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Catch 22: Working in partnership to Create Opportunities

Catch 22 is about creating opportunities for young people aged 16 – 25 living in the Sandwell Borough. The objective of the Creating Opportunities Forum is to empower and support young people at risk of serious violence, to be able to access employment-related opportunities and help them develop the skills they need to make a successful transition into work.

In its role, the national provider will deliver wraparound support to the young people participating in the programme, to ensure they are able to engage with and benefit from the employment-related opportunities on offer. The national provider will also be responsible for finding employability-related and skills-based opportunities for participants. This is done by using its links with local and national businesses in the 12 geographical areas which have been selected by the Home Office, and pairing participants with suitable opportunities.

The Supplier may avail any opportunities made available by the COF or seek to leverage the networks created by other government programmes such as through the Inclusive Economy Partnership’s Transition to Work programme. The COF programme will run until the end of March 2023.

Hayley Shattock, The Employability Coach for Catch 22, which also covers Birmingham and Wolverhampton, will engage with young people locally.

Hayley would welcome the chance to meet you and/or attend your meeting to provide more information, answer questions and discuss referral methods to the programme.  Contact Hayley on 07768 025397 or email Hayley.shattock@catch-22.org.uk

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Community Foundation’s Greece Youth Exchange: March/April 2022

Community Foundation, in partnership with other European countries, is taking part in a 10 days trip to Greece. Community Foundation will be taking participants aged 18-30 years old from the UK to join other participants from eight European countries, to take part in the Digital Transformation Youth Exchange.  

The trip is from Thursday, 31 March to Saturday, 9th April 2022. This programme aims to encourage young people to use digital tools and resources more effectively, through non formal education activities.

Participants will be staying at a hotel in the coastal area of Halkidiki, Greece, where they will also get free time to tour the city and spend time at the beach!

The programme is completely free and all costs for travel, accommodation and food is covered.  More details.

Please direct questions to Medina Mulla, Project Manager, on 0121 238 3282 or email medina@thecommunityfoundation.org.uk

To register, complete the registration form available to download from Community Foundation’s website at www.thecommunityfoundation.org.uk

The deadline for applications is 31 January 2022.


Early Help Partnership Event: Monday,17 January 2022

Twenty twenty one was a difficult year for many of us and brought many challenges and changes to organisations and groups delivering activities for children and young people across the borough.  A great job has been done by all in supporting children and families, rising to challenges and being committed to ensuring that the needs of young people and families in Sandwell are being met as best as possible.

As we head into a new year, the Early Help Partnership would like to invite you to join them, from 1.00 pm to 2.30 pm on Monday, 17th January, at the first in a series of Early Help Partnership town events.  The venue is Krunch Christian Centre, Langley Crescent, Oldbury, B68 8RE.  It is hoped (fingers crossed!) that the event will be face to face.

The event will give you the opportunity to network and link-in with partners and share what your offer of support looks like – helping to increase awareness of local activities.  You can highlight any challenges you face and explore how we can support one another going forward.

There will be guest speakers from Oldbury Children’s Centre (Action for Children) and Oldbury Targeted Early Help Team (Sandwell Children’s Trust). The speakers will share information about how they can support you in your roles when working with children, young people and families and how to access this support.

If you would like to join the EH Partnership on 17th January, please email earlyhelp@scvo.info to book your place. Booking is essential as numbers are limited. For further information, please call Angel on 0121 525 1127/07587 136072.


Baggies Boing Zone: Fun sports and activities for young children between 18 months & two years

Starting the 19th January 2022, The Albion Foundation have a series of soft play and kickers group sessions for children aged 18 months to two years.  The sessions will run for 12 weeks and will include: 

  • Introduction to ABC, 123, colours and shapes
  • Introduction to fundamental movement skills
  • Football and other fun activities
  • Soft play assault courses
  • A safe Environment.

Click here to sign up

Questions?   Please contact Lauren Holden, Health, Wellbeing and Community Coach,  at lauren.holden@albionfoundation.co.uk

 


Youth Zone: fun activities for young people at Cradley Heath Community Centre

After the success of its 2021 HAF Summer Holiday and October Half Term provision, where  over 350 different young people had the opportunity to engage in sport and physical activity, Sporting Your Futures wanted to create further opportunities for young people to enjoy sport and physical activity in a safe and fun environment.

Youth Zone gives young people the opportunity to engage in new activities while having hot and cold food, snacks and drinks.

Sporting Your Futures is currently delivering Youth Zone on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at Cradley Heath Community Centre, Reddal Hill Road, B64 5JG. See attached flyer for times.

For more information, please contact Wayne@sportingyourfutures.org or call 07878904879 or 07538225044


An Exhibition of Self Discovery!

Without Shape Without Form is an arts organisation that explores the mind and wellbeing. Without Shape Without Form is a touring exhibition  – Journey of the Mind @The Library of Birmingham until the 4th December.

The exhibition will allow attendees to really explore the journey of the mind and how to deal with stress, anxiety etc. which unfortunately has been exasperated by the global pandemic and is especially important in the business world. If this of interest please follow this link to book.

Alongside the exhibition there is an array of FREE workshops and events to reach as much of the community as possible:

The Inner Monologue is aimed at working professionals and how to keep the mind still in this busy world and especially the workplace. Spaces are limited so please click here to book your seat.

Art of the Mind:
As part of the BEDLAM Arts and Mental Health Festival 2021, this panel discussion connects art, spirituality and mental wellbeing through the exploration of the mind. Panellists include Sikh artist Kanwar Singh, ex Vogue/Dazed creative and the curator of Journey of the Mind Deep Kailey, along with Navi Kaur, an artist and arts educator based in Birmingham. Spaces are on a first-come-first-served basis. Click here to book.

Discover the Mind (aimed at families/children):
Journey through a fun-filled creative afternoon of exciting activities to discover more of the positive aspects of the mind. Engage your artistic side in creating a giant tapestry! Make gifts for children at Birmingham Children’s Hospital! Wind down to a calming storytelling session! Click here to book.

Without Shape Without Form hope to see you at as many events as possible.


Smethwick Community Centres launch Christmas Give a Gift Appeal

Two Smethwick Community Centres are launching a Christmas Give a Gift Appeal in partnership with SCIPS and Sandwell Council and are working to help make Christmas a special time of year for those who may be struggling after a difficult year.

Christmas should be a magical time of year, a time shared with loved ones, family, and friends, exchanging gifts and making memories. However, for some people in Sandwell it will be spent alone, or in care, or without any presents under the tree, and there will be no Christmas dinner. St Albans Community Association and Dorothy Parkes Centre, two Smethwick based charities who between them provide quality, holistic, advice, guidance, support, and a place of welcome and opportunity, at grass roots level, on a day-to-day basis, are working together to help make a difference this Christmas.

Tonia Flannagan, Chief Executive Officer at St Albans Community Association said:

“We had a tremendous response to this campaign two years ago and we want to make it even better this year. In our previous appeal we had over 300 gifts donated which were distributed to those children who spent Christmas in hospital and to older people who do not have any family or receive gifts. We were amazed at the generosity of local people, and we hope the community works together to make this year another success”.

Robert Bruce, Chief Executive Officer at Dorothy Parkes Centre said:

“Christmas is the season of goodwill and given all of the challenges in the country now with COVID, the increase in cost of living, and reduction of benefits, this ‘magical’ time of year could be extremely difficult for many people. We hope that our appeal can ensure that we put smiles on many people’s faces this Christmas.”

The Centres are seeking support from local residents, schools, emergency services and businesses and asking for donations of new, unwrapped toys and gifts which will be distributed to a wide range of people in the week before Christmas. Donations can be dropped in at both Centres and other donation points across Sandwell. Donations are to be made by Monday 6th December 2021 and then wrapped up by volunteers before being distributed out into the community. For more details, please call 0121 558 0018 or visit www.dorothyparkes.org


Prince’s Trust recruiting for the next Team Programme to start December 2021

Princes trust Smethwick have completed another successful Team Programme and are recruiting for our next one due to start the 6th December 2021.

The Programme is 12 weeks long but will include a two week break for Christmas. The initiative is for unemployed 16-25 year olds, where they can gain a level 1 Employment teamwork and community skills qualification, first aid and food safety and lots more, whilst improving life skills and confidence.

Participants are issued with travel vouchers and attending the programme does not affect benefits.

If you are aware of anyone who fits the criteria, or would like to know more about the Team Programme, please contact Jack Dytor, Prince’s Trust Team Leader, at dytorj@wolvcoll.ac.uk or call 07787 245 832

 

 


Princes Trust Smethwick recruiting for next 12-week Team Programme

Princes trust Smethwick have completed another successful Team Programme and are recruiting for our next one due to start the 6th December 2021.

The Programme is 12 weeks long but will include a two week break for Christmas. The initiative is for unemployed 16-25 year olds, where they can gain a level 1 Employment teamwork and community skills qualification, first aid and food safety and lots more, whilst improving life skills and confidence.

Participants are issued with travel vouchers and attending the programme does not affect benefits.

If you are aware of anyone who fits the criteria, or would like to know more about the Team Programme, please contact Jack Dytor, Prince’s Trust Team Leader, at dytorj@wolvcoll.ac.uk or call 07787 245 832

 


Wednesbury Christmas Parcel Appeal

After the huge success of Wednesbury 2000’s Christmas parcel appeal last year, they are appealing again this year for toy and food donations to be able to support families in need this Christmas.

Last year they created the Christmas parcel appeal project which supported 75 families over the Christmas period with food and toys. They tailored the parcels to each family depending on family size, gender and hobbies to ensure everyone had exactly what was needed.

They managed to provide each child with 7 presents each with ranged from ball pits, scooters, football goal, princess dresses and many many more. This year we are partnering with Communities in Sync to provide even more support where needed, so we’re hoping to build on this even further this year.

They are again asking you to see if you would be interested in supporting their project by making a donation if you can or by making a referral for a family in need (click here for referral form).

For more information or to make a donation call Kallianne on 07528389300 or email wednesbury2000@hotmail.com.


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