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Youth Mentor Training for Volunteers

By popular demand, we’re repeating our ‘Introduction to Youth Mentoring’ short course in October, for volunteers helping out with children and young people.

We have a limited number of spaces available for the free course, taking place on the mornings of October 6 and 7.

Delivered online by Mentoring West Midlands, the course covers a variety of useful, thought-provoking subjects from safeguarding to starting conversations with ‘troubled’ youngsters.

Participants on a previous course said:

• It was great, I learned a lot
• Useful, interesting and very respectful
• Brilliant trainer, very insightful
• Thank you – it was informative and there was a lot to take in. I’ve actually realised how serious mentoring is, and it’s helped joined the dots with the work I do.
• I can totally see now how I use this as a volunteer.
• The topics were very relevant

For more details and to register an interest please contact

Regional Walk for Peace in Memory to the Lives Lost to Coronavirus 2020-2021

There will be Regional Charity Walk for Peace (CWFP), in association with the National Forest Trek (NFT) on Sunday, 19th September 2021 at 10 am. The event will be held at the National Memorial Arboretum, Croxall Road, Burton-on-Trent, DE13 7AR. The event is hosted by Ahmadiyya Muslim Elders Association (AMEA) and is attended by various charities, public figures, dignitaries and members of the local community.

The aim of the charity walk is to serve humanity by supporting local and national charities. This year the walk is “In Memory to the Lives Lost to Coronavirus 2020-2021”.

Ahmadiyya Muslim Elders Association provide support to the charities through the CWFP Affiliate Programme which includes Volunteer Support, Grant Funding and Matched-Funding. One hundred per cent of the donations raised by the charities is kept by the registered charities/organisations. (See Affiliate Programme YouTube video).

If your organisation wishes to engage with Charity Walk for Peace for any of the above programmes please register the organisation here.

Once charities/organisations have successfully registered with CWFP affiliate program they can register to attend the Pre-Charity Reception Dinner on the 8th September 2021 at 6.30 pm at Darul Barkaat Mosque 85 Tilton Road Birmingham B9 5PP.

To register yourself/members of your community for the walk on 19 September click here.

If you require any further information, please contact Dr. Daud Ahmad, Charity Walk For Peace Volunteer at or visit the Charity Walk for Peace website.


Access brand new life essentials for free

Giving World help charities get the goods they need to the people that need them. They redirect business end-of-line surplus and discontinued stock, to the most deprived communities in the UK.

Giving World have a wide range of products available to support your beneficiaries, including clothing, toiletries, baby products, toys, bedding, kitchen equipment and other household items, books, crafts and ambient foods.

The website is regularly updated with new stock so register here (no charge), to receive stock updates and access goods as and when you need them.

Goods can be collected directly from Giving World, or delivery can be arrange at cost – you will only pay for transport.

If you would like more information, please call the charity on 0116 251 6205 between 9.30 am – 4 pm Monday to Thursday and 9.30 am – 12.30 pm on Friday.

You can also send an email to


Fully Funded Free Level 3 Business Administration and Customer Service qualifications

Aone Training, a Shrewsbury based training provider which work with people all over the UK, are offering free courses to benefit Birmingham, Sandwell and Wolverhampton.

Aone Training have secured a pot of funding to support anyone aged 19-23 to give a fully funded accredited Level 3 qualification in business administration or customer services. This is to support local businesses to recover from the pandemic and also to support people to develop their skills and careers, to sustain long term employment and increase performance.

The funding is available for the next six weeks only, so nominations and enrolments need to be completed as soon as possible.

If you wish to take advantage of the training, please register your interest on the website and complete the attached nomination form.  Alternatively, you can email who will be happy to help.

An evening of Music and Magic online for the over 65s!

Creative Active Lives is running an online social event for over 65s on Thursday, 8th July 2021, 6.30 pm – 8.00 pm. This time around the theme is ‘Music & Magic’.

There is a very special guest all the way from California: Tom Noddy, ‘The Bubble Man’, who performs worldwide with his legendary Bubble Magic act. Tom has performed his mesmerising Bubble Magic act on the Paul Daniels show. The organisers are excited to have him perform for the social club, tell stories from his incredible life and career performing around the world, and answer questions from the audience.

Also appearing is The Impossible Mr Goodwin, with his mind-bending magic and mind reading act.

The music will be by courtesy of the most wonderful Miss Jones Duo, returning to the Happy Days Social Club after rave feedback from the last cabaret show.

With three fabulous acts to astonish and entertain, Creative Active Lives would like to extend an invitation to anyone  who would enjoy this evening social event.  Attendees are encouraged to chat using Zoom chat function. For those not comfortable with Zoom chat, there will be a group telephone call, kindly provided by Age UK Sandwell, so that people can dial in and chat and not watch alone.

Performers can sign ‘Happy Birthday’ or give a shout out to anyone watching, so please let Creative Active Lives know if you want someone to be mentioned.

Book here for individuals and groups.

If you would like to know more, please contact Rachel Conlisk on 07790 443 007 or email

Free Fab Lab virtual tour for your organisation!

The Fab Lab at Sandwell College is currently offering free loan of amazing 360° cameras, along with support to help you make your own virtual tours and videos of your organisation.  The package is completely free and is open to groups and charitable organisations in the West Midlands until the end of July.

Fab Lab says it’s a great way to showcase your space online in a really immersive way to potential newcomers and supporters, particularly at the moment if you are unable to host face-to-face visits.

Fab Lab assistants will help you film your interactive videos, which can be watched on YouTube via a computer or smartphone. Fab Lab may also be able to help you with editing your videos, depending on your requirements.

For more information, please contact

To see one of the 360 films check out a tour of the Dorothy Parkes allotment, click here.

Invitation to Exhibit Landscapes Community Art

To celebrate their reopening, The Art Yard (TAY) are holding a 4 week exhibition of art by invited artists, to be held at the gallery between Monday, 19th April, and Saturday, 15th May 2021. The exhibition will consist of:

• Landscapes – commissioned and community art created by Cradley Heath Green Landscapes project
• Textiles – showcasing a range of specialist craft work by ‘On The Surface’ group
• Self-portrait competition – 2D, 3D & Poetry *see details below

You are invited to submit your self-portrait competition entry (February 2021) to the exhibition, There is no charge. 2D & 3D art work. Please complete the submission form, label your work and deliver your self- portrait to the gallery ready to hang by 17th April 2021.
Poetry. The gallery will print, laminate and exhibit your poem, sized A4. You do not need to complete a submission form.
Collection of work. Please collect your 2D & 3D art no later than Saturday, 22nd May 2021.

The gallery will be holding its next Open Art Exhibition from Monday 24th May 2021. Details to be circulated at a later date.  Email  Telephone 01384 910968.

SACMHF have two new Mental Health Support Services

Did you Know that Sandwell African Caribbean Mental Health Foundation have two new, free, support services, to help improve the lives of African and Caribbean people affected by mental health illness in and around Sandwell?

Virtual Counselling Service
• For one to one counselling or counselling enquiries
• Clients must be 16 or over
• Experiencing or recovering from emotional ill health
• Of African, Caribbean or Black Dual Heritage

Support Connect Helpline
• A free phone helpline – 0800 118 4058
• Open Wednesdays and Thursdays, 3 pm to 5 pm.

These services are available to people living in Sandwell and West Birmingham and are strictly confidential.


Citizens Advice: Pandemic brings increase in demand

During the pandemic Citizens Advice centres across the West Midlands have moved to mobile working. Making sure that people still have access to vital advice.

The Sandwell and Walsall organisations have recently merged. Their latest initiative is Cassie a mobile van which travels across their region offering face to face advice often to vulnerable clients.

Read the full report at Birmingham Local TV

Develop a healthy mind and body with Kaleidoscope’s PLUS Programme

Kaleidoscope now have three separate cohort sessions with complimentary spaces available on their PLUS programme.

The Positive Lives Using Skills programme is Kaleidoscope’s own emotional health and wellbeing psycho-education programme. Each cohort consists of 10 workshops, currently delivered online due to Covid-19. The programme supports people with their personal wellbeing and includes managing stress and anxiety, low mood and depression, sleep and relaxation, self-esteem building and more.

The sessions are available to Sandwell residents and will run from early April to mid June, 10.30 am -12.30 pm.

Fist Cohort
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 6th April to 6th May 2021

Second Cohort
Fridays: 9th April to 11th June 2021

Third Cohort
Mondays and Wednesdays: 10th May to 14th June

If you have a question or would like to book a place, please contact the Training Team on

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