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Shape Summer Festival 2020 Call for Stand Holders

Sandwell Council are looking for organisations who would like to attend SHAPE Summer Festival 2020. They have a stage available if any dance groups would like to perform. If you are interested please return the completed Registration Form by 5pm on 28th February 2020 to and return to mailto:shape_events@sandwell.gov.uk.

Sandwell Council SHAPE Programme and #MoveMoreSandwell have joined forces to bring ‘Summer Fest 2020’ this year on 2 days Saturday 11th July and Sunday 12th July 2020 at Sandwell Valley.

Aims & Objectives
Summer Fest has traditionally been an opportunity for organisations to promote and showcase services they offer for children and young people, particularly during the summer holidays. It provides a platform to speak to parents and families about the services you offer and keeping their children involved in positive activities. Saturday’s event will be tailored towards children and young people, it will include the careers expo as last year did and on stage will have a Champion of Champions talent show with the winners of SHAPE Your Talent performing.

Move More Sandwell aims to encourage all Sandwell residents to ‘move more’ by being physically active, whoever they are and however they want to. The Sunday Move More Sandwell festival will provide residents with the opportunity to try various taster sessions on offer from local physical activity and sport providers and participate in informal competitions and tournaments. Residents will then be encouraged to sign up to the programmes/ activities that they enjoyed the most.

Local Community Organisations
For the last 2 years we have successfully had a culture theme for the festival celebrating the diversity of Sandwell and linking to Sandwell’s Vision 2030.  This year we would like to do the same. As a community organisation if you would like to promote your services to young people and would like to host some activities to share your culture.

We are also looking for cultural music, dance or entertainment for the music stage, if you are aware of any artists who can bring your culture to life on stage then please also send us details.

Local Businesses/ Careers/ Apprenticeship/Training Providers
If your organisation offers careers, apprenticeship, training or further education opportunities then please also get in touch to be part of the careers expo taking place at the event.

If your organisation would like to be a sponsor for the event please let us know to be sent the details of our sponsorship package.

Sports/Physical Activity Providers
If you are a sports/activity provider and would like to organise a tournament on one or both of the days, then please register your interest.

Register your interest by clicking here and returning to SHAPE_Events@sandwell.gov.uk by  5pm on Friday 28th February 2020 (please note all forms after the deadline date will not be accepted).


Businesses and Voluntary Groups To Give Views on Spending

Company bosses and voluntary groups are to be given the chance to talk to council chiefs on how money is spent on local authority services.

The council has invited business organisations, groups representing local firms and the voluntary sector to a meeting of its Cabinet.

The meeting will give representatives a chance to give feedback to the council on its proposals for expenditure for the next financial year and give their ideas on how services could be improved.

Sandwell Council is required to consult with such groups under the Local Government Finance Act 1992.
An informal consultation meeting will be held at 5pm on Wednesday 19 February at Sandwell Council House, Freeth Street, Oldbury.

Councillor Wasim Ali, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for resources and core services, said: “It is important that the business and voluntary sectors are given a chance to have a say on how they think money should be spent in the borough.
“We will listen to any suggestions or ideas they come up with and they will be discussed by the council at a later date.”

Anyone who wishes to get involved in the consultation should contact Suky Suthi-Nagra on 0121 569 3479


Sandwell Council Launches Climate Change Consultation

Sandwell council has started an eight-week consultation period on 20 January for people to give their views and ideas on how emissions can be reduced.

A Climate Change Working Group has been set up to improve upon emissions of 4.6 tonnes per person in Sandwell, which have been reducing in recent years but are still above the regional average.

The council has been working to reduce emissions through more energy efficient housing, better heating systems, LED street lighting and moving to hybrid vehicles, encouraging more recycling and planting trees for every reception child starting school.

Climate change had been identified by the World Health Organisation as the number one priority for public health this century, so the ‘do nothing’ option was not sustainable.   Under the Sandwell Air Quality Action Plan, officers would work on ways to reduce nitrogen dioxide concentrations at ‘hot spot’ locations and encourage taxi operators to reduce emissions from vehicles.

The council is also working on ways to promote better public transport, walking, cycling and encourage people to switch to low or zero emission cars.

Throughout the eight-week consultation period, people will be able to provide their views through an online questionnaire and the council will also be holding events in each of the six towns. Details of events will be announced in the New Year.

Have your say at www.sandwell.gov.uk/consultation


Guardian Public Service Awards: Public Health and Wellbeing Winner!

An integrated project is helping people in the West Midlands with alcohol dependence.

When people with an alcohol dependence are in the depths of despair, they can sometimes be quite suspicious of support. They may be suffering from complex physical and mental health problems compounded by other social issues. Gaining the trust of those with a drinking problem can be a battle. But the Sandwell Blue Light project is breaking through these challenges and changing lives.

Developed by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council in 2015, the project has created a new system that identifies, engages and then builds a long-term rapport with the most difficult to reach drinkers. This includes those who do not engage with treatment, who are regular users of NHS services, or others involved in criminal behaviour.

While there were existing alcohol services in place in the borough, resources were limited and there was a risk people could fall through the net. With this in mind, the Blue Light project set out to ensure that people in need had access to an engaging, non-judgmental support system.

The project brings together a cross-section of partners, including public health professionals, the ambulance and probation services, and the police. Local GPs, mental health specialists, alcohol treatment providers and other NHS professionals are also on board.

The team coordinates its own work, identifying those having the greatest difficulties with alcohol in Sandwell, and develops jointly-owned action plans to provide them with support. Team members talk regularly to ensure they identify and monitor any clients at high risk. For example, a probation officer may have a phone call with a local GP to share information about a drinker’s risk and vulnerability. Every month, the team meets to review and assess client progress and agree on the next steps they can take to help.

Lisa McNally, the director of public health for Sandwell, says the project does not define people by antisocial behaviour. Instead, it looks to root causes. “Unless we get past people’s behaviours and look to see what’s driving them to continue to drink year on year, and not engage with services, we will never get anywhere,” she says.

To read the full article click here.

Source: The Guardian Newspaper


Dementia Friendly Worship in Care Homes

Sandwell Council is offering a free training session for those who lead, or plan to lead, worship in care homes. Such services offer residents an opportunity to express their faith (or spirituality) in the place they live. As 7 out of 10 people in care homes live with dementia, it’s important to know how to shape worship to include those living with dementia and connect to their spirituality.

The practical and interactive session will be on Thursday, 14 November 1.30 pm – 4.30 pm at St Hilda’s Church, 269 Abbey Road, Smethwick B67 6NQ. Resources will be provided.

The training session will be run by Su Parker, Dementia Friendly Enabler in the Lichfield Diocese and Rose Akeroyd, Bishop’s Adviser on Dementia in the Birmingham Diocese. They will draw on their own Christian experience of spirituality and dementia.

There will be opportunities for those of other faiths to explore the connections for their own worship traditions.

To book a place, email Su.Parker@tctogether.org.uk

If you need more information, please telephone 07566 835 216.


Sandwell Adult Safeguarding Board Training Needs Survey

The Sandwell Safeguarding Adults Board are currently conducting their annual Training Needs Analysis survey.

They are looking for everyone’s views across the spectrum to see what safeguarding training different organisations require and in what format delegates prefer.

The Safeguarding Adults Board would like to to put together a safeguarding training offer for 2020/21 that reflects the needs and topics required by all organisations working to safeguard the residents of Sandwell. They also want to increase their eLearning packages in line with the outcome of the survey.

Current training is a mix of eLearning and face to face sessions and covers the following areas:
eLearning courses include Understanding Adult Safeguarding – introduction for all employees, Understanding Adult Safeguarding – introduction for employees who work in Adult Services and Understanding Adult Safeguarding – your responsibilities as an elected member.

Face to face sessions currently cover Raising Awareness in Safeguarding Adults, Safeguarding for Managers, Safeguarding for Practitioners and Mental Capacity Act 2005/Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards – Managing Authorities Practice Sessions.

Training offered at present is in line with previous surveys and as such has been offered historically with a mix of responses regarding attendance. Are there any area’s you would like included in current training or completely new topics perhaps? Let us know.

All current training is available via the following link:
http://training.sandwelllscb.org.uk

The Sandwell Safeguarding Adults Board would like to extend the training offer to reflect new topics and training gaps that may have arisen so please let them know either via the training survey link below or email at safeguarding_SSAB@sandwell.gov.uk

Please complete their short training needs analysis survey?
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/7LJWKGX

The deadline is Friday 27th September 2019.


Sandwell Council Town Teams Grants

Sandwell Councils Town Teams Grants are targeting projects and community groups that benefit residents across the six towns in Sandwell.

Sandwell Council Town Grants team continues to invest in the voluntary sector and wants to hear from Community and Voluntary sector groups that would like to apply for funding for new initiatives helping local people in Oldbury. Sandwell Council needs your support to develop exciting projects that support making a difference to people living in Sandwell.

Applications that demonstrate value for money and meet the following priorities will be considered favourably:

  • Getting more children and adults to undertake more physical activity
  • Improving health and wellbeing for residents
  • Support to one-off purchase of equipment to deliver community activity e.g. youth clubs, sports equipment etc.
  • Community projects that engage older generations in positive activities that reduce isolation and social exclusion
  • Community projects that aim to build resilience in communities, and engage people of all ages in making Sandwell Cleaner, Safer & Greener
  • Applications that have gained match funding, or are a pilot project that will eventually reduce reliance on main stream council funding

Applications will not be supported where:

  • The project does not demonstrate how it will meet council priorities
  • There is insufficient or unclear evidence of need for the project
  • The costs of the project are not clearly presented and quotes are not available for proposed expenditure
  • Retrospective funding of projects already completed

For more information, please contact the Town Grants team by e-mail on town_grants@sandwell.gov.uk and leave your contact details on the e-mail.

A member of the Town Grants team will then make contact with you to discuss your project.


Sandwell Libraries – the place to be this summer!

Sandwell Libraries – the place to be this summer! There are for a host activities free to families and happening across libraries in Sandwell during the summer.

Flip, Dippy and Co Children’s Entertainers; Steve the Juggler; Ron Popple Children’s Entertainer; Magic Russ; Funtime Theatre – Space Party; DJ Donna Space Party; Sammy Taypot Children’s Entertainment; Fizz Pop Science; Storytwirl with Caz and her Jig Dolls, Storyplayers Cosmic and Bhangra Smash Up.

Activities run from Friday, 26 July, to Wednesday, 28 August 2019 Click here to checkout what’s happening at a library near you!

Follow Sandwell Libraries on Facebook or Find them on Twitter @sandwelllibs

 


Sandwell Libraries Praised for Service

Sandwell Council provides a “very valued” and “high performing” library service to people in the borough, according to a special survey of its work.

A report by the Local Government Association’s Library Services Peer Challenge makes a point of highlighting the fact that the council had retained a good service despite significant decreases in budgets since 2011.

It reports that the library service benefits from good management and staff who display inclusive and creative working styles and work well with a large bank of volunteers and partners.

The Peer Challenge team, which spoke to 45 people including staff, councillors and partners in a number of meetings involving key stakeholders, also praised the council for the fact that all of the council’s 19 strategic libraries made a significant contribution to the quality of life in Sandwell.

“It was encouraging to hear that the council continues to invest in all its buildings, for example, even the smallest of these at Brandhall, Hill Top and Rounds Green have recently installed accessible toilets,” the report says.

“The political vision for all libraries continues to be great places of opportunity and learning with a strong family and community focus,” it adds.

The Peer Challenge team advised library bosses to look carefully at the development of community hubs in libraries, such as that already proposed at Blackheath Library.

It also urges the council to expand joint procurement activity for libraries with the four Black Country authorities to explore the potential for enhanced joint procurement.

It also suggests that the council should replace old computers and modernise the digital offer in all 19 libraries.

Councillor Bob Lloyd, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for culture, said: “The council is very pleased to have such a useful and thought-provoking report from the Peer Challenge team.

“We were delighted to see that they supported the work we are doing and will look carefully at some of their recommendations for the future.”

Source: Sandwell Council


Meet the New Leader of Sandwell Council

Sandwell Council’s new Leader has pledged to “improve the lives of the people of Sandwell”.

Councillor Yvonne Davies, who represents Langley ward, was confirmed as the Leader of the Council at the Annual Council meeting last night (Tuesday).

Councillor Syeda Khatun, who represents Tipton Green, is Deputy Leader.

The meeting also saw Councillor Ann Jaron (Abbey ward) made Mayor of Sandwell, with Councillor Suzanne Hartwell (Oldbury ward) made Deputy Mayor.

It’s the first time since the borough was created in 1974 that Sandwell has had an all-female leader, deputy and Mayoral team.

Councillor Davies, who lives in Oldbury, has served on the council since 2007. She told last night’s meeting: “I’ve spent all my adult life working in public services and the only thing I’ve ever wanted to do is make a difference to people’s lives – both working with individuals as an adviser and advocate, but also collectively and politically to fight injustice and equality, and to improve people’s life chances.

“And that is what will drive me as Leader of this Council. My job and our job as elected members is to improve the lives of the people of Sandwell.

“We have lots of responsibilities as a council, but when you boil it all down, that is our job and that is the question we should constantly be asking ourselves: how is what we are doing improving people’s lives and what else should we be doing as well?

“And it’s a huge challenge. We are one of the most deprived boroughs in the country, we have life expectancy below national averages and we have a generally less-qualified population. At the same time was also have a growing population, a wonderfully diverse population and a relatively young population. All of which provide opportunities as well as challenges.”

Councillor Davies made three further promises: to get young people more engaged in civic life; for councillors to conduct themselves with integrity and the highest standards in public life; and to make Sandwell well-known for its unity and ambition.

The Leader also confirmed new cabinet roles as follows:

Cabinet Member for Community Engagement and Equality and Deputy Leader of the Council – Councillor Syeda Khatun
Cabinet Member for Living Healthy Lives – Councillor Farut Shaeen
Cabinet Member for Skills and Employment – Councillor Danny Millard
Cabinet Member for Best Start in Life – Councillor Joyce Underhill
Cabinet Member for Safer Communities – Councillor Maria Crompton
Cabinet Member for Sustainable Transport – Councillor Jackie Taylor
Cabinet Member for Homes – Councillor Joanne Hadley
Cabinet Member for Inclusive Economic Growth – Councillor Bob Lloyd
Cabinet Member for Resources and Core Services – Councillor Wasim Ali

Further appointments to other committees will be made at a council meeting to be held within the next four weeks.


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