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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 26th March. 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 21st of March.

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.

Dementia Pathfinders FREE Training Days

Dementia Pathfinders CIC, in partnership with Agewell CIC, is pleased to offer free places on the following training days as part of the Kingfisher Buddies Project, funded by the Big Lottery ‘Reaching Communites’ Fund.

28th February 2019 – ‘Dementia Awareness’

28th March 2019 – ‘Understanding Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’

25th April 2019 – ‘The Person-Centred Approach to the Care and Support of Individuals with Dementia’

23rd May 2019 – ‘Understanding the Five Factors that can Influence Communication and Interaction with Individuals who have Dementia’.

Each training day will be held at Rounds Green Library, Martley Road, Oldbury, B69 1DZ and will start at 9.30am (registration at 9.15am) and finishes at 4.30pm.

For further information, including have to book on to the training please view for further information.


The Sector Digital Leaders Programme

The School for Social Entrepreneurs and Zoe Amar Digital have partnered to deliver Third Sector Digital Leaders, a course to help charity, social enterprise and non-profit leaders to be confident about leading digital change in their organisations, helping them be more sustainable and relevant and creating the digital leaders of tomorrow.

This Free 4 day course is aimed at CEOs, trustees, directors and heads of digital at charities, voluntary & community organisations and social enterprises.

The course will take place from 10:30am – 4:30pm in Birmingham across four dates: 18th March, 19th March, 28th March, and 29th March.

The deadline to apply is 5pm on 15th February.

For more information and to apply for a place, go to

Two new free Domestic Abuse Courses available in Sandwell

There are two new free domestic abuse courses now available to officers in Sandwell. The courses are particularly suitable for social workers working with children and families; Independent Reviewing Officers; and Child Protection Conference Chairs, but are open to officers across all partner organisations.

Please see below and attached detail on domestic abuse training courses. Please contact  if you would like more details.

Delegates will need to have attended previous domestic abuse training. The half-day courses are:
• Talking with men who use abuse in relationships
• Domestic abuse perpetrators in child protection conferences – keeping women and children safe

Dates are available for these courses in March, April and June. See further details in attached. Please book places on these courses at

Understanding Dementia Training for Professional

Are you looking to train your staff in understanding dementia?  BUDS provides training for professionals responsible for the care and support of people with dementia in health and social care and community-based organisations whose staff may have contact with people living with dementia

The training covers a number of areas including:-

  • What is dementia
  • The most common types of dementia and how they present
  • Exploring the myths
  • Changes in behaviour
  • Person centred support
  • Communication

We can tailor a training session to meet the needs of your organisation and deliver the training in a venue of your choice.

The cost for half a day is £20 per person.  Certificates and handouts will be provided.

Please contact us on 0121 565 3721 or e-mail to discuss your requirements.

Training Space Available from Crossroads Care

Just to let you know about some of the upcoming Training sessions running at Crossroads Care. There are still places available…but they are filling up fast!!

If you have staff you need Trained in the areas below, please get in touch (first come first served)…

• Tuesday 5th Feb 2019, 13.00-16.00 – Medication Administration Awareness @ £30pp
• Wednesday 6th Feb 2019, 13.00-16.00 – Food Safety (refresher course) @ £30pp
• Monday 11th Feb 2019, 13.00-16.00 – Health & Safety (refresher course) @ £30pp
• Monday 18th Feb 2019, 13.30-15.30 – Safeguarding Adults (refresher course) @ £30pp
• Wednesday 20th Feb 2019, 09.30-12.30 – Manual Handling & Hoist Awareness @ £30pp
• Thursday 21st Feb 2019, 10.30-12.30 – Infection Control Awareness @ £30pp
• Thursday 21st Feb 2019, 13.30-15.30 – Safeguarding Children @ £30pp
• Tuesday 26th Feb 2019, 12.30-15.30 – Risk Assessment (refresher course) @ £30pp

The above courses are all scheduled to run at 494 Wolverhampton Road, Oldbury, B68 8DG but some courses can be run at your premises, if desired.  Please ask for details.  Trainers request that attendees arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the session. Drinks are available but please bring your own lunch.

For further details please contact Clare Baker  on 0121 553 6483 ext 2320/2310 or e-mail

Crossroads Care look forward to working with your staff and hope they find our courses interesting and beneficial.

Learn about digital at CAST Design Workshop

Following the success of similar events run last year, The Centre for Acceleration of Social Technology (CAST) is running a free, half-day Design Hop workshop in the afternoon of Wednesday 6th February at Impact Hub in Birmingham. Design Hops offer an energetic and practical introduction to the key concepts of ‘tech for good’ and digital development for charities.

It’s the first step for organisations looking to explore the role of digital in their services, giving them the confidence, motivation and focus to take the next step that’s right for them. Attendees will gain:

• An accessible introduction to tech and digital design processes
• A chance to unpack a key organisational challenge and identify how digital might help
• Connections to peers, experts and funders
• Tangible next steps you can take to make progress, including follow-up support from CAST and our partners.
If you’re interested, sign up directly at or find more info at Registration will be open for just two more weeks, but we are accepting interest for future events as well.

For further information please contact Ellie Hale, Design Hops and Communities

Ellie Hale, Design Hops and Communities Lead – T: 07817 416077

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