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Voluntary Sector Briefing – UK Shared Prosperity Fund

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) is a central pillar of the UK government’s ambitious Levelling Up agenda, replacing previous European Union funding streams, and is a significant component of government support for places across the UK. It will provide £2.6 billion of new funding for local investment by March 2025, with all areas of the UK receiving an allocation via a funding formula rather than a competition.

In Sandwell the Council are preparing for the commissioning of funds for the Communities and Place strand for year 2 delivery (Apr 23 -Mar 24) . SCVO, in partnership with Sandwell Council, are inviting voluntary sector organisations who deliver employment and skills or placed-based support to residents in Sandwell to attend a briefing event where they can find out more.

This briefing is a chance for Sandwell’s Voluntary and Community Sector to:-

  • Find out more about UKSPF.
  • Hear about the types of activity and priorities the local authority are looking to commission
  • Understand the process for how this funding will be commissioned along with relevant timescales

To book a place please view –

Voluntary Sector Briefing – Midland Met Hospital

SCVO and Sandwell & West Birmingham NHS Trust invite you to a Voluntary and Community Sector Briefing on the Midland Metropolitan University Hospital (MMUH) which is due to open in Sandwell in the Spring of 2024.

The briefing will be a chance for you to hear more about the significant plans and developments around the new hospital, and in particular the key areas of focus for the Trust which can be strengthened through partnership with the voluntary sector in Sandwell.  The briefing will give you the opportunity to ask questions and also to indicate topics where you would like to have further conversations.

This will be the first in a series of discussions as we move towards the opening of the hospital.

The briefing is taking place online via Microsoft Teams on Wednesday 1st March from 11.00am – 12.00 noon.

When booking your place through Eventbrite you will be asked if you have any specific questions you would like to raise.

To book a place please view –

Voluntary Sector Briefing – Town Teams

SCVO and the Sandwell Health & Care Partnership would like to invite you to a Voluntary and Community Sector Briefing event focusing on the Partnership’s new ‘Town Team’ initiative. This new development will see services from a wide range of partners including health, social care, children services, housing and the voluntary sector co-located in buildings in each of Sandwell’s six towns.

Town Teams is one of the priorities/ workstreams created by Sandwell’s Health and Care Partnership to increase local accessibility for residents and to provide a more joined-up approach to health and wellbeing support. The voluntary sector will play a hugely important role in this and so this briefing is for any organisation working with the community and improving residents’ wellbeing in Sandwell, not just those with a health or social care focus.

At the briefing you will hear more about the vision and for Town Teams, why they are being developed and what they are hoping to achieve. There will be opportunities for you to ask questions, to learn and explore further the role that the voluntary sector can play and to find out how your group or organisation can play a part in future conversations to shape this initiative.

The Briefing is taking place on Wednesday 15th March from 10.00am – 11.30am at Wood Lane Community Centre, 157 Wood Lane, West Bromwich, B70 9PT

To book a place please view –

DRSAE’s Celebration Event – 21st January 2023

DRSAE is having a celebratory event at their centre in Salem Street, Tipton, DY4 7JH, from 11 am to 5.00 pm.  As part of the celebrations there will be a fancy dress baby competition, followed by sports and games activities for all ages, from toddlers to senior citizens.

Members who have been practising their cooking skills through the various culinary workshops, will be serving hot mouth-watering home cooked food at midday.

The celebration event will culminate with a short Cultural Programme commencing at 4 pm.  The programme will include musical performances from children and a play performed by young people portraying the importance of moral values.

All are welcome to join in the celebrations commemorating the DRSAE’S Foundation Day, dation Day which was in 1861 in Agra, India.

For further information please contact Indra Kapoor, Branch Coordinator on 07714 279194.

You are invited to join the Ole Berry Book Club at Oldbury Library

The Ole Berry Bank Club at Oldbury Library (located within Sandwell Council House) Freeth Street, Oldbury, aims to inspire adults to get together, read and discuss.

A range of authors from various backgrounds and genres, fiction and autobiographies will be studied. Once a year there will be a visit to a place of literary interest.

The Book Club will meet on Saturday, 11th February, from 11.30 to 1 pm.  Other dates (all Saturdays) for 2023 are:

  • 15 April
  • 10 June
  • 22 July
  • 9 September
  • 14 October
  • 9 December

No booking required. For more information contact Lorna Campbell/Annette Robinson at

Please bring along a book that you have read to the February meeting.


National Grid Online Forum – 7th December 2022

On Wednesday, 7th December, 10.00 am – 12.00 noon, National Grid is hosting this online forum in December:

It’s about how they can support community groups to get involved in energy – through community owned generation assets (wind turbines, solar PV) to heat networks to energy efficiency projects (shared purchasing and installation of insulation, for example).  It seems very useful, and is a good example of community ownership models that the LEP wants to support through its Economy of Together strategy.

What would be the best way of promoting it to community groups in Sandwell (as well as to residents who would be interested in establishing a community group)?

The strategy itself is here:

There’s also a survey to provide feedback about the strategy: (

National Safeguarding Adults Week : 21 – 27 November 2022

Sandwell Safeguarding Adults Board in association with the Ann Craft Trust presents National Safeguarding Adults Weeks from Monday, 21st to Sunday, 27th November.

It’s an opportunity for organisations to come together to raise awareness of important safeguarding issues. The aim is to start vital conversations and share best practice, so we can all be better together.

Each day there will be a different safeguarding theme to explore how we respond to contemporary safeguarding challenges.

Learn more about the themes for the week

See here for more resources.


Black Country Connected – Support for Digital Exclusion

The NHS and partners in the Black Country are working together to give local people who don’t have access to a computer, a free and convenient way to get online. 

Black Country Connected is a programme to loan residents a Geobook laptop, providing training to get started as well as ongoing support if needed. There is also a data connection option for those without broadband at home.

The programme aims to address digital exclusion and enable people to access a range of online resources including healthcare, education and social opportunities.

Any health and care professional or community group can make a referral to Black Country Connected, for an initial period of three months. The programme is ideal for people who have no or limited access to a device, or who would benefit from help to build their digital skills and confidence. Recipients will be invited to a “hub day” to collect their laptop and get 1:1 start-up training, and they will be asked to complete two short surveys during their loan period.

To find out more or to make a referral, please contact Emma Sharman, Digital Inequalities Lead for NHS Black Country Integrated Care Board, on 07977948895 or

Guided by You: Healthwatch Sandwell influencing Health and Social Care Change in Sandwell  

Healthwatch Sandwell is an independent champion for people who use health and social care services.  The organisation’s role includes finding out what matters to people and helping to make sure their views shape the support they need. 

Healthwatch Sandwell is working with Sandwell Health and Care Partnership, to capture patient and service user experiences, to influence change through a series of workshops. As local health and social care services change, it is important that local people share their views.

Over the course of the next six months, Healthwatch Sandwell will be holding a series of workshops in the six towns of Sandwell.

You are invited to join the first workshop on Wednesday, 16th November, 12 noon to 2.00 pm at West Bromwich Town Hall, to share your views.   Should you wish to book a place, please email or call 07732 683 463.

A BSL interpreter will be present.

Lunch will be provided.

Children’s Winter Coat Programme – October half-term week

WMA Community Fitness Centre is hosting a Children’s Winter Coats Programme during October half-term.  The first day, Monday 24th October, is solely for the donation of clean children’s winter coats, between 9 am and 12 noon. 

The Centre, at Unity Walk, Tipton DY4 8QL, will be distributing the winter coats on Thursday, 27th October, between 10 am and 1 pm.

The Winter Coats Programme is also taking place at other venues during half-term week across the borough.  See here for more information.


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