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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

 


Proposed Changes to Polling Stations 2022

Changes are proposed to polling stations listed below, effective for any elections in 2022.  The first venue of each line is the current station, and the second the proposed new one.

Any comments about the changes should be sent to  David1_King@sandwell.gov.uk by Wednesday 24th November 2021.

No changes are proposed to polling stations not mentioned in the list.

Bearwood Primary School –
Thimblemill Library

Temp hut in Langley Swimming Centre –
Car park Langley Swimming Centre

Congreaves Primary School –
Salvation Army Worship and Community Centre

Temporary hut No. 2 in Woodruff Way –
Merged with Temporary hut no. 1)

Great Bridge Primary School –
New Road Methodist Church, Great Bridge

Ryders Green Primary School –
Wood Lane Community Centre

Hanbury Primary School –
Wood Lane Community Centre

Lyng Primary School –
Good Shepherd with St Johns Church

Hanbury Primary School –
Good Shepherd with St Johns Church

Temporary hut No. 1 at York Road Social Club –
Split between Temporary Hut No 2 and Causeway Green Methodist Church

Causeway Green Primary School –
Causeway Green Methodist Church

The Meadows School –
Balaji Temple

Rounds Green Primary –
Balaji Temple

Tividale Community Primary –
St Michael the Archangel

Brandhall Primary School –
Kings Community Church

Perryfields Primary School –
Kings Community Church

Wednesbury Oak Academy School –
Tipton Sports Academy Social Club

Glebefields Primary School –
St Marks Church Hall

Galton Valley Primary School –
Brasshouse Community Centre

Rood End Primary School –
St Johns Community Centre

Cape Primary School –
CAP Centre

Darley House Residents Lounge –
Partway Lifestyle Centre

Temp Hut at Holyhead Primary School car park –
Wednesbury Leisure Centre

BT Building West Bromwich –
West Bromwich Town Hall

 


Rough Sleeper Estimate – 18th November 2021

As part of this year’s Rough Sleeper Estimate, Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council will be undertaking an evidence-based estimate which includes a spotlight count. The spotlight count will take place on Thursday 18th November (commencing at midnight) and into the morning of Friday 20th November 2020. The purpose of the estimate is to assess the numbers of people rough sleeping on this typical night.

Since last year the Council has undertaken several interventions to support rough sleepers and increased its local rough sleeper intelligence, therefore the forum was of the view that the estimate this year would also benefit from a spot count, alongside the intelligence provided by our colleagues and partners.

To ensure this year’s figure is as robust as possible, we are asking colleagues and local agencies that may encounter people who are sleeping rough to participate and send us any intelligence you may have, using the attached ‘Estimate Notification Form’ and associated guidance.

Can we ask that you please the form to send us any intelligence you have about people you encounter who are sleeping rough on the chosen night of Thursday 19th November and into the morning of Friday 19th November 2021.

Please can you submit this information to us by midday on Friday 19th November so that all data can be collated and our final figure determined.

Please send your returns to myself pam_mandermasonde@sandwell.gov.uk and Ellen_OBrien@sandwell.gov.uk


Brandhall Village Public Consultation

Sandwell Council invites you to take part in a public consultation on the proposed Brandhall Village, to be sited on the former Brandhall Golf Course.

The proposals for Brandhall Village include a brand-new large public park with a range of amenities, space for a new primary school and much-needed new homes. The site will also include areas for wildlife and introduce new pedestrian and cycle links.

The Council is currently developing a masterplan for Brandhall Village and are keen to hear residents’ views on our plans so far. This consultation offers local residents, the opportunity to influence key aspects of the masterplan, including how the new Village will look, the kinds of open space to be included and any community facilities provided within it.

Feedback on the proposals is welcomed up to Sunday, 28 November 2021.

Throughout this period, information about the scheme will be available on the website www.sandwell.gov.uk/brandhall where there will also be the opportunity to provide feedback via an online survey. In addition to the website, printouts of our consultation material will also be kept at Brandhall Library, to view at your leisure.

The Council will be launching a virtual consultation room from Monday 8 November, where information about the development can be viewed and the current master plan options. The room will be available 24/7 and will also contain a link to an online survey.

There will be a face-to-face consultation event on Tuesday 16 November 2021 at Brandhall Library, Tame Road, Oldbury, B68 0JT. This event will present the same information as the virtual consultation room but will also provide the opportunity to ask questions you may have directly to the project team. Feedback will be welcomed at this event, should you be unable to provide feedback online.


Free Antenatal Session for grandparents and carers

Sandwell’s Parent Support Team are excited to announce a new face to face session for mums or dads, grandparents-to-be (or other family member) welcoming a new baby into their family.

As well as celebrating the new arrival into your family, this fun session, led by a health visitor, will give you an opportunity to find out all the latest advice and guidance on pregnancy and new born baby care so that the new parents-to-be can be supported as much as possible. It is a FREE session (with goodies, cakes and refreshments provided!).

The sessions are on Saturday 27th November at Brook Street Community Centre, Tipton.

To book go to https://bookwhen.com/changes or for more information click here.


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