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Sandwell Sports Clubs and Activity Providers Re-start Workshop

With restrictions easing and a return to most sport and physical activity sessions possible from early May, Sandwell Council would like to invite you to a workshop that will give lots of practical information, examples and ideas on plans you need in place.   Things to be aware of and how to deliver your sessions as COVID safely as possible.

The Council is conscious that there are lots of information and guidance being published, so that will not be the focus of the workshop.   The focal point will be what it means for coaches and instructors delivering activity in Sandwell and what do you need to do now, so you can re-start safely.

The workshop takes place on Wednesday, 19th May 2021, 6.30 pm – 8.00 pm.

You will also learn where to go for local help and support plus an opportunity for questions and answers.

To book your place please contact PHCovid19Community@sandwell.gov.uk.


Sandwell Children’s Safeguarding Partnership’s Neglect Conference

Tackling neglect remains high on everyone’s agenda and this has remained a priority area for Sandwell Children’s Safeguarding Partnership, especially when supporting children throughout the pandemic. This year there have been a lot of developments, successes, challenges and solutions when identifying and tackling neglect in a virtual world.

To share some of these challenges, celebrate some of the good practice and to update on upcoming projects and initiatives, Sandwell Children’s Safeguarding Partnership are hosting their annual conference:

Why are my needs not being met? Is neglect being neglected?
On Tuesday, 8 June 2021, 9.30 am – 15.00 pm

Join the conference to hear from:
Sandwell Children’s Safeguarding Partnership
Emeritus Professor Jan Horwath
Kerry Littleford
NSPCC
Working Together With Families: an early intervention service for neglect

Aim
To target the why, the how and the what of neglect;
Why – is neglect important?
How – do we manage it?
What – will good look like?

Learning outcomes
Understand why neglect is a priority for SCSP
Understand how to tackle neglect together
Understand factors which contribute to neglect and the impact on the child

The conference is open to all managers, supervisors and practitioners who work with children and families in Sandwell – and there are no limits on how many can attend!

Click here to book


Sandwell Council’s Online Safety Consultation Survey

Sandwell Council is undertaking an Online Safety Review to develop a single approach to online safety training and support for children and young people, parents, the wider adult community and professionals.

The Council would like to engage with as many different groups as possible to canvass views on online safety, using the following questions as a guide.

1. What is your understanding of the phrase ‘online safety’?
2. What do you think, are the current issues affecting children and young people online?
3. What do you think, are the current issues affecting adults online?
4. What support or training would you like to receive in online safety?
5. In what format would you like training/support in online safety to be delivered?
6. What barriers or challenges do you face when accessing or engaging in online safety training?
7. Are there any other comments you would like to make about online safety?

If you would like to be involved in the consultation please contact Lydia Dunne on lydia_dunne@sandwell.gov.uk


Back to School Survey for Families in Sandwell

Sandwell Council has launched a survey for parents and young people to ask for views on going back to school after lockdown.

The government has announced all pupils are expected to return to school from Monday 8 March.

Parents and pupils are encouraged to fill in the survey to enable the council and schools to learn what went well when children were last in school. This will help inform plans for when all children return.

The online survey is now open and can be found at www.sandwell.gov.uk/backtoschool.


Free Antenatal class for grandparents to be

Sandwell Council’s Parent Support Team is excited to announce another new addition to Sandwell’s Changes Antenatal offer – a two hour session specifically designed to support grandparents-to-be or other family members.

Research with new parents in Sandwell reveals that the first person they ask for advice about their new baby is a family member. As you know, advice for looking after a new-born baby is updated regularly and the Parent Support Team want to make sure that family members are giving the best advice and supporting current safety messages. Topics covered include supporting wellbeing, feeding options and safer sleeping advice.

Booking is quick and easy; either online or through Healthy Sandwell on 0800 011 46 56.

Sessions are currently being delivered online via Microsoft Teams. A printed handbook will be delivered through the post to support the session.


Sandwell Lifestyle Survey 2021

Over the past 10 months, Sandwell Council has been doing all it can to manage the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and maintain critical services that help to protect and support citizens.

The Council understand that it has been a difficult time for everyone and want to hear from you about the impact that COVID-19 and the latest lockdown measures have had on your health and wellbeing. Whether you’re an individual, family, student, retired or newly arrived in the area, your opinion counts.

The Authority is keen to hear from people of all ages and in every community across Sandwell.

Please take a few minutes to complete the short survey.

 


Sandwell’s garden waste bin collections to return in March

Sandwell’s garden bin collections will begin between Monday 15 and Friday 26 March this year, slightly later than usual. Sandwell Council, along with its environmental services partner Serco, have delayed the return of garden waste collections in order to prioritise household waste and recycling collections which have seen a reduction in staff numbers due to Covid-19 related staff absences.

Residents’ first collection date will depend on the schedule for the area and bin dates will be available at  from Saturday 13 March.

Residents are reminded that garden waste can be stored in garden waste bins until collections restart or taken to the tip in Oldbury. Alternatively, it can be placed on a compost heap or bagged up until collections begin. If you plan on going to the tip, you need to book an appointment.

People can find more advice and information on garden waste, including tips on what you can and can’t put in your garden waste bin, from the gardenwaste webpage on the Council’s website.


Calling all Business and Voluntary Groups

Have your say on how money is spent on council services

Wednesday 17 February, 3.30pm
Meeting with Sandwell Council’s Cabinet
Live via Microsoft Teams

Anyone wanting to take part in the consultation or attend the online meeting should email: democratic_services@sandwell.gov.uk by 5pm on Monday 15 February.


New Online Courses at SAFL including help with home schooling

Sandwell Adult and Family Learning (SAFL) is the adult education service for Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council. SAFL have a range of new online courses, including Wellbeing and Mental Health, and Leadership and Management short courses.

Another course, Preparing to work in schools, may be of interest to local volunteers and may also be beneficial for anyone providing support with home schooling. You must be at least 19 years of age for this accredited qualification. Perhaps you’re looking to update your knowledge of working in a school setting, working with young people, mature learners, learners with special educational needs or where English is an additional language. This qualification prepares you for further learning whilst developing an understanding of a teaching and learning environment.

You could be returning to work after a period of unemployment and would like to regain your skills and confidence in using a computer to help you get back into working life. Applicants do not need to be working or undertaking practical placements to achieve this qualification. This course is knowledge-based only.

These courses have the flexibility to fit learning around busy lives. So whether you need to re-train and upskill to enhance your CV, improve your wellbeing and mental health or would just like to try something new, SAFL Online can help.

For further information on what’s on offer or to enrol on a course call 0121 557 0837, email Contact_Safl@sandwell.gov.uk or visit the website.

 


New Variant of Coronavirus Spreads Rapidly as Many People in Sandwell Still Have to Go Out to Work

Sandwell Council has issued an urgent warning to employers of the need to protect their staff against the new variant of coronavirus.

Sandwell’s Director of Public Health Lisa McNally urged people to take action now to prevent more deaths and hospitalisations due to Covid-19. Her concern is particularly focused on those that still have to go to work during lockdown.

“The number of people who still have to go to work during this lockdown is very high in Sandwell,” she said.

“For example, the proportion of our local population working in processing plants or operating machines in factories is around twice as high as the national average. It’s also significantly higher than the West Midlands average.

“In addition we have lots of people working in schools, care settings and essential retail jobs.

“Given evidence that the new variant of the virus is easier to catch and more deadly than previous versions, it’s crucial that employers take all possible steps to protect their workforce.

“Staff should be supported to maintain a safe distance from each other and the public. They should also be given the right protective equipment to wear and be able to wash their hands regularly.

“Most importantly, employers need to ensure that people with symptoms, or who otherwise should be isolating, do not come into the workplace. That can rapidly turn into a very large outbreak with fatal consequences.”

Sandwell Council’s Deputy Leader Councillor Maria Crompton added: “A large section of our population in Sandwell don’t have the option of working from home.

“They work in industries and services that keep the rest of the country going.

“I’m asking all employers to take their duty of care to staff seriously during this extremely dangerous time.

“Employees should not be afraid of speaking up if they feel Covid-19 guidance is not being followed in their workplace. Everyone has a right to this protection.”

Advice for operating a COVID safe workplace is here: www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19

Workers can also get a rapid Covid-19 test at West Bromwich town hall. The rapid testing programme is available for anyone who is unable to work from home and who does not have any Covid-19 symptoms. As many as one in three people who have coronavirus have no symptoms and may be spreading it without realising. Go to www.sandwell.gov.uk/testsandwell to book.

Any business that has two or more positive cases among their staff must report this to the council’s Public Health team. The Public Health team can also advise employers who need information or support. To contact the Public Health team email: PHCovid19_Enquiries@sandwell.gov.uk


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