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‘Supporting the Charity Sector on their Cyber Journey’ – free webinar

Find out about the free resources available from Government and the Private Sector available to help Charities navigate the Cyber Security Landscape.

This webinar, hosted by the West Midlands Cyber Resilience Centre, is for senior leaders and trustees of organisations registered with the Charity Commission. You will take away with you a better understanding of your responsibilities in Cyber Security, the threats you face, what support there is from the government for you and where to go to get professional, trusted advice.

The Webinar is focused on all the support and funding there is for the Charity sector and how you can achieve all of this without incurring any additional cost.

Date: Thursday, 2nd February 2023

Time: 12 noon – 1pm

To register your interest, please visit: Webinar Registration – Zoom

Creating Safe Communities – Collaborative Session for the Voluntary Sector

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

This is the second session aimed at our key partners from the voluntary sector,  looking at the  key priorities for the Safer Sandwell Partnership and agreeing how we can work together better in a collaborative way to support our communities in Sandwell.  At the first session held in July 2022, Modern day slavery and preventing extremism were raised as key areas for further focus.

This session will be a chance for you to hear more from key speakers around these topics and have discussions with others about how to respond when you have concerns and what support you need.

The event will be taking place on Tuesday 21st March 2023 from 9.30am – 12.30pm at Brasshouse Community Centre, Brasshouse Lane, Smethwick, B66 1BA.

To book a place please go to –


Community Matters Online Funding Event March 2023

2023 Online Funding Event

Building on the success of last year’s online funding fair Community Matters Yorkshire are doing it all again with some new exciting funders for 2023.

You can see the program for each day by clicking the following links (which will take you to the Community Matters website):

Each funder is allocated a 30-minute session, using Zoom, to explain what funding they have and how their application process works. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions. You will need to book separately for each session you wish to attend.

Tipton Information Sharing & Networking Event

A series of networking events are being held in Tipton that will provide an opportunity to connect with local VCS organisations and groups across Tipton and Sandwell as well as promoting the partnership work and support available via the Communities and Partnerships Team, Public Health and SCVO.

The events will also provide the opportunity to explore relevant Vision 2030 funding available as well as future funding/general opportunities that may arise. There will be the chance to link up with additional members from the SCVO team to discuss capacity development support and volunteering support as well as a wider Public Health overview.

This will be a great opportunity to find out about the support available and if you have any ideas in mind that you want to explore in further detail, the team will be available to assist.

Below are the details for all workshops, to book please click the Eventbrite link to reserve a spot.

For more information, contact Irandeep Mann, Public Health Development Officer – Tipton: email –

Guided by You: Influencing Health and Social Care Change in Tipton

Healthwatch Sandwell is an independent champion for people who use health and social care services. Its role includes finding out what matters to people and help to ensure their views shape the support they need.

Healthwatch is working with Sandwell Health and Care Partnership to capture the views from people living and working in Tipton and the surrounding area. The organisation really wants you to help influence change. As local health and social care services are changing, it is important that local people share their views.

Over the course of the next six months, a series of workshops will be held in towns in Sandwell. You re invited to the second workshop on Wednesday,18th January 2023 from 12 noon to 2pm at Tipton Muslim Community Centre, Wellington Road DY4 8RS to share your views.

If you would like to book a place please email or call 07732 683 463.

  • Lunch will also be provided
  • A British Sign Language interpreter will be available.

The event is open to the public and organisations supporting people in and around the Tipton area.


Online Safety for Children Young People and Families

The Voluntary and Community Sector’s Children and Young People’s Forum would like to extend an invitation to its next Forum meeting to any organisations working in Sandwell who would like to find out more about the issues for children, young people and families around online safety.

There will be a chance to hear more about the challenges that online safety presents and also tools and resources to help to support the families we are working with.

The Forum is taking place on Tuesday 31st January 2023 from 2.00pm – 3.30pm at Krunch, Sandwell Christian Centre, Langley Crescent, Oldbury, B68 8RE.

If you would like to attend please contact Leona Bird, Strategic Engagement Officer at SCVO – 07401 255 787 –

Cyber Awareness (Protect) Webinar: Monday, 12th December 2022

There are on average 97 cyber crimes occurring per hour, with two internet users having their data leaked every second. The Cyber (Protect) webinar will explain some of these threats you may face whilst online.  The webinar will be from 1 pm to 1.45 pm on MS Teams.

The presenters will delve into some of the crimes that are on the rise, find out how to identify them and how to report them. They will also shine light on the effect of being the victim of such an attack and subsequently how to prevent this from happening.

The webinar will be hosted by the Black Country Staff Mental Health & Wellbeing Hub who will be joined by Saxon Partridge-Smith, Cyber Protect Officer from the West Midlands Police Cyber Crime Unit who will be delivering the session.

To register to attend, please book on through the Eventbrite link.

Any queries regarding the webinar, please contact

Sandwell Safer 6: Help keep children safe online – FREE webinar (Dec 1st)

If you are a parent or carer, do you know what your children are doing online?

Sandwell Council’s Prevent Team are taking part in Sandwell’s Safer 6 campaign by offering FREE online safety (Extremism) and Prevent sessions. Parents/carers and adult members of the community can join the free online session on Thursday, 1st December 2022 and receive tips and advice to keep young people safe online.

Top tips include:

  • Turn on filters/parent control settings
  • Set accounts on private and report any issues through the apps
  • Be ‘share aware’
  • Keep up to date with online safety – the online world changes quickly
  • Know where to access further support

Parents are encouraged to talk openly to their children about their online activity and help them understand what is safe and unsafe. The internet is a great tool, but can also be a tricky place to navigate with some misleading information.

The sessions will be delivered on Microsoft Teams and will provide key information on popular apps and social media, as well as links for further advice and support. If you need help to get onto Microsoft Teams, please email or call 07717 427057.

Sandwell Council’s Prevent team, which works with partners and communities to stop people being drawn into extremism and terrorism, will also be explaining what Prevent is and how to report concerns.

The session time is as follows:

  • Thursday, 1st December 2022: 9.30 – 10.30am

For more information and to join at one of the times above, please visit ->


Sandwell Advocacy’s Annual General Meeting: 1st December 2022

Sandwell Advocacy would like to invite you to their Annual General Meeting on Thursday, 1st December 2022, 6 to 8.30 pm.  The theme of the meeting is ‘Speaking Up for Others – The Importance of Informal Advocacy and Beyond’.  The venue is Tipton Sports Academy Social Club, Wednesbury Oak Road, Tipton DY4 0BD.

Food and refreshments will be served from 6.00 pm.

The guest speaker is Joe Monaghan, Chief Officer of the National Coalition of Advocacy Schemes, talking about the importance of informal advocacy when speaking up for others.

You will hear about the Parents Advocacy Guidance and Empowerment Project.  This new service supports parents with a learning disability and/or autism who are subject to Children’s Services interventions. This session will be followed by the business part of the AGM.

Please register for this event and confirm your attendance here.

Papers will be sent out to those who have registered in due course.


Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Conference – You Are Invited

The Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme offers free holiday activities, including healthy food, to children and young people across the UK.

In Sandwell we have already had great success in delivering over the Easter, Summer and Winter periods.

To celebrate this, and to give our HAF programme providers more opportunities, we are holding a HAF Conference on Monday 28 November at The West Bromwich Albion Football Ground from 9.30am – 3pm 

The conference will give you the opportunity to network with other organisations, participate in workshops that support you in strengthening your provision and celebrate all the hard work and successes of the past 2 years.

It’s also an opportunity for potential NEW providers to find out more about the programme and how to be a part of it.

Please register your interest in attending the Conference by completing the following form:

There’s also a further opportunity to be a part of the Marketplace at the event – where you can network with current and future HAF providers to offer additional resources and build connections for signposting. The aim is to build a local network of organisations that can support each other to deliver a strong provision for children, young people and the families of the Sandwell community.

You can register your Marketplace Expression of Interest at:

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