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Supporting Children and Young People in Sandwell

The last couple of years have been tough for the community and especially challenging for children and young people of all ages in Sandwell. Some have been more affected than others by anxiety, bereavement, stress, and a host of other complex problems for young hearts and minds to deal with.

If you know of anyone between the ages of 5-18 who would benefit from some 1-1 counselling to help support them, please contact one of the organisations below. No matter how much love and care a young person has from family, friends, and school sometimes a skilled professional can be the key to unlocking the problem and helping them move on. There is no charge as it is funded by Sandwell Council although children and young people will need to be assessed as requiring the service.

To find out more please contact one of the organisations below. They are here to help.

  1. Relate offer Time for You: 1-1 counselling for those aged 8-18 in various locations in Sandwell either face to face or via Zoom. Contact Michelle Jones on 0121 824 0303 or email:
  2. Murray Hall offer Future Foundations: a counselling service for those aged 5-18 in various locations in Sandwell either face to face or via Zoom. Contact Creative Therapy Services on 01902 826 306 or email:
  3. Aspire4U offer Lyfeproof: offering 1-1 counselling to those aged 12-18 years either face to face or via Zoom. For more information, please email

For other specialist local support for please look at Sandwell Family Life – a directory of local activities and services for children, young people and families in Sandwell. It provides information on a wide range of support that aims to make life better for young people and their parents and carers.

Sandwell Early Help Partnership Town Event at the Brasshouse

Working or volunteering with children, young people, and families in Sandwell? If so, we would like to invite you to our upcoming Early Help Partnership town event on Wednesday, 8 June 2022, 10.00 – 11.30 am, at Brasshouse Community Centre, Brasshouse Lane, Smethwick. 

A great job has been done by all in supporting children and families across the borough, rising to challenges, and being committed to ensuring the needs of children, young people and families are being met as best as possible.

There have been lots of changes to organisations, groups, and activities over the last couple of years and our events will give you the opportunity to network and link in with local partners.  You can share what your offer of support looks like and help to increase awareness of local activities.  We can also discuss any challenges you face in your role and how we as a Partnership can support one another going forward.

We will be joined by guest speakers from Barnardo’s and the Strengthening Families Teams (Sandwell Children’s Trust) who will share information about their offer of support to children and families and how they can support you in your daily roles.

Booking is essential as numbers are limited.

Click here to register for the Smethwick event.

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

New Early Help Website Launched

A new website has been developed and launched for all staff and volunteers working with children, young people and families across Sandwell, whether in a school, charity/community group, police or health services.

The website focuses on providing practitioners with information, resources, training opportunities and access to a portal of local targeted services.   Run through the Sandwell Early Help Partnership, the website aims to bring down barriers around access to support; build confidence between partners and encourage partnership working to ensure the needs of children, young people and families are met at the right time.

Angel Lakha, the Sandwell Early Help Partnership Co-ordinator, is encouraging all local practitioners to visit the site to take a look.  Angel is inviting all practitioners to share the website with others if they find it useful and to provide any feedback on how the site can be improved.

If you provide targeted support (by this we mean that a referral into your service is required by a local agency/professional/volunteer working with a young person) and would like to list your support on our Targeted Support Portal, or if you would like to contribute any news, resources, training opportunities or guides, please contact Angel or 07587 136072

Three chairs…?

The Sandwell team at Brook are on the move and in need of some office furniture, if anyone has any to kindly donate.  Staff are moving to the YMCA in West Bromwich and urgently need at least three chairs, desks and filing cabinets.

The service there will offer support to young people to make the right choices and understand how to be resilient and responsible adults.  They will also be training fellow professionals on how to deliver sex education and motivational support, as well as offering advice to parents and carers.

If  you have any office furniture to donate please contact

Dying 2 Talk

Still a taboo subject for many, death is the topic under discussion at a forthcoming conference for the Black Country. The free online event will host speakers discussing loss, dying and grief, with one section dedicated to compassion and talking about death in schools.

Organised by the universities of Wolverhampton and Bradford following an ongoing study into the subject, the event takes place on March 22nd 2022.

Tickets available via Eventbrite Dying 2 Talk: A Death Conference on a Compassionate Community Tickets, Tue 22 Mar 2022 at 12:00 | Eventbrite

Twitter: @dying_talk Instagram: dying2talk202

Big Top Musical Adventures for 11 to 18 year olds with learning disabilities

Big Top Musical Adventures are delighted to be partnering with SIPS Education to create an inclusive Big Top Band in Sandwell. Sessions are open to families of young people aged 11-18 years,and are suitable for young people with learning disabilities who have an interest in music-making. 

The weekly sessions are on Wednesdays from  5.30 -6.30 pm, at Portway Lifestyle Centre, Newbury Lane, Oldbury.   Big Top are looking for band members who can commit to rehearsing on a weekly basis, exploring sound-making, working as a group and making music together.

All young people will need to be supported by a parent or carer throughout the sessions.

Big Top works in an immersive and inclusive way in special schools across Sandwell. Big Top Band sessions are suitable for young people with autism, learning disabilities, severe, profound and complex needs.

Places are limited so get in touch to find out more at


Time for You: Children and Young People Counselling Service

Relate is offering a free counselling service to children and young people (8-18) in the Sandwell area, whose wellbeing and mental health has been negatively affected by Covid. This project is being provided by Relate as part of SCVO’s Emotional Wellbeing Programme.

Counsellors can help children and young people explore feelings of anxiety, low confidence, the impact of a family breakdown, loss and bereavement, relationship issues, peer pressures, pressures around social media and other issues that have been worsened by Covid.

The one-to-one counselling will be provided by experienced, qualified counsellors and sessions are initially being delivered by webcam or phone.

Referrals can be made by professionals, schools, other services or by self-referral, using the referral form which is available electronically.

Upon receipt of a referral, the client, parent or responsible adult will be contacted and an initial assessment booked with one of the counsellors. If counselling is appropriate, Relate will offer up to six sessions.

Support is available in other languages if required.

If you have any queries or questions, or would like to make a referral, please contact Michelle Jones, Project Co-ordinator on 0121 824 0303 or email

Connexions Sandwell’s New Year New Start 2022: a careers event to motivate and inspire young people

Connexions Sandwell would like to extend an invite to 14 – 19-year olds (up to 25 for SEND) and NEET young people for the annual Connexions New Year New Start Careers Fair. In 2020, the event attracted over 1,500 young people and parents and 45 exhibitors.

This year’s event, in partnership with Apprenticeship Works, will be from 10 am – 2 pm on Saturday, 26 March 2022, at West Bromwich Albion Football Club, The Hawthorns, 9 Birmingham Rd, West Bromwich B71 4LF.   Thirty local and national employers, colleges, apprentice and training providers will be in attendance.

In addition, Connexions Sandwell Careers Advisers will be on hand to offer careers information, advice and guidance, so young people can discuss their options, ideas and the opportunities and career pathways open to them.

This is a ticket only event.  Attendees will need to book a 45-minute time slot, with numbers capped at 300 visitors per hour for Health & Safety reasons. For added reassurance, there will be sanitation stations and the wearing of face masks is optional.

The  event will be a wonderful opportunity to explore career ideas or get help to consider your next step.   Book your ticket now through our website: .

Connexions Sandwell look forward to seeing you on the day.

More info


To Infinity and Beyond: EHP’s Journey together with young people and families

Sandwell Early Help Partnership know staff and volunteers from across the many agencies in Sandwell regularly go beyond the extra mile to offer early help to young people and families. The Partnership now invites colleagues from Sandwell Council, Sandwell Children’s Trust, the voluntary sector, schools, health, the police and other sectors to come together for this exciting event.  

The event will take place on Thursday, 17th March 2022, 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm: (marketplace and networking from 1.00 pm and after 3.30 pm).  The venue is the West Bromwich Albion Football Club.

The event will be the launchpad for the new Early Help Strategy and will outline how the Partnership will work in the coming years towards positive outcomes and fulfilling lives for local families. It will also showcase services and activities for families in these challenging times, as well as emotional and mental health support available locally for young people.

Book your advance ticket on Eventbrite.

For further information, please contact Angel, Early Help Partnership Co-ordinator, on 07587 136072 or email


Nominate a young person in need of a break

Sandwell youngsters who did not get the best start in life have an exciting opportunity courtesy of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Gen22 is a programme designed with and for young people who may have been young carers, teenage parents, involved in crime, or for whatever reason have very poor self-esteem.

Organisations can nominate young people aged 16-24 for the community programme, which includes them taking part in ‘social assignments’ such as volunteering in return for mentor support, employment advice and a package of incentives including a ticket for an event at the Games.

Businesses, charities, schools and youth organisations are invited to nominate a young person, as well as offering suggestions for assignments that participants could take on.

For more information email


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