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Invitation to Voluntary Sector Briefing Session with Dr Lisa McNally

Sandwell’s public health team would like to engage with community and voluntary sector partners to update on the current covid-19 situation.

We are scheduling in monthly virtual briefing sessions on Microsoft teams which will be delivered by Sandwell’s Director of Public Health, Dr Lisa McNally.


Dates scheduled are:

27th October 2020- 10:30-11:30am
24th November 2020- 10:30-11:30am
22nd December 2020- 10:30-11:30am
26th January 2021- 10:30-11:30am
25th February 2021- 10:30-11:30am
23rd March 2021- 10:30-11:30am

If you would like to book onto the briefing sessions, please contact

In the meantime if you require any covid-19 assistance or support, please contact:

Sandwell Advocacy Event for Advocacy Awareness Week

26th – 30th October is Advocacy Awareness Week and here at Sandwell Advocacy we are hosting an online event to let other professionals, volunteers and partners know which projects we are currently working on and to give a more detailed insight to what advocacy involves.

We would love you to join us between 2.00-3.30pm via Zoom on Thursday 29th October 2020. Book your tickets on Eventbrite, there are limited numbers so be quick. Once registered we will send you the link and any other information you will need in due course.

What If….you could change mental health services

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust want to know what you think so we can make positive change for our Black Country communities!

If so, we are hosting three online conversations in October and November where people of the Black Country will get an opportunity to share their views of our mental health services.

Anyone that is interested can register their interest by clicking on the links below. The dates available are as follows:

Date:                               22 October
Time:                              6.00pm – 7.30pm
Registration details:
This session is dedicated to conversations about our children and young people mental health services

Date:                               27 October
Time:                              2.00pm – 3.30pm
Registration details:

Date:                               3 November
Time:                              6.00pm – 7.30pm
Registration details:

The invite is open to everyone from our service users, carers, community organisations, general public and more.

Anti-Slavery Day Events at Medaille Trust

Medaille Trust’s mission is to provide refuge and freedom from modern slavery. The Charity is the largest provider of supported safe house beds for victims of modern slavery in the UK.

Medaille Trust began in 2006 when one lady – Sister Ann Teresa SSJA (now life president) – said ‘something must be done’ and began tackling the scourge of modern slavery. Specialist teams support clients 24/7 on the road to restoration and independence.

With less than three weeks to go until Anti-Slavery Day 2020, Medaille are delighted to announce they will be taking events on-line.   Check out their events page and join them for a series of interactive webinars, covering Spot the Signs, how communities can combat modern slavery, Interactive Day in life of our houses, Story of Medaille Trust and Q&A panel event with CEO Garry Smith and guests.

There is an opportunity to view a fantastic photographic collaboration between their clients and photographer Fiona Yaron-Field throughout the week of the 18th October.

Medaille look forward to seeing you there!

For more information email or visit the website.

FREE Webinar – Virtually Meet Black Country Near Neighbours

We are pleased to invite you to our Virtually Meet Black Country Near Neighbour’s Coordinator, Shaz Akhtar. Shaz will be joining SCVO on Thursday 12th November 2020, 10am via a Zoom Conference Call, to discuss their current grants programme. This is your opportunity to learn more about the funds available and their funding criteria prior to submitting your application directly to the funder.

Our FREE webinar will enable you to connect with the funder, as you’ll have the opportunity, to ask questions directly and receive tailored advice from them, as you learn more about the Near Neighbours programme. There has never been a greater need for fundraisers to get-together to share knowledge and experience.

Booking onto the webinar is essential via Eventbrite by clicking here, as there are a maximum of 25 places available for this virtual conversation. Please note, an email invitation to join the virtual webinar will be send out by SCVO in advance and prior to the commencement of the webinar.

Why not go to our website at to subscribe to our free weekly e-bulletin, so you get information automatically on SCVO virtual events, training and other news straight to your inbox.

SCVO’s AGM 2020 – ‘Our Resilient Sector – Looking to the Future

SCVO members, other 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.

The event is taking place on Tuesday 29th September 2020 from 10.00am – 12 noon via the ‘Zoom’ video conferencing platform.  Access instructions will be provided to ticket holders prior to the event. Please note, if you don’t have internet access or suitable equipment to access the video content, you will still be able to ‘dial in’ from a standard landline (to a ‘local rate’ number).

Please view a copy of the Agenda for the meeting.

Please book your place through –

Sandwell Citizen Forum to be held on 24 August

The next Sandwell Citizen Forum organised by Sandwell & West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will be held virtually on Monday, 24 August from 3 pm to 4 pm. Everyone is welcome to join either by telephone or using the internet through Microsoft Teams.

Topics for discussion include:

• An update from the Managing Director for Sandwell, Michelle Carolan
• Opportunity to take part in discussions around the proposed merger of the Black Country and West Birmingham CCGs
• Update from Citizen Forum chair, Deska Howe.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions either before the video conference, by email to or directly to the presenters, who will try and answer questions during the meeting via the ‘Chat’ function on Microsoft Teams.

To book your place you can please call 0121 612 1447 or email The Microsoft Teams link sent nearer to the meeting’

Covid-19 and the African Caribbean Community in Sandwell – Let’s Talk About It

It is recognised and acknowledged that Covid-19 has had a significant impact on our local communities. One of the communities particularly affected by Covid-19 is the African Caribbean community.

Dr Ian Sykes (Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG Chair) in partnership with Healthwatch Sandwell and West Bromwich African Caribbean Resource Centre, would like to invite you to an online workshop to listen to your experiences on the 6th August 1 pm – 2.30 pm.

They want to engage and listen to the views of this community to understand the specific issues faced during the Covid-19 pandemic.

This will be an on-line meeting using Microsoft Teams software. If you have a smart phone, tablet or laptop and have access to the internet you will be able to join the conversation.

Places are very limited.  Please let the CCG know as soon as possible if you are able to join the work shop by emailing   You will be sent the link to join if there is a place available.

For further information you can contact 0121 612 1663.

Early Help Partnership ‘The Bigger Picture’ Events

These last few months have been difficult for us all, bringing many changes to organisations, groups and activities. We have all been committed to doing our best to support children, young people and families in Sandwell. Now with steps being made to try and get back to some normality, we thought it would be a great time to come together and have some conversations about what ‘The ‘Bigger Picture’ looks like around activities for children and young people.

These EHP Wednesbury and Tipton events will focus on how we work more effectively to help one another.

We will provide the opportunity for attendees to:

• find out what services are currently available in their local area
• share concerns going forward and ideas of what has worked for you
• share information about what support you currently offer and what you have planned for the near future
• link in with each other and build new partnerships.

If you work, volunteer or offer activities in Wednesbury, and would like to join us on Monday 3 August, 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm, please book here.

If you work, volunteer or offer activities in Tipton, and would like to join us on Wednesbury 5 August, 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm, please book here.

Joining details will be sent when you book your place.

For further information contact Angel, Early Help Partnership Co-ordinator.  Email: or call 07587 136072.

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 as soon as you can, by email at or call 0121 612 1447.

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

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