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Free training for Line Managers in understanding Mental Health within the workplace

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust are pleased to announce they have secured funding to offer a workshop on Employment Retention Service, which is about helping people who experience mental health issues to stay in work, or return to work following a period of absence.

The Trust is running standardised workshops via teams on the following dates/times:

Wednesday 1st December 2021: 10 am – 12 pm
Wednesday 5th January 2022: 10 am – 12 pm
Wednesday 2nd February 2022: 10 am – 12 pm
Wednesday 2nd March 2022: 10 am – 12 pm

If you are interested in attending a session, please contact with your name and email address. You will provided with the link to join.

Please note: there are 14 places available for each date, so book as soon as possible.

Attendees will have the opportunity to refer colleagues who have been identified as needing support, for a free consultation and completion of a wellness action plan. The information can be shared with the referring manager, if the colleague consents.

Alternatively, if you would like a bespoke training session, Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust can discuss your organisation’s requirements.



Job opportunities with The Wolves Foundation

Wolverhampton Wanderers Foundation is the official charity of Wolves FC. The Foundation delivers creative, innovative and diverse engagement initiatives using the power of Wolves to motivate, educate and inspire people in communities to improve life chances.

Wolves currently have seven vacancies for which they would like to invite applications:

Schools Educator – click here for job description

Closing date: Friday 1st October, 5pm

Health Officer – click here for job description

Closing date: Friday 1st October, 5pm

Health Activator – click here for job description

Closing date: Friday 1st October, 5pm

Health Administrator – click here for job description

Closing date: Friday 1st October, 5pm

Funding and Events Coordinator – click here for job description

Closing date: Friday 1st October, 5pm

Active Through Football Project Officer – click here for job description

Closing date: Friday 1st October, 5pm

For more details or for the application forms click here.

Please direct any questions to Laura Cowley, Governance & Compliance Manager, on 01902 828366 or email

Sandwell Citizens Forum: 16th September 2021

The next meeting of  Sandwell Citizens Forum will be on Thursday 16 September 2021, 1 – 3 pm. Please note that this will be a virtual meeting on the Zoom platform, with options to join using the meeting link or dial-in by telephone.

Topics will include Shared Care Records with Dr Yousef, and Climate Change with Paul Fisher, Deputy Director of Public Health.

If you haven’t already done so but would like to join on 16 September, please email Alternatively, you can telephone the Engagement Team on 0121 612 1447. The Team may not be able to respond in time to any late bookings/ queries so they recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment.

While it is helpful for bookings to be made in advance, you can still join us on the day without booking, by using the joining details enclosed within the attached agenda.

NHS Cadets Opportunity with St John Ambulance

NHS Cadets is a new programme created by St John Ambulance in partnership with the NHS, providing opportunities to explore skills, knowledge and volunteering roles within healthcare. It is aimed at young people aged 14 to 18 who are from communities currently under-represented within the NHS and St John Ambulance.

The programme offers young people health awareness sessions, courses to develop their leadership and communication skills and insight or experience in volunteering within the NHS.

This is a great opportunity for the young people to build on invaluable life skills as well as enhancing the chances to progress further in health/social care.

Find out more

SLT On Road To Recovery After Weathering COVID Storm

Sandwell Leisure Trust (SLT) is heralding its latest independently verified success story of generating and delivering £16.5 million of social value* back to the borough.

In the last full operational year prior to the impact of COVID-19, the Black Country-based charity (which runs nine leisure facilities for Sandwell Council across the borough) achieved 16.1% local resident attendance figures. The national average is 15.9% – but with seven of its centres sitting in the top 50% of sites it places them all well above standard for the industry.

The Social Value report measures and benchmarks the contribution services make on improved health, improved subjective well-being, increased educational attainment and reduced crime – and is a key measure of how charitable and leisure operators contribute back to their local areas.

This positive news comes with SLT retaining all frontline staff as all nine centres have re-opened successfully following pandemic restrictions lifting, plus the Trust being given a clean bill of health by an independent Health & Safety advisor following no less than 46 separate inspections of their COVID-secure procedures prior to and during lockdown re-openings.

Click here to read the article in full.

Kaleidoscope Plus New Support Groups

Kaleidoscope Plus Group are really pleased to be able to share two new services that are being launched in September, to meet the needs in our community. The first groups run on 7th September.

1. Midlands Parent Self Harm Support Group
Supporting someone who self-harms, can be really daunting. Self-harm can be very complex and Kaleidoscope understand families may need support and reassurance.

This new service will provide a safe, supportive environment in a non-clinical setting, for those who are supporting someone who self-harms. Attendees are able to share their experience, their thoughts and meet others who are also supporting their loved ones. The service will help attendees understand self-harm, support conversation and manage wellbeing. Kaleidoscope will be offering a variety of different mindfulness activities, along with resources for both parties relevant to their needs. Please note the aim of this service is to support care-givers and not those who self-harm directly.

This support groups meet on the first Tuesday of the month, 5.30 – 7.00 pm.

2. Midlands Suicide Bereavement Support Group
The service offers a safe space for people aged over 18, who have been bereaved by suicide, to come together and talk openly about their experience and receive support.

Suicide knows no social, ethnic or cultural boundaries. If you feel you have been affected by a suicide and you would like to talk about it, Kaleidoscope can provide a place to listen, to share, to ask questions and to connect with others. This service can be accessed as often and for as long as needed. It is available to anyone regardless of their relationship to the deceased person, the cause of the death or the time that has elapsed since their passing.

This support group meet on the first Tuesday of the month 7.30 – 9.00 pm.

As well as the above new services, Kaleidoscope will continue to run the existing virtual UK bereavement group, every third Tuesday of the month 6.00 – 8 pm.


Participation and Engagement Model for Sandwell (Workshop 1): 9th September 2021

As many of you may be aware, there are lots of changes happening within health and social care locally and the NHS Black Country and West Birmingham CCG is looking to review its engagement model, and work towards developing a more collaborative, place-based engagement approach, that strengthens the voices of patients, citizens, partners and other stakeholders, and involves them in the process of shaping it.

The CCG are therefore looking to establish new ways of working and co-produce a participation and engagement model for the future, specifically designed for Sandwell. To start the process, they would like to invite you to the first of a series of workshops on:

Date: Thursday 9 September 2021
Time: 2.30 pm – 4.30 pm
Place: Online via Zoom

The aim is to bring together all stakeholders to discuss how they will co-produce the strategy for engagement going forward. They are hoping to involve a mixture of individuals and organisations, and colleagues from the voluntary, community and faith based sector, partners, service providers (clinical and non-clinical), patients, and informed community members.

To book your place
Please register through Eventbrite. You will then be able to access the online joining instructions for the event, which we will also email to booked attendees nearer to the time. Alternatively, if you are unable to access Eventbrite please email or telephone 0121 612 1447 to secure your place, and to advise of any special requirements.

Do you have an interest in Facilitating a small group?
If you or anyone else in your network would be interested in attending or assisting as a facilitator, please get in contact with the Engagement Team on or telephone 0121 612 1447.

Should you have any problems with either getting online or participating online please contact the Engagement Team to discuss ways in which they might be able to support you.


World Suicide Prevention Day Webinar: Friday 10th September 2021

The Black Country Healthcare Foundation Trust in partnership with Near Neighbours will be hosting a World Suicide Prevention Day webinar, on the Friday, 10th of September  10.00 am to 12.00 noon.

The event will be jointly chaired by Mohammed Yasin and Shaz Akhtar. There will be key speakers, grass root voices and associated materials and workshops, In addition, there will be Mindfulness and Well-being sessions and how you can get involved to help promote wellbeing and prevent suicide.

Link to register

Have Your Say on Disability Benefits

People with disabilities are urged to have their say in shaping the future of the benefits system by responding to the Health and Disability Green Paper consultation.

This 12-week online survey closes in two months and Minister for Disabled People Justin Tomlinson has issued a “rallying call” to the public to help inform changes that will improve lives.

The Health and Disability Green Paper consultation includes changes, which could, according to the Government:

  • Enable independent living and test the role of advocacy so people who need extra help to navigate the benefits system get the right level of support and information first time.
  • Review how assessments are carried out including exploring the potential for longer-term use of telephone and video assessments and looking at how reassessments work, including testing a new Severe Disability Group (SDG) for people with conditions that will not improve. This could see those who meet the criteria experiencing a more simplified application process, without the need for an assessment to receive financial support.
  • Improve support for disabled people to help them start, stay and succeed in work through the Work and Health Programme, Access to Work.

The online survey is running alongside a series of consultation events with disabled people and those with health conditions and their representatives. This includes virtual and face-to-face events covering England, Scotland and Wales.

Following the consultation, detailed proposals will be brought forward in a White Paper next year, setting out how people can be enabled to take up work and live more independently, and outline the changes Government want to make to the benefits system.

The survey, accessed by clicking here will close on October 11, 2021.



Launch of VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund

pound-850369_1280The Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Health and Wellbeing Fund 2021/22 is now live with a focus on providing support to families and children’s services due to a predicted increase in paediatric respiratory viral infections during autumn and winter 2021.

Funding is available for both local and national VCSE organisations who are already delivering existing services that can be expanded to provide additional support for children, families and children’s respiratory and acute services during autumn/winter 2021 and raise awareness of management of respiratory infections within communities that experience the greatest health inequalities.

Grants are available between £75,000 – £300,000 with the closing deadline of noon on 27th August 2021. Further information can be found by clicking here. Applications and questions regarding the fund must be submitted through our online portal by clicking here.


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