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Sandwell Council Tenant Engagement – Tenant & Leaseholder Scrutiny Group

Through partnership with its Voluntary and Community sector partners, Sandwell Council wants to encourage people to get involved in a genuine long-term Tenant Involvement programme of positive change. They are establishing a Tenant & Leaseholders Scrutiny Group, which provides the opportunity for a group consisting of Council tenants and Council leaseholders to scrutinise, shape and make recommendations to improve housing services.

Sandwell Council is delivering a series of drop in sessions across the borough, in community venues, to promote and engage with local council tenants and council leaseholders about the opportunity to get involved and have a positive impact on the quality and delivery of housing services.

These sessions will commence early October and further information will follow. In addition, there will be a range of different opportunities in which people can get involved.

As part of this endeavour Sandwell Council wants to work with its Voluntary and Community sector partners and would like support in encouraging as many council tenants and council leaseholders as possible to attend so that there is a good diverse group reflective of Sandwell’s’ communities.

The sessions will be informal and an opportunity for those interested in being involved to find out more and meet the community partnerships team and have a chat. Alternatively, those interested can call the team on 0121 569-2537 or email at:

For further information please visit our website: Sandwell Tenants and Leaseholders Scrutiny Group –

Sandwell council is committed to championing the voice of tenants and the opportunities for transformational change outlined in the housing white paper.  In addition, there are also further opportunities for everyone who resides in Sandwell to engage with Sandwell Council via the Residents Panel.

VCSE Leadership Alliance Co-design Workshop: 27th September 2021

The Black Country and West Birmingham Healthier Futures Partnership is helping to facilitate a voice for the Black Country and West Birmingham VCSE, through the Leadership Alliance Co-design Workshop on 27th September 2021, from 12.25 pm to 2.30 pm,

The workshop, replaces that which should have taken place on 13th September.
The Healthier Futures Partnership want to begin unpicking how the 4,000 VCSE’s in the Black Country and West Birmingham feel engaged, and find out how they are able to participate, influence and contribute according to their capacity and appetite. From those who operate at grassroots/neighbourhood level, to those who have a footprint across the whole of the Black Country and West Birmingham.

Don’t worry if you didn’t make it to the first Co-design Workshop in July. Your voice and opinion matter and the Partnership want you to be a part of the Alliance co-design journey for as much or as little as you can.

If you’re keen to learn more or help shape plans for a VCSE leadership Alliance, then register your attendance for the second workshop on 27th September, here.

Email if you have any questions, if you would like help with the registration process or if you have any accessibility requirements in order to participate in the workshop.


Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Annual General Meeting

You, your colleagues, family and friends are invited to join Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s virtual Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday 14 September, from 12.30 pm until 4.00 pm.

This year they will be showcasing their achievements in what has been a challenging year for the NHS, as well as exciting and ambitious plans for the year ahead.

There will also be a number of interactive and engaging workshops.

If you’re interested, click here to find out more and register your place.

World Suicide Prevention Day Webinar: Friday 10th September 2021

The Black Country Healthcare Foundation Trust in partnership with Near Neighbours will be hosting a World Suicide Prevention Day webinar, on the Friday, 10th of September  10.00 am to 12.00 noon.

The event will be jointly chaired by Mohammed Yasin and Shaz Akhtar. There will be key speakers, grass root voices and associated materials and workshops, In addition, there will be Mindfulness and Well-being sessions and how you can get involved to help promote wellbeing and prevent suicide.

Link to register

Google Digital Garage – Digital Marketing Strategy with Sandwell Council

Sandwell Council is delighted to announce a new partnership with Google Digital Garage offering Digital Marketing Strategy via live training

About this event

What can you expect from this Google Digital Garage session?

A digital marketing strategy is an integral component to growing your business online.

Learn how to build a digital marketing strategy for your business by learning about the different digital marketing channels available and how they can be applied to your business objectives.

In this session you will learn:

● The role digital marketing plays in a business

● Different digital marketing channels to find and engage with customers

● A template for building a digital marketing strategy

This session is run using YouTube and is 60 minutes long. The course assumes no prior knowledge or experience so there is no pre-reading necessary.

To book your FREE place, visit: Google Digital Garage – Digital Marketing Strategy with Sandwell Council Tickets, Thu, Sep 16, 2021 at 11:00 AM | Eventbrite

Helping charities master the art of remote and hybrid working

Remote and hybrid working is an appropriate and obvious modus operandi for the 21st century.

The recent events put a workplace revolution in motion and nothing will be the same again. Now is the time to capitalise on these changes for the long term in a way that is unique to your charity. Teams can absolutely remain connected and engaged. Genuine work-life balances and mentally healthy practices will fall into place. Productivity can be permanently heightened.
Manage Remote Teams can help charities and the individuals within them untether from wholly premises-based working, while keeping their culture alive and cohesive.

Remote and hybrid working – done with finesse – serves charities very well indeed. With thoughtful protocols, wise leadership and a good dose of enthusiasm, people can genuinely flourish.

Find out more at a free workshop on Tuesday, 17th August 2021 from 10am to 12.30pm – REGISTER HERE FOR YOUR FREE TICKET (and select option No.1 – the FREE workshop).

Learn how to help to keep children and others safe from Extremism online

Are you a parent or carer? Do you know what your children are doing online?

 Are you an adult in Sandwell? Are you aware of the Prevent Strategy?

 Join Sandwell Council’s Prevent team on Thursday 29th July at 5:30-6:15pm, for a short, interactive Microsoft Teams webinar for online safety in relation to extremism and Prevent.

The Council’s Prevent Team works with partners and communities to stop people being drawn into extremism and terrorism; and in raising awareness of Prevent and how to report concerns.

The 30-minute online safety (extremism) session will cover:

 • Current online issues for children

• Popular apps, games and social media platforms (including age limits)

• How extremists aim to influence online

• Signs of concern/risk of radicalisation

• Tips and advice to keep your child safe online

• Additional resources/links to support

Parents and carers 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, however can also be a tricky place to navigate with some misleading information and potential harms.

This session will immediately be followed by a short 15-minute briefing on raising awareness of Prevent. This includes information regarding the Prevent Duty, and a real life case study.

Parents/adults in the Sandwell community can access the session and find more details about the session on the host website –

Councillor Maria Crompton, Sandwell Council’s Cabinet Member for Strong and Resilient Communities, said: “The internet is a great resource for young people.

“However, with social media and the internet becoming an increasing part of young people’s lives and a hub for interaction with peers, they may be vulnerable to being targeted by those who wish to harm them.

“By giving parents or carers the information about how to stay safe online we can stop the perpetrators in their tracks.

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For information on preventing extremism and terrorism, visit

Go to for home activity packs to promote online safety with children.

If you’re worried about who your children are talking to online in relation to extremism, or for concerns around radicalisation, the website offers help and advice.

If you hear or see something that could be terrorist related, act on your instincts and call the police, in confidence, on 0800 789 321 or visit

Introduction to the Voluntary Sector – 14th September 2021

Did you know there are over 1,000 voluntary and community (VCS) groups operating in Sandwell? Are you in a new role and would value an overview of the vast range of services available to help and support Sandwell residents? Or are you new to the area or part of a newly formed community group and would like to find out more about other groups and organisations delivering activities locally?

This session is informal and open to anyone who feels they have a limited knowledge of the VCS in Sandwell or would like to improve their knowledge and also find out about SCVO’s support offer.  

This is the fifth session we have held and feedback has been extremely positive “I’ve increased my knowledge about the services out there and how SCVO can help to support me to find out more”.

The session will cover:-

Information about the range of VCS organisations in Sandwell

What is Sandwell Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO)?

How can SCVO support your organisation grow and thrive into the future?

How you can keep up to date with local developments and help to shape and influence local decisions.

The session is taking place on 14th September 2021, 11.00am – 12.30pm through Teams. Once you have secured your place through Eventbrite, a separate e-mail with joining instructions will be sent to you nearer the date.

To book a place please view –

If you need any further information please contact Leona Bird, Strategic Engagement Officer at SCVO

Commonwealth Games 2022 – Sandwell Community Engagement Forum

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth games would like to welcome you by special invitation to our Sandwell Community Engagement Forum on Wednesday 21st July 2021, – 12.30pm via Microsoft Teams. 

Our newly formed Community Engagement Team will be working across the region to ‘bridge the gap’ between our regions many communities and involvement with the games.

We would like you to join us on this exciting journey, where will be:

  •  Introduction to your local Community Engagement Manager– B2022
  • Local venues development update and community engagement plans- Sandwell Council
  • Community Roadshow Plans- for activities in your local area- B2022
  • Games Legacy– B2022 Legacy Integration Team (LIT)

This will also be a space for networking, generating ideas and dialogue – with this in mind we have created virtual ‘breakout rooms’ for area focused information and discussion.

We welcome a broad range of stakeholders to ensure we are hearing from the many voices of our region and encourage you to share this invitation.

Please express your interest by registering your details using the link below.

We look forward to meeting you

Ashley Richards – Community Engagement Manager

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games
One Brindley Place, Birmingham, B1 2JB

Shaping the future of Sandwell – A conversation between Sandwell Council and the Voluntary and Community Sector

We know Covid has exasperated inequalities in Sandwell, and as a Council we’ve been working to refresh our corporate plan to ensure we continue to focus and prioritise what matters most to our communities.

Come and have a conversation with us about the challenges ahead, we want to understand the issues from your perspective and make sure what we do supports and compliments your approach.

The conversation is taking place on Friday 23rd July from 11.00am – 12.30pm through Microsoft Teams. To book your place please view the link below.

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