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Let’s Talk Football

BUDS is working with Birmingham County Football Association, who host a football focused Dementia Cafe for people living with dementia and their carers.

Would you like to attend?  Please contact BUDS on 0121 565 3721.

Transport can be provided for a small charge.

Engagement Opportunity – Transforming Care For Children and Young People with Learning Disabilities

Service users, families and carers, professionals, members of the public and local community organisations are invited to attend our event to help shape local services for children and young people living with Learning Disabilities and /or Autism in the Black Country.

The event is being run by the Transforming Care Partnership which was established in April 2016 to transform health and care services for children and young people with Learning Disabilities and /or Autism who may display behaviour that challenges.

As part of NHS England’s Building the Right Support plan, the programme aims to reduce the number of children and young people with learning disabilities residing in hospital so that more can live in the community, with the right support, close to their home.

The event will take place on Thursday 25 July, 10am to 3pm at Village Hotel, Walsall, as part of our ongoing engagement with service users, their families and other stakeholders about the proposed changes; We would now like to share the feedback we have received so far and continue to build on this great work alongside all of you, to improve learning disability services for children and young people.

To book your space please visit our Eventbrite page:

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

If you have any queries please contact Helen Codd at or feel free to contact me directly if you need any support.

We hope you will be able to join us and look forward to seeing you there.

Better Lives Dementia Strategy – Improving Dementia Services for Local Patients

Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG is working in collaboration with Sandwell MBC, the Sandwell Dementia Action Alliance and other partners to develop a joint strategy for Sandwell, that will describe how we will improve dementia services for our local patients.

Earlier this year we listened to the views of those with lived experience of dementia to help us understand what they think could be improved and enable us to produce a draft version of the strategy. We are now carrying out a further listening exercise to share what we have come up and would welcome your views on what has been developed, to ensure we are focusing on the right priorities and the right outcomes for local people.

We are hosting two engagement workshops as detailed below, aimed at:

• People diagnosed with dementia,
• Those with experience as a carer/ relative/ advocate supporting someone with dementia
• Those who work with either people with dementia or their carers
• Those with a general interest in this topic.

If this includes you we would like to hear from you at one of our dedicated engagement events below:

Event Option Two
Date: Monday 15th July 2019
Time: 12:30pm – Registration and tea/coffee
1:00pm – 3:00pm – Workshop event
Venue: YMCA, 38 Carters Green,
West Bromwich, B70 9LG

Book your place:
Places are limited, so if you would like to attend this event, please email or call the Communication and Engagement Team on 0121 612 1447.
Carers are of course welcome to bring along the people they care for.

Alternatively, if you are unable to attend but would still like to take part in our listening exercise, you can review the attached summary strategy on a page (detailing 9 promises to people in Sandwell) and share your views by completing the attached questionnaire.

This can also be completed online at:

Copies of the full draft strategy “Sandwell Better Lives Dementia Strategy” can also be made available upon request.

The closing date for this engagement exercise is 15th July 2019.

We do hope this will be of interest to you and hope to see you there. Please also feel free to share this with others who may wish to get involved.

Volunteers sought for new Sandwell Advocacy Project

Volunteers are needed to act as Advocates for a new project being delivered by Sandwell Advocacy. Voices and Choices provide friendly, confidential one-to-one support to older people. Typically, clients have a long term health condition and wish to remain either independent in their own homes, or are considering choices and options around extra-care, residential or nursing care provision.

As a Volunteer Advocate, you could act as spokesperson for someone who finds it difficult to express their needs; offer practical support by accompanying someone to appointments, activities or services; ensure they have access to the right information at the right time or be a confidant, supporter or guide, monitoring situations to ensure someone does not reach crisis point.

The role will involve lone working as you will be working on a one-to-one basis so is essential that you can establish therapeutic relationships with individuals. You should have a friendly non-judgmental attitude, the ability to identify areas of concern and be a good communicator. More importantly, you should be an excellent listener, and be mindful of confidentiality at all times.

In-house training will be provided for the role and you will welcomed and supported by the friendly team at Sandwell Advocacy.

This role is immensely rewarding and would suit: –

• Someone who want to have a positive impact on someone’s life and help others.

• An ex professional with a health and social care background

• Someone who needs experience working with people within a health and social care capacity and community setting.

Sandwell Advocacy asks that at a minimum of one hour is given at any one time. If an Advocate is able to volunteer more time, that would be wonderful!

For further information, or if you would like to discuss the role of Volunteer Advocate, please contact Linsey Robinson, Project Officer, on 0121 520 8070 or email

Suicide Bereavement Support Service Sandwell

The Kaleidoscope Plus Group facilitates a Suicide Bereavement Support Service. The service is funded by money that has been raised for the organisation for this purpose.

The Support Service provides a safe space for people who have been bereaved by suicide to come together and talk openly about their experiences.

The sessions, which take place the second Thursday of the month, 2 pm to 4 pm, are led by trained professionals who bring with them skills and knowledge around coping with grief, loss and bereavement.

If you have been bereaved by suicide and would like to attend the groups, please contact Gillian Reeves at Kaleidoscope on 0121 565 5605 or email

Please note the Kaleidoscope’s recent change of address to

321 High Street
West Bromwich
B70 8LU

BUDS Supporting Your Journey Through Dementia

Better Understanding of Dementia (BUDS) is an independent charity which provides services for people diagnosed with Dementia, their Carers and families within the Borough of Sandwell.

BUDS runs lots of activities including –

One to one and group activities, support for carers and families, a befriending service and training and advice.

There are also opportunities to become a volunteer with BUDS together with many different ways in which you can  donate or raise funding to help support the valuable work that BUDS carry out.

Please view for further more information about the above services mentioned in the article.

For further information about BUDS services please call 0121 565 3721 or e-mail

Religious Circumcision – Community Meetings

As you may be aware, NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG commissions (buys) local healthcare services on your behalf. Circumcision for medical reasons is still available across the NHS, but the NHS has progressively phased out the provision of circumcision for any other reason. NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG is the last NHS commissioner to implement this change but we are now planning to do so.

We understand that there are concerns where families turn to unqualified and unregulated practitioners for circumcision, or families on low income may struggle to pay for the procedure from a private provider.

We have put two meetings in place to listen to any other concerns that the community may have and to work together with other public services and the local community to find solutions to these concerns and agree how we can work together in the future.

There will be two opportunities to attend and the meetings will take place on:

Monday, 24 June 2019
Brasshouse Community Centre, Brasshouse Lane, Smethwick B66 1BA
3.00 – 3.30 pm (Registration.
3.30 – 5.00 pm (Meeting)

Wednesday, 26 June 2019
The National Metalforming Centre, 47 Birmingham Road, West Bromwich B70 6PY
5.00 – 5.30 pm (Registration)
5.30 – 7.00 pm (Meeting)

Places are limited, so if you would like to attend this event, please email or call the Communication and Engagement Team on 0121 612 1447.

The CCG believe it is important that you have your say and look forward to your input.

CCG Minor Surgery Services and Non Obstetric Ultrasound Scan (NOUS) Services Listening Exercises

The CCG are holding listening exercises to hear views and experiences around Minor Surgery Services and Non Obstetric Ultrasound Scan Services (NOUS). You can have your say on both Services by completing online surveys, or by joining the Clinical Commissioning Group at one of the public events, below:

Minor Surgery online survey

Non Obstetric Ultrasound Scan survey

Tuesday 25th June: 2 pm-5 pm, Portway Lifestyle Centre, Newbury Lane, Oldbury B69 1HE

Thursday 27th June: 6 pm-9 pm, YMCA 38 Carter’s Green, West Bromwich B70 9LG

The CCG look forward to hearing your views. If you require any further information please contact the Engagement Team on 0121 612 1447 or email

National Carers Week 2019

There are more than 35,000 carers in Sandwell and from Monday 10th, to Friday 14th June, is national Carers Week. More than 70% of carers say they don’t get enough social time, so next week, we want to celebrate and support carers.

Anyone who is a carer to a person of any age is welcome to go along to the following events:

BUDS will be at TSB in Cape Hill offering advice and information for carers on Monday 10 June between 10.30 am and 2.00 pm.

Coffee Morning at the West Bromwich African Caribbean Resource Centre between 11am and 1pm on Tuesday 11 June.

Carers Awareness Session in Oldbury Library on Tuesday 11 June between 11am and 1pm. Find out about services the council can offer you.

Carers Drop-in Session at West Bromwich Library. Find advice and guidance between 10.00 am and 4.30 pm on Wednesday 12 June.

Thimblemill Library are offering carer assessments between 10 am and 1pm on Thursday 13 June.

Discuss carer and welfare rights as well as carer assessments at Thimblemill Library between 10 am and 3 pm on Friday 14 June.

Carer Awareness Stand at Sandwell Council House, Oldbury, on Friday 14 June between 10 am and 1 pm.

For more details go to

Healthwatch Sandwell seeks Advisory Board Members

Healthwatch Sandwell is the independent champion for local people’s voices in health and social care in Sandwell.

Healthwatch Sandwell is looking to recruit a number of Advisory Board members who have a passion for developing the organisation as the “consumer champion” for the NHS, public health and adult and children’s social care services across the Borough.

Board members will need to have a good understanding of health, social care and well-being policy issues and challenges facing the NHS and Local Authority, together with a good awareness of the local environment in Sandwell and how health and social care services are delivered.

If you would like to play a leading part in shaping the future of a vital organisation, then Healthwatch Sandwell would welcome your application.

Recruitment packs are available from Aileen Farrer – or 01785 887809; or online here.

If you would like an informal discussion about the role, please call Elizabeth Learoyd on 07776090003.

To apply for this role, please submit your application to Aileen Farrer at the email address shown above.

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