volunteering roles within healthcare. It is aimed at young people aged 14 to 18 who are from communities currently under-represented within the NHS and St John Ambulance.
The programme offers young people health awareness sessions, courses to develop their leadership and communication skills and insight or experience in volunteering within the NHS.
This is a great opportunity for the young people to build on invaluable life skills as well as enhancing the chances to progress further in health/social care.
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The Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Health and Wellbeing Fund 2021/22 is now live with a focus on providing support to families and children’s services due to a predicted increase in paediatric respiratory viral infections during autumn and winter 2021.
Funding is available for both local and national VCSE organisations who are already delivering existing services that can be expanded to provide additional support for children, families and children’s respiratory and acute services during autumn/winter 2021 and raise awareness of management of respiratory infections within communities that experience the greatest health inequalities.
Grants are available between £75,000 – £300,000 with the closing deadline of noon on 27th August 2021. Further information can be found by clicking here. Applications and questions regarding the fund must be submitted through our online portal by clicking here.
The UK Government has announced a £50 million investment to build and improve grassroots football pitches across the UK. The funding will be made available in 2022 to enable more people to access high-quality football pitches that can be used for football and other sports.
The investment, which will prioritise disadvantaged communities, will aim to address health inequalities, encouraging children and young people to get more active while ensuring more people can enjoy football.
The Football Association, Premier League and other local partners have contributed to this latest funding commitment which will build 185 new 3G artificial pitches, improve 5,000 existing grass pitches and create 9 ‘hub’ sites with multiple pitches.
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Sandwell Council is providing food vouchers during the summer holidays to help families whose children would usually be eligible for free school meals during term time.
Schools are contacting parents and carers who will receive a £70 voucher per child to go towards the cost of food for the six-week break which runs from 22 July – 1 September.
Once verified, vouchers are being sent to parents electronically with an alternative being offered to those parents and carers without mobile phones or internet access.
Sandwell Council has budgeted £1.322 million to help around 17,300 children. Eligible families will receive a voucher for £70 for each child.
Families, communities and local organisations across Sandwell are also working together to provide eligible children and young people between the ages of 5-15 with fun activities as part of the ‘Holiday Activities and Food Programme #HAF2021’.
Parents and carers can check if they are eligible for the holiday activities scheme and register at www.sandwell.gov.uk/holidayactivitiesandfood
YMCA are looking for volunteers who are eager to make a difference in the life of a young person. The mentors will regularly meet up with a young person, offering a friendly ear, support, guidance and advice on making positive life choices. In this instance, to engage with girls in the 9 -14 age group.
Volunteer Mentors will also need to build a relationship with the young person’s parent or guardian, but the main focus is the young person.
Full training will be given. A comprehensive DBS check will be undertaken.
To find out more about the Y’s Girls Mentoring role, click here.
Applications close on Monday, 21st June 2021.
Know any young people with hearing loss, or who are the children of Deaf parents? Sandwell Deaf Community Association (SDCA) runs a Youth Service offering loads of fun activities, holiday clubs, educational events and guidance sessions.
Activities are for children and young people aged between 6-18 years old, and up to 25 years old with additional needs, with any variety of hearing loss such as Deaf, Hard of Hearing or Cochlear Implants. The service is also offered to children of Deaf adults.
SDCA is based at the New Deaf Centre, Summer Street, West Bromwich. For more information contact Ruth Allden, Youth Service Development, email email@example.com Mobile (text/FaceTime) 07903 337 741