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New weekly social walk in Brunswick Park, Wednesbury

Alison Hartshorne, from the Neighbourhoods Partnership Team, has organised a new social walk in Brunswick Park, Wednesbury.  The weekly walk will be on Monday mornings, with the first walk to be on Monday, 27th September.  Participants meet at the Sons of Rest building at 10.15 for a 10 .30 start. Stay after the walk for a cuppa and a biscuit too!  Please see flyer.

The Partnership Team are also looking for volunteers who may want to assist with this session or start a new walk – to be a walk leader. You will need to complete some training. For details of the next course below:

The next Ramblers Wellbeing Walks Sandwell Stride Walk Leader training course is on Wednesday, 20 October, 10.00 am – 1.00 pm on MS Teams.

There are several pre-learning requirements before doing the training.
Ramblers Wellbeing Walks Online Introduction (approx. 40 mins)
Walk Leadership Foundations e-learning (approx. 90 mins)
Shadow a Sandwell Stride Ramblers Wellbeing Walk

See link for a list of the Sandwell walks so you can find one to shadow that works best for you.

If you are interested in volunteering or the walk leader training, please contact Mandy Williams, Public Heath Development Officer, at or call 07768 213211. Once registered, Mandy will arrange for you to have access to Assemble the Ramblers online volunteer portal so you can complete the online pre-course learning.

You may also be interested to know that there is a ‘Brunswick Buggies’ walk, every Friday morning from 10.30 am.


Black Country Foodbank: 2021 Harvest Campaign

Harvest (September to the end of October) is one of the most important times of the year for Black Country Foodbank. It’s a good time to restock our shelves after the demands of the summer holidays. This year, in the wake of the Covid-19, your donations will be crucial.

Black Country Foodbank are thankful that many schools, faith groups, community groups and businesses donate vital food, toiletries and finances to help support food banks as they navigate new challenges and families manage increasing financial pressures.

The past year has been a real struggle for many families and the future looks just as problematic as benefits are about to be cut and furlough is reaching an end. The aftermath of the pandemic means that many families are in debt and are not sure where to turn. As they continue to help people get through these unexpected times, all the support is very much appreciated.

In 2020 they provided 440,000 meals with 110,000 being for children under the age of 14, with your support they can continue to provide for all those that need us.

Please see their website for school resources, shopping lists etc. If there is anything specific you’d like to know or to arrange a collection, then please get in touch using or 01384 671250.

New Inclusive Choir Launching in Sandwell

A choir without barriers, accessible to all young people, including those with severe and profound learning disabilities, launches this month in Sandwell.

Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) and national music education charity, Soundabout, will launch the new inclusive choir for children and young people of all abilities at Cradley Heath Community Centre. The choir is free to join and rehearsals are designed to help young people of all abilities share their voice.

The Sandwell group will be part of a wider musical community called the West Midlands Inclusive Choir, open to young people of all abilities up to the age of 25 and their families and carers. The choir will meet and sing together once a month at Cradley Heath Community Centre, and join the rest of the West Midlands Inclusive Choir online once a month.

There will be lots of opportunities to help choose songs, create your own music, and make new friends. You can also apply to be a volunteer at LetsGoSandwell and help run rehearsals with the West Midlands Inclusive Choir team.

Parking is available at the Community Centre. There is a ramp access and an accessible toilet.

For more information and to sign up, see here.

Regional Walk for Peace in Memory to the Lives Lost to Coronavirus 2020-2021

There will be Regional Charity Walk for Peace (CWFP), in association with the National Forest Trek (NFT) on Sunday, 19th September 2021 at 10 am. The event will be held at the National Memorial Arboretum, Croxall Road, Burton-on-Trent, DE13 7AR. The event is hosted by Ahmadiyya Muslim Elders Association (AMEA) and is attended by various charities, public figures, dignitaries and members of the local community.

The aim of the charity walk is to serve humanity by supporting local and national charities. This year the walk is “In Memory to the Lives Lost to Coronavirus 2020-2021”.

Ahmadiyya Muslim Elders Association provide support to the charities through the CWFP Affiliate Programme which includes Volunteer Support, Grant Funding and Matched-Funding. One hundred per cent of the donations raised by the charities is kept by the registered charities/organisations. (See Affiliate Programme YouTube video).

If your organisation wishes to engage with Charity Walk for Peace for any of the above programmes please register the organisation here.

Once charities/organisations have successfully registered with CWFP affiliate program they can register to attend the Pre-Charity Reception Dinner on the 8th September 2021 at 6.30 pm at Darul Barkaat Mosque 85 Tilton Road Birmingham B9 5PP.

To register yourself/members of your community for the walk on 19 September click here.

If you require any further information, please contact Dr. Daud Ahmad, Charity Walk For Peace Volunteer at or visit the Charity Walk for Peace website.


New Weekly Exercise Session at Cradley Heath Community Centre

Jan’s Over 55s, is a new, friendly and enjoyable exercise session, running at Cradley Heath Community Centre, Reddal Hill Road, Cradley Heath, on Thursdays from 11 am to 12 noon. The sessions will help to you stay active, improve energy levels and improve health and wellbeing.

The first (taster) session, on Thursday 26th August, is free. Thereafter, there will be a £3.50 pay as you go fee.

What’s in it for you?

All fitness levels welcomed
Easy to learn routines
Classes tailored to your individual needs
Help to develop muscle tone and improve balance and posture
Help to prevent age-related illnesses
Increased flexibility and mobility
Community-based class which could become an active social group.

Jan looks forward to welcoming you. Why not give it a try and bring your friends!

For more information, please call Jan on 07866 958847


Police and Crime Plan Consultation

The Police and Crime Commissioner, Simon Foster, wants to hear what people’s priorities are, what crimes they are most concerned about and their views on the way the police is funded.

A PCC’s term is normally four years, but the pandemic delayed last May’s voting by 12 months so on this occasion it will be a three year term. Simon Foster has already committed to ensuring 450 new police officers are recruited and deployed to local communities across the region. Some of the PCC’s priorities include tackling knife crime and domestic abuse. His Police and Crime Plan will set out a much wider range of policy objectives and the PCC wants to hear the views of the public before writing it.

The consultation will run until 10.00 am on 14th September 2021.

The new West Midlands Police and Crime Plan is set to be published in October once it has been considered by the cross-party Police and Crime Panel.

The consultation is also available in other formats on request.

For further information on the consultation, click here.


Vision 2030 Grants helping SWEDA to deliver digital training and devices

SWEDA has been awarded an SCVO Sandwell Vision 2030 Grant courtesy of the grant programme which is available to voluntary and community groups in Sandwell. Through the project SWEDA is working hard to bring IT and Digital devices to clients in an easy and accessible way.

In addition to free training by way of an introduction to IT, internet access and mobile devices, the organisation has been able to expand its services with a loan scheme of tablets, laptops and internet dongles for clients to use free from home, which has strengthened skills and confidence.

So far, despite the pandemic, SWEDA has successfully supported over 40 clients as part of the project. In addition to introducing IT and online services, there have been more well-being calls and contact with vulnerable clients who are struggling with isolation and loneliness.

To make a referral or to learn more about the IT Project or the services of SWEDA, please contact the team on 0121 525 2558. All clients will have an assigned Mentor and have access to a variety of opportunities and support.

Council’s iTrust Programme shortlisted for prestigious award

Sandwell Council’s iTrust Programme, which supported families against youth crime, is a finalist in the prestigious MJ Achievement Awards 2021, where the early intervention programme to address knife crime and violence has been shortlisted in the Transforming Lives category.

This acknowledges programmes, initiatives or changes to service delivery that have demonstrably transformed the lives of groups or communities of people.

The judges looked for evidence of why programmes were started; how needs were assessed; what the priorities and success factors were; how innovative programmes were; and how feedback from participants was used to shape the initiative.

ITrust (Supporting Families Against Youth Crime Programme) was developed by Sandwell Council, Sandwell Children’s Trust, Sandwell Council for Voluntary Organisations and West Midlands Police Sandwell Partnership Team to meet the principles of the national Troubled Families Programme which included early identification of those children and families at greatest risk.

The programme worked with children in Years 6 and 7 in the Smethwick and West Bromwich police impact areas and, by taking an approach based on very early intervention, aimed to engage children at this key transition period in school life. This linked to other successful programmes delivered in Sandwell and contributed to Sandwell Council’s Vision 2030 ambitions and the Safer Sandwell Partnership priorities.

The winners will be announced at the MJ Achievement Awards event on Friday, 17 September.

For more information, read the iTrust Sandwell evaluation here.

Gospel Oak Road Park, Tipton, consultation

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council (SMBC) has secured funding through the West Midlands Combined Authority from Sport England to improve an area of land to provide an opportunity for local people to be more active, improve their wellbeing and potentially act as an area for education.

It is part of a wider project being managed by the West Midlands Combined Authority which also includes public spaces in Walsall and Coventry. The area of land adjacent to Gospel Oak, Tipton, has been chosen for the Sandwell project, and stakeholder engagement is required to enable ideas about the possible future for the site to be shared.

Following the stakeholder meetings which have taken place over the past year, Sandwell Council is now going out to public consultation to inform the final stages of the design of the park space on Gospel Oak Road. See attached documents:

Stakeholder information document
One-page adult feedback leaflet
One-page child feedback leaflet

The two double-sided single page leaflets are designed to be printed and filled out.

The information document provides stakeholders and interested parties with details of the site and an opportunity to share ideas for its possible development. It should be noted that additional stakeholder engagement sessions will be undertaken in the future once restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic are eased.

Responses and any questions can be directed to

The deadline for responses is Saturday 31st July.


Princes Trust Smethwick recruiting for next 12-week Team Programme

Princes Trust Smethwick are now recruiting for the next 12 week team programme for 16 – 25 year olds. The new schedule is due to start on Monday, 9th August. The face to face timetable will run every day.

Upon completion, attendees gain a level 1 in employment, teamwork and community skills, as well as food safety awareness and first aid awareness certificates. Young people will have the opportunity to take part in outdoor team building activities and try fun pursuits such as rafting, zip wire and archery. They will also undertake fundraising, and engage in community projects, work experience and employability skills.

Jack Dytor, Prince’s Trust Team Leader, is happy to have a chat with potential attendees or receive referrals. Call Jack on 07787 245 832.

If your organisation is looking for a work experience placement volunteer, need assistance with a community project or would like the Prince’s Trust to attend your recruitment event, please contact Jack at or call the above number.


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