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Aston Villa Corporate Hospitality Prize Draw

The Dorothy Parkes Centre have been gifted two tickets to watch Aston Villa v Watford in the New Year.  The lucky winners will be able to watch the 7.30 pm match on Tuesday, 21 January, at Villa Park, from an executive box with full VIP hospitality.

For just £5.00 you can enter a prize draw with a chance of winning this fantastic prize. The draw will take place at 4 pm on Friday, 20 December, and entries can be made online via the Dorothy Parkes website. If football is not for you, it would be a brilliant Christmas gift for someone special or a deserving employee.

The Dorothy Parkes Centre provides a place of welcome and opportunity for the people of Smethwick and the wider community. All monies raised from this prize draw will be reinvested back into the Centre in 2020.


Fancy Volunteering with RSPB?

Do you want to develop important skills in areas like communication, people engagement and networking, while being part of a fully supportive and friendly team?

The Community Outreach Team at Sandwell Valley are urgently looking for volunteers to join them. The team helps the reserve to raise the awareness of nature and conservation out in the community and to inspire people to visit the wonderful RSPB Sandwell Valley reserve.

What the RSPB Do:
Daytime local community events include Spring Fayres, Fetes, School Holiday Events, Halloween, etc. Talking to people about visiting RSPB Sandwell Valley reserve and encouraging families to become more aware of nature in a fun and informative way.

The craft-based family activities at these events engage with youngsters to make simple wildlife-themed crafts and take part in fun wildlife challenges. Volunteers help to support outdoor local community projects and organisations who are looking for basic, practical advice on how to attract wildlife and work with nature for their planting schemes and outdoor projects.

RSPB are looking to build a strong team of volunteers, who can commit in advance to events which are pre-booked throughout the year.   Volunteers can also get involved with helping to book and organise the Team’s attendance at events. Full training and support will be provided.

What’s in it for you?
You will gain valuable skills and experience, including communication, publicity, people engagement, working with families, organising and networking.  You will receive one-to-one support and training and have opportunities to learn and develop if you wish to.

You will get a valuable experience within the largest environmental charity in Europe. This experience can help you get involved in the conservation/charity sector. Expenses will be reimbursed.

If this sounds interesting, the RSPB would be delighted to hear from you.  Please express your interest by emailing Kostas Smponias, Volunteer Recruitment Officer, at or by calling on 07710760352.

Page to Stage: Music for Mental Health

Passionate about mental health? Want to create new music? As the world is beginning to open up about mental health, The People’s Orchestra and Show Choirs provide a platform to share your experiences and raise the profile of this important issue through the Page to Stage project.

Join The People’s Orchestra for a composition workshop, on Saturday, 16 November, 1 pm to 6 pm. You do not need to have musical training to take part, just an interest in sharing your experiences of mental health and being part of the creative process.

Ideas and soundscapes from the day will be combined into a specially commissioned piece of music for The People’s Orchestra and Show Choirs, to be premiered in a concert next year.

1.00 pm Welcome and Warm up

1.15 pm Poetry Workshop: contribute thoughts and experiences around mental health.

2.30 pm Collaborate and create: a musical composition workshop with Kirsty Devaney

5.30 pm Informal performance to family and friends.

Get in touch on 0121 569 2616 to let The People’s Orchestra know you are coming.

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Christmas Give a Gift Campaign

The St Albans and Dorothy Parkes Centres are launching their annual Christmas Give a Gift Campaign, working in partnership with Your Trusted Charity.

The Centres would like to work with local VCS organisations, businesses and schools to request donations for both children and older people.  Gifts for children will be donated to Your Trusted Charity, to distribute in Sandwell General Hospital. Gifts for older people will be distributed to local care and nursing homes, giving to those without family who do not receive gifts. The response to last year’s Give a Gift Campaign was incredible.  There were some very generous donations.

St Albans and Dorothy Parkes hope this year’s response will be equally generous, to enable them to reach as many children and older people as possible.

Gifts may be donated at:
St Albans Community Centre, St Albans Road, Smethwick B67 7NL. Telephone 0121 558 0018.

Dorothy Parkes Centre, Church Road, Smethwick B67 6EH. Telephone 0121 558 2998.

The closing date for donations is Friday, 6 December, 2019.

Join Alison on Charity Walk for Peace

Alison Pugh, Director of BUDS, is taking part in the Charity Walk for Peace on Saturday, 26th October, at West Park, Wolverhampton.

Alison says, “I am delighted to be joining the Charity Walk for Peace again this year and in the local area. The Walk is a great opportunity to take in the scenery and atmosphere and raise funds for BUDS.”

You can help raise funds for BUDS by sponsoring Alison.   Please see here.

Anyone who would like to register for the walk can do so by visiting

BUDS 10th Year Anniversary Dinner

You are cordially invited to BUDS 10th Year Anniversary Dinner on Friday, 8th November, 2019. The reception will be 6.15 pm at Brandhall Labour Club, Tame Road, Oldbury, B68 OJT.

Tickets are £35.00 each, or £325.00 for a table of 10 people. The four our course meal will be followed by entertainment provided by Doug Parker, Comedian.

To book your ticket telephone please contact BUDS on 0121 565 3721.

Caribbean Coffee Morning Fundraiser at Kuumba Centre

The Sandwell African Caribbean Mental Health Foundation (SACMHF) was founded in May 2000. SACMHF provides a range of bespoke culturally responsive services predominately for African Caribbean descendants and their families experiencing severe mental illness in the wider community.

The Sandwell African Caribbean Mental Health Foundation, based at the Kuumba Centre, Boulton Road (off  Spon Lane), West Bromwich, will be holding its first annual Caribbean Coffee Morning Fundraiser, on Friday 18th October, 10 am to 3 pm.

The Coffee Morning is open to the public and there will be a variety of Caribbean delicacies on sale such as Bun ‘n’ Cheese, Caribbean fruit cake, Coconut Drops, Gizzada, Sweet Potatoe Pudding, Toto etc. The treats and delicacies will be made by the Staff and some purchased from local Caribbean stores.

By serving Caribbean style treats and hot drinks on the day, SACMHF hope to bring a little piece of the Caribbean to the local community for all to enjoy and partake.

The Albion Foundation is offering support

The Albion Foundation is looking to launch a Social Action Project. Although it has many ideas, the Foundation is looking at projects that are already in motion and may need support.

If groups have a project or ideas which would be suitable for the Albion Foundation to get on board, Jayne Norton, Inspire Coach, would like to her from you.  Email

Please bear in mind the Foundation’s students, who will be supporting, are aged 11-14.

Sixty Plus Activity Sessions

Accord Age Matters are delivering a 12 week physical activity programme aimed at Sandwell residents aged 60 plus.

The group sessions are designed to help improve strength and balance, make your heart stronger and improve mobility and overall health. The exercises are held in a safe, informal and friendly environment where you can make new friends or catch up with old ones.

Classes cost £2.50 and are based at locations across all six towns, including:

Bleakhouse Library (Wed) 3 – 4.30 pm

Baptist Church, Vicar Street (Mon) 10 am – 12 noon
Friar Park Millennium Centre (Wed) 10 am – 12 noon

Please telephone 0121 568 3950 for your nearest 60 plus activity group session.

After completing the programme Accord Age Matters can help you connect with the many activity sessions that take place throughout the borough. You can find an activity that meets your needs or one that you may not have thought of trying before!

Commonwealth Games Strategic Transport Plan

The first draft of the Commonwealth Games Strategic Transport Plan has been approved and published. The publication marks the beginning of a 12 week engagement period during which Transport for West Midlands want to hear your views on whether they have the right guiding principles and how you would like to be kept informed as they progress with transport planning.

Members of the public are invited to comment on the draft plan between Monday 16 September and Friday 6 December 2019. The full draft plan, can be found along with a Q&A document and survey.

Copies of the survey, the draft Games Strategic Transport Plan or the supporting leaflet can be provided different formats. Just get in touch with the team at

Transport for West Midlands are determined to make the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games the best they can, which is why they are asking for your support in gathering as many views as possible.

There are also a number of public engagements events happening in the West Midlands. In Sandwell they are on:

Wednesday, 6 November
3 pm – 7 pm
Dorothy Park Community Centre, Church Road, Smethwick, B67 6EH

Saturday, 9 November
10 am – 3 pm
Exhibition Bus, Freeth Street, Oldbury, B69 3DE

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