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GM2LF – Community Party and AGM

Come and join the fun at the ‘Community Party and AGM’ of the Grace Mary to Lion Farm Big Local Partnership.

Taking place on Wednesday, 18th March from 6pm – 8pm at Oakham Evangelical Church, City Road, Tividale, Oldbury, B69 1QZ there will be:

  • Live entertainment
  • Dance performances
  • An opportunity to find out what’s been happening where you live (across the GM2LF Big Local area)
  • Hear about the NEW Big Local Plan
  • Free buffet and refreshments.

Visit: https://www.facebook.com/gm2lf/ for more information about the Big Local Partnership and to drop them a line to let them know you’re planning to attend.


Go Play West Bromwich

Join Go Play and Creative Academies at local libraries and community centres across West Bromwich to get involved in FREE activities for children and young people aged 6 – 12 (up to 16yrs with additional needs).

Please see our latest Go Play Sandwell to find out more information on our locations and activities.


Employment and Skills Network Invitation

You are invited to the next Employment and Skills Network.

An agenda for the meeting will be released soon but will cover an update on the Aquatics Centre/Midland Metropolitan Hospital, Overview of Sandwell Adults Edutation Budet and is funding that was recently take over by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) top ensure that it was spent on local people in front live without provision provision and a group discussion on Work Experience for clients.

The meeting is being held on Thursday, 6th February 10 am – 12 pm at the Bangladeshi Women’s Association (BWA), Wellington Road, Tipton, DY4 8RS.  An agenda for the meeting will be released soon but will cover an update on the Aquatics Centre/Midland Metropolitan Hospital, Overview of Sandwell AEB provision and a group discussion on Work Experience for clients.

If you want to attend, please book your place by e-mailing Adele Smith – adele_smith@sandwell.gov.uk


Voluntary and Community Sector Breakfast Meeting Invitation

The next voluntary sector breakfast meeting will be held on Thursday 26th March 2020 at Holy Trinity Church, 69 South Road, Smethwick, B67 7BP 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 mazeline@scvo.info or leona@scvo.info


Launch of Sandwell Language Network Funding Event

The launch of Sandwell Language Network will outline new resources which have become available, to help improve English language skills for Sandwell residents.

It is widely recognised that lack of knowledge and confidence with the English language can create significant barriers for individuals, families and communities with regards to health, happiness, wellbeing and future prospects. It also limits employment opportunities and access to services and informal community support.

The Sandwell Language Network is a new project funded by the Government’s ‘Controlling Migration Fund’ and led by a partnership of local organisations that include Sandwell Consortium, Sandwell College, Sandwell Public Health and SCVO.

It aims to increase the availability of English language support in the borough (including English for Speakers of Other Languages – ESOL), improve the quality of provision and support language learners towards employability.

The launch event is taking place on Thursday 30th January, 1:30 pm- 4:30 pm at the Portway Lifestyle Centre, Newbury Lane, Oldbury, B69 1HE.  The information provided will outline grant funding available for language support, ranging from conversational English sessions in community settings to more formalised ESOL language provision, as well as other resources, support and training for volunteers helping with English language.

This event may be of interest to:-

· Community and not-for-profit organisations already delivering formalised English language training, or those with an interest in doing so
· Community organisations already delivering conversational English activities or those who would like to develop this in their area
· Volunteers already involved in English language provision or those with an interest in volunteering in the future
· Those active within Sandwell communities where there are challenges around English language skills

Places can be booked via Eventbrite. Tickets are free but places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. For further information or to book a stall, please contact Sulma Begum at Sandwell Consortium on 0121 533 2668. Email sulma@sandwellconsortium.co.uk.

Free parking available on site.


You’re invited to the Launch of Your Local Pantry, Smethwick

Smethwick CAN (Church Action Network) was formed in 2014 to jointly set up a food bank. Since then, they have developed a wide range of food action initiatives, including an allotment, a community café, and delivering cooking and shopping lessons.

Smethwick Pantry is a community group for people living in the area. For just a few pound a week, members can have access to affordable food. The Pantry will be opened by Smethwick CAN on Thursday, 21 January 2020 between 11 am and 1 pm, at Smethwick Library, High Street, Smethwick B66 3AP.  The initiative  is a joint response from Smethwick churches to tackle poverty, increase aspiration, provide opportunities and support the most vulnerable.

Your Local Pantry will offer food bank users choice and dignity, and is viewed as a great move-on option from food bank. Other local residents will also be able to become members. The aim is to develop Your Local Pantry into an integrated, welcoming, community space.

If you would like to attend the launch please RSVP to Smethwick_Library@sandwell.gov.uk or call 0121 569 4940.

Enquries regarding Your Local Pantry shoud be directed to foodaction@smethwickcan.org.


Interfaith & Sport Network Invitation

Active Black Country – a strategic lead for Sport and Physical Activity across the Black Country and Sandwell Community Hubs – a network of community centres recognises the importance of places of worship as institutions for worship but also as a place for community cohesion, lifelong learning, employment and health and wellbeing for our communities and neighbourhoods.

It would be great if you could join us for an initial meeting of the Sandwell Interfaith & Sport Network as we start to bring together places of worship to explore how we can align, have impact and contribute to #MoveMoreSandwell campaign.

Taking place on Tuesday 14th January 2020 from 5.30pm – 8pm at Shri Venkateshwara (Belaji) Temple, Dudley Road East, Oldbury, B69 3DU.

To book a place and to find out more about the Network Meeting please view – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sandwell-interfaith-sport-network-tickets-84589562659

For further information please contact Daniel Allen, Local Partnership Lead Officer – Communities – daniel_allen@blackcountryconsortium.co.uk Tel: 01384 471136 or Anam Choudhury, Chief Executive Officer, Sandwell Community Hubs – ceo@sandwellchc.org Tel: 01384 4636731


Managing the Essentials – ‘Food and Finance’

The impact of ‘Food and Finance’ on children, young people and families in Sandwell is a growing concern. The stresses and pressures, be they financial, social, employment, relationships and health are bigger than ever. By working together and supporting one another in the work that we do, we can help to ensure these needs are met.

Our event will bring together a range of organisations and look at what ‘Food and Finance’ means in Sandwell, what the concerns/worries are and how we can work together to address them, and what are the early indicators.

Wednesday 15th January 2020
9:30am – Arrivals and Networking
10.00am – Start
12.00pm – Finish
Portway Lifestyle Centre, Newbury Lane, Oldbury, B69 1HE

All tickets for this event are free and we encourage members to bring along colleagues (max 3 per organisation) and of course if you can’t make it feel free to send someone in your place.

You are welcome to stay for more networking (and cake!) after the event.

For any questions or queries please email: earlyhelp@scvo.info or call Angel on 0121 525 1127.

To book your place please do so through Evenbrite


‘Completing the Picture’ – Tipton

Do you feel it’s difficult to keep on top of who’s who and what they do? Are you left trying to find missing pieces and links when looking for that little bit of extra support for the young people and families you are working with? If so, this event is for you!

Taking place on Tuesday 3 December 2019, 10.00am – 12.00noon at Murray Hall Community Trust, The Bridge, St Marks Road, Tipton, DY4 0SL

Sandwell Early Help Partnership will bring together organisations, services and schools from Tipton, and provide an opportunity for members and prospective members to:

– engage with others
– find out what services are available locally
– build new partnerships, and
– share ideas of how to best support children, young people and families

If you work, or offer support services in Tipton, and would like to ‘Complete the Picture’ about what support services are available locally, book your place now by clicking here

For any further information about the event or about the Early Help Partnership, please contact Angel Lakha, Early Help Partnership Co-ordinator – earlyhelp@scvo.info or telephone 0121 525 1127.


Sandwell Launches New Language Network

Sandwell Consortium are launching the Sandwell Language Network (SLN) programme, providing a unique opportunity to work closely with our voluntary and community sector partners to develop the offer of  English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) provision in Sandwell.

How to get involved?
We want to promote the great work already happening so please get in touch to give us an overview of your current provision.

We have an exciting opportunity to provide training to your volunteers to enable them to assist in delivering ESOL programmes – in partnership with Sandwell College, volunteers can access a training programme that offers:
• City & Guilds Award in Education & Training
• a work placement to hone new skills
• mentoring support
• travel expenses

We are asking organisations with volunteers who would like to deliver more ESOL to express an interest by emailing english@sandwellconsortium.co.uk


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