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Creative Connection Commissions are OPEN

The Creative Connections programme supports activities that increase opportunities for people to experience great creative and cultural experiences in Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton, by bringing individuals together to share new experiences around the arts.

You can apply for up to £2000, to help you to test out a new creative idea with your local community or deliver a full project.

If you want to apply for this commission, please click on the link below and follow the information carefully.  iI explains the next steps in how to submit a proposal for support.

Your project will need to take place between April and September 2023

More information


Sound Baths Relaxation sessions in Wednesbury

Beat It Percussion is pleased to announce the dates of the upcoming Sounds Bath in Wednesbury.  The next three sessions will be on Thursday, 26th January, 23rd February and 23rd March, 2.30 pm – 3.30 pm.

The venue is Wednesbury Library, Walsall Street, WS10 9EH.  There is pay and display car parking across the road but often you can park on the street outside the library.

If you wish to know more about Sounds Bath, please contact Lynn on 07875 090 946.

 


Let’s Chat Mobile Van and Community Transport Projects

Let’s Chat Mobile Van: As part of the Government’s Strategy to ‘Tackle Loneliness’ Community Transport are working with Transport for West Midlands on a ‘Let’s Chat’ project over the next 12 months.

Part of this project is to reach out to as many people as possible who may be considered lonely. A mobile unit offers the opportunity for social contact, with a chat and coffee.  The idea is to offer encouragement and wider social connections by signposting and referral to all manner of opportunities and activities where friendships may be established.

The mobile unit is a minibus that has a seating area for service users to have a chat and coffee with staff that would possibly take up no more than 3 parking spaces.

Community Transport.  As part of the Let’s Chat Project, Community Transport are offering door to door transport to help people access their local community activities on fully accessible minibuses for only £1.30 per journey.

For more information or to take up these offers please contact Vidal or Sue, on:

(Tel) 01902 910263

(Mobile) 07974 626 885

Email: vidal.lee@communitytransport.org or Sue Cozens Sue.cozens@communitytransport.org

Working hours: Mon – Thurs 9.30 am to 2.30 pm.

 


West Bromwich Market Hall Consultation : Your Views Required

An online survey has launched to get your views on the future of West Bromwich Market Hall. With plans to move West Bromwich indoor market to a new location, Sandwell Council want to know what kind of offer would make you more likely to visit the market, and what you would like to see from an exciting modern market.

High streets everywhere are changing and to ensure we meet changing needs, we want to hear from as many people as possible to support future decision-making and deliver a vibrant, modern market that serves the residents and visitors of West Bromwich.

Complete the survey here.


Up to date listing of Places of Welcome in West Bromwich, Wednesbury, and Tipton

Transforming Communities Together would like to bring to your attention the updated listing of Places of Welcome in the above towns. New venues to note are:

  • Way 2 Wellbeing, Sons of Rest Building, near Brunswick Park
  • Stone Cross Library
  • Great Barr Library
  • Hope Church, Stone Cross
  • Community Transport will be hosting one in the New Year from West Bromwich Bus Station. Date to be confirmed.

Crafternoon has also changed venues to the Sons of Rest Building, near Brunswick Park.

There are now 21 Places of Welcome venues across the three towns and more across Sandwell.


Do you know about the weekly activities at Oldbury Library?

Do you know that there’s lots of activities and events which take place at Oldbury Library each week?  There is a craft group, wellbeing sessions, Knit and Natter, a writing group, one-to-one IT support and much more.

Children activities include play sessions, story time and Saturday morning arts and crafts.

Whether you would like to try something new, brush up IT skills, meet other people or simply enjoy a hot drink in a Warm Space, there is something for everyone at the Library.  Find out more here.


Adults Craft Club seeks pre-owned sewing machines

Essex Avenue Community Tenants and Residents Association, based in Hateley Heath, West Bromwich, run a very busy Adults Craft Club.

Essex Avenue TRA would like to further develop the project and is looking for at least two working sewing machines. Can you help them? Do you own a couple of machines which are no longer used or needed, or know of a group or individual who do?  If so, please contact the Secretary on 0121 532 0731 / 07816 070776.


Sandwell Community Dementia Service

Sandwell Community Dementia Service is a new service that provides advice, information and support to people worried about their memory and those with a dementia diagnosis in the borough of Sandwell.  The service also offers support to carers and family members of someone living with dementia. The support provided will be individually tailored to enhance wellbeing and assist you and your family throughout the dementia journey.

Murray Hall Community Trust in partnership with, Agewell, BUDS, St Albans Community Association, Dementia Pathfinders, West Bromwich African Caribbean Resource Centre, Age UK and Alzheimer’s Society are jointly delivering the Sandwell Community Dementia Service as part from the Dementia Pathway. The service is funded by Sandwell Council and NHS to support people with initial concerns about memory loss.  Dementia Navigators will support people through the diagnosis stage and Dementia Advisors will provide various support to enable people to live well with memory loss.

Referrals can be made via the “Single Point of Access” – Call the service on 01902 826 655 and the individual can ask to speak to one of the Dementia Navigators. This can be done as a self-referral, by an individual’s family member/ carer or by their GP. You can also make contact by email to bcicb.dementiasupport@nhs.net

Referral Form

 


New Dementia Friendly Friendship Cafe in West Bromwich Central: 21st December 2022

Creative Active Lives is hosting a Dementia friendly Friendship Cafe every Wednesday starting the  11th January 2023 from 1 – 3 pm, at West Bromwich Central Library.  However, Creative Active Lives will be kicking off  the project  with a festive pilot session on Wednesday, 21st December, 1 – 3 pm.

There will be Christmas-themed crafts, steel pan drumming for some tropical style festive music, and free tea and coffee. There is an optional suggested donation £2 per person, but no charge for accompanying carer. All monies raised will be invested back into the Friendship Cafe Project.

Although the café staff are Dementia Friends trained, everyone will be welcomed.  The aim is to provide a warm, social space to reduce the stigma and raise awareness of dementia, reduce social isolation, provide support to carers, and to increase community cohesion and understanding of dementia. There will be intergenerational activities that are suited to all ages and abilities.


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.


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