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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

Black Country and West Birmingham Perinatal Mental Health Event

This is an opportunity to hear about the newly launched ‘Specialist Community Perinatal Mental Health Service’ and to celebrate the difference it is making to local people.  The event is on Tuesday 11 June 2019, 9.30 am – 3.30 pm at The Stadium Suite, Banks’s Stadium, Bescot Crescent, Walsall, WS1 4SA

Attendees will get an overview of the service model that is supporting new and expectant mothers in the Black Country and West Birmingham, along with updates from the local Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) and the national perinatal programme.

Networking sessions throughout the event will enable attendees to listen to people with lived experience of perinatal mental health problems and talk to staff working within the new service.

Who should attend?
The event is aimed at the workforce supporting perinatal mental health patients, as well as local women and their families. This includes General Practitioners, Midwives, General Nurses, Practice Nurses, Health Visitors, Allied Health Professionals, Social Workers, Adult Mental Health Nurses, Emergency Services staff, Children’s Centre staff, Obstetricians, Psychiatrists and third sector organisations who support women and families.

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Sandwell Early Help Partnership Event – ‘Supporting our most vulnerable children: Let’s work together’

You are invited to be part of our next Sandwell Early Help Partnership event, taking place on Monday 20th May, 1.45 pm – 4.00 pm at the Brasshouse Community Centre, Brasshouse Ln, Smethwick B66 1BA. The event will, as always, give you the opportunity to meet other agencies from across Sandwell who are working with children, young people and families to provide early support around some of life’s challenges. 

The event will give you the opportunity to …

  • make new contacts and meet with colleagues from other organisations
  • think about and share with others how we can best support vulnerable young people
  • consider how we can make the most of existing holiday provision and activities
  • receive an update on important new local initiatives to support young people, and on the Early Help Partnership

The event is open to staff of organisations which are signed-up members of the Sandwell Early Help Partnership, or which are shortly to sign up as members.  All tickets for this event are free and we encourage members to bring along their colleagues (max 3 per organisation) and of course if you can’t make it feel free to send someone in your place.

Participants are encouraged to bring along promotional information on any services that they are providing to share during the networking time.

To book your place please click here:

The Sandwell Early Help Partnership comprises a range of local organisations including schools, health workers, voluntary and community organisations, Sandwell Police and Fire, and Sandwell Council Children’s Services. Membership of the Partnership is free and all member agencies share a commitment to work together to achieve the shared ambitions for children and families in the borough.

For any questions or queries please email:

Mental Health Week Event at Central Library

Sandwell’s library service is organising a special Mental Health Week event to help local organisations to promote their services to the public.

The event at Central Library in High Street, West Bromwich, is on Thursday 16 May and will give the general public, and especially those who have experienced mental health issues, a chance to get more information on support available to them.

Library manager Andrew Wade said: “People will be able to have a chat to the various organisations working in mental health.

“This year’s theme is body image but organisers will be providing information on all other areas of mental health too.”

The event will run from 10am to 2pm.

Suicide Bereavement Support Service

The Kaleidoscope Plus Group facilitates a Suicide Bereavement Support Service, funded by money raised for the organisation for this purpose.

The service provides a safe space for people who have been bereaved by suicide, to come together and talk openly about their experiences. Groups are led by trained professionals who bring with them skills and knowledge around coping with grief, loss and bereavement.

The Suicide Support Service meet, 2 pm to 4 pm on the second Thursday of the month. The next meeting will be on Thursday, 9th May 2019.

If you have been bereaved by suicide, and would like to access support, please call Gillian Reeves on 0121 565 5605 or email prior to attending.

The Kaleidoscope Plus Group have recently moved to:

153 Dartmouth Square
West Bromwich
B70 7QX

Happy Birthday Black Country Touring!

Black Country Touring (BCT) is turning 21 this year! To celebrate their big birthday, they are undertaking a sponsored 21 mile walk along the region’s canals on 25th May 2019, from Dudley Port to Wolverhampton and then all the way back to Birmingham via Smethwick. They’ll be joined by artists, performers and board members.

Black Country Touring was established in 1997 as an arts charity, to address the lack of opportunities for local people to access theatre, dance and film, in an area with some of the lowest levels of arts engagement in the UK. The arts have the potential to change lives – they allow us to see new possibilities, develop new skills and strengthen our communities and the places where we live.

They work with local people in the Black Country to programme professional touring theatre and dance into places where the local community can get to see it – this might be a school, community centre, the local library or high street. Through our Young Promoters project, children and young people go behind the scenes of how live theatre happens by transforming their school into a venue. We also make new theatre productions based on the lives and stories of diverse local communities.

Every £1 they raise will be doubled by Arts Council England via their Catalyst: Evolve funding.

More information or to sponsor BCT click here.

For more of their work, please visit or follow them on Twitter @bct_us. You can get in touch via or 0121 533 7129.


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