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Sandwell Safer 6 Substance User Event – 9th & 10th November 2022

Sandwell Safer 6 will be hosting a substance use, tools and pathways for supporting alcohol or drug users’ event, on Wednesday, 9th and Thursday, 10th November, at Sandwell Council House, 11.45 am to 4 pm.

In a Safeguarding Adults Review (SAR) in 2021, one of the recommendations was “to ensure that all frontline services in Sandwell use robust alcohol screening tools such as the AUDIT tool to identify alcohol related risk for clients.” This led to the creation of a pack of screening tools, which are accompanied by a set of Brief Intervention guides for Alcohol, Drugs, and Wellbeing. The tools will be officially launched at these events.

The Safer 6 campaign gives an opportunity to spotlight the Alcohol and Drug services of DECCA and Cranstoun; as well as strengthening and developing relationships with stakeholders across the borough, so Safer 6 is planning to have a ‘networking marketplace’ session following the training input. All delegates attending the training are invited to bring their own leaflets and literature to the event for the Networking Marketplace.

This is a free event for anyone working with people in Sandwell, to launch new practical tools that everyone can use.

There are limited places, so email your booking to Nick Shough at Nick1_shough@sandwell.gov.uk as soon as possible with your name, organisation and contact details, and which day you would like to attend. You will receive a confirmation email with further details.

Refreshments will be available but please bring your own lunch.


No Place for Hate in Sandwell Workshops

Help Sandwell Council to stop #HateCrime in YOUR TOWN alongside having a say in how we collectively tackle it across the region, including potentially influencing policy. Take your place in ending hate and join Sandwell Council at this innovative event next month.

A series of workshops will be taking place across Sandwell in September looking at developing a collaborative and community-led approach to preventing and tackling hate crime in the borough. Local people and organisations are asked to come together to discuss and learn more about hate crime and help inform future strategies aimed at stamping out hate crime.

There will be 6 workshops across the 6 towns in Sandwell with this also being a great opportunity for local organisations to upskill your staff and your partner organisations on fighting and reporting hate crime, just please make sure you and your colleagues sign up via the correct Eventbrite so we can keep an eye on numbers. The workshops are town based and you will only need to attend one of these.

The Eventbrite link is as follows:

West Brom: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/398222322687

Smethwick: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/398202092177

Wednesbury: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/398286805557

Cradley Heath: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/398290877737

Tipton: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/398298711167

Oldbury: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/398302853557


Sandwell Achieves Another Regeneration Milestone: £19m secured for Rowley Regis Towns Fund

Sandwell’s Towns Fund Programme has taken a leap forward this week, with £19m funding for five regeneration projects in Rowley Regis being approved by the government.

In 2020, Rowley Regis, Smethwick and West Bromwich were among 101 places selected by central government to bid for funding in the national Towns Fund initiative. All three bids were successful.

This week the government has approved the funding for the five individual Rowley Regis projects.

Together, the Rowley Regis Town Fund projects will deliver ambitious projects that will have a positive effect on Rowley Regis residents through improved transport links and community space, and a new skills centre. As it is a five-year programme, projects will come to life at different points during this period.

The five Rowley Regis Town Fund projects are:

• Britannia Park Greenspace and Community Hub (Sandwell Council) – improving the infrastructure, facilities and environmental quality of Britannia Park through the delivery of a new low-carbon community building. This will provide changing rooms, new allotment plots, tree planting, reconstructed skate park, new play and fitness equipment and improve the main entrance and driveway, car park and constructing footpaths within the park.

• Canal Network Connectivity (Canal & River Trust) – improving active travel connectivity within and across Rowley Regis by upgrading the Old Main Line Canal and Dudley No.2 Canal towpath surfaces, and access points onto the canal from surrounding areas.

• Rowley Regis Satellite Education Hub (Sandwell College) – a new, dedicated education and training centre in Cradley Heath, Rowley Regis, to enable the engagement of young people and adults. The Hub will work in conjunction with local community groups to provide access to social, medical and other education advice and services – providing a ‘resource centre’ with Sandwell College as the anchor institution.

• Blackheath Bus Interchange and Public Realm (Sandwell Council) – the creation of a central bus interchange around Blackheath Market Place. This will improve arrangements for pedestrians and cyclists, creating new public realm and a focal point to the town centre, adapting delivery arrangements and excluding through traffic.

• Rowley Regis Connected (Sandwell Council) – a phased set of infrastructure improvements to link transport (rail, bus) and employment hubs in Blackheath, Cradley Heath and Oldbury. Delivering new pedestrian and cycle routes including segregated cycle routes, resurfacing and widening footpaths, upgrading crossing facilities and lighting, introducing traffic calming, improving signage and road markings.

Councillor Kerrie Carmichael, Leader of Sandwell Council, said: “The council, working in partnership with Sandwell College and the Canal & River Trust, has achieved government approval for the £19 million funding for the five Towns Fund projects, which will enable us to drive the town’s economic regeneration.

“As a result, we will deliver long-term economic growth that will benefit Rowley Regis’ residents and businesses, gearing up the skills of our workforce so they can respond to changing business needs and play their part in a growing, resilient economy.”

About the other Towns Fund bids in Sandwell

Sandwell Council has worked in partnership with Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust, Canal & River Trust, Greets Green Community Enterprise Centre and Sandwell College (Sandwell’s Towns Fund Partnership) to help secure £67.5 million Towns Fund investment in total for Sandwell. This is the largest amount for any local authority area under the Towns Fund programme.

To date, 13 out of 16 projects have been approved by the government, securing £46m for the benefit of Sandwell. Sandwell’s Towns Fund Partnership looks forward to receiving a response from the government on the remaining West Bromwich Town Deal projects.

 


Online Domestic Abuse training available to officers in Sandwell

The Safer Sandwell Partnership have training sessions, via the Domestic Abuse Multi-Agency Training Programme, available to officers in Sandwell.

All sessions are held online via Microsoft Teams. You can find details of the dates and book on the training via the following link https://training.sandwelllscb.org.uk/events-list?c=72

It is recommended that officers complete the Artemis Domestic Abuse eLearning module before attending the Domestic Abuse two-day training course. To access the Artemis eLearning training contact Sandwell_Learn@sandwell.gov.uk

 


We Want to Hear from Residents

Sandwell Council are currently undertaking a Needs Assessment about Alcohol and other Drugs.  As part of the Needs Assessment we are consulting a host of stakeholders- most important is that we hear from Sandwell residents.

Alongside future planned focus groups we are hoping to seek feedback and views via the below online survey:https://wh1.s napsurveys.com/s.asp?k=165105825594

The survey is aimed at everyone – not just those who currently/ever used but to hear from residents impacted by drug or alcohol use including the impact on the wider community and environment.

The survey closes on the 20th May 2022

 


Important Information about £150 Energy Bill Rebate

What do I need to do?

If you already pay your Council Tax by Direct Debit and you live in a property in bands A, B, C or D, you don’t need to do anything.

The rebate payment will be made into your bank account. Payments will start to be made from April.

If you don’t pay your Council Tax by Direct Debit, we’ll be in touch. And if you don’t pay Council Tax, we’ll also contact you as you will need to apply for the £150.

Council Tax bills for the 2022/23 financial year are being sent out now. Direct Debit is the quickest and easiest way to pay Council Tax, and the best way for most people to get the rebate. If you’re not already paying by Direct Debit, you can set up a Direct Debit online.

If you’re not sure which Council Tax band your home is in, you can check it online.

What if I don’t live in a Band A to D property?

If you live in a home in Bands E to H, there will be a discretionary scheme that you may be able to apply to. Information about this will be shared on the council website.

In the meantime, please don’t call us about this scheme.

Do keep an eye on the council website for updates.

More information

You’ll find details on eligibility and updates on how we will contact those who don’t pay by Direct Debit on our website.

If you’re not a Sandwell Council Tax payer but you’re signed up for these emails, you can find out more about the scheme on the Government website. Your local council will be in touch if you are eligible for the rebate.


I-act Understanding and Promoting Positive Mental Health & Wellbeing Training for Community Organisations

As part of Sandwell’s Better Mental Health Programme, Public Heath Sandwell want to ensure that there are lots of people representing all sections of the community who have been trained to effectively look after their own mental health.   This includes promoting positive mental health amongst those they meet and spend time with and, when required, support someone experiencing low level mental health issues while knowing where to refer someone for appropriate specialist support.

We all know that prevention is better than cure and these trained people will be powerful advocates to promote and encourage positive mental health for everyone in Sandwell.

To achieve this Public Health are pleased to offer community organisations, sports clubs, faith centres and anyone in the voluntary sector throughout Sandwell the opportunity to take part in an I-act Understanding and Promoting Positive Mental Health & Wellbeing training course.

Based on the I-act Model of:

I – Improve wellbeing

A – Advocate and access help and support

C – Connect and communicate

T – Take tools and advice

The I‑act course comes with a 156-page evidence-based course manual, toolkit and resource pack for each participant. Thanks to external funding from Public Health England places are offered free of charge.

All courses take place virtually on MS Teams.

Course dates

Thursday, 31 March 10 am – 2 pm

Wednesday, 6 April: 9.30 am to 1.30 pm

Tuesday, 26 April: 10 am – 2 pm

Wednesday, 4 May: 9.30 am – 1.30 pm

To book a place on a course please email matthew_hill@sandwell.gov.uk with your name, organisation, home postal address and chosen course date.


New £5000 Healthy Lifestyles grant programme – deadline 1pm 11th February

Sandwell Council is inviting voluntary and community sector organisations working in Sandwell to express their interest in applying to a new fund with grants of up to £5000 available to deliver initiatives that help people move towards adopting healthier lifestyles. They’re looking for projects that engage people who are experiencing poor health or social isolation, and welcome applications that will help people to become more physically active, eat healthier and improve their health generally.

The fund is aimed at organisations looking to work with adults and young people aged 16+. Potential projects could look at diet and nutrition, physical activity, or promote healthy behaviour change for people who are overweight or living with obesity, or could be focused on improving mental and social wellbeing.

The council is also aiming to increase uptake of the weigh2go smart scales that many venues around Sandwell already use to help people manage their weight, and can provide sets of scales and support with group management free of charge as additional support for any successful project.

For more details about the grant click here.

The deadline for applications is 1pm Friday 11th February 2022. If you’d like to apply, please get in touch with your town’s Public Health Development Officer to discuss the project you’re considering and request an application form:

Oldbury: Nicky Taylor – nicky_taylor@sandwell.gov.uk
Rowley: Matt Hill – matthew_hill@sandwell.gov.uk
Smethwick: Nasmin Hussain – nasmin_hussain@sandwell.gov.uk
Tipton: Irandeep Mann – irandeep_mann@sandwell.gov.uk
Wednesbury: Mandy Williams – mandy_williams@sandwell.gov.uk
West Brom: Nicole Robins – nicole_robins@sandwell.gov.uk


Sandwell Suicide Prevention Strategy Consultation

When someone takes their own life, the impact on families, friends and the local community is devastating. As well as the immense pain and grief caused to loved ones, there are often wide-reaching and long-lasting effects on everyone involved.

Suicide is not inevitable. Sandwell Council along with partner organisations is committed to meeting the ambition that by 2030 no-one will die of suicide in Sandwell.

Sandwell’s Public Health Team have spoken to local service providers and people with lived experiences to understand what needs to be done. This has led to a strategy and to a list of recommendations of how to help make death by suicide become a thing of the past.

They cannot do this alone.  The Public Health Team want to hear your thoughts on what we can do to make death by suicide a thing of the past.

What you need you to do. Please visit https://www.healthysandwell.co.uk/mental-health/ and learn more about the strategy.

Complete the short survey giving your thoughts and ideas on how we can make suicide a thing of the past.

Survey for members of the public

Survey for professionals


Warley Woods makes the top 10 of UK parks in the People’s Choice Awards for sixth time

Sandwell Council has announced that the community-run Warley Woods,  has been voted by the public as one of the UK’s top 10 parks, for the sixth year in a row. Each year Keep Britain Tidy – which manages the Green Flag Award® – invites the public to vote in The People’s Choice for their favourite park from more than 1,800 sites.

The People’s Choice UK Top 10 was announced on 24 November at a special virtual award ceremony in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Green Flag Award®.

All of the parks meet the high standards demanded by the scheme, which recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of recreational outdoor spaces across the UK and around the world.

After the counting of the votes, Warley Woods is once again in the top ten. This makes it the sixth year in a row – each year since the new top ten format was adopted by Keep Britain Tidy.

The 100-acre community park in Smethwick – which is managed through a Community Trust – features a mix of open meadow and nine-hole golf course, and has some of the region’s most beautiful woodland, offering nature walks, trails and free parking.

Warley Woods is one of Sandwell’s 14 Green Flag Award® parks and green spaces. Read about the parkes and green spaces at www.sandwell.gov.uk/greenflag

 


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