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Looking Back……Springing Forward (Early Help Partnership Event)

The Sandwell Early Help Looking Back….. Springing Forward Event is on Friday 24 March 2023, 10.00 am – 1.00 pm at the Bethel Convention Centre, Kelvin Way, West Bromwich, B70 7JW

It’s been almost a year since we launched the Sandwell Early Help for Children and Families Strategy 2022-2024; and wow, what a year it’s been! So many of you have joined us and continued with us on our journey of support for children and families in Sandwell and have contributed to the positive changes made and seen in Sandwell’s approach to Early Help.

Our ‘year on’ event will reflect on the last year.   Sharing what our journey has involved, where we have reached and, more importantly, where we are heading.  It will give attendees the opportunity to hear from Partners about their contributions, developments and experience of Early Help processes in Sandwell.  The Event will look at what our children and young people know about Early Help, and how together we can ensure they know how to access the support available to help achieve positive outcomes for them.  Our event will also showcase some of the activities/services available locally for children and young people.

Booking is essential and you can book your place(s) here:

For further information, please contact Angel on 07587 136072 or email


CoderDojo: Programming Code Clubs for 7 – 17 year-olds

Part of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, CoderDojo is a global community of programming clubs called Dojos. Dojos are free, volunteer-led, programming clubs where young people can learn to code, build a website, create an app or a game, and explore technology in a fun and social environment. They are aimed at 7 to 17-year-olds, with parents and carers always welcomed along!

Dojos take place in public, accessible spaces such as libraries, community centres, and even cinemas. All that’s needed are basic facilities, suitable insurance and health and safety measures. An internet connection and access to computers are useful to have but are not essential!

Dojos are run by their own amazing team of volunteers. It’s valuable to have a variety of skills across your team, with volunteers who can organise the sessions, set up the venue or provide support and encouragement to the young people who attend.

You don’t need to be ‘techie’ to get involved and there is a whole library of free resources and training modules to support you in getting set up.

If you would like more information on starting a Dojo in your community, then please feel free to get in touch with Steph,

Look at a Dojo in action here.

You can find more about the CoderDojo movement and foundation here.

Festive fun at Oldbury Library in the run-up to Christmas

Did you know that Old Library is running free, fun and festive events in the run-up to Christmas?

Santa and Elf Christmas Party: Wednesday 21st December 10.00 – 11.00 am.  Santa and elf bring traditional party games to life, with some festive dancing and opportunities for you take selfies with mascots. Fun for all ages.

Christmas Card Craft: Friday 23rd December 11.00-12.00 pm. An opportunity to design your own special Christmas card.

Please call 0121 569 4955 to book your place to avoid disappointment.  Email

Online Safety for Children Young People and Families

The Voluntary and Community Sector’s Children and Young People’s Forum would like to extend an invitation to its next Forum meeting to any organisations working in Sandwell who would like to find out more about the issues for children, young people and families around online safety.

There will be a chance to hear more about the challenges that online safety presents and also tools and resources to help to support the families we are working with.

The Forum is taking place on Tuesday 31st January 2023 from 2.00pm – 3.30pm at Krunch, Sandwell Christian Centre, Langley Crescent, Oldbury, B68 8RE.

If you would like to attend please contact Leona Bird, Strategic Engagement Officer at SCVO – 07401 255 787 –

Children and Young People Winter Holiday Activities

Between the 19th and the 30th December Sandwell Council have activities happening in every town, from pantomimes and winter wonderlands, to sports, arts, cooking, and even the opportunity to be part of a rock-band!

See newsletters below which showcase some of the organisations and activities:

A new website has been launched where you can find out more and see the range of activities on offer

Check out social media, follow on Facebook and Twitter @SandwellHAF

To find out what happened over the summer and the difference the Holiday Activity Programme makes to families, please view this short video



Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Grant Programme 2023 open

The Department for Education have awarded grant funding to local authorities to provide Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) to cover the Easter, summer, and Christmas holiday period for 2023.

The programme supports school aged children and young people (reception to year 11) including those with SEND, who are eligible for benefit-related free school meals to access healthy food and enriching activities free of charge.

This grant is open to the voluntary and community sector, not for profit organisations, schools and other educational settings, private sector organisations and clubs.

The closing date for applications is 4 pm on Friday, 20th January 2023.

Applications received after this deadline will not be processed.

See here for the application form and guidance notes.

Turn a spare room into a safe space

Do you know anyone with a spare room who could give a homeless young person a safe home? YMCA Open Door needs help to give 16 and 17-year-olds a safe place to stay when they become homeless.

The host needs a spare room in the Black Country, an awareness of the needs of young people and a little patience and understanding. In return, hosts get a support package from YMCA and around £100 a week.

For more information call 0121 524 1950 or email


Deaf Health Matters: Consultation invite for 16+ deaf or hard of hearing young adults

Healthwatch Sandwell and young adults from Deaf World are working together to  explore whether health and care services in Sandwell are meeting the NHS Accessible Information Standard for people with a disability or sensory loss. People have a right to receive information and communication in ways that work for them.

The organisers would like to invite deaf or hard of hearing young adults 16+ years and living in Sandwell, to a Consultation from 11 am to 4 pm, on Saturday 19th November, at Summerfield Community Centre, Winson Green Road, Birmingham B18 4EJ, where young people will have a chance to share their voice and views.  Parents and carers are also invited.

The Community Centre is on the No. 82 & 87 bus routes.

Further information.


Funding for High Achieving State School Students to Explore US Study

The Sutton Trust has announced that it will be inviting applications to its US Programme from the 5th November 2022.

The programme offers high achieving state school students the opportunity to explore studying in the United States to experience what it’s like being an international student in the US. The programme will cover all costs, including travel, residential events, accommodation and food.

As in previous years, students are scheduled to visit the US in July/August. However, due to COVID-19, the health and safety situation is constantly evolving. This may mean that plans may need to be adjusted and possibly deliver US weeks in a virtual format.

The programme is open to students from low or middle-income families who are currently in Year 12 in England and Wales.

The deadline for applications will be the 15th January 2023.

More information

Have your say on Sandwell PlayZones Consultation

Sandwell Council would like to hear your views on the proposed refurbishments of existing PlayZones (small sided sports areas) or new builds across Sandwell.

The Football Foundation, Sport England and Sandwell Council would like to invest in communities with the greatest need. The aim of the PlayZone proposal is to deliver new or refurbished outdoor mini pitches designed for football and other sports and activities that will allow many people from different backgrounds to be more physically active.

You can do this by:

  • Completing our online survey (up to 10 minutes)
  • Attending our face-to-face events at park site
  • Attending public information days

Simply visit and have your say on the idea of upgrading a play zone near you.

The public consultation will run from Thursday 6 October to Friday 18 November 2022.

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