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Aston Villa Corporate Hospitality Prize Draw

The Dorothy Parkes Centre have been gifted two tickets to watch Aston Villa v Watford in the New Year.  The lucky winners will be able to watch the 7.30 pm match on Tuesday, 21 January, at Villa Park, from an executive box with full VIP hospitality.

For just £5.00 you can enter a prize draw with a chance of winning this fantastic prize. The draw will take place at 4 pm on Friday, 20 December, and entries can be made online via the Dorothy Parkes website. If football is not for you, it would be a brilliant Christmas gift for someone special or a deserving employee.

The Dorothy Parkes Centre provides a place of welcome and opportunity for the people of Smethwick and the wider community. All monies raised from this prize draw will be reinvested back into the Centre in 2020.


FREE Sight Loss Awareness Training

If you know anyone who is living with sight loss and you’d like to know the best ways to communicate with and guide a person, or you’d like to know more about eye conditions and their impact, then Beacon can help!

Beacon’s Sight Loss Awareness Training offers a friendly and fun training session that will enable you to:

• Learn how to safely guide a person with sight loss appropriately, negotiating stairs, doors and chairs
• Experience what it is like to be visually impaired using our sight loss specs
• Gain information about aids and equipment that can help visually impaired people
• Gain an understanding of the most common eye conditions
• Learn the importance of eye health
• Understand the emotional impact of sight loss
• Know more about the services Beacon Centre offer to people living with sight loss

You will gain confidence to better assist and support people living with sight loss, as well as a certificate upon completion of the session.

The training is open to both individuals and groups.

These sessions are completely FREE and take place at the Beacon Centre, Wolverhampton Road East, WV4 6AZ. Available dates/times are:

Wednesday, 25 September, Wednesbury, 30 October and Thursday, 28 November 2019. All from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm.

Please book online at or call 01902 880 111.

Free period products for young people

Did you know that 49% of girls in the UK have missed an entire day off school because of their period? Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council Public Health team are leading the #GirlCodeSandwell project in response to Period Poverty, with the aim being to provide free products to those who need them, and improve menstrual health and awareness.

The Department for Education (DfE) has recently announced that they will supply schools with products from January 2020, but what happens when young people aren’t at school?  Research tells us:

• One in seven girls (15%) have struggled to afford sanitary wear
• More than one in ten girls (12%) has had to improvise sanitary wear due to affordability issues
• One in ten girls (10%) have been unable to afford sanitary wear

Public Health would like to work with the Voluntary Sector to ensure they can reach young people in the community, in the  evening, at weekends and in the school holidays. As a result Public Heath are offering boxes of products to stakeholders who work with Sandwell young people, and specifically those who may benefit from free accessible products.

If this is something that would benefit the young people you work with and your organisation could host, please email to confirm your organisation would like a red box. Please provide the name of the person who will be happy to receive a box from a member of the team; will be the key contact for any communication; will commit to keep in contact and who will keep Public Health updated

What you will get from Public Heath?
• A box of free period products for your young people/ clients
• Posters to promote the products
• Free training workshops
• Support and resources to deliver the initiative.


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

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