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Sandwell’s population sees a rise of 11% in 10 years (Census data)

Many of you may recall the Census that took place last year, an event that has taken place once a decade since the first one in 1801 (apart from 1941).

It’s the only time that every person and household is counted in England and Wales (with Scotland now conducting its own census) and it remains the largest single source of social statistics (in England and Wales).

The first set of data was released on 28th June 2022 and further data will be released every two to three weeks throughout autumn and winter 2022.

Did you know, for example, that the 11% rise in population since the 2011 Census (above) is the highest in the West Midlands Metropolitan County area – the next highest being Coventry (at 8.9%) … and there’s plenty more where that came from!

Data like this is invaluable for a whole variety of reasons, but it’s particularly helpful when submitting background and context to funding applications for voluntary and community organisations … and your local repository of such information is Sandwell Trends.

There is a wealth of statistical information about Sandwell, not just census data, that’s available to support such applications including profiles for each of Sandwell’s six towns.

And, of course, SCVO is here to help you make sense of some of that data in relation to your funding applications – drop us a line to: or call us on 0121 525 1127 to find out more.


Call to artists: Open All Media Exhibition – Monday 4th to Saturday 30th July 2022

The Art Yard is now accepting submissions for the July Open Exhibition.  You can submit up to five pieces or work. There are no special requirements on the type of art or subject matter.  All work is very welcome.

Please ensure that:

  • Your work is ready to hang and has cord or fixing plates fitted to the rear of the work.
  • There are no protrusions, such as eyelets or fixings, from the back of the work.
  • There is a label is attached on the back of the work.
  • The submission form should be returned by Saturday, 2nd July 2022.

Visit the website to download the submission form and other documents.

Direct any questions to The Art Yard on 01384 910 968Email

If you have work in the June exhibition which has not been collected, please arrange to collect from the gallery before the Saturday deadline.  Contact the gallery should you wish to carry work over to the July exhibition.

The Art Yard look forward to seeing your work and supporting the development of artists and the arts in the community.


Diabetes UK increasing content and information Online for South Asian Community

Staff at Diabetes UK are working towards increasing the content and information on their online learning platform The Learning Zone for people from Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities with diabetes across Birmingham and Sandwell.

To do this, Diabetes UK wish to recruit people from these ethnic backgrounds to join focus groups, to hear first-hand about what it’s like to live with diabetes, or care for someone that does, and to find out what information and support would further help them.

As a gesture of thanks, an e-gift-card up to the value of £25 for is will be offered to participants who fully engage in their focus groups or in one-to-one conversations.  If there are enough people interested in taking part (minimum of eight), Diabetes UK would be willing to visit an organisation or hire a room in the local area to conduct the focus groups.  Refreshments will be provided.

If you have any questions please email

Please get in touch by Friday, 8th July 2022.


The Albion Foundation’s Fit Baggies – starting September 2022

If you are aged 35 and over, need to improve your fitness, health, and wellbeing, meet new friends and reduce your weight, then why not  join this fantastic course.  Fit Baggies will run for 12 weeks. Two hours a week of fitness, socialising, nutritional lifestyle education and much more!

There are two sessions:

Monday Sessions: Starting Monday 12th September, until 5th December

  • 10 am to 12 noon, at The Albion Foundation Sports Hall.

Tuesday Sessions: Starting Tuesday, 13th September, until 6th December

  • 5 pm to 7 pm at West Bromwich Leisure Centre.

The staff at Fit Baggies look forward to meeting you!

If you require further information, please contact

Visit the website


Expanding Knee Arthritis Project to include Hip Arthritis in Sandwell and Walsall

Would you be interested in sharing your experiences to help improve services? The Academy Team at the NHS in the Black Country is running a patient feedback project in Sandwell and Walsall. They want to explore the experiences of Hip and Knee Arthritis patients to see what kind of treatments patients are offered, and what the NHS might be able to do to improve services.  The Team would like to involve a range of patients from different backgrounds.

Patients will be asked take part in feedback interviews from April to July 2022.  A £25 gift voucher will be offered for taking part. Interviews can take place on the phone, by video call or face to face (dependant on Covid restrictions).  Interviews will last between 30 mins and 1 hour.

To take part in the interview you will need to:

  • Have Hip or Knee Arthritis
  • Have your GP in Sandwell, Walsall or West Birmingham
  • Have attended appointments with your GP, or local hospital about your Hip or Knee Arthritis in the last 5 years.  You may have been to City Hospital, Sandwell General or Walsall Manor.

If you would like take part in the feedback, please contact Bruno Barbosa at or call 07977947401, or Rosalind Smithson at or call 07977 947438.

The Academy Team want to involve a wide range of people, but may not be able to interview everyone, if there are a lot of people are interested.


Training sessions on How to Balance Your Budget and Scams Awareness

Citizens Advice Sandwell will be running two training courses on the 15th & 21st June 2022 to help your staff and volunteers be more aware of what is out there and the useful resources to get people talking about money and pass on good money management advice to service-users.

“A Week in Life of” the Doe family

  • Wednesday 15th June:  10.00 am – 12.30 pm, OR
  • Tuesday 21st June:  12.30 pm – 3.00 pm

Covering the main financial capability topics with focus on practical ways of helping families get to grips with their budget.  Looking at the current issues that are effect people at present and to get more specialised help from the range of free services, using several of our trusted local websites including Resilient Residents, Route2Wellbeing and Healthy Sandwell.

Scams Awareness Campaign

  • Wednesday 15th June: 1.30 pm – 3.00 pm, OR
  • Tuesday 21st June: 10.00 am – 11.30 pm

This annual campaign aims to create a network of confident, alert consumers who know what to do when they spot a scam.  This year’s campaign will take place from the 13th to 26th June.

Protecting people against scams is more important than ever.  Many people are facing multiple issues (rising energy prices, employment and debt, housing, and health problems) and therefore find themselves in vulnerable situations. Scammers are taking advantage of this.  It is vital people have the knowledge and tools they need to protect themselves.

All training will be face to face at the training room at Smethwick Citizens Advice, Unit 6, Tollgate Shopping Centre, High St, Smethwick B67 7RA

Places are limited so book early, stating the course, date and time. You can attend one training session or stay for the whole day and cover two courses. Please make your intention clear.

Send your email Chery Sewell, Financial Capability Trainer, at or call  01384 634351 (Option 3)

Free course: Wellness at Work – Avoiding Staff Burnout

One of the biggest threats to a business is losing employees. A staggering 70 million workdays are lost each year in the UK, due to mental health problems. Kaleidoscope is running a free to course on how employers and employees can recognise the causes of workplace burnout, identify symptoms, and examine the impact it can have on your mental health and wellbeing.

When: Thursday 9th June. 9.30 am – 12.30 pm  (3 hours CPD accreditation)

Where: Empower Suite, Hope Place, 321 High St, West Bromwich B70 8LU

You will be encouraged and supported to design your own ‘Personal Battle plan’, identifying coping strategies and positive ways towards a healthy work life balance.

Learning outcomes will include: –

  • Recognise the signs and symptoms of staff burnout
  • Identify coping strategies as an employer and employee
  • Create your own ‘Personal Battle plan’ to move forward

The course is funded by the Better Mental Health campaign for people living or working in Sandwell, West Midlands.

To reserve your place please email


New Black Country Support After Suicide Service

A Black Country Support After Suicide Service was launched on Wednesday, 1st June, 2022.  The new service will provide support for the next of kin and close family members, of any age, including children and young people, who are bereaved by suicide in Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton.  

The core opening hours will be Monday to Friday 10.00 am – 6.00 pm.  However, support will also be provided up to 8.00 pm, weekdays or at weekends, so that you can access the service at a time that suits you best.

More information

Better Mental Health public session in Wednesbury

Tough Enough to Care has organised another workshop about men’s mental Health, on Friday, 27th May, 10 am – 11.30 am.  The weekly peer support group is proving to be a real success with around 15 members currently.

We all have mental health, so why not find out more about it, in a non-judgemental environment.

Join Tough Enough to Care at the Art Gallery, Holyhead Road, Wednesbury, for a free training session It is not a clinical therapy session.

No need to book, just go along and add some lifesaving skills to your tool kit.


Places of Welcome – Want to Find Out More?

Transforming Communities Together is hosting an informal, one-hour, online workshop for anyone interested in joining the Places of Welcome network, starting their own Place of Welcome or just wanting to know.

The Connecting Communities with Places of Welcome event is at 10.30 am on Friday, 24th June 2022.

Click here to register your interest via Eventbrite.

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