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Sandwell Community Dementia Service

Sandwell Community Dementia Service is a new service that provides advice, information and support to people worried about their memory and those with a dementia diagnosis in the borough of Sandwell.  The service also offers support to carers and family members of someone living with dementia. The support provided will be individually tailored to enhance wellbeing and assist you and your family throughout the dementia journey.

Murray Hall Community Trust in partnership with, Agewell, BUDS, St Albans Community Association, Dementia Pathfinders, West Bromwich African Caribbean Resource Centre, Age UK and Alzheimer’s Society are jointly delivering the Sandwell Community Dementia Service as part from the Dementia Pathway. The service is funded by Sandwell Council and NHS to support people with initial concerns about memory loss.  Dementia Navigators will support people through the diagnosis stage and Dementia Advisors will provide various support to enable people to live well with memory loss.

Referrals can be made via the “Single Point of Access” – Call the service on 01902 826 655 and the individual can ask to speak to one of the Dementia Navigators. This can be done as a self-referral, by an individual’s family member/ carer or by their GP. You can also make contact by email to

Referral Form


New Dementia Friendly Friendship Cafe in West Bromwich Central: 21st December 2022

Creative Active Lives is hosting a Dementia friendly Friendship Cafe every Wednesday starting the  11th January 2023 from 1 – 3 pm, at West Bromwich Central Library.  However, Creative Active Lives will be kicking off  the project  with a festive pilot session on Wednesday, 21st December, 1 – 3 pm.

There will be Christmas-themed crafts, steel pan drumming for some tropical style festive music, and free tea and coffee. There is an optional suggested donation £2 per person, but no charge for accompanying carer. All monies raised will be invested back into the Friendship Cafe Project.

Although the café staff are Dementia Friends trained, everyone will be welcomed.  The aim is to provide a warm, social space to reduce the stigma and raise awareness of dementia, reduce social isolation, provide support to carers, and to increase community cohesion and understanding of dementia. There will be intergenerational activities that are suited to all ages and abilities.

Children and Young People Winter Holiday Activities

Between the 19th and the 30th December Sandwell Council have activities happening in every town, from pantomimes and winter wonderlands, to sports, arts, cooking, and even the opportunity to be part of a rock-band!

See newsletters below which showcase some of the organisations and activities:

A new website has been launched where you can find out more and see the range of activities on offer

Check out social media, follow on Facebook and Twitter @SandwellHAF

To find out what happened over the summer and the difference the Holiday Activity Programme makes to families, please view this short video



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.


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