Change and disruption has been a huge part of everyone’s lives over the past 18 months. One way the Norvic GP Surgery is tackling this is by holding events to raise awareness and supporting local charities.
Their next event is on Friday 24th September at The Lyng when they will be raising awareness for Children Living With Autism and are supporting the charity Autism West Midlands. Staff will be wearing a purple item of clothing and donating money, and there will be a cake sale as well as colouring activities for children, and leaflets and information on how to get support should you have a family member who may need support with autism. The aim is to not only raise money for this wonderful charity, but to inform people that support is available, and that they are not alone. Many people do not understand autism and it is important to use local resources of support as well as educating yourself and others.
All proceeds raised on the day will go to Autism West Midlands, and if you would like to be a part of it or donate, please come at 10.00am to The Lyng, Frank Fisher Way, West Bromwich, B70 7AW on Friday 24th September
Dr Arora and the team would like to say a massive thank you in advance for supporting Autism West Midlands
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Some info about Autism-
- Autism is a spectrum condition and affects people in different ways. Like all people, autistic people have their own strengths and weaknesses.
- Autistic people have difficulties with interpreting both verbal and non-verbal language like gestures or tone of voice.
- Autistic people may want to travel the same way to and from school or work, wear the same clothes or eat exactly the same food for breakfast.
- Autistic people may experience over- or under-sensitivity to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light, colours, temperatures or pain
- Many autistic people have intense and highly focused interests, often from a fairly young age
- Anxiety is a real difficulty for many autistic adults, particularly in social situations or when facing change. It can affect a person psychologically and physically and impact quality of life for autistic people and their families.
(The info was taken from autism.org.uk)
Caudwell Children transforms the lives of disabled children across the UK, acting as a safety net for families who are unable to gain the help they need. Since it was founded in March 2000, Caudwell children has helped more than 58,000 children and families, supporting children with more than 650 different medical conditions and providing more than £45m of services.
‘All Roads Lead To Alexander’ is a new and exciting project that will feature a unique series of music and arts workshops, for disabled and non-disabled children and young people, that will showcase the talent of West Midlands communities.
Following a grant received from the ‘Spirit of 2012’ funding body, and working in partnership with a number of organisations across the locality (including, in Smethwick, SAFS), Caudwell Children will deliver over 100 creative and cultural workshops, in partnership with the specialist music group K’antu Ensemble. The workshops will lead to the co-creation of a live mass participation performance of all the young people at an iconic Birmingham venue.
The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will be staged at various venues across the West Midlands, including at the flagship Alexander Stadium in the city of Birmingham. Our workshops will run alongside the sporting event, as part of the wider cultural festival.
Want to take part?
If you’re aged 8-25, live in the West Midlands and would like to perform alongside the K’antu Ensemble – we want you to get involved! Place are limited, so please register an interest at: www.caudwellchildren.com/arlta/#arlta-register
Want to volunteer?
If you would like to volunteer to support the programme and work with young people on this project, visit: www.caudwellchildren.com/arlta/#arlta-register
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 BCWB.email@example.com. 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.
SCVO members, other local voluntary sector organisations, stakeholders, and strategic partners are invited to SCVO’s Annual General Meeting taking place, this year, on Tuesday 12th October 2021 from 10.00am – 12.30pm.
This will be an opportunity to reflect on an eventful year for Sandwell’s voluntary and community sector and learn about new developments and changes at SCVO. We will also be considering the post-pandemic challenges and opportunities for the Sector. You will have a chance to hear from speakers on a range of topics, to include how to promote positive health and wellbeing in the workplace to both your staff and volunteers. The role your organisation can play to help to contribute to a greener environment and also how we can all take positive action around the issues of equality, diversity and inclusion.
The event will take place through Zoom and access details will be sent to you once you’ve confirmed your attendance. Please note, if you don’t have internet access or suitable equipment to access the video content, you will still be able to ‘dial in’ from a standard landline (to a ‘local rate’ number).
To secure your place, please book via our Eventbrite page – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/scvos-agm-2021-creating-positive-change-tickets-161453328251
SCVO are currently undertaking a 5 Minute Leaders Survey for you to tell us about your recent experiences, your thoughts on what opportunities and challenges you face and how you see the future working out. A summary of the findings will be presented at the AGM. If you haven’t already completed the survey, we would welcome your input – the survey can be accessed here –https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/XSTLLR3
Sandwell Council wants to hear your opinions on its plans to improve and invest in Britannia Park in Rowley Regis.
The plans will include new sports changing rooms, improved grass sports pitches, new play equipment and a revamped skate park. They also include improvements to park entrances, car parking, lighting, better paths, tree planting and an enlarged allotment area with a community orchard.
The consultation will remain open until Tuesday 31 August.
The Government invited Rowley Regis to submit a Towns Fund application for up to £25 million. In March 2021, the Government approved the Town Investment Plan which means Rowley Regis (including parts of Oldbury) is set to be allocated £19 million. West Bromwich and Smethwick were also invited to submit a Towns Fund application, both of which were approved Government. Find out more at www.sandwell.gov.uk/townsfund.
The plans are part of the Towns Fund: Britannia Park Community Hub and Greenspace Improvements project, included in the Rowley Regis Town Investment Plan.
This summer 2021, they look forward to the return of the Sikh Helpline Pro Bike Ride. In their series of rides, the Pro Bike Ride is the most challenging. Using pedal power to travel from the streets of Scotland to the headquarters of the Sikh Helpline in Sandwell, near Birmingham, riders will cover a staggering 350 cycling miles. This ride will take place over 4 days from Thursday 29th July to Sunday 1st Aug 2021.
It will start at 6:00am in Edinburgh, travelling through mountains and steep hills 120 miles to Newcastle, then 100 miles from Newcastle to Leeds, followed by 80 miles from Leeds to Derby and then finally via Derby 50 miles on to the final destination in West Bromwich, Sandwell.
The Sikh Helpline registered charity based in Sandwell offers free and confidential support to anyone in need. High call volumes are received on issues ranging from grooming, suicide, domestic abuse, mental health and wellbeing and hate crime through to racism and substance addiction. Thriving on providing a support platform to help community members without judgement, the Sikh Helpline has been serving the local and national community for over 30 years.
For more information and to make a donation or take part in the bike ride visit http://www.sikhhelpline.com
The way health and care is delivered across the Black Country and West Birmingham is changing. NHS and Social Care partners are referring increasingly to the VCSE as the ‘corner stone’ of a thriving, healthy and happy population. But how, in the context of an Integrated Care System (ICS), can the VCSE take more of a lead role and have greater influence and input into decision making?
Stephen Terry, Engagement & Partnership Lead for the Black Country & West Birmingham ICS, would like to share his vision with you for a system wide, VCSE leadership forum. The purpose of the forum being;
– To strengthen the voice and influence of the VCSE at system level
– To act as a vehicle for the VCSE to operate as equitable transformation, innovation and integration partners.
– To connect the amazing work that’s already happening at neighbourhood and place, bringing together insight and activity at system level.
– This isn’t just a one way street. The leadership forum will improve the 2 way flow of information with members of the system group acting as brokers for place and neighbourhood structures.
– To provide a single point of contact for the ICS to engage with the VCSE ensuring that VCSE leadership is present around the decision making tables at the earliest possible point in time.
– Develop a culture of ‘working together’ with the VCSE able to play a lead role in shaping policy, strategy, new cultural emergence and commissioning frameworks. All whilst building the capacity of the VCSE, helping health and care partners cement themselves as ‘anchor institutions’ and critically, reducing inequalities and improving population health.
If you’re keen to learn more or help shape plans for the VCSE leadership group, then please join us for a co-design workshop on July 19th between 12:30-2pm. You can register your attendance at the workshop here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/vcse-leadership-group-co-design-workshop-tickets-162053385037
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or would like help registration process.
This session is being delivered in partnership with Sandwell Council and Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Committee
With the Birmingham Commonwealth Games in summer 2022 approaching fast, this briefing event offers Sandwell voluntary organisations a chance to find out about the many exciting plans for activity around the Games, and receive an update on the progress of new developments such as the Aquatic Centre, located in Smethwick. This session is an opportunity to find out how your group and the residents and communities you serve can make the most of this global event on our doorstep and ensure a strong legacy for Sandwell. It will include information on pre-Games community activities and celebrations, sports sessions, programmes during the Games and volunteering opportunities.
The session will take place on Tuesday 7th September 2021 – 2.00pm – 3.30pm
To book your place please go to the link – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/commonwealth-games-briefing-event-find-out-more-and-get-involved-tickets-160559605101
The briefing will be held through Microsoft Teams and the joining instructions will be e-mailed to you a few days before the session.