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Join Alison on Charity Walk for Peace

Alison Pugh, Director of BUDS, is taking part in the Charity Walk for Peace on Saturday, 26th October, at West Park, Wolverhampton.

Alison says, “I am delighted to be joining the Charity Walk for Peace again this year and in the local area. The Walk is a great opportunity to take in the scenery and atmosphere and raise funds for BUDS.”

You can help raise funds for BUDS by sponsoring Alison.   Please see here.

Anyone who would like to register for the walk can do so by visiting

BUDS 10th Year Anniversary Dinner

You are cordially invited to BUDS 10th Year Anniversary Dinner on Friday, 8th November, 2019. The reception will be 6.15 pm at Brandhall Labour Club, Tame Road, Oldbury, B68 OJT.

Tickets are £35.00 each, or £325.00 for a table of 10 people. The four our course meal will be followed by entertainment provided by Doug Parker, Comedian.

To book your ticket telephone please contact BUDS on 0121 565 3721.

Nominations open for the WMCA 2020 Thrive Mental Health Star Awards.

Nominations are now open for the 2020 WMCA Thrive Mental Health Star Awards. The aim of the awards is to celebrate work across the region to improve mental health and wellbeing.

Nominations can be made for individuals and teams, services or organisations across the WMCA area.

Click here for further information and how to nominate.

Nominations close on Sunday 3rd November 2019.

Expressions of Interest invited to manage and develop the former Sandwell Adventure Play Association (SAPA) building

Expressions of Interest are invited to manage and develop the former Sandwell Adventure Play Association (SAPA) building at Wiltshire Way, Hateley Heath. West Bromwich. The single storey building is approx. 130 m2 in size, with its own grounds. The building requires significant investment.

Sandwell Council would be interested to hear from a community based group or groups that may be interested in making use of the building. Any use would be dependent on planning consent and information around improving the building and/or paying a rent to the Council.

If you wish to view the property or have any questions please contact Paul Evans (07581623033, by 5.00 pm on Friday, 8th November 2019.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation to Use Digital to Attract Younger Applicants

The UK grantmaker has highlighted the need to develop digital and online tools as it looks to reduce the average age of its grantees.

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF) is to boost its use of digital as it looks to attract younger applicants for its grants.

The grant making foundation says in its latest Review of Grant Making report that it is “focusing particular attention on shifting the dial to increase diversity, particularly reducing the average age of grant recipients.”

It adds that the diversity of its applicants and grantees “especially in terms of age – is not where we want to be”.

Areas of improvement are using an online forum for peer networking, which currently has “limited engagement” says the report but “presents opportunity to adapt this approach” in the future.

To read the full Charity Digital News Article click here.

Source: Charity Digital News

Caribbean Coffee Morning Fundraiser at Kuumba Centre

The Sandwell African Caribbean Mental Health Foundation (SACMHF) was founded in May 2000. SACMHF provides a range of bespoke culturally responsive services predominately for African Caribbean descendants and their families experiencing severe mental illness in the wider community.

The Sandwell African Caribbean Mental Health Foundation, based at the Kuumba Centre, Boulton Road (off  Spon Lane), West Bromwich, will be holding its first annual Caribbean Coffee Morning Fundraiser, on Friday 18th October, 10 am to 3 pm.

The Coffee Morning is open to the public and there will be a variety of Caribbean delicacies on sale such as Bun ‘n’ Cheese, Caribbean fruit cake, Coconut Drops, Gizzada, Sweet Potatoe Pudding, Toto etc. The treats and delicacies will be made by the Staff and some purchased from local Caribbean stores.

By serving Caribbean style treats and hot drinks on the day, SACMHF hope to bring a little piece of the Caribbean to the local community for all to enjoy and partake.

South Staffs Water password scheme

South Staffs Water password scheme is in place to protect you from distraction burglaries and bogus callers.

When you register for their password scheme, you will be asked to provide a password of your choice.

If someone visits your home and claims to be from South Staffs Water, simply ask them to confirm your password – if they don’t know it, don’t let them in.

You can register online by clicking here or pop in to our hub and we’ll help you to get set up.

Source: South Staffs Water

Rooms for Hire at Business Centre

Wood Lane Business Centre, West Bromwich, have a hall, a training and conference room and two offices for hire, at very competitive rates.  The office space would be ideal for a business start-up

For more information about room hire please call 0121 525 2772.

Wool, Bells and Buttons Needed

Lee’s Memorial Sons of Rest, Greets Green need your help with materials for their Dementia twiddle muffs. They are asking for donations of wool, bells and buttons for their ladies section to knit the twiddle muffs to give to residents who would benefit from one within Sandwell.

If you are able to donate any of these items you can drop them off at Lee’s Memorial Sons of Rest, Farley Park, Whitehall Road, Greets Green, B70 0HF, to find out when the centre is open please call John Lawley at the club on 0121 7921285.

For more information please call John Lawley at the club 0121 7921285.

Sixty Plus Activity Sessions

Accord Age Matters are delivering a 12 week physical activity programme aimed at Sandwell residents aged 60 plus.

The group sessions are designed to help improve strength and balance, make your heart stronger and improve mobility and overall health. The exercises are held in a safe, informal and friendly environment where you can make new friends or catch up with old ones.

Classes cost £2.50 and are based at locations across all six towns, including:

Bleakhouse Library (Wed) 3 – 4.30 pm

Baptist Church, Vicar Street (Mon) 10 am – 12 noon
Friar Park Millennium Centre (Wed) 10 am – 12 noon

Please telephone 0121 568 3950 for your nearest 60 plus activity group session.

After completing the programme Accord Age Matters can help you connect with the many activity sessions that take place throughout the borough. You can find an activity that meets your needs or one that you may not have thought of trying before!

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