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Keeping Active at Home

Active Black Country have partnered up with Sport England and a breadth of local stakeholders to run a local campaign in response to the Covid-19 virus. The virus has resulted in a number of necessary measures that require us to limit the amount of time we spend outside our homes. The great news is the Prime Minister is telling everyone to be active every day!

Take a look at their website for ideas on how to keep active by clicking here.

Sport England is running a national campaign called ‘Join the Movement’ which seeks to bring greater attention to #StayInWorkOut – and inspire and inform the public about the many fun, and creative ways they can keep moving, The national campaign website is – www.stayinworkout.org

Locally, in the Black Country, they will be sharing ideas, good practice and positive stories to help people keep active during this time encouraging people to go outside for one piece of exercise a day, in line with government advice. They will be asking people to share their own hints, tips and home-based exercise inspiration with us through video and photo supporting the hashtag #StayInWorkOut.

Understandably, people may find that social distancing can be boring or frustrating. Mood and feelings are affected and people may feel low and miss being outside with other people. It can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour which in turn can make you feel worse. Even a small amount of activity will have a positive impact on your physical and mental health, and there’s plenty you can do at home – we recognise everybody’s circumstance differs – and bearing this in mind we have tried to signpost you all to some ideas to keep you moving.

To read the full article click here.

Source: Active Black Country


Sport England – Join the Movement

Sport England is running a national campaign called ‘Join the Movement’ which seeks to bring greater attention to their social media campaign #StayInWorkOut – and inspire and inform the public about the many fun, and creative ways they can keep moving.

Take a look at their website by clicking here.

We’re all now spending a lot more time at home than we might like, which is why staying as physically active as possible is more important than ever.

Join the Movement is our brand-new campaign, funded by The National Lottery, giving you the advice and tools you need to help you do this while the country deals with the coronavirus outbreak.

Official advice is to stay at home, and to only go outside for one form of exercise a day, to shop for basic necessities, if there’s a medical reason and travelling to and from essential work.

Source: CBC


Creative Connections Commissions

Inspired by the positive responses around the world from balcony singing in Italy to digital choir platforms and #lockdownkitchendisco, Creative Black Country are looking for creative responses to the social distancing challenge which bring fun, joy and creativity to local people in the Black Country, and keep people connected.

There’s commissions of between £500 and £2,000 for projects that develop creative activity with and for local communities.

The deadline is the 13th April. Find out more here.


Food Donations Urgently Required – West Bromwich Food Bank

West Bromwich Food Bank located in West Bromwich Community Church, 23 Victoria Street, West Bromwich B70 8EX urgently needs your help, to continue to meet the increasing demands being place on them for food from those in need. We appreciate that this is a challenging time for everyone however, any food items that you can spare to help out are gratefully welcomed.

Can you help by donating any of the following or other items:

  • Cereal
  • Soup
  • Beans
  • Tinned vegetables
  • Tinned meat
  • Fish
  • Milk
  • Rice pudding
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Tinned fruit
  • Coffee
  • Tea bags

The food bank is open Monday to Friday between 12.00 and 1.30pm at the West Bromwich Church. If you are able to donate you can drop the items off during this time. Please remember social distancing will be in operation to keep everyone safe.

For more information please email Keith Turner at keith@elimwestbrom.com


How to Organise a Bike Marking Event Tips

Are you thinking of organising a bike marking event in your community? Then take a look at PC Ford’s tips on how to organise a successful bike marketing event.

1 Promote it Properly

Whether it is an organised event in a local business, community centre or school or just an ad hoc event, it is important to let as many cyclists know as possible.

2 Use Social Media

Use Twitter and Facebook to publicise the details of a public event or encourage other community groups to promote events internally to volunteers or staff that cycle to work.

3 Location

If you are trying to catch people on their daily commute then set up on a main route where you can capture passing riders. Make sure you are clearly visible to attract cyclists.

4 Organisation and Equipment

Have a good system in place. Don’t just turn up with staff or volunteers and start making cycles. Ensure you have the correct equipment (e.g. clipboards, pens, gazebo, bin, etc.). Have one or two volunteers or staff (depending on how busy you are) with the forms to hand to capture and collect registration forms if you are registering the bikes with BikeRegister or other schemes.

5 Staffing

Ensure you have correctly trained staff or volunteers that know exactly how to mark cycles and obtain the correct registration information from the public.

Remember to look after volunteers or staff if it is going to be a long day.

Source: BikeRegister

 


The Breastfeeding Network Sandwell

It’s a strange and unsettling time for everyone right now, especially new parents.

We’ve had to make some changes to our service to fit with venue closures, infection control measures and sensible distancing precautions, but there’s still lots of support we can offer you.

Here’s what you can expect from us over the coming weeks:

At any time (before or after birth) … Call us on: 07505 775357 and leave your details — our answerphone will be updated with any changes in service, and we will get back to you as soon as we can (between 9am -1pm daily).

If you have any issues with feeding, such as pain, difficulty getting baby to take the breast, or worries about how much or how often baby is drinking, our first step will be to offer you a call back for telephone support.

While you wait for us to call you back you can look here for general breastfeeding information.

For further info click here – https://www.scvo.info/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/COVID-19-Breastfeeding-Peer-Support-Sandwell_Final_v2.0_AC_26032020.pdf


People Invited to Take Part in Art Project – From Their Homes

People from across Birmingham are being invited to use their time at home to unleash their creative energy and be part of a unique artwork to celebrate the 110th anniversary of John Taylor Hospice.

Fleeting Moments will be staged at Library of Birmingham in November and December 2020 and will feature work from people of all ages and backgrounds.

The hospice is asking everyone across the city to make their own fabric birds to be included in the artwork, alongside pieces created in community settings.

The birds will then be brought together as a flock in a special artwork in the foyer of the Library of Birmingham where Fleeting Moments will be free to view and visit.

Birmingham-based artists Jane Thakoordin and Margaret Murray have created instructions which are downloadable from John Taylor Hospice’s website so that anyone who wants to participate can make their own birds at home.

Fleeting Moments is being created during the 110th anniversary year of John Taylor Hospice which was founded in the city in 1910. One of the oldest hospices in the country, John Taylor teams have been caring for generations of local families through two world wars, economic hardships and numerous changes to health care.

Founded by philanthropists in Birmingham and led by pioneer Mary Darby Sturge, the hospice is named after leading doctor and gynaecologist John Taylor who worked in the city and died in 1910. More than a hundred years later the hospice still relies on donations from the public to provide care.

To read the full Charity Today news story click here.

Source: Charity Today


£240,000 Committed to Help Food Banks Respond

CADENT Foundation, a new charitable foundation has committed £240,000 to help food banks in the Trussell Trust’s network as they seek to support people affected by coronavirus.

The fund’s advisory board agreed to fast-track a grant to the Trussell Trust, which supports more than 1,200 food bank centres.

Julia Dwyer, Director, Cadent Foundation, said:

“Food banks are facing a huge challenge right now, with supplies low and many of their army of volunteers falling into categories that really must self-isolate – just at the time when the need for food bank services is greatest.

“Part of the core mission of our new foundation is to help people living in vulnerable circumstances. We had to do something in response to the coronavirus. Our advisory board met on Wednesday and unanimously agreed to this financial support.”

Sophie Carre, Head of Corporate Partnerships, Trussell Trust, said:

“As the coronavirus pandemic develops, more people than ever may need help from food banks across our network. This presents a huge additional pressure on already overstretched resources. We may start to see a reduction in food donations and volunteers may become unavailable if they are in the at-risk categories or are self-isolating.

“It’s hard for us to say exactly what the picture will look like in the coming weeks across the UK as each food bank in our network is a local charity, run by a community for their local community, and each will be affected differently.

“We’re working closely with our network to understand each food bank’s situation, offer guidance, and work out how we can best support them. We know we won’t be able to do this alone, so we are truly grateful for this support from Cadent Foundation.”

More information on eligibility and how to apply for grants is at cadentfoundation.com

To read the full Charity Today news story click here.

Source: Charity Today


Cycling and Walking Network Consultation

Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) have opened up public consultation on Cycling and Walking infrastructure developments across the region.

We want to ensure that local people are aware of the plans for infrastructure changes and that you have a chance share your opinion on how this may affect you locally. Public comments are being collated online with the aid of a visual mapping tool that enables users to leave comments.
The online consultation can be found via the following link: https://www.tfwm.org.uk/development/cycling/cycling-and-walking-network/

The engagement on the Cycling and Walking Network deadline for responses is 17th April 2020


SCIPS Annual General Meeting postponed

Due to the potential number of apologies for this year’s AGM, the Board of SCIPS have taken the difficult decision to postpone this event until further notice to prevent the possibility of an in-quorate AGM.

It is hoped that SCIPS will be able to reschedule the AGM in the next 3 months. Update to follow.

All nominations made and accepted will stand at the new date and time.

Please do not attend Sandwell Council Chamber on 21st March, 2020, as SCIPS’ AGM has been postponed.

If you have any queries please contact the office on 0121 544 1230 or email enquiries@scips.org.uk.


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