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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: 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 – 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

Launch of Kaleidoscope Plus New Service Invitation

Your special invitation to the launch of #TeamKPG’s new Social Prescribing Service ‘Opening Doors’ on World Mental Health Day – Thursday 10th October 2019 from 12.00pm – 1.30pm at the Kaleidoscope Plus Group, 153 High Street, West Bromwich, B70 7QX.

A light lunch will be provided.

Kaleidoscope aim is to connect people to a variety of services and groups to improve health and wellbeing.

Please confirm your attendance by Monday 7th October 2019 – e-mail: or call us on 0121 565 5605

Social Audit Network Gathering in Birmingham

The Social Audit Network (SAN) is pleased to announce details of the Gathering for 2019, which will take place in Birmingham, on Wednesday 16th October.

The Gathering will bring together a huge range of people with a shared interest in social impact, social accounting or social enterprise. It will take place at the aptly named Impact Hub Birmingham, 58 Oxford Street, Digbeth, Birmingham B5 5NR. The venue is a short walk from Birmingham New Street and Moor Street stations.

Starting at 10 am, the event will provide an opportunity for connection, reflection, planning and shared learning. It will include:
• Facilitated networking
• Keynote ‘state of the sector’ speakers
• World Café discussion
• Practical workshops and masterclasses facilitated by SAN Directors.

Please book your place here.

Liz Tapner of SELNET in Lancashire – the 2018 most influential Woman in Social Enterprise – will be sharing her experiences and tips for running a successful social business. Topics for the workshops will include: how to use the data that you collect, stakeholder engagement and social auditing.

The following week, on 23rd and 24 October, SAN is running  a Workshop in Stoke.

If  you have any queries, please contact the SAN office at

The Better Care Fund: Voluntary and Community Sector Consultation Event

Commissioners from the Sandwell Better Care Fund (BCF) have engaged with local people and communities, local providers and professional staff across Health and Social care.

The aim is to gather their views on the development and delivery of a new community offer for Sandwell residents. This new offer will support the growth and development of communities, whilst promoting and supporting individual health, wellbeing and independence and the transformation of health, wellbeing services.

The Consultation Event will be  on Wednesday, 2 October 2019, 9.30 am – 12.30 pm, at the Brasshouse Community Centre, Brasshouse Lane, Smethwick B66 1BA.

To book a place, please email

Refreshments will be available.

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.

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

Please find below the calling notice for the AGM which will take place as part of the overall event.

10.20 am  SCVO’s Annual General Meeting

  1.  Chair’s Welcome
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes of the Annual General Meeting 2018
  4. Matters Arising
  5. Review of the Year 2018/19
  6. Annual Accounts 2018/19
    Treasurers Report
    Approval of the Annual Accounts
    Appointment of Auditors 2018/19
  7. Election of Board Members
  8. Date of Next Annual General Meeting 2020
  9. Any Other Business
  10. Closing Remarks by Chair

 11.00 am – 12.30pm – ‘Making Sense of Wellbeing’ event to follow


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.

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