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Sugar Smart Sandwell Launched

The Sugar Smart Sandwell campaign was launched today with the aim of helping people reduce the amount of sugar in their diet.

Based on the national Change4Life Sugar Swaps campaign, Sugar Smart Sandwell is inviting local companies and organisations to get involved in promoting healthier food choices.

This may involve promoting a healthy workplace scheme, holding a healthy recipe demo or removing adverts for sugar. There are so many ideas that can encourage changes.

Sandwell Leisure Trust has made the first pledge to improve vending options.
Sandwell Leisure Trust chief executive Ash Rai said: “As a healthy workplace, Sandwell Leisure Trust is looking to get involved with as many Sugar Smart Sandwell actions as possible. Some people consume as many as 40 teaspoons of sugar every day. That is more than five times the recommended daily allowance!’’

Lisa McNally, Sandwell’s director of public health, said: “Earlier this year we saw hundreds of Sandwell kids give up sugary drinks during Fizz Free February. We also promote the Change4Life Sugar Swaps campaign to local schools.
“But this isn’t just an issue for kids. All of us, through our businesses and organisations, can help make healthy food choices easier.”

The campaign aims to recruit 50 organisations across Sandwell sign up to the Sugar Smart initiative by February 2020 and pledge to raise awareness and encourage action to reduce sugar intake. A network of ambassadors will be recruited to work across all sectors (e.g. workplaces, schools, health, businesses, leisure centres and community organisations).

People interested in the campaign should go to

Would you like to Exhibit/Promote at Sandwell College Freshers Events in September?

Sandwell College Freshers Events will be taking place on Tuesday 10th September 2019 at our Central Campus and on Thursday 12th September at our Central Sixth Campus where we welcome thousands of new and returning students (not to mention hundreds of staff).

The Events will be held in the Atrium entrance of the College Campuses and the events will be “live” from 11.30am – 1.30pm. Setting up time will be from 10.30am

If you are keen to promote to our college community, particularly the large 16-19 population, then please contact

Bookings will need to be made in advance so please make contact ASAP if you are interested or call 0121 667 5022.

Week of Free Play in Sandwell

Sandwell Play Week will run for five days from Monday 5 August through to Friday 9 August, to coincide with National Play Day on Wednesday 7 August.

Children can take part in sports, arts and crafts galore to celebrate children’s right to play with Sandwell’s first Play Week!

During the week there will be a ‘build-a-thon’ theme with den building, giant cardboard creations and Lego masters, along with sports, games, craft activities and performance art including a street theatre, dance and a community choir.

All activities are free of charge.

Activities take place daily from 11am to 4pm, except at Lightwoods Park which is 11am to 2pm and is followed by sports activities from the Benson Community Project from 2pm.

• Jubilee Park, Tipton, on Monday 5 August
• Barnford Park, Oldbury, on Tuesday 6 August
• Lightwoods Park, Bearwood, on Wednesday 7 August (please park on the top extension field off Galton Road)
• Dartmouth Park Pavilion, West Bromwich, on Wednesday 7 August
• Brunswick Park, Wednesbury, on Thursday 8 August
• Haden Hill Park, Cradley Heath, on Friday 9 August

Play Week is organised by Sandwell Council’s play service, Go Play Sandwell, and four partner organisations: Creative Academies, Groundwork West Midlands, Murray Hall Community Trust and The Albion Foundation.

For more information about Play Week, or to find out about other free play activities on offer in Sandwell, please visit

Space Available at Wednesbury Library

Quality space for flexible use is available at Wednesbury library, Hollies Drive, Wednesbury WS10 9EH. There are a number of spaces available of different sizes. All are situated on the first floor with a lift offering full wheelchair access. The library is located in the centre of Wednesbury, conveniently situated next to local shops and amenities.

It has good public transport links and road networks
The rooms offer privacy whilst at the same time allowing you to meet and greet clients in the informal and relaxed atmosphere of Wednesbury library.
Rooms key features
• Wifi
• Wall mounted plug sockets
• Light furnished areas
• Access shared with Library
• Adjacent shared kitchen with fridge and microwave
• Accessible toilet

Prices range from £4000 per annum to £16,500 per annum (depending on size).

Sandwell Library and Information Service welcomes offers from all, but is particularly keen to share space and work in partnership with organisations that can contribute to our core offers of reading, health, information, digital, learning or culture, or supports other Sandwell Council objectives. Occupancy would be offered on a licence to occupy basis for up to 3 years.For viewing please contact:-

Samantha Goode – 0121 569 4945

For more information (including library opening hours) follow the link below
Applications must be made on a formal application form available from the library or by contacting Dawn Winter on 0121 569 4922

Dorothy Parkes Community Allotment Plot Open Day

You are cordially invited to the Dorothy Parkes Centre Community Allotment Plot Open Day at Bearwood Allotments, Dale Street, Bearwood B66 4HX.   The Open Day is on Saturday 3 August 2019, 12 pm to 3 pm.

Go along and help the Centre celebrate the development of their accessible community allotment plot.

Join in with ‘Pebble Painting’
Make ‘Tree Cookies’
Listen to the Blackheath Ukelele Collective
Meet the Deputy Mayor of Sandwell
Find out how you can be involved in the plot

Refreshments available. Everyone welcome!

RSVP to Karen on 07752 578 117 or email

Still Time to Enter Wednesbury In Bloom

Wednesbury in Bloom is back and there is still chance to enter this summer’s competition to win a range of prizes.

Keen growers can enter five categories: Best Garden, Best Hanging Basket, Best Planter Display, Best Children’s Display and Best Business Display. The deadline for entries is 20 July.

The winner of each category can win a £50 voucher. The competition has been organised by Wednesbury Local office, Riverside and local councillors.

Councillor Olwen Jones, town chair for Wednesbury, said: “This competition has been a real success story in recent years and we have found many excellent gardeners and garden displays. I would urge anyone who is proud of their displays to enter and join in the fun and try to win one of the prizes.”

The winners of the competition will be announced at the Wednesbury Summer Fete on Saturday 10 August at Wednesbury Town Hall. The event will start at 10.30 am and will end at 3pm. There will be live entertainment, kids activities, home-made crafts and refreshments perfect for all the family.

Gardeners can enter by calling Riverside on 0121 532 5426 or 07870 809387 or Wednesbury Local office on 0121 368 1166 or by emailing

Sandwell Residents – What Matters To You

Healthwatch Sandwell are your local voice for the public in the delivery of health and social care services. As part of our role we carry out evaluations of services to understand the experiences of people who are using them. We use the feedback that we collect to share with the service providers and commissioners and work with them to look for ways that services can be improved.

Part of the way that we do that is to carry out a number of projects that focus on particular services or groups of people living in Sandwell that are based on the priorities of members of the public, service providers and service commissioners. Therefore, we are carrying out this survey to find out from members of the public what you think we should concentrate on for the next 12 months.

Our survey can be found here:

We would be grateful if you could complete our survey and if possible forward it to any contacts you may have.
Thank you for your support. The survey is ongoing.

Armed Forces Day at Dartmouth Park This Saturday

A military parade and a host of family fun and entertainment are being lined up to celebrate Armed Forces Day in Sandwell this Saturday (29 June).

The event at Dartmouth Park, West Bromwich, starts with a parade at 11am, followed by a fun day with entertainment, singing and military-themed stalls running until 2pm.

Entry is free and entertainment includes wartime songs from Funtime Theatre and Maggie O’Hara and Creative Academies putting on sports and children’s activities. Young people can also check out the youth bus and a climbing wall.

Sandwell Council Leader Councillor Yvonne Davies said: “The celebration gives people of all ages an opportunity to show their support for all the men and women who have served our country in our armed forces. I would encourage everyone to come along, bring their friends and families and have a wonderful day out.

“This event will have added significance this year with this month marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day and, coming up later in the year, the 80th anniversary of the start of the Second World War.”

Sandwell Summit 2019 – Come and Join the Conversation

You are invited to attend the Sandwell Summit 2019 to celebrate the great things we’re doing in Sandwell and explore how we can work together to achieve more.

We need your help and ideas about keeping it local. Focusing on our community assets, getting the most out of the Sandwell pound and involving local people and local businesses in shaping solutions for Sandwell.

Thursday 11 July, 4.30pm – 7.30pm
The Hawthorns, Richardson Suite, West Bromwich Albion Football Club, B71 4LF. Light refreshments will be available at 4.30pm

Please book your place by 12th June 2019 by e-mailing

We also want to hear your good news stories about the great projects going on in your town. If you’ve got a story to celebrate, tell us at

Please let us know if you have any food allergies or special dietary needs.

Join Us For Armed Forces Family Day

A military parade and a host of family fun and entertainment are being lined up to celebrate Armed Forces Day in Sandwell on Saturday 29 June.

The event at Dartmouth Park starts with a parade at 11am, followed by a fun day with entertainment, singing and military-themed stalls running until 2pm.

Entry is free and entertainment includes singer Maggie O’Hara and Creative Academies putting on sports and children’s activities. Young people can also check out the youth bus.

The celebration gives people an opportunity to show their support for men and women in the armed forces. It will have added significance this year with 2019 marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the 80th anniversary of the start of the Second World War.

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