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Free Workplace Presentations about Ovarian Cancer

Ovacome (the national UK ovarian cancer charity focused on providing support to anyone affected by ovarian cancer, and with a Regional Office based in Dudley) is offering FREE presentations for your staff and volunteers that will give them the information they need to know about ovarian cancer.   

Although cancer affects many people in the workforce either directly as patients or indirectly as carers there is little public understanding of ovarian cancer, what to watch for and how to get help.

Ovarian cancer is uncommon with around 7000 cases each year, but can be devastating because it is usually diagnosed late, when it has spread and when treatment is more difficult.

Ovacome wants to change this and is committed to educating the public about the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer, which can seem vague and non-specific and are often mistaken for less serious conditions.  This means women delay seeking medical help.

Presentations include an ovarian cancer survivor giving her story and information from Ovacome staff.  The sessions are informal and supportive so people are comfortable to ask questions and chat with us.  Very positive feedback has been received from employers and staff members


‘Thank you for sharing and raising awareness about the symptoms that too often are explained away as ‘oh that is just…’

‘Thanks for sharing this with us all, we often put so many of our aches and pains to old age / menopause etc. without even considering it might be something major serious, really good to have highlighted this.’


Ovacome can tailor the sessions to meet your staff’s needs and fit in with your business and are often asked to be part of health and wellbeing events or occupational health initiatives.

For more information and to book a presentation contact: Lee Priestly T: 020 7299 6651 / E: 


Homeless Link Reflective Practice in the Workplace Course

Homeless link are offering free introductory course on reflective practice in the workplace in Birmingham.

This course offers an introduction to reflective practice and how to go about establishing reflective practice within your service as a team or group activity and as an individual staff process. Reflective practice is a core staff competency and an important aspect of aspect of a psychologically informed environment and there are well-established links between Reflective practice and positive outcomes for clients, staff and organisations, including improved practice and staff well-being.

To find out more and book your place please click the link below:

Childhood Regained: Safeguarding in a Digital Age – Training Opportunity

The main aim of the session is for practitioners to go away thinking about how they can support keeping children safe in a digital world. Be confident that they have the relevant knowledge and understanding required to keep children safe whilst helping to support parents/carers to do the same.

Tuesday 3rd March 2020 from 1.30pm – 4.30pm at Coneygre Arts Centre, Sedgley Rd E, Tipton, DY4 8UH

Learning Outcomes

To be able to raise awareness with parents;
Gain understanding of how to be vigilant when doing home visits;
Learn how to support young people to be alert to the dangers;
Able to understand the unique risks associated with online safety;
To promote the responsible use of technology;
Have a knowledge of where to find the range of filtering and monitoring technical advice

You can book your place here –

Free Financial Capability Training for Volunteers

Managing your money is crucial whatever your income. And not managing your money can have devastating effects.

Skills Rich is offering free training to volunteers already doing good work in the community, to help them further support people who are struggling to manage financially.

Workshops are designed to help volunteers be more aware of how they may be able to help customers who are in debt or are struggling financially, so are at risk of getting into more debt and potentially left with the choice of visiting a food bank or going without food.

They cover the obvious things like budgeting and priority bills but also discuss areas where customers can save money like on shopping and services. For example, if a customer is in receipt of less than £16,108 per year, they could qualify for up to 60% reduction on their water bill.

Training can either be in-house or at group sessions taking place on April 23, 2020.

For further information please contact Chris Cole on 07969 559098 or 0121 561 7935 or by email

Free training session with Barnardo’s on Child Trafficking

Barnardos, working in partnership with Rights and Equality Sandwell, will be delivering a training session on child trafficking for anyone who works with children and young adults.

The session will be from 10 am to 12 noon on Saturday, 15 February, at Health Futures UTC, 350 High Street, West Bromwich, B70 8DJ

The two hour briefing will include:
• Definition of child trafficking
• Types of exploitation
• Signs to look for
• What to do if you have a concern

The training will be particularly beneficial to the BAMER (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee) community.

Places are limited. If you wish to attend, please contact Elizabeth Kardynal, at RES, on 0121 541 1775 or email

Black Country Technical Assistance ESF Workshops

The External Funding team at Walsall Council are running seven ESF Capacity Building Workshops from the 14 February to the 3 April 2020.

These popular workshops will keep you up-to-date with what’s new within the ESF programme, the developing landscape of reserve funds and the consequences of the UK leaving the European Union.

Please see attached booking form for the full timetable of dates, times and venues. Completed booking forms should be returned as soon as possible to

Please note the workshops are for organisations wishing to apply for Black Country ESF monies only.

Free Introduction to Bid Writing Workshop

Get Grants’ popular “Introduction to Bid Writing Workshop,” is a FREE two-and-a-half-hour long workshop aimed at Community Groups and Charities who are interested in growing their grant funding confidence and increasing their income through grant funding.

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 2nd March 2020, 10.00am – 12.30pm

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

Booking Process
To book a place on this workshop please contact Get Grants: with the names of up to two delegates today.

This course is Free to attend.

Princes Trust Team Programme Smethwick

The Princes Trust Smethwick is now recruiting for its next team Programme, due to start on the 17th February. The 12 week course,  for 16 – 25 year old, is aimed at increasing confidence, communication, leadership and employability skills, alongside gaining nationally recognised qualifications.

Learners gain a first aid and food safety certificate, a new CV, two weeks work placement and much more. Learners are also provided with a bus pass. The course will not affect benefits.

To refer a young person, please email or text Jack Dytor, Prince’s Trust Team Leader, with details. Jack will contact the individual to arrange a meeting.

If you would like further information or would like Jack to come and speak to your staff or a group of young people, it can be arranged.  The Prince’s Trust is also available to attend any events.

Email Jack at or call 07787 245 832.

Free ESOL English Courses and Teacher Training

Did you know that you can access free ESOL English courses at the Dorothy Parkes Centre in Smethwick and at the Oak House Museum, in West Bromwich?

The course at Dorothy Parkes is women only and comprises of ESOL and work skills.

The courses are delivered by Fircroft College of Adult Education, which also offers free ESOL teacher training for anyone interested in delivering an English course. The next ESOL teacher training will be on Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th January 2020.

If you would like your organisation to become a partner to host English courses, Fircroft College would welcome a call.

To discuss teacher training or the possibility of becoming a delivery partner, please email Neena Chauhan, Project Manager, on for telephone 0121 415 2510 / 07719257319.

Understanding Extremism Training – Places available 9th December 2019

The Understanding Extremism Training will explore and discuss issues relating to the ideology of Global Jihadism and the Far Right.

The Training will equip delegates with an ideological understanding that underpins different extremist groups. In addition to this delegates will be given the opportunity to be involved in interactive discussions in understanding the drivers and influences that lead to radicalisation.

The course has been tailored specifically for Sandwell and this will be illustrated in the examples that will be presented. The importance of the Prevent Strategy and the subsequent Prevent referral pathway that will support local partners in confidence in signposting vulnerable individuals who they feel are a concern will be discussed. Delegates will be provided with a counter narrative and this will build on their knowledge base.

Target Audience

Practitioners, faith based community leaders, education establishments, partners

Sandwell Council – Housing (Sandwell Homes, Roway Lane), Direct 2 Industrial Estate, Roway Lane, Oldbury

Monday 9th December 2019 (9:30 – 16:30) – For more information and to book a place please view –

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