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NHS Question and Answer Session about new Shared Care Record – 25th January 2022

NHS Black Country & West Birmingham CCG will be holding a live question and answer session about the new NHS Share Care Record.

Patients and members of local communities are welcome to join the CCG on Tuesday 25 January 2022 from 10.30 am to 12 mid-day.

You will have the opportunity to ask questions to the doctors and the technicians working on ‘One Health and Care’, the new NHS shared care record for the Black Country and West Birmingham.

Book your place by clicking here

 


New £5000 Healthy Lifestyles grant programme – deadline 1pm 11th February

Sandwell Council is inviting voluntary and community sector organisations working in Sandwell to express their interest in applying to a new fund with grants of up to £5000 available to deliver initiatives that help people move towards adopting healthier lifestyles. They’re looking for projects that engage people who are experiencing poor health or social isolation, and welcome applications that will help people to become more physically active, eat healthier and improve their health generally.

The fund is aimed at organisations looking to work with adults and young people aged 16+. Potential projects could look at diet and nutrition, physical activity, or promote healthy behaviour change for people who are overweight or living with obesity, or could be focused on improving mental and social wellbeing.

The council is also aiming to increase uptake of the weigh2go smart scales that many venues around Sandwell already use to help people manage their weight, and can provide sets of scales and support with group management free of charge as additional support for any successful project.

For more details about the grant click here.

The deadline for applications is 1pm Friday 11th February 2022. If you’d like to apply, please get in touch with your town’s Public Health Development Officer to discuss the project you’re considering and request an application form:

Oldbury: Nicky Taylor – nicky_taylor@sandwell.gov.uk
Rowley: Matt Hill – matthew_hill@sandwell.gov.uk
Smethwick: Nasmin Hussain – nasmin_hussain@sandwell.gov.uk
Tipton: Irandeep Mann – irandeep_mann@sandwell.gov.uk
Wednesbury: Mandy Williams – mandy_williams@sandwell.gov.uk
West Brom: Nicole Robins – nicole_robins@sandwell.gov.uk


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.


Vision 2030 Community Mental Health Grants open for applications

In line with Sandwell Council’s ‘Stronger Sandwell’ approach to improving health and wellbeing, and in order to complement existing mental health provision and targeted interventions, this grant programme focuses specifically on the area of promoting positive community mental health, with funding being available to support early help/preventative activities that are run BY local people FOR local people.

This programme provides both funding to resource activities and in-kind support (e.g. guidance, training, information, etc.) to build the capacity of the organisation and its staff around positive mental health.

If your group or organisation is interested in applying for the VS2030 Community Mental Health grant, or would like a conversation to find out more, please email SCVO Community Partnerships Coach, Liz Webster at liz@scvo.info.

The closing date for applications is mid-day on Monday, 28th February 2022.


Black Country Partnership VCSE Alliance – Monday, 17th January 2022

Just a reminder that the next Black Country Partnership VCSE Alliance gathering is taking place on Monday, 17th January, at the usual time of 12.25 – 2.30 pm.

A full agenda will be shared early next week. The Alliance gathering will be joined by ICS Chief Executive Designate, Marx Axcell.   There will be the latest news and updates from the world of Integrated Health and Care.  The Alliance will take a closer look at what is needed to facilitate the sector’s role in the Integrated Care system.

Please direct any questions to Stephen Terry, Engagement and Partnership Lead, on 07458 308445.  Email sterry@wolverhamptonvsc.org.uk

You can register your attendance via Eventbrite.

 


WMCA Community Green Grants

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has funding available to help redress the regional inequalities in access to green space.

They are hosting a FREE webinar on Thursday 27th January 2022, 1:30-2:30pm via Microsoft Teams to discuss the different levels of funding available, how you can apply for funding and the process.

The funding is open to any eligible group or organisation based in the West Midlands but priority will be given to areas with green deprivation.

Examples of potential projects include:

  • Nature playgroups that give children and families with no regular access to green space an opportunity to experience hands on activities.
  • Activities run at community gardens/open spaces/parks, eg. tree planting, gardening, urban greening, growing fruit and vegetables.
  • Development of new community green spaces that increase local access.
  • Projects that significantly improve the biodiversity of the area and promote behavioural change on accessing green spaces.
  • Those that increase or improve green/blue (canal, rivers etc.) spaces close to where people live.

We will also be joined by the team at George Park and Heart of England Community Foundation.

If you have any questions you’d like answered in the webinar please email questions@wmca.org.uk by 4pm on 25 January 2022.

The session will be on Microsoft Teams and a link will be sent nearer to the event to book your place click here.


Sandwell Better Mental Health Showcase

Public Health are hosting an event on the Better Mental Health Programme, to showcase the range of community projects funded through the Prevention and Promotion of Better Mental Health.

This will be a great opportunity to find out about all the great projects supporting mental wellbeing in our communities.

The event is on Monday, 17th January 2022.  Please register your interest here.

 


Sandwell Suicide Prevention Strategy Consultation

When someone takes their own life, the impact on families, friends and the local community is devastating. As well as the immense pain and grief caused to loved ones, there are often wide-reaching and long-lasting effects on everyone involved.

Suicide is not inevitable. Sandwell Council along with partner organisations is committed to meeting the ambition that by 2030 no-one will die of suicide in Sandwell.

Sandwell’s Public Health Team have spoken to local service providers and people with lived experiences to understand what needs to be done. This has led to a strategy and to a list of recommendations of how to help make death by suicide become a thing of the past.

They cannot do this alone.  The Public Health Team want to hear your thoughts on what we can do to make death by suicide a thing of the past.

What you need you to do. Please visit https://www.healthysandwell.co.uk/mental-health/ and learn more about the strategy.

Complete the short survey giving your thoughts and ideas on how we can make suicide a thing of the past.

Survey for members of the public

Survey for professionals


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.

More information


Alta Sports (Swimming) Club for the disabled

The Alta Club is a long established club for mentally and/or physically disabled swimmers.  The Club won a QAVS award in 2019.  Based at the University of Birmingham’s modern pool, the swimming club is allocated exclusive use of half of this excellent modern 50 metre pool, between 1.00 & 2.00 pm every Sunday.

Covid has taken its toll and numbers regularly attending have dropped significantly with there often being less than 20 per session. This means that there is significant spare capacity and a potential threat that the University will stop providing this free allocation. Therefore the Club is looking for new members from anywhere in the West Midlands. A trial taster session would be offered.

The Club is fully insured and trained lifeguards are in attendance for the session.  The club is run by disabled swimmers and their helpers and there is always support for swimmers.

The pool has a hoist to assist people who experience difficulty getting into or out of the pool.  There is also a set of movable steps and a lift that enables wheelchair-bound and partially mobile users to easily access the pool.  The water is maintained at an even depth of 1.2 metres across the whole pool.  Water temperature is 28 degrees centigrade.

If you would like to become a member of the Alta Sports Club for the Disabled, please contact the chairman Mohammed Mahmood (MohammedMahmood1@hotmail.co.uk or call 07872 007 929).

More information.

Alta Sports Membership Application.

 


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