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The Bigger Picture

Our Early Help Partnership Town Events focus on how we can work more effectively to help one another (and will take place through Microsoft Teams).

These last few months have continued to be 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, and 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.

We will provide 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 with or volunteer with children, young people and families across Sandwell, come along and join us at one (or more) of our events – it’ll be lovely to see you!

WEST BROMWICH: Weds 10 March, 10.00am – 11.00am
BLACKHEATH & ROWLEY REGIS: Weds 24 March, 10.00am – 11.00am
TIPTON: Weds 14 April, 10.00am – 11.00am
WEDNESBURY: Weds 28 April, 10.00am – 11.00am
SMETHWICK: Weds 12 May, 10.00am – 11.00am
OLDBURY: Weds 26 May, 10.00am – 11.00am

You can book your place(s) here

Once registered you will receive joining instructions nearer the date.For further information contact: Angel, Early Help Partnership Co-ordinator E: T: 07587 136072

Positive Vibes

It’s online and upwards for Sandwell Asian Mental Health Group. The volunteer-led support group still meets weekly, but now sessions are on Zoom rather than together in the room!

The group welcomes men and women of all ages to connect, support and signpost around their mental health needs.

Organiser Bally said: ‘Our motto is simply Let’s Get Together and Talk. Whether it’s about feeling isolated, depressed or even bullied, we meet on Wednesdays at 2pm for a chat, then in between meetings keep in touch with phone calls and messages.’

Newcomers are very welcome, and the group is just about to start thinking of a new project to work on, following the success of the 2021 Positivity Calendar they co-created.

If you know anyone who would like to join the group contact Bally on

Sandwell’s Early Help Strategy 2021 – Your views are important to us!

Do you support children, young people and families in Sandwell?

We would like to invite you to come and share your experiences of, and thoughts about, how we develop strong partnerships to support families in the borough over the coming years. Some of what we would like to know is:

– how can we offer ‘early help’ more effectively?
– where does your group/ organisation fit within the bigger picture in Sandwell?
– what would make the biggest difference to your work with families?
– how can we overcome barriers to partnership working and become more effective in giving the help at the right time?

Whether you work as a volunteer or staff member within a School setting, a Voluntary Sector Organisation/Community Group, the Police, a local business or in the Health sector – your views are important to us and will help shape our shared Early Help Strategy for Sandwell for the next three years. By working together, we can enable children and young people in Sandwell to have the best possible experience of growing up with a wide range of opportunities to grow and develop into healthy, happy individuals and active citizens within our community.

Our focus group sessions will take place virtually over Zoom – booking through Eventbrite Once registered, you will receive joining instructions nearer to the date.

Business and voluntary groups invited to give views on council spending

Company bosses and voluntary groups have the chance to talk to council chiefs on how money is spent on local authority services.

Sandwell Council is inviting business organisations, groups representing local firms and the voluntary sector to a meeting of its Cabinet.

The meeting will give representatives a chance to give feedback to the council on its proposals for expenditure for the next financial year and give their ideas on how services could be improved.

The council is required to consult with the groups under the Local Government Finance Act 1992.

Councillor Wasim Ali, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for resources and core services, said: “It is important that members of the business and voluntary sectors are given a chance to have their say on how they think money should be spent in the borough.

The meeting will take place at 3.30pm on Wednesday 17 February and will be streamed live via Microsoft Teams.

Anyone wanting to take part in the consultation or attend the online meeting should email: by 5pm on Monday 15 February

Bringing People Together to tackle isolation during lockdown 3 Webinar

Lockdown prevents groups meeting, which affects us all, causing more people to be isolated affecting their mental health. Bringing People Together is a network of groups that welcome everyone by telephone, mobile or computer all from the comfort of their own home.

There are now over 14 groups meeting weekly or fortnightly in the Black Country, Staffordshire and Shropshire. Each group is run by two hosts and a partner organisation who provide the safeguarding and GDPR.

At 10 am on Friday, 12th February, Bringing People Together are holding a free webinar called ‘Bringing People Together to tackle isolation during lockdown 3’. When the meetings started in July 2020, Bringing People Together had many questions which The National Lottery Community Fund enabled them to answer.

Bringing People Together will share their learning in this webinar. There will be an opportunity to have your questions answered. Some groups are now very well established, having been running for many months and are learning the advantages of meeting online. It is hoped the online meetings will continue after the restrictions have lifted.

Book your free tickets here.

Bringing People Together have funding to support more groups. To find out about joining, please visit the website or contact Su Parker on 07791 044 311.



Mayoral Vaccination Roundtable for Faith Leaders and Community Groups

The West Midlands Combined Authority is hosting a roundtable for our local faith leaders, community groups and anyone with a question about the vaccine, offering insight and support around Covid-19 vaccination communication.

Mayor Andy Street will be joined by a panel of experts, including representatives from the NHS and Public Health England, who will share the latest update on the vaccination roll-out in the West Midlands and share the facts about the vaccine. There will also be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions in a live Q&A.

The roundtable is free to attend, and everyone is welcome it is taking place on 1 Feb 2-3pm
Please register to join the event from this link –

Time to Talk Mental Health – 4th February

Black Country Healthcare NHS Trust Foundation are making Time to Talk in their friendly webinar where you will be able to connect with others, think about your own mental health, share wellbeing tips and take time in a short mindfulness session

Thursday 4th February is Time to Talk Day, a day where everyone is encouraged to have a chat about mental health.

Register your FREE place today 

The session is taking place through Zoom on the 4th February from 2.30pm – 4.00pm.

If you have any questions please contact

‘Strengthening the Sandwell Economy’ – invitation to a Community Conversation

Business in the Community (BITC) and Midland Metro Alliance would be delighted if you could join us for a virtual ‘Community Conversation’ where we will explore how people from all sectors can support the recovery and rebuilding of the Sandwell economy. We believe that resilient communities are made up of collaborative partnerships that are willing to work together and build on local knowledge resulting in long term change.

A Community Conversation is a cross-sector networking event enabling fruitful conversations between business, the voluntary sector and local government. They explore, how everyone working together can build a healthier community.

A key outcome from a Community Conversation is a commitment amongst participants to continue to work together and agree on collaborative actions that can make a real difference in a place.

We want all participants to share their knowledge and perspectives in order to address local needs, we want to draw on the strengths of everyone in a place

BITC will assess actions / pledges / offers after the event and plan for further action.

This Community Conversation will focus on the benefits of improved connectivity with areas of opportunity and major employment sites. To complement this, we would like to explore wider social and environmental issues that all three sectors can address in a collaborative fashion.

In session two, local community organisations have been invited to present a current challenge or idea.

In light of restrictions brought about by Covid-19, we will now be delivering this community conversation as two virtual sessions.

Outline of session one – 24th February, 10:30am click here to register for session one
• Welcome and overview – Business in the Community
• Opening speakers – Midland Metro Alliance and Sandwell Council
• Working together to ‘Build Back’
• Cross sector breakout rooms
• Report back and wrap up
• Close

Outline of session two – 10th March, 10:30am click here to register for session two
• Welcome back and recap from previous session – Business in the Community
• Local Community Presentations x 3 – presenting priorities / opportunities for engagement
• Q & A
• Cross sector breakout rooms
• Report back and actions
• Wrap up / close

The break-out sessions are designed to discuss challenges and ideas and workshop collaborative solutions as a group. This will provide an opportunity for participants to work as part of a cross-sector team, sharing their knowledge to provide real support to local communities.

For questions, please contact Kelly Stackhouse: email – or call – 07921 493274.

You will need access to Zoom to attend this meeting, please click on the links for both sessions above to book your place.

Know any Covid Heroes?

Unsung ‘pandemic’ heroes from across the West Midlands are being given their moment in the spotlight.

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner has launched the Outstanding Citizens Awards 2021, celebrating those who make our communities safer and happier places to live and work. They want to show appreciation to people who have made an outstanding contribution to their community, and recognise outstanding acts of good citizenship across the whole of the West Midlands.

The deadline for nominations is Thursday 25th February 2021 at 12pm.
There are four COVID awards categories up for grabs including:
• Young Person COVID hero (under 18s)
• Volunteer COVID hero
• Community Organisation COVID hero
• Key Worker COVID hero

Further details and nominations forms are available from

The online awards ceremony will take place on Friday 19th March at 5:30pm.

How to Run a Charity Webinar

Charity Digital News explains how Charities can run their own webinars to continue to provide vital service delivery online to their beneficiaries. They share what they’ve learnt from our 18-month old webinar programme.

With increasingly more charities moving to deliver their much-needed services online and are finding virtual ways to communicate with donors, the webinar can be a trusty tool in any charity’s arsenal.

The article takes you over the following points:

  •  An audience – As with any content, your audience is key to success.
  • A topic – If your webinars are for donors, then ask them what they’d like to hear about.
  • A time – Ask your audience what their time preferences are.
  • A place – Nope, not a physical building but your delivery mechanism.

To read the full article click here.

Source: Charity Digital News

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