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Sandwell Early Help Partnership Event – ‘Supporting our most vulnerable children: Let’s work together’

You are invited to be part of our next Sandwell Early Help Partnership event, taking place on Monday 20th May, 1.45 pm – 4.00 pm at the Brasshouse Community Centre, Brasshouse Ln, Smethwick B66 1BA. The event will, as always, give you the opportunity to meet other agencies from across Sandwell who are working with children, young people and families to provide early support around some of life’s challenges. 

The event will give you the opportunity to …

  • make new contacts and meet with colleagues from other organisations
  • think about and share with others how we can best support vulnerable young people
  • consider how we can make the most of existing holiday provision and activities
  • receive an update on important new local initiatives to support young people, and on the Early Help Partnership

The event is open to staff of organisations which are signed-up members of the Sandwell Early Help Partnership, or which are shortly to sign up as members.  All tickets for this event are free and we encourage members to bring along their colleagues (max 3 per organisation) and of course if you can’t make it feel free to send someone in your place.

Participants are encouraged to bring along promotional information on any services that they are providing to share during the networking time.

To book your place please click here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/supporting-our-most-vulnerable-children-lets-work-together-tickets-61103474136

The Sandwell Early Help Partnership comprises a range of local organisations including schools, health workers, voluntary and community organisations, Sandwell Police and Fire, and Sandwell Council Children’s Services. Membership of the Partnership is free and all member agencies share a commitment to work together to achieve the shared ambitions for children and families in the borough.

For any questions or queries please email: earlyhelp@scvo.info


VCS Mentors sought for new Youth Programme

Sandwell has secured funds to deliver a local programme of the Government’s ‘Supporting Families Against Youth Crime’ initiative. This fund is focused on areas of the country where gang and youth crime is an issue to provide local authorities with additional capacity to help them respond to their local needs.

The aim of this programme in Sandwell is to help our local children and young people to have increased resilience and to feel empowered through accessing support to steer them away from becoming involved in gang and youth crime. The programme also seeks to equip parents and families to better identify and deal with issues at an earlier stage through a network of support.

Local organisations from the Voluntary and Community Sector are now invited to apply to become an approved partner in delivering youth mentoring from June 2019 to the end of March 2020.

Interested and eligible organisations can apply to be an approved delivery partner, the deadline for which is 9.00 am, Monday 3rd June 2019.

There will be a briefing event held on Monday 13th May, 2 – 3 pm at SCVO offices, 1st Floor, Landchard House, Victoria Street, West Bromwich, B70 8ER. This meeting will be an opportunity for potential applicant organisations to discuss and learn more about the programme as a whole and the mentoring element more specifically.

Key documents are as follows:-

Please note that this is a different funding opportunity to the Early Intervention Youth Fund, for which Sandwell Council is currently seeking local youth organisations to deliver targeted interventions with young people.  Details of that opportunity can be found here.


Early Intervention Youth Fund – Grant Funding Available

An exciting opportunity has arisen for providers to bid for grant funding of £26,000 as part of the Sandwell EIYF provision of the wider West Midlands project. The funding is administered by Sandwell Council on behalf of the West Midlands PCC.

Providers would be expected to deliver targeted interventions to provide support to at least 15 young people over until end of March 2020 who have been assessed as Tier 2, and are displaying risk factors associated with violent crime, in particular those at risk of exclusion from school.

Successful providers must be in a position to start working with 5 young people from the cohort immediately.

Tier-2 working with YP that are identified as being at risk due to them being siblings or friends of known gang nominals /YOS families

The aims would be:

  • Equip young people with life skills
  • Divert them from crime
  • Develop resilience and coping skills
  • Raise aspirations

Support would be take the form of:

  • One to one mentoring and group sessions
  • Working with schools to ensure that the young people are receiving the necessary support
  • Working with parents to equip and support them with the necessary parenting skills to sustain the work done with young people
  • Introducing young people to positive role models

For an informal discussion, please contact Denise Hooper or Rebecca Low on 0121 569 3352 or 0121 569 6374

You can download the application form HERE. (Word format)

 Please email completed application forms Community_SafetyTeam@sandwell.gov.uk  by 10th May 2019


Talent Match Black Country Tender Opportunity

Talent Match Black Country invites applications to tender to conduct the project’s social return on investment evaluation. The successful organisation will be working alongside young adults.

To download a copy of the Specification, Invitation to Tender and sample Service Level Agreement and Appendices click here.


Would You Like Your Future to be Bright?

Would you like your Future to be Bright? Are you looking for training, jobs or apprenticeships? Then Connexions Sandwell is where you want to be.

Bright Futures is held every Monday and Wednesday 11 am – 1 pm, in the One Stop Shop, Oldbury Council House. Here you can speak directly to Training and Apprenticeship Providers.

Call Connexions Sandwell on 0121 569 2955 for more information


Sandwell Literature Festival

Sandwell libraries are running their first literature festival during March at Central Library in West Bromwich.

The literature festival runs from Saturday 16 to Saturday 23 March and includes storytelling, local history talks, author events and musical performances.

The opening event on Saturday 16 March is The Brontë Legacy – Keeping The Flame Alive, a musical tribute to the Brontë family in a series of songs based on their poetry and characters by award-winning British jazz singer Val Wiseman, who grew up in West Bromwich.

The event starts at 7pm and admission is £3 in advance or £5 on the night.

Free admission events include:
David Hallam: Taking On The Men, 2pm, Thursday 21 March
A tale of three women who took on the men at the 1918 General Election

Ian Tucker: Your Simple Path, 11am, Friday 22 March
Bringing calm to a crazy world with simple techniques to improve wellbeing and reduce stress

An Afternoon with Roger Ellory, 2pm, Friday 22 March
Meet an award-winning crime author as he talks about his books, career and inspiration

Matt Black: An Hour of Fast Fun with Roald Dahl, 10.30am-11.30am, Saturday 23 March
A fun family event, listen to the best moments from Roald Dahl

Councillor Syeda Khatun, Sandwell Council deputy leader, said: “Our first literature festival promises to be a real feast of exciting entertainment and fascinating talks, all in our wonderful Central Library in West Bromwich.

“For the opening event, Val Wiseman will be making a welcome return to West Bromwich following her fantastic performance fronting the Lady Sings The Blues concert during last summer’s jazz festival.”

For more information, go to the Discover Sandwell website or call 0121 569 4904 / email central_library@sandwell.gov.uk


Vulnerable Children Risk Becoming ‘Lost in Digital Space’

A not-for-profit online safety organisation is warning that vulnerable children are becoming ‘lost in digital space’ where they face risks such as cyberbullying, cyber fraud and sexting.

A study by Internet Matters found that around two million vulnerable children, including those with disabilities and mental health issues, are at particular risk online.

Other online safety risks they face include seeing harmful content, such as those that promote self-harm and suicide.

The study, based on the experiences of around 3,000 young people aged between 10 and 16, found that children in care and young carers are almost twice as likely to be cyberbullied than their peers.

One in four (27%) of children with special educational needs view sites that promoting self-harm and 25% view sites that encourage anorexia, compared to 17% of their peers in both cases.

Young people with hearing difficulties are also more likely to be involved in sexting and are five times more likely than their peers to say that the internet upsets them.

Those with learning difficulties are a third more likely to spend more than five hours a day online compared to their peers and also a third more likely to have their social media account hacked.

To read the full Charity Digital News article click here.

 

 


Cash for Kids

Sadly for many children across the West Midlands life is really tough.

They could be living in poverty, with a serious illness or disability or be subject to neglect or abuse. Free Radio Cash for Kids is here to make a positive impact on the lives of these children.

Free Radio helps by awarding grants to families, community projects and small local charities who support these children.

Right now they are looking for applications for grant funding that we hope to be able to fulfill from funds raised during their forthcoming Superhero Day campaign.

Consideration for grants will only be given to those who help children up to the age of 18, who match our eligibility criteria and live within the Free Radio broadcast area (see the map located on their website).

They are looking for applications with a maximum value of £2,000 and in keeping with a timeline whereby funding will be made available in June/July 2019.

They will be looking to showcase some of the applications we’ve received during the Superhero Day campaign, to inspire Free Radio listeners and businesses across the area to donate & fundraise. Please indicate within your application (in Section 5. Other Information) how you would support this.

Finally, if you have a bigger project that you are currently fundraising for (or have ambitions to fundraise for in the near future) please include a 2/3 sentence summary of this also within Section 5. Other Information.

Click here to access our online application form (please note we only accept applications via this online form).

Applications close at 11:59pm on Friday 15th March 2019 to get your copy click here.

Source: Free Radio Website


Day of Action to Promote Safer Internet Use

An awareness day to promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digitial technology among children has taken place.

Safer Internet Day (SID 2019) takes place on 5 February and aims to inspire a national conversation about ensuring young people and children use technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively.

Online consent

The focus of Safer Internet Day in the UK was on how consent works online, with schools and organisations who were encouraged to ask young people how they ask, give and receive consent online. Issues covered include consent with friends and in relationships, sharing images and videos and how to protect privacy and manage data.

“The campaign encourages young people to explore how the internet works, who owns the information that is shared on it, and how they can actively take ownership of digital spaces, says a UK Safer Internet Centre statement.

“They want SID 2019 to empower young people to take control of their online lives and to feel that they can harness and use the positive power of the internet for good.”

More than 1,000 organisations took part across the UK, including charities, police forces, schools, tech firms and football clubs.

A campaign toolkit including social media assets and images as well as education packs and videos have been made available by the UK Safer Internet Centre.

Source: Charity Digital News


Early Help Partnership Event Invitation

Don’t miss out on our Early Help Partnership Event – taking place on Wednesday 23rd January from 1pm – 3pm at the Yemeni Community Association.

We welcome all who are working with and supporting children, young people and families in West Bromwich, to come together to share, learn and develop new partnerships.

To book your place please e-mail Amelia – earlyhelp@scvo.info


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