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Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG Primary Care Networks Showcase Event

Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is holding a Primary Care Networks (PCNs) showcase event. Providers, the voluntary sector and patient representatives will have the opportunity to meet Clinical Directors and their colleagues from the 15 PCNs within Sandwell and West Birmingham (Ladywood and Perry Barr).

The event will give a general introduction to PCNs and their role within the local health and care system. This will be followed by presentations from each of Clinical Directors of the 15 PCNs outlining the areas they cover, the challenges and opportunities they face and their vision and values for the future.

Attendees will have the opportunity to network and to talk to the PCN representatives directly. This is an ideal opportunity for you to see how your organisation aligns to the PCNs.

Date and Time: Thursday 19th March 2020, 9.30 am – 12.30 pm

Venue: Mercure Birmingham West Hotel, Birmingham Road, West Bromwich B70 6TU

To book a place on this event, please click here.

If you would like to speak to someone about this event, please contact the SWB CCG Engagement Team by email at SWBCCG.Engagement@nhs.net or telephone 0121 612 1447.


Change at Ideal for All

Ideal for All’s Direct Payment team no longer operate from Hawthorns House. The team have moved to Dudley Biz Hub, Castle Mill, Burnt Tree, Dudley DY4 7UF.

Ideal for All’s other services/premises are not affected by this move.

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Princes Trust Team Programme Smethwick

The Princes Trust Smethwick are now recruiting for their next team Programme, due to start on the 17th February. The 12 week course is for 16 – 25 year old and is aimed at increasing confidence, communication, leadership and employability skills, alongside gaining nationally recognised qualifications.

Learners gain a first aid and food safety certificate, a new CV, two weeks work placement and much more. Learners are also provided with a bus pass. The course will not affect benefits.

To refer a young person, please email or text Jack Dytor, Prince’s Trust Team Leader, with details. Jack will contact the individual to arrange a meeting.

If you would like further information or would like Jack to come and speak to your staff or a group of young people, it can be arranged.  The Prince’s Trust is also available to attend any events.

Email Jack at Dytorj@wolvcoll.ac.uk or call 07787 245 832.


Creative Black Country requires Storage Space

Creative Black Country (based within SCVO in West Bromwich) are looking for storage space to keep project items for when not in use.

The storage space would need to be at least 2.3m wide x 3.5m long, lockable and accessible 24/7.

If you have a storage space which meets Creative Black Country’s requirements and you are happy for the team to use it for free, please get in touch with Rosalind Argo at info@creativeblackcountry.co.uk or 0121 525 1127 for further discussion.


Black Country community groups receive funding from European Social Fund Community Grants Programme

The European Social Fund Community Grants Programme is open until July 2021 and is currently accepting new applications. The next round deadline is 2nd March 2020. Third sector and not for profit groups that help improve the skills and job prospects of local residents are welcome to apply.

Small Black Country third sector organisations have successfully applied for funding from the Community Grant Programme. The programme- worth £990,000 – is jointly funded by the ESFA and ESF and offers grants of up to £20,000 for each organisation. The current Community Grants has been open since June 2019 and has funded 21 projects across the Black Country area with more in the pipeline. Funded projects run six month programmes that focus on helping local people progress towards and enter the jobs market.

Sandwell Community Hubs have successful applied for and secured £20,000 to deliver the Rowley and Bristnall Employment Hub Project. Over the past six months, the project has been supporting a cohort of local people who would like to re-enter the job market. The project provides one to one and group support, covering CV writing and tips on completing application forms. Practical support such as mock interviews and presentation skills have contributed to building the confidence of participants. The project also offers a variety of workshops and non-accredited courses to improve the chance of gaining employment or going onto further training.

To be eligible organisations need to have an annual income below £300,000 and demonstrate an innovative approach to helping people who are out of work or disadvantaged learn new skills and move closer to the workforce.

Applications can be made to Walsall Council who successfully tendered to act as the local Grant Co-ordinating Body on behalf of the ESFA for the second time running. Application materials, eligibility criteria and guidance are available by contacting Walsall Council External Funding Team at communitygrants@walsall.gov.uk.

The Community Grants team are available to offer support to organisations interested in making an application. If you would like to discuss a project in more detail please contact Community Grant Manager Ruth Burgess at communitygrants@walsall.gov.uk. Successful applicants will also be able to access bespoke training and capacity building support to enable them to deliver the part EU funded project.


Launch of Sandwell Language Network Funding Event

The launch of Sandwell Language Network will outline new resources which have become available, to help improve English language skills for Sandwell residents.

It is widely recognised that lack of knowledge and confidence with the English language can create significant barriers for individuals, families and communities with regards to health, happiness, wellbeing and future prospects. It also limits employment opportunities and access to services and informal community support.

The Sandwell Language Network is a new project funded by the Government’s ‘Controlling Migration Fund’ and led by a partnership of local organisations that include Sandwell Consortium, Sandwell College, Sandwell Public Health and SCVO.

It aims to increase the availability of English language support in the borough (including English for Speakers of Other Languages – ESOL), improve the quality of provision and support language learners towards employability.

The launch event is taking place on Thursday 30th January, 1:30 pm- 4:30 pm at the Portway Lifestyle Centre, Newbury Lane, Oldbury, B69 1HE.  The information provided will outline grant funding available for language support, ranging from conversational English sessions in community settings to more formalised ESOL language provision, as well as other resources, support and training for volunteers helping with English language.

This event may be of interest to:-

· Community and not-for-profit organisations already delivering formalised English language training, or those with an interest in doing so
· Community organisations already delivering conversational English activities or those who would like to develop this in their area
· Volunteers already involved in English language provision or those with an interest in volunteering in the future
· Those active within Sandwell communities where there are challenges around English language skills

Places can be booked via Eventbrite. Tickets are free but places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. For further information or to book a stall, please contact Sulma Begum at Sandwell Consortium on 0121 533 2668. Email sulma@sandwellconsortium.co.uk.

Free parking available on site.


You’re invited to the Launch of Your Local Pantry, Smethwick

Smethwick CAN (Church Action Network) was formed in 2014 to jointly set up a food bank. Since then, they have developed a wide range of food action initiatives, including an allotment, a community café, and delivering cooking and shopping lessons.

Smethwick Pantry is a community group for people living in the area. For just a few pound a week, members can have access to affordable food. The Pantry will be opened by Smethwick CAN on Thursday, 21 January 2020 between 11 am and 1 pm, at Smethwick Library, High Street, Smethwick B66 3AP.  The initiative  is a joint response from Smethwick churches to tackle poverty, increase aspiration, provide opportunities and support the most vulnerable.

Your Local Pantry will offer food bank users choice and dignity, and is viewed as a great move-on option from food bank. Other local residents will also be able to become members. The aim is to develop Your Local Pantry into an integrated, welcoming, community space.

If you would like to attend the launch please RSVP to Smethwick_Library@sandwell.gov.uk or call 0121 569 4940.

Enquries regarding Your Local Pantry shoud be directed to foodaction@smethwickcan.org.


Find Out How SAFL Can Support You

Sandwell Adult and Family Learning Service – SAFL – is the people’s choice for post 19 adult and community learning in Sandwell. The service provides a rich and varied range of learning activities at over thirty venues across the six towns in Sandwell.

Sandwell Council is committed to supporting and encouraging more people to enjoy and benefit from learning.

Visit www.learnsafl.ac.uk to find out how SAFL supported Care Worker, Lorianne, to improve her skills.

Telephone: 0121 557 0837

Email: contact_SAFL@sandwell.gov.uk
Tweet: @learnsafl


An Open Evening for a Targeted Support Worker at The Albion Foundation

The Albion Foundation (registered Charity 1081948) is an established and successful provider of sport, education and disability programmes. The Albion Foundation uses the power of football to make a difference, raise aspirations, grow their people and participants and connect West Bromwich Albion Football Club to its communities.

The Charity prides itself on Inspiring to Achieve and delivering the highest quality of provision to show that “Albion cares”. The Education and Engagement Team aim to engage young people to improve attainment, change behaviour, increase attendance, raise self-esteem and boost confidence. The charity works with a range of schools and partners.

The Albion Foundation has recently applied for funding, through the Premier League and Children in Need, to offer a targeted programme for 8 – 14 year olds in the Sandwell area. The targeted work, in partnership with West Midlands Police, will accept referrals for young people who are at risk of being involved in knife crime and gangs.

This role is dedicated to those who want to inspire a young person for the better. In this modern time, young people go through so much and often with little guidance. Without knowing the reason it is easy apportion blame. If you have a passion for working with young people and would like to inspire them to make a difference, this role could be for you.

The right candidate will need to be confident and have a strong approach when handling challenging situations. You should have experience of youth work, gang violence, social and emotional behaviour and sexual exploitation. You will be required to demonstrate a clear understanding of safeguarding.

The ideal candidate will know how to resolve or de-escalate a situation in a correct and efficient manner. You will be resilient with a strong work ethic.

You must have a good understanding of social, emotional and mental health difficulties and know how to implement education and care to young people with this need. You will need to have a positive approach as well as being patient with good behaviour management. It is desirable to have mentoring/support work experience.

The majority of the role will require you to work directly with referred clients on a 1:1 basis. You will develop and support relationships with partner agencies and third sector organisations for effective case communication and management. The outcome data will be collated, monitored, SMART, and inputted in line with organisational processes and procedures.

The Albion Foundation will know the outcome of the funding bid at the end of January 2020. The official advert for the Targeted Support Worker will be released immediately after this time. The salary will be circa 20,000 – £25,000 for a 12 month Fixed Term Contract.

The Foundation will be holding an open evening on Tuesday 10th December, from 6 pm, at The Albion Foundation (Education Site), 8 Brasshouse Lane, Smethwick (opposite Galton Valley Primary School).  If you would like to register your interest for the event please email anna.pincher@albionfoundation.co.uk


Centrepoint Christmas Hamper Appeal

The Centrepoint Christian Church and Support Centre, Carters Green, would like to make a call-out for donations to their Christmas Hamper Appeal.

Gifts of toys for children of all ages, non- perishable foods (particularly Christmas treats) toiletries, hats, gloves, scarves and shopping card gift vouchers would be welcomed. The Centre will wrap and distribute the gifts to clients. A small donation could make Christmas special for someone.

The criteria is:
• Clients live in West Bromwich
• Parents on benefits
• A family with children under 18 years.

If you know a person or a family who could benefit from a Christmas Hamper, you can refer them to Centrepoint. Referrals will be accepted up to 10th December and donations until 17th December.

An appointment can also be made with Centrepoint to get help with benefits, and obtain food vouchers? The Centre is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday – 10 am to 4 pm; Wednesday – 10 am to 1 pm.

Contact Centrepoint on Contact 0121 525 9191 or visit the website www.centrepointchristianchurch.com


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