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Invitation to Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG Annual General Meeting

You are invited to attend Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG Annual General Meeting on Thursday, 23 July 2020, from 6 – 7 pm.

This will be a virtual meeting.

Please confirm your attendance by 17 July, by email at or call 0121 612 1447.

You will be sent joining instructions once you have booked a place.

Save the Date – SCVO’s 2020 AGM and Conference

SCVO Members, local voluntary sector organisations, stakeholders and strategic partners are invited to SCVO’s Annual General Meeting taking place this year on Tuesday 29th September.

This will be an opportunity to reflect on an eventful year for Sandwell’s voluntary and community sector and learn about new developments and changes at SCVO. Further details on the programme and agenda for the event will follow nearer  the time.

The event is taking place on Tuesday 29th September 2020 from 9.30am – 12.30pm. Given the current situation, it will be held virtually and joining instructions will be sent to ticket holders in advance of the event.  The timing of the event may alter slightly, but again we will give you advance notice.

We do hope that you can join us and many others from across Sandwell for what we hope will be an enjoyable and informative occasion.

In order to book your place please go to –

Invitation to join Sandwell Citizen Forum on-line video Conference

During the coronavirus pandemic, Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been exploring new ways to keep in touch with local people. The regular Citizen Forums – which were previously held as face-to-face meetings – are now being held virtually via live video conferencing.

Dr Ian Sykes, the CCG’s clinical chair, has been leading these monthly virtual briefing sessions to provide local people with an update on the CCG’s work, including updates on primary care (GP practices) and other local healthcare. These sessions also provide participants an opportunity to submit questions before and during the session to be answered by Dr Sykes and other CCG staff.

The next online Citizen Forum will take place on Thursday 18 June, 2 pm to 3 pm.

Patients, Citizen Forum members and other stakeholders are welcome to join these sessions to get an update on the CCG’s work in Sandwell.  Agendas for the sessions will be available soon.

To find out more and to sign up to join one of the online forums, please call 0121 612 1447 or email  Please give your email or postal address and you will sent joining instructions nearer the date.

SDCA Online British Sign Language Taster Sessions

Sandwell Deaf Community Association are pleased to announce they are now offering British Sign Language taster sessions online via Zoom Conference calls. The sessions will take place on Wednesday 13th May 2020, 4pm till 5pm and Thursday 14th May 2020, 4pm till 5pm.

If you are interested, want to find out the cost or have any questions, please email us

Places are limited to four people per session so contact SDCA quickly to secure your place.

Why not take a look at their website at or follow them on Facebook at

The Digital Culture Network Series of Webinars

The Digital Culture Network is generating a series of resources to help you and your organisation respond to the current crisis, and enhance your organisation’s digital standing on a permanent basis.

From working and collaborating with others remotely, to continuing to engage with your audiences and generating income for your organisation, the Digital Culture Network is on hand to help you become more digitally engaged. These learnings will not only benefit you now, but continue to offer your organisation renewed energy in the digital realm for many years to come.

Thursday 16 April 2020 at 2pm Google Analytics for absolute beginners

Heard about Google Analytics but don’t know where to start?

What, why and how Arts and Culture organisations can use Google Analytics for greater insight.

Register now

Thursday 14 May 2020 at 2pm How to audit your Google Analytics account

Learn how to improve the data quality in Google Analytics and customise your account to unlock actionable insight for your organisation.

Register now

Thursday 18 June 2020 at 2pm Google Tag Manager for absolute beginners

What is Google Tag Manager?

How is it different from Google Analytics?

Find out why Arts and Culture organisations should be using Google Tag Manager.

Register now

Source: Arts Council England

The Big Book Weekend – Online

Join The Arts Council and BBC Arts for a free online literature festival from 8-10 May 2020. The Big Book Weekend will broadcast interviews, discussions, and conversations over the first May bank holiday weekend. Developed and curated by authors Kit de Waal and Molly Flatt and hosted by publishing start-up MyVLF, they’re currently on the lookout for literature festivals of any size to join the project.

The Big Book Weekend is a three-day virtual festival that brings together the best of the cancelled British festivals, with a range of events ‘sponsored’ by the relevant festival, featuring the authors and other artists that would have appeared. It has been co-founded by the authors Kit de Waal and Molly Flatt, is supported by the BBC and Arts Council England, and will be hosted by startup MyVLF.

As well as keeping book lovers in touch with the artists and festivals they love, it offers an opportunity to engage with a whole new audience who may have previously been unable to attend a literary festival due to geography, access or cost. We are deeply committed to ensuring that the BBW reflects all of the communities across the UK, and the widest choice of reading tastes.

Where will it happen?        

The MyVLF website acts like a ‘real’ venue but is infinitely more flexible and expandable. It is a virtual event space with a 2D site overlay for easy navigation and use.

The event space will be totally free to enter, with just an email required for sign up. This is used to allow people to have their own ‘bookbag’, from which they can download free book excerpts and other assets. It is also a safeguarding mechanism for the chat room monitoring of members.

As part of the venue, there is a virtual Exhibition Hall. Here every festival ‘sponsor’ can have its own stand to showcase information and content, and link to its website and social presences.

MyVLF also has a virtual Bookshelf. Here, we can load images of digital books from the authors being featured on each day. These can link out to pages on the festival or author websites, on which the festival or author can nominate a local independent bookshop from their region where attendees can buy the books.

Find out more by clicking here.


Postponed – Comic Relief and Tesco Bags of Help Funding Workshop (SCVO)

We are pleased to invite you to the Groundwork West Midlands Funding Workshop explaining how to access Comic Relief and Tesco Bags of Help grants.

This workshop will give you an opportunity to hear first-hand from Groundwork representatives on who is eligible to apply, what makes a good application and the application process. There will also be an opportunity for you to have a short chat after the presentation about your potential project (bookable at the workshop).

Registration opens from 12.45pm for a prompt 1pm start.

There is a maximum of 25 places available for this workshop. Please book two tickets only per organisation. All places must be booked through Eventbrite by clicking here.

‘Completing the Picture’ in Oldbury

With a large range and number of services available for children, young people and families in Sandwell, it’s often difficult to keep on top of who’s who and what they do.

You may feel you are often left trying to find the missing pieces when looking for that little bit of extra support for the young people and families you are working with.

Sandwell Early Help Partnership is running an event at Krunch, Sandwell Christian Centre, Langley Crescent, Oldbury B68 8EW on Friday, 3 April, 10 am to 12 noon. It is hoped the occasion will bring together organisations, services and schools from Oldbury, and provide an opportunity for members and prospective members to:

– Engage with others.
– Find out what services are available locally.
– Build new partnerships.
– Share ideas of how to best support children, young people and families.

If you work in Oldbury, and would like to ‘Complete the Picture’ about what support services are available, book your place now by clicking here or email

Places are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Young and You Launch New Literacy and English Support Service

Young and You are a newly formed organisation offering English Language and Literature lessons for GCSE students. Who may need extra support in preparation for their GCSE exams, revision or general support with the aim of helping participants to catch up or keep up in core areas of English.

The tutor has over 30 years’ experience as an English teacher which, enables them to adapt their teaching style to the student’s needs and boost confidence. The tutor is able to identify a student’s support needs and help them to fill in any learning gaps they may have prior to their exams.

Tuition takes place on a Saturday between 10.30am till 1pm at Jack Judge House, Halesowen Street, Oldbury, B69 2AS and costs £10 per hour to access this support.

For more information on how to access this service contact Chipo Mudere on 07713930978 or email

Chance Day Out

The Chance Heritage Trust intend to regenerate the Chance Glassworks site, an industrial heritage asset of national and international importance. The Chance Brothers Glassworks was one of the most important industrial employers in the Midlands for more than 150 years, playing a significant role in shaping Smethwick and the wider area. While the firm supplied glass for the construction of the Crystal Palace, its work in the design, production and installation of some 2,300 lighthouse lanterns around the world was arguably the company’s most significant contribution.

Chance Heritage Trust and Smethwick Heritage Centre are holding the Chance Day Out on Saturday 29th February 2020 from 11am at Smethwick Library, High Street, Smethwick, B66 3AP. Activities on the day include:

  • Bring along your Chance Glass along to one of their Chance ‘experts’ for a guide valuation.
  • Share your memories and stories with others
  • They will be launching their shares offer.
  • Chance ‘experts’ will be on hand to talk about your Chance memorabilia.
  • There will be lots of opportunities to talk about your association with Chances and if you would like to record your story, you can do that too!
  • Talk to Chance Heritage Trust about your vision for the glassworks.

The Trust want to create a vibrant urban community generating employment, housing, learning, training and leisure for the benefit of the community through the creation of hundreds of jobs bringing new businesses, new homes and new visitors to the site. This will be one of the most iconic sites in the Midlands and will once again take its place in history as the home of innovation, enterprise and community.

We know there are many people in the locality who have a keen interest in the glassworks, its amazing industrial heritage, and the important role it played in supporting the local community. The event on the 29th February is the start of a new page in the glassworks history and it provides a rare opportunity for local people to play a part in saving for the nation this important piece of our history and to have an important role in shaping its future.

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