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Spotlight on My Time Active

1. Tell us what you do.
Mytime Active a are a social enterprise commissioned by Sandwell Public Health to deliver a 24week Healthy Lifestyle and Weight Management programme for Adults and Families who want to learn about healthy eating, physical activity and weight management. We offer a variety of support pathways for individuals, including access to our weight management packages (free for the first 12 weeks), discounts to local gyms and leisure centres and 12 weeks of free weight watchers vouchers (subject to eligibility). Alongside this, we offer all individuals tailored 1:1 support.

2. What is your proudest achievement?
Every day we help people to make long-term positive changes to their, supporting individuals to lose weight and keep it off for good.

3. What is your experience of support received from SCVO
We have found SCVO to be invaluable in supporting the growth of our programmes, through attending both network events and using their various platforms to advertise our service.

4. What is the most valuable lesson you have learnt about working with people in Sandwell?
Everyone person, town and community in Sandwell is unique. We have dedicated town teams who work within the local area, in local GP practices, community centres and libraries to support individuals to access the service locally.

5. What are your plans for the future and some of the challenges you face?
We want to continue to grow our groups and provision, ensuring we have a vast presence across the whole of Sandwell. It is a challenge; however our team are committed to improving the health of Sandwell residents.

6. How can SCVO help to support your organisation in the future?
With continued promotion and networking opportunities!

For further information please contact Louise Pickard the Senior Healthy Lifestyle Specialist on 0121 366 0966 or view their website to see what other services are available at 

Social Saturday Event: Free Drop-in Taster Session

Beat It Percussion CIC is a small Community Interest Company, which aims to bring hands-on drumming activities to people in the community, through the interactive nature of their work people are not just being entertained, but are experiencing real, measurable benefits in their well-being as well as doing something active and great fun.

Beat It Percussion via Drumming Together is coming to Sandwell to offer a free drop-in taster session (everyone welcome) on:

Friday 13th October 2017 from 12.30pm till 2.30pm at Jubilee Park Community Centre, Powys Avenue, Tipton, DY4 0RJ.

Come and meet us, play on some drums and find out about our brand new project coming to Sandwell. This taster session celebrates Social Saturday, a nationwide day of events and activities to celebrate the nation’s booming social enterprise sector.

Drumming Together workshops are multi-sensory music sessions for older people. They are dementia-friendly and promote well-being.

In the workshops you will:
• Try something new in a supportive environment
• Make friends and share laughter
• Play on real instruments (no musical knowledge needed)
• Use drums to ‘talk’ in new ways

After building up our venture in Herefordshire and mid-Wales we are excited to be expanding into Sandwell. Details of our new Drumming Together programme starting in November are soon to be released so watch this space.

To find out more or to register your interest please email us on or visit our website at


Real People, Honest Talk Events

Near Neighbours has created “Real People, Honest Talk” to bring people together to talk about the tough issues around how we live together well.  Everyone is welcome to join to this safe space. The discussions will be about issues in local neighbourhoods that people would like to address.

Real People, Honest Talk is taking place at venues all over The Black Country (see list of venues below, further dates will be added).   Please do join Near Neighbours for food and chat!


• Bring people together within local communities by providing opportunities for positive, constructive and personal encounters and interaction between people who live near one another and have different outlooks, cultures, attitudes or beliefs.
• Facilitate open and honest conversation about issues of concern to everyday people in local communities that could otherwise be difficult to talk about.
• Create safe spaces in which difficult issues associated with living together well amidst differences in outlook, culture, attitudes and beliefs can be discussed openly and constructively, at city-wide level, and in local communities.
• Provide a springboard for further conversations, interactions or collaborative action, strengthening local civil society.

Email Ruth Burgess at or contact 07530 741 923.

Dates and times:

Raglan Road Church Hub, Smethwick
• Wednesday 4th Oct 1:30-3:30pm
• Wednesday 11th Oct 1:30-3:30pm
• Wednesday 18th Oct 1:30-3:30pm

Cradley Heath Community Link
• Wednesday 4th October 1-3pm
• Wednesday 11th October 1-3pm
• Wednesday 18th October 1-3pm

Lodge Community Centre, West Bromwich
• Tuesday 5th December 1:30pm-3:30pm
• Tuesday 12th December 1:30pm-3:30pm
• Tuesday 19th December 1:30pm-3:30pm

Abrahamic Foundation, Smethwick
• Sun 19th Nov 1-3pm
• Sun 3rd Dec 1-3pm


Rooms for Hire at the Kuumba Centre

Sandwell African Caribbean Mental Health Foundation is based at the Kuumba Centre,  Boulton Road, West Bromwich.  The Foundation currently have two rooms for hire.

The rooms are located at the back of a bungalow, separate from the main building. The first room comfortably holds four desks; the smaller second room would be ideal for counselling or one to one meeting.

The rooms are available Monday to Friday, although evening and weekend use could be negotiated. If you are interested, please contact Rosie Nembhardt on 0121 525-1629 or email


SCVO’s ‘Meet the Funder’ Event is back for 2017

Having taken a year out in 2016, Wednesday 22nd November sees the return of SCVO’s ‘Meet the Funder’ event for 2017.

With a focus on Social Capital and Social Investment, this year’s conference and funding fair will be an excellent learning opportunity; sharing good practice and the experiences of others across all things funding-related. And let’s not forget the opportunity to network and forge productive relationships that contribute to the wider benefit and overall sustainability of the region’s voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.

The day combines a keynote address with a number of workshop streams – you can hear directly from funders (including Big Lottery, Ibstock Cory and the Arts Council) about their opportunities, together with hints and tips on how to apply or how about some practical guidance around social media or fundraising from wills and legacies?

And not forgetting our ‘Funder Marketplace’, where you can have a one-to-one conversation with a range of funders, both large and small.

Places are strictly limited to 200, so it really is “first come, first served”: when we reach 200 people there will be no more places released, so early booking is strongly recommended and encouraged!!

Including refreshments and a buffet lunch, the event costs just £20 per ticket for ‘small groups’ (those with an annual income of less than £15,000) and £30 per ticket for ‘large groups’ (those with an annual income of more than £15,000 – incl. statutory bodies) – pricing, particularly for small groups, has been made as accessible as possible thanks to the generosity of our event sponsors.

Book your ticket NOW by visiting our Eventbrite page: ‘Meet the Funder 2017’

Some of the comments from our last event in 2015:

‘Loved the ambition & scope of the day! Great.’

‘Came away with lots of info and good networking.’

‘Very useful sessions and very well put together.’

BUDS’ Fundraising Evening of Music, Comedy and Magic

Buds (Better Understanding of Dementia in Buds) is pleased to announce a fundraising evening of Music, Comedy and Magic at the Village Hotel, Dudley on Thursday 5th October 2017, 7 pm to 10 pm.

The charity will be raising funds whilst giving people an opportunity to get together and have a good evening.

The ticket price of £35.00 includes a complimentary glass of wine, a hot/cold buffet and a raffle with quality prizes.

Do not miss what promises to be a great social event.  Dress to impress.  Wear something blue for Buds.

To book your ticket please call 0121 565 3721 or email



Democracy Week Invitation

Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, set up the West Midlands Leadership Commission to improve opportunities for people from our communities who are under-represented in the governance and direction of the region.

Such groups include minority ethnic (BME); white working-class boys; women; LGBT and disabled people and as part of this initiative, we are committed to ensuring that they have their say in local politics and have the opportunity to become actively involved.

To celebrate European Local Democracy Week (9-15 October) a special event will be held at Sandwell Council, Freeth Street, Oldbury B69 3DE on Thursday, 12 October, between 5.30 – 8 pm.

In conjunction with the main political parties in the area, the event is designed to encourage greater engagement in the democratic process of the West Midlands and inspire people from under-represented communities to stand as councillors in next year’s local elections and beyond.

The Combined Authority would really like events to take place in all seven local authorities, so please get in touch if you are interested in arranging something similar in your area.

If you would like to find out more, or want to attend, please contact Meera Sonecha, Policy Adviser, West Midlands Combined Authority at


Dorothy Parkes Community Centre Surgery Sessions

Do you have an idea for a project, but you just need that extra little bit of support to get your application at its best or to get your project idea off the ground?

Do you need advice or support with your project planning or business plans?

SCVO in partnership with The Dorothy Parkes Community Centre will be commencing fortnightly surgery sessions at the centre, located on Church Road, Smethwick, B67 6EH.

Libby Mahoney, SCVO’s Small Groups Development Officer, will be available fortnightly on Tuesday’s from 1.30pm till 4.00pm at the Dorothy Parkes Centre for booked appointments.

This is your opportunity to discuss your project ideas, business plans or funding application(s) and receive practical support, advice and tips on how to improve the success of your project/application and much more.

The first session will take place on Tuesday 7 November 2017 from 1.30pm for booked appointments and will be fortnightly there after.

Future dates for the surgery sessions include:

  • Tuesday 21 November 2017
  • Tuesday 5 December 2017
  • Tuesday 9 January 2018
  • Tuesday 23 January 2018

Watch this space for more dates of when our surgery sessions will be taking place.

If you are interested in taking advantage of this unique opportunity and want to book your time slot with Libby please email at or call on 0121 5251127 to avoid disappointment.

To see what other services SCVO provides please visit our website at

Fourth Annual Sandwell Recovery Event

For Recovery Month 2017 IRiS Sandwell will be hosting an event on Thursday, 28 September, to bring people together to celebrate Recovery. There will be a 6 a side football tournament, skills challenges, guest speakers, Recovery shares and a free BBQ!

The event, from 10 am – 4 pm, will be free to attend and is open to anyone interested in attending although places will be prioritised for people in Recovery and people who live or work in Sandwell.

If you want to submit a team into the tournament there is a £20 fee which will give you one team entry into the tournament, entry into the skills challenges and a free stall to promote your service.

To request a place, submit a team, enquire about a stall or for more info email or call 01215531333 option 2 and ask for Chris Cole, Jon Hone or Tom Hayden.


Free office equipment

Sandwell Council wish to donate the following office machines, which are surplus to requirements:

Rexel CB256 Simply Bind Office Comb Binding Machine
Fellowes Home Laminator Mars A3.

If you could make use of the either, or both, please contact Heather Chinner at


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