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An evening of Music and Magic online for the over 65s!

Creative Active Lives is running an online social event for over 65s on Thursday, 8th July 2021, 6.30 pm – 8.00 pm. This time around the theme is ‘Music & Magic’.

There is a very special guest all the way from California: Tom Noddy, ‘The Bubble Man’, who performs worldwide with his legendary Bubble Magic act. Tom has performed his mesmerising Bubble Magic act on the Paul Daniels show. The organisers are excited to have him perform for the social club, tell stories from his incredible life and career performing around the world, and answer questions from the audience.

Also appearing is The Impossible Mr Goodwin, with his mind-bending magic and mind reading act.

The music will be by courtesy of the most wonderful Miss Jones Duo, returning to the Happy Days Social Club after rave feedback from the last cabaret show.

With three fabulous acts to astonish and entertain, Creative Active Lives would like to extend an invitation to anyone  who would enjoy this evening social event.  Attendees are encouraged to chat using Zoom chat function. For those not comfortable with Zoom chat, there will be a group telephone call, kindly provided by Age UK Sandwell, so that people can dial in and chat and not watch alone.

Performers can sign ‘Happy Birthday’ or give a shout out to anyone watching, so please let Creative Active Lives know if you want someone to be mentioned.

Book here for individuals and groups.

If you would like to know more, please contact Rachel Conlisk on 07790 443 007 or email

Commonwealth Games Volunteer Workshop

Not quite ready for the Games? Help is on hand if you want to try your luck at being part of the Commonwealth Collective and volunteer for Birmingham 2022.

Sandwell Adult and Family Learning Service (SAFL) is hosting free workshops to help you

• Identify roles related to your interests
• Gain information about the requirements for volunteering
• Register and complete an on-line application form to volunteer for Birmingham 2022.

This course is available in the following location(s):

Tipton College, Thursday 9.15am – 12pm 30/06/2021
Online Tuesday 9.15am – 12pm 23/06/2021

For more information and for lots more volunteering opportunities check out

Voluntary Sector Looking to the Future – Public Health Briefing Session

The current pandemic has posed lots of challenges for the way in which the voluntary sector in Sandwell has been able to deliver its services, together with challenges for the workforce of organisations.

As we are moving towards the easing of restrictions, this session will provide an opportunity to hear more from Sandwell Council’s Public Health Directorate on how to move forward with the safe delivery of your services, highlighting what support is available to you.

This session is being delivered in partnership with Sandwell Council’s Public Health.

The briefing will cover:-

• Developing an effective risk assessment – what to consider.

• The importance of vaccination take up and dispelling myths.

• Following the easing of restrictions – what do we need to consider for the future?

• Q & A

The session will take place on Thursday 24th June 2021 – 2.30pm – 3.30pm
To book a place please view the link –

The briefing will be held through Microsoft Teams and the joining instructions will be e-mailed to you a few days before the session.

Social Care Event – Monday 14th June 2021

This Social Care event is for anyone wishing to know more about a role in Social Care across the whole of the Black Country and West Birmingham. There are various social care organisations recruiting across the BCWB at the moment and this is a chance to know more, as well as apply for roles following the webinar, from 1.00 – 2.30 pm on 14th June 2021.

This event will focus on recruiting for Care Support Workers and other similar roles.

To see what roles are available, details of the organisations which are recruiting and to RSVP for the virtual hiring webinar, please click here.

For anything else, please contact Paige Massey, Programme Facilitator, at or contact 07770 585 433

Sandwell public health briefings with the community and voluntary sector

Sandwell council public health would like to continue to engage with community and voluntary sector partners, to update on the current situation regarding Covid-19.

The briefing sessions will be an opportunity to hear the latest information about Covid-19 and ask any questions or share information about the Covid-19 response in Sandwell. We also hope to discuss and consult on how we can work together to improve the health of Sandwell residents.

As a local authority and public health department, we have found these sessions invaluable for understanding the barriers and issues our communities are facing because of Covid-19. The engagement with CV sector partners has been crucial to supporting vaccine uptake and helping reduce infection rates by disseminating key information.

We are scheduling in monthly virtual briefing sessions (the 3rd Friday of every month) via Microsoft teams which will be delivered by Sandwell’s Director of Public Health, Dr Lisa McNally. You don’t need to book onto the sessions, just click on the link at the time of the session and you will be invited into the briefing.

The dates for future sessions are:-

18th June – 3.30pm – 4.30pm
16th July – 3.30pm – 4.30pm
20th August – 3.30pm – 4.30pm
17th September – 3.30pm – 4.30pm
15th October – 3.30pm – 4.30pm
19th November – 3.30pm – 4.30pm
17th December – 3.30pm – 4.30pm
21st January 2022 – 3.30pm – 4.30pm
18th February – 3.30pm – 4.30pm
18th March – 3.30pm – 4.30pm
15th April – 3.30pm – 4.30pm
20th May – 3.30pm – 4.30pm

The meeting link for all the sessions is –

If you have any questions, or need support getting onto the sessions please email

Out of The Blue – Autin Dance Theatre

Autin Dance Theatre are creating 12 brand new Digital Puppetry Tutorials for young people between the ages of 5 – 11 and are offering 12 days of Free Puppetry and Movement Workshops to Primary Schools in the West Midlands between June and October 2021 on a first come first served basis.

OᑌT Oᖴ TᕼE ᗪEEᑭ ᗷᒪᑌE features EKO, a Sea Giant Puppet so huge, he is operated by 5 puppeteers. Yes, 5! EKO rises from the deep ocean and encounters, on the shore, a young girl called VIOLET. This spectacle – designed for family and festival audiences – is inspired by the themes of the #ClimateEmergency and the #BiodiversityCrisis and features contemporary dance, immersive storytelling and a truly mesmerising musical soundscape.

Inspired by OᑌT Oᖴ TᕼE ᗪEEᑭ ᗷᒪᑌE, Autin Dance Theatre is offering Puppetry and Movement workshops in Primary Schools (West Midlands) FREE of charge. And there’s even the chance that their 4-metres tall Sea Giant Puppet can visit the school too!

Book your workshop using their online form: or email for further details or any other enquiries.

These accessible workshops (workshops feature BSL interpretation, creative captioning and audio description) can be delivered flexibly and tailored for each school’s needs from half-day workshops (with 1 class group) to a full day for the whole Year Group (1 session per class).

Schools can suggest 3 optional dates and times during the following periods: 07/06/2021 – 21/07/2021 or 02/09/2021 – 25/10/2021.

The project is a development of @autindancetheatre’s Web Series that they delivered last Summer. You can see the videos they produced here:

You are invited to ‘Seeing in Isolation’ – Digital Stories Launch Event

You are invited to the online launch of ‘Seeing in Isolation’ – a project by Multistory, photographer Karren Visser and Sandwell Visually Impaired. The digital stories will be launched at two events: the first on Thursday 6 May 2021, from 2 to 3.15 pm; and the second on Saturday 8 May 2021, from 5 to 6.15 pm.

In a very short space of time, at the beginning of the pandemic, blind and visually impaired members of Sandwell Visually Impaired overcame the hurdles of working virtually so that they could collaborate with photographer, Karren Visser. They shared personal stories, memories, and photographs from their family albums; did audio recordings; and some found a way to make their own photographs and videos. The result is a series of digital stories that share personal accounts that challenge prevailing perspectives on what it may be like to be blind or visually impaired.

Both events will show a selection of the stories, and there will be a Q&A with Karren Visser and some of the project participants. The films are audio-described and the events will have a BSL interpreter. Sign up for the events here or email

Jean, one of the participants, says ‘My most vivid memory when I was about 6 to 10 years old, is of our house and garden. In my mind’s eye I can still see it.’

Please join Multistory and partners at one of the events to hear the rest of Jean’s story and more!

You can read more about the project by following this link or visit Multistory’s website.

You are invited – Sexual exploitation still happens here!

The Sandwell Anti-Slavery Partnership are working together to highlight the important work around sexual exploitation. ‘Sexual Exploitation Still Happens Here’ conference is a stark reminder that despite the best efforts to stamp out modern slavery, sexual exploitation still exists in our communities, regionally nationally and across the world.

Sexual exploitation is becoming increasingly more complex to detect and investigate, with traffickers constantly changing their tactics. It is vitally important, now more than ever that we are working in true collaboration, to protect victims, pursue those who perpetrate sexual exploitation and disrupt locations where sexual exploitation occurs.

An estimated 4.8 million people are victims of forced sexual exploitation across the world. Victims are men, women and children of all ages, ethnicities and nationalities. Last year in the UK, there were 2042 victims of sexual exploitation reported across the UK to the NRM, of these 940 Females, 175 male victims and 624 girls 186 boys.

We cannot underestimate the true power that partnerships play, through the Sandwell Slavery and Human Trafficking Operational Partnership (SHOP) we have responded to 89 concerns of sexual exploitation since April 2019. In our multi-agency response to address modern slavery collectively our teams have carried out 150 multi agency collaboration visits, completed 198 safeguarding visits. We are beginning to understand the profile of sexual exploitation across our borough.

‘Sexual Exploitation Still Happens Here’ is a conference that will raise awareness of different aspects of sexual exploitation. Join us as we look through different lenses of sexual exploitation, especially where we need to adjust and alter those lenses. The wealth of professional knowledge and wisdom of the presenters who are the best in their field, is an opportunistic opportunity you do not want to miss.
Can you see me now – Anna Geyer (New possibilities)

When is the event?

25th May 2021, starting at 9.30 – 4.30pm

How do I sign up

Registration is through Eventbrite, you can sign up via the link below.

the conference will be run as a Microsoft teams event

Introduction to the Voluntary Sector in Sandwell

Did you know there are over 1,000 voluntary and community (VCS) groups operating in Sandwell?

Are you in a new role and would value an overview of the vast range of services available to help and support Sandwell residents? Or are you new to the area or part of a newly formed community group and would like to find out more about other groups and organisations delivering activities locally?

This session is informal and open to anyone who feels they have a limited knowledge of the VCS in Sandwell or would like to improve their knowledge and also find out about SCVO’s support offer.  

To book your place please view –

This is the fourth session we have held and feedback has been extremely positive “I’ve increased my knowledge about the services out there and how SCVO can help to support me to find out more”.

The session will cover:-

Information about the range of VCS organisations in Sandwell

What is Sandwell Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO)?

How can SCVO support your organisation grow and thrive into the future?

How you can keep up to date with local developments and help to shape and influence local decisions.

The session is taking place on 4th May 2021 through Teams from 11.00am – 1.00pm. Once you have secured your place through Eventbrite, a separate e-mail with joining instructions will be sent to you nearer the date of the briefing.

If you need any further information please contact Leona Bird, Strategic Engagement Officer at SCVO

Let’s Get Moving! – Movement and Wellness Workshops

Autin Dance Theatre are looking for community participants aged over 55 to join our FREE online movement and wellbeing sessions! This series of interactive and collaborative online workshops will be delivered on Zoom.

The sessions will last for 60 minutes and consist of a light physical warm up, followed by a chance to move together, meet with others and learn some dance and mindfulness techniques. The aim of each session will be to support participants in developing resilience, and improving mental and physical health.

This programme will take place over March and April 2021 and each of our workshops will be different, so that it is enriching for all participants who attend just one session as well as those who sign-up to more than one. These fun and friendly movement sessions will be tailored to everyone’s ability, and will be suitable for those with restricted physical abilities.

Places are limited and allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Book in early to avoid disappointment via Eventbrite by clicking here.

For more information, please email and


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