Sandwell’s annual autumn Safer 6 campaign gets under way on Monday 27 September, promoting a wide range of safety, crime prevention and healthy living advice for people of all ages.
The six-week campaign, now in its 12th year, has a special online focus this year, with activities also being planned across Sandwell’s six towns including speed awareness, walkabouts, litter picks and skip days. We will also be launching the resident consultation for Sandwell’s new Community Safety strategy.
Safer 6 runs from 27 September to 7 November 2021. Each of the six weeks will have a different theme:
Week 1 (27 September-3 October): Substance misuse
Week 2 (4-10 October): Under 25 violence and county lines
Week 3 (11-17 October): Hate crime
Week 4 (18-24 October): Exploitation
Week 5 (25-31 October): Anti-social behaviour and crime
Week 6 (1-7 November): Violence against women and girls
The campaign is led by Sandwell Council for the Safer Sandwell Partnership, which brings together the council, Sandwell Police, West Midlands Fire Service and many other partner organisations.
Visit www.sandwell.gov.uk/safer6 for more information on the campaign.
Sandwell Council’s iTrust Programme was declared the Best Community and Neighbourhood Initiative including Community Safety in the prestigious Association of Public Service Excellence (APSE) Annual Service Awards 2021.
The APSE Awards recognised frontline service teams and special initiatives delivered by UK local authorities and public sector partners. This year’s awards, with 22 categories covering the vast majority of local services, were agreed by a panel of expert judges, following a rigorous selection process.
The winners were announced at the APSE Annual Charity Awards Dinner, in aid of Parkinson’s UK, at the ICC in Birmingham.
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 was delivered by a small team within the council, who worked closely with partners in the police and the voluntary sector, schools and families to identify and support children in years six and seven in the Smethwick and West Bromwich areas, taking an approach based on very early intervention to increase confidence, build resilience and drive aspirations.
The programme engaged with 28 primary and secondary schools in the two towns, seeking to provide universal activities for 700 children and targeted one-to-one mentoring for 85 children. It significantly exceeded these goals, with over 1,500 children attending universal sessions and 241 receiving individual mentoring support.
Sandwell Adult and Family Learning service are proud to announce that they will be delivering the Level 3 Award in Education and Training AET course, formerly known as PTLLS. The course starts 6th October 2021.
The course certifies individuals to teach at a nationally accredited standard. This Level 3 qualification is for those who work or want to work as teachers or trainers in the further education and skills sector. This includes those currently not in a teaching role, or who have just started a teaching role.
The Level 3 Award in Education and Training is an introduction to teaching that will give an insight into the roles, responsibilities and relationships in education and training, how to plan and deliver inclusive teaching sessions and how to assess and give constructive feedback.
In the words of Henry Brooks Adams “Teachers affect eternity; no one can tell where their influence stops”.
Teach with confidence and learn to teach with SAFL.
Full course details and to enquire, click here.
Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust are pleased to announce they have secured funding to offer a workshop on Employment Retention Service, which is about helping people who experience mental health issues to stay in work, or return to work following a period of absence.
The Trust is running standardised workshops via teams on the following dates/times:
Wednesday 1st December 2021: 10 am – 12 pm
Wednesday 5th January 2022: 10 am – 12 pm
Wednesday 2nd February 2022: 10 am – 12 pm
Wednesday 2nd March 2022: 10 am – 12 pm
If you are interested in attending a session, please contact Bchft.email@example.com with your name and email address. You will provided with the link to join.
Please note: there are 14 places available for each date, so book as soon as possible.
Attendees will have the opportunity to refer colleagues who have been identified as needing support, for a free consultation and completion of a wellness action plan. The information can be shared with the referring manager, if the colleague consents.
Alternatively, if you would like a bespoke training session, Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust can discuss your organisation’s requirements.
Following a successful pilot in the summer, and now with funding from SCVO Vision 2030 Community Mental Health grant, the Dorothy Parkes Centre in Smethwick is delivering Loss Matters – a group based support programme for anyone who has been affected by loss of any sort, whether bereavement, redundancy or a relationship ending. Each programme is made up of a weekly session, for eight weeks.
This project is run in partnership with Smethwick Old Church and they have trained volunteers who will lead activities and discussions to help the group to think, to talk and to support one another. This is a confidential, safe space for all those who attend. The Dorothy Parkes Community Centre feel that this programme is needed more than ever due to the effects of COVID and all the restrictions and lockdowns which resulted in changes for funerals, increased unemployment, relationship breakdowns etc.
Places are FREE but we do ask that attendees commit to attending for the full eight weeks. The project will be rolled out over the course of the next twelve months and the first programme starts on Wednesday 22nd September 2021, 7pm – 8.30pm.
For more details, or to express your interest, please complete the enquiry form on their website by clicking here. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
The next meeting of Sandwell Citizens Forum will be on Thursday 16 September 2021, 1 – 3 pm. Please note that this will be a virtual meeting on the Zoom platform, with options to join using the meeting link or dial-in by telephone.
Topics will include Shared Care Records with Dr Yousef, and Climate Change with Paul Fisher, Deputy Director of Public Health.
If you haven’t already done so but would like to join on 16 September, please email BCWB.firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you can telephone the Engagement Team on 0121 612 1447. The Team may not be able to respond in time to any late bookings/ queries so they recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment.
While it is helpful for bookings to be made in advance, you can still join us on the day without booking, by using the joining details enclosed within the attached agenda.
By popular demand, we’re repeating our ‘Introduction to Youth Mentoring’ short course in October, for volunteers helping out with children and young people.
We have a limited number of spaces available for the free course, taking place on the mornings of October 6 and 7.
Delivered online by Mentoring West Midlands, the course covers a variety of useful, thought-provoking subjects from safeguarding to starting conversations with ‘troubled’ youngsters.
Participants on a previous course said:
• It was great, I learned a lot
• Useful, interesting and very respectful
• Brilliant trainer, very insightful
• Thank you – it was informative and there was a lot to take in. I’ve actually realised how serious mentoring is, and it’s helped joined the dots with the work I do.
• I can totally see now how I use this as a volunteer.
• The topics were very relevant
For more details and to register an interest please contact email@example.com
Go Purple campaign, is Black Country Women’s Aids (BCWA) annual event in October where they ask organisations, residents and business for their support to help them raise much needed funds by Going Purple, as part of October’s National Domestic Violence Awareness month. The colour Purple is worn to show you care for women and children going through this traumatic time.
It’s easy to get involved, you choose a day in October and ask staff, friends and family to each put a £1 into BCWA’s purple collection tin and wear something purple on that day such as spraying your hair purple, painting your nails purple or bake and sell purple cakes or of course your own idea, or simply make a donation.
Last year they supported over 9,000 adults [10% Male] with their children to escape violence, overcome trauma and get these families back on their feet.
Domestic Violence is a massive problem in our area and we need your help to raise awareness and to help us to continue to supply our vital services. BCWA currently receives 24 calls every hour.
For more information or to obtain a fundraising pack get in touch with Deborah Slater by emailing her at Deborah.Slater@blackcountrywomensaid.co.uk
NHS Cadets is a new programme created by St John Ambulance in partnership with the NHS, providing opportunities to explore skills, knowledge and volunteering roles within healthcare. It is aimed at young people aged 14 to 18 who are from communities currently under-represented within the NHS and St John Ambulance.
The programme offers young people health awareness sessions, courses to develop their leadership and communication skills and insight or experience in volunteering within the NHS.
This is a great opportunity for the young people to build on invaluable life skills as well as enhancing the chances to progress further in health/social care.
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Kaleidoscope Plus Group are really pleased to be able to share two new services that are being launched in September, to meet the needs in our community. The first groups run on 7th September.
1. Midlands Parent Self Harm Support Group
Supporting someone who self-harms, can be really daunting. Self-harm can be very complex and Kaleidoscope understand families may need support and reassurance.
This new service will provide a safe, supportive environment in a non-clinical setting, for those who are supporting someone who self-harms. Attendees are able to share their experience, their thoughts and meet others who are also supporting their loved ones. The service will help attendees understand self-harm, support conversation and manage wellbeing. Kaleidoscope will be offering a variety of different mindfulness activities, along with resources for both parties relevant to their needs. Please note the aim of this service is to support care-givers and not those who self-harm directly.
This support groups meet on the first Tuesday of the month, 5.30 – 7.00 pm.
2. Midlands Suicide Bereavement Support Group
The service offers a safe space for people aged over 18, who have been bereaved by suicide, to come together and talk openly about their experience and receive support.
Suicide knows no social, ethnic or cultural boundaries. If you feel you have been affected by a suicide and you would like to talk about it, Kaleidoscope can provide a place to listen, to share, to ask questions and to connect with others. This service can be accessed as often and for as long as needed. It is available to anyone regardless of their relationship to the deceased person, the cause of the death or the time that has elapsed since their passing.
This support group meet on the first Tuesday of the month 7.30 – 9.00 pm.
As well as the above new services, Kaleidoscope will continue to run the existing virtual UK bereavement group, every third Tuesday of the month 6.00 – 8 pm.