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Weigh2GO is a FREE lifestyle App

Weigh2GO is a FREE lifestyle App that helps you monitor your weight by weighing yourself at a time that is convenient for you.

You can set personal targets  that monitor your physical activity levels, weight, health information and a food diary that will give you lots of nutritional guidance.

You can track all your results and access a range of online support and resources to help you make a healthy  lifestyle change. Perfect for keeping you updated by qualified nutritionists and Personal Trainers.

Website information is –

What is ESCAPE-Pain?

ESCAPE-Pain is a programme for people with chronic joint pain of the knees and/or hips, that integrates educational self-management and coping strategies with an exercise regimen individualised for each participant.

It helps people understand their condition, teaches them simple things they can help themselves with, and takes them through a progressive exercise programme so they learn how to cope with pain better.

The programme will help you:

  • Be in less pain.
  • Improves physical function, allowing you to live better and do more.
  • Manage your symptoms.
  • Be more active.
  • Improve your mental well-being, self-confidence and self-esteem.
  • Delivered in partnership with Health Sandwell.

Find out more or to book your place at

Deadline Extension: Increasing Earlier Diagnosis of Breast Cancer in African Caribbean Women – Co-design funding available – apply now!

Black Country Integrated Care Board want to hear from Black and African Caribbean women about how they think the early diagnosis of breast cancer services can be improved.  They are inviting local groups and organisations across the Black Country to collaborate with them on a project to increase earlier diagnosis of breast cancer in African and Caribbean women.

The project has 2 stages:

Stage 1: You will be asked to host conversations with local women that identify and understands any barriers and stigmas to attending screening appointments or presenting at GPs with symptoms.

You can do this in a way that works for you and the women you work with. There will be 2 initial meetings to attend in this stage; the first at the very start to give you information on the project and the types of questions you might ask. The second being at the end of the conversation period to come together and talk about all the rich insight you’ve gathered. The Board would also like to use this stage to introduce the team informally and drop in to visit you during any of the activities where you are hosting these conversations.

Stage 2: Once the Board understand the barriers, they would invite you to a workshop to take what you’ve heard, and co-design interventions or activities that will facilitate change. The women from the conversations are welcome to join in this process, but numbers will be limited. The workshops will be led by the University of Wolverhampton, following a process they have recently successfully used to work with The Royal Wolverhampton Trust and other groups of people.

There is funding totalling £20,000 for bids to support with the costs and time commitments of speaking to local women and attendance at the workshops. Additionally, the Board would also fund any room hire and refreshments that you may have available for them to utilise for the conversations and workshops. There is a separate pot of funding to implement the interventions and activities that are designed in stage 2.

Timelines and Commitments:

Stage 1 conversations

  • Kick off conversation: 9th February
  • Round up conversation: 9th March.

The Stage 2 co-design workshops will take place across the afternoons of three dates, and you will be required to attend them all: 16th March, 23rd March and 30th March.

Send your expression of interest form to by 1st February. The Board will be in touch with successful applications by 3rd February.


Guided by You: Influencing Health and Social Care Change in Tipton

Healthwatch Sandwell is an independent champion for people who use health and social care services. Its role includes finding out what matters to people and help to ensure their views shape the support they need.

Healthwatch is working with Sandwell Health and Care Partnership to capture the views from people living and working in Tipton and the surrounding area. The organisation really wants you to help influence change. As local health and social care services are changing, it is important that local people share their views.

Over the course of the next six months, a series of workshops will be held in towns in Sandwell. You re invited to the second workshop on Wednesday,18th January 2023 from 12 noon to 2pm at Tipton Muslim Community Centre, Wellington Road DY4 8RS to share your views.

If you would like to book a place please email or call 07732 683 463.

  • Lunch will also be provided
  • A British Sign Language interpreter will be available.

The event is open to the public and organisations supporting people in and around the Tipton area.


Sound Baths Relaxation sessions in Wednesbury

Beat It Percussion is pleased to announce the dates of the upcoming Sounds Bath in Wednesbury.  The next three sessions will be on Thursday, 26th January, 23rd February and 23rd March, 2.30 pm – 3.30 pm.

The venue is Wednesbury Library, Walsall Street, WS10 9EH.  There is pay and display car parking across the road but often you can park on the street outside the library.

If you wish to know more about Sounds Bath, please contact Lynn on 07875 090 946.


Barbershop Stories: Black men’s mental health

Changing our Lives have a series running currently on YouTube called Barbershop Stories, which is part of a wider work around systemic inequalities and mental health for black men and boys.

It is a series of conversations led by a group of black men in Sandwell, aimed at challenging the myths and stigma that still exist around the lives of Black men, and paving the way for the astute and accomplished young black boys and men who follow them. As well as the online series, the men have been working with local youth groups to facilitate conversations with black boys about black male identity, mental health, career aspirations and systemic inequalities.

There are 4 episodes ready to watch here and 2 more are due to be posted very soon:

Changing our Lives have been tweeting about the series on Twitter @Positive_Lives and sharing it on Instagram @changingourlives



Sandwell Community Dementia Service

Sandwell Community Dementia Service is a new service that provides advice, information and support to people worried about their memory and those with a dementia diagnosis in the borough of Sandwell.  The service also offers support to carers and family members of someone living with dementia. The support provided will be individually tailored to enhance wellbeing and assist you and your family throughout the dementia journey.

Murray Hall Community Trust in partnership with, Agewell, BUDS, St Albans Community Association, Dementia Pathfinders, West Bromwich African Caribbean Resource Centre, Age UK and Alzheimer’s Society are jointly delivering the Sandwell Community Dementia Service as part from the Dementia Pathway. The service is funded by Sandwell Council and NHS to support people with initial concerns about memory loss.  Dementia Navigators will support people through the diagnosis stage and Dementia Advisors will provide various support to enable people to live well with memory loss.

Referrals can be made via the “Single Point of Access” – Call the service on 01902 826 655 and the individual can ask to speak to one of the Dementia Navigators. This can be done as a self-referral, by an individual’s family member/ carer or by their GP. You can also make contact by email to

Referral Form


Do you have room to care?

Sometimes described as a bit like foster care for adults, Shared Lives Carers offer true personalised support to adults with additional needs within their own home – on either a long-term, overnight respite or day session basis.

Carers support the person to make their own choices in life, maximise independence and achieve the outcomes that are important to them. If you have a spare room at home, you can be paid from £370 – £570+ per week, depending on the level of support you provide to the person who comes to stay with you.

Shared Lives offers an alternative to residential care for people with a learning disability, autism, mental ill health, through to older people and hospital discharges.

Shared Lives Carers are carefully matched to support the person who comes to stay, encouraging them to develop practical skills, build self-esteem and establish new friendships and social networks in the neighbourhood, which creates a sense of belonging and community.

To find out more email or visit


Deaf Health Matters: Consultation invite for 16+ deaf or hard of hearing young adults

Healthwatch Sandwell and young adults from Deaf World are working together to  explore whether health and care services in Sandwell are meeting the NHS Accessible Information Standard for people with a disability or sensory loss. People have a right to receive information and communication in ways that work for them.

The organisers would like to invite deaf or hard of hearing young adults 16+ years and living in Sandwell, to a Consultation from 11 am to 4 pm, on Saturday 19th November, at Summerfield Community Centre, Winson Green Road, Birmingham B18 4EJ, where young people will have a chance to share their voice and views.  Parents and carers are also invited.

The Community Centre is on the No. 82 & 87 bus routes.

Further information.


Free Foundations in Systems Leadership Course

The Foundation in Systems Leadership course is about collaborating on health and care and is open to all colleagues working in health, care, local authorities, and voluntary sector partnerships.

This is for anyone who have a desire to improve the way they collaborate across organisational, professional, and hierarchical boundaries to design and deliver better health outcomes for the communities they serve.

The programme will support you as you explore and acquire the skills and behaviours needed to work collectively to plan and deliver health and care services to meet local needs and reduce health inequalities.

It will cover three main themes:

  • What is system leadership?
  • Why is it important?
  • How do you do it?

The programme will run for 5 weeks and will take approximately 5 hours of self-directed study per week so you can fit the programme around your work, study, and family commitments.

If you want to talk about your development needs, you can contact the programme team by email at

Click here for further details


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