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Mental Health, Faith and Communities

The Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell (YCA) is delighted to invite you to a lecture on Mental Health, faith and communities.  The lecture will be delivered by Prof. Rasjid Skinner, Prof. of clinical psychology on Tuesday, 5 December 2017 6 pm – 8 pm.

Prof.  Skinner read Anthropology and Psychology at Durham University, and went on to post-grad research in Anthropology, and then training in Clinical Psychology, at Queen’s University Belfast. While at Queen’s he also underwent Jungian training analysis. He has been working as a Clinical Psychologist since 1976, mostly within the NHS.

He began collaborating with others, in the 1980s, on Islamic approaches to Psychology. Four years ago, with several colleagues, he set up, in Bradford, ‘Ihsaan’; a voluntary sector provider of Islamically based psychological therapies. He holds the Visiting Chair of Clinical Psychology at the University of Karachi, and lectures at Sheffield University and the Cambridge Muslim College.

Publications include:
Skinner R. (2010). An Islamic approach to psychology and mental health. Mental Health, Religion and Culture. 13(6) 547-551.
Kaplick P.M. and Skinner R. The evolving Islam and psychology movement. European Psychologist. 22(3) 198-204.

To book, please contact Saeed Nasser at the YCA on 0121 525 3909 or email

Arabian food served from 5.30 pm.

This lecture is free and open to all especially those interested in promoting good mental health and wellbeing in their community.


No Job? Get Sorted!

Are you aged 16 – 19 and unemployed?  IMPACT training providers and Connexions Careers Advisers will be hosting Get Sorted from 1 pm – 4 pm at the Town Hall, High Street, West Bromwich, B70 8DY on Wednesday, 29 November 2017.

Advisers will be on hand to talk about employment, training, support, life skills, apprenticeships and employability.

Connexions also has a One Stop Shop every Monday and Wednesday, 11 am – 1 pm, at the Council House, Freeth Street, Oldbury B69 3DE.  Bright Futures can help with training, jobs and apprenticeships.

For more information, please call Connexions Sandwell on 0121 569 2955.

Don’t miss the last Voluntary Sector Breakfast Meeting of 2017

You are cordially invited to the last Voluntary Sector Breakfast Meeting of 2017, to be held on Thursday 23 November, 7.30 am – 9.00 at Ebenezer Church, High Street Langley, Oldbury B69 4SL.

Are you a Voluntary or Community Group based in or working in Sandwell?  Would you like the opportunity to let the Sector know what your organisation is doing …maybe a big event coming up, or a new project?  Perhaps you are new to the borough and would like to meet people or would simply like to network on a very informal basis.  Everyone is welcome.

Please register your attendance via Eventbrite.  For any other enquiry email or telephone 0121 525 1127.

Refreshments provided.

Make a real difference and volunteer

Community-spirited people are being urged to find out about a host of volunteering opportunities in Sandwell and make a difference.

Volunteer Centre Sandwell is championing national Make a Difference Day on October 17 which puts people and volunteer opportunities together.

The centre has joined forces with more than 40 community groups, voluntary organisations and agencies to promote lots of volunteering opportunities in Sandwell.

And it is encouraging people to go along to Wednesbury Town Hall, in Holyhead Road, between 10am-2pm on Make a Difference Day to find out more about it.

People can find out about everything from helping out in charity shops, getting involved in community art projects, mentoring, befriending, administration, advice work and much more.

Councillor Syeda Khatun, deputy leader, said: “Volunteering is win-win because it not only helps others but also benefits the person volunteering in many ways. There are lots of options and ways to volunteer and I would urge people to go along to Wednesbury Town Hall and find our more on Make a Difference Day.”

Jean Taylor, Sandwell Volunteer Centre chief executive, said “Volunteering gives people the chance to come together and address the issues we all face. Getting involved with charities, agencies and voluntary groups means helping to build a stronger more vibrant community.”

For more information  or email  Telephone 0121 544 8326.




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Rethinking Refugee Event

Ashley Community Housing would like to invite you to their Rethinking Refugee event from 2 pm – 4 pm on Tuesday 10 October as part of Local Democracy Week. The venue is The Council Chamber, Sandwell Council House, Freeth Street, Oldbury B69 3DE.

The event focuses on refugee resettlement and integration. Presentations and discussions will cover the untapped economic potential of the refugee asset within the area, and how to see refugees as assets rather than liabilities.

This conference follow on from successful Birmingham and Wolverhampton events.  The organisers want to introduce innovative practices and ideas to the Sandwell community.

Since the industrial revolution Sandwell has been host for a diverse and complex community. The latest phase of this includes refugees from conflict areas across the globe.

The challenge is not to necessarily take in more people, but to make sure that those who are here are fully integrated. Integration is not a moment in time, but a long-term process that takes investment.

The approach sees employment and economic opportunity as being at the heart of the integration process. That way refugees become independent and self-reliant and at the same time we all benefit from their skills and commitment in the local economy. A limited amount of targeted support can help achieve that.

Ashley Community Housing will be presenting a ground-breaking approach to refugee resettlement and integration at this event, revealing how to rethink refugees as beneficial contributors to society rather than a burden.

The agenda will include Keynote speakers from Ashley Community Housing and key partner organisations.

Please click here to register your attendance via Eventbrite.

Voting open for People’s Award that champions support for the vulnerable

People in Sandwell and West Birmingham can once again vote for local organisations, projects or individuals who are helping to support vulnerable people in the 2017 People’s Choice Award, which is now in its second year.

This award is part of Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group’s Equality Awards, which recognise and celebrate work to address inequalities in health and well-being. This year’s awards event will be held on 2 November at Villa Park, the home of Aston Villa FC.

The winner will be chosen from a shortlist selected by the awards panel. The shortlisted organisations, projects and individuals are; El Marsh Care,  Helen Corish, Sandwell Multi Care,  West Park Road Staff Team, Raydocs (Newton & Aston Pride Health Centres), Sonia Simkins – Hawes Lane Surgery (IRIS Domestic Violence Programme), Saraphed Medical Centre, Oldbury Community Fire Cadets, Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Tipton Library, Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, Barnardo’s Midlands On-Track Programme, Black Country NHS Apprenticeship Academy, People in Mind, Sandwell Asian Family Support Services, Rights & Equality Sandwell and Beat the Streets.

Click here for full details and to cast your vote.  The project that receives the most votes will win the People’s Choice Award.

Voting closes on 15 October 2017.


SCVO’s ‘Meet the Funder’ Event is back for 2017

Having taken a year out in 2016, Wednesday 22nd November sees the return of SCVO’s ‘Meet the Funder’ event for 2017.

With a focus on Social Capital and Social Investment, this year’s conference and funding fair will be an excellent learning opportunity; sharing good practice and the experiences of others across all things funding-related. And let’s not forget the opportunity to network and forge productive relationships that contribute to the wider benefit and overall sustainability of the region’s voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.

The day combines a keynote address with a number of workshop streams – you can hear directly from funders (including Big Lottery, Ibstock Cory and the Arts Council) about their opportunities, together with hints and tips on how to apply or how about some practical guidance around social media or fundraising from wills and legacies?

And not forgetting our ‘Funder Marketplace’, where you can have a one-to-one conversation with a range of funders, both large and small.

Places are strictly limited to 200, so it really is “first come, first served”: when we reach 200 people there will be no more places released, so early booking is strongly recommended and encouraged!!

Including refreshments and a buffet lunch, the event costs just £20 per ticket for ‘small groups’ (those with an annual income of less than £15,000) and £30 per ticket for ‘large groups’ (those with an annual income of more than £15,000 – incl. statutory bodies) – pricing, particularly for small groups, has been made as accessible as possible thanks to the generosity of our event sponsors.

Book your ticket NOW by visiting our Eventbrite page: ‘Meet the Funder 2017’

Some of the comments from our last event in 2015:

‘Loved the ambition & scope of the day! Great.’

‘Came away with lots of info and good networking.’

‘Very useful sessions and very well put together.’

Voluntary Sector Breakfast Meeting

Are you a Voluntary and Community Group based or working in Sandwell? Do you want an opportunity to meet with other people on a very informal basis and promote and share information about the services and activities you offer?

Please join us on Thursday, 21 September 2017, 7.30 am – 9.00 am, at Zion United Reform Church, Langley Green Road, Langley B69 4TG

Refreshments provided.

If you are interested in attending, please confirm your attendance by emailing or telephone 0121 525 1127 by Tuesday, 19 September 2017.


Question Time for Neurology: Continuum of Care

Continuum of Care is organised by the Black Country Neurological Alliance (BCNA) and is for anyone in the Black Country with an interest in neurological or neuromuscular conditions.

A panel of health and community care professionals from Wolverhampton and Staffordshire will speak of their roles in supporting people with long term and complex needs.

Admission and parking is free. There are spaces for blue badge holders and the venue is fully accessible. A light lunch is included for registered attendees.

Booking is essential via Eventbrite or for further information email Closing date is 29 August 2017.


Invitation to Murray Hall’s briefing on new ‘Family Offer’ service for children and families

SCVO, working in partnership with Murray Hall Community Trust and Action for Children, are running two briefing events about the new ‘Family Offer’ service which will be of interest to agencies and organisations supporting children and families in Sandwell.

The Family Offer is a development of the support delivered over many years through Children’s Centres across the borough, and offers town-based ‘universal’ and ‘universal plus’ help and advice to children and young people aged 0-25 and their parents.

The wide range of services provided include an information point for local parents, health promotion, a universal/ universal plus family support service for children and young people 0-19 years (25 for SEND) and their families, a universal Antenatal Education Programme, and a limited Employment and Training role dovetailing with other elements of the service.

The two briefing events will provide local agencies with the opportunity to meet Family Offer staff, gain more information about how to access or link in with the services provided, network with other local providers and take a tour of one of the Family Offer centres and facilities.

The first event was hosted by Action for Children in Smethwick on Tuesday 19th September.

The second event will be hosted by Murray Hall Community Trust at their Rowley (Springfield) Children’s Centre, Dudley Road, Rowley Regis B65 8JY on Monday 9th October, 12.45 pm to 2 pm, with tours of the building until 4 pm. Book your place via Eventbrite

Please note numbers for both events are limited and bookings are made on a first come first served basis. For further information on these events please contact Stuart Ashmore at SCVO on 0121 525 1127, email


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