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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.

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

Does acepella make you want to sing?

Established in 1977, the West Midlands Barbershop Harmony Club, better known as Anvil Chorus, is a group of around 35 men of all ages, with a passion for acapella singing in the Barbershop Harmony style.

The rehearsal venue is Grove Vale School, Monksfield Road, Great Barr. The school is close to the M6, easily accessible from all parts of the West Midlands. The club meet on Tuesdays from 7.30 – 10.00 pm.

Do you enjoy singing in a group, without instruments, or would try like to try singing in a traditional barbershop style? If so, new members are always welcomed.

The club is not a theatrical or theological organisation, just a registered charity of singers. Anvil Chorus is happy travel to entertain at weddings, shows, functions and fundraising events.

For further information visit the website or email

Reducing Parental Conflict Training

Conflict between parents is a normal part of relationships. There is a large body of evidence that shows that where parental conflict is frequent, intense and poorly resolved, it puts children’s long-term outcomes at risk.

The training programme about Reducing Parental Conflict was developed by the Department for Work and Pensions and has been rolled out in Sandwell over the past five months. It is suitable for staff from a range of voluntary and statutory agencies.

Feedback from recent course participants:

“This training would benefit all professionals working with adults and families”

“Good understanding of the tools and resources for use.”

“The training has given me the confidence to approach parents where I feel parental conflict might be present”

To book on the remaining courses in February and March 2020, run by the Parent Support Team at Sandwell Council, please go to

Free Food Courses at West Bromwich Food Bank

The West Bromwich Food Bank, based at the Community (Elim) Church, Victoria Street, West Bromwich, B70 8EX, have recently launched free food courses. The courses take place on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm.

Cooking on a budget
Attendees are shown how to cook simple meals, using ingredients they have received from the food bank. Clients can take away the meal. It is hoped these demonstrations will show that tasty meals can be prepared on a budget, without lots of ingredients and also encourage people to eat more healthily!

Online study
Students who pass the online course will receive a Level 2 (catering) Food Hygiene qualification. Participants learn at their own pace. The qualification could help improve job prospects.

Please telephone 0121 580 0068 to speak to someone at West Bromwich Foodbank.

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Sandwell and Birmingham Mela 2020

The Sandwell and Birmingham Mela 2020 will take place over the weekend of  Saturday and Sunday, 18th & 19th July, at Victoria Park, Smethwick. This year is the 10th birthday of the UK’s biggest South Asian music festival.

The festival will feature local and international musicians, dance, funfair, cultural arts and traditional food.

Do not miss this annual spectacular event which runs from 12 noon to 7 pm both days!

Tickets, from £2.00 per person, per day, are available to buy online or at the gate.

For more information and to book visit

See the Facebook page.

Make a Difference in 2020 – Volunteer!

Do you enjoy visiting Jubilee Park? Then why not join the Friends of Jubilee Park and help them to keep the park looking good.

They are looking to connect with individuals who can spare the time to help them undertake small community activities and events in the park, to help them keep the park tidy by supporting their litter picking events or by becoming a member of their management committee, all needed to help keep the park a beautiful space throughout the year.

They’d also encourage all park users to do their bit by using the bins provided to dispose of litter and cleaning up after their dogs.

Where would Jubilee Park be without its volunteers? Nowhere! People can volunteer during the week and at weekends as well as evenings during the summer.

If you feel that volunteering with the Friends of Jubilee Park would make 2020 richer and more meaningful for you, please contact Eileen Churchill on 0121 5204322 and see if there is a match for you.

#Stronger Sandwell

InteGreat Theatre Performs Jack and the 3 Panto Lands

InteGreat Theatre are a community theatre group for deaf and hearing adults in Birmingham, and are very happy to do their first ever Pantomime called ‘Jack & the 3 Panto Lands’ which is a mixture of 4 well know pantomimes.

The cast is a mixture of deaf and hearing actors and all sign, we have interpreters who provide voice over for the hearing audience that don’t sign so is accessible to both deaf and hearing audiences.

Featuring Goldilocks, Snow White and Cinderalla and taking place at the Midlands Arts Centre, Cannon Hill Park, Queens Ride, Birmingham, B12 9QH on Saturday 18th January 2020 (Adults Only) and Sunday 19th January 2020 2.30pm (Family friendly all ages)

Ticket prices: Adults £7, Children £4

To buy a ticket please phone 0121 446 3232 or visit
For general enquiries e-mail

Further information about Integreat Theatre Performance – please view –

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