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Save the Date! Briefing: EU Settlement Scheme

You are invited to attend a briefing with the Home Office Settlement Scheme team
Date: 25th February 2019
Location: Birmingham (venue TBC) Time: 1.30pm – 4.30pm

The briefing, aimed at those from frontline/voluntary and community groups will provide an overview of the scheme. In addition, an update on the vulnerability strategy and the additional support the Home Office is making available for more vulnerable or at-risk EU citizens and their family members.

During the session, there will be an opportunity to look at local needs in relation to the scheme, and to discuss what actions are required to address these issues together. Attendees will also be presented with the communications tools and resources the Home Office has developed for frontline organisations to help them inform and reassure EU citizens.

Confirm your attendance at: 

Breakfast Networking Opportunity – For Early Birds!

Are you a Voluntary Sector or Public Sector organisation working and delivering services in Sandwell?

Would you like the chance to promote your services to others and help spread the word about the work you are undertaking?

Then please join us for an informal networking session being held on Thursday 14th March at RSPB Sandwell Valley, 20 Tanhouse Avenue, Great Barr, B43 5AG

The session starts at 7.30am and finishes  at 9.00am.  Light refreshments will be provided.  Please do bring along with you any leaflets or flyers you may have (no pull up banners due to limited space).

Refreshments will be provided.  Set you alarm and come and join us!

To book your place please e-mail or or call the office on 0121 525 1127

Dorothy Parkes Community Centre Jumble Sale

Come and join Dorothy Parkes Community Centre for a good old fashioned rumble in the jumble sale at the Centre on Saturday 26th January 2019. Stall holders will be selling clothes, toys & bric-a-brac at bargain prices.

The Centre will have some tables selling donated goods with all proceeds going to the Centre to support their community activities. We are accepting donations of clothes, toys & bric-a-brac.

Please note that doors will open at 2pm and close at 4pm.

There are a limited number of tables for sale and they are selling fast (priced at £7.50). Please complete their online booking form and make payment via their website –

If you’d like to find out more contact the Dorothy Parkes Centre on 0121 558 2998 for more details.

2019 National Campaigner Awards

Each year, the Sheila Mckechnie foundation celebrates the best campaigns and campaigners – whether working locally or nationally, and from individuals and community groups to people working in large organisations.

The Foundation would like to find those who have made change happen – most effectively, creatively and courageously. So, if you know someone or an organisation who you think deserves to be celebrated, please do nominate them. You can also nominate yourself!

Winners will receive their award at a fantastic evening ceremony in central London, on Wednesday 27th March 2019. To find out more and to nominate please visit:

There are no fees associates with these Awards, it is free to nominate and attend!

Charities SORP Open for Consultation

The Charity Commission have launched a consultation to seek views on how best to reform the process for developing the Charities Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP), and to make recommendations for any necessary changes to ensure the SORP remains fit for the future.

The consultation will run until 4 February 2019, with responses published by 30 April 2019.

This follows the recent expansion of the SORP-making body that sets the framework for charity financial reporting to incorporate the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland with the Charities Regulatory Authority for the Republic of Ireland as observer.

The SORP-making body welcomes feedback to explore changes to the way the Charities SORP is developed, to ensure it continues to serve the information needs of those with an interest in the charity sector and the sector itself.

Judith Hayhow, Head of Support Services at the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator said:

“If the Charities SORP isn’t right, the accounts that charities produce won’t be right for those who need to use them. That’s why we as regulators are committed to opening up and inviting feedback on the way in which the SORP is developed.”

You can have your say by clicking here.

Source: FSI

BCNA Annual General Meeting

You are invited to the Black Country Neurological Alliance’s AGM, to be held on Thursday, 22 November 2018, 4 pm to 6 pm, at Crossway Church Centre, 13 Halesowen Road, Halesowen B62 9AA.

You will have an opportunity to hear about the work of BCNA. The last year has been an exciting one and you may have joined the charity at one of its special Question Time events. You will also hear about the plans for next year, building on some of the good work already achieved.

Parking at the venue is limited. Several members use mobility cars and spaces adjacent to the venue will be prioritised for them. There is a car park outside the shops on the opposite side of the road (but not at Farm Foods supermarket), or on nearby side roads.

The Black Country Neurological Alliance look forward to welcoming you.

Tea and coffee will be provided.

Local Charity Launches Plan for Nature’s Recovery

The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country have launched their My Wild Neighbourhood action plan to reverse wildlife decline and improve our neighbourhoods for the benefit of people and wildlife.

Following a report from World Wildlife Fund (WWF) this week showing that humanity has wiped out 60% of animals since 1970, The Trust is asking for everyone to get behind their plan for nature’s recovery.

Birmingham and the Black Country itself is home to 131 threatened species including water vole, otter, skylark, kestrel, orchids and native bluebells.

The Trust is asking for citizens to help create wild neighbourhoods across Birmingham and the Black Country as part of a national Nature Recovery Network to connect habitats for people and wildlife. They want to see flowers bloom along road verges, green roofs across city skylines, more street trees to give people shady walks in the summer, and encourage whole communities to garden for wild plants and animals.

The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country invites you to attend a free event to inspire and motivate people to take action to make their neighbourhoods wild and persuade local leaders of the importance of a strong Environment Act so people and wildlife can thrive.

Please go along to the event from 6 pm on Friday, 16 November 2018, at Brasshouse Community Centre, Brasshouse Lane, Smethwick B66 1BA.

Every delegate will be given a free action booklet.  Refreshments will be served.

Find out more about My Wild Neighbourhood





BUDS’ Fund Raising Dinner Event

BUDS – Better Understanding of Dementia for Sandwell – is holding a Fund Raising Dinner on Friday, 16 November 2018, 6.15 pm for 7.00 pm.  Brandhall Labour Club, Tame Road, Oldbury B68 0JT will be hosting the event.

Tickets are £31.50 each or £300 for a table of 10.

The guest speaker will be John Homer of Black Country Stories and Humour.

For further details please call 0121 565 3721.

Volunteers needed for SVI Annual Forum

Sandwell Visually Impaired are looking for sighted helpers/volunteers to assist SVI during their Annual Forum on Monday 19 November 2018. The event will take place at the Portway Lifestyle Centre, Newbury  Lane, Oldbury B69 1HE.  SVI would ideally need volunteers from 9 am until 3 pm but if you can only do part of the day, that can also be accommodated.

Duties will include:

• Offering sighted guide support to visually impaired people to move around the venue safely.

• Providing sighted assistance for visually impaired people to visit exhibit stands and workshops.

• To assist with the handing out of drinks and refreshments on arrival, mid-morning and serving of lunch.

• To offer assistance to people wishing to use the toilets [not to assist in the cubical] you won’t be expected to provide personal care.

• To help with guide dog care [task only to be allocated to volunteers who like dogs].

• To read written information to people if required.

• To assist visually impaired people to leave the venue safely – this could involve assistance to bus stops where required.

• To offer any other support as necessary to ensure that people enjoy their day and can take part in the proceedings on an equal basis.

SVI will be having a pre-event volunteer helper meeting at the Portway Lifestyle Centre on Tuesday, 13 November, from 12.30 pm to 2 pm. This is a chance to learn more about the help volunteers will be expected to give during the event, ask any questions about the role and receive a short sighted guide instruction session and tour of the building.

Travel costs will be met for the pre-event meeting and the event itself, as long as you have a receipt for your journey. Refreshments are provided during the event.

Please see attached programme for the day and last year’s Volunteer helper guidelines.

Please let Sandra Troth know if you are able to help this year. Tel: 0121 525 4810. Email:

Join BUDS for Breakfast

BUDS (Better Understanding of Dementia Sandwell) provide a variety of services for people diagnosed with Dementia, their families and carers in Sandwell.

BUDS is hosting a Business Breakfast Network, 8.30 am to 10 am on Wednesday, 10 October 2018, at Midshire House, Doranda Way, West Bromwich B71 4LT, to bring together professionals from businesses in the Sandwell area to facilitate business networking and partnerships.

To attend please email  Telephone 0121 565 3721

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