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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 –

Charity Trustee Responsibilities – Workshop: 11th December 2019

Are you thinking of becoming a Charity Trustee and want to know what’s involved?

Are you an existing Charity Trustee and just want to refresh your knowledge?

Join us for this short workshop that will look at the duties and responsibilities of charity trustees.

We’ll be considering (amongst other things):

  • the six main duties of Charity Trustees;
  • exploring the  safeguarding responsibilities – including an overview of the DBS system;
  • resources available to support Charity Trustees.

Outline Agenda – Wednesday, 11th December 2019

From 9.30am – Arrival, networking and refreshments

10.00am – Workshop starts promptly

12 noon – workshop closes…but please stay for networking if you have time.

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This workshop is FREE to attend for representatives of groups that support Sandwell residents (being 100% of their work or the significant majority)

For ALL other groups there is a £10 fee.

Book your tickets at:

SOCIAL TALKS- Get Started Series for Funders

Aspire4U and iDeal Directions Marketing are running a workshop for those looking to get started and gain clarity around social media and driving their organisation forward in the digital age, to help funders get to grips with using social media platforms, to help them connect and engage with potential service users/community organisations.

The workshop is taking place on Thursday 16th January 2020 from 9am till 1pm at Keys Court Business Centre, 80 Moseley Street, Birmingham, B12 0RT. This is a ticketed event via Eventbrite costing between £11.37 – £16.76.

Why come?

Throughout this series of workshops delivered by That’s All Media and iDeal Directions marketing, you will get practical solutions on social media.

What will I gain?

An understanding of social media, gain practical skills and the knowledge required to move your organisation forward in a 2019/20 context. You will learn:

  • Where to start – choosing the right platform to connect with your communities and service users.
  • Grow communities and show skills/quality of your organisation
  • What to post and how to grow your community.
  • Information on how to grow relationships with philanthropists and donors

Who is for?

Teams, leaders and aspiring grants/giving organisations looking to get to grips with how social media can work and help you sustain your business.

To book your place or to find out more about this upcoming workshop by clicking here.

Free Bid Writing Workshop

The Course.
Get Grants’ popular “Introduction to Bid Writing for Charities & Community Groups Workshop,” is aimed at organisations who are interested in increasing their income through grant funds.

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 9th December 2019, 1.00 pm – 3.30 pm

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

Booking Process
To book a place on this workshop please contact Get Grants via

This course is Free to attend.  More information is available at

Crossroads: Training Courses for November 2019

Crossroads Caring for Carers, provides domiciliary care to service users and respite care to carers. Crossroads is running a range of training courses in November, from Medication awareness to Health and Safety.

Training can also be tailored to your organisation’s requirements.

Please contact Graham Evans on 0121 553 6483 (Ext. 5) for further information.

Dementia Friendly Worship in Care Homes

Sandwell Council is offering a free training session for those who lead, or plan to lead, worship in care homes. Such services offer residents an opportunity to express their faith (or spirituality) in the place they live. As 7 out of 10 people in care homes live with dementia, it’s important to know how to shape worship to include those living with dementia and connect to their spirituality.

The practical and interactive session will be on Thursday, 14 November 1.30 pm – 4.30 pm at St Hilda’s Church, 269 Abbey Road, Smethwick B67 6NQ. Resources will be provided.

The training session will be run by Su Parker, Dementia Friendly Enabler in the Lichfield Diocese and Rose Akeroyd, Bishop’s Adviser on Dementia in the Birmingham Diocese. They will draw on their own Christian experience of spirituality and dementia.

There will be opportunities for those of other faiths to explore the connections for their own worship traditions.

To book a place, email

If you need more information, please telephone 07566 835 216.

Lots happening at Sandwell Connexions!

When was the last time your checked out Sandwell Connexions?  There are lots  happening.

Find a Career with the help of Connexions Sandwell, Black Country IMPACT, NOVA, Skills UK, Juniper Training, Nacro and SAFL. Providers will be available to give great advice to help start your career journey. Find a Career will be at the following venues:

Tuesday, 29 October 1 – 3 pm: Wednesbury Town Hall
Wednesday, 30 October: 2 pm – 4 pm: Hampstead Library, Great Barr
Thursday, Thursday 31 October 12 noon – 2 pm: Glebefields Library, Tipton.

Looking for training, jobs or apprenticeships? Then do not miss Bright Futures. Every Monday and Wednesday 11 am – 1 pm at One Stop Shop, Oldbury Council House. Pop in and have a one to one chat and receive careers information.

Black Country IMPACT and Connexions Sandwell also offer short courses to help improve skills.

If you are aged between 16 – 29 years, not in education, employment or training and would like to know more about Find a Career, Bright Futures or taking a short course, then contact Sandwell Connexions on 0121 569 2955.

Sandwell and West Birmingham High Intensity User Service

You are invited to an event to learn more about the new High Intensity User (HIU) Service that will be starting in Sandwell & West Birmingham delivered by British Red Cross.

The service is part of a national programme, led by NHS RightCare, that offers a robust way of reducing frequent user activity, primarily A&E attendance and non-elective admissions, but also other avoidable unscheduled care contacts. The programme was first launched in Blackpool by Rhian Monteith, who will be leading the event and explaining the benefits of it.

The day will be an opportunity to bring the system together to learn about High Intensity Users and how we can best work together to make the service a success. The event will include:

• The national context for the High Intensity User Programme
• Hearing from British Red Cross (as providers of the new HIU service), commissioners, statutory partners and the wider group on the current challenges and opportunities.
• Drawing out insights from existing HIU services; sharing case studies, techniques, results and lessons learned.
• Setting the vision for the new model: including expectations, KPIs, perceived benefits and barriers.
• Uncovering and discussing culture in the area; agreeing how best to embed the new model.

The event will take place as follows:

Date: Monday 4th November 2019 Timings: 9.30am to 4pm
Venue: YMCA
38 Carters Green West Bromwich B70 9LG.

Lunch will be provided.

There is no desire to duplicate existing good practice, there is only a desire to best support some of our must vulnerable residents to access the right support at the right time, and to improve their health and wellbeing.

Your support and attendance would be greatly valued. If you can’t attend in person, please consider sending a colleague.

Spaces are limited. Please let me know if you are able to attend please book a place at the session by emailing or


Exciting new Innovation Training Programme

Are you looking to find a job.  Would like increase your confidence, make positive changes and need some additional qualifications?  If so, Trident Reach can help. Trident Reach, working in partnership with Pilot IMS, can offer something new and innovative. Something you have not tried before!

The Innovation funding, provided by the West Midlands Combined Authority, is specifically targeting people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. This has a wide scope, it can be rent arrears, ASBOs, Mental Health, Family crisis etc.

• Aged 19 and over
• Have good communication skills
• Reasonable level of Maths and English
• Willing and able to commit to 1 day a week.

Delivery: The course will run 1 day a week (10 am – 2 pm) for 6/8 weeks. Trident Reach will be running 5 x 1 day a week courses across the Sandwell area.

Process: All candidates will be required to attend an Awareness Session where they will meet the Engagement Officer. The Engagement Officer will offer wrap around Job Search support in addition to the accredited learning. Money advice, completing application forms, stress management, online job search, interview skills and many more will be covered.

Candidates can attend or be booked onto the session by contacting Pilot on 07940470958 or send a text. Pilot will call you back.

Engagement Officer: Cheral Hayes 07989232777

Learning from Serious and Fatal Fires

This is a continuing professional development opportunity for managers and front line practitioners.  It aims to promote the lessons learned from serious and fatal fires, for the benefit of the citizens you work with.

As a reflective event this will focus on:

  • Serious incident data
  • Case studies
  • Safe and Well referral mechanisms
  • New online learning opportunities

Booking is via Eventbrite, the password required is ‘Safeandwell’
There is the option of attending either morning or afternoon on the day.  The event being held in Sandwell is on 25th September 2019.

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