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Community Centre in Oldbury Town

The Heart of Oldbury Community Centre is at 31 Church Street, Oldbury. The community centre is accessible within a five minute walk of the bus station and central shopping area. There is parking for a small number of cars at the rear.

Upstairs is a small meeting room which seats up to 10 and is also suitable for hot desking.

The downstairs function cum meeting room seats up to 20.

Facilities include:

• Wheelchair access via rear entrance
• Downstairs and upstairs toilets
• Water urn available for refreshments
• Catering can be arranged

Very reasonable hourly rates. Hire costs negotiable but dependent on needs and usage.

For more information please email Heartofoldbury@yahoo.co.uk or sadylady@btopenworld.com. Telephone 07946236927.


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).


Half-Term fun at Sandwell Park Farm

There’s lots happening at Sandwell Park Farm in West Bromwich this February half-term.

Take the kids along to meet our animals – including the alpacas, goats, chicks and lambs. Plus we have craft activities on every day during the holidays (Saturday 15 February to Sunday 23 February).

Every day, visitors will be able to:

• 10.30am – Meet the alpaca
• 11am – Chick handling
• 12pm – Feed the lambs (limited spaces)
• 2pm – Meet the farmer
• 2.30pm – Chick handling
• 3.30pm Feed the lambs (limited spaces)

Plus there will be craft activities for children to enjoy and every child will receive a free carton of apple or orange juice.

Visitors can also check out the tearooms for breakfast, lunch, snacks and drinks.

You’ll find Sandwell Park Farm in the heart of Sandwell Valley, West Bromwich – the address is Salters Lane, West Bromwich, B71 4BG.

Admission charges for Sandwell Park Farm during school holidays:
• Adults – £3.50
• Children and concessions (over 60s and visitors with disabilities) – £3
• Family ticket for two adults and up to three children – £14
• Family ticket for one adult and up to three children – £11
Sandwell Park Farm is open almost every day of the year from 10am until 4.30pm. Last admissions are at 4pm.

If you visit regularly, you may benefit from one of our annual passes. We have cut the price of our 12 month passes – giving you 12 months access for the price of six.
• 12 month adult individual pass – £37
• 12 month adult individual concession pass – £27
• 12 month joint pass for two adults – £53.05
• 12 month pass for two adults (concessions) – £42.44
• 12 month family pass (two adults and up to three children) – £68.96

Find out more about Sandwell Park Farm on our website – www.sandwell.gov.uk/sandwellparkfarm


Sandwell Council – Online Anti-Social Behaviour Reporting

Sandwell Council has launched a new online form to help people report anti-social behaviour.  The form – which is available on MySandwell at www.sandwell.gov.uk/asb – provides a single point of entry for all anti-social behaviour reports to the council.

It will make sure reports are sent to the right team to deal with the matter and also enables customers to be regularly updated.

Sign up for a MySandwell account today to save time and do it online.  From reporting anti-social behaviour, fly-tipping and abandoned vehicles to paying bills, applying to join the housing register or booking a bulky waste collection, find out more at www.sandwell.gov.uk/mysandwell

People can also report anti-social behaviour by calling 0121 368 1166. If you or your family feel in immediate danger, call the police on 999


Consultation – Accommodation for People Over 55 with Specialist Housing Needs

Sandwell Council is consulting on further plans to improve accommodation for people over 55 with specialist housing needs.

The council currently runs extra care housing schemes – Holly Grange in Smethwick and Manifoldia Grange in West Bromwich. These buildings are over 30 years old and in need of significant investment. In line with our 2030 Vision, we want to ensure all our homes meet a full range of housing and support needs.

After careful consideration, we are proposing to close Manifoldia & Holly Granges over the next 18 months and invest in the development of a new, larger specialist build extra care housing scheme. A Cabinet meeting on 20 November 2019 approved recommendations to commence a consultation exercise with both tenants and staff at both of these establishments.

We want to gather feedback from:

Residents living in Holly Grange and Manifoldia Grange
Family members and carers
Staff who work at Holly Grange and Manifoldia Grange and wider professionals
Tenants and residents who live nearby
The wider public

We want to know what you think so that when a decision is made it takes in to account as many views as possible.

You can either email Extra_Care@Sandwell.gov.uk or complete the online survey. We must receive all comments and feedback by 23 February 2020.


#StrongerSandwell – Call to Action!

#StrongerSandwell is a campaign all about highlighting the contribution that the local voluntary and community Sector in Sandwell is making towards building a stronger future for the Borough, especially in relation to health and wellbeing.

The image of ‘strength’ reminds us all of how we’ll achieve more if we recognise and invest in our existing strengths.  We want to keep investment in Sandwell and take an ‘asset based’ approach to services being delivered by local people for local people.

The #StrongerSandwell hastag is something that is independent of any organisation.  If you have a good news story or any other information to share when you are using social media, you are encouraged to use the #StrongerSandwell hashtag.

Further to this the Sandwell Public Health team have made a commitment to retweet/ share any posts by voluntary sector or community groups that uses the hashtag, helping to expand their reach and widely promote their work.


Centrepoint Christmas Hamper Appeal

The Centrepoint Christian Church and Support Centre, Carters Green, would like to make a call-out for donations to their Christmas Hamper Appeal.

Gifts of toys for children of all ages, non- perishable foods (particularly Christmas treats) toiletries, hats, gloves, scarves and shopping card gift vouchers would be welcomed. The Centre will wrap and distribute the gifts to clients. A small donation could make Christmas special for someone.

The criteria is:
• Clients live in West Bromwich
• Parents on benefits
• A family with children under 18 years.

If you know a person or a family who could benefit from a Christmas Hamper, you can refer them to Centrepoint. Referrals will be accepted up to 10th December and donations until 17th December.

An appointment can also be made with Centrepoint to get help with benefits, and obtain food vouchers? The Centre is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday – 10 am to 4 pm; Wednesday – 10 am to 1 pm.

Contact Centrepoint on Contact 0121 525 9191 or visit the website www.centrepointchristianchurch.com


Christmas Lights Celebrations In Sandwell

Christmas is just around the corner and people in Sandwell can get in the festive spirit with a series of community events across the six towns.

Sandwell Council is making sure town centres are looking Christmassy and is working together with community organisations to put on a number of Christmas lights celebrations.

Go to www.sandwell.gov.uk/lights for full details of events across Sandwell


Have you got a story to tell?

Did you know SCVO can help Sandwell organisations promote good news stories or put a call out for goods, via Swap Shop, through our weekly e-bulletin?

Are you aware, we use social media channels and connections to raise awareness of community activities, events and launches for organisations?

Have you seen or used or Events Calendar?

These are some of the ways SCVO can help organisations to get their messages out to new and wider community audiences. Minimum effort for groups, possibly yielding maximum results.

If you would like to take advantage of these free services or would like to find out more about how SCVO can support your organisation, please get contact us on support@scvo.info or call 0121 525 1127.


Yemeni Community Association Collect Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

A Sandwell group of volunteers who help new migrants and refugees settle in local communities have been presented with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

The Yemeni Community Association’s team of volunteers provides educational, recreational, cultural, spiritual and emotional wellbeing activities for people of all ages.

Volunteers work to meet the needs of the whole community and in particular the needs of the Arabic speaking people and specifically support new migrants and refugees to settle in the area.

Now the organisation, which is led by chief executive officer Ragih Muflihi and based at the Greets Green Access Centre, in Tildasley Street, West Bromwich, has received the award from the Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands John Crabtree.

Mr Muflihi said: “It was a great honour that our group of volunteers has been recognised at such a high level for the impressive standard of services it provides in meeting the needs of the local people.

“We have about 40 volunteers who range from 15 years old to 70-plus from a variety of ethnic backgrounds who act as peer mentors to support people with a variety of issues.

“They include emotional wellbeing support and helping to develop the English language skills of new migrants to enable them to access the wider community.”

Over the past 12 months about 920 individuals have been helped. “Our work has helped to reduce community tensions and helped to ease the transition and settlement of new migrant families into the Sandwell community,” he said.

Mr Muflihi said that Sandwell had long been a destination for migrants but people who were less proficient in English “tended to live in silos” by not mixing with one another.

The organisation also runs mosque tours for local schools to help with the religious education curriculum and give live examples of how Muslims worship.

For more information, go to www.yca-sandwell.org.uk or call 0121 525 3909.


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