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B & Q Community Reuse Scheme

B&Q Stores have donated unsellable materials and products to local community groups for many years.  This helps to reduce waste whilst helping the community.  The type of materials include:

  • Wood, including off cuts and single use pallets
  • Plastic plant pots and trays
  • Damaged or part filled cans of paint
  • Broken tiles and slabs
  • Ends of wallpaper rolls
  • Plants that are not in peak condition and other compostable materials
  • Old products that have been written off.

See here for more information.


The Natural Environment Awards

The WMCA have launched the regions first Natural Environment Awards, sponsored by KPMG, to celebrate the successes of organisations on restoring and protecting nature.

Any community group within the West Midlands can apply to either be awarded as highly commended or the winner of the community category.

Whether you are a faith group who host weekly gardening sessions with your community or a charity who have restored the local canal by creating new habitats for birds, we want to hear from you.

Awards will also be given to businesses, educational institutions, and public sector organisations. Applications are open now until the 16th January 2023 with the award ceremony taking place on Tuesday 21st March 2023, with awards presented by Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands.

You can download the application guidance document and the application form by clicking here.

If you have any questions, please get in touch at WMGreenerTogether@wmca.uk.org


What’s On in Sandwell Libraries

There’s always something going on at the library – from regular events like Rhymetime and Knit and Natter to Holiday activities, Author talks, Live Music, courses, and workshops.

Did you know that all of Sandwell’s libraries are Warm Spaces during their normal opening hours. There’s no need to book or call ahead, just turn up.

To find out what’s on in November and December in Sandwell Libraries click here.


Steps to independence with Shared Lives

Shared Lives supervise households who provide Arrangements to people with a variety of additional and complex needs.  Shared Lives operates across Dudley and the wider Black Country.

Individuals are encouraged and empowered to make informed life choices, and contribute to society in a way that brings purpose and meaning to them.

Daniel, a young adult, recently moved from Shared Lives to more independent living. He got keys to his own flat in supported living accommodation this summer – thanks to the support of the Shared Lives Scheme!

Read Daniel’s story.


The Natural Environment Awards 2023

The WMCA (West Midlands Combined Authority) have launched the region’s first Natural Environment Awards, sponsored by KPMG, to celebrate the successes of organisations on restoring and protecting nature.

Any community group within the West Midlands can apply to either be awarded as highly commended or the winner of the community category.

Whether you are a faith group that host weekly gardening sessions with your community, or a charity responsible for restoring the local canal and creating new habitats for wildlife and birds, we want to hear from you.

Awards will also be given to businesses, educational institutions, and public sector organisations. Applications are open now until the 16th January 2023.

Andy Street,  Mayor of the West Midlands, will present the award ceremony on Tuesday, 21st March 2023.

Download the application guidance document and the application form.

Questions?  Please get in touch at WMGreenerTogether@wmca.uk.org


Thanking Trustees and Keeping Them Engaged

Trustees give many hours of their time for free. They share their expertise and take responsibility for the charities they govern. It can be a hard task, with difficult decisions to be made and complicated dynamics to manage.

Zurich Insurance spoke to five charities about what they do to recognise the time and effort given by trustees to help them feel valued and involved. Click here to read the full article to find out more.


A consignment of stackable chairs available, free of charge

Cradley Heath Community Centre have a consignment of 34 blue stackable plastic chairs, pictured, which they would like to donate to another organisation. 

Availability is on a first come, first serve, basis.  Please note the chairs would have to be collected from the Community Centre at Reddal Hill Road, Cradley Heath B64 5JG.

Please contact the Centre 01384 636731 or email naureen_maan@sandwell.gov.uk

 


Proposal to change a number of venues used as Polling Stations in Sandwell for 2023

The Council is required to designate, and keep under a review, buildings which are reasonable and practicable to use as Polling Stations and which are accessible to disabled voters.

The latest review has identified a number of changes that need to be made, for a variety of reasons. These reasons include, for example, because a particular building is no longer available to use, or so as to improve accessibility for voters. The full list of proposed changes is detailed below.

Once proposals are agreed, households will be informed of the change, as it affects them, in a letter from the council, by the details of the change being detailed on an elector’s poll card as well as on an updated Council’s website and in an article in the Spring edition of the Sandwell Herald newspaper.

The proposed changes will not affect people who have been granted a postal vote.

Please can you let the Council have any views you may have on the proposals by e-mailing them to david1_king@sandwell.gov.uk  by no later than Monday 21 November 2022.

List of proposed changes.

 


Children’s Winter Coat Programme – October half-term week

WMA Community Fitness Centre is hosting a Children’s Winter Coats Programme during October half-term.  The first day, Monday 24th October, is solely for the donation of clean children’s winter coats, between 9 am and 12 noon. 

The Centre, at Unity Walk, Tipton DY4 8QL, will be distributing the winter coats on Thursday, 27th October, between 10 am and 1 pm.

The Winter Coats Programme is also taking place at other venues during half-term week across the borough.  See here for more information.

 


Creating an Active Black Country

New strategy to unite the Black Country to create active, healthier people and places

  • Active Black Country have launched their new strategy which sees a future Black Country where all ages, abilities and backgrounds are able to be active, move and play sport.
  • The Creating an Active Black Country strategy is underpinned by a People Plan which focuses on supporting the Black Country Physical Activity Workforce, the local leaders who will deliver the strategy.
  • Active Black Country believes that physical activity and sport has the power to change and improve people’s lives and every person living in the Black Country has a right to lead an active lifestyle on their terms.
  • Find out more at activeblackcountry.co.uk

Active Black Country have launched their new strategy which sees a future Black Country where all ages, abilities and backgrounds are able to be more active, move and play sport. Creating an Active Black Country seeks to unite all people and partners who have a role to play in tackling the inequalities that prevent Black Country people from being active.

Creating an Active Black Country is underpinned by a People Plan which focuses on supporting the Black Country Physical Activity Workforce, the local leaders who will deliver the strategy, from building capacity and providing careers development to building confidence and opportunities for community leaders to collaborate.

Amanda Tomlinson, Chair of the Active Black Country Board said: “The benefits of being active are clear, increased activity and movement levels improve health and well-being and build confidence. That can be simply getting out and taking a short walk or participating in your local communities sports team.

“Our vision of a future Black Country where everyone is able to be more active and move, will be delivered through our new People Plan that will support and develop our local leaders who are already inspiring and motivating our communities.

“Working collaboratively with all our partners we aim to get the Black Country moving and ensure everyone in the Black Country can lead a healthy lifestyle.”

Creating an Active Black Country delivers against six key objectives including:

  • Increase activity levels across the least active to support good mental and physical health and reduce inequalities in activity levels.
  • Increase the diverse range of physical assets, networks, facilities and places that can get people active supporting wider health outcomes.
  • Champion and advocate the role being active can play in contributing to wider outcomes across the health system and tackling health inequalities.
  • Increase the range of opportunities to be active across Black Country communities. Ensuring they are inclusive, attainable and support stronger, better connected, resilient communities.
  • Provide Young People the best start in life through a range of varied and diverse opportunities to be active.
  • Lead the development of a ‘People Plan’ for the Black Country to inspire, motivate and guide others to be active and support the development of sport.

Responding to the importance of the Strategy for children and young people, Billie Downie, Headteacher Streetly Academy said: “To overcome the significant challenges of adult activity levels we have to focus on this generation. Through delivering this Strategy we want all children and young people in the Black Country to enjoy being active when in school and out of school, helping them develop a lifelong habit of physical activity. Helping them to protect their futures.”

Aiesha Turner, Senior Social Prescriber, Integrated Plus Dudley, went on to comment: “Research clearly demonstrates the positive link between being active and moving more with physical and mental well-being. We must build on the foundations already in place in health care settings to create pathways that can be made available for all Black Country residents.”

Change in physical activity levels across the Black Country is a long-term endeavour. Active Black Country will review the Creating an Active Black Country strategy in 2 years and use the collective learning to shape and inform future versions.

Find out more at www.activeblackcountry.co.uk
Follow Active Black Country on Facebook – @ActiveBlackCountry; Twitter – @bcbeactive; Instagram – @activeblackcountry; YouTube – Active Black Country.
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