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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.


Autism Awareness Information Session: 18th October 2022

Following informal engagement with a selection of Sandwell’s community groups by SMBC, a reoccurring issue was highlighted. This issue was a lack of understanding of the autistic spectrum disorder, how to obtain a formal diagnosis and services available in Sandwell to support individuals and their families.

It was stated that this was particularly heightened in black, Asian and minority ethnic groups. A subsequent targeted needs assessment was undertaken within faith communities to determine understanding of autism and the perceived barriers to accessing services, as well as providing an opportunity to propose the methods of overcoming these barriers. Lack of awareness sessions and information in community languages were cited.

In response to this feedback, SMBC and various partner agencies, namely Autism west Midlands, Children’s centres, SENDIASS, Sandwell Parents for Disabled Children, Caudwell Children and Special Olympics Sandwell have worked together to create an event that will provide an overview of autism and services available in Sandwell.

The event will be at Brasshouse Lane Community Centre, Smethwick on Tuesday 18th October 10-12pm. No booking is required. it is a free event for anyone that wants to know more about autism.

To make the event inclusive, flyers have been sent in various community languages to our communities. On the day, literature will be available in a range of languages and volunteers from the Yemeni Community Association and Guru Nanak Gurdwara will be on hand to provide interpretation in Urdu, Punjabi, Hindi, and Arabic on the day.

For further information, please contact Saba Yafai, Public Health Development Officer, Communities and Partnerships, on 07825 963 310.


Introduction to the Voluntary Sector: 30th November 2022

Did you know there are over 1,000 voluntary and community (VCS) groups operating in Sandwell? Are you in a new role and would value an overview of the vast range of services available to help and support Sandwell residents? Or are you new to the area or part of a newly formed community group and would like to find out more about other groups and organisations delivering activities locally?

This session is informal and open to anyone who feels they have a limited knowledge of the VCS in Sandwell or would like to improve their knowledge and find out about SCVO’s support offer.

This will be the seventh session to be held, and feedback has been extremely positive: “I’ve increased my knowledge about the services out there and how SCVO can help to support me to find out more”.

The session will cover: –

  • Information about the range of VCS organisations in Sandwell
  • What is Sandwell Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO)?
  • How can SCVO support your organisation grow and thrive into the future?
  • How you can keep up to date with local developments and help to shape and influence local decisions.

The session will take place on Wednesday, 30th November 2022, 11.00 am – 12.30 pm through Teams. Once you have secured your place through Eventbrite, a separate e-mail with joining instructions will be sent to you nearer the date.

Book your place via Eventbrite

If you need any further information please contact Leona Bird, Strategic Engagement Officer at

Wednesbury 2000 Christmas Parcel Appeal is back!

Do you work with anyone who would benefit from a food parcel, present parcel or both this Christmas? Wednesbury 2000 is running it Parcel Appeal is back and may be able to help.  The organisation has slots available for 45 families.

If you have a communal work environment, have customers visit your organisation or would like to donate yourself you would be playing a huge role in helping to provide these parcels.

Depending on what deadline your referral form falls in, you will get a confirmation email with a reference number.

Organisations, please note: If you do not receive a reference number for a family, then they have not got a confirmed spot.   Please ensure you have this reference number before you confirm with families.

Referral dates*

  • 19th November: Wednesbury addresses only to be allocated slots until this point.
  • 19th-26th November: Sandwell addresses will be allocated any remaining slots.
  • 1st December: Final confirmation information for all slots filled.
  • 6th-10th December: Parcel delivery to relevant centres.

* Sandwell 2000 can accept referral forms from Sandwell addresses now, but forms will not be allocated a slot until after the 19th November. Any forms received before that date will be processed based on order of receipt.

Donating. Anyone wanting to hold a collection or a drop off point where your staff or customers can donate items for parcels, please let Sandwell 2000 know on Donations can be dropped off or collected up until Friday 25th November

Volunteering. Wednesbury 2000 will be recruiting volunteers to help package parcels and wrap presents. Volunteers will be required between 1st and 4th December. If you want to be a part of their Santa’s workshop, please register your interest to the above email address.


Kaleidoscope’s free Better Mental Health two-day courses

Kaleidoscope Plus Group support thousands of people each year through its services, which include mental health literacy, across the borough.

Sandwell residents and businesses are welcome to join KPG on a free two-day MHFA (Mental Health First Aid) course and ‘PLUS programme’ (Positive Lives Using Skills). The focus is on inclusion and ending stigma and ‘promoting positive health and wellbeing’ in a relaxed informal atmosphere.

The first MHFA course is on Monday, 10th October, 2022

For further information and instructions on how to book see here.

Making Multi-Agency Early Help in Sandwell work for our Children, Young People and Families 

Join us to consider how we can build on our strong partnerships and make multi-agency early help in Sandwell even more effective for our families. 

In Sandwell, we have a refreshed approach to delivering and evidencing multi-agency early help to children and families. We will focus on the tools and resources that we can all use to support families, with an opportunity to discuss how common challenges to providing multi-agency early help can be overcome. Working together, we can ensure we provide the right support, in the right place, at the right time to children and families in Sandwell.

Early Help have arranged four sessions that will all be held virtually through Teams and at various times of the day to encourage as many partners, as possible to participate.

The first session is on Friday, 7th October 2022, 1 – 2 pm.  Subsequent dates and times and booking details can be found here 1 – Sandwell Early Help Partnership

Ofgem is offering help for vulnerable households

£22 million is available to charities and community energy groups supporting households most at risk from cold  homes and high energy bills, or working on innovation and carbon emissions reduction across England, Scotland and Wales.

The grants are available through the Ofgem Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme (Energy Redress Scheme) second funding round of phase two of the scheme. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Thursday 6th October 2022. To find out more about the scheme, and for details of how to apply please click here.

Thinking Outside the Box – a user-led Shaping our Lives conference

‘Thinking Outside the (Tick)Box’ is a UK first in user-led conferences. Organisers invite your service users and beneficiaries to the Shaping Our Lives conference on 1st November.  An opportunity for service users and people from marginalised groups to come together and share their thoughts about how we can use our lived experience to make services better, for everyone.

Join online or in Birmingham to hear from speakers about their intersectional experiences as service users. Topics covered will include food poverty, single-parenthood, and homelessness. Hear from speakers about their experiences of involvement as a service user from the Muslim, LGBTQ+, Disabled, South Asian and Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.

Lunch and refreshments provided, travel bursaries available for those wanting to attend in person, and BSL interpreters and captioning available.

It promises to be a day of discussions and diversity, an event of open-mindedness and willingness to share and learn from each other.

Book your free place now or email


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