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Call to artists: Open All Media Exhibition – Monday 4th to Saturday 30th July 2022

The Art Yard is now accepting submissions for the July Open Exhibition.  You can submit up to five pieces or work. There are no special requirements on the type of art or subject matter.  All work is very welcome.

Please ensure that:

  • Your work is ready to hang and has cord or fixing plates fitted to the rear of the work.
  • There are no protrusions, such as eyelets or fixings, from the back of the work.
  • There is a label is attached on the back of the work.
  • The submission form should be returned by Saturday, 2nd July 2022.

Visit the website to download the submission form and other documents.

Direct any questions to The Art Yard on 01384 910 968Email infoartyard@gmail.com

If you have work in the June exhibition which has not been collected, please arrange to collect from the gallery before the Saturday deadline.  Contact the gallery should you wish to carry work over to the July exhibition.

The Art Yard look forward to seeing your work and supporting the development of artists and the arts in the community.

 


WMCA Community Green Grants: Increasing Biodiversity Webinars

The West Midlands Combined Authority Community Green Grants offers small and large grants to organisations in the West Midlands to run projects that increase access to green/blue space and improve biodiversity.

The Combined Authority is running a series of short webinars on various topics that will equip projects with the knowledge needed to make sure increasing biodiversity is part of the project plan.

The second Increasing Biodiversity webinar “Making a Splash- Small Ponds for Biodiversity” will be 10.00 – 10.30 am on Tuesday, 26th July 2022.

Find out more and register for the 30 minutes event here.


Further Early Help Town Events Dates Arranged

Working or volunteering with children, young people and families in Sandwell? If so, we would like to invite you to our upcoming Early Help Partnership Town Events.

  • Thursday 7 July, 1.00 pm – 2.30 pm.   Tipton Children’s Centre: 24 Ridgeway Road, Glebefields, Tipton DY4 0TB
  • Thursday 22 September, 10.00 am – 11.30 am.  Rowley Children’s Centre: Dudley Road, Rowley Regis B65 8JY
  • Tuesday 11 October, 2.00 pm – 3.30 pm.  Priory Family Centre: Dorsett Rd, Wednesbury WS10 0JG

A great job has been done by all in supporting children and families across the borough, rising to challenges, and being committed to ensuring the needs of children, young people and families are being met as best as possible.

There have been lots of challenges and changes to organisations, groups, and activities over the last couple of years and our events will give you the opportunity to network and link in with local partners; sharing what your offer of support looks like and helping to increase awareness of local activities.  We will also discuss any challenges you face in your role and how we as a Partnership can support one another going forward.

We will be joined by guest speakers from Barnardo’s and the Strengthening Families Teams (Sandwell Children’s Trust) who will share information about their offer of support to children and families and how they can support you in your daily roles.

Booking is essential as numbers are limited.  Click on links below to register.

Tipton Event

Rowley Regis Event

Wednesbury Event

For further information, please call Angel on 07587 136072 or email angel@scvo.info

 

 


Black Country and West Birmingham CCG Annual General Meeting

You are invited to the Black Country and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group AGM. This will be a virtual meeting on Monday, 27 June 2022, 4.30 pm – 6.30 pm. The event will be streamed live via Microsoft Teams

The organisation will be reflecting on its work in the past year and sharing financial accounts.

Members of the public are welcome to submit any questions they may have to bcwbccg.gb@nhs.net before the day.


Places of Welcome – Want to Find Out More?

Transforming Communities Together is hosting an informal, one-hour, online workshop for anyone interested in joining the Places of Welcome network, starting their own Place of Welcome or just wanting to know.

The Connecting Communities with Places of Welcome event is at 10.30 am on Friday, 24th June 2022.

Click here to register your interest via Eventbrite.


Made in Smethwick: A lively season of events exploring 200 years of local history, hosted by Chance Heritage Trust

This summer, Chance Heritage Trust is hosting Made in Smethwick – a lively season of events exploring over 200 years of local history in Smethwick and the surrounding area. Already love history? Want a fun day out or want to try something new? Chance Heritage Trust would like to invite you  to get involved.

The first events begin on 8th May, and run all the way through to July, with new events being added all the time:

  •     Guided walks and behind-the-scenes tours to museums and historic places
  •     Family fun with ‘History Cold Case’
  •     How to uncover your own family and social history
  •     How to photograph historic places around Smethwick
  •     Get involved in a community-wide effort to create an interactive map of all the lighthouses around the world that were ‘made in Smethwick’
  •     And loads more!

How to get involved?  Made in Smethwick is open to everyone, and anyone can sign up to the events. Take a look at the programme, see what you like, and register – it’s all free.

If you have any questions or if you’d like to find out more, or are interested in a group booking for your community, please email leanne@chanceht.org


Sandwell Early Help Partnership Town Event at the Brasshouse

Working or volunteering with children, young people, and families in Sandwell? If so, we would like to invite you to our upcoming Early Help Partnership town event on Wednesday, 8 June 2022, 10.00 – 11.30 am, at Brasshouse Community Centre, Brasshouse Lane, Smethwick. 

A great job has been done by all in supporting children and families across the borough, rising to challenges, and being committed to ensuring the needs of children, young people and families are being met as best as possible.

There have been lots of changes to organisations, groups, and activities over the last couple of years and our events will give you the opportunity to network and link in with local partners.  You can share what your offer of support looks like and help to increase awareness of local activities.  We can also discuss any challenges you face in your role and how we as a Partnership can support one another going forward.

We will be joined by guest speakers from Barnardo’s and the Strengthening Families Teams (Sandwell Children’s Trust) who will share information about their offer of support to children and families and how they can support you in your daily roles.

Booking is essential as numbers are limited.

Click here to register for the Smethwick event.

For further information, please call Angel on 07587 136072 or email earlyhelp@scvo.info


National Lottery Community Fund launches Strategy Renewal Process to Shape Future Support

The National Lottery Community Fund has today launched a Strategy Renewal process that will shape how it supports people and communities to prosper and thrive into the future.

It aims to engage a wide range of stakeholders in the 18-month process and provide touch points for people to join in conversations about the challenges, opportunities, hopes and ambitions of the UK’s diverse communities.

he National Lottery are running a programme of engagement and other activities designed to draw a broad range of people into the conversation. They have also launched a microsite and a hashtag, #TNLComFundStrategyRenew, where people can join in. So make sure to use your voice Sandwell!

To read the full UK Fundraising article click here.


Recognition for Effective and Efficient Operational Management

The Dorothy Parkes Centre has recently achieved the Trusted Charity Mark Level 1 recognising the excellent work it does as a third sector organisation in England.

Robert Bruce, Chief Executive Officer at Dorothy Parkes Centre on Church Road in Smethwick, is delighted and stated that “This is a fantastic achievement for our organisation. The process has taken a couple of years and has been very comprehensive, but it has helped us ensure that we operate to a high standard in areas such as governance, finance, and managing people. I would like to thank our Trustees, Staff, Volunteers and Stakeholders who have all been involved in the process. We now hope to build on this and ensure that our Charity is efficient, sustainable, and providing more opportunities for our local community to enjoy a better quality of life.”

The Trusted Charity Standard is owned by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and delivered by The Growth Company and is the only UK quality standard designed to help third sector organisations operate more effectively and efficiently. The Dorothy Parkes Centre has been accredited with the Level 1 Trusted Charity Mark meaning they have met the minimum legal obligations and have systems and structures in place to protect the rights of users and employees. This was determined by being assessed against the 11 quality areas of The Trusted Charity Standard: governance, planning, leadership and management, user-centred service, managing people, learning & development, managing money, managing resources, external communications, working with others, and assessing outcomes and impact.
The Dorothy Parkes Centre is a thriving, award winning Community Centre providing a variety of groups, classes, activities, and a community allotment plot. The Centre aims to help tackle local issues such as physical and mental health, obesity, social isolation, low educational attainment, poverty, and unemployment. The Centre supports over 900 people per week and also hosts community events, fundraising events, and private functions. Please visit www.dorothyparkes.org or call 0121 558 2998 for more information.


Dying 2 Talk

Still a taboo subject for many, death is the topic under discussion at a forthcoming conference for the Black Country. The free online event will host speakers discussing loss, dying and grief, with one section dedicated to compassion and talking about death in schools.

Organised by the universities of Wolverhampton and Bradford following an ongoing study into the subject, the event takes place on March 22nd 2022.

Tickets available via Eventbrite Dying 2 Talk: A Death Conference on a Compassionate Community Tickets, Tue 22 Mar 2022 at 12:00 | Eventbrite

Twitter: @dying_talk Instagram: dying2talk202


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