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The Albion Foundation’s Fit Baggies – starting September 2022

If you are aged 35 and over, need to improve your fitness, health, and wellbeing, meet new friends and reduce your weight, then why not  join this fantastic course.  Fit Baggies will run for 12 weeks. Two hours a week of fitness, socialising, nutritional lifestyle education and much more!

There are two sessions:

Monday Sessions: Starting Monday 12th September, until 5th December

  • 10 am to 12 noon, at The Albion Foundation Sports Hall.

Tuesday Sessions: Starting Tuesday, 13th September, until 6th December

  • 5 pm to 7 pm at West Bromwich Leisure Centre.

The staff at Fit Baggies look forward to meeting you!

If you require further information, please contact

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Call to Artists:  Open All Media Exhibition – 30th May to 25th June 2022

The Art Yard are pleased to invite artists to submit work for their Open Exhibition. You can submit up to five pieces or work. There are no special requirements on the type of art or subject matter, all work is very welcome.

The exhibition will be at their new venue which comprises of a spacious exhibition space, balcony gallery, three studios and two dedicated tuition rooms, over two floors.

Please see the attached Introduction and Submission Forms on how to enter.

Submission forms are to be returned by Saturday 28th May 2022.

The Art Yard look forward to seeing your art works and supporting the development of Artists and the arts in the community.

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Cycling is coming to Sandwell – Are you ready to ride?

Cradley Heath Community Link have a vision to use cycling to bring hope, inspiration, community spirit, new skills and confidence to people of all ages across Sandwell.  They would love for YOU to join with them.

The vision includes led bike rides, training young people how to look after their bikes, providing qualifications as bike mechanics, training people to be ride leaders, supporting people into employment and further training, providing bikes for those who can’t afford them and bringing families and communities together.

Thanks to a very generous donation of bikes the project is ready to start.  Paul Latham at Cradley Health Community Link is looking for community organisations across Sandwell who share the vision of bringing inspiration, confidence, new skills and community spirit to children, young people and adults of all ages in your area.

Paul is looking for organisations who can:

  • Provide storage space for around 10 bikes
  • Have one or two volunteers willing to be “cycle champion’s” for the project in your organisation and community.
  • Plus, individuals keen to become a ride leader, bike mechanic or “Cycle Champion”.

To find out more please contact Paul on


Help is at hand!

Could your organisation use a few helping hands, or a fundraising campaign boost? Young people taking part in National Citizen Service (NCS) are looking for projects as part of their Social Action commitment.  Students aged 15-17 from Sandwell schools take part in the scheme over the summer.

As well as taking part in team building activities and different workshops, the young people look at the local issues in their area and what they can do to help the community they live in.

They then go on to plan a social action project, which can be anything from a fundraising event to decorating, clearing up a public area/community centre or raising awareness of a worthy cause.

Action days are July 14th and 28th, and August 11th and 26th.

For more information contact

Wednesbury Community Awards – Nomination process

Wednesbury Community Awards will acknowledge people and organisations whose voluntary work in Wednesbury makes a difference to others. 

Nominations are now open to recognise Wednesbury volunteers who have helped others over the last two years. You can nominate an individual or an organisation. This could be a neighbour who helps with the shopping or calls in to see if you are okay. It could be someone who organises weekly groups or outings, or maybe a club or group whose work in the community has made a real difference to people in the borough.

Individual nominations must be for someone who gives their time in an unpaid capacity and who lives in Wednesbury, or someone who volunteers to benefit the people of Wednesbury. Nominations for a group or organisation must be Wednesbury based and give unpaid time to benefit Wednesbury people.

Volunteers make the difference!

Deadline for nominations to be completed and submitted by 5 pm on Friday, 22nd July 2022.

 Please email completed forms to or return to:

Millennium Centre: Friar Park Rd, Wednesbury, WS10 0JS.

Wednesbury Local: Wednesbury Town Hall, Holyhead Road, Wednesbury, WS10 7DF (10.00 – 2.00 Mon – Fri), or

Riverside Housing Offices: St Vincent Crescent, West Bromwich, B70 0LG

Nominees will have a choice of how to receive their award. However, it is hoped that some will be presented by the Mayor and the Queen impersonator at the Jubilee event in Union Street on 31st May.  There will also be an opportunity for partners to bring leaflets and information for the public.  Market stalls will be available on the day for that purpose.

Please email or to book a space.

The awards are organised in partnership with Sandwell MBC and Riverside Housing.



How Charities are reaching new audiences through Tik Tok

Thinking about creating a Tik Tok account for your charity? In her article, Third Sector reporter, Sam Wait, shows examples of how charities are using TikTok to reach new audiences.

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Made in Smethwick: A lively season of events exploring 200 years of local history, hosted by Chance Heritage Trust

This summer, Chance Heritage Trust is hosting Made in Smethwick – a lively season of events exploring over 200 years of local history in Smethwick and the surrounding area. Already love history? Want a fun day out or want to try something new? Chance Heritage Trust would like to invite you  to get involved.

The first events begin on 8th May, and run all the way through to July, with new events being added all the time:

  •     Guided walks and behind-the-scenes tours to museums and historic places
  •     Family fun with ‘History Cold Case’
  •     How to uncover your own family and social history
  •     How to photograph historic places around Smethwick
  •     Get involved in a community-wide effort to create an interactive map of all the lighthouses around the world that were ‘made in Smethwick’
  •     And loads more!

How to get involved?  Made in Smethwick is open to everyone, and anyone can sign up to the events. Take a look at the programme, see what you like, and register – it’s all free.

If you have any questions or if you’d like to find out more, or are interested in a group booking for your community, please email

National Lottery Community Fund begins review on future of Community Support

The National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) has launched an 18-month Strategy Renewal process that will shape how it supports people and communities to prosper and thrive in the future.

The process is starting with a six-week anonymous survey which will enable diverse communities from across the UK to join in conversations about their hopes and ambitions and the challenges they face, as well as sharing their views on the best ways lottery funding might support their communities. The input gained will help shape how the NLCF invests in communities going forward as well as the wider support it offers.

Full details along with the survey can be found on the NLCF website.

Places of Welcome are starting to reopen

Transforming Communities Together are delighted to inform us that the Places of Welcome network across the Black Country, Staffordshire and northern Shropshire is starting to reopen, in line with the easing of Covid-19 restrictions

For further information visit the website.

Community Transport Minibus hire and MIDAS Training

Community Transport is a multi-regional, registered charity, which has been operating in local communities since the 1960s. One of the many things in which they specialise is accessible passenger transport with the added CT touch!

The organisation works regularly with schools, local authorities, West Midlands Ambulance Service, and many community groups in their operating regions of the Midlands and the North-East of England.

The MIDAS trained drivers are fully equipped to transport passengers of varying degrees of mobility. Undergoing strict background checks, the friendly and professional drivers take passengers to and from their destination safely, in comfort and ease.

If you use your own transport or wish to hire one of CT’s vehicles on a self-drive basis, the charity can offer accessible and standard MIDAS training to ensure that your nominated driver is driving to a safe operating standard.

Community Transport have sites based in Sandwell, Birmingham, Bilston, and Coventry covering the West Midlands and Newcastle, covering the North-east.

Bilston Office: 01902 491 209.   Manager:  Admin:

Coventry Office: 02476 691 433.  Manager:  

Birmingham Office: 0121 771 1520 1520.  Manager:  Admin:


MIDAS Training

For MIDAS related enquiries, please contact the trainers for more information.

Richard Figg on 07889 417 029 or

Anil Heer on 07974 626 841

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