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Over 55 Weekly Exercise Class at Cradley Heath Community Centre

Jan’s Over 55s, is a new, friendly and enjoyable exercise class, running at Cradley Heath Community Centre, Reddal Hill Road, Cradley Heath, Thursdays mornings from 11 am to 12 noon.

The cost is £3.50 per class, on a pay as you go basis; a small outlay to help you keep fit, stay active and improve health and wellbeing.

What’s in it for you?
All fitness levels welcomed
Easy to learn routines
Classes tailored to your individual needs
Help to develop muscle tone and improve balance and posture
Help to prevent age-related illnesses
Increased flexibility and mobility
Community-based class which could become an active social group

Jan looks forward to welcoming you. Why not give it a try and bring your friends!

For more information, please call Jan on 07866 958847



Planning for the future of the Black Country

The draft Black Country Plan 2039 is a document that plans for future development of the area. This is now being consulted on by the four Black Country councils – Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton.

This means YOU can now have your say on how we shape the future of the Black Country to 2039.

The government projects that the Black Country will need just over 76,000 new homes over the next 20 years. To support this growth, we also need 560 hectares of land to accommodate new jobs by 2039. This is equivalent to 835 football fields.

The consultation gives people the chance to have their say on the proposed sites for development and where they think new development should be in the Black Country.

It’s really important local people get involved, the consultation runs until Monday 11 October.

Find out more at

Here is a copy of the Sandwell summary version which covers what the draft plan proposal means for Sandwell, and an easy read and large print version of this.

Alternatively you can visit your local library or Sandwell Council House reception area or email if you would like a hard copy version of the comment form.

Sandwell Change into Action

Change into Action is an alternative way for members of the public to help rough sleepers or those at risk of becoming rough sleepers.

Donations, made online via the Change into Action website by members of the public, support specialist charities and street teams working to change the circumstances of rough sleepers.

The campaign is jointly supported by Sandwell Council and the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) with support from other partner organisations to help make real difference to the lives of those rough sleeping, or at risk of rough sleeping, in Sandwell. So far SCVO, Brushstrokes, Cranstoun, YMCA, Centrepoint, West Midlands Police and Sandwell Homeless and Resettlement Project (SHARP) are partner organisations in Sandwell.

Through Sandwell’s Change into Action, your donations will be distributed across local charitable organisations to support projects and services working towards reducing rough sleeping. Every donation will go towards providing the best resources and support to those who are rough sleeping or are at risk of rough sleeping. By working together, we can see small change turn into big change.

To find out more about Sandwell Change into Action, or donate, please visit the following website:

If you are a local organisation, agency, charity, faith or community group that supports those who are rough sleeping, or at risk of rough sleeping, and are interested in becoming a partner organisation or finding out more about the funding process please contact:

iTrust Programme win prestigious public service award

Sandwell Council’s iTrust Programme was declared the Best Community and Neighbourhood Initiative including Community Safety in the prestigious Association of Public Service Excellence (APSE) Annual Service Awards 2021.

The APSE Awards recognised frontline service teams and special initiatives delivered by UK local authorities and public sector partners. This year’s awards, with 22 categories covering the vast majority of local services, were agreed by a panel of expert judges, following a rigorous selection process.

The winners were announced at the APSE Annual Charity Awards Dinner, in aid of Parkinson’s UK, at the ICC in Birmingham.

iTrust (Supporting Families Against Youth Crime Programme) was developed by Sandwell Council, Sandwell Children’s Trust, Sandwell Council for Voluntary Organisations and West Midlands Police Sandwell Partnership Team to meet the principles of the national Troubled Families Programme, which included early identification of those children and families at greatest risk.

The programme was delivered by a small team within the council, who worked closely with partners in the police and the voluntary sector, schools and families to identify and support children in years six and seven in the Smethwick and West Bromwich areas, taking an approach based on very early intervention to increase confidence, build resilience and drive aspirations.

The programme engaged with 28 primary and secondary schools in the two towns, seeking to provide universal activities for 700 children and targeted one-to-one mentoring for 85 children. It significantly exceeded these goals, with over 1,500 children attending universal sessions and 241 receiving individual mentoring support.

Our Commonwealth: People of Sandwell

We are delighted to announce our new Arts Council England and SMBC-funded project Our Commonwealth. The Living Memory Project is teaming up with Sandwell Advocacy to celebrate the rich diversity of Sandwell using story, photography and film and we want you to get involved.

To mark the staging of Commonwealth Games 2022, we will be creating a new photographic exhibition and an accompanying film to highlight the extraordinary contributions made by ordinary people across Sandwell who make it the rich and vibrant place it is today. In particular, we will be working with individuals and communities who have links to countries from across the globe.

What’s happening?

Photographer Anand Chhabra will work with 25 community-nominated participants to produce a series of contemporary portraits and recorded stories that will be exhibited at venues across Sandwell in May/June 2022

Filmmaker Joseph Potts will produce a new film with individuals and groups across Sandwell to explore themes of community, belonging and commonwealth.

A series of creative workshops with community groups and local schools to explore aspects of photography, family history and personal artefacts.

Call for nominations

We are looking for nominations for 25 individuals who have contributed to making Sandwell the warm and supportive place it is today. Their contributions could be in the area of family, caring, education, sports, the voluntary sector, health, the emergency and welfare services, or something else!

Do you know someone who you think should be recognised for who they are and what they do? You can nominate yourself!

What will happen

25 individuals will be selected from all the nominations who will be invited to have their portrait made with Anand and to record some of their life stories with the project team.

Do you know anyone who should be nominated?

Please view the website to completed a very simple form below or if you prefer, email –

New weekly social walk in Brunswick Park, Wednesbury

Alison Hartshorne, from the Neighbourhoods Partnership Team, has organised a new social walk in Brunswick Park, Wednesbury.  The weekly walk will be on Monday mornings, with the first walk to be on Monday, 27th September.  Participants meet at the Sons of Rest building at 10.15 for a 10 .30 start. Stay after the walk for a cuppa and a biscuit too!  Please see flyer.

The Partnership Team are also looking for volunteers who may want to assist with this session or start a new walk – to be a walk leader. You will need to complete some training. For details of the next course below:

The next Ramblers Wellbeing Walks Sandwell Stride Walk Leader training course is on Wednesday, 20 October, 10.00 am – 1.00 pm on MS Teams.

There are several pre-learning requirements before doing the training.
Ramblers Wellbeing Walks Online Introduction (approx. 40 mins)
Walk Leadership Foundations e-learning (approx. 90 mins)
Shadow a Sandwell Stride Ramblers Wellbeing Walk

See link for a list of the Sandwell walks so you can find one to shadow that works best for you.

If you are interested in volunteering or the walk leader training, please contact Mandy Williams, Public Heath Development Officer, at or call 07768 213211. Once registered, Mandy will arrange for you to have access to Assemble the Ramblers online volunteer portal so you can complete the online pre-course learning.

You may also be interested to know that there is a ‘Brunswick Buggies’ walk, every Friday morning from 10.30 am.


Sandwell Digital Donation

A new Sandwell partnership is urging local businesses to donate unwanted PCs, laptops and tablets to people in need.

Sandwell Digital Donation is a partnership between Sandwell Council, Black Country Housing Group and West Bromwich-based social enterprise Repc Ltd.

It is hoped the programme will help to narrow the ‘digital divide’: the gap between people in society who have full access to digital technologies and those who do not.

Read all about how you can get involved on the Think Sandwell website.

Black Country Women’s Aid Go Purple Campaign

Go Purple campaign, is Black Country Women’s Aids (BCWA) annual event in October where they ask organisations, residents and business for their support to help them raise much needed funds by Going Purple, as part of October’s National Domestic Violence Awareness month. The colour Purple is worn to show you care for women and children going through this traumatic time.

It’s easy to get involved, you choose a day in October and ask staff, friends and family to each put a £1 into BCWA’s purple collection tin and wear something purple on that day such as spraying your hair purple, painting your nails purple or bake and sell purple cakes or of course your own idea, or simply make a donation.

Last year they supported over 9,000 adults [10% Male] with their children to escape violence, overcome trauma and get these families back on their feet.

Domestic Violence is a massive problem in our area and we need your help to raise awareness and to help us to continue to supply our vital services. BCWA currently receives 24 calls every hour.

For more information or to obtain a fundraising pack get in touch with Deborah Slater by emailing her at

Appeal as Rare Breed Lambs Stolen from Sandwell Farm

Devastated staff at Forge Mill Farm in West Bromwich are appealing for help to catch thieves who stole two rare breed lambs on the evening of Sunday 25 July 2021.

The two Pedigree Shropshire ewe lambs were born in February and were due to join the farm’s breeding flock next year. The animals were particularly important to the farm and its work with the Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST). The Shropshire sheep is one of the success stories to come out of the RBST’s programme to boost numbers of vulnerable livestock in the UK.

Sandwell Council’s cabinet member responsible for the borough’s farms and parks Councillor Maria Crompton said: “This theft is a huge loss for the team that works so hard to care for the animals throughout the year and for the people of Sandwell that visit our farm”.

“The farm staff are devastated by this callous act. These lambs are irreplaceable as it takes a huge amount of time and energy to produce rare breed sheep of such high genetic quality as these and for them to be stolen, and most likely slaughtered is disgusting.

“We are appealing for anyone who witnessed people acting suspiciously on Forge Lane, West Bromwich around 10.30pm on Sunday, 25 July or knows anything to call the police.

“The animals taken from Forge Mill Farm are not fit for human consumption. Don’t buy meat except from a reputable shop – it could be a health risk, not a bargain.”

We have CCTV of the incident taking place which West Midlands police are using to identify the individuals involved.

West Midlands Police have issued a crime reference number 20/146 4767/12 and an incident report number 849 26/07/2021. Anyone with any information is asked to report this using the reference numbers to the police via LiveChat at or by calling 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Any cases of illegal slaughter should be reported to Sandwell’s consumer protection team at


Cyclists Will Use Pedal Power to Ride from Scotland to Sandwell to Raise Funds for Sikh Helpline

This summer 2021, they look forward to the return of the Sikh Helpline Pro Bike Ride. In their series of rides, the Pro Bike Ride is the most challenging. Using pedal power to travel from the streets of Scotland to the headquarters of the Sikh Helpline in Sandwell, near Birmingham, riders will cover a staggering 350 cycling miles. This ride will take place over 4 days from Thursday 29th July to Sunday 1st Aug 2021.

It will start at 6:00am in Edinburgh, travelling through mountains and steep hills 120 miles to Newcastle, then 100 miles from Newcastle to Leeds, followed by 80 miles from Leeds to Derby and then finally via Derby 50 miles on to the final destination in West Bromwich, Sandwell.

The Sikh Helpline registered charity based in Sandwell offers free and confidential support to anyone in need. High call volumes are received on issues ranging from grooming, suicide, domestic abuse, mental health and wellbeing and hate crime through to racism and substance addiction. Thriving on providing a support platform to help community members without judgement, the Sikh Helpline has been serving the local and national community for over 30 years.

For more information and to make a donation or take part in the bike ride visit


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