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Social Care Event – Monday 14th June 2021

This Social Care event is for anyone wishing to know more about a role in Social Care across the whole of the Black Country and West Birmingham. There are various social care organisations recruiting across the BCWB at the moment and this is a chance to know more, as well as apply for roles following the webinar, from 1.00 – 2.30 pm on 14th June 2021.

This event will focus on recruiting for Care Support Workers and other similar roles.

To see what roles are available, details of the organisations which are recruiting and to RSVP for the virtual hiring webinar, please click here.

For anything else, please contact Paige Massey, Programme Facilitator, at or contact 07770 585 433

Keeping Sandwell Safe: 30+ can now receive the vaccine.

With the relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions, and many organisations looking to restore face-to-face services, it is a good time to remind everyone that those aged over 30 can now receive the vaccine. This is a positive message for staff, volunteers and service users.

Eligible people will receive direct contact to arrange a booking, or you can visit: Book or manage your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination – NHS ( to book online. Support and encouragement of staff, volunteers and service users to take the vaccine will continue the great work already done to keep Sandwell safe.

For further advice or support about vaccinations, for example information in community languages, please email the local dedicated advice service They can also tell you about the free online Vaccination Leaders Training, which gives you even more skills and knowledge to help you play your part.

Beyond the Stigma Workshops – Helping break the stigma of mental health in Sandwell

“Beyond the Stigma” will bring together South Asian women from across Sandwell to contribute to a social media campaign that will challenge the stigma that surrounds mental health within their communities and encourage others to engage in the online conversation.

Changing Our Lives will facilitate virtual creative workshops with award winning poet and spoken word artist, Shareefa Energy, to explore how the arts can be a powerful way to share experiences and challenge myths surrounding mental health. The workshop will support self-expression and celebrate inner strength and value, giving women the opportunity to explore ideas and develop their own writing and creative work to share in the social media campaign. To hear a performance from Shareefa, head over to YouTube.

There will also be the chance for your work to be published in a digital book of poetry and have your work shared in a Poetry Slam. An £80 voucher will be awarded to a piece of work selected by the judging panel. To be involved with the project, you must live in Sandwell, and identify as being a South Asian woman.

There are currently no fixed dates in place. The workshops will be arranged to suit those taking part.

To express your interest, please email Georgia at

If you have any further questions about the campaign, please get in touch with Georgia.

NHS Blood and Transplant urgently need your help with plasma donations!

Plasma is part of our blood, containing antibodies which fight infections. Plasma is made into live-saving medicines which save the lives of thousands of people with rare diseases.

There is a global supply shortage due to rising demand. Up until now, the UK has depended on imports of blood plasma from other countries – mainly the US.  Donations to NHSBT will bolster the supply chain and improve the self-sufficiency of the UK in producing its own treatments.

Fourteen donor centres around England are now taking donations of plasma.  In the West Midlands, these are   Birmingham, Coventry and Wolverhampton Donor Centres.

The NHBT urgently need you to donate plasma.   If you would like to donate, please call 0300 123 23 23 or visit for more details.

Kaleidoscope offers out of hours Mental Health Support

Kaleidoscope’s Sanctuary Hub offers out-of-hours support to people in Sandwell who need help with their mental health. Trained staff can offer assistance either face-to-face, via telephone or through email and text by:

• Giving people space and time to talk in a non-judgmental environment
• Work with them to reduce any immediate pressures
• Providing advice and signposting to specialist services, catering for individual needs
• Supporting them to manage their mental health and discuss coping strategies
• Letting them know about tools and techniques that may reduce the intensity of their feelings.

The service operates outside of daytime hours for anyone who needs help when statutory services are closed. It is also the aim of the service to reduce the pressure placed on A&E departments and crisis teams, by offering an alternative place to seek support for those in need of help.

Call 0121 289 6111
Monday – Friday: 6.00 pm to 11.00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 12 noon to 11.00 pm

WhatsApp / Text 07800 006 472

The Sanctuary Hub is currently operating a remote phone support service due to Covid restrictions but will be opening the Sanctuary Hub on 1st June 2021, to enable face to face engagement.

Similar services are currently offered in Dudley, Walsall and Wolverhampton. Kaleidoscope are pleased to be able to  offer a similar resource in Sandwell and know it will be of great benefit to residents across the borough.

Black Country & West Birmingham Question Time: General Practice Event

As we start to get back to life in the new normal, and General Practices continue to return to business as usual, the Black Country and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group want to maintain a conversation with local patients, around the restoration and transformation of primary care going forward.

Do you want to know how the CCG is recruiting the next wave of GPs? Or perhaps you want to know how they are improving access to appointments? Then join the CCG on Tuesday, 18th May 2021, 12.00 pm – 1.30 pm, to have your questions answered by a panel.

Register at Eventbrite, submit your question, and to read the biographies of the panel. Alternatively please email or call 0121 612 1447 to book your place.

There will be time to only answer 7/8 questions on the day, as the panel want to devote time to discussion around the answers, but all questions will receive a response. There will not have time to answer questions about individual concerns or complaints, so please frame your question appropriately.

You will also be encouraged to ask your question directly to the panel, so the Chair may bring you in on the day.

The Clinical Commissioning Group look forward to seeing you there!

Women’s Only Foundation 1 Coach Course

Staffordshire Cricket are offering a free Women’s Only Foundation 1 Coach Course aimed at getting women (17+) into coaching with them as a volunteer.

The Foundation 1 Coaching Course has been funded and is free of charge using the code ‘COACH’ on registration which can be accessed by clicking here (subject to qualifying criteria).

The course will run on Saturday 19th June and Saturday 3rd July 2021 from 9.00am till 4.30pm at Stafford Grammar School on both days.

If you are interested in begin your coaching journey with Staffordshire Cricket club or have any questions regarding this course please contact Inderpal Bharaj, Core Cities Development Officer by emailing or by calling on 07578562538 to find out more.

Making Sandwell More Autism Friendly: Project with Move More Sandwell

Who are Changing Our Lives
Changing Our Lives is a rights based organisation that works in coproduction with disabled people and people with lived experience of mental health difficulties.

They work in coproduction with disabled people of all ages to know about their rights, and have good lives.

What this work is about
Changing Our Lives has received funding through Sandwell Vision 2030 Community Grants to deliver a project to raise awareness, understanding and acceptance of autism within Sandwell Move More organisations and to connect more autistic people in to a range of these organisations. As part of this they are offering Move More organisations a free autism awareness training session covering an awareness of autism, reasonable adjustments and person centred ways of working with autistic individuals.

These sessions will be co-led by an Associate of Changing Our Lives who is autistic and an experienced trainer. This person is a resident of Sandwell who has developed from a volunteer into a paid trainer. These sessions will take place online and can be held during the evenings or daytime, dependent on what suits local people. They are likely to be 2.5 hours in length with a comfort break. They can use most online platforms to deliver this training to suit participants.

They are particularly keen to work with the small, local, grassroots sports and physical exercise networks and clubs, although we are happy to also include the larger organisations such as leisure centres.

Interested organisations, clubs and networks can contact Jackie Taylor for more information and to sign up to the training by contacting Jackie Taylor, Senior Development Officer by Mobile: 07498 025641 or Email:

A British Sign Language Guide to COVID-19 Vaccination

A British Sign Language guide to COVID-19 vaccination, filmed at Tipton Sports Academy, is available on YouTube.

The guide, a collaboration of the Black Country and West Birmingham CCG and Sandwell Deaf Community Association, has featured on national breakfast news.


Watch the guide here

Invitation to Sandwell Citizens Forum : Updates on COVID-19 and BCWB CCG

You are invited to join the next Sandwell Citizens Forum taking place on Thursday 29 April, 1.00 pm till 2.00 pm. (Please note that this replaces the provisional date which was pencilled in for Thursday 15th April, as unfortunately there was a need to rearrange).

This will be a virtual meeting via Zoom but with the option to dial-in by telephone, for anyone without internet access.

The Forum is open to all with an interest in local health and care services including patients, citizens, partner organisations and other stakeholders. The Forum provides an opportunity to get local updates, ask questions and take part in discussions around current developments and issues in Sandwell.

The Forum traditionally meets every three months. This meeting is an extra session to keep you up to date on COVID-19 and local vaccination progress, whilst also taking the opportunity to introduce you to the new officially merged Black Country and West Birmingham CCG (BCWB CCG) from 1st April 2021.

Please find attached the agenda along with Zoom instructions for joining on the day.

To book your place please email Kathryn Meredith, Engagement Specialist – Sandwell at or  Alternatively you can telephone the engagement team on 0121 612 1447.

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