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Free Adults Swimming Lessons at West Bromwich Leisure Centre

From Thursday, 5th May, West Bromwich Leisure Centre, Moor Street, West Bromwich, began a run of 24 weeks of free mixed swimming lessons for anyone aged 18 and over.  The lessons are weekly on Thursdays, 3 to 3.50 pm.  Places are available.

You will have exclusive use of the teaching pool with an instructor to lead you.

The sessions are fully funded for the community, supported by British Triathlon and West Bromwich Leisure Centre.

This is an excellent opportunity to get more active and have fun with your friends and family as well as learning to swim.

To register your interest please complete and submit this form.

Should you have any questions, please email Kirsty at kirstyouthwaite@britishtriathlon.org or call 07739526556.


Cycling is coming to Sandwell – Are you ready to ride?

Cradley Heath Community Link have a vision to use cycling to bring hope, inspiration, community spirit, new skills and confidence to people of all ages across Sandwell.  They would love for YOU to join with them.

The vision includes led bike rides, training young people how to look after their bikes, providing qualifications as bike mechanics, training people to be ride leaders, supporting people into employment and further training, providing bikes for those who can’t afford them and bringing families and communities together.

Thanks to a very generous donation of bikes the project is ready to start.  Paul Latham at Cradley Health Community Link is looking for community organisations across Sandwell who share the vision of bringing inspiration, confidence, new skills and community spirit to children, young people and adults of all ages in your area.

Paul is looking for organisations who can:

  • Provide storage space for around 10 bikes
  • Have one or two volunteers willing to be “cycle champion’s” for the project in your organisation and community.
  • Plus, individuals keen to become a ride leader, bike mechanic or “Cycle Champion”.

To find out more please contact Paul on cradleyheathcommunitylink@gmail.com.

 


Places of Welcome are starting to reopen

Transforming Communities Together are delighted to inform us that the Places of Welcome network across the Black Country, Staffordshire and northern Shropshire is starting to reopen, in line with the easing of Covid-19 restrictions

For further information visit the website.


Sound Baths in Sandwell – Go and unwind and feel better!

Some of you have been to the Beat It Percussion’s Sound Baths before, so you already know how beneficial they are for supporting good mental health and giving you a deep sense of wellbeing.

Beat It Percussion are now holding monthly Sound Baths at two lovely venues in Sandwell; Wednesbury Town Hall on Thursday, 28th April 2.30 – 3.30 pm and Thimblemill Library, Smethwick, the first Friday of every month, 1 – 2 pm.

Call Lynn on 07875 090946 to book your place or find out more.


Free Office Furniture

A variety of office furniture including desks, cabinets and privacy room dividers are available free to a good home courtesy of Sandwell Leisure Trust.

Contact Neil.Duggan@slt-leisure.co.uk for more information.

 


Could you use a pre-loved sofa?

Raglan Road Christian Church in Smethwick have a sofa which they would like to donate to the sector.  See image.

Anyone interested will have to collect the sofa from the Church at 70 Raglan Road, Smethwick, B66 3ND.

Please contact Sara on 0121 555 5891 for further details.

 


Free Adult Weight Management

Everyone Health has been commissioned by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to deliver the new Tier 2 Adult Weight Management Service. The free 12-week programme will support residents living and working in Sandwell to lose weight, improve dietary intake and increase their physical activity levels.

The new service has started and referrals are being contacted and triaged within 48 hours of referral and have their Initial Assessment appointment within seven days of referral.

Structure of the programme. The Everyone Health programme is delivered by AFN Accredited Nutritionists and qualified Physical Activity Instructors and can be delivered virtually or face to face.  Patients receive an initial appointment prior to starting the programme and will participate in weekly group sessions consisting of a 45-minute Nutrition talk and 45-minute physical activity sessions. Physical Activity sessions range from circuit-based sessions to seated exercises which is adapted to work at an intensity right for the group and the individual. Sessions include cardiovascular exercise to increase fitness and stamina and resistance exercise to improve strength and balance.

Participants will receive a copy Everyone Health’s Your Shape booklet to use alongside the programme, which supports behaviour change around healthy eating, weight management and physical activity to manage weight loss and how to maintain this long term. Service users will be signposted following completion of the programme to local community services to continue their journey and will be followed up at 6 months.

Who is eligible?  Adults 18 years plus with a BMI of 30 or greater.

How do I refer? Call: 0333 005 0095, by on-line refer form or via email at eh.sandwell@nhs.net 

 


Dorothy Parkes ‘Loss Matters Programme’ to help with grief, bereavement and loss

Grief and loss can turn your world upside down, isolation can make and it worse. The Dorothy Parkes Centre has received an SCVO Vision 2030 Community Mental Health grant, which will enable them to provide free support programmes through its Loss Matters initiative, for members of the local community who have had experience of grief, bereavement and loss.

The Centre will deliver eight-week support programmes.  Ten courses will be delivered, each course to accommodate up to eight people. The programmes will be delivered at various times throughout the week – mornings/afternoons/evenings – over a twelve-month period, with the first programme starting in the autumn.

To find out more and to register your interest in the Loss Matters programme, click here.


Community Foundation’s Greece Youth Exchange: March/April 2022

Community Foundation, in partnership with other European countries, is taking part in a 10 days trip to Greece. Community Foundation will be taking participants aged 18-30 years old from the UK to join other participants from eight European countries, to take part in the Digital Transformation Youth Exchange.  

The trip is from Thursday, 31 March to Saturday, 9th April 2022. This programme aims to encourage young people to use digital tools and resources more effectively, through non formal education activities.

Participants will be staying at a hotel in the coastal area of Halkidiki, Greece, where they will also get free time to tour the city and spend time at the beach!

The programme is completely free and all costs for travel, accommodation and food is covered.  More details.

Please direct questions to Medina Mulla, Project Manager, on 0121 238 3282 or email medina@thecommunityfoundation.org.uk

To register, complete the registration form available to download from Community Foundation’s website at www.thecommunityfoundation.org.uk

The deadline for applications is 31 January 2022.


Cradley Heath Community Centre: Free physical activity classes for people living with diabetes

Are you living with diabetes?   If so, Cradley Heath Community Centre, (Reddal Hill Road, Cradley Heath B64 5JG) will be running a series of classes for people like you.  The classes run for 10 weeks and start on Thursday, 3rd February 2022, 10.30 am to 11.30 am.  You should be 18 or over and able to take part in gentle exercise.

The Centre will also run courses online, via Zoom, at different times during the week and there will be one-to-one support over the phone with Physical Activity Helpline Advisers

Please get in touch with Celene Walker, Group Co-ordinator, at Celene.Walker@diabetes.org.uk to register your interest, or call the Helpline on 0345 123 2399, Monday to Friday, 9 am – 6 pm.

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