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The ABC of ACESs – Full Day Training

The Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands have secured funding through the Home Office Early Intervention Fund to support approaches aimed at supporting Young People and preventing youth violence.  

ABCs of ACES (1 day)  – 16th, 17th, 30th and 31st May.  – Can be booked directly on the BVSC website –

The Police and Crime Commissioner in partnership with the Violence Prevention Alliance is working with Rock Pool, the leading provider of training for trauma-informed interventions, to roll out a programme of training to professionals and practitioners who work with children, young people and adults, helping them to understand how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) and Early Trauma impact on them.

This training is aimed at practitioners with direct contact with service users, patients, clients or the general public.

The training will cover:
• What is trauma? – Definitions and explanation of the differences in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Complex Trauma and Vicarious Trauma.
• Developmental trauma and its impact on individuals.
• The ACEs Study – an exploration of the Felitti study and the implications for health and social care.
• Impact of ACEs on behaviour – how to understand peoples triggers.
• Resilience – what this is and the consequences of not having it.
• Trauma Informed Practice -explanation and opportunity to examine own workplace.
• Introduction to some activities to use directly with clients to address their distress.
• How to use a psychoeducational approach to teach emotional regulation.
• Increasing understanding of protective factors for vulnerable individuals and suggested intervention.
• Exploring working with client’s protective factors to develop resilience.
• Increasing understanding of vicarious self-care and personal resilience.
• An increasing level of job satisfaction when working with vulnerability.

This training will provide delegates with the confidence to identify ACEs. This session will build on the half-day session and continue to examine what works when working with individuals with ACEs and, how to employ skills using an ACE aware trauma-informed approach.

There will be opportunity throughout the training to link evidence to practice and look at how delegates may develop protective factors with clients to promote resilience, mitigate further ACEs and aim for recovery.


Are you a Sandwell-based Charity, Community Group or TRA and Need a Website…but can’t afford one?

So, you are a Sandwell third sector organisation, you are the lifeblood of community work in Sandwell and you just want to concentrate on the excellent work you do without having to worry about raising funds for marketing materials such as websites or stressing through having to bodge one out yourself.

We hear you!

It is actually really important to have a professional website if you are third sector as it’s the first thing people will look at from a distance; everyone from potential volunteers to funders (we knew that one would resonate).

That’s why, as part of the iSandwell Digital Festival, we have enlisted the help of digital experts Data Brew to design you a brand new website and offer you professional advice, all in 15-minute sessions across the whole of Sandwell.

Wait?!?!?! 15 minutes, how is that possible?

After you have picked where is best for you and signed up via this form:

…you will receive an email with a time-slot and a form to fill out requesting information such as your logo and text for certain sections of your website. This will then go to Data Brew, who will put it together, so when you attend your session you will be talked through you brand new website along with how to get the best out of it and get the word out there.

Even if you have a website but you think it just doesn’t cut the mustard, we are happy help.

We will even pay for your hosting and if you need a logo, we can help you with that as well.

This is a great opportunity to get something that will usually cost thousands of pounds so make sure you book your slot, spaces are extremely limited.

So what are you waiting for, sign up before it is too late!! BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL!!

Available sessions are as follows:

Thursday, 16th May 2019:

  • Oldbury Library: 10am – 11.30am
  • Blackheath Library: 12 noon to 3.00pm
  • Glebefields Library: 3.00pm – 5.00pm

Friday, 17th May 2019:

  • Smethwick Library: 10am – 12 noon
  • Tipton Library: 1.00pm – 2.00pm
  • West Bromwich Library: 3.00pm – 5.00pm

National Lottery Community Fund’s Reaching Communities Workshop

We are pleased to invite you to a Reaching Communities Workshop being delivered by Donna Adams, The National Lottery Community Fund’s Funding Officer for Sandwell.

Are you interested in applying or considering applying for funding through The National Lottery Community Fund’s Reaching Communities programme? Then this is your opportunity to find out more about what’s involved and how recent changes have simplified the application process.

Donna will be running this workshop to explain, and clarify, who can apply, how to submit your ideas and what happens if your organisation is successful or unsuccessful.

The workshop will take place at 9.45am-12.00pm on Monday 10th June 2019 in the SCVO – Board Room, 1st Floor, Landchard House, Victoria Street, West Bromwich, B70 8ER.

Registration opens from 9.45-10am for a prompt 10am start.

This workshop is free for Sandwell voluntary and community sector groups and groups whose main beneficiaries live in Sandwell (subject to attendance).

There is a maximum of 25 places available for this workshop. Please book two tickets only per organisation. All places must be booked through Eventbrite by clicking here.

**PLEASE NOTE** – a cancellation policy applies to the workshop bookings – details will be provided at the time of booking.
There is NO public car parking available at Landchard House. However, there is plenty of on-street and pay-and-display parking in the immediate vicinity, we are (more or less) opposite the Lodge Road Metro stop, and within 5 mins walk of West Bromwich central bus station.


Dementia Awareness Training

Do you need to increase your knowledge of Dementia?  Join BUDS during Dementia Awareness Week for a training session on understanding Dementia and how you can positively support people living with the condition.

The training is taking place on Tuesday 21st May from 2pm – 4pm at SCIPS, Ground Floor, Christ Church, Birmingham Street, Oldbury, B69 4DY.

Special discounted rate: £10 per person, £3 for carers of people with Dementia.

Contact Claire on 0121 565 3721 or e-mail: for more information.

International Association of Islamic Psychology UK Launch

Greets Green Access Centre is hosting a CPD certified event for all practitioners and those who wish to develop and promote psychologically Islamically integrated psychotherapy, theory and application in their practice.

Date: Saturday, 27 April 2019, 10 am to 5 pm
Location: Tildasley Street, West Bromwich B70 9SJ

Tickets are £30 (£25 Early Bird / Student Discount).  Lunch and refreshments provided.

This is an excellent opportunity for personal development in the field of Islamic psychology.

Click here to book your ticket.

Social Accounting and Audit Training Workshop

The Social Audit Network (SAN) is running a two-day training workshop to prepare people to complete their social accounts. Successful completion of the course qualifies participants as social accountants.  The workshop takes place on 9th & 10th April at the Dudson Centre, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 5DD.

How will the two-day Social Accounting Training benefit your organisation? It will give you the tools, skills and knowledge to:

PROVE what you do. This will be particularly useful to provide information for funders on the social benefits you provide in your communities and for preparing funding applications.
IMPROVE what you do, by strengthening your business practices and reporting on your social value & impact
ACCOUNT for what you to clients, investors, funders and commissioners.

The workshop will take you steadily through a 4-Step social accounting and audit process. You will be able to prepare a social report on the value and impact your organisation provides in your community and the foundations to operate more effectively and efficiently.

Booking and full details can be found here

Any questions? Speak to SAN Midlands and Staffordshire Regional Coordinator, on 07862 242 814.

This is what some people said about the Social Accounting and Audit Introductory Information events run in Stoke in November 2018 and Stafford in January 2019:

I liked the logical approach to strategic planning and the importance of consulting stakeholders.
• The simplicity of the information provided – easy to understand.
• Getting a structure to use to refresh our organisational strategy.
• The pace – lots of time to reflect and discuss. The content was well explained.

Would You Like Your Future to be Bright?

Would you like your Future to be Bright? Are you looking for training, jobs or apprenticeships? Then Connexions Sandwell is where you want to be.

Bright Futures is held every Monday and Wednesday 11 am – 1 pm, in the One Stop Shop, Oldbury Council House. Here you can speak directly to Training and Apprenticeship Providers.

Call Connexions Sandwell on 0121 569 2955 for more information

Free Community Support Training Opportunity

Do you enjoy helping people? Would you like to have better employment opportunities while helping people to connect for the first time with their local area? Can you speak a community language like Polish, Urdu, Bengali, Romanian, Kurdish, or Somali as well as good English?

Citizens Advice Bureau is hosting a Community Learning Programme at the Brasshouse Community Centre, Brasshouse Lane, Smethwick B66 1BA., which may interest you.

Attendees on the Programme will:

• Learn about your Community

• Learn about the Rights and Responsibilities of UK Citizens

• Learn about the needs of people coming to live in the UK

• Learn about working for a Charity

There are six Community Learning sessions running from 9.30 am to 2.30 pm starting on 29 April 2019. No experience needed!

If you would like to apply for your free place then contact David Jones on 07494 159 056 or email by the 24 April.

Free Training Event: How to Spot a Loan Shark

The England Illegal Money Lending Team is running a free training session on How to Spot a Loan Shark on Thursday, 14 March 2019. This training is aimed at anyone who is involved in providing a front facing service with customers. There will be a Questions and Answer element to the training.

How to Spot a Loan Shark will give in-depth information about the illegal money lending,  key things to look out for as a frontline worker, the relevance of loan sharks for your organisation and a better understanding of information and intelligence. Attendees will also be shown the impact that loan sharks have on victims, families and communities.

Time: 10:00-12:00
Venue: Oldbury Salvation Army, Merton Close (off Pound Road), B68 8NG

The training will benefit staff who have an involvement with households’ finances and poverty issues, to raise awareness of how the symptoms of financial distress may present themselves and give an overview of key resources available to your client group.

Click here to book a place.

Understanding Dementia Training

Dementia awareness training for carers and families living with dementia.  BUDS – Better Understanding of Dementia for Sandwell provide dementia awareness training for carers and families living with dementia.

The training will cover a number of area including:


  • What is dementia
  • The most common types of dementia and how they present
  • Exploring the myths
  • Changes in behaviour
  • Communication
  • Supporting someone living with dementia

Why do I need training?

The informal training sessions will help you to understand how dementia affects the person, what to expect as the dementia progresses and how you can best support the person you care for.

The cost of the session is £5 per person.  We have open access courses available for carers and families to book onto.  Please contact 0121 565 3721 or e-mail to find out dates and venues.

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