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Creative Connections Commissions

Inspired by the positive responses around the world from balcony singing in Italy to digital choir platforms and #lockdownkitchendisco, Creative Black Country are looking for creative responses to the social distancing challenge which bring fun, joy and creativity to local people in the Black Country, and keep people connected.

There’s commissions of between £500 and £2,000 for projects that develop creative activity with and for local communities.

The deadline is the 13th April. Find out more here.

Food Donations Urgently Required – West Bromwich Food Bank

West Bromwich Food Bank located in West Bromwich Community Church, 23 Victoria Street, West Bromwich B70 8EX urgently needs your help, to continue to meet the increasing demands being place on them for food from those in need. We appreciate that this is a challenging time for everyone however, any food items that you can spare to help out are gratefully welcomed.

Can you help by donating any of the following or other items:

  • Cereal
  • Soup
  • Beans
  • Tinned vegetables
  • Tinned meat
  • Fish
  • Milk
  • Rice pudding
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Tinned fruit
  • Coffee
  • Tea bags

The food bank is open Monday to Friday between 12.00 and 1.30pm at the West Bromwich Church. If you are able to donate you can drop the items off during this time. Please remember social distancing will be in operation to keep everyone safe.

For more information please email Keith Turner at

The Contribution of Caribbean People to the NHS

The Kingsway Project will be doing a display for 2020 on the Contribution of Caribbean People to the NHS. A booklet is to be produced and will be available from October 2020.

The NHS was established within a month of the Windrush generation arriving in the UK in 1948. Caribbean people were keen to establish themselves in Britain and pursue new careers. Many of them sought employment in the newly-created NHS. They have played a vital role in the NHS from the earliest days.

The Project would like to hear stories from a variety of people who work or have worked for the NHS in the traditional roles of nurses and doctors, but also from wider professions and departments such as paramedics, speech and language therapist, occupational therapists, physiotherapist, mental health nurses, podiatrists, dentists, caterers and porters.

This project aims to collect the stories of those who worked and are working in the NHS to make known the contribution of the Caribbean people to the backbone of the NHS.

Please answer the questions that are relevant to you on the attached questionnaire and return to Annette or Lorna at

For further information please email

Completed questionnaires to be returned by the end of April.

Sports Photography Workshop – Call For Photographers

As part of Cradley Heath Green Landscapes project being run by Midland Film And Art (c/o The Art Yard), you are invited to take part in a free community sports photography workshop and follow up studio session led by Peter Lopeman.

The workshop and studio session will take place on two successive weekends in April and/or early May 2020. Amateur league fixtures are only released for the Birmingham County Football Association on a monthly basis, therefore, the workshop day and date can only be arranged at very short notice. Participants should be prepared to commit to taking part on that basis.

Booking is essential and is on a first come basis.

For further information about the project click here.

To book your place telephone Martyn Harris on 07954 306223 or email

Invitation to Sandwell’s Big Bike Revival Spring Networking Event

Spring is in the air! Let`s think positively. The weather can only get better and you are invited to Sandwell’s Big Bike Revival Spring Networking event. The event is 11 am – 1.30 pm on Thursday, 26 March, at Malthouse Activity Centre, Hurst Lane, Tipton DY4 9AB

You may be a community group, an individual, company or organisation, and you are interested in adding a new activity to your programme. This could be developing your current regime or you just want to go along to be tantalised by ideas that improve health, the environment, and create or sustain local social meeting points.  If this ticks all the boxes, then this event is for you.

Cycling is at the heart of what Cycling UK offers. You can participate in a Learn To Ride Experience for adults or children in your area, `Get back into Cycling` after not being on a bike for years or a see a DR Bike, where you get your communities’ bikes out of their sheds and have them tweaked for FREE.

Spaces are limited so please contact Lesley Easter now to book your place on 07867 175716 or email

Please let Lesley know if:

• You need a parking space or need bike storage.
• You need any cognitive or physical support with accessibility or participation.

Lunch is provided but do advise of any dietary requirements at the time of acceptance.

For lots more information and to view a map click here.

Let’s Talk Hope in Sandwell Cancer Support

Let’s Talk Hope provides support to people who have, or has survived cancer, as well as their families and friends, in a relaxed and friendly environment.

The group meets once a month at the YCA, Greets Green Access Centre, Tildasley Street, West Bromwich B70 9SJ.

Let’s Talk Hope in Sandwell also have a Facebook group, which raises awareness and helps make journeys a little easier.

Key Members Sought

Dealing with isolation, depression and the effects of bullying is what brings together members of the Sandwell Asian Mental Health Support Group.

They get together informally on a Wednesday afternoon at Oldbury Library for a cuppa and a chat, and rely on each other’s support to bring positivity and companionship into their lives.

They are now considering constituting as a charity, and are looking to recruit a Treasurer and Secretary.

Leader Bally said: “We would like to expand and support more people but do that need to have a more formal constitution. A couple of people to take on committee roles would help us a great deal.”

If you’re interested to know more, call 0121 569 4955 and leave a message for Bally, or go to twitter @samhsg18

The Albion Foundation recruiting for National Citizen Service positions this summer

The Albion Foundation is recruiting for National Citizen Service seasonal positions this summer. There is a Wave Leader vacancy and several Team Leader and Assistant Team Leader roles on offer.

The National Citizen Service (NCS) is a once in a lifetime unique opportunity for 15-17 year olds. NCS helps participants build skills for work and life: introducing them to new challenges; working in a team where they’ll create new friendships and grow as both an individual and a member of their community.

The programme operates during the summer after the GCSE exam period for 15-17 year olds in the Sandwell Area. The programme involves two five-day residential stays (Mon-Fri) and then taking part in a team project.

NCS works in 4 phases:
Phase 1: A 5-day residential programme taking part in team building and exciting activities
Phase 2: A 5-day residential programme learning life skills
Phase 3: A 10-day social action programme in the local community, including further skills sessions
Phase 4: A graduation for the young people to receive their NCS certificate

All candidates must be available for at least one of Wave.

For full details, please see links below

NCS Wave Leader
VCS Team Leader
NCS Assistant Team Leader

To discuss any of the positions, please contact 0871 271 9840.

Applications close at 5 pm on Friday, 28 February 2020.

GM2LF – Community Party and AGM

Come and join the fun at the ‘Community Party and AGM’ of the Grace Mary to Lion Farm Big Local Partnership.

Taking place on Wednesday, 18th March from 6pm – 8pm at Oakham Evangelical Church, City Road, Tividale, Oldbury, B69 1QZ there will be:

  • Live entertainment
  • Dance performances
  • An opportunity to find out what’s been happening where you live (across the GM2LF Big Local area)
  • Hear about the NEW Big Local Plan
  • Free buffet and refreshments.

Visit: for more information about the Big Local Partnership and to drop them a line to let them know you’re planning to attend.

Register your creativity!

May is Creativity Month across the UK, and we’ve been invited to help put Sandwell on the map. If your organisation offers any kind of creative activity that’s open to the public, you can register for free to be showcased by one of three national festivals:

‘Age of Creativity’ runs the entire month and is dedicated to creative and cultural activity for older people.

‘Get Creative Festival’ runs May 9-17, open to register any participatory events but with a focus on dance and disability.

And Creativity and Wellbeing Week runs May 18-24, open to any creative events with a wellbeing angle but especially focused this year on mental health and young people, climate change, public health and everyday creativity.

Register your event at

Want to get a head start on planning your event? See the event planning toolkit for 2020 which has lots of useful tips.

For more information contact

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