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Community Inspiration Awards 2022

Nominations for the 10th Community Inspiration Awards 2022 are now open. The annual Community Inspiration Awards is organised by the Community Foundation, to recognise outstanding contributions made by staff from public sector organisations, charities, businesses and members of the community, whose efforts have made a positive difference in the community and has inspired and motivated others.

In previous years, Community Foundation has been inundated with hundreds of applications from very high achieving individuals from the community, public sector organisations and businesses.

This year’s Community Inspiration Awards ceremony will take place on 29th March 2022 where a panel of judges will announce the finalists and winners. Like previous years, awards will be presented by various dignitaries, including leading businessman and women, chief officers from public sector organisations and Members of Parliament.

With 15 award categories to choose from, you can nominate somebody who you think deserves an award. Individuals can also submit a self-nomination, with the support of an independent verifier (basically, someone who can vouch for your good work!). Nomination is open to all and there is no minimum or maximum age limit. Individuals can be nominated for more than one award category, where applicable.

Click here for the online nomination form

Completed nomination forms should be returned to  before the deadline of Friday, 18th February 2022.


Warley Woods makes the top 10 of UK parks in the People’s Choice Awards for sixth time

Sandwell Council has announced that the community-run Warley Woods,  has been voted by the public as one of the UK’s top 10 parks, for the sixth year in a row. Each year Keep Britain Tidy – which manages the Green Flag Award® – invites the public to vote in The People’s Choice for their favourite park from more than 1,800 sites.

The People’s Choice UK Top 10 was announced on 24 November at a special virtual award ceremony in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Green Flag Award®.

All of the parks meet the high standards demanded by the scheme, which recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of recreational outdoor spaces across the UK and around the world.

After the counting of the votes, Warley Woods is once again in the top ten. This makes it the sixth year in a row – each year since the new top ten format was adopted by Keep Britain Tidy.

The 100-acre community park in Smethwick – which is managed through a Community Trust – features a mix of open meadow and nine-hole golf course, and has some of the region’s most beautiful woodland, offering nature walks, trails and free parking.

Warley Woods is one of Sandwell’s 14 Green Flag Award® parks and green spaces. Read about the parkes and green spaces at


KeyRing are looking for Community Connection Volunteers In Sandwell

Do you have an interest in supporting a diverse group of people in your local area to live independently and build the life they want?

As a KeyRing Volunteer, your time can be flexible, from 1 – 3 hours per week, that work around you and your commitments. In return KeyRing will provide you with an invaluable experience to enhance your C.V, meet new people and learn new skills.

Keyring can help to unlock your future career in Health and Social Care.

Find out about KeyRing here.

For further information, please call Lucy Downing on 07534 350 167 for an informal chat.


Central & Woods Methodist Christmas Fayre, Springhead, Wednesbury: 27th November 2021

Central & Woods Methodist (The Wesley Centre), Spring Head Wednesbury, are hosting a Christmas Fayre on Saturday 27th November 2021.  There will be lots of Christmas stalls, competitions, cakes and refreshments plus a Santa’s Grotto!

The Christmas Fayre starts at 10am and finish at 1 pm.  Entrance Cost just 20p!

Why not go along and browse the stalls and maybe even start your Christmas shopping!

Everyone welcome.

Warley Baptist Church Christmas Market: 3rd December 2021

Warley Baptist Church would like to invite you to their annual Christmas Market on Friday, 3rd December, between 6 pm to 8.30 pm. 

With over 20 stalls, from Christmas crafts, decorations and gifts for the whole family, there’s something for everyone. All welcome.

Free entry for Children under 16.


A New Leaf! How community organisations can plant themselves at the root of climate change

Sandwell schools and community organisations have a unique opportunity to plant themselves at the root of the climate change race, and leave a legacy for future generations. If you have a tennis court-sized piece of land at your disposal, you could become part of the Tiny Forest programme, helping Birmingham 2022 in their pledge to be the first carbon-neutral Commonwealth Games.

As Birmingham 2022’s Official Nature and Carbon Neutral Supporter, Severn Trent is delivering a series of initiatives, including the creation of 72 tennis court-sized Tiny Forests, to be built in urban areas across the West Midlands. The sites will leave a positive social and environmental legacy, and in doing so, will increase resilience across the region against the threats of climate change and nature loss.

Schools and community groups in the West Midlands have until Friday 26th November to express an interest in hosting a Tiny Forest. Applications also remain open for land owners interested in being part of the Commonwealth Forest. All applications can be made using this link Legacy forests | Severn Trent Water (

The forests will play an important role in connecting thousands of people with nature on their doorstep, and environmental education across the Midlands. Local communities will be invited to help Earthwatch Europe collect data and assess the benefits of the Tiny Forest in their area, including carbon absorption, flood management and the benefit on biodiversity, and community wellbeing as the sites develop.
Severn Trent and Earthwatch Europe will also provide training and resources for schools to help use the Tiny Forest as an inspiring outdoor classroom, with hands-on workshops allowing children to learn first-hand about nature and the environment.

Severn Trent’s Forest Delivery Team are available to answer any questions and can be contacted at

Omega’s Postcards from the Past

Omega, the National Association for End of Life Care, new project, Postcards from the Past, is aimed at engaging mostly with care homes, but is open to anyone who receives little or no personal correspondence.

The charity’s large bank of volunteer pen pals will send regular, friendly postcards which will help to trigger memories, put smiles on faces and help people know there is someone thinking about them. Pen pals will also be encouraged to send birthday and other appropriate greeting cards such as Christmas cards and for some, this may be the only card they receive.

The service is fully safeguarded and from of charge. There is no obligation to reply if people feel unable. If anyone would like to reply, Omega can send any stationery they may need.

To apply for the service, please contact a or call 01743 245 088.

Visit the website


Princes Trust Smethwick recruiting for next 12-week Team Programme

Princes trust Smethwick have completed another successful Team Programme and are recruiting for our next one due to start the 6th December 2021.

The Programme is 12 weeks long but will include a two week break for Christmas. The initiative is for unemployed 16-25 year olds, where they can gain a level 1 Employment teamwork and community skills qualification, first aid and food safety and lots more, whilst improving life skills and confidence.

Participants are issued with travel vouchers and attending the programme does not affect benefits.

If you are aware of anyone who fits the criteria, or would like to know more about the Team Programme, please contact Jack Dytor, Prince’s Trust Team Leader, at or call 07787 245 832


Places of Welcome in Sandwell

Places of Welcome started in Birmingham and is now available in Sandwell. It aims to create a network of safe places where people can connect, belong and contribute. There are now well over 400 venues, rapidly spreading to other villages, towns and cities across England and Wales from its West Midlands base.

One of the goals of the movement is to help build a network of places in each area, where you can make friends and meet people, and can be in any location accessible to the public, including churches, mosques, temples, community centres, housing associations, libraries and pharmacies, even community gardens!

An accessible and hospitable building, open at the same time every week.
Open to everyone regardless of their circumstances or situation, and staffed by volunteers.
A place where people actively listen to one another.
Offering free refreshments (at least a cup of tea and a biscuit) and basic local information.
Recognises that every person coming to a Place of Welcome will bring talents, experiences and skills that they might be willing to share locally.

It is these values that are the key to the whole movement and therefore these cannot be changed or adapted. Each venue agrees to stick to each value. Places of Welcome is not a franchise model and there are no charges for joining.

For newly opened and reopened venues in Sandwell, click here.

If you wish to find out more, please contact Carrie Blount, Places of Welcome & Buddying Facilitator – Black Country on 07377 918 101 or email


Free used primary school furniture available

Powell Office Style, a supplier of education furniture  based in Rowley Regis, have recently replaced primary age furniture for a local school. There is now a stock of used furniture which Powell Office would like to donate to the voluntary sector, free of charge.

The items, see here, will be donated to groups/organisations on a first come basis.  If you cannot collect, Powell Office can deliver, but there may be a charge.

For further details, please contact Sophia on 07836 230229.


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