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Suspension files available

SCVO have a supply of Foolscap, green suspension files that are surplus to requirements. 

If your group could make use of these files, please contact the office on 0121 525 1127 and ask for Mazeline or Debra.

Free Level 2 Qualifications with Orangebox

Orangebox is currently offering free training for a Level 2 vocational related qualifications. The courses are funded by the Adult Education Budget and qualifications are accredited by the NCFE and CACHE.  Eligibility criteria for the courses states that all learners must:

• Be aged 19+
• Have lived in the EU for 3 or more consecutive years and be a resident in England
• Not have completed the course before.

If there is a group of 8 or more learners, Orangebox will ask for a list and then book a suitable date and time to induct learners onto their chosen courses. The group do not have to do the same course but can only complete one course at a time. Learners have to be completely finish one course before another can be started.

Anyone at all can enrol on a course so long as they meet the criteria: parents/guardians/carers/families/friends. For example, if a child suffers from Autism and their parent or guardian wanted to enrol on the Understanding Autism course, this would be possible.

The courses are Flexible/Distance Learning which means the learners do the work in their own time from a location of their choice, including from the comfort of their own homes, they do not have to attend a classroom.

The marking, support and feedback is given remotely by a dedicated tutor.

For further information please call 01429 874 530 or email

Route2Wellbeing Reaches New Milestone

Sandwell’s popular Route2wellbeing website reached a new milestone this week with the listing of its 500th service.

The website, available at, provides residents, local agencies, GPs and health professionals with information about a wide range of community-based activities and guidance which support and promote peoples wellbeing.

Since its launch in 2013 the website has become a well-established signposting tool which enables small voluntary and community groups as well as larger charities to advertise their support to the wider community. Over 200 organisations now use the website to promote their offer to Sandwell residents. Use of the website has also increased dramatically over the last couple of years with a 50% rise in visits since 2018.

Groups and organisations wishing to advertise themselves can do so by contacting Mazeline Hemmings at SCVO on 0121 525 1127 or Services can be listed free of charge.

Sandwell Libraries – the place to be this summer!

Sandwell Libraries – the place to be this summer! There are for a host activities free to families and happening across libraries in Sandwell during the summer.

Flip, Dippy and Co Children’s Entertainers; Steve the Juggler; Ron Popple Children’s Entertainer; Magic Russ; Funtime Theatre – Space Party; DJ Donna Space Party; Sammy Taypot Children’s Entertainment; Fizz Pop Science; Storytwirl with Caz and her Jig Dolls, Storyplayers Cosmic and Bhangra Smash Up.

Activities run from Friday, 26 July, to Wednesday, 28 August 2019 Click here to checkout what’s happening at a library near you!

Follow Sandwell Libraries on Facebook or Find them on Twitter @sandwelllibs


Meeting Room available for Free Hire

Sandwell Leisure Trust has added an additional venue to its suite of facilities for hire with the addition of a meeting room in Tipton. There is no cost for the use of the room.

The meeting room is situated in the Carnegie Building (old Tipton library) on Victoria Road, Tipton.

The meeting room comfortably sits twelve people in modern furnishings. The room has a large screen TV and use of flipchart / pens. Free WiFi and roadside parking is available and being just three miles from junction 2 of M5, it’s ideally located for Sandwell companies and clubs.

For a tour of the facilities or to make a booking please email

Could you utilise a pre-owned office phone system?

Could you make use of a pre-owned Panasonic office phone system? A local company would like to donate the equipment to a voluntary group. The system has a main reception phone, capable of hosting up to 15 extensions.

Please note that an engineer will be required to remove and reinstall the system .

If you are interested or wish to know more, please contact Tony Hickman on 07980 826 999.

Voices and Choices: new Project for Sandwell Advocacy

Voices and Choices is an exciting new project being delivered by Sandwell Advocacy. It offers a flexible, confidential and independent advocacy service for older people.

Voices and Choices is about support to older people with a long term health condition who wish to remain either independent in their own homes, or who are at the point of transitioning to extra care / supported living, residential or nursing care provision.

The service aims to give appropriate information and support at critical times to empower people to make informed choices. This could be around care and accommodation options, to live in the way that they chose. Voices and Choices ensures people who need advocacy are supported and have access to advocacy in a form that is appropriate to their needs.

For more information please contact Linsey Robinson, Project Officer – Voices and Choices, on 0121 520 8070 or email

Neighbourly running food programme via ALDI

The Community Team at Neighbourly, connect with companies, local charities and community projects who can benefit from their support, from volunteering to fundraising to in-kind donations.

Neighbourly have opportunities for organisations in Sandwell to collect free food donations from ALDI, Bearwood Road, Bearwood B66 4BH.  The scheme will launch on Monday, 15 July 2019.

The food types available on the scheme are fruit and vegetables, bakery goods and non-perishable food items (ambient, tins, packages) and occasionally flowers.

The collection must be agreed beforehand, at a mutually convenient time with the Store Manager and your organisation. Wherever possible, the store teams are keen for collections take place before noon.

If you would like regular collections from ALDI, or have any questions, please contact Oliver at ALDI Food Team on 0117 422 0840 or email as soon as possible.


Free girls only multi-sports sessions at Cradley Heath Community Centre

Cradley Heath Community Centre is to have a series of girls only multi-sport sessions, starting soon. The free sessions are for girls between the ages of 14 and 19 years old.

The sessions kick-off (metaphorically!) with indoor tennis and will be every Sunday from 11 am to 12 noon.

If you (or someone you know) would like to take up this opportunity to take part in female only sports activities and make new friends, please call (or text) Naureen Maan on 07792 020 014, to book a place and find out more. Why not go along and give it a shot!!

Please do not delay, places are limited.

The venue is Sandwell Community Hub, Cradley Heath Community Centre, Reddal Hill Road, Cradley Heath B64 5JG

Office equipment and furniture available to the Sector

Recruitment Solutions, based at Birmingham Street, Oldbury, is moving and have office equipment and furniture, which they would like to donate to the Voluntary Sector.

There are office desks, a board table, swivel chairs, wall boards, a sofa, metal and wooden filing cabinets and under desk pedestals. There is also a telephone system, consisting of five extensions.

Claims for items will be on a first come first serve basis and you will be responsible for  transporting the equipment/furniture.

If you are interested or wish to know more, please contact Tony Hickman on 07980 826 999.

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