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Do you have room to care?

Sometimes described as a bit like foster care for adults, Shared Lives Carers offer true personalised support to adults with additional needs within their own home – on either a long-term, overnight respite or day session basis.

Carers support the person to make their own choices in life, maximise independence and achieve the outcomes that are important to them. If you have a spare room at home, you can be paid from £370 – £570+ per week, depending on the level of support you provide to the person who comes to stay with you.

Shared Lives offers an alternative to residential care for people with a learning disability, autism, mental ill health, through to older people and hospital discharges.

Shared Lives Carers are carefully matched to support the person who comes to stay, encouraging them to develop practical skills, build self-esteem and establish new friendships and social networks in the neighbourhood, which creates a sense of belonging and community.

To find out more email or visit


No support for charities – Sector leaders respond to autumn statement

Neil Heslop, chief executive of the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), said “Charities are at the frontline of the cost-of-living crisis helping those most in need – providing warm places, food packages, mental health services, and support for the homeless. So it’s disappointing that the chancellor did not mention any support for charities.

Organisations are under severe financial strain, facing soaring energy bills, declining income as people cut back, but significantly rising demand for their services. Charities must be at the centre of any continued energy support from April and need to know where they stand.”

Read the full report in Civil Society

Steps to independence with Shared Lives

Shared Lives supervise households who provide Arrangements to people with a variety of additional and complex needs.  Shared Lives operates across Dudley and the wider Black Country.

Individuals are encouraged and empowered to make informed life choices, and contribute to society in a way that brings purpose and meaning to them.

Daniel, a young adult, recently moved from Shared Lives to more independent living. He got keys to his own flat in supported living accommodation this summer – thanks to the support of the Shared Lives Scheme!

Read Daniel’s story.

National Safeguarding Adults Week : 21 – 27 November 2022

Sandwell Safeguarding Adults Board in association with the Ann Craft Trust presents National Safeguarding Adults Weeks from Monday, 21st to Sunday, 27th November.

It’s an opportunity for organisations to come together to raise awareness of important safeguarding issues. The aim is to start vital conversations and share best practice, so we can all be better together.

Each day there will be a different safeguarding theme to explore how we respond to contemporary safeguarding challenges.

Learn more about the themes for the week

See here for more resources.


Places of Welcome Warm Spaces Updates

With the increase in attention for warm spaces being available this winter, due to the cost-of-living crisis, there are lots of warm spaces run by Places of Welcome in the  community.  These spaces give people the opportunity to keep warm, meet friendly people and enjoy free hot drinks and biscuits.

Please remember that this list will change as more Places of Welcome join the network and the best place to find the most up to date information is on either of the following websites.

Sandwell – Transforming Communities Together (


Almost one in four usual residents of Sandwell were born outside the UK (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.

The most recent release covers demography and migration data, and includes household composition, country of birth and migration.

Did you know, for example, that:

  • There are 130,246 households with residents in Sandwell, a rise of 7.2% since 2011
  • (in 2021), 38,042 households in Sandwell are made up of only one person
  • 47,670 usual residents (13.9%) held a non-UK passport; one of the most common non-UK passports held was Polish (6,860, 2.0% of all usual residents).

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.


Deaf Health Matters: Consultation invite for 16+ deaf or hard of hearing young adults

Healthwatch Sandwell and young adults from Deaf World are working together to  explore whether health and care services in Sandwell are meeting the NHS Accessible Information Standard for people with a disability or sensory loss. People have a right to receive information and communication in ways that work for them.

The organisers would like to invite deaf or hard of hearing young adults 16+ years and living in Sandwell, to a Consultation from 11 am to 4 pm, on Saturday 19th November, at Summerfield Community Centre, Winson Green Road, Birmingham B18 4EJ, where young people will have a chance to share their voice and views.  Parents and carers are also invited.

The Community Centre is on the No. 82 & 87 bus routes.

Further information.


Have your say on Sandwell PlayZones Consultation

Sandwell Council would like to hear your views on the proposed refurbishments of existing PlayZones (small sided sports areas) or new builds across Sandwell.

The Football Foundation, Sport England and Sandwell Council would like to invest in communities with the greatest need. The aim of the PlayZone proposal is to deliver new or refurbished outdoor mini pitches designed for football and other sports and activities that will allow many people from different backgrounds to be more physically active.

You can do this by:

  • Completing our online survey (up to 10 minutes)
  • Attending our face-to-face events at park site
  • Attending public information days

Simply visit and have your say on the idea of upgrading a play zone near you.

The public consultation will run from Thursday 6 October to Friday 18 November 2022.

Level 2 Accredited Youth Work Training Opportunity

Sandwell Council Youth Service has been successful in securing funding from the National Youth Agency Bursary Scheme via Youth Focus West Midlands and have secured additional funding from the Violence Reduction Partnership, to provide a Level 2 Accredited Award in Youth Work Principles.  The training is targeted at those currently working with young people in either a paid or voluntary role in the Youth Sector.

The programme will enable learners to:

  • Engage and communicate with young people
  • Carry out safeguarding
  • Gain knowledge of the theory of youth work
  • Support young people’s development.

The programme will be delivered over 12 sessions between November 2022 and March 2023 and will provide learners with 110 learning hours.  All participants will be awarded an accredited, Level 2 Award in Youth Work Principles, on successful completion.

A provisional start date of 8th November has been agreed with the training provider.  The course will be delivered face to face at Coneygre Arts Centre, Sedgley Road East, Tipton DY4 8UH on Tuesday evenings. Sessions will be 3 hours in length, between 6pm – 9pm and attendance is compulsory for the successful completion of the Award.  There will be some additional learning and coursework requirements but most of this will be done in the sessions, with minimal work to be done at home.

Those interested in applying for this training opportunity need to be working or volunteering in a setting with young people ideally aged between 11-19 and up to 25 if they have additional needs.  They must have been in their role for at least 6 months and should be committed to this for the duration of the training or until 31st March 2023, whichever is later.  In addition, they will need to provide a letter or e-mail of support from their employer or host organisation (in the case of volunteers) stating that they are happy for them to access this opportunity either in their paid hours or voluntarily.

Please complete the Expression of Interest form and return this to no later than 5pm on Friday 29th October 2022.  All successful applicants will be notified week commencing 1st November 2022.

If you have any queries about this opportunity, please e-mail


Children’s Winter Coat Programme – October half-term week

WMA Community Fitness Centre is hosting a Children’s Winter Coats Programme during October half-term.  The first day, Monday 24th October, is solely for the donation of clean children’s winter coats, between 9 am and 12 noon. 

The Centre, at Unity Walk, Tipton DY4 8QL, will be distributing the winter coats on Thursday, 27th October, between 10 am and 1 pm.

The Winter Coats Programme is also taking place at other venues during half-term week across the borough.  See here for more information.


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