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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 to find out how SAFL supported Care Worker, Lorianne, to improve her skills.

Telephone: 0121 557 0837

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

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

Smethwick CAN are opening ‘Your Local Pantry Smethwick’

Your Local Pantry Smethwick is a community food store which aims to create a sustainable and long-term solution to food poverty and help local people save money on their food bills.

To shop with us you simply need to complete a short online membership form, this can be done beforehand by visiting or we can help you complete it when you visit the Pantry.

Once you have become a member you pay £4 each time you shop with us. We will aim to provide you with approximately £20 worth of food.

We will be based at Smethwick Library and will be opening on the 25th November and then every Monday and Thursday from 10am until 12pm.

Need help to plan, shop for or cook meals?

Communities Engage and Thrive CIC provides support to adults with limited mobility, learning difficulties and the elderly, to plan and cook tasty healthy meals at home. The Birmingham and Sandwell service can help with local food (and online) shopping. Culturally sensitive cooking demonstrations are also included.

CET can advise and help those with a range of health conditions including weight Loss, diabetes, cardiovascular health, arthritis, and brain food for mental wellness

CET can also provide the following workshops and Programmes:

Holistic Diabetes Programme (7 week Programme)
The workshops demonstrate the importance of a low glycaemic diet to manage diabetes. This also includes two cookery demonstrations, fitness, and shopping and behavioural changes.

Brain Health Programme/Action against Alzheimer’s – (2 day workshop)
A nutrition and lifestyle programme for cognitive decline with the focus on nutrition, how to get a good night’s sleep, gut health, stress, exercise and brain training. These factors all have relevance to wider brain health issues including brain fog mood and anxiety.

Stress Management – (Half day Workshop)
This workshop will take on a holistic approach to stress management, the best foods to eat at times of stress, sleep protocol, calming breathing exercises, controlling your anxiety through audio guides and some mindfulness exercises.

Mental Wellness: The connection with food and mood – (Half day workshop)
There is a lot of research to show the connection between the gut and brain axis. During this workshop we will be talking about healthy fats for brain development, your happy neurotransmitters, serotonin and dopamine and what foods to eat for optimum gut and brain health. This will also include a mindfulness session.

Wellbeing workshop – (One day workshop)

Children’s health and wellness including obesity – (Two hour taster or one day workshop)

Let’s Grow project and the medicinal benefits of herbs and spices (One day workshop)

For further information please contact Parveen on 07484 355 895 or email

Free Bid Writing Workshop

The Course.
Get Grants’ popular “Introduction to Bid Writing for Charities & Community Groups Workshop,” is aimed at organisations who are interested in increasing their income through grant funds.

Whether you have a wealth of experience in fundraising or are new to applying for grants, the Introduction to Bid Writing Workshop supports attendees to explore how to identify opportunities with a range of grant programmes whilst providing advice on writing successful applications and exploring the common mistakes made by applicants.

Topics covered include:
– Finding Grants
– Finding the ‘Right’ Funder
– Completing Application Forms
– Need & Outcomes
– Top Tips

Date & Time
Monday 9th December 2019, 1.00 pm – 3.30 pm

The Moseley Exchange, 149-153 Alcester Road, Moseley, Birmingham. B13 8JP

Booking Process
To book a place on this workshop please contact Get Grants via

This course is Free to attend.  More information is available at

The School for Social Entrepreneurs

Do you run an organisation or project that exists to improve your local neighbourhood? Running organisations and projects like these is different from running other types of business, that’s why the School for Social Entrepreneurs has designed a support programme to help.

The Community Business Trade-Up Programme offers a Match Trading grant of up to £10,000 and a learning programme to help organisations grow.

The deadline is 27th November 2019.

Register now for more info and a deadline reminder at

Crossroads: Training Courses for November 2019

Crossroads Caring for Carers, provides domiciliary care to service users and respite care to carers. Crossroads is running a range of training courses in November, from Medication awareness to Health and Safety.

Training can also be tailored to your organisation’s requirements.

Please contact Graham Evans on 0121 553 6483 (Ext. 5) for further information.

Dementia Friendly Worship in Care Homes

Sandwell Council is offering a free training session for those who lead, or plan to lead, worship in care homes. Such services offer residents an opportunity to express their faith (or spirituality) in the place they live. As 7 out of 10 people in care homes live with dementia, it’s important to know how to shape worship to include those living with dementia and connect to their spirituality.

The practical and interactive session will be on Thursday, 14 November 1.30 pm – 4.30 pm at St Hilda’s Church, 269 Abbey Road, Smethwick B67 6NQ. Resources will be provided.

The training session will be run by Su Parker, Dementia Friendly Enabler in the Lichfield Diocese and Rose Akeroyd, Bishop’s Adviser on Dementia in the Birmingham Diocese. They will draw on their own Christian experience of spirituality and dementia.

There will be opportunities for those of other faiths to explore the connections for their own worship traditions.

To book a place, email

If you need more information, please telephone 07566 835 216.

Citizens Advice Witness Service: Outreach Volunteer Information Day

The Citizens Advice Witness Service provides free and independent support for both Prosecution and Defence Witnesses giving evidence in a criminal court.. Trained volunteers provide practical information about the court process as well as emotional support to help witnesses feel more confident when giving evidence.

If you are available to volunteer for at least one full day a week, or per fortnight, and able to attend training, then this may be a volunteering opportunity for you.

Citizens Advice will be holding an Outreach Volunteer Information Day at their offices in Birmingham on Friday, 1st November, 10 am and 1 pm. Go along to find out more information about volunteering roles and meet the team.

Please click on the link to register your place at this event.

You can also contact Bev Carty on 07738 329320 or via email, for further information.

Visit the website: Citizens Advice Witness Service.

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