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A runner sought to represent CARES in the 2018 London Marathon

CARES, the Sandwell based charity which works with, helps and supports unpaid family carers throughout the borough of Sandwell, is appealing for a keen marathon runner to represent the Charity in the 2018 London Marathon on 22 April next year.

Places in the Marathon are always hugely oversubscribed and the General Ballot for 2018 is now closed. CARES, however, has gained a place through the Charity Ballot and is now looking for a runner to raise funds for the charity in next years’ race.

Geoff Foster, Chief Executive Officer of CARES said “This is a great opportunity for a local runner to fulfil a once in a lifetime opportunity, running in the London Marathon. Places in the marathon are often said ‘to be like gold dust’ but CARES has a place in the 2018 race”.

He continued “CARES will pay the entry fee for the runner and will help towards the costs of training and kit. In return we could expect the runner to raise a minimum of £1500 for the Charity”.

Anyone interested should contact CARES on 0121 558 7003 or at

Bearwood Community Unite for Procession of Light

Bearwood Action for Refugees and We are Bearwood are hosting the second annual community Procession of Light in Warley Woods from 6 pm on Saturday 14 October.  Following last year’s successful and popular event, the community of Bearwood will be coming together once again to spread messages of hope, solidarity, friendship and welcome.  All are welcome to join the procession uniting families, community groups and those of different faiths for a torch-lit walk through the woods.

Meeting at The Fountain at 6 pm, bearing torches to light their way, the procession will make its way to The Pavillion where it will culminate.  Representatives from all faiths will be present and speakers from local charity Brushstrokes Sandwell, local Councillor Ann Jaron and Preet Kaur Gill MP will speak on the importance of friendship, welcome and hope within the local community.  Brandhall Community Choir who will perform a selection of songs and will be joined by a choir of children from local schools.

On the weekend before Diwali, the procession’s symbolism will be manifold.  Smethwick Craftivistas are holding workshops, funded by Near Neighbours, with a number of different community groups in the run up to the event. They have created a tutorial that people can use to make their own torch lantern at home, to project their own messages and light pictures into the twilight.   At the culmination of the procession, torch beams, light pictures and messages will join together to create an installation of light.

A free lantern-making workshops run by the Smethwick Craftivistas will take place 4 – 5.30pm in Warley Woods Pavillion prior to the procession for those wanting to make their own torch lantern.  If schools and groups want to discuss how they can get more involved they can e-mail

For more information, images and interviews please telephone Leonie Hart on  07973 128 534 or send an email to Bearwood Action for Refugees at the above address.


Lyng Community Association Youth Club Launch

You are cordially invited to the relaunch of Lyng Community Association’s Youth Club on Saturday, 7 October 2017.  Just drop in between 2 pm & 6 pm at The Good Shepherd Church, Bromford Lane, West Bromwich B70 7HP.

An event for the whole family.  There will be free activities, a raffle, music, food and drinks, together with a few surprises!

Please contact or for more information.



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



Sandwell Safer 6 Campaign to launch with Fire Station Open Day

Sandwell’s autumn Safer 6 campaign is back – and launches with an action-packed open day for all the family at Haden Cross Community Fire Station on Saturday 23 September. The Safer Sandwell Partnership campaign, now in its eighth year, runs for six weeks and includes a focus week for each of the six towns.

Safer 6 is all about partner organisations targeting their efforts and providing extra reassurance during the darker nights, fireworks and bonfire season – a time when crime and anti-social behaviour can rise.

Sandwell Mayor Councillor Ahmadul Haque MBE will officially launch the campaign at a special open day at 10.30 am on Saturday 23 September. The event at Haden Cross Community Fire Station, Halesowen Road, Cradley Heath, runs from 10 am to 4 pm and everyone is welcome.

Get crime prevention advice from West Midlands Police and Sandwell Crime Prevention Panel, watch a chip pan fire demonstration by West Midlands Fire Service and check out Sandwell Council’s Youth Bus promoting young people’s services.

Enjoy music with Black Country Radio and learn about getting fit and active with Sandwell Leisure Trust.
Attractions include face painting, glitter tattoos, a bouncy castle, dance, make-up sessions, a raffle, refreshments and much more.

Each town will have a focus week during the campaign, as follows.
• 25 September to 1 October: Rowley Regis
• 2 – 8 October: Oldbury
• 9 – 15 October: Tipton
• 16 – 22 October: West Bromwich
• 23 – 29 October: Wednesbury
• 30 October – 5 November: Smethwick

Look out for details of activities in your town over the coming weeks at

Follow the campaign on Twitter using the #Safer6 hashtag.

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.


SAFS’ Car Boot Sale

SAFS – Sandwell Asian Family Support Service – provide a range of quality care support services and opportunities to enable South Asian children, young people and adults with disabilities to enhance their quality of life.

SAFS will be holding a car boot sale from 10 am to 1 pm, on Saturday 9 September 2017, at the Windmill Community Centre, Messenger Road, Smethwick B66 3DX

If you would like to purchase a stall, please contact Lewis at SAFS to book your pitch as soon as possible, on 0121 558 2198 or email


Parkrun planned for Sandwell

Parkrun is heading to Sandwell and the hunt is on for volunteers and runners to step in and make it a hit. Parkrun is a timed five-kilometer run which takes place every Saturday morning. Staffed by volunteers, it is free of charge for runners of all abilities to turn up and enjoy running together safely.

The free weekly event is planned for Sandwell Valley, which will join thousands of Parkrun events up and down the country and across five continents. Each Parkrun event is mainly organised by volunteers and Sandwell Council need more people to sign up to help so it can launch the event.

The Sandwell Valley Parkrun will start at 9.00 am every Saturday. Volunteers will be required from 8.30 am -10.30 am for duties including marshalling, timing, result recording and some PR.

Sandwell Council Sport and Leisure staff are leading on the planning of the event but they need your help with the weekly organisation of the run. You don’t have to attend every week, just when you can. Sandwell Council Sport hope to have a pool of volunteers so you can decide on a weekly basis if you can help out. To register your interest to volunteer contact Gemma Ryan at for more information.

Councillor Richard Marshall, cabinet member for leisure, said: “The Parkrun movement is hugely popular and we are happy to help launch one in Sandwell Valley. It gives people of all abilities the chance to run together safely on a Saturday morning and see each week how their times improve. The valley is a great place to hold a Parkrun but we need both runners and volunteers to make it happen.”



Laughter Yoga Open Day Birmingham 2017

The Laughter Yoga Open Day will take place in Birmingham on Saturday, 28 October 2017 at Carrs Lane Conference Centre, Birmingham, B4 7SX.

This will be open to Laughter Professionals, Voluntary Organisations, Community Groups, Education and Health Professionals with the intention to raise awareness of the health benefits of Laughter Yoga in order that Laughter Professionals can find ways of working with these agencies.

There will be keynote speakers from the Laughter community along with Professor Anna Whittaker from Birmingham University whose specialist areas are older people, the immune system and stress.

As well as speakers there will be ‘World Cafe’ style discussions to help find ways to bring more joy and laughter to our communities. There will also be plenty of opportunities for networking and a small Market Place.

This is a not for profit event but there is a charge of £30 pp (£31.84 to take account of fees through Brown Paper Tickets) to cover room hire and speakers.

Refreshments will be provided but attendees will need to make their own arrangements for lunch.

Please click here for more information. You can also contact Maggie Thompson on 07565 218567 or email

Buds Counselling Service

Buds (Better Understanding of Dementia for Sandwell) is offering a free confidential counselling service to Carers of people with Dementia.

The service is available on Tuesdays, 1 pm to 3 pm, at Great Bridge Library, Sheepwash Lane, Tipton. A session will last up to an hour.

If you would like to book a session, please telephone Buds on 0121 565 3721.

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