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Healthwatch Sandwell – Priority Projects Programme for 2022/23

Healthwatch Sandwell are the independent voice of the public in health and social care services in Sandwell. We carry out projects each year that are based on the priorities of the public, service providers and commissioners. The purpose of the projects is to gather insight on patients’ experiences and views of services. This information is used to help inform and influence change in health and social care delivery in Sandwell and as part of the wider Black Country health and care system.

Healthwatch Sandwell – Priority Projects Programme  for 2022/23:

  • The patient experience of accessing primary care services
  • Accessibility for patients – meeting information and communication needs
  • Exploring the impact of language barriers in health and care services

If you or your organisation would like to help ensure Sandwell residents’ voices and views are heard in health and care services please get in touch to explore how you could support the projects:

Sophie Shuttlewood – Projects and Partnerships Lead – Email: sophie.shuttlewood@healthwatchsandwell.co.uk Mobile: 07732 683483


Diabetes UK increasing content and information Online for South Asian Community

Staff at Diabetes UK are working towards increasing the content and information on their online learning platform The Learning Zone for people from Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities with diabetes across Birmingham and Sandwell.

To do this, Diabetes UK wish to recruit people from these ethnic backgrounds to join focus groups, to hear first-hand about what it’s like to live with diabetes, or care for someone that does, and to find out what information and support would further help them.

As a gesture of thanks, an e-gift-card up to the value of £25 for is will be offered to participants who fully engage in their focus groups or in one-to-one conversations.  If there are enough people interested in taking part (minimum of eight), Diabetes UK would be willing to visit an organisation or hire a room in the local area to conduct the focus groups.  Refreshments will be provided.

If you have any questions please email Midlands@diabetes.org.uk

Please get in touch by Friday, 8th July 2022.

 


Expanding Knee Arthritis Project to include Hip Arthritis in Sandwell and Walsall

Would you be interested in sharing your experiences to help improve services? The Academy Team at the NHS in the Black Country is running a patient feedback project in Sandwell and Walsall. They want to explore the experiences of Hip and Knee Arthritis patients to see what kind of treatments patients are offered, and what the NHS might be able to do to improve services.  The Team would like to involve a range of patients from different backgrounds.

Patients will be asked take part in feedback interviews from April to July 2022.  A £25 gift voucher will be offered for taking part. Interviews can take place on the phone, by video call or face to face (dependant on Covid restrictions).  Interviews will last between 30 mins and 1 hour.

To take part in the interview you will need to:

  • Have Hip or Knee Arthritis
  • Have your GP in Sandwell, Walsall or West Birmingham
  • Have attended appointments with your GP, or local hospital about your Hip or Knee Arthritis in the last 5 years.  You may have been to City Hospital, Sandwell General or Walsall Manor.

If you would like take part in the feedback, please contact Bruno Barbosa at bruno.barbosa1@nhs.net or call 07977947401, or Rosalind Smithson at rosalind.smithson@nhs.net or call 07977 947438.

The Academy Team want to involve a wide range of people, but may not be able to interview everyone, if there are a lot of people are interested.

 


New Black Country Support After Suicide Service

A Black Country Support After Suicide Service was launched on Wednesday, 1st June, 2022.  The new service will provide support for the next of kin and close family members, of any age, including children and young people, who are bereaved by suicide in Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton.  

The core opening hours will be Monday to Friday 10.00 am – 6.00 pm.  However, support will also be provided up to 8.00 pm, weekdays or at weekends, so that you can access the service at a time that suits you best.

More information


Better Mental Health public session in Wednesbury

Tough Enough to Care has organised another workshop about men’s mental Health, on Friday, 27th May, 10 am – 11.30 am.  The weekly peer support group is proving to be a real success with around 15 members currently.

We all have mental health, so why not find out more about it, in a non-judgemental environment.

Join Tough Enough to Care at the Art Gallery, Holyhead Road, Wednesbury, for a free training session It is not a clinical therapy session.

No need to book, just go along and add some lifesaving skills to your tool kit.

 


Diabetes UK are running a free 10-week ‘Get Moving’ course

Diabetes UK are running a free 10-week Get Moving 10-week course starting Thursday, 19th May.  The one- hour sessions will be from 11. 30 am to 12.30 pm at Brasshouse Community Centre, Brasshouse Lane, Smethwick B66 1BA.

The Get Moving Programme is for anyone with type1 or type 2 diabetes, who are currently doing less than 30 minutes of physical activity per week, including walking.  The course will start on Thursday 19th May, 11.30 to 12.30 pm at Brasshouse Community Centre, Brasshouse Lane, Smethwick B66 1BA.

Each week participants will take part in low impact physical activities.  The course also will cover different topics around the management of diabetes.  To sign up for the programme please contact Diabetes UK’s Helpline on 0345 123 2399.

Please contact Saima Younas, Physical Activity Team Leader, on 07590 734104, if you have any questions.

Information regarding the course is available in Bengali, Punjabi and Urdu.


Free Adults Swimming Lessons at West Bromwich Leisure Centre

From Thursday, 5th May, West Bromwich Leisure Centre, Moor Street, West Bromwich, began a run of 24 weeks of free mixed swimming lessons for anyone aged 18 and over.  The lessons are weekly on Thursdays, 3 to 3.50 pm.  Places are available.

You will have exclusive use of the teaching pool with an instructor to lead you.

The sessions are fully funded for the community, supported by British Triathlon and West Bromwich Leisure Centre.

This is an excellent opportunity to get more active and have fun with your friends and family as well as learning to swim.

To register your interest please complete and submit this form.

Should you have any questions, please email Kirsty at kirstyouthwaite@britishtriathlon.org or call 07739526556.


Sound Baths in Sandwell – Go and unwind and feel better!

Some of you have been to the Beat It Percussion’s Sound Baths before, so you already know how beneficial they are for supporting good mental health and giving you a deep sense of wellbeing.

Beat It Percussion are now holding monthly Sound Baths at two lovely venues in Sandwell; Wednesbury Town Hall on Thursday, 28th April 2.30 – 3.30 pm and Thimblemill Library, Smethwick, the first Friday of every month, 1 – 2 pm.

Call Lynn on 07875 090946 to book your place or find out more.


Covid-19 vaccination support for people with a learning disability

Jigsaw Events is a small charity that provides a range of support to people with a learning disability in Sandwell.Jigsaw is working with Sandwell Council to support the vaccine roll-out to people with a learning disability in the borough, including getting the booster jab.  Details of the service has been updated to include the location of walk-in centres in in the borough.

Jigsaw can help anyone with a learning disability who is referred, to:

  • Book an appointment
  • Send a letter to remind them of the time and place of an appointment
  • Make sure their GP practice know they have a learning disability
  • Talk to a resident who has concerns around the Covid-19 vaccine
  • Help work to work out a travel plan to get to the vaccination centre
  • Send a reminder on the day
  • Provide easy read information about the vaccine
  • Have a follow-up conversation about how they got on.

To make a referral, please call 07543 194887 or email jigsawadmin@myphone.coop.

 

 


Mental Health Provision for men over 18

Did you know that The Albion Foundation, the charity of West Bromwich Albion Football Club, run a Team Talk project which focus on mental health for men over 18 in Sandwell.  Funded by Sandwell Council, the project provides a completely free five-a-side football league. Team Talk supports the mental health of participants with the power of easy access football.

The Albion Foundation hosts two Team Talk sessions at the Portway Lifestyle Centre, Oldbury, on Mondays: an afternoon session 2.30 pm – 4.30 pm and an evening session 6 pm – 8 pm.  In addition, participants will have access to monthly workshops delivered by specialist external organisations and the Foundation’s own wellbeing café ran by Albion legend, Alistair Robertson.

For more details and to sign up, click here.


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