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Sandwell Prevent Team – Canada Attack

The Sandwell Prevent Team writes, “We are getting in contact due to the awful attack in London, Ontario, Canada where 4 people from the same family sadly died with another family member injured.  Sadly, this attack on the 6th June involved using a truck, a short distance from the city’s oldest mosque, and was targeted on the Muslim family.  Our thoughts are with the victims and the victim’s family member, the wider family and the community.  We know that this awful attack will have an effect on many of us, especially our Muslim community, their loved ones and the wider community.”

As always, the Sandwell Prevent Team want to offer their support to anyone affected.  If you are aware of any colleagues, friends or communities who need support please contact any of the Prevent Team.  If you have been affected in any way by a terrorist attack, emotional and practical support is available here – Support for Victims of Terrorism – Information on where to seek advice and assistance following a terrorist attack. (

Please be vigilant of any concerns related to this attack and let the Prevent Team know.  There could be a lot of talk and discussion on online platforms and social media, so please ensure children and the vulnerable are keeping safe online.  If you need any advice, guidance or resources on online safety, please contact Justin Nixon – or 07790396643.

Below, you’ll find some useful information, websites and resources that are used in educational settings.  If you would like any further advice, guidance or support, please speak to Justin (above).

Educate Against Hate

The following briefs and frameworks from the PSHE Association contain guidance on discussing a terrorist attack for primary and secondary schools and provides opportunities to process what has happened in the safety of a classroom.



Advice: please read

Reassure your staff/beneficiaries – this attack can undoubtedly be really unsettling for members of staff and your beneficiaries. Try and reassure them that the chances for any member of the public to be caught up in a terrorist attack continue to be low.

Discourage staff/beneficiaries from the sharing of video footage and imagery from the attack or from sharing the attackers name – terrorists aim is to gain notoriety for themselves and their unspeakable acts of violence by traumatising communities and spreading fear and a hate-filled ideology. Not sharing such content is taking a stand against terrorism.

Do not speculate – only use facts and reliable sources of information when explaining the incident and be clear on what is not yet known to avoid false rumours from spreading.

Address and challenge possible blame culture – no child, young person or individual should be made to feel isolated or like they have to ‘defend their community’ as a result of such a hateful act. Terrorists want to divide communities through their acts of violence. Focusing on a message of love and unity will undermine their efforts.

Events Calendar

Did you know that SCVO has an Events calendar where we share information on SCVO training opportunities, SCVO events, awareness campaigns and local one-off activities?

The events page can be found under the resource tab on our website at or click here to view.

Would you like to put an upcoming event or one-off activity in the calendar? Then please contact Support by email with details about the event, dates, time, location, any links to additional information and with an image.

Free Story telling Workshop on Zoom

Have you always wanted to tell stories and perform? Do you want to be part of the 2022 Commonwealth Games Cultural Festival? Would you like to write and give your words to another person to perform?

Join Jasmine Gardosi and Kuli Kohli from Deaf Explorer for a workshop about storytelling and performance. Find out about a brand new creative project that aims to be fully accessible, and bring people together

Tickets are free and no experience necessary – everyone is welcome.  This event will have a BSL interpreter

The date of workshop is Thursday, 17 June 2021, 6 pm – 7 pm, via Zoom.

Link to booking workshop on Zoom

SDCA is Here For the Kids

Know any young people with hearing loss, or who are the children of Deaf parents? Sandwell Deaf Community Association (SDCA) runs a Youth Service offering loads of fun activities, holiday clubs, educational events and guidance sessions.

Activities are for children and young people aged between 6-18 years old, and up to 25 years old with additional needs, with any variety of hearing loss such as Deaf, Hard of Hearing or Cochlear Implants. The service is also offered to children of Deaf adults.

SDCA is based at the New Deaf Centre, Summer Street, West Bromwich. For more information contact Ruth Allden, Youth Service Development, email Mobile (text/FaceTime) 07903 337 741

Keeping Sandwell Safe: 30+ can now receive the vaccine.

With the relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions, and many organisations looking to restore face-to-face services, it is a good time to remind everyone that those aged over 30 can now receive the vaccine. This is a positive message for staff, volunteers and service users.

Eligible people will receive direct contact to arrange a booking, or you can visit: Book or manage your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination – NHS ( to book online. Support and encouragement of staff, volunteers and service users to take the vaccine will continue the great work already done to keep Sandwell safe.

For further advice or support about vaccinations, for example information in community languages, please email the local dedicated advice service They can also tell you about the free online Vaccination Leaders Training, which gives you even more skills and knowledge to help you play your part.

Community Organisations Using easyfundraising To Raise Money Are Receiving Their Latest Donations

Community organisations using easyfundraising to raise money are receiving their latest donations this month, totalling over £900k!

If your organisation is one of them, well done! Look out for an email telling you how much you’ve raised.

If you haven’t registered with easyfundraising yet, give it a try. Your organisation will receive free donations when your supporters shop online with leading online retailers like Amazon, John Lewis, Just Eat, Argos and over 5000 more. Its free to register and use and it’s an effective way to keep funds coming in as people shop online more and more.

For more information or to register click here.


An Introduction to Charities

Step into the world of charities for Small Charity Week 2021. Learn more about how they work, how they are run and how they are regulated.

Dudley CVS and SCVO are offering a brief introduction to the world of charities for anyone from Dudley or Sandwell boroughs who would like to learn more. The session is being held on Monday 14th June 2021, 2pm via a Zoom Conference Call.

This informal session will be particularly useful for people who:

  • Are involved in a community group that is exploring charity status
  • Are new to the charity sector
  • Would like to understand how charities are run
  • Would like to know what’s involved in being part of a charity
  • Wants to know how charities are regulated
  • Wants to find local charities to support

This will be your chance to get information from staff at Dudley CVS and SCVO, which are charities themselves, ask questions and make connections.

The virtual session will be held on Zoom. Please register so that you can receive the link to access the session by clicking here.

Being A Charity Trustee – An Introduction Session

A Small Charity Week session from Dudley CVS and SCVO on an introduction to the legal duties of charities trustees.

People in Dudley and Sandwell boroughs can join Dudley CVS and SCVO staff to find out more about being a charity trustee on Wednesday 16th June 2021, 2pm via a Zoom Conference Call.

Charity trustees are the people who are responsible for running a charity. This short online session will outline the legal duties associated with being a charity trustee and signpost you to further guidance to help you improve your understanding of being a trustee.

The session will be particularly useful for anyone who:

  • Is a new charity trustee
  • Is interested in becoming a charity trustee
  • Would like to refresh their knowledge and understanding.
  • You’ll receive information, hints and tips, and links to further guidance. You’ll also be able to ask questions and make connections.

The virtual session will be held on Zoom. Please register to attend so that we can send you the access information you’ll need to join us by clicking here.

Volunteers and the Law Seminar

Volunteers play an integral part within an organisation and are often the heartbeat that supports the development and delivery needed to make things happen. It is therefore important that organisations understand their legal obligations to protect themselves and their volunteers.

This seminar, delivered by Black Country legal firm Higgs & Sons in partnership with SCVO, will aim to provide voluntary sector leaders and managers with information, guidance and food for thought on some of the legalities of utilising volunteers within an organisations delivery model. The seminar it is open to any voluntary and community organisation active in Sandwell and Dudley.

The seminar will be held on Tuesday 15th June 2021, 10am via an online platform (Zoom or Teams). You will need to book your place on this free session via Eventbrite – click here. If you have any difficulty booking your place please email Libby Mahoney at

Topics covered will include:-

  • When is a volunteer not a volunteer (employment status of volunteers).
  • Use of volunteer agreements.
  • Obligations owed to volunteers (for health and safety).
  • Potential claims of volunteers.

There is a maximum of 30 places available for this virtual seminar. All places must be booked through Eventbrite by clicking here. Once you have registered to attend the seminar we will email you with joining instructions nearer the time of the seminar.

Beyond the Stigma Workshops – Helping break the stigma of mental health in Sandwell

“Beyond the Stigma” will bring together South Asian women from across Sandwell to contribute to a social media campaign that will challenge the stigma that surrounds mental health within their communities and encourage others to engage in the online conversation.

Changing Our Lives will facilitate virtual creative workshops with award winning poet and spoken word artist, Shareefa Energy, to explore how the arts can be a powerful way to share experiences and challenge myths surrounding mental health. The workshop will support self-expression and celebrate inner strength and value, giving women the opportunity to explore ideas and develop their own writing and creative work to share in the social media campaign. To hear a performance from Shareefa, head over to YouTube.

There will also be the chance for your work to be published in a digital book of poetry and have your work shared in a Poetry Slam. An £80 voucher will be awarded to a piece of work selected by the judging panel. To be involved with the project, you must live in Sandwell, and identify as being a South Asian woman.

There are currently no fixed dates in place. The workshops will be arranged to suit those taking part.

To express your interest, please email Georgia at

If you have any further questions about the campaign, please get in touch with Georgia.

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