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Do you support Mental Health within the Voluntary Sector? Health Education England would like to hear from you

Health Education England are asking all VCSE organisations involved in the delivery of Mental Health services to complete a survey to inform future investment planning.

Health Education England is seeking information on the provision of social support staff for people with mental health conditions within the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector. The project scope spans VCSE organisations offering support to service users with mental health support needs, including those experiencing homelessness, one of the social inclusion groups identified in the Core20PLUS5 approach.

The collection will help build a comprehensive profile of the social worker and wider social workforce, including data from across the NHS, local authorities, the independent and voluntary sectors.

Take part in the survey here

Completed surveys should be returned by Monday 26th September 2022 to Kallie Phillips at

For more information on this collection, please contact the NHSBN support team –


Invitation to be part of National Third Sector Study

‘Third Sector Trends’ is a well-established study which aims to understand and widely promote the impact of the Voluntary and Community Sector.  First undertaken in 2010, the latest study has recently been launched and voluntary and community organisations, social enterprises, co-operatives, societies and clubs in Sandwell are being invited to take part.

A great deal has happened in Sandwell and across the West Midlands since the last survey in 2019, so the study is keen to find out what has changed in the last three years.  Whether your organisation or group is big or small, flourishing, struggling or going on as normal, those leading the study want to hear from you.

The survey is interesting, easy to do, and only takes about 10 minutes. It can be done on your phone, tablet, laptop or PC.  The survey can be accessed by clicking this link: Join the Third Sector Trends survey here

The study builds a picture of how organisations and groups work and what they achieve. This helps funders decide how they can invest in organisations within the Sector.

All survey responses are securely stored completely anonymously.

Further information about the study can be found here, or by contacting Professor Tony Chapman, St Chad’s College, Durham University, 18 North Bailey, Durham DH1 3RH,

Race and Ethnicity Terminology Survey now live!

The community inclusion team and research and innovation department at Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust are eager to hear your views on terminology of race and equality.

The consultation so far has held seminars to gather responses from both staff and members of the local Black Country community. The sessions have been well received with over 100 attendees providing insightful discussion and response. One of the main responses received from these sessions was that replacing one label with another is not the solution.  However, the right terminology will foster a sense of belonging with an inclusive approach where people of all backgrounds in the organisation and communities feel comfortable and included.

The Trust’s next phase of consultation is to reach out to people who were not able to attend the engagement seminars. The survey will remain open until Friday 29 October after which the Trust will communicate the outcome and the preferred term for our Race and Ethnicity terminology.

You can complete the survey by clicking this link.  Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust would encourage you to take part in the survey.  Your responses will help to shape this work and will define the Trust’s future as an anti-racist organisation supporting its commitment to the Race Code.

For further information please contact Yassar Mohammed, EDI Partner on or 07970 372 473.


5 Minute Leaders’ Survey 2021

Whilst the Covid-19 pandemic and national lockdown have turned normal life upside down and presented many challenges for us all, the Voluntary and Community Sector have remained steadfast throughout and, in Sandwell, have extended their lifeline to residents and communities in many different and innovative ways.  This last year has demonstrated the value we all know and see every day within the Sector: the commitment of staff and volunteers to ensure no-one is left behind, the skill and expertise to think differently and move quickly to do what needs doing.

Through our VCS Leaders Survey 2021 we will create, and share with you, a picture of our local VCS in Sandwell.  We invite you as VCS leaders to tell us about your recent experiences, your thoughts on what opportunities and challenges you face and how you see the future working out.  We will share the findings of this quick survey on our website and via our regular e-bulletin.  We will also ensure, as ever, that local strategic leaders and partner organisations such as Sandwell Council and the health service understand what our Sector brings to Sandwell and how we might work better together in the future.

To complete the survey please view –

The information you give to us will be treated in the STRICTEST CONFIDENCE.  Figures drawn from this survey will only be shared as a collection of data – no individual information/names of participants will be disclosed to any third party.

Please complete as much as you can of this survey.  If you have any questions relating to this survey, or if you feel SCVO can help you in any way, please contact Leona Bird on 0121 525 1127 or e-mail  Please complete the survey by Thursday 30th September 2021.

Have Your Say on Life in Sandwell Through Residents’ Survey

The enormous impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has been felt across the borough in many different ways. It’s why we are keen to hear what you think.

As we start to move forwards in what we all hope are better times ahead, this important residents’ survey is designed to provide the council with vital information that will help us better understand how individuals and communities in Sandwell have been affected by the pandemic.

This will help us shape our services and ensure we continue to respond to the needs of our residents across the borough.

Surveys should be completed before the deadline of 5pm on Monday 16 August.

Councillor Rajbir Singh, Sandwell Council Leader said: Please complete the survey to have your say so you can help shape our services going forward. “It is essential residents have the opportunity to be able to inform their local council on the things that matter to them.

“We’re aware this is just one snapshot of gauging people’s opinions of our services and life here in Sandwell. Understanding the views of residents is key when assessing our effectiveness as a council. I would encourage residents to fill in this questionnaire, the more responses we get, the more we can be sure we are focusing on the issues local people feel are most important to them.”

You can take part in the survey here.

Sandwell Children’s Trust consultation with parents and carers of children with disabilities

Sandwell Children’s Trust would like to gain the views of parents and carers of children with disabilities to inform their Short Breaks Programme, commencing in April 2022.

If your organisation works with parents and carers of children with disabilities the Trust would like canvass their views via this short survey

A short break is part of a continuum of services which supports disabled children and their families. The Trust’s vision is that throughout the short break offer it will strive to enable disabled children and young people to lead ordinary lives. Disabled children will be able to choose from a full range of services, activities including specialist provision, accessible universal and targeted provision.

The consultation will close on 6 August 2021.

Health & Care Volunteers Training Needs Research

NHS Health Education England’s National Volunteering Unit would like to invite health and care volunteers to complete a survey. Through this survey the Volunteering Unit will learn about the training you have received as a volunteer, how they can better support health and care volunteers through the provision of education, training, and development resources.

This is a chance for you to have your say. The results of this survey will be used to inform the production of relevant and useful learning for health and care volunteers

Please complete the short survey here.

If you have queries, please contact

Do you support children and young people? – There’s still time to tell us what you do

Thank you to those who have already completed our short survey, ‘Do you support children, young people and families in Sandwell’. For those that haven’t got round to it yet, you still have a few days to get your views across to us. A few minutes of your time could make a big difference to the way we work with and support children and families in the future. The survey close at 5 pm, on Monday 8 March 2021.

Sandwell Early Help Partnership – comprising of many local agencies, community organisations, schools, health partners, police and fire services, Sandwell Council and Sandwell Children’s Trust – is currently reviewing and reflecting on how we all work together to support children and families in Sandwell.

If you support or work with children, young people or families in the borough – in whatever capacity, from sports to leisure, skills development, advice, wellbeing support or more specialist interventions – then we would love to hear from you on what you think would make a greater difference in our partnership working in the coming years.

Complete the short survey here

Feedback will help to shape a new Early Help Strategy for Sandwell, to be launched this Spring 2021, to ensure we can all play our part giving families the support at the right time for a better now, and a better future.

The information shared will be kept strictly confidential to SCVO (who are running the survey). Only summary findings will be shared with partners to inform our strategy discussions.

For further information on the Sandwell Early Help Partnership or if you have any questions about this survey please do get in touch with Angel on 07587 136072 or


Healthwatch Sandwell Priorities Survey 2021/22

Healthwatch Sandwell is the independent local champion for health and social care services in the Borough of Sandwell. One of the ways that Healthwatch do that is to develop an annual work plan, based on what are the public’s priorities for improvements in health and social care.

This survey will help Healthwatch find out the priorities for health and social care in Sandwell. The information will be anonymised. The work plan will be based on everyone’s information with the aim of improving services.

To take part please click here.

Sandwell Lifestyle Survey 2021

Over the past 10 months, Sandwell Council has been doing all it can to manage the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and maintain critical services that help to protect and support citizens.

The Council understand that it has been a difficult time for everyone and want to hear from you about the impact that COVID-19 and the latest lockdown measures have had on your health and wellbeing. Whether you’re an individual, family, student, retired or newly arrived in the area, your opinion counts.

The Authority is keen to hear from people of all ages and in every community across Sandwell.

Please take a few minutes to complete the short survey.


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