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Hong Kong BNOs – ‘Meet & Greet’ event

In July 2020, the British Government announced a new visa route enabling Hong Kong citizens with British National Overseas (BNO) status to settle in the UK.

Come to our ‘Meet & Greet’ workshop to find out why this was done, how many Hong Kong BNOs have migrated, their needs & expectations and what this means for local organisations and residents.

Date: Thursday, 21st July 2022

Time: 10.30am to 1pm

Venue: Brasshouse Community Centre, Brasshouse Lane, Smethwick, B66 1BA

Who is this workshop for?

  • Organisations and individuals in Sandwell who wish to engage with and support newcomers from Hong Kong.
  • Hong Kong BNO visa holders who have settled in the area.

What to expect?

Quiz / videos / stories / discussion – BNOs share experiences of settling in the UK.

For catering purposes, please call Chloe Yip to book on 0121 685 8510 during office hours.

The National Churches Trust’s Gateway Grant Programme opens for applications

Grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 are available to listed and unlisted Christian places of worship, of any denomination, across the UK, towards project development and investigative work up to RIBA planning stage one, to support churches preparing for a major project, and in developing their project to the point at which they can approach a major grant funder. Grants will never exceed 50% of the net project costs for this phase.

The Gateway Grant Programme is also now able to offer grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 for urgent and essential maintenance and repair projects costing between £10,000 and £100,000. Grants will never exceed 50% of the net project costs.

The Gateway Grant Programme also offers grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 to local church trusts to fund projects that support organisational development, increase their capacity to churches in their area or that deliver new ways of supporting churches in their area.

All grants will represent a maximum of 50% of the net project costs.

The deadline for applications is midnight on the 15th September 2022.

More information

Creating Safe Communities – Briefing for the Voluntary Sector

SCVO and Sandwell Safer Partnership would like to invite you to a briefing session for your organisation to find out more about how we can work together to keep communities safe in Sandwell.

Find out more about some of the local priorities there are for community safety and some of the support that is available for people.

Have discussions with others around what makes a safe community and what part you, your organisation and us working together can play.

Tuesday 5th July – 9.30 – 12.30pm – YMCA, 38 Carter’s Green, West Bromwich, B70 9LG

To book a place please view –

Call to Artists:  Open All Media Exhibition – 30th May to 25th June 2022

The Art Yard are pleased to invite artists to submit work for their Open Exhibition. You can submit up to five pieces or work. There are no special requirements on the type of art or subject matter, all work is very welcome.

The exhibition will be at their new venue which comprises of a spacious exhibition space, balcony gallery, three studios and two dedicated tuition rooms, over two floors.

Please see the attached Introduction and Submission Forms on how to enter.

Submission forms are to be returned by Saturday 28th May 2022.

The Art Yard look forward to seeing your art works and supporting the development of Artists and the arts in the community.

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The Recovery College Information Sessions

The Recovery College for the Black Country runs a weekly (virtual) drop-in session, where you can ask the team all about The Recovery College, its courses and any other questions you may have – everyone is welcome!

You can join the sessions – Thursdays weekly, between 2 and 3pm – by scanning the QR Code below:

or contact The Recovery College at:

Quayside House, Rounds Green Road, Oldbury, B69 2DG / T: 0121 543 4061 / W: / E:

Mental Health Strategy Development – your input requested

The Sandwell Mental Health Strategy Group is leading on developing a Mental Health Strategy for Sandwell.

To support this development work, promises have been developed that were shaped through the ‘State of Sandwell’ work undertaken throughout 2019 to 2021. These promises will underpin the strategy and accompanying action plan. Further information about these promises are included in this template.

A mapping exercise is now being carried out against these promises to identify what services/provision is currently in place to support each promise. It would be appreciated if you could use the template to show what services you/your organisation currently provides that support delivery of these promises.

Please return the template by Friday 8 April 2022 to: Margaret Liburd, Public Health Project Manager, Public Health Directorate, Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council – Email:

Mental Health Strategy Development Workshop

Following on from this mapping work there will be two mental health strategy development workshops, where invited  stakeholders and partners will co-produce and develop the Strategy and Action Plan for  Sandwell.

Workshops will be held on the following 2 dates:

Tuesday 26 April 2022, 13:00 -16:00 and  Friday 6 May 2022, 10.00 – 13.00

Please note:  individuals only need to attend on one date, as the same workshop will be repeated to optimise participation. 


These will be in-person workshops held at Sandwell Council House, Freeth Street, Oldbury, B69 3DE.

Invites to follow.

Shine Your Light!

Would your organisation like to showcase a service, product or talent at Sandwell’s borough-wide ‘Shine a Light’ Festival? The festival, leading up to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will take place over six weekends – one in each of Sandwell’s six towns – and culminate in a fortnight of fun at Sandwell Valley.

The events will ‘Shine a Light’ on Sandwell’s rich, diverse culture and showcase the best of arts, sports and creativity from all ages, backgrounds, and parts of the community.

Residents or groups – including charities, schools, colleges, youth and community groups – of all ages and abilities can perform on the festival stages.

As part of the Shine a Light Festival Weekends there will also be ticketed events, with fairs, live performances, food and drink, and entertainment for children and adults in each town.  Highlight events include:

Shine a Light Festival Sandwell Valley Opening Evening (30 July from 4pm-9pm) – the best of festival performances, live on stage, as well as arts, culture and activities in the mini-stage areas and open spaces.

Commonwealth Themed Food Festival and Market (6 and 7 August) – a celebration of food from across the Commonwealth, made and sold by Sandwell businesses, community groups and residents.

Activities, Performances, Installations and Events – throughout the two-week festival there will be activities for the whole community to get involved in, from art installations to performances and events across Sandwell Valley.

To apply to take part in a Shine a Light Festival activity, display or performance, complete the short Participate Application at but hurry – the deadline to apply is 5 pm on Friday, 15th April 2022.

Asset-based Community Development – FREE workshops

Following the success of last year’s ‘Introduction to ABCD’ Workshops , Sandwell Churches’ Link is delighted to tell you about 2 further opportunities to come and learn more about Community Development, using an ‘Asset Based’ approach. 

  •  The first Workshop will be at St Hilda’s in Warley (8thMarch- 6:45-9:30pm) – ‘South’ Sandwell
  •  The second Workshop will be at Lea Brook Methodist Church (17th March- 6:45-9:30pm) – ‘North’ Sandwell

 Asset based community development (ABCD) is a local, ‘grass roots’ approach to strengthening communities.

Through a process of recognising, identifying and harnessing existing ‘assets’ (i.e. things like skills, knowledge, capacity, resources, experience or enthusiasm) that individuals and communities have, ABCD aims to help strengthen and improve things locally. Instead of looking at what a community needs or lacks, the approach focuses on utilising the ‘assets’ that are already there.

Click on the link to see the dates and to book your free place. ( ) – you can choose your preferred workshop from the landing page.

For any questions about either event, please contact: James Lynch, Strategic Coordinator, Sandwell Churches Link – email:

FREE 2-hour online Community Training – “Understanding Extremism”

Delivered by Sandwell Council’s Prevent Team, this training is for community groups and members of the public in Sandwell.

The training explores issues relating to the ideology of the Extreme Far Right and global jihadism. It also covers the Prevent Strategy, including case studies of extremism and radicalisation.

Date: Wednesday, 16th March 2022

Time: 1pm – 3pm

Where: online, via the Microsoft Teams platform (no software required – you can join via a regular web browser)

For joining instructions, please email:

“Patients in waiting” for hospital treatment – how could the wait be improved?

“Patients in waiting” for hospital treatment – how could the wait be improved? Join the final on-line conversation:

Healthwatch Sandwell have been listening to patients experiences of waiting for hospital treatment.

There have been good outcomes but also Covid impacts, delays, cancellations and people feeling lost or forgotten within the systems. Views have been shared on what is needed to improve the patient experience.

To share your experiences or views please join the final on-line conversation: “Patients in waiting” for hospital treatment – how could the wait be improved?

Date: 2nd March 2022

Time: 2 pm – 3. 30 pm

Location: online via Zoom –

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