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National Parents and Carers Special Educational Needs Conference 2019

The first National Special Educational Needs and Mental Health Parents & Carers Conference will provide guests with the opportunity to attend truly world-class sessions at a fraction of the usual cost, all delivered by experts within their field.

Event Date: Saturday 5th October 2019 9:30am

Venue: ACC Convention Centre

Location: Kings Dock, Liverpool Waterfront, L3 4FP

Cost: £10.00

Witherslack Group and the ADHD Foundation are delighted to be working in partnership to deliver the first national conference solely dedicated to parents and carers focusing on Special Education Needs and Mental Health.

This unmissable conference will cover a broad range of SEN specific practical advice and expert opinion to support children and young people, including Autism, ADHD, Mental Health, Speech & Language, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Dyscalculia.

The presentations will be delivered by a field of expert speakers from across the world, including Dr Ned Hallowell, Dr Emma Derbyshire, Dr Tony Lloyd, Dr Lou Brown, a host of educational and clinical expert practitioners, plus many more.

To view more information about the event and to book a place, please click here

Voluntary and Community Sector Breakfast Meeting Invitation

The next voluntary sector breakfast meeting will be held on Thursday 12th September 2019 at Brook Street Community Centre, 1 Brook Street, Tipton, DY4 9DD from 7.30 am to 9.00 am.

Attendees will have the opportunity to network with peers from the Sector to find out what’s new, what’s happening in the borough or simply just to have a have a catch-up.

Please come along and join us for this very informal networking opportunity.  Light refreshments will be provided.

If you would like to book a place please e-mail or

Invitation to SCVO’s 2019 AGM – ‘Making Sense of Wellbeing’

You are invited to SCVO’s 2019 AGM and conference – ‘Making Sense of Wellbeing’.  This year, in addition to the main AGM business, we will be having a variety of speakers attending to share their inspiring and thought-provoking insights on wellbeing in its broadest sense. 

This will include examples from organisations who are delivering activities that help enhance the overall wellbeing of their communities, as well as tips and guidance around the importance of our own and our staff’s wellbeing so we can all do the best job we can under the pressures that we all face in daily life.

The event is taking place on Wednesday 9th October 2019 from 9.30am – 12.30pm at Brasshouse Community Centre, Brasshouse Lane, Smethwick, B66 1BA.

At the AGM, members of SCVO will be participating in elections to SCVO’s Board of Trustees.  If you are interested in becoming a Board Member and are associated with an organisation that is an SCVO member, please complete the Nomination Form and return to SCVO by Wednesday 28th August 2019.  If you’d like more information or to discuss what being an SCVO Board member entails, please call Mark Davis at SCVO on 0121 525 1127.

We do hope that you can join us for an informative, challenging and light-hearted event and to help make our AGM a success – please book your place through

Get Ready for Jazz Festival with Rock School Concert

Get in the mood for this year’s Birmingham, Sandwell & Westside Jazz Festival with a special performance by Sandwell’s Rock School bands in West Bromwich on Tuesday 9 July.

The SIPS Music and Arts Service Rock School summer concert starts at 7pm at Central Library in High Street. It’s free entry and light refreshments will be available.

The ensembles performing are all part of the Rock School bands that rehearse weekly during term time and include young people from different age groups.

The bands performing include Ukulele Rocks!, the Band Together and Band Together v2.0 junior rock bands and the senior rock band Tuesday Coffee Social. All bands perform a combination of well-known songs and original material.

Councillor Bob Lloyd, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for culture, said: “It’s fantastic that young people in the Rock School programme are showcasing their talents for this end of school year concert, which will be the perfect warm-up for the Birmingham, Sandwell & Westside Jazz Festival later this month.

“It’s a busy time for youth music in Sandwell, with the recent announcement that a brand-new music school will be built in West Bromwich with the City of Birmingham Orchestra and Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust – the first school of its kind in the country.”

The Birmingham, Sandwell & Westside Jazz Festival runs from 19-28 July and includes music events in libraries, museums, Sandwell Arts Café, parks and other venues across Sandwell’s six towns.

Go to to check out the Sandwell events and follow the festival on Twitter @birmjazzfest #BSWJAZZ19.

Outing to Black Country Living Museum

BUDS have an outing to the Black Country Living Museum on Monday 15 July from 10am to 2.30pm.

We have a few spaces available for Carers of people with Dementia, Carers can visit with their family member if they wish to. We have an introductory talk at 10am with a visit to the Victorian Schoolroom included in the afternoon. There is no cost for the entrance ticket but lunch will need to be paid for. Transport can be provided upon request.

If you would like more information please contact BUDS Reception on 0121 565 3721.

The cut-off date for bookings is Friday 5 July.

ERDF Call for Proposal Session

The next round of European Regional Development Fund call for proposals are due to be published soon, so the Black Country Technical Assistance Team has organised a briefing session.

The session will take place on Friday 28th June 2019 from 10.00am – 11.30am and will take place at University of Wolverhampton Science Park, Business Centre Solutions (PB), Glaisher Drive, Wolverhampton, WV10 9RT.

The briefing session will provide you with an opportunity to find out more about the priorities, call requirements, timescales and application process.

If you are interested in attending please e-mail:

Places are limited so early booking is advisable.

For further information, please contact Craig Perry, Black Country ERDF Programme Manager – or telephone 01922 652544

Celebrate Sandwell and Discover Community and Voluntary Organisations

Come along to the Celebrate Sandwell event in West Bromwich on Friday 28 June to find out what community groups and organisations have to offer you and your family.

Following the success of the first two annual Celebrate Sandwell events, organisers have planned an even bigger and better event for 2019 with more than 40 organisations taking part.

The free event runs from 11am to 3pm at West Bromwich Town Hall, High Street, with music, workshops, information stalls, fitness sessions and much more. Free food and refreshments will be available throughout the event kindly provided by volunteers and donations.

Stalls will be themed into three areas – community groups; health and therapy groups; and arts and museums organisations.

It will be a real celebration of community and an opportunity to find out about volunteering opportunities too.
Entertainment includes The Lollipop Ladies comedy trio, a hula hoop dancer, storytelling, musicians, poets and much more.

Community Star Awards will be presented around mental health, disability and community engagement.

Co-op has supplied food, drink and volunteers for the event. Local shops and restaurants have supported it too. Black Country Touring and Multistory have been central to planning and organising the event.

CCG Minor Surgery Services and Non Obstetric Ultrasound Scan (NOUS) Services Listening Exercises

The CCG are holding listening exercises to hear views and experiences around Minor Surgery Services and Non Obstetric Ultrasound Scan Services (NOUS). You can have your say on both Services by completing online surveys, or by joining the Clinical Commissioning Group at one of the public events, below:

Minor Surgery online survey

Non Obstetric Ultrasound Scan survey

Tuesday 25th June: 2 pm-5 pm, Portway Lifestyle Centre, Newbury Lane, Oldbury B69 1HE

Thursday 27th June: 6 pm-9 pm, YMCA 38 Carter’s Green, West Bromwich B70 9LG

The CCG look forward to hearing your views. If you require any further information please contact the Engagement Team on 0121 612 1447 or email

National Carers Week 2019

There are more than 35,000 carers in Sandwell and from Monday 10th, to Friday 14th June, is national Carers Week. More than 70% of carers say they don’t get enough social time, so next week, we want to celebrate and support carers.

Anyone who is a carer to a person of any age is welcome to go along to the following events:

BUDS will be at TSB in Cape Hill offering advice and information for carers on Monday 10 June between 10.30 am and 2.00 pm.

Coffee Morning at the West Bromwich African Caribbean Resource Centre between 11am and 1pm on Tuesday 11 June.

Carers Awareness Session in Oldbury Library on Tuesday 11 June between 11am and 1pm. Find out about services the council can offer you.

Carers Drop-in Session at West Bromwich Library. Find advice and guidance between 10.00 am and 4.30 pm on Wednesday 12 June.

Thimblemill Library are offering carer assessments between 10 am and 1pm on Thursday 13 June.

Discuss carer and welfare rights as well as carer assessments at Thimblemill Library between 10 am and 3 pm on Friday 14 June.

Carer Awareness Stand at Sandwell Council House, Oldbury, on Friday 14 June between 10 am and 1 pm.

For more details go to

 Achieving better outcomes together for the people of Sandwell

Andy Williams, Accountable Officer for Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (SWB CCG), and Toby Lewis, Chief Executive of Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Hospital Trust (SWBHT), would like to invite representatives of the local voluntary, community and faith based sector organisations to meet with them.

Venue: Brasshouse Community Centre, Brasshouse Lane, Smethwick,
West Midlands,B66 1BA (If using a Sat Nav please use B66 1BQ)
Date: Monday 10 June 2019 at 2.00 p.m
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 pm (1.30 pm registration and refreshments)

At this session there will be an opportunity to hear from Andy Williams around the future role commissioning will have in an integrated care system, and from Toby Lewis about the development of an Integrated Care Provider Alliance for Sandwell and Western Birmingham and to seek your views:
• What does a better healthcare system look and feel like
• What are do the factors of success look like
• What is the Ask and offer to the voluntary sector

We would love the opportunity to talk to you about our ambition and aspiration for the area, but it is equally important to listen to you, representatives from the sector.

Places are limited, so if you are interested in attending please contact the Engagement Team on 0121 612 1447 or

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