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Thank you for your input!

SCVO would like to thank you, if you have been involved in any way in promoting and responding to the Victim of Crimes Survey. It has now closed.

If you have any completed surveys still to send in to SCVO, please contact Barbara on or telephone 0121 525 1127, so we can make sure they are included.

The data will all be collated and a report produced of the findings. Watch this space, later in the Spring, to find out what the survey revealed for Sandwell.

Spotlight on Aspire4U CIC

1. Tell us what you do.
Aspire4U CIC supports people, developing future-proof skills and the capacity to identify and meet their own needs. We deliver activities and share resources with all members of the community, especially those experiencing social, psychological, emotional and economic disadvantage.

2. What is your proudest achievement?
Supporting 20,000 people to come together have an amazing time at the free community festival – Simmer Down Festival, who we helped to secure sponsorship, grow a communications strategy through social media and even managed their Best of Brum stage for local artists to develop.

3. What is the most valuable lesson you have learnt about working with people in Sandwell?
The most valuable lesson we’ve learnt as a team is that people from Sandwell have a great community spirit which is infectious.

4. What are your plans for the future and some of the challenges you face?
Our long term plans are to continue to work with more organisations that care about helping people to develop themselves and those organisations that care about the journey and long term planning.

5. How can SCVO help to support your organisation in the future?
We’d like SCVO to look to promote or provide more opportunities for groups and organisations to meet up to share best practice and support the exchange of information.

For more information on Aspire4U CIC visit their website at: email: or call on 0121 6223603.

People in Sandwell and West Birmingham urged to choose the right care as NHS pressures increase

People in Sandwell and West Birmingham are being urged to use health services wisely as Sandwell and City Hospitals are experiencing extremely high numbers of attendees at their Accident and Emergency departments.

The hospitals are seeing large numbers of people who are attending Accident and Emergency departments with minor illnesses when they could be treated elsewhere.

As many as one in four people who go to A&E could care for themselves or use alternative treatment. A&E should only be used for critical or life-threatening situations requiring medical attention, such as loss of consciousness, heavy blood loss, suspected broken bones, persistent chest pain, difficulty breathing, overdoses, ingestion or poisoning. People with minor injuries and ailments should not attend at the A&E department and are warned they will face longer waits than normal as more serious cases are prioritised.

Norovirus is also very common at this time of year and outbreaks of the virus are being reported around the country. For most people it is no worse than a short bout of diarrhoea and vomiting that should clear up within 24-72 hours.  Health professionals are asking the public to help prevent the spread of norovirus, which can be very dangerous to elderly and sick people, by staying away from hospitals if they have had any diarrhoea and vomiting symptoms.

Dr Nick Harding, a local GP and Chair of NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “Emergency health services are under pressure in Sandwell and West Birmingham this week so we want people to think before they go to A&E or call 999. These services need to be free to deal with real emergencies and should only be used in genuine emergency situations.

“We are also urging people to do everything they can to speed the discharge of loved-ones in hospital who are well enough to leave, to free up space for other patients. This includes caring for them at home for a short time until alternative arrangements (such as home visits or a place in a care home) are finalised. Our priority is to keep our patients safe.”

People are being urged to use alternative NHS services where appropriate such as local pharmacies, walk in centres, make an appointment with their GP in the normal way, call NHS 111 and you can download the Ask NHS App.

Most GP practices are now offering weekend access. To find out if your practice is participating in this scheme please call the usual practice phone number and listen to the full instructions. Alternatively, you can check your practice’s opening times on NHS Choices

A&E departments will provide the best possible care for life-threatening illness and injury, but people should only go there in a real emergency. Those with minor injuries such as cuts or sprains have the option of attending local walk in centres including:

Parsonage Street Walk in Centre, Parsonage Street, West Bromwich 8am-8pm, 7 days a week
Summerfield Urgent Care Centre, 134 Heath Street, Winson Green, Birmingham, 8am-8pm, 7 days a week

Staff are continuing to do all they can to ensure that everyone coming into hospital who need help gets the care they need.

Stakeholder Consultation: proposed changes to 3 GP Practices in Sandwell and West Birmingham

Sandwell and Birmingham CCG is currently reviewing the contracts at the three GP practices, below, as they are due to end on 31 March 2019. The Clinical Commissioning Group need to decide on their future, so that it can best meet the health needs of local people. The CCG is therefore asking patients, their families, carers and other stakeholders for their views on the different options and the impact of the changes on  registered patients.

Malling Health Centre Sandwell, Parsonage Street, West Bromwich, B71 4DL

Malling Health Great Bridge, 18 The Great Bridge Centre, Charles Street, West Bromwich, B70 0BF

Summerfield GP Practice (attached to the urgent care centre), 134 Heath Street, Winson Green, Birmingham, B18 7AL

You can respond to our online survey at  If you would prefer a hard copy of our questionnaire, or you require a different format, please email or call 0121 612 1447.

The CCG is also running a number of drop-in sessions as detailed below:

For the Parsonage Street Practice
Gayton Road Community Centre, Gayton Road, West Bromwich B70 1QS

20th Feb. 2.00 – 4.00pm
21st Feb. 5.00 – 7.00pm

For the Summerfield Practice
Summerfield Community Centre, Winson Green Road, Winson Green, Birmingham B18 4EJ
22nd Feb. – 2.00pm – 4.00pm
26th Feb.5.00pm – 7.00pm

For the Great Bridge Practice
YMCA West Bromwich, 38 Carter’s Green, West Bromwich B70 9LG

27th Feb 5.00pm – 7.00pm
28th Feb. 2.00pm – 4.00pm

You do not need to register to attend – just turn up when’s convenient between the times above.

The consultation will run from 5 February until 19 March, so please give us your views between these dates. This consultation focuses on the GP practices themselves, not on the walk-in centre services at Parsonage Street or Summerfield. There will be a separate consultation running on the walk-in centre services and details will be found on the CCG website

Thank you very much for your input. If you have any queries, please contact or call 0121 612 1447.

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) is a primary care psychological service for individuals experiencing concerns such as anxiety and low mood/depression.

Who is this service for?
If you are currently experiencing Stress, Phobias, Anxiety, Panic or Low Mood/Depression and this is affecting your daily living then this service could be for you. We offer help to people aged 16 and over, who are registered with a doctor/GP in Sandwell.

How can this service help me?
You will be able to talk about your concerns with a trained practitioner in a safe environment.

We will work together to explore choices that can help you to feel more in control of your situation. It may be that this service will not meet all of your needs. If this is the case, we will help you to find further services that are suited to you.

For more information on this services click here or for a friendly chat call Kaleidoscope Plus Group’s Wellbeing Hub on 0303 033 9903.


Sean Dolan Close – Community Garden

Are you interested in joining the Sean Dolan Close Community Group?
Are you interested in gardening?
Do you have a talent, skill or trade that you could share with the group to help us enhance our local area?

Residents of Bromford Housing have come together to form a ‘new community group’ to develop a community garden in the Close on the land by the pumping station. The group will be the driving force to improve and increase local opportunities for gardening in Sean Dolan Close, organise and develop a range of community activities, to bring people of all ages together to have fun and enjoy the space around them.

We are seeking community minded individuals from the close to join us in creating our community garden or on our committee (on a voluntary basis). Don’t worry no prior experience is necessary and you can give as little or as much time as you can spare.

We would love to hear from you if you’d like to get involved, want to find out more information or if you have any ideas you would like to share with us.

Michelle, your Neighbourhood Coach text or call on 07540677772 or join our Facebook group ‘Sean Dolan Community Group’ for more information.

Early Help Partnership Launch Event

The Early Help Partnership Launch Event is an opportunity for our Early Help partners and other organisations interested in becoming members to come together to network and learn more about the partnership, the e-portal and the up and coming forums.

Members will be invited to share their ideas on how they would like this partnership to work and how it can best serve the children, young people and families they work with in Sandwell.

The Launch is on Wednesday, 28 February 2018 and will begin with refreshments at 9:30am. Members are welcome to network until speakers begin at 10am prompt. The venue is the Portway Lifestyle Centre and the event will finish at 12 noon.

Click here to reserve a place

Voluntary Sector invite to CCG Engagement Briefing

The CCG has issued the following invitation:

The Voluntary Sector is invited to join Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG and Local Authority colleagues to discuss the work starting to evolve around the integrated care agenda.

Prime Minister Theresa May stated that a key part of her ‘shared society’ vision for the UK involves ‘creating an environment in which our charities and social enterprises can thrive’. Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, states that ‘we can work better with the voluntary sector, with local government, and with other employers…’ in order to deliver sustainability within the NHS. They are right. The CCG recognise it can work better with the third sector but need help in identifying how to achieve this goal.

The CCG is currently working with stakeholder providers to start co-designing an integrated health and social care system within Sandwell and West Birmingham, taking all of the learning we can having had a vanguard in our local area. The representation includes Acute, Community and Mental Health provision, and the pivotal role of primary care across the two local authorities. There is a seat missing at the table. The CCG hopes the third sector can fill it.

Work to date has included a number of events with statutory providers, as outlined above, and further workshops are planned to continue this work. The CCG has also started work on arranging a number of events to support Primary Care services to work together and deliver the Primary Care Home model within the area. There is a real momentum to start thinking about things differently, and actively encourage the blurring of the boundaries that lead to silo working.

Whether you work from the top down, bottom up or do both and meet in the middle, it is clear that the involvement of the sector is vital. There is a significant role for the sector but we have to work out how that can be applied best. Come along to the Engagement Briefing to help figure it out.

The event will be take place on Thursday 15th February 2018. The venue is West Bromwich Albion Football Ground. The Briefing is from 10.00 am. to 12.30 pm.

If you would like to book a place, please contact the engagement team on 0121 612 1447 or email

Disability Rights Exhibition at Cradley Heath

Do you have an interest in Disability Rights? The Community Link at 72 High Street, Cradley Heath, is hosting an exhibition from 8 – 20 January 2018. There are some challenging stories to be discovered.

The opening times for the Community Link are:

Monday: 10 – 4.30

Wednesday: 10 – 6

Thursday: 1 – 7

Please contact Fran Wild on 07952 563 725 to arrange to see the Exhibition outside of normal opening times.

Volunteer Centre Annual Review 2017

Monday 18 December 2017 saw the gathering of 25 delegates, for the Volunteer Centre Sandwell 2017 Annual General Meeting at SCIPS in Oldbury.

Peter Smith, Chair, welcomed staff and volunteers to the meeting, then opened up with a review of:

• National Volunteer’s Week 2017
• Sandwell Make a Difference Day Volunteer Recruitment Fair
• Hands on Project
• Walsall Physical Pilot

Jean Taylor Chief Executive Officer, talked about achievements of the past 12 months together with plans to celebrate 40 years of Volunteer Centre Sandwell being established in 1978.

The morning was concluded with heartfelt appreciation from delegates, praising the hard work done by VCS, whilst several volunteers reflected on the benefits of volunteering in their lives, namely improving their overall well-being. Volunteer Centre Sandwell is also looking forward to an exciting and busy year in 2018, as even more recruitment of volunteering is demonstrated and celebrated.

You can see more details of the year’s activities in the attached document.

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