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Paediatric and Adult First Aid Course

Did you know that Sandwell Adult and Family Learning (SAFL), offers a Paediatric and Adult First Aid course which focuses on emergency scenarios when looking after young children or adults?

It is ideal for carers, parents, grandparents, child minders, and people looking to work in early years or the care sector and is valid for three years.

The skills learnt will enable you to provide safe and effective first aid treatment to any adult or child in an emergency, before professional medical help arrives.

Course Content
Understand how to administer first aid to any one:

• who is experiencing the effects of extreme heat and cold
• who has sustained an electric shock
• with burns or scalds
• who has been poisoned
• who has been bitten or stung
• with minor injuries, including cuts, grazes, bumps and bruises, small splinters and nose bleeds
• with conditions affecting the eyes, ears and nose
• with head and spinal injuries
• with anaphylaxis
• who is suffering from shock.

SAFL can deliver this training in any of its learning centres or out in community venues and schools. Parents and Carers of children who live in Sandwell, or attend a Sandwell school, can enrol on this course for a special rate of £5.00 rather of the normal course fee of £29.00.

Individuals or organisations interested in their staff/clients completing this course should email or call 0121 557 0837 for more details.

Suicide Bereavement Support Services Sandwell

The Kaleidoscope Plus Group hosts a Suicide Bereavement Support Service. The service is funded by money that has been raised for the organisation for this purpose.

The service provides a safe space for people who have been bereaved by suicide to come together and talk openly about their experiences.  Groups are facilitated by trained professionals who bring with them skills and knowledge around coping with grief, loss and bereavement.

If you have been bereaved by suicide, and would like to access the groups, please contact Kaleidoscope on the number provided prior to attending.

The sessions are held on the Second Thursday of the month, 2 pm to 4 pm, at The Mezz, Hawthorns House, Halfords Lane B66 1BB.

For more information call Gillian Reeves on 0121 565 5605 or email

Energy Advice Presentations

The Disability Resource Centre is holding two events to help people who may be struggling with energy bills.  There will be help and advice on everything from switching energy suppliers to money management. If you would like individual advice on the day, please bring along your annual energy statements.

The two advice presentations will be on:

Tuesday, 22 January 2019: 10 am – 2 pm
At Dartmouth House
Sandwell Road
West Bromwich
B70 8TQ


Thursday, 24 January 2019: 10 am – 2 pm
At Disability Resource Centre
Unit 18, Ace Business Park
Mackadown Lane
Kitts Green
B33 0LD

For more information, please feel to call Yvonne on 03030 40 20 40.

A light lunch and refreshments will be served at both events.

GDPR / Data protection workshop for Voluntary and Community Groups

As you will all be aware, GDPR regulations came into force in May 2018.   Organisations and individuals who handle or process personal data have received training on how to ensure that they fully comply with the new regulations. However, some organisations may have new employees who have not have received the training.

Murray Hall Community Trust have developed a training workshop which can ensure your staff have all the information they need.  The course takes place on Wednesday, 23 January 2019: 9.30 am to 12.30 pm.

Please see the attached information and booking form if you would like to book a place.

Seeking Volunteer Chaplains for West Bromwich

Black Country Urban Industrial Mission is seeking to recruit volunteer Workplace Chaplains to visit with people in the Businesses, Shops and Factories of West Bromwich.

Who Are Workplace Chaplains?
Chaplains are men and women from a range of business, employment and cultural backgrounds who are good listeners.Chaplains wish to bring their faith and understanding to the world of work. Each Chaplain is a member of a church who can count on a reference from their church leader, vicar, minister or pastor.

Do you live in or close to the Black Country? Could you offer a few hours a week to be a workplace chaplain, and be part of an exciting area of the church’s mission?

One volunteer chaplain described being a Chaplain as the best experience in his Christian ministry.

A five week training course in basic Chaplaincy skills is planned for February. Dates, times and location will be decided in discussion with those who respond.

There’s no upper age limit, and workplaces can often accommodate different levels of agility. Chaplains may need to spend long periods on their feet.

Contact Bill Mash at 01902 710407 for more information.

Five Ways You Can Improve your Digital Marketing

The digital transformation has changed the way charities interact with their supporters and donors. Here are 5 things you can do to keep up!

Nick Day from the Directory of Social Change offer some tips to help improve your digital marketing.  You can view the full article here


New Year, New Start – Jobs Fair for 14 – 19 Year Olds

Connexions Sandwell, in partnership with The Apprenticeship Works, is hosting the largest Jobs Fair event in the Black Country on Saturday,19 January 2019, 10 am to 2 pm.

There will be advice on careers, apprenticeships, and education and training for 14 – 19 year olds.

Tell your friends and bring the family to this free event.

The Jobs Fair will be at The Town Hall, West Bromwich, High Street, West Bromwich, B70 8DY.

Bright Futures with Connexions

Looking for Training and/or Apprenticeships?  There is a different Opportunity Provider every Monday and Wednesday, 11 am – 1 pm, starting Monday, 7 January 2019.

Visit Connexions Sandwell, One Stop Shop, The Council House, Freeth Street, Oldbury, B69 3DE

Call Connexions Sandwell on 0121 569 2955.

Click here for details.

Do you need to pay the annual Data Protection Fee?

Did you know that from 25 May 2018 (does that date sound familiar?), the Data Protection (Charges and Information) Regulations 2018 requires every organisation or sole trader who processes personal information to pay a data protection fee to the ICO, unless they are exempt.

Two charities are among over 100 organisations that have been issued with fines by the Information Commissioner’s Office because they have not paid their annual fee.

The ICO said it issued over 900 notices of intent to fine in September and has now issued over 100 final monetary penalty notices.  It is not naming organisations at this stage.

Fees pay for the ICO’s work investigating data breaches and complaints, its advice line and other guidance.

Paul Arnold, Deputy Chief Executive Officer at the ICO, said: “Following numerous attempts to collect the fees via our robust collection process, we are now left with no option but to issue fines to these organisations. They must now pay these fines within 28 days or risk further legal action. “You are breaking the law if you process personal data or are responsible for processing it and do not pay the data protection fee to the ICO. We produce lots of guidance for organisations on our website to help them decide whether they need to pay and how they can do this.

If you’re not sure whether you need to pay a fee, take the ICO’s quick self-assessment, or you can find out more general information about the fee at:


Community Organisers Training

SCVO has partnered up with Community Organisers to run a free one day course – Introduction to community organising, on Tuesday 29th January. It is an interactive course that introduces you to Community Organising – the work of bringing people together to take action around their common concerns and overcome social injustice. This one-day course is a starting point to understanding the community organising process and using it to listen to and motivate people to bring change within communities and society.

During this course you will explore:
• what community organising is
• the importance of listening to build relationships and uncover issues
• power in communities and why it matters how to motivate people to take action
• how to take your next steps in community organising and social action.

The course will be held at SCVO offices, First Floor, Lanchard House, Victoria Street, West Bromwich, B70 8ER.

Places are limited to 11 and will be allocated to those who sign up first until it is full. If there is additional demand for places, we will look at running another session. To sign up for the course please use the link below:

For more information please contact Manisha Patel on 0121 525 1127.

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