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Can You Complete a Survey for Healthwatch Sandwell?

Healthwatch Sandwell are your local voice for the public in the delivery of health and social care services. We champion the views of service users using health and social care services in Sandwell with the goal of making services better and improving health and wellbeing. As such, we are hoping to plan our work priorities for next year by asking local residents what matters most to them.

This survey will ask about the health and social care services in Sandwell to help us understand your concerns. The completed survey will be anonymised to remove any personally identifiable information. These anonymised findings will be published by Healthwatch Sandwell and shared with stakeholders.

Please complete the survey by clicking here.

Paper copies are available and Healthwatch Sandwell team also happy to help people to complete surveys over the phone by calling Melissa Elders on 078852 14547.

Help us choose our work priorities for 2022/23 by telling us what topics are most important to you.


Love, Protect and Respect Sandwell Parks During Love Parks Week 2021

Sandwell’s welcoming, safe and well-maintained parks provided a vital lifeline for many during lockdown, and now we can Love, Respect and Protect our parks during the annual Love Parks Week, which runs until 1 August 2021.

How can you get involved in Love Parks Week?

Love Parks

Sandwell has 14 parks and green spaces which have been designated Green Flag status, awarded by Keep Britain Tidy to places that are well looked after and that look great. Sandwell’s list includes a park in each of the six towns, a cemetery and a crematorium, as well as Sandwell Valley Country Park and community-run Warley Woods.

For more information about parks in Sandwell, visit https://www.sandwell.gov.uk/info/200249/parks_in_sandwell

Protect Parks

Sandwell Council asks local people to behave sensibly when they visit our parks and open spaces, to respect the plants and resources, and to report any anti-social behaviour they observe to the police or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Respect Parks

Visitors can follow this code to respect their local parks:

  • Be friendly and share the space
  • Respect those working in the park
  • If the bins are full, take your litter home
  • Care for nature – do not cause damage or disturb wildlife
  • Keep your dog under control, and bag and bin dog poo – any bin will do.

Councillor Maria Crompton, Sandwell Council’s Cabinet Member Strong & Resilient Communities, said: “We are very proud to have Green Flag status for 14 of our parks and green spaces. They are a great place for a picnic, for children to keep active on play equipment, a walk with the dog or just a quiet sit down on a bench for a while.

“Our parks are for everyone and we hope to continue to have many visitors not just during Love Parks Week but throughout the year.”

Councillor Rajbir Singh, Leader of Sandwell Council, said: “We hope that the many families who visit our parks over the summer holidays will also Love, Protect and Respect them, even after Love Parks Week has finished. Our parks team work really hard throughout the year to maintain and enhance what we have on offer. And I would also want to thank our many active Friends groups, who volunteer and make such an important contribution to our parks across the borough.”

Love Parks Week is delivered by Love Parks, Keep Britain Tidy and People’s Postcode Lottery.


Four posts at Rights and Equality Sandwell (RES)

Rights and Equality Sandwell (RES) is a charity that works closely with communities in the West Midlands to bring about changes that improve equality and inclusion outcomes for all people, particularly the most vulnerable.

RES is pleased to announce a National Lottery Grant award to deliver activities that will directly support communities through the covid-19 crisis.

This project will strengthen local communities understanding of the coronavirus pandemic, particularly on issues concerning:

  • Social distancing and what this means in practice
  • Good community and neighbourhood support particularly for groups identified as most vulnerable and at risk
  • Intelligence and information sharing that enables services to respond to community priorities and improves community engagement
  • Phone counselling and support across wide ranging social issues

RES is seeking to recruit for the following qualified and experienced posts for a period of 6 months from 1st October 2020 to 31st March 2021. These are:

• Project Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer to be responsible for communications and reporting activities, including preparation of reports, success stories, press releases, and other internal and external program communications (£14,300 for 6 months at 22hrs per week).

Click here to read full job description.

• Community Adviser working with Eastern European communities, developing outreach and engagement activities with excellent written and verbal communication skills; English speaking and ability to speak a an Eastern European language to a sufficient standard to confidently discuss coronavirus issues in every-day terms, in that language (£12,480 for 6 months at 32 hours per week).

Click here to read the full job description.

• Community Adviser working with Black, Asian and newly arrived communities developing outreach and engagement activities with excellent written and verbal communication skills; English speaking and ability to speak another community language – one of Arabic/Swahili/Punjabi or Urdu (£12,480 for 6 months at 32 hours per week).

Click here to read the full job description.

• IT and Communications Officer requires strong IT knowledge coupled with website management and experience of social media content and messaging (£9.360 for 6 months at 18 hours per week).

Click here to read the full job description.

You will need to:

  • be eligible to work in the UK
  • be available from 1st October 2020 to 31st March 2021
  • be competent in using a mobile phone, tablet and laptop and have access to the internet
  • undertake training and attend meetings as required
  • be willing to work unsociable hours or have the flexibility to work the hours to best support the community (this will include some evening and weekend work)

Closing date for applications 13th September 2020.

Interviews held in the week beginning 21st September 2020.

Please forward your CV with supporting statement on how you meet the person specification criteria outlined above to Permjeet.panesar@rightsandequalitysandwell.co.uk by 13th September 2020.

For further details, please contact: Permjeet.panesar@rightsandequalitysandwell.co.uk
Tel: 0121 541 1775


Launch of Longleigh Foundation Community Fund

Heart of England Community Foundation has launched the Longleigh Community Fund! It aims to improve hate related and discriminatory behaviour in the Black Country.

The Longleigh Foundation Community Fund aims to support registered charities, community and voluntary organisations making efforts to improve discriminatory and hate-related behaviour in communities across the Black Country.

Applications may provide:

  • Better understanding of discriminatory/hate-related behaviour and propose solutions/recommendations.
  • Delivery of new/existing services/activities that address discriminatory/hate-related behaviour.
  • Educational and awareness raising programmes with specific/diverse groups in the community.

There’s grants of £5,000 available for organisations based in the Black Country, specifically the boroughs of Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton.

For more information click here.

Source: Heart of England Community Foundation


React Martial Arts

Who are React Martial Arts?

React Martial Arts was set up in August 2014 as a kickboxing organisation designed to make kickboxing and martial arts more accessible to all.

For more information on the organisation visit their website at www.reactmartialarts.co.uk

1) Tell us what you do.

We run Kickboxing classes for ages 5+ at St Michael’s School, Rowley Regis on Tuesday evenings between 19:00-20:00. Classes are taught in a controlled and fun environment to encourage everyone to develop at their own pace, with regular grading’s to allow students to show what they have learnt.

We also take a small group of fighters to compete locally, nationally and internationally. And lastly we sometimes do work in schools such as special martial arts taster days.

2) What is your proudest achievement?

Our proudest achieve is having two England squad members who recently won a gold medal each at the ICO World Championships. In total taking 6 medals from 6 categories.

3) What is the most valuable lesson you have learnt about working with people in Sandwell?

The most valuable lesson we have learnt about working with people in Sandwell is that people need to take things at their own pace and it’s important to listen to what they want and where they are on their individual journey.

4) What are your plans for the future and some of the challenges you face?

Our plans for the future are to continue to make Kickboxing accessible to all and to educate our community that despite common misconceptions that martial arts promote violence and fighting, martial arts is about teaching control, discipline and can help to tackle mental health concern.

5) How can SCVO help to support your organisation in the future?

SCVO can help through reiterating the above point that Kickboxing is not just about fighting but about teaching respect, discipline, and control whenever possible and supporting is to share our accomplishments and success to a wider audience enabling us to demonstrate to others where kickboxing as a sport can take them.

If you’d like to find out more about these services and Tuesday evenings session at St Michael’s school please contact Arron Walker on 07539 383 299 or via email at reactmartialarts@outlook.com


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